Posted 2/25/2008 9:10 AM (GMT -7)
I took Cymbalta for a few months, it gave me pretty bad night sweats and I had a hard time waking up from it as well, and I was taking it only at night. Everyone reacts differently to medications and Cymbalta might help you. Lots of well wishes to you and soft hugz, keep us posted...
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Posted 2/25/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -7)
Mochiah,
I've been on Cymbalta for sometime now. The side effects have been zero that I've noticed and I feel that it is helping with nerve pain.
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Posted 2/25/2008 11:50 AM (GMT -7)
Sue, I was on Cymbalta for PN in my feet and hands and it really helped me. But, like all medications I take it eventually stopped working as well so I was switched to Lyrica. At the time I was on it I was also on Lexapro , I really can't say it made any difference in my depression as the Lexapro has it under control. I had no side effects while on Cymbalta at all. Everyone is so different on how they will react to a medication. As with any drug someone is going to come along that had a terrible side effect with it, I generally take it all with a grain of salt, because we are so different with meds. Susie

Posted 2/27/2008 1:58 PM (GMT -7)
Well, I had decided that I would try it when I see him in a few days. So, I go to my health insurance web site to find out how much my co-pay will be......it isn't in the formulary so it would cost me $120-$150. Guess that one is out of the question until the price comes into my range. I wish I would have looked there first so I didn't have to bother everyone with the question in the first place.

Thanks all, for the info though.
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, trazodone, and baclofen
 
To handle yourself, use your head...to handle others, use your heart
 
I'm going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.

Posted 2/27/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -7)
Mochiah you migh discuss a trial of effexor with your doctor if the cymbalta is too expensive (it's new and there's no generic yet so a lot of people can't get it for financial reasons). Effexor has some similar properties; it's sort of the older version, and there is a generic. It's worth discussing with your MD, especially since your current anti-depressant isn't working very well. Effexor work in similar fashion to cymbalta in regard to the neurotransmitters. Check your insurance website; I bet they pay for that. Some insurance companies even require a trial of effexor before they'll pay for cymbalta. And I just started on effexor myself, due to the problems I noted above re: cymbalta. Good luck!
Posted 2/27/2008 2:30 PM (GMT -7)
I did check that one out, too, because it is in the same family of medication and it is covered. It wasn't stated in the literature that it was used for neuropathic pain like Cymbalta is, though, so I wasn't sure if it would be the same...now I know. Thanks.
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, trazodone, and baclofen
 
To handle yourself, use your head...to handle others, use your heart
 
I'm going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.

Posted 2/27/2008 4:50 PM (GMT -7)
It's not quite the same as cymbalta, and you're right that it isn't marketed for neuropathic pain, although for some it can help. I think it's one of what they call "off label" uses, versus cymbalta which has been tested and FDA approved for neuropathic pain. Let me know how it goes.

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