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By dbillie | 157 posts.
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I am so glad I found this site. My husband started taking Cymbalta about 2 yrs ago. He has constant pain from a condition called chiari malformation. He has always liked to drink, but normally it was under control, and he did not drink and drive. His drinking now is so out of control, that after 20 yrs of marriage, I am considering leaving him. He does not remember anything the next day, and when he is drinking, he acts so stupid I cannot stand to be around him. He drinks everyday, and the weekends are a free for all. I have warned him, and he has slowed some, but it’s like he cannot control it, even though I told him I will leave and he knows he cannot live without me. I do everything for him, he’s never even paid a bill! I started thinking when did all of this start? And I came up with the time he started Cymbalta! He never thinks he is drunk. That’s what drives me crazy!! Then he will lay on the couch the entire next day. This is also out of character for him. I don’t know how much more I can take! I even bought a breathalyzer machine to convince him when he is drunk, but even after blowing a .23 he says he is NOT drunk and the machine does not work right! I will try to convince him that he needs to get off the Cymbalta, which should not be hard, because he hates taking pills, and wait and see if the drinking gets any better. Before Cymbalta, even if he got drunk, he did not act the way he does now. There have also been a lot of embarrasing moments that I won’t get into. Thank you for being so open, this has really helped me.
I feel all trembling inside myself. Is this normal? The first 2 weeks on Cymbalta I had LOADS of energy…. but already now I am depressed and want to sleep all day.
I consume about a liter to a liter and a half per week. It’d likely be much more if I didn’t require a days rest in between bouts of drunkiness. I mix drink #1 at approx. 3:00PM each day. Gin w/ fitness water. By 8 or 9 PM, I cannot remember what I did or said 5 minutes before. I am bouncing from wall to wall in my house, blasting the music and refusing to do anything or listen to anyone unless it’s me.
Just quit smoking cigs. A 24 year long smoker and the last 2 years being 2 packs a day. Quit for almost 9 months now. Very freaking good…but suddenly I want a freaking cigeratte!!! Smoking cigars instead. Not much better I suppose!
Point being, I am drunk almost every night, feeling great for couple days straight, then needing a total days rest….like bed rest, mind you. Need to drink again soon after that.
I wish you all well!! G
I noticed I was drinking so much during the week that I swore off alcohol and would only drink on the weekends. I wouldn’t feel extremely drunk, but I’d wake up the next morning and realize how much I really drank. O wouldn’t remember having sex with my bf, and he’d quote conversations we had that I could not remember at all.
I was beginning to think I was going crazy…or becoming an alcoholic.
I’m so relieved to know that Cymbalta is partly to blame.
second of all do NOT drink red bull and vodka. if i have two of them i am blacked out for the night. there is an interaction with the vodka, red bull, and cymbalta that causes the blackout. and its scary that i have driven in the condition before, but i have, and thats disturbing to me.
third of all i only allow myself to go out 2 nights a week or less.
i just wanted to say THANK you to the person who first posted this question on the sight! it just reassures the rest of us that were not crazy…