Happy New Year! I hope 2010 proves to be happier for us all.
My question is on psych meds. I've had dysthymia since college (about 18 years). I went through the entire
gamut of meds at the time: Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor, amitryptiline, Paxil, trazadone, Serzone...all but MAOIs.
They either had no effect or the averse effects outweighed the positive (zoloft kept me afloat by making me numb to all feelings altogether).
Finally, in 2003, I was in a study for treatment resistant depression and Lexapro quite literally saved my life. I was later switched to Celexa for financial reasons. I had no problems transitioning and have taken it for the past six years.
Now the issue: I suffer from chronic pain as well, and apparently my pain mgmt doc believes Cymbalta (approved for fibromyalgia) may keep my depression in check while also helping me deal with pain & its own related depression. Right now I still take celexa (40 mgs) and one Cymbalta (30 mgs) a day. My doc's plan is to titrate up on Cymbalta and eventually come down off celexa.
Sorry for the long post but my ultimate question is: has anyone else made this switch and with what positive/negative effects? Thanks so much in advance.