Reply To: Cymbalta

June 17, 2006 at 12:55 pm

My experience with Cymbalta was not a good one. I have been taking
1500 mg. of Neurontin daily for over two years now to treat the symptoms of CIDP. This seems to work well for me to help with the sudden unexpected pain, cramping and “electric shocks” that I experience on a regular basis.
My neuro told me about Cymbalta, and the good results that people with diabetic neuropathy have seen. I was not taking an anti-depressent.

I cut back on the neurontin to 900 mg. per day, and started on 30 mg. of
Cymbalta for a week. On the second week, I went to 60 mg. of Cymbalta daily.

Bottom line…I have never been so depressed in my life. No energy, no desire to go anywhere or do anything. The pain in my feet and hands returned in a big way. I finally realized that it was the Cymbalta causing me problems and I stopped taking it. After a few days, I started to feel more like myself. I am back to 1500 mg. of Neurontin.

I am sure this new drug is effective for many people, but it did not help me.
The past few evenings I have seen this medication advertised quite a bit on the network TV stations. It is mentioned only as an anti-depressent, and in my opinion…if someone is deeply depressed this drug may be a big help.

I hope this post helps those thinking of trying Cymbalta. Good luck. Barry