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Posted 17 June 2019 - 05:14 PM

Can't say more than my friend have already done so - yes, you did absolutely the right thing for your daughter in seeking help. We are only too pleased to be a part of that chain. So very happy for you, and what a relief all round.


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Posted 15 September 2019 - 12:04 PM

  1. Hi Everyone - my daughter went back to school this Fall for the first time in two years.  (Yay!).  However, there are challenges.  School has ramped up her anxiety and with that came an unexpected (and seriously unwelcome!) surprise - resurgence of Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms.  My daughter describes these emotions as very distinct - she knows exactly where they come from or when she experienced them last.  So, anyway, in sort of a good way, it has lead to an awakening of sorts that she needs to address her anxiety that over the course of these two years has grown into something that is interfering with her life.  Along with therapy, we are considering some non-addictive medications to help her in the most extreme moments when she is most vulnerable.  I recall that Hat had in other posts suggested that hydroxyzine or clonidine might be helpful.  Is that still true?  If so, I have more questions - as I read about hydroxyzine, there are two types/manufacturers? Catapres and Kapvay - which each seem to address different problems.  Do you have an opinion on which one is more helpful for anxiety or are they the same thing?  Do you have any other recommendations?  Thanks in advance everyone.

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 01:03 PM

Hey McNom - great to hear from you again... and some great news about your daughter returning to school, but yes, this will kick off the cortisol stress response and flood her with anxiety, poor girl. The two meds you mention are those of choice by Hat as the patient can verify their efficacy more or less straight away as they do not need a period of days and weeks (like some others) to get to the right levels in your system. Loosely translated, if she doesn't feel any difference within a few days, then the dose may be adjusted, but if after that, then they will never work. They also do not have much in the way of withdrawal by comparison to pregabalin and such.


Hat will be better to advise you further on your question re the manufacturer - he should be along later this evening. Again - good to hear from you!

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 01:18 PM

Soooooo great to hear from you. I have been wondering how your daughter was doing. Remember it takes the nerves around 2 years to heal from the effects of the Cymbalta so it will improve more with time.

I still highly recommend those two meds.

Catapres is the brand name clonidine. The generic form is available and cost me about $7 per month.

Kapvay is the extended release form and is used more for bp control.

Hydroxyzine Pamoate is the most effective form of hydroxyzine for anxiety and is also around $10 a month. Both of these prices are without insurance.

I would also highly recommend a good psychologist for CBT training (cognitive behavioral training). They will teach her ways to help control her anxiety by numerous techniques (breathing exercises, key words, controlling heart rate, and much more).

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