As Huey Lewis sang, “I wanna new drug. One that won’t make me sick.” I hear ya, Huey.
In about 20 minutes, I am going to go see my psychiatrist and ask him for a change in medication. As I mentioned in a previous post, this Cymbalta seems to be really messing with me if I even miss one dose. I have no idea what the half-life of it is, but the brain shivers start 7 hours after the missed dose. Kent, my therapist, doesn’t think it is possible that the Cymbalta is causing those, since it is such a short amount of time, but the data shows a different story. Granted, I’ve only missed two doses in the last month, but both of those times, the brain shivers took over.
I have mentioned in other posts that I have tried just about every other anti-depressant on the market, and Cymbalta seemed to work just fine. Now, though, I am willing to try ones that I have used previously, since I used them before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and therefore, prior to Lamictal. Surely there is another drug that can boost the Lamictal for depression.
I’ll let you know. Oh, and yes, I will be educating Dr. Rifkin about brain shivers.
Amazingly, Dr. Rifkin acted as though he had heard of brain shivers today. Huh. Got smarter in two weeks?
He agreed to change my medication, so I’m going to start Prozac. Seriously, I didn’t know anyone still took that! He was going to give me samples of Cymbalta in order to help me gradually (and I stress “gradually”) detox my system. It will take about 40 days. All the while, though, I will be on Prozac as well. Unfortunately, there were no samples of Cymbalta in the magic sample cabinet, so I have to return later this week to start weaning off the evil drug.