has anyone taken cymbalta for fibro?

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   Posted 5/13/2010 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
 I began taking 30 mg's of cymnbalta about a week ago,along with my regular sleep meds,and there were no side effects.Last night I began 60mg's and today I pretty much slept all day,which is not normal for me.I do know that there are annoying side effects,sometimes for a week or more..But I can not tolerate sleeping all day,expecially now with my daughters prom and graduation. I have alot of running around to do. I guess the only thing I can do is call my dr and  ask if there is a lower dose maybe or if for the time being go back to 30 mgs.Or maybe I should reduce the sleep meds I already take. nono I am the type person that usually gives a new med a few weeks to see if I can tolerate the side effects or see if they go away,just sleeping all day is something I refuse to do ..
Has anyone else had excessive drownsiness on this med and if so how long did it last

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   Posted 5/13/2010 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lee, I could only tolerate Cymbalta for three days. It made me feel like I had a horrible case of stomach flu. I was very nauseated and dizzy. My rheumy then switched me to Savella
and I had no problems. We all tolerate these meds so differantly. I know there have been
some who started out on Savella and ended up on Cymbalta.

I agree with you about calling your doc and see if you can go back to a lower dose.
Good luck to you! This is an exciting time for you. Kids sure grow up quick!!!

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   Posted 5/13/2010 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I am currently taking Cymbalta for my Fibro - 60mg X 2x per day. I am on several other drugs and all of them include dizziness and drowsiness as side effects, so I can't say for sure if Cymbalta makes me tired, or if I'm just exhausted from fighting being in pain all the time. I do know that when I first started the Cymbalta, I was incredibly nauseated for about 3 days...severely so, that I was afraid to move. Then on the the morning of the 4th day, I woke up and it was gone.

Maybe chat with your doctor and see what you can do - like you say, perhaps cutting back on your sleeping medicine will make a difference


ps: Congratulations to your daughters prom and grad!!
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   Posted 5/14/2010 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried Cymbalta it almost killed me. I had severe tackycardia and high blood pressure for 2 days I did go to ER and they monitor they hooked me up to kept going off that is all I remember. I definately had a severe reaction to this medication. I would use caution and call your Dr. if you decide to make changes or have any side effects that
are not minor.

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   Posted 5/14/2010 11:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on it for a year. The dr played with the dose ranging from 30-120mg. I found that at 60mg helped the most with the pain, but that I was even more fatigued than normal, and was a bit loopy/high. To me, the fatigue is more debilitating than the pain, so I found this very frustrating. At 30mg I did not experience as much sleepiness, but the pain was not helped very much. Made me wish they made cymbalta in a 45mg capsule, because at that range I felt the best, but that is annoying to do on a daily basis. I'm no longer on it because I want something that will help me function, and cymbalta did not do that for me. Also, the nausea never subdued. For the whole year I would feel dizzy and would vomit after taking it occasionally.

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   Posted 5/18/2010 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking Cymbalta for about a year with no side affects. You should call your Dr. Maybe you could try something else.

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   Posted 5/18/2010 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I lasted about 3 months on it.  It made me crazy, moody, and ready to jump out of my skin.  I can't remember if it made me tired tho.
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
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   Posted 5/18/2010 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried it for about 3 months, I didn't notice anything. Until I stopped taking it and the withdrawl was nasty.
Taking it one day at a time.... 

Ann in Memphis
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   Posted 5/19/2010 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I tokk cynbalta for years and my insurance decided that they did not want to pay for. So I stoped with no withdrawals or increase in pain. Now I take, zoloft, wellbutrin and abilify

Ann in Memphis
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   Posted 5/19/2010 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
oh in addition to about 6 other drugs including morphine three times a day

Ann in Memphis
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   Posted 5/19/2010 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
oh it newver made me sleepy

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   Posted 5/19/2010 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I lasted 4 days on it and hurt more than I did before taking it, not to mention I was ready to kill someone. Not good side effects!! shakehead
My neighbor took it and had nightmares and got real mean so she only lasted a month on it. shocked
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