Cymbalta is used in the treatment of chronic pain; fibromyalgia; anxiety; back pain; depression (and more), and belongs to the drug class serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors.
Not all antidepressants help with pain, but as you have read in this case Cymbalta does help.
Yes Delia true they have done no testing but they have found out many years ago on a trial study of diabetics that many were given a low dose of amitriptyline and almost all of them the severe leg pains that diabetics get has gone away and now is used by doctors that know about this as a cheap way of helping many with severe pain to be able to handle it. But not approved for this use its off label. The only 2 I now are Cymbalta and Lyrica that have antidepressant and pain in mind when the doctor prescribes it. As long as they work that Is what counts. I do know when I started Effexor xr Years ago and still taking it I WAS able to reduce my chronic pain management medications in less than half. and that is even after more pain from my Cancer treatment. sorry for budding in folks not a lot of testing done on many of these so won't be found on many sites. thanks Chuck1957
Cymbalta, Effexor, Lyrica and Savella are all anti-depressants used to treat pain for fibromyalgia (and there are more, those are what quickly came to mind).
Unfortunately some people experience painful side effects but usually more like nausea type ill and then it passes, otherwise the medication is probably not a good fit for you. And there are many other types of medications used for this type of pain.
I've taken three of the four medications in the past. One helped with peripheral nerve pain when the weather outside became cold. Another helped my mood, but did nothing for the pain even though my doctor said that "better mood must be due to less pain". The third drug made me physically sick (nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fainting). I think that it depends on the individual person and their need for another layer of pain relief. I would make sure that you really need another drug before taking any of these because they have nasty side effects and I've seen people have awful withdrawal symptoms upon ceasing to use them. Good luck!
Hi Chuckme: Thank you so much for your input. Ever since I posted the original question here, back in February, I have tried to quit Wellbutrin a time or two again. Each time, I feel really good for the first week or two, then I start feeling pain; lower back pain, joint pain (especially in my knees), I get edema in my knees, and my stomach starts giving me trouble again. I have experimented with this enough times to know that it is not my imagination!!
If wellbutrin masked your fibromyalgia, but you were diagnosed with it later, well, wouldn't that be a good thing that the wellbutrin helped alleviate that fibromyalgia pain for you? I would be happy about that if it were me. I personally do not want to start taking pain medications (cause constipation) or Nsaids (Advil) and naproxen sodium (Aleve), because they cause me extreme stomach distress. The fact that I get a "two in one" relief from wellbutrin seems like a better treatment for me at this point. Actually, three in one, as it completely alleviates my anxiety also when I take it. I know some people say that they experience more anxiety while taking wellbutrin, but it has always been the opposite for me. I think it has something to do with what form of the wellbutrin (bupropion) that someone takes - of which there are three available - That is, 1) instant release, or 2) the SR (slow-release, 12hr) or 3) the XL (extended release, 24hr.) Personally, I have tried both the SR and the XL, the SR working the best for me overall. The XL seems to exacerbate my anxiety and keep me awake at night. Plus, with the SR, I can control what time of day I take it, and it doesn't keep releasing into my system throughout the night, the way the XL does (since XL is 24hr release).
I hope you will give wellbutrin another try, if it helped you before with your fibromyalgia. Maybe you just needed to take a different form of it, or maybe you needed a higher dose.
I also agree with the last part of your comment which I copied and pasted here, as it was a good observation! Here it is:
"My comment was actually meant to be taken as "I'm planning on asking about going back on it - even if it doesn't help my depression any longer, the pain help would be great", and maybe then help reduce depression because chronic pain is depressing!".
I agree with you 100% - chronic pain is depressing!
Please keep posting and keep us updated. "G"
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