I just saw my pain management doctor last Thursday and he changed one of my meds. I went from Celexa to Cymbalta. He also put me on a z-pack of antibiotics for bronchitis.
I have had some strange side effects. I feel very out of it, almost like I am numb. I have ringing in both of my ears. I also have had a few episodes. In one, I was standing with both arms above my head looking for something in the cupboard and my whole body started shaking uncontrollably and my legs started jerking like they were going to fail me. I was kind of frozen in the position for a minute or so and couldn't bring my arms down. My husband helped me and I managed to get my arms down and get sat down in a chair. In the other 2 episodes that I have had, my legs have just started jerking like they were going to give out and buckle and it took all of my strength to get to a chair and sit down instead of falling down.
Yes, I did call my docs office today. According to my docs office, they do not believe that this could possibly be a side effect of the cymbalta and I am supposed to keep taking it. The dose was originally started at 30mg twice a day. Once the side effects started, I lowered the dose to just one 30mg tablet once a day.
I am on several other medications, but in talking to the pharmacist on the phone today, they do not believe that the side effects are from the cymbalta or an interaction with any of my other meds. I have read online where a few people taking this drug have had side effects somewhat like this. As of right now, I am still taking it at 30mg per day as it is possible that my body may adjust to the medicine and the side effects may lessen.
My med list is: 30mg cymbalta 1 per day, 75mcg levothyroxine, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day, 30mg oxycodone dosage is 1/2 up to two tabs every 4 hours not to exceed 7 tabs per day, florinef .1mg 1 per day, bupropion (wellbutrin) 150mg per day, 40mg simvastatin 2 per day, magnesium supplement, multivitamin, calcium supplement, fish oil with omega 3 supplement. To be taken as needed, ambien 10mg for insomnia, promethazine (phenergan) 25mg for nausea, sumatriptan (imitrex) 50mg for migraines.
I just finished a z-pack of azithromycin (I believe it was 250mg pills), an antibiotic on Monday for bronchitis.
Boy, this post has turned into a book! Sorry about that! I also found out on Thursday that I now have a hernia on my left side. Not like I don't already have enough to deal with.
Has anyone else had these types of side effects taking cymbalta? Have you had any side effects taking cymbalta? Also, I posted my med list in case anyone would know if there is a contraindication in between any of my current meds with the cymbalta.