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    cymbalta

    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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    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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    for pain? husband takes it as a antidepressant

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    Quote 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
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    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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    thanks for the info yal
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    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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    Quote 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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    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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