I've been on Cymbalta for close to 2 years for musculoskeletal pain from RA and SLE. I have extreme bouts of uncontrollable sweating even after all this time. I thought it was going to be a temporary side effect that I would eventually get over. Now, here I am... 23 months later and still miserable. I imagine it is what menopause would be like. I am 37 and not near menopause according to my labs. The actual temperature has little to do with my symptoms. I would hate to have to come off of this but I can't imagine another Georgia summer this way. These episodes just come on with little to no exertion. No new meds since beginning this and jaw-clenching and sweating have been apparent since. Any suggestions?
Ericka; depending on how this medication is working for you talk to the doctor about the sweating problem, Sometimes they can give you something to counteract that prior to changing the medication if it is working well for you. But this is a common side effect. Some it does go away and others it keeps up. Don't worry check with your doctor and let her or him know what is going on and see what their answer is. There are others very similar to Cymbalta that may not cause the sweats. Best of luck
Yes! I dislike the sweating it causes so much. My clothes will get wet and stick to me even in winter. It's uncomfortable. I don't want to go off it either as withdrawal from it is a nightmare (at least it was for me the one time I did stop) but you could consider switching antidepressants after researching others. Also, Gabapentin is used for hot flashes (I know they're not hot flashes but excessive sweating) off label if you might want to consider that. Good luck.
I have the same side effect. It was unmanageable in the beginning , didnt want off it like you , was asked to keep on a bit longer and it would settle down. im on week 8 now , not as many but still sweats , im only on a small dose 60 mg but gradually as the sweats lesson my pain is worse so needing to up this drug. Was told would have to come off it if they didn't calm down. So its as of next week when GP back , its up the drug or its coming off it ..Dreading going back to struggle out of bed if off it ...
Hi Erika, I am from Georgia, too. A little outside Atlanta and boy can I relate to the terrible hot spells with warmer temps just around the corner. Although I do not take Cymbalta, I take other meds that are already making me sweat like crazy. My face gets hot and the water works start. I am literallu dripping from my face. We may not take the same meds, one of mine is Prednisone, and it can cause it. Plus doctors say my pain meds can cause it also. I understand how you feel. I get so hot iy makes me sick to my stomach. I have no secret tips, hon, wish I did. Just wanted to let you know a fellow Georgian is here and understands what you are feeling. There are some really smart people on here. Maybe one of them will chime in w/ some tips. Like you, the actual temp doesn/t really matter as I have mine year round. But, they are worse in the summer. Best wishes, ChelleKay
many meds cause sweating as other things can contribute to sweating especially the head.
If all tests come back normal, as mine did, My Dr, after MY research put me on Oxybutin...
Problem solved... It was a horrible embarrassing problem.
Its a low side effect drug, for bladder leakage, but stops the sweats.
Yes I am sweating worse than when I was menopausal. I' ve only been on it for about 6 weeks but sweating started in week 3 when I went to 60mg. And the kicker is that I am not a sweater ( except for menopause of course). I'm the person who feels wonderful and dry when others are sweating. So given what everyone else is saying, I'd say sweating is definitely an unpleasant side effect. I wonder what the ramifications of all this sweat might be.
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