Readers Sound Off on Fibromyalgia Drugs
“I have been on Lyrica since 2007 and do have relief of my Fibro pain. I am also on Cymbalta, a muscle relaxant and pain med that really (does) make a difference with my Fibro, arthritis and osteo pain.”
“Tried Savella, no good. Lyrica did not decrease pain enough to continue. I’ve used Cymbalta and had good results. Best results have been from using Gabapentin (Neurontin) since 1996, up to 3600 mg daily.”
“I’m back on Lyrica and Cymbalta. I know of the side effects with this medicine but it is the only option that remotely helps.”
The effectiveness of Lyrica and Cymbalta, in particular, has been hyped up with aggressive advertising by their manufacturers. And while research and patient experience show improvement on any of the medications is spotty at best, doctors continue to prescribe them. This is yet another example where the medical field, in general, has not done a good job in treating, understanding or advocating for fibromyalgia patients.
Side effects reported by readers to the three drugs include dizziness, mood changes, cognitive issues, swelling, sleep issues, weight gain, increased blood pressure, blackouts and more. Many of these side effects have a detrimental effect on the daily lives of fibromyalgia sufferers – as if our lives were not difficult enough.