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    my doc prescribed Cymbalta for pain I just started and wondered if anyone else had luck with it and what side effects if any it had
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  • #2
    I tried it for about 8 weeks and had no change in pain level what so ever. I rate my pain level a 6-7 most days with spikes higher from time to time. I had no unpleasant side effects from it.

    All the best,
    GJ

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    • #3
      for pain? husband takes it as a antidepressant

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      • #4
        Originally posted by MSWIFE1 View Post
        for pain? husband takes it as a antidepressant
        FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
        Cymbalta Effectively Treats Osteoarthritis and Chronic Low Back Pain, Studies Show

        Nov. 5, 2010 – A drug used to treat depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, and diabetic neuropathy has been approved by the FDA for a new use -- to treat chronic musculoskeletal pain, including pain caused by osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain.

        The drug is sold under the brand name Cymbalta (duloxetine hydrochloride) and is manufactured by Eli Lilly and Co., a major pharmaceutical company based in Indianapolis. Chronic low back pain is one of the most common forms of musculoskeletal pain, and finding an effective treatment can sometimes be challenging.
        The approved dose for chronic musculoskeletal pain is a 60-milligram capsule taken once a day, swallowed whole; it does not have to be timed with meals.
        "Up to three-quarters of the population experience chronic pain at some time in their lives," Janet Woodcock, MD, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a prepared statement."This approval means that many of those people now have another treatment option."
        Clinical trials showed that taking Cymbalta significantly reduced chronic pain, compared with a placebo. More than 29,000 patients used Cymbalta in clinical trials, including people with osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain.

        The most common side effects among Cymbalta users were nausea, dry mouth, insomnia, drowsiness, constipation, fatigue, and dizziness. There were serious side effects as well, including liver damage, hives, rashes, swelling in the face, pneumonia, depressed mood, and suicidal thoughts and behavior. These more serious side effects have occurred in less than 1% of patients taking Cymbalta.
        Since its approval in 2004, an estimated 30 million people have used Cymbalta.

        All the best,
        GJ
        Last edited by gjnl; 04-16-2014, 06:58 PM.

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        • #5
          My Dad takes it for BOTH neuropathic pain, and for mood. No clear side effects. He had to increase his dose until he had benefit. He is also on Gabapentin for pain.

          The main concern is that if decide to go off this medication, you should taper it slowly under a doctor's guidance. For some people suddenly stopping Cymbalta can throw you into a severe depression that is scary. Taper it slowly....

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          • #6
            thanks for the info yal
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            • #7
              Oops
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              Last edited by hlh; 04-16-2014, 11:05 PM.

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              • #8
                Thanks from me too! This has proved to be very interesting. I had no idea it helped with nerve pain, but his MS does cause nerve pain too. Also he has skipped a couple of days and his mood went way out of whack. Wondering now if we should try to taper down on the Lyrica for pain since they added the Cymbalta. May have to ask dr about this.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MSWIFE1 View Post
                  Thanks from me too! This has proved to be very interesting. I had no idea it helped with nerve pain, but his MS does cause nerve pain too. Also he has skipped a couple of days and his mood went way out of whack. Wondering now if we should try to taper down on the Lyrica for pain since they added the Cymbalta. May have to ask dr about this.
                  Good question to ask his Doc. Tapering off of these drugs can be very difficult. I've read about people tapering off of Cymbalta and opening the smallest dosage capsule and taking portions of the "beads" inside the capsules to taper off the dosage. It can be a long, hard slog, especially when depression is involved.

                  All the best,
                  GJ

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                  • #10
                    Good points.

                    The reason we chose Cymbalta (now available as generic - duloxetine - which is much cheaper) was to try to kill two birds with one stone. Get the Cymbalta up to a dose where you are doing pretty well, and then try to decrease the gabapentin/lyrica (slowly, of course). In general, Cymbalta tends to have less fatigue/cognitive side effects than gabapentin/lyrica. Of course "everyone is different".

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                    • #11
                      I doubt that Cymbalta works for nerve pain. When suggested from a different doctor I asked my primary physician, and even he meant, most likely I would not get any benefits from it. I personally dislike all these antidepressants, because my experience - when trying them - was, that I felt really weird; also my greatest joy in live had always come AFTER going through crises with open eyes and allowing sadness and despair. How else would one learn how to deal with it? But it would be interesting to find out if anybody got their painlevel reduced by it...

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                      • #12
                        I tried it for a few months. It didn't do anything to touch pain and caused my liver enzymes to sky rocket. Make sure your LFT's are checked while on Cymbalta. It is a nasty drug. Hope you feel better.

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                        • #13
                          i was on it and then got the generic version. it helped the pain in my back but not my neuropathic pain in my legs. no side effects that i found. i would still be on it yet i lost my job and now it is too expensive through medicare because of the deductable i have to pay right now. i was on 2 insurances and had to go back to medicare prescription plan. i am in search of a way to get rid of my neuropathic pain now. if i could find something my quality of life would improve dramatically.
                          Josh S.
                          T6 complete as of 7/17/03

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                          • #14
                            careful side effect can be suicide, on cymbalta i sat wity my service weapon but was too drugged to pull the trigger.

                            tried it again a few years later and went down the same path never had any pain relief. some people report pain relief. seems to work okay for diabetic neuropathy.

                            ket

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                            • #15
                              been a few weeks its helping some so far
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