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233622 tn?1279338505

Cymbalta

Has anyone used this? My doctor called a script in for me today.  

LA
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427279 tn?1210923421
hi,i have heard its pretty good and i was even going to try it but cant because of thyroid...good luck .....deb
465975 tn?1224235235
Hello LA, Thanks so much for the response to my rant yesterday. I feel better today. Still have the double vision but like always my friends here cheer me up.
  To answer your question. I was on Cymbalta for about 6 weeks. I asked to be taken off of it. It was making me feel strange. Very "short Fused", irritated, grouchy. I started taking Effexor when this started and I went back to it just a higher dose now. I have seen where people here have got on it and it has helped very well. Good luck to you my friend......
Mike  
450140 tn?1317950904
I actulally started it today. Will go through it together. Made me feel jittery today.
Lets keep in contact about it.

Beth
233622 tn?1279338505
What dose did they start you at.  OH I do NOT need to feel jittery. I already have that problem. :(  
Yes, lets stay in touch.

LA
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I was on it for about 6 weeks too.  I asked to be taken off of it because it made me feel drousy.  That's the last thing I needed to add to my already debilitating fatigue.  

I've read similar posts on the Fibromyalgia board, but it must work well for some.

Good luck!  

Julia
233622 tn?1279338505
Thanks.  I read through the information on this medication and have some concerns.

It mentioned something about panic attacks.  I have had a lot of trouble with panic attacks and anxitey through out the years.

I am also wondering if I can still take Advil on this medication.  

I called my doctor and left a message for her.  I should hear back tomorrow.

LA
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I have been on it for about 2 years and I LOVE IT!! It has made a huge diff in my day to day life and I hope it never stops working. The main downer of it is it does seem to cause weight gain :(
Good luck!!
233622 tn?1279338505
beverlyj,

Ugh..weight gain is not what I need.  I just packed on 15 pounds after my diagnosis.  I can not blame MS for my weight gain.  I am sure it is anxiety and because I took my focus off of my diet.  


Any anxiety problems?  

LA
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Well, my family tells me now I'm laid back to a fault. I don't get excited about anything at all. So, no, there is no anxiety. Perhaps the weight gain comes from me not feeling to need to do anything about it LOL.
233622 tn?1279338505
I am almost right there with you on the weight thing.  I guess I don't feel the need to impress anyone any more.  

Plus, my husband has put on more than a few pounds himself.  I dieted my whole life.  I like to cook. I like to go out to eat.  I could be thin my whole life, but I would be hungry and miserable.  

I would rather enjoy life a little. Especially now that I have MS and am dealing with the issues that come with it.  I was no happier thin than I am now.  But I was hungrier!

LA
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I tried it at 30mg.  At first, I was jumpy and had trouble sleeping.  Then I started getting weird stomach cramps that were waking me up all night.  So I stopped it.  I would have waited out the insomnia but the stomach thing was very uncomfortable.  I don't have too much trouble with meds usually but this one was not right for me.  I wished it had worked - people who do well with it, love it.

Let us know how you do.
233622 tn?1279338505
That is not good news for me.  The Rolaids bottle is my best friend. I buy the huge jug of them.  

I have been treated for reflux in the past and should probably go back on Nexium again because my tummy is a mess.  

Advil is really doing a job on my stomach. Not to mention my dx of IBS.  

I called the doctor and left a message about my concerns with this medication.  I will hear back tomorrow.

LA
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My stomach issue was nothing like acid reflux or IBS.  It was  a totally different feeling.  There wasn't any diarrhea or anything.  It was just an uncomfortable cramping.  It may not do anything like that to you.  As I said, for some people, it is a miracle drug so it is probably still worth a try:)  And if Cymbalta allows you to take less advil, it's probably a good thing.

As for the advil.... I take prescription 800 ibuprofen and it has less of a stomach issue with me than taking 4 of the OTC advil.  My stomach really reacts to the other ingredients in advil.  And always always always take it with food.  
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