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Antidepressant approved for treatment of pain | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 9 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Nov 6, 2010, titled Antidepressant approved for treatment of pain | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Eli Lilly & Co. has won approval to sell the antidepressant Cymbalta, its second-biggest drug, as a treatment for pain.

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EEEEK

United States

#1 Nov 6, 2010
I tried this stuff for chronic pain. It doesn't work and gives you WEIRD vivid dreams - almost so real they are hard to shake in the morning and hard to get back to real life. I'm no whacko and quickly stopped the junk. Better to hurt them lose your mind. Be careful.

Since: Feb 10

Columbus, OH

#2 Nov 6, 2010
These types of drugs can have widely varying side effects from one person to the next. I do know that certain classes of antidepressent do indeed help with chronic pain management for many. I have suffered with severe muscle tension headaches since I was rear-ended in 1979. Later in life these headaches lead to migraines. I have taken amitriptylline and nortriptylline periodically over the years when the muscle tension headaches become constant. In small doses -- nothing large enough to have any clinical use for depression -- these drugs work well for bringing muscle tension headaches under control. So sorry you had a bad experience with the cymbalta, and certainly your story is a warning to be careful when starting a new drug to treat a chronic condition, but I wouldn't say that it should stop other from trying it to see if it will help them. We're all difference, and we all react differently to different things. I hope that, in the long run, more people find that this helps with chronic pain than those who have bad side effects from it.
Suffrah

Reynoldsburg, OH

#3 Nov 7, 2010
Westside Professional wrote:
These types of drugs can have widely varying side effects from one person to the next. I do know that certain classes of antidepressent do indeed help with chronic pain management for many. I have suffered with severe muscle tension headaches since I was rear-ended in 1979. Later in life these headaches lead to migraines. I have taken amitriptylline and nortriptylline periodically over the years when the muscle tension headaches become constant. In small doses -- nothing large enough to have any clinical use for depression -- these drugs work well for bringing muscle tension headaches under control. So sorry you had a bad experience with the cymbalta, and certainly your story is a warning to be careful when starting a new drug to treat a chronic condition, but I wouldn't say that it should stop other from trying it to see if it will help them. We're all difference, and we all react differently to different things. I hope that, in the long run, more people find that this helps with chronic pain than those who have bad side effects from it.
Any relatives to provide you with cannabis?
Its analgesic effects are widely known and known about.
Ever think about establishing residence in CA,CO,MI,ME for Medical Marihoochee?
How about a vacation in Amsterdam or Portugal?
Try it. You may surprise yourself.
Jackson

United States

#4 Nov 7, 2010
I was prescribed Cymbalta for depression and took it for several months, with minimal results. Then, because of economic reasons, I was unable to get my prescription.

I turned into a maniac for three days. No one told me what could happen if I did NOT take it. Not only was my depression back tenfold, I could not stand to be around anyone.

This drug needs to be prescribed by psychiatrists ONLY -- an MD or a DO has no business playing with peoples' lives. Yes, a DO prescribed it for me and was not concerned when I couldn't get it, and did not let me know what I was in for.

Since: Feb 10

Columbus, OH

#5 Nov 7, 2010
Suffrah wrote:
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Any relatives to provide you with cannabis?
Its analgesic effects are widely known and known about.
Ever think about establishing residence in CA,CO,MI,ME for Medical Marihoochee?
How about a vacation in Amsterdam or Portugal?
Try it. You may surprise yourself.
Tried it -- it actually gives me horrible pounding headaches! So, nope, no need to move to a bankrupt state to pollute my lungs! ;>)

Since: Feb 10

Columbus, OH

#6 Nov 7, 2010
Jackson wrote:
I was prescribed Cymbalta for depression and took it for several months, with minimal results. Then, because of economic reasons, I was unable to get my prescription.
I turned into a maniac for three days. No one told me what could happen if I did NOT take it. Not only was my depression back tenfold, I could not stand to be around anyone.
This drug needs to be prescribed by psychiatrists ONLY -- an MD or a DO has no business playing with peoples' lives. Yes, a DO prescribed it for me and was not concerned when I couldn't get it, and did not let me know what I was in for.
Your doc should have warned you not to abruptly stop taking it. You pharmacist should have warned you. There should have been lables and informational paperwork on and with your prescriptions warning you NOT to abruptly stop taking the medicine. Antidepressents must be stopped slowly and by decreasing the dosage slowly. If you truly did not receive any of these warnings, you should find yourself a good malpractice attorney.
Justin Wilson

Chicago, IL

#7 Jan 19, 2012
Approval of drugs should be done in a strict manner as to be cautious of side effects. Antidepressants seem to produce strange side effects. Take Paxil for example. Besides the fact that its produces birth defects, it also causes suicidal thinking.
See: http://www.paxilbirthdefectlaw.com/paxil-ssri...
Spooktackular

United States

#8 Jan 19, 2012
Justin Wilson wrote:
Approval of drugs should be done in a strict manner as to be cautious of side effects. Antidepressants seem to produce strange side effects. Take Paxil for example. Besides the fact that its produces birth defects, it also causes suicidal thinking.
See: http://www.paxilbirthdefectlaw.com/paxil-ssri...
Most anti depressants can have suicidal side effects. which seems odd to be prescribing them to the depressed.
Zian

Chicago, IL

#9 Aug 30, 2012
Indeed one should always read the fine print, this is also the same with taking medications. It is one of the rights of patients to be fully aware of the benefits and the possible risks when taking medications. However, it is not only a job that should be done by doctors but also by the pharmaceutical companies manufacturing the drugs. Read more: http://www.zoloftsertralinebirthdefects.com

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