I started Cymbalta 60 mg yesterday morning for major depression and anxiety. I was feeling very tired and slept most of the day. Today I feel better but still tired. My psychiatrist asked me to try it due back pain. Is fatigue a symptom of Cymbalta? Thanks in advance.
I've been on it for years for depression and if that contributes to your back pain it should help. Probably should find out why your having back pain. Cymbalta actually boosts my energy level as well as increase my blood pressure. I had taken almost every antidepressant out there and finally with cymbalta got relief from suicidal thoughts. It has significant side effect and I had problems initially and with dose changes with my Bp- up and down for a few days til I adjusted and I continue to have "head sweats" but it's a small price to pay for improvement in depression I had experience since adolescence. I wish you the best. The one thing you should guard against if you are on it past 3 months and that is to stop taking it abruptly or skip more than one day. Also if you are prescribed a change in antidepressants make sure you find out about serotonin syndrome.
There are some othe meds used for pain that can also increase serotonin levels and significant danger to your health. Won't go into detail here but just make sure you look this up and review info on cymbalta in this forum. It's a good group.
Fatigue is a possible side effect of cymbalta. For most it is just a start up side effect and goes away after awhile but it can be a long term side effect.
Cymbalta did nothing for my chronic back pain and made me depressed so please pay attention to how you are feeling in those first 6 weeks.
You should be able to tell if it is helping with your pain after the first week. If you find it isn't helping then you will want to discontinue it before the first 4 weeks as after that it can be very bad to get off of. It was a nightmare for me.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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