cymbalta… for a change?
Not long ago, my MS doctor suggested I try low-dose cymbalta for my migraines and pain in general. (Cymbalta is an anti-depressant, and SSRI/SNRIs are often used for nerve pain. I’d tried one before topiramate, and my body has adapted so well to my migraine meds that I need to up the ante a bit, I suppose…)
I hate adding more meds to the mix. Anti-depressants have so many side effects, and they interact with so many things. Yet, I found myself begrudgingly saying, a few days ago, that I’d give it a try.
I took my first pill yesterday morning, and a few hours later (it’s a delayed-release so that stomach acids won’t eat it up) I felt jittery and palpitations. I went to the gym a little after, and had to hold on after each set to avoid passing out…
What do you know — major side effects involve lowering of blood pressure, and the insert says to slowly change between seated and standing, that it may even take up to a few minutes, to avoid fainting.
I said “never again” after the one pill; the doctor wants me to keep on trying, that maybe the feeling will taper off. I’ve had enough bad medication side effects that I don’t know that I even want to deal with the first few days.
Has anyone had a similar experience with Cymbalta? I really don’t want to have to adapt my workouts (i.e. lift a lot less and potentially lose a lot of strength due to MS) to deal with the side effects of a medication that may or may not help my chronic migraines.
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