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I had a pain management appointment yesterday and the consultant prescribed me a drug called Duloxetine (Cymbalta), a drug that is used for
prescribed for major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain.

The consultant said it would help my pain and also help with the depression, I was to start on 30mg for a week, then 60mg and then 90mg, eventually I would then decrease my dosage of dihydrocodeine and so at 7pm yesterday I took one. I was hopeful and couldn’t wait to see if it helped and I really hoped it would give me a decent nights sleep.

I went to bed at 10pm and felt a little drugged up and fuzzy, I managed to get off to sleep quite quickly. I very very rarely have bad dreams but I had one straight away and eventually woke up feeling very very drugged up and a feeling of pending insanity, I literally felt like I was going mad.
It was a strange feeling likei wanted to run away but obviously that would be of no help as it was in my head, I have never taken any illegal highs but I imagine that this was like a bad trip. I’m not ashamed to admit that I laid there and cried because I felt so rough, I had a feeling that I would even take drastic action to escape this feeling but fortunately I had my wife who just cuddledand reassured me.

I spent the night in and out of sleep, in and out of bad dreams and hoping that morning would come.
I feel a bit better this morning but I still feel very drugged up, I feel strange and I know for sure that I don’t want another night like last night. I know that I would eventually get used to it, but I’m not willing to go through that period.
I know that many people get on okay with this drug but for me it’s a no.

No more Duloxetine for me!

2 thoughts on “Duloxetine

  1. It’s amazing how horrible some painkillers can be isn’t it. I had a similar, but not so immediate, reaction to gabapentin. I took them for about three days- my limbs didn’t feel like my own, I felt like I was asleep in a nightmare during the day, and had very weird lucid dreams at night. Couldn’t cope with it at all. I lasted 3 days. Pain is a better option than that feeling. I now take tramadol- I’ve ridden through the tiredness, falling asleep and dizzyness. But still, a month on, feel a bit slow- my brain is not upto speed and I can’t think well, deal with stress or make decisions. But the pain is definitely better.

    1. I’m glad you said about pain being better than side effects, that’s what I thought but people don’t understand what a bad reaction can feel like. I don’t get on with Tramadol, I take Pregabalin (Lyrica) and wear a Buprenorphine patch (52.5mcg/hr).
      I’m glad you have found something that helps with the pain.

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