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Ok, my cymbalta users. I am currently on celexa. I had a dr tell me I have Fibro and treatment is a different type of antidepressant, cymbalta, savella. I have an appt with PCP today and want to discuss. How has it helped you with your Fibro and any side effects, because I am the side effect queen, lol. Thanks

A MyLupusTeam Member said:

EveryonesGrammy why would u be in trouble for speaking ur truth? Please don’t care about anyone who says anything about ur personal experiences. Cymbalta just isn’t a mild med when one has to even taper to be able to quit it.

edited, originally posted 3 months ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

Angelfish I so agree, Cymbalta is one of the meds I’m super afraid of. Especially the big possibility of reacting very negatively to it. My doctors info and all the reviews online almost scared me to death.

Btw I have 3 (sometimes 4) diagnoses that all say anxiety and depression are part of major symptoms. Yet I somehow don’t have triple the depression and anxiety. It’s hard to manage 3x times of the same symptoms. But I’ve managed somehow by being careful with anxiety. And I try to shut it down as soon as I can and or occupying myself from it. Even with the depression I’ve learned to manage with both activities + foods that raise the happy hormones.

edited, originally posted about 2 months ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

GenIancoYankowski I always hear from Methotrexate patients that drinking coke and other acidic beverages makes the med more powerful and gives more side effects.

Also JenniferCoppes both Lupus and Fibro (I don’t know if u have that too?) causes extreme abdominal pain and IBS. It could be the illnesses and not any meds that are causing ur stomach issues. Taking probiotics with many different strains helped my IBS and abdominal pain caused by Lupus and Fibro to disappear. I don’t have any of that anymore and I used to be tormented for years upon years before. Because constant chronic pain literally makes us sufferers low on everything. I was low on probiotics, vitamins/ minerals, amino acids and happy hormones like serotonin etc.

edited, originally posted 3 months ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

It does help with the fibro!!!

But I had to get off of it I had a reaction to it!!!

One thing to remember is you cannot stop cold turkey once you start they have to ease you off of it like they do with prednisone!!!

posted 3 months ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

I too have fibromyalgia. I take Cymbalta. It doesn’t make me pain free but it makes it very manageable.
I will not lie, it gave me diarrhea. I’ll probably get in trouble for sharing but I think omitting this is a lie.
When you start it, take it when you don’t have to leave the house for a few days.
I ended up building up to taking it every 24 hours. After discussing with my doctor I took it every 36 hours and slowly worked back to every 24. I always took with food.
In the end (no pun intended), I’m in a much better place physically as well as mentally. Give it a try.
I think this is where my disclaimer goes?! Talk to your doctor and or your pharmacist. Everyone is different and bla bla bla whatever else I’m supposed to say.

edited, originally posted 3 months ago
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