I am scared as well to take it because I am afraid of the side effects but those who take it for pain has there been a big difference in the pain subsiding I have tried everything for the pain in my joints and does it keep you from sleeping and for those prayer warriors please pray for me I pick up my prescription after having been prescribed it a month ago I hate taking medications as well I am also obese high blood pressure and newly diabetic please help m e be more comfortable
I get side effects with almost everything, and mine have been minimal with 20mg of Cymbalta. I had headaches for the first week or so about 6 hours after taking it (so I took it right before bed so that I would sleep through the headache and that worked). It also made me tired for the first week or so, but that could have been from other things and just because I was so exhausted (I have nerve pain + anxiety).
I am on the minimal dose and having break through pain, but it's nothing that I can't live with. It took the edge off the physical anxiety that was being caused by the pain (as my body's natural fight or flight reaction to the weird nerve signals). I don't like to be on medication either, so I am working on teaching myself to deal with the "break through" burning and tingling by associating those sensations as being not-dangerous and comforting - vividly imagining a more positive and comforting scene - sitting close to a fireplace instead of putting my hands on a hot stove like my body thinks I must be doing :-)
For me, this medicine is most effective when I don't consume alot of carbs (which is hard this time of year).
Everyone is different though... My experiences on Cymbalta have been surprisingly side effect free after the first week or so.
Good luck and hope you feel better soon!
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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