I was recently diagnosed with small fiber neuropathy at age 24. Cause unknown. I have a lot of pain throughout my body and horrible fatigue and weakness. I have suffered with anxiety depression and panic disorder which my doctors say is magnifying my symptoms and I need to get that under control. Started me on Cymbalta 20 mg and by day 5 I was awake all night with a racing heart, jerking when I tried to fall asleep, sleeplessness and chills/shivers. Doctor told me to get off of it but is stumped as to what else he can prescribe. I’ve tried other antidepressants in the past and the side effects were too much for me. My question is: are these normal side effects and do they go away??
Hi Azvs. I’m sorry you’re going through this. The answer to your question is yes; these are side effects from Cymbalta. I have experienced every single one; plus many more horrible side effects. They never went away for me even though people said they would. I’ve been taking Cymbalta for over 10 years but I didn’t connect all the side effects with Cymbalta until I started researching it in 2017. I thought it was my Trigeminal Neuralgia and Mia-facial Pain Syndrome getting worse. I joined a Cymbalta group on Facebook and realized that many people were having the same side effects that I was having. I started tapering off right away. It’s taken me almost 2 years but I’m down from 60 mg to 1.2 mg and I’m hoping and praying that I’m completely off by the end of this year. I’m still weak and exhausted most of the time but most people in the group say that it gets better when off Cymbalta completely. I can’t wait to have my life back and be me again. I wish you the best. Check out Natural Remedies on Google for help with the reasons you started taking Cymbalta for. There are many things that can help you. Take care. Cindy59
Hello! These are indeed side effects of starting Cymbalta (and most other antidepressant medications:
"(0.1% to 1% of users): Chest pain, PERIPHERAL COLDNESS, TACHYCARDIA"
"(10% or more of users): INSOMNIA"
"(1% to 10% of users): Abnormal dreams, agitation, anxiety, SLEEP DISORDER"
"(0.1% to 1% of users): MYOCLONUS, psychomotor restlessness, restless legs syndrome"
The good news is that they generally always resolve within days to a week or two:
"Side effects have been reported to be generally mild and transient. They are most common during the first 2 weeks of treatment and decrease in intensity and frequency with continued treatment. They generally do not lead to treatment cessation."
Cymbalta is an excellent choice to treat your conditions and I hope it will work well for you once you get through this initial period.
Best regards, Wild Cat
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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