Cymbalta is used in the treatment of anxiety; chronic pain; depression; back pain; diabetic peripheral neuropathy (and more), and belongs to the drug class serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors.
Cymbalta is associated with the treatment of:
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Savella is used in the treatment of fibromyalgia; reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome and belongs to the drug class serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors.
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Hi there, bruce.
I'm taking Gabapentin, and I think that's the closest med your going to get to Lyrica. This is strange because I asked a question a few days ago about Gabapentin vs Lyrica. Actually, most people(I'm not totally sure yet) seem to find that they have one problem or another with Lyrica, but the biggest issue with Lyrica is weight gain. They can both cause memory loss. There was a suggestion that Cymbalta would be a good alternative. That would be my preference. I'm facing this problem myself. My docs want to take me off Gab and put me on Lyrica. After hearing what our friends had to say about the side effects of Lyrica, I have big time reservations about switching. They want me to get off Gab because I'm having memory problems that may be caused by it. According to our friends, Lyrica causes memory loss, too. So, sweetheart, I haven't a clear cut answer on your question. Why are you asking? I think I get it, but I would like to hear it from you. This isn't about me or anyone else. This is about you.
May you have peace, hope and love,
I tried cymbalta for my back pain and it helped to start but then I had what is called Pain Rebound. I was in alot of pain and became very depressed.
The most recent findings according to the FDA is that cymbalta has only 50% rate of success when it comes to back pain.
I had to go off the cymbalta and that was another horror story for me as it is one of the hardest SSRIs to discontinue (also according to the FDA).
So please make sure you do your research before starting cymbalta.
I tried Lyrica. However, it not only made me gain weight but the gained weight made my Fibromyalgia pain worse. They tried me on a few others but Cymbalta seemed to help the most. Also they have me on Sulindac twice daily as well. The combined 2 prescription meds help but I also take supplements to aid in pain relief.
Gabapentin is very close in structure and pharmacology to Lyrica ("pregabalin" is the generic name). Both are seizure medications - they slow nerve signals, and thus may dampen the sensation of pain. Both are commonly used for chronic nerve pain - from the pain after a shingles attack, for diabetic neuropathy, for sciatica-type pain, etc. Both tend to cause fatigue. Lyrica can cause weight gain. I had terrible headaches with gabapentin. My wife vomited for 12 hours after taking one dose of gabapentin. Lyrica can have bankruptcy as a side-effect - but it should be available as a generic starting sometime this year. We have very poor choices available when it comes to treating chronic pain. The move to restrict the use of opioid medications is good in some ways, but we don't have many alternatives!
- Lyrica Information for Consumers
- Lyrica Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lyrica (detailed)
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