Has anyone had no help at all and in fact additional side effects, or problems due to taking Effexor/Cymbalta or Savella? Is Sevalla the same thing as Effexor/Cymbalta?
3 Apr 2010
Hi. I was on cymbalta for depression for years; I didn't know it was for fibromyalgia til recently when i was diagnosed. Because cymbalta has no generic, I had to stop taking bc of the price..now I am on the old standby celexa. the cymbalta is great as far as getting to the core of my depression and probably did take some of the pain away. Now the dr. put me on Savella. only been on it 3 days and have no idea if it will work... I had been on darvocet for a couple of years but no dr I know will refill it for me bc of the rumor of it being black-labeled. If you can afford the Cymbalta, please take it, I had no side-effects at all. When I get a new Part D Rx plan, I will go back on it - Cymbalta and Savella I pray will bring me back to "life" - Also, this is a real nice forum for us to be on and able to talk to alot of good people.
3 Apr 2010
I did a little research on Savella. It brought me to this site.
I was on Effexor ER (300mg, over the top recommended dosage) for quite a while. It really only helped get me to a "normal" mood. It didn't help lift my mood. All I can say is do not stop taking it cold turkey. I could no longer afford it and tried to ween myself off of it but failed. Cymbalta on the other hand, I heard a lot of good things about it. I haven't been prescribed it but, not quite sure if it helps with pain.
Savella seems to work the best (from what I've heard from members in this group) with fibro pain.
I doubt if this helped at all but good luck on finding the answers you need! Wishing you a pain free happy day (soon!!)
3 Apr 2010
This is my 3rd attempt to answer your question. I had added a link for you that may help. My first 2 responses were "pending approval" even though I'm at a level where they should have been posted immediately. I think it's because I added the link. Anyway, if my answers get through, I hope they help. Good luck to you and hope you find some relief!
3 Apr 2010
hi mfpdfibro, to help with my knee pain my doc gave me elivil 200mg at bedtime. if i dont take it i can tell the difference. seems i need more pain meds if i dont take it. not to mention i cant sleep all that well. guess our brains are wired in ways doctors are just finding out...
21 Oct 2010
hi i was put on savella it worked fine for fibro pain but ran my blood pressure sky high !now i am back to norotin (spelled wrong ) and this doesn't really touch the fibro pain ! and i just learned that fibromyalgia is why my stomach is hurting so bad ! like back pain and stomach pain(chronic ) wasn't enough !now fibro pain is causing me a whole lot of hurt !
if you learn more on fibromyalgia please share with me ! i thought i had read all there was on fibro but i am learning more from drugs.com and people like you who share and ask questions !
thanks for sharing !
21 Oct 2010
Cymbalta Is Very new medication, and the drug companies use to say 60 mgs was the highest dose they just recently upped it 120 mgs, and no higher. this meds also helps for periphial nerve damage as well as an anti depressant
I just found this out yesterday after seeing my doc.
hoping a pain free day
26 Oct 2010
i take cymbalta 40mg a day i have the sweats from it but not as bad as from other depression drugs i first tried. savella was given to me by my dr 3 days ago i stopped on the 2nd day due to the unbelieveable side effect of horrible sweats i mean buckets. upon any exertion of any kind (walking included). i also turned red in my face,neck and arms as if i had been running or doing exercise and was very warm which side effects i get from cymbalta but not any near as bad as the savella which is used for fibromyalgia pain and slight depression. savella can be used with other antidepressents to help with pain besides fibromyalgia and to give a kick to depression drugs.
30 Mar 2011
No problems with either. I took Cymbalta 1st for chronic fatigue and fibermyalgia, and though it helped a little, I still couldn't function. The doctor put me on small doses of Savella and Provigil, and slowly increased the doses. Between the 2, my life has become almost normal. Hope things worked out for you.
13 May 2011
I was on Cymbalta for Chronic Fatigue and Fibermyalgia. It helped but I was still very ill. I had no bad side effects that I know of since I was so ill already that I wouldn't have noticed. Then the doctor put me on Savella and Provigil. I know some people have problems with Savella, but as far as I'm concerned it saved my life, because I wasn't able to have a life before that. I have to pace myself, but I live a normal life.
There is nothing I can't do. The aches and pains all over are so much better. I could see an improvement almost immediately, but it took awhile to be able to do all I do now because I had no stamina. By the time I reached full dosage of Savella I could see a very large improvement. Within a few months I was living a normal life. It is one drug I would at least try. I haven't had any bad side effects, although I know some people do, but if you can tough it out, you get your life back.
23 Jul 2011
I was on Cymbalta and could not tolerate it. I was experiencing severe upset stomach all the time, especially at night. I too tried Efflexor and had major withdrawal symptoms even with the tapering off of this med. I will NEVER take this medicine again. The withdrawals were horrible. I became very combative and very very moody. I take 100mg of Zoloft now and it for the most part does help.
23 Jul 2011
I have chronic fatigue and fibermyalgia. I took Cymbalta and it helped some, but I was still exhausted, unable to work and had to have help with every day chores. The doctor put me on Savella and Provigil (to help with exhaustion). I am so much better. If I don't overdo it, I don't have a lot of pain or exhaustion. If I do too much, like right now because I am getting married next week, I am wiped out and hurt a lot. The Savella has given me back my life. If I wasn't on it, I would be unable to function. A lot of people say they have bad side effects. I have never had any. It does an amazing job for the people who can take it. I take 1/2 of a generic ambien, when I need it, to sleep at night.
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