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julie47jjulie47 Posts: 104
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Pain Medications
If this topic has already been asked and answered, I apologize for my being redundant.

I currently take Tramadol, Gabapentin, and Flexeril as needed for pain. None of these are medications I take on a consistent basis.

I am looking for information about Cymbalta. Would it be overkill to add Cymbalta to the above mentioned medications or could Cymbalta replace one or more of these (according to my doctor's discretion, of course)?

If you take Cymbalta, please let me know how it works for you, what kinds of side effects you have and how tolerable they are.


  • I'm extremely sensitive to Tramadol, Flexeril, and Cymbalta. Guess what - they all flux your serotonin.

    Gabapentin spaced me out, but the above drugs do me in. I will not take any more SNRI's or similar.

    Talk to your doctor - too much of that stuff could result in serotonin syndrome.
  • a concoction of cymbalta, lyrica and lamictal works for me. as cjperks mentioned, serotonin syndrome posts a concern if you are on more than one serotonergic medication. i just read an article today as a matter of fact (journal of american physical therapy association, author: gregory alnwick) where it was reported that serotonin syndrome is commonly overlooked and instead diagnoses of fibromyalgia are given.

    but, to each their own, cymbalta works for a lot of people and does not work for others.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    ...about adding to your list of meds already...
    but I take Cymbalta 160mg daily... no side effects...
    helps depression and nerve pain.

    It took awhile for things to start working..weeks.. so I had to be patient.

    Good luck to you as you make your decision.
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  • I also can not tolerate Tramadol or Flexeril, but Cymbalta works wonders for me! I have been taking it for about 2.5 months and it helps a lot with nerve pain. It has also drastically reduced my headaches and anxiety. I take it with zanaflex and hydrocodone.
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
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