Took one 20 mg. capsule and about 8 hours later developed severe long lasting headache and increase in diastolic blood pressure to low 90's. Afraid to take tonight's dose. Am 69 w/ osteoarthritis of cervical spine. Any ideas?
Not knowing meds that you're on, I wouldn't advise, but I would suggest that you call your pharmacist and discuss it with her/him. It could be the problem, but then it might not be. High blood pressure seldom causes headache, however severe pain can cause high blood pressure. Cymbalta can raise your blood pressure.
A severe headache can increase your blood pressure, does it to me all the time. Or high blood pressure could cause your headache, hard to tell which way it is. I'd speak to your doctor before taking another dose since you've only taken the one. I've been on 30mg of Cymbalta for about a week now and still have daily headaches, they've lessened in severity.
Tkx to both K's.
Already have headache issues from original problem but nothing like this one. Woke me up at 3AM after having had it all day and evening.
Will check w/ Doc tomorrow, Monday.
At this age we become more sensitive to drug effects.
Bites to get old!
Was on Cymbalta for years, never a headache or blood pressure problem ... and I'm old and crazy. Stopped Cymbalta because of depression and suicidal and homicidal irrational.
Took Cymbalta for years, no headaches, no blood pressure problems. And I am a crazy old woman with chronic pain, including osteoarthritis in most of my joints and spine.. I think Cymbalta and Lyrica are useless for Pain.
Crazed Hippie Chickie
Neck already felt better and was thinking that it might be the answer to this debilitating chronic problem. Am afraid of all of this new stuff because there are no long term studies.
We may be old and crazy but we are also wiser!
What did you find out from your doctor? Also my pain mangement doctor won't prescribe Cymbalta because of the side effects while on it, & if you try to come off of it. Another one is Savella that can raise blood pressure. Lyrica is a seizure med that I took for chrontic pain, & ended up with severe high blood pressure from fluid retention too. It can be very difficult to find the right combo of meds to control pain(I assume that is why you are on Cymbalta). My doctor settled on oxycodone, but I live with severe pain every day. Good luck to you & welcome to the site... Mary
Tkx, Mary. Did not get hold of Doc today. Staying on old standby's of Librium, mild for muscle relaxant but helps the chronic pain anxiety and Ibuprofen which takes edge off.
Fewer side effects than all the other stuff and I have an absolute phobia of the stronger stuff. Have seen bad, bad things happen to people w it.
Went back on my Lisinopril and BP stabilizing.
Much neck pain and headache as well as fuzz head, dizziness and nausea when I turn my head in more than one plain-- e.g left and down.
Tired of all of the Docs but will make sure to touch base w Cymbalta prescriber tomorrow.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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