Cymbalta was very helpful for me. I transitioned to a different drug called Nucynta, which has very similar SNRI properties, so it's contraindicated to take both.
I would sincerely give Cymbalta a try. It takes several weeks to see a difference, but it really increased my energy and made me just feel better overall. I found myself doing housework and other tasks that I would dread much more often than ever before.
Cymbalta is a non-narcotic, non DEA scheduled drug...if by scheduled you mean taking it routinely, then YES, that is essential to success of this medication. You must take it every day though. It is NOT on "an as needed basis" like percocet.
You can pretty much take whatever else is prescribed to you for breakthrough pain relief, except Tramadol (Ultram) and Tapentadol (Nucynta).
Like I said, it will about
4-6 weeks to notice a drastic difference, but most people respond and tolerate the drug well. Also, I am a medical student training in pain management, and I would like to make more patients aware of this:
Unless there is a true adverse reaction, try to be willing and
open to trying several medications before your physician puts you on anything more powerful like narcotics. Physicians most often need to observe their patient's medication compliance and ability to follow directions before prescribing anything more powerful. If you give Cymbalta an honest effort and its not doing enough, be honest with your doctor and he/she will move to the next tier of medications. I've found this to be true both me being a patient and learning to become a practitioner. Most doctors are suspicious of those who come in and say, "only narcotics work for me, and I'm allergic to NSAIDs, SSRI's, etc."
I am in no way suggesting this is how you are, or anyone is for this matter on this forum, I have just noticed it before in the pain clinics...and while that may be true for some folks, it just raises some flags
Unfortunately getting chronic pain under control is a longer process than it should be, but the most important things are to be completely honest with your doctor and be willing and
open to try lower tier medications that the physician may suggest initially. If it's not working, simply tell the doc, and they will find something that does.
Post Edited (docintraining) : 12/4/2014 10:48:16 AM (GMT-7)