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   Posted 10/5/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking the Lyrica 75mg at night before bed for the past week.  The burning pain is gone (which was my biggest problem), I'm sleeping better, and I have soooo much more energy the next day.  When the sample wears off the mg will go up to 100.  He also wanted me to do Cymbalta too.  I am not sure I want to do that.  Why maybe mess up something that is working right now.  And why put more meds in my body that I may not need????
He is also wanting me to take the Lyrica 2x a day.  I tried that this morning and I felt like pure crap all day.  I was so tired and sluggish.  there is no way I am going to be able to take that and go to work.
Should i go ahead and do the 2x a day like he said or just keep doing what I am doing.  Like I said I feel 100% better just taking it at night.
What do y'all think????about the Cymbala and that Lyrica?????
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   Posted 10/6/2008 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning Meg,

I am on the 75 mg too.  My doctor asked me which one I wanted to try..the cymbalta OR the lyrica.  I didnt know you could take both.  I am on the 75mg 2x a day now too.  Can you not take the 2 pills together at night? say....around 5pm or maybe a bit later than that?  That way, it would have been in your system 12 - 14 hrs, so it should eleviate much of the symptoms?  There are others here on lyrica for awhile hopefully they will come along with their opinions.  Phone your pharmacist and ask if you can take the 2 pills at one time, they are experts and know so much more about these meds...I think that is your safest bet. While you have him/her on the phone..ask their opinion on your doc's suggestion of you being on both lyrica and cymbalta plus working.


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   Posted 10/6/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't take anything that I don't HAVE to.  If I were having success and was content with what I was taking, I wouldn't change a thing.
I'm probably not my doctor's favorite patient because I don't do exactly what he says all the time.  I used to, with other doctors, and ended up with more problems so now I use my head.  Besides, it's my body.  I have a prescription in my wallet right now that I haven't had filled.  I have a tender toe and he THINKS it might be gouty arthritis...not sure though.  His answer?  Pills!  Well, I can walk on my foot and I'm waiting to see if it improves as the weather improves.  (I do not fit the gout profile.  I checked that out.)  So, if the toe gets worse, then I'll reconsider.  This is just my humble opinion.

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   Posted 10/6/2008 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't tolerate either lyrica, or Cymbalta. Cymbalta gave me bad palpitations. Lyrica blurred my vision, caused bad water retention which was backing up into my lungs causing a nasty bronchial cough. Nasty stuff. But, if you can take it and it helps, take it. You can take them together, but I agree. Why? See if one helps. Maybe later on you'll need the other.
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   Posted 10/6/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Meg,
I am taking both Cymbalta and lyrica for my fibro and myofascial pain.  I started on Cymbalta and was still having pain.  My neurologist then put me on Lyrica..oh yeah, I was taking neurontin, which is a sister medicine to Lyrica..I had to gradually get off neurontin and gradually onto LYrica..I am now on 60mg of Cymbalta in the a.m. along with 150mg of Lyrica in the a.m. and I take 150 mg. of Lyrica again at night before I go to bed.  I had been having a terrible time with sleeping for years.  I got to the point that I couldn't get or stay asleep without taking an Ambien or a Xanax.  When I started taking Lyrica I started sleeping like I hadn't in first, I had  terrible time waking up, but now it isn't so hard..I don't remember that it caused alot of problems during the day..I think the Cymbalta gave me more energy along with being able to sleep better, I think I have more energy.  I still have some burning pain in the afternoon and evening, as my muscles get tired..but overall I do feel better.  My pain is mostly in my back and neck..between my shoulder blades...but to answer your question, yes you can take both cymbalta and lyrica.  Cymbalta is given for people with chronic pain.  Give it a try and let me know how you make out...Where do you have your pain?  Would love to hear how your fibro affects you...Hope you are feeling better..

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   Posted 10/6/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
so hi all just a question
obviously me and my psych. have the last say but if you were to take one med or the other in lieu of an antidepressant (ahem, such as zoloft) which would you choose, cymbalta or lyrica. I have had insomnia since childhood.
thanks for the imput. seems lyrica is better for sleep
any input is greatly appreciated....going to my therapist tomorrow

and to missy....lets keep in touch, i need to try one of these meds apparently. lets get all the info straight....but if "its not broke dont fix it" is my theory in general.


Post Edited (blushladybug) : 10/6/2008 1:01:34 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/6/2008 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Well Krista, I'm not sure I understand your question, though I have read it twice. The fact of the matter is that Cymbalta is also an antidepressant besides a good med for pain. Lyrica is not an antidepressant. Those are two facts that you have to have straight in your mind before you make your decision. Do You need an antidepressant? If you so, then go with the Cymbalta. If you have burning type nerve involvement pain, then take the Lyrica.

Good luck and hope this has helped.

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   Posted 10/7/2008 3:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all for your replies.  Now to answer the questions...
grammiejean: my worst pains that bothered me the most was the burning in my feet(gone for the most past thanks to the lyrica yeah ..I do have the bad neck, shoulder, and upper back pain, but Tylenol will help that.  Sometimes I feel the achieness in my legs but usually nothing that intolerable and again tylenol works for that too(so far don't wanna brag too much) eyes
blushladybug:  yes the Lyrica helps me sleep and I do feel so much more refreshed the next day.
Sherrie:You sound like me LOl...when I had the bad pain in my knee and went to the doc, he gave me motrin and hydrocodone.  I got the Motrin filled(took 1) and the other script is laying on my counter still.  I think doctors have stock in pharmacutical companies. 
I don't feel that I am depressed.  So I don't think I am going to take the cymbalta.  Like I sad the Lyrica is working wonders.  I also don't think I am going to take the Lyrica in the made me soooo tired.  Right now as long as everything is working well I will just just keep doing what I am doing.
ericsmom:  The samples the doc gave me were 75mg and the script is for 100 mg.  So hopefully when I start the 100 mg it will stay in my system a little longer, but like I said the 75mg is going wonders once  a day turn
Thanks again all for all the replies.  They helped me make a decision about the meds. yeah

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Meds: Cardizem CD~Prilosec~Klonopin(prn)~Daily Vitamin~Tylenol~Lyrica

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