Cymbalta and Lyrica

Laurie Community Member October 29, 2007
  • I am a nurse with arthritis,Fibromyalgia and Hypothyroidism.Against what I beli,I tried Cymbalta last year for pain relief.It was a miracle drug! it is,however,not for long term use.As I had to up the dose to 120mg per day,which is not approved.

    I read about the terrible withdrawal effects.The only side effects I ever had while on it was terrible constipation.it had NO EFFECT on anxiety or depression.wday(insurance would not pay and company said it has no extra benefit to go to 120mg.I then tried Lyrica and so far its good.I am withdrawing off of Cymbalta.I believe,from all I have been told and read,or experience,that ALL of these drugs lose their effectiveness after a while.Drug companies are making billions!!! I do not want to take narcotics or NSAIDS either anymore.So i will give Lyrica a chance.Probably down the road,we will be told it is dangerous and not to take it.For,now,in order to function everyday,I am taking it! I walk in the woods with my dogs,burn scented candles and try to relax.That helps alot.I strongly believe that the sea,woods and jungles hold cures and remedies for all things and that will be my next step.So far,the Cymbalta withdrawal is ok cause I am on Lyrica.The first few days on Lyrica,I felt a little high and dizzy.It went away.I believe that Cymbalta is great for pain,but not long term!.

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  • Anonymous
    Melanie
    Mar. 25, 2014
    I have tried three medications so far. Cymbalta which caused the pain to worsen. Then I tried neurontin for a little while and noticed some improvements but not for long. I am trying lyrica and the first week of slowing increasing the medication and I became horribly depressed. I was told to stop increasing the dose and to maintain for awhile. The depression...
    RHMLucky777
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    I have tried three medications so far. Cymbalta which caused the pain to worsen. Then I tried neurontin for a little while and noticed some improvements but not for long. I am trying lyrica and the first week of slowing increasing the medication and I became horribly depressed. I was told to stop increasing the dose and to maintain for awhile. The depression lighted up, but still worried of that possible side effect. What should I do. I can easily ramp up the pain by being in flourescent lights or bright natural lights. Drive in a car for 2 hours or being stress from work or family...I feel like I am going crazy
  • Anonymous
    VegasNerve
    Feb. 03, 2014

    I live in a world of pain since 3-21-1999. Diagnosed with fibro 2012.

    .Nature does provide the best relief thru my dogs, nature trail, and just looking up at the sky day or night.I am attempting to break free of the Rx prison also. week two 2-2-2014. Know attempting nothing about Kratow?

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • sick and tired
    Oct. 25, 2011

    I was diagnosed 2 years ago with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. In Canada we only have 30 or 60 mg dosages of Cymbalta. At 60mg a miracle I am mostly pain free.  I do occasionally take half a tablet of zopiclone if it takes more than an hour or two to get to sleep. So far so good.  I do suffer some side effects not unlike menopause but bearable....

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    I was diagnosed 2 years ago with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. In Canada we only have 30 or 60 mg dosages of Cymbalta. At 60mg a miracle I am mostly pain free.  I do occasionally take half a tablet of zopiclone if it takes more than an hour or two to get to sleep. So far so good.  I do suffer some side effects not unlike menopause but bearable.  I am concerned about long term effects and weaning off. what happens in 5 or 10 years?  I understand it is highly addictive.  What is the exit strategy? and can these capsules be taken apart so one can take the minimum dosage to try reducing for eg. 45mg? Does anyone know?

     

  • Roger
    Apr. 22, 2011

    I took Cymbalta for fibromyalga and ended up with pudendal neuralgia, a condition I probably had but Cymbalta worsened.  I now take Lyrica for that.  Lyric, like nearly every anti-convulsant I've taken, it gave me vivid nightmares for the first few days. It does work for my symptoms but I feel depressed and irritable. I'm going to try and see if those...

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    I took Cymbalta for fibromyalga and ended up with pudendal neuralgia, a condition I probably had but Cymbalta worsened.  I now take Lyrica for that.  Lyric, like nearly every anti-convulsant I've taken, it gave me vivid nightmares for the first few days. It does work for my symptoms but I feel depressed and irritable. I'm going to try and see if those side-effects subside before giving up. I've had problems driving and even cut myself badly. I hate to give up on it because it has been better than the other drugs I've taken which isn't saying much really.

  • Anonymous
    Meg
    Sep. 02, 2008

    I have fibromyalgia, arthritis and PTSD. I started taking Lyrica after a bad flare last July. I HATE this drug. It made me feel like a zombie and all I did was sleep and eat. I gained 36 pounds in one month and I was severely depressed because of what it took away from me - I could not drive, I had to set an alarm for 4 am to take it so I would be functional...

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    I have fibromyalgia, arthritis and PTSD. I started taking Lyrica after a bad flare last July. I HATE this drug. It made me feel like a zombie and all I did was sleep and eat. I gained 36 pounds in one month and I was severely depressed because of what it took away from me - I could not drive, I had to set an alarm for 4 am to take it so I would be functional by the time the kids got up so I could get them ready for school, and then of course there is the weight gain. I could not concentrate and I had memory problems. They added cymbalta and it cleared the "fog" I had from the Lyrica and treated what they had been calling "break through pain." I would like to wean off the Lyrica ASAP so I started seeing a doctor of osteopathy who specializes in fibromyalgia and cancer. He has done wonders for me with supplements and self injections of Vit B and magnesium. I also hate the idea of taking narcotics and so on, so this worked quite well for me. We are planning on tapering off the Lyrica soon. If I had it to do over again, I would never take Lyrica. It is a very scary drug.   

    • prettyNink
      May. 10, 2010

      i was diagnosed with fibermyalsha lst year, i am 29 years old and spent the last 4 years going through all kinds of surgery which they say could have caused my fibermyalsha, i started lyrica a few months ago, i can only take 75 mg at night because i get really dizzy and almost a little loopy, there is no way i can take it during the day, at first it seemed...

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      i was diagnosed with fibermyalsha lst year, i am 29 years old and spent the last 4 years going through all kinds of surgery which they say could have caused my fibermyalsha, i started lyrica a few months ago, i can only take 75 mg at night because i get really dizzy and almost a little loopy, there is no way i can take it during the day, at first it seemed to help but i do have a history of depression, i take 10 mg of lexapro at night and have for years, but this lyrica is makeing my depression really really severe, i have thoughts that i am worthless to my family and friends. i dont want my children to see me this way. im scared to get off lyrica because i do sleep well and scared i wont be able to sleep, im just so lost right now and dont know where to turn.

    • Paul
      May. 10, 2010

      I'm just a member here, and not a doctor, but my older sister has had Fibromyalgia for a long time and when should told me she couldn't sleep at night, I told her I was taking 25 mg. of Amitriptyline for a long time to help me sleep without waking up ten times during the night.

       

      She was helped by using this drug, 50 mg. each night, but it is an old drug,...

      RHMLucky777

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      I'm just a member here, and not a doctor, but my older sister has had Fibromyalgia for a long time and when should told me she couldn't sleep at night, I told her I was taking 25 mg. of Amitriptyline for a long time to help me sleep without waking up ten times during the night.

       

      She was helped by using this drug, 50 mg. each night, but it is an old drug, I have been taking it for 30 years, and there other new, perhaps better, drugs available to help with your sleep.

      Lyrica can be tapered off under your doctor's supervision. It is up to you whether you use a drug or not, but do not just stop on your own without talking to your doctor about that, and the other possible drugs and combinations which may help.

       

      I hope you find something which helps you without making you feel so bad, please don't suffer needlessly. Talk to your, or another, doctor about this.

  • Anonymous
    Trisha
    Dec. 17, 2007
    I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about eight years ago.  I was prescribed the drug Amitriptyline. It changed my life because I was suffering from chronic pain and fatigue (sleep disorder).  I exercise etc. but over the years I have slowly but surely had to increase the dose.  I have always followed my doctors recommendations ( she is great!)...
    RHMLucky777
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    I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about eight years ago.  I was prescribed the drug Amitriptyline. It changed my life because I was suffering from chronic pain and fatigue (sleep disorder).  I exercise etc. but over the years I have slowly but surely had to increase the dose.  I have always followed my doctors recommendations ( she is great!) and will continue to.  My philosphy has been if it isn't broke don't fix it but lately I have been seeing the commericals for Fibromyalgia and Lyrica and I wonder if down the road I might benefit from it.  I guess this would be a great question to ask my doctor at my next appointment.
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