... taken it and how it worked for you. Thanks!
Hey Trkey sorry it has taken so long for you to get an answer. My doctor put me on Cymbalta years ago for pain for my fibromyalgia. I was also depressed at the time due to pain. Well the Cymbalta didn't help to much for the pain but did work for depression. I didn't suffer from any side effects with it although most people do. After about a year I switched to Lyrica for pain along with other pain meds and Trazodone for depression and insomnia. I hope it works for you.
Hi Trkey! I was on Cymbalta about 8 years along with a lot of other pain medicines. I can't say that it really contributed much to my pain mgmt, but then again, I was taking SO many meds, that could have made me confused. I have Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety & PTSD. The Cymbalta worked OKAY, after all, 8 years, but it wasn't until I switched to another one that I saw how much an antidepressant really CAN help. Everyone is SO individual in their brain chemistry, you never know, this might be the golden ticket. One undesirable side effect I will warn you about was an insatiable appetite for sweets in the late night hours, and I've heard this from a lot of other people, as well. We all just thought we were being our own hungry selves, not realizing a med could be contributing. I would seriously make sure I had bags of candy in the house every night b/c I knew around 10 o'clock if I had nothing at home, I'd be crawling the walls.
I gained 68 pounds over those years, and dropped 85 in the 7 months immediately following. It's supposed to be weight "neutral", just giving you something to watch for so you can get control early, and know what's causing your behavior. Good luck to you! This might be the best thing ever! And if it's not, do NOT give up. You have not tried them all (almost no one actually has), and some of them work of different neurochemicals than others!!! :-)
Hi Trkey! Nice to meet you. I was using Cymbalta a few years ago for chronic pain. Initially, it did give me some relief. Over the years that I'd used it, I did experience some unwanted side effects, however, these might not be solely attributable to Cymbalta, Some effects included dry mouth, change in taste, a very suppressed appetite (I didn't have the sensation of hunger at all), drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, & increased sweating. My dreams at nighttime were extremely vivid & it seemed like they were no longer my own as I wasn't able to control them any longer.
My warning is concerning the cessation of this drug. I weaned off it V-E-R-Y, V-E-R-Y
slowly, yet still suffered terribly from several withdrawal symptoms.
I hope Cymbalta works well for you, Trkey. Good luck!
Trkey; For me it did work great for the nerve pain and my depression with very few side effects and those I did get went away after a few weeks. This is one of the few that they use for both I have to say it is worth a try and remember it can take up to 6 weeks to reach the full blood level of this medication, but you do get some benefits from it prior to that time..Have a good day and hope it works for you as well as it does for me. Chuck1957
This is my first ever comment. I hope it helps.
I just want to add my good wishes for you with Cymbalta. I started taking it for depression 7 years ago with positive results. As my MS has added multiple symptoms of pain, my MD increased the dosage to one capsule, two times per day. It worked great for a number of years. After a period of time though, I got the idea it wasn't working, so I was weaned off. (??? )
Well... I had no idea how sick I really am, lol! I thought I had pain with Cymbalta? Oh my! I was put right back on the Cymbalta, my MD did a mental head slap, I'm sure, and quit listening to my ideas!
Now I take Cymbalta with Lyrica due to restless legs, but overall, I attribute my staying mobile and happy to Cymbalta.
Hi, I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for almost 20 years so I have had experience with many meds. As far as Cymbalta, it helped depression mildly however Abilify was added to cover the depression. As to the pain results, it did nothing for me or for my father in the last year of his life. I do however have family and friends who have had success with it. The best medication I have found to control depression and helps slightly with the pain is Pristiq. Hope this helps.
I started taking Cymbalta several years ago with great success. Although I'm not using it to treat pain as well I can tell you my experience using it for depression. I had no side effects when I first began taking it and it has worked really well for my depression. I wouldn't go without it now! I did once go off it for a short while because I thought it was no longer as effective but soon realized that I'd made a big mistake and went straight back on it, but while I was weaning off it that was also smooth sailing with no withdrawal symptoms or other problems at all. So overall for me Cymbalta has really worked in every way. I know we're not all the same and that medications can have different effects on each individual, I just hope that Cymbalta works as well for you as it has for me. Take care & all the best :)
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
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