Fibro takes its toll. How many of you take anti depressants? If yes what made you make the decision? What are the positives and negatives?
@A MyFibroTeam Member, I thought I was weaning properly. I talked to 3 pharmacists and my rheumatologist, but they were all wrong. I weaned way to fast 😟 I went from 60mg to 40mg for 2 weeks, then 40mg to 20 for a few weeks then stopped. The 2nd day after I stopped all hell broke loose, I thought I was going to die. Most doctors don't know enough about these drugs they hand out like candy. To properly wean from Cymbalta you decrease your amount by 10% (some people can only do it by 5%) every few weeks. It can take up to 18 months depending on how long you've been on it and how many mg's.
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For anyone thinking about taking Cymbalta....please research, research and more research. I was on it for almost 2 years. It didn't really help with anything but did help some with my anxiety. It stopped working so the doctor weaned me off. My doctor (most doctors don't know) didn't wean me properly so I went thru HORRIBLE withdrawals. I've been off of them for about 7 months and think I have protracted withdrawal syndrome. This can last for years. I belong to a FB group called "Cymbalta Hurts Worse" the stories of what this drug has done to people is so sad. I have a friend trying to get off Lexipro, it will take him 18 months to get off completely. Doctors need to warn their patients how dangerous antidepressants can be.
Cymbalta is a wonder drug or was for me it is for fibromyalgia & depression. I am holding off on pain med until absolutely have to. Have a high tolerance for pain, been told by drs,take Tramadol on occasionally. That does not mean that necessarily others of you do not need pain medicine. I have known those who were not able to keep from becoming addicted to pain meds. Not everyone abuses them and pain from fibromyalgia definitely is severe enough for pain Rx. Just never stop seeking help regardless what avenue u have to follow,. Life is hard sometimes, this does not make it easier but life is still a beautiful ride!Godbless
Hi I've been on Citalopram for about 10 years!!!! I was put on them when my mum got killed in a RTA and looked after my dad with MS he died 3 yrs ago and I was diagnosed with Fibro so I'm guessing I needed them!!!
The shock & stress knocked me for 6 along with major flare ups. I was put on Amitriptyline but I was having bad mood swings and was like a bull in a China shop!!!! They all have side effects so it's best to Google them to read up.
mine do help good luck and let us know how you get on and feel xxx