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Cymbalta Helpful Or Not?

Cymbalta Helpful Or Not?

I have been prescribed cymbalta as an alternative to Gabapentin (which has caused irrevocable damage due to weight gain) I was just wondering if anyone has tried it? Is on it? What are the pro’s and cons? Both my specialist nurse and his supervisor feel its the best fit for me and that in comparison to Gabapentin its far better. Did you guys find this the case for you?

about 3 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member

Cymbalta comes with side effects that may or may not effect you. I would take to your doctor and ask them why they think Cymbalta is right for you. It comes with the typical weight gain side effects, but in rare cases it can cause extreme agitation, rates and aggressive behavior on side and it can worsen for some with depression and cause suicidal thoughts and of actions. It like any in the antidepressant medication group need to be closely monitored by your doctor and I strongly recommend that you have a counselor that you see weekly as they can also watch for the more suttle side effects that you don't realize you are experiencing

about 3 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member

I have a naturopath and he orders test he needs answers for and things I need to be more physically stable! And my insurance covers all the tests but with proper wording they also cover the compounds medication I need.

about 3 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member

What works for 1 doesn't always work for someone else. Hugs and Prayers

about 3 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member

My pain clinic specialist nurse and his supervisor were who felt cymbalta would be better for me than Gabapentin, incidentally all the symptoms you named I have suffered with on Gabapentin too especially aggression. Im not naturally aggressive so was a shock for me. The weight gain has ruined me on it too so was relieved to hear that it was a symptom on cymbalta but not as bad. Thanks @A MyFibroTeam Member, for taking time to comment and point out medical team monitoring on any meds is imperative

about 3 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member

Hi...I take 60mg Cymbalta (Dr tried 90mg, I was no good- couldn't stay awake) but added CoQ10 at night with it, my pain is mostly subsided. I don't have depression, I take Cymbalta strictly for the pain. I read a lot and found CoQ10 is a natural choice for helping with pain in arthritis, lupus so I gave it a try and it is in my daily dose now.
My fibro was brought on by PTSD, and putting it on a shelf for many years to raise my boys. Ive got a great doc that "gets it", she's awesome. Don't give up, just do your research and find what works for you. The Cymbalta takes an adjustment period, and if you do start it do not miss a dose - seriously- you'll feel like you have the flu! Im hoping to wean off in the next year or so to give my body a break...

about 3 years ago

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