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3/17/14 8:17 A

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I have been on 90 mg of Cymbalta for years now. No side effects except for a little dry mouth. Gets me to drink more water! It helps tremendously I wake up not being able to walk at all (fall down and have to wait for an amburlance crew to get me back up) after a couple of hours after taking the Cymbalta and I can walk with the walker much better, rarely falling. I still spend hours in the wheelchair to be able to do daily activities. up to 300 steps a day now.

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5/3/12 2:41 P

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They put me on Cymbalta and I had an allergic reaction - my feet swelled up so bad I couldn't walk. I am taking Neurontin 300 mg a day now, but that may make you sleepy too.. It helps somewhat, but I am on a low dose and the neurologist said I can go up much higher for pain relief so is upping the dosage to 600 a day. Neurontin (gabapentin is the generic) Neurontin may make you sleepy too. Sorry I can't be of more help. looks like you have lots of feedback here at any rate.

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4/30/12 4:07 P

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I was on Cymbalta for 3 months. Every day was worse than the previous. The Dr put me on it to help with back pain. I felt like I was falling into a deep hole. No motivation, didnt care about house, kids, or doing anything. I hated it. I finally realized it wasn't right. The Dr took me off it, I weaned off it. But the brain zaps were driving me crazy so my Dr put me on Celexa which helped with that and I am finally coming out of the hole, hence the joining SP and wanting to get my body back in shape.

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4/30/12 1:45 P

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I have been on Cymbalta for about 9 months and I find it really works well for me. I started on 40mg, but felt I did't have any emotional response to things -- I see someone saying they couldnt cry -- I couldn't either, or be happy, or be sad, so I asked that I be lowered. We dropped to 20mg but my pain came back so we went up to 30 and all is good. I react to things like a normal person - but am just a little bit achy in general - with some flares of course - but overall this has been the best management we have found.







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12/11/11 2:40 A

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I was on cymbalta for six months, but I asked my doc to take me off. I was sleeping (or trying to) 14 hours a day, and the last symptom to arrive was my hair was falling out and my nails breaking. I've now been off it 3 weeks and I"m down to 10 hours of "attempted" sleep per nite, and my nails have finally quit breaking. Don't know about the hair deal yet - scared to go see my beautician. The problem was, it was GREAT for my pain. I had entire days where I could actually enjoy myself without thinking "Where's a good place to sit and rest?"

I'm on another one - dang I wish I could remember the name of that other drug - but it's downstairs. I don't think it's strong enough though. I took cymbalta at nite, so this one I tried that, and I work nites. I found that before it came time to take it, I'd be nauseated, and exhausted. So I switched the mornings, which is great, but it's hard to get out of bed, not because I'm tired, but because I hurt more. About 4 hrs after I take the med, it seems to ease somewhat. (not counting today).

Later, when I remember the name of my newer med, I'll let you know.

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12/4/11 10:44 P

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I took Cymbalta for 6 days. I couln't sleep at all. I tried taking it in the morning too. It also made me feel zombie like no emotion or desire. The worse part is it did stop the pain.! '
I quit it after 6 days.

I take Klonopin and small dose of codiene. It worked for awhile,no having trouble sleeping. Im taking 1 1/4 mg at night and 1/4 or .25 mg at noon. Is this alot?
Is anyone having good luck with Lyrica. afraid to try. If it does work insurance wont pay. oh geez. I got to get some help. emoticon

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11/15/11 10:00 P

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I was on Cymbalta about 5 years ago. Hated it. I was on it for depression, it helped with the depression but it caused me other problems. When I told my doc I wanted off she wanted me to stay on it for a year. I decided to withdraw from it. I don't suggest that for anyone. It was what I imagine addicts go through. It was terrible.



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11/15/11 1:50 P

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Hello.
I'm sorry you are having trouble with your meds.
I've never taken Cymbalta or Lyrica. My doctor prescribed Savella and I love it! It gave me my life back. I had more energy and much less pain and the fibro fog went away as well. I actually got outside and cut and hauled 10 truckloads of brush from my land that i hadn't been able to deal with until I started taking the Savella. I also started going to the gym and really working out, bicycling about 25 - 30 miles 5 times per week and lifting weights as well.

I stopped taking it a few months ago because of stomach pain but I think it may have been another med that was causing the issue with my stomach. I am going to start back on the Savella this week since the fibro is really beginning to hit me hard now.

I hope you find the help you are looking for.

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8/27/11 10:17 A

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Sorry guys, I should have created a New Post for that Dr. Oz post.

HAPPY 2014. MAKE IT A FUN & HEALTHY YEAR!

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8/26/11 11:06 P

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thanks patty

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8/26/11 4:41 P

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Have you all noticed that Dr. OZ is on at least 1 cover of a magazine a week promoting a diet or diet plan? This week he is on 3 magazine covers. I thought that he was a real doctor & wanted to help people. But it seems like to me that he is just trying to get popular. What do you all think?

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8/26/11 12:52 P

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I get dry mouth too. When I wake up it's awful...

I usually chew gum throughout the day and that helps me. I'll have to try the Biotine mouth spray.

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8/25/11 9:22 A

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Hi, I too get extreme dry mouth. One thing my doctor has told me is to stay away from all mouth washes with alcohol in them like Listerine. There are products in the tooth paste isle a couple brands are Biotine and Oasis that are a little helpful. One of my doctors suggested I only use Arm & Hammer Toothpaste the one that says Baking soda and Peroxide. I have been using it since last April, and I can see a big difference in my mouth. For those times, when you can't take a drink, Biotine makes a moisturizing mouth spray (purse size). I also have a mouth gel (made by Biotine too) called Oralbalance - its in a tube. These products have all helped me a bit. Hope they help you too. emoticon

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8/24/11 8:34 P

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1 of my big pet peeve is the dry/cotton mouth from medicine ..
does anyone else get this way
its almost hard to breathe

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8/24/11 12:25 P

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I'm currently taking Cymbalta for Fibro pain. When I first started I was a wreck. Nauseated and loopy and could barely frame a sentence. As my body adjusted to it, I was fine. Then the doctor upped the dosage and the nausea and loopiness came back for a few weeks. Now I'm adjusted to it and doing alright.

Does it totally take away the pain, no. But for the every day stuff it's good. When I get flares, I take Naproxen. I don't like taking heavy duty pain killers as it is....the Cymbalta is bad enough.

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8/23/11 5:22 P

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At first I was fine on this medication until they upped the dose. I had the scariest time of my life on this medication. I could not tell what was real of my imagination. I had vivid scary hallucination.I had weeks of this before I could get the medication out of my system.I was terrified and became suicidal and could not tell if anything going on around me was real or a noghtmare.

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8/21/11 9:37 A

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I take cymbalta and am always tired in the morning. I'm not sure if it's from the cymbalta or from fibromyalgia.



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8/20/11 1:59 P

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Amitriptyline worked quite well for me for about a week... then I started sleeping longer and longer, I could NOT stay awake--and when I hit SIXTEEN PLUS hours a day, I called the doctor and discarded what was left.

We're all SO different... At least life isn't BORING that way... LOL

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Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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8/19/11 9:03 P

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My main med for fibromyalgia is Amitriptyline which I take at night for the pain and sleep. For awhile, the dr put me on cymbalta - but I began to be concerned that I couldn't cry anymore... which was weird... I have always easily been able to cry with those who are hurting, so to not have that show of my compassion was disconcerting- until a good friend asked if they'd changed my meds.... YUP.... So I took myself off it.

I also have severe knee pain - and up to recently have used Naproxin for that and for fibro... dr took me off of regular use of it to work on my edema.

Roxie (Wisconsin)

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8/19/11 3:34 P

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I'm on Cymbalta for pain/depression it's been helping me. Asfor the sleepiness I found by adjusting how you take it helps. I take one in the morning and one at night. The sleepiness in the morning went away in time as I got use to the medication. Best of luck

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8/19/11 11:42 A

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Iv'e been taking Cymbalta for more then a year for pain/depression. I can tell, somewhat, that it is help the depression, but it does not help the pain at all!! I am always tired and sleep a great deal of the time. But like you, I don't know if that is from the medication or from having Fibro/CFS. I have also tried Welbutrin & Lyrica. Neither of them helped the pain, both did cause me to gain weight. I have tried other things as well, but have yet to find anything that helps with the pain. I wish you luck.

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8/19/11 9:11 A

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I have taking Cymbalta for almost two years. It really never did anything for me for pain, but doctor has kept me on it for depression. However, we have recently decided to take me off of it all together, and start on Wellbutrin. I also take Lyrica, which helps a little. I also suffer from intense knee pain. Lyrica does nothing to touch this pain, even the small dose of vicodin which I take in the evening, does not address the pain in my knees and calves at all.

I am always tired, so I don't know if it is the meds, or just the condition of having chronic fatigue.

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8/19/11 12:38 A

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Not for this kid-- Severe nausea and dizziness--and my insurance won't cover it anyway so why bother! LOL

If it works for you, more power to you. If it doesn't... maybe it's time to look for an alternative,,,?

Good luck either way!

Kathy emoticon

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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8/18/11 10:46 P

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it dont make me sleepy i have energy

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8/18/11 9:10 P

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i would like to know if anyone is taking cymbalta as a pain med. Have been on it about a year and the main side effect is I get tired easily.So it has been a challenge to get any exercise routine in .Usually come home from work and sleep for about 30 minutes.So if there is anyone out there in sparkvill please help emoticon

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