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Old 03-15-2013, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I have chronic osteoarthritis in my shoulders, wrists and ankles. I take Aleve, but it doesn't help remove the pain completely.

I am wondering if I should ask my doctor about Cymbalta. I know it is an anti-depressant. The drug scares me a little, as I am not really depressed.

Does anyone have experience (positive or negative) with Cymbalta for osteoarthritis?
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:55 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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I have taken it for Fibromyalgia. While it worked for me, it also made me a bit nauseous. I do not think I have heard it to be used for OA, however.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:55 AM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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I have chronic osteoarthritis in my shoulders, wrists and ankles. I take Aleve, but it doesn't help remove the pain completely.

I am wondering if I should ask my doctor about Cymbalta. I know it is an anti-depressant. The drug scares me a little, as I am not really depressed.

Does anyone have experience (positive or negative) with Cymbalta for osteoarthritis?

All I know about it is the commercials on tv. When the list of side effects is much worse than the disease itself and when 95% of the ad is a list of these side effects-as with Cymbalta--that is pretty much my indicator of this is a medicine I will never take.
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Suicidal depression is a very real possibility.
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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All I know about it is the commercials on tv. When the list of side effects is much worse than the disease itself and when 95% of the ad is a list of these side effects-as with Cymbalta--that is pretty much my indicator of this is a medicine I will never take.
Thanks. I just started seeing ads in magazines. It is a scary list of side-effects.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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I took it for fibromyalgia and it worked great, but it gave me horrible dry mouth / throat that caused a cough.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:22 AM
 
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I was on Cymbalta for awhile for chronic pain. With all these meds so many possible side effects are listed but so many are just that 1 percent chance. When I first started this med I was very nauseated for about 2 weeks but my pain doctor said it normal and it would go away and it did. I took at night at first and a low dose which was the increased. I have tried so many meds similar to Cymbalta and don't respond with benefits but my condition often does not respond to meds. I did not have any other side effects though then the initial nausea.
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:14 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I have know patients that have had WONDERFUL SUCCESS with it and others not so much...medications are not something you can "judge" based on others reactions to them, because each of us is unique. You will find one pain med works great for someone, another not at all. Same rings true on B/P, and all other kinds of meds. The ONLY thing you can do if you and your Dr think it might help is engage the "assistance" of someone VERY close to you (spouse, significant other, sees you every day friend) and be TOTALLY HONEST with them when you start the new med and ask them to be TOTALLY HONEST with you about any changes in behavior they might see....and then try the med.

Wishing you nothing but the best!
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:41 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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Try Voltaren. Comes in pill form or a gel you can just rub on. Good stuff.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:48 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Ask your doctor about meloxicam. When it was a brand name drug, it was called Mobic. It is an anti-inflammatory like Aleve, but by prescription, and much stronger. Only one 15mg pill per day (with food) does it. it is generic and you can get 100 for $4 at Target or Wal-Mart. I think it's a wonderful and underutilized med, and so do my friends and family who have tried it.

At least it doesn't have the psych effects of Cymbalta.
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