... Is cymbalta. I used to take zoloft, but my rheumatologist switched me to cymbalta, and it really was so much better for my fms pain. The trouble tho, my good old health provider(united health care) has classified cymbalta as a tier 3 drug, so that it costs 6 times more than tier 1 drugs. The tier 1 drugs are effexor,celexa,prozac,paxil, and zoloft. Does anyone have experience with these, for helping with fms pain??
If I'm not mistaken, the drugs you listed in the tier 1 are anti-depressant/anxiety medications. I took prozac for over a year and it messed my head up where I could not function properly, so my dr switched me to Effexor, which worked wonderfully for a long time. I had to switch due to insurance purposes at the time. Now I'm on paroxetine (which is generic Paxil and I have not had a bit of problems as far as depression goes. The only time I have been depressed taking this medication was when I was in so much pain from the fm, and pain will absolutely cause you to be depressed. For pain, my rheumatologist prescribed prednisone, methatrexate and gabapentin. I hope this infor will help, and good luck
Easy answer. Recent medical studies show that medicinal marijuana is very beneficial for fibromyalgia. the drugs you listed above are all anti-depressants/anxiety meds - not for pain management/tho marketed as such. I have been on all of the above drugs, and they are very dangerous to use in the long run/something that many drs/some psychiatrists will not tell you. Marijuana works wonders for muscle/bone pain, nervous conditions and appetite. Of course insurance will not cover, as long as you live in the 13 states that legalized it, you can grow it yourself and it is much cheaper than your copays!
Cymbalta has been studied and approved for FMS, the others you list have not been. Not everyone has a problem with appetite with FMS. I don't. Which was why I had to stop taking Lyrica. I had problems with my insurance not covering Lyrica, plus a whopping weight gain when I did take it. I had to stop taking it, as the small gain wasn't worth the cost or the side effects. Marijuana for some is just not an option. They don't live in the states where it is legal, and/or just don't want to risk a drug like that or damage to their lungs. You should have a heart to heart with your doctor. Perhaps the company that manufactures Cymbalta has a program to help pay for it? Its worth asking. Or explaining to your dr that it was working, but you cannot afford it with the changes to your insurance. Surely the two of you working together can find an alternative.
I wish you much luck. I am still trying to find my right prescription as well, as the only drug that worked caused some dependency issues:( Good luck!
I am on the same insurance, weird. I have FMS and I take the Paxil 40mg. And it seems to help some, I have had no problems with it at all. Cymbalta can cause alot of side effects also like weight gain, being more depressed and even suicidal thoughts so be careful if you stay on it. You may want to give the Paxil a try to see if it works for you too. My advice would be to stay away from the Prozac, that made me have suicidal and homicidal thoughts real bad, it doesn't happen to do it for everyone but I would try the Paxil first. Hope this little tidbit helps you, good luck with your FMS.
Just dropped in to give JOHN CONNER a thumbs up and accidentally gave him a thumbs down, sorry! I wonder if people realize how many problems we would solve (over crowded jails, illegal border crossings, over worked cops, etc) with one swoop of the Executive Pen? Let the potheads out of jail, legalize it, tax the heck out of it and build new schools with the money! Murder rates would drop, and the people who benefit from its' medicinal uses wouldn't have to feel like outcasts.
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