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02 Oct 2007

Higher dose of Cymbalta
Dear doc. I went to my psychiatrist on Friday who said that I have a type of atypical depression / bipolar depression and she increased my dose to 120 mg Cymbalta a day (from 90 mg). I've read on the internet that 120 mg is not really more effective than 60 mg Cymbalta. Is that true? Also: I am using the generic of Lamictin. Do you think it is less effective than the name brand?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

With many antidepressants, and I think it would be the same with Cymbalta, there's a sort of window through which they work. Too low a dose and they can't work ; and above a certain dose, which varies with the drugs, generally there is no increased benefits, and possibly increased side-effects. Try this new dose for a while and see if it makes any noticeable difference for you.
As for the generic Lamictin --- any company wanting to market a generic version of any drug is required to produce evidence that it is chemically identical and equivalent in its effects --- so there should be no difference from the more expeisive version
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