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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Anxiety and Stress Disorders
Alternative to Cymbalta
I HAVE BEEN ON CYMBALTA FOR A WHILE NOW, MINE INSURANCE WILL NOT COVER CYMBALTA ANYMORE, CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHAT OTHER MEDICATION I CAN TAKE.. I HAVE TRIED LEXAPRO AND ZOLOFT, DIDN`T WORK FOR ME, I SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION AND PTSD...ALSO BECAUSE I CANNOT AFFORD TO BUY CYMBALTA I AM NOT TAKING ANYTHING RIGHT NOW, AND I AM STARTING TO FEEL WITHDRAWLS.. I HAVE BEEN VERY EDGY AND CRY ALOT...
Cymbalta is associated with a significant discontinuation syndrome and thus I would not abruptly discontinue this agent. If you have no medication available to take I would call your physician as soon as possible to minimize potential significant discomfort. Other agents that you have not mentioned that might be helpful are venlafaxine or tricyclic antidepressants that are available by generic. Discuss all of these options with your physician and weigh the pro's and con's of Cymbalta vs these alternatives.
Nicholas A Votolato, RPh BCPP
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University