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This thread below may help you that you posted earlier, I have no experience with symbyax so I can't give you a comparison but have done okay (that I know of) with Lyrica.
Im so glad all of you responded. I see my doc tom. and will discuss alot with him.
Marji, thank you so much for your response its so nice to see people =here are so caring and informative, well Iv made a big decision for myself and will talk more on it tom. with my doc Iv decided that my depression/anxiety is more important right now and as you said that is most important especially when your in pain physically. I have decided NOT to take the Lyrica as I can see now its nada for anxiety/depression . So hence on to the symbyax.
My doc is grea tho we have been seeing each other for 8 yrs now he has seen me thru alot..... ON the elavil its just so sedating but he did say its pretty safe of course nowadays gosh what is safe! My biggest problem has been I was cutting my prednisone too fast so I went right back up on it which should help alot with pains. But Im so glad you wrote what you did as I agree theFDA is waytoo lax now on new meds . The cymbalta is the med I really had a problem with the allergic reaction was bad. So it is a new med when you look at it closely.
LIke you were saying the older meds sometimes are best. The symbyax is actually 2 old drugs put together its olanzapine/fluoxetine (prozac) which at 1st I was like oh my gosh am I sckitzo?? (SP?) but he explained NO your not I want you to get the anxiety/dep. under control so after tearing up and then bucking up I had to admit to myself and hubby ok I NEED To do this ! Im so tired of always being sick and tired so I agreed actually 4 mo ago to take any type of antidep.
For my liver checks doc since Iv been on elavil has been doing liver blood function tests every month since I started it so far so good only 1 pt above normal so Iv been lucky . He is very informative and VERY careful with especially me with all my meds (51 yrs young me) so now at the "middle age" he is more careful. Anyways I will list my meds down here so you can see too it took 6 docs and a naturalpathic doc to finally get to this doc Iv had for 8 yrs to finally diagnose me with thyroid/lupus. Thanks for letting me babble on here and thank you so much for all you guys info especialy you =Marji.
Med: Prednisone 10mg (weaning slowly back to 5 due to bad sinus infect. ) Questran powder, nexium,20mg estrogen patch/ring/ evista, synthroid 50, elavil10 (will probably be switching to symbyax lowest dose is 5/25) lomotil as needed had gallbladder out last yr. compazine as needed. ativan 1 mg as needed seems like so much but to me I dont mind taking meds as long as they help. tx so much Jonny (female)
Again thanks for being so informative and most of all caring, I was sorta surprised you said I m not on that much meds to me I am but oh well!
The questran my gastro doc put me on as it is a very old cholesterol med actually it was given to me for bad diarrhea since removing my gallbladder last yr not to be too graphic but food would litteraly go right threw me. So this binds up all the bile salts and helps the going alot more, the ony good benefit from it is it lowers your cholesterol big time so there is a plus. ITs a powder so it tastes pretty nasty but if you mix it with a sugar free juice its ok, as far as energy not that much its just basicallly works on the bowel and cholesterol. As far as plaquenil I see alot of lupus people here on it, I know I was told once by a rheumy doc that it takes about 3 months to actually kick in is that true? My doc now said its ok but hard on the liver enzymes so was wondering about that . I was wondering does it help with any joint/muscle pains ? I will ask my doc today about it. Well take care and talk soon I will let you know what the do does Im to the point to heck right now with the ad's and just go with the elavil ! As I said before the elavil was not that bad the worst allergic reaction Iv had is the cymbalta and Im just about afraid to even try the symbyax. Ill let you know tx Jonny