My doctor is having me increase my Pristiq from 50 to 100 mg in the hopes that it will help my fibromyalgia enough so that I can stop taking Trazodone. Trazodone has helped my fibromyalgia a lot. Am interested in anyone who has found Pristiq or even Effexor to help their fibromyalgia.
I have chronic pain and when my Effexor XR dosage got up to 225 mg. a day and higher, my pain was definitely lessened, and I had a lot more energy due to its norepinephrine pings. I still took 100 mg. Trazodone which is an old tricyclic antidepressant mostly with sedating effects. I took it at night for sleep, chronic back pain, and peripheral neuropathy along with 75 mg. Elavil for the neuropathy and chronic back pain. That combination quit working about five years ago, and I weaned off all of it. Now I take 80 mg. per day of Percocet a day and 60 mg. Cymbalta (duloxetine) a day for chronic pain - back, knees, rotator cuffs, feet - now all due to degeneration and arthritis. My left shoulder rotator cuff is bone on bone as if my left knee. Most everyone I know who has had fibromyalgia for some time takes OxyContin usually with Vicodin for break through pain. It sounds like your doctor is trying to keep you away from narcotics as long as possible which is good.
You are going to find that you need more then one med for control. Effexor helped but not enough To stop the others in the cocktail. If I could only have one med I'd pick gabapenti. It helps more then anything. If your dr wants to stop giving you a cocktail he doesn't understand fibro. There are too many facets to it for just one pill.
I'm taking 225 Effexor xr, but going to have to change it somehow. The copay went from $10 to $100. I'm not even sure it is working. I took zoloft for 18 years and I think it kind of petered out. I still take 200 mg of trazodone with a .5 xanax for sleep. None of this has helped with the pain. I use a TENS Unit daily and eat mass quantities of ibuprofen and extra stength tylenol daily. I have not had one day w/o pain in over 4 years. I think that the fibro is progressive, although the authorities (who are they?) claim it isn't.
I did find Pristiq 100 mg to be effective for my fibromyalgia. It did not work immediately though. I was on it for a few months and it worked well for depression without many side effects. Then I noticed my fibromyalgia was getting better too. I was feeling back to normal with just a little breakthrough pain from time to time. I stopped taking it (weaned off) due to the expense when my insurance changed. That was a mistake. I'm now on generic Cymbalta 30 mg and miserable so far.
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