Has Cymbalta caused any problems with weight?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by ksp56, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. ksp56

    ksp56 Member

    I am bipolar and have fibromyalgia too. I saw my med doctor today. Major depression is my main problem. She took me off Wellbutrin and suggested Cymbalta. For both depression and my fibromyalgia. I gain weight extremely easy! She knows this has been an issue, with me, for years. Yet, she'll try something even after me asking it's known for weight gain,she'll say no and I gain. I know Cymbalta causes weight gain for many. I have a drug chart from the Fibromyalgia Network saying it can. I also know it helps many.

    Pretty angry. She's young, and very good. I just don't think she get's how gaining weight makes me even MORE depressed.. Even after being told time after time. Since being diagnosed with BP, 12 years ago, I've gained over 30 pounds. This with really watching what I eat.

    I've been in a bad flare for two weeks due to our weather. Of course this Compounds my depression and makes everything seem worse.

    I would appreciate any advice or suggestions you have to share!

    Thanks for letting me vent.. It's just been weeks of bad days. I know, this too shall pass.

  2. ksp56

    ksp56 Member

    So, no one has used on Cymbalta on this board? Even if it's been a positive experience, I'd like to hear.
  3. ksp56

    ksp56 Member

    Jam..appreciate your response! I've read and researched Cymbalta till I'm sick of it! LOL Just don't need any further weight gain.

    Dr., is wanting to try this as an anti-d and for pain, which I don't talk with her about.

    About ready to try GABA and see how it works with other meds, and stop taking the Wellbutrin or trying the Cymbalta.

    Have a good day..

  4. Chelz

    Chelz New Member

    Oh my, how I can relate to your post. I have fibromyalgia and YEARS ago, before I was even diagnosed with FM, I was given Zoloft, then Elavil, then Paxil.

    I had to go off the Zoloft as it almost put me in the hospital, very quick back side effects. After the Zoloft came the Elavil. My doctor at the time didn't know why I had trouble sleeping, pain, fatigue (this was back in 1995), and he suggested Elavil. Well, this drug did make me sleep, but I also gained 40 pounds very rapidly and I was lethargic, didn't care about anything and I was only taking 10 milligrams.

    I wanted off this drug, it depressed me to have big stretch marks on my body from rapid weight gain. He took me off and gave me Paxil, with that drug I gained an additional 60 pounds for a total of 100 pounds.

    I was extremely angry, more depressed, it contributed to my having the lowest self esteem because here I was a very overweight person, when before the drugs I was a healthy 135 pounds, and now I was dangerously 235 at only 5 feet 3 inches.

    I demanded to know why I was given these drugs which have such a high profile for weight gain, my doctor was stumped, didn't know what to say.

    I was then given Wellbutrin which I only took for 3 days because I felt it made me manic because I was weaning off the Paxil, then the Wellbutrin was introduced.

    Okay, long story short (not really, LOL), I was so incredibly angry because now I have to deal with FM (these drugs did not really help my FM) and I now had a weight problem that was severe.

    When I was finally diagnosed in 2002, I came right out and told my doctors that none of these drugs will be my treatment. I have suffered weight realted problems, on top of the FM, and who in the world needs that?

    I was never told about the weight gain side effects of these drugs, it was back in 1995, I did not have a computer to do any research on these drugs, and I didn't know anyone else who was on them to ask, I was all on my own. I really do feel that these doctors did not, at that time, know the potential risk of these drugs on our self esteem.

    I have to add something, I watched what I ate as well. I even exercised by walking in the park everyday for an hour............while I was on these drugs, and my weight just kept increasing, and my doctor pretty much blamed me saying I was just eating too much. I was more than angry.

    So, for me, these drugs are out of the picture. I was only able to lose about 50 pounds of the 100 I gained and I still carry the extra 50 after more than 13 years.

    BUT, this is what I chose to do. I am not suggesting that you quit any drug cold turkey because that would be a mistake since the drugs have been in your systme for a while.

    Are there any other alternative therapies you can do for your BP and FM? I just feel so bad for stories like yours because it is so painful, I know, been there done that, expecially when you know that doctors do not listen to you when you tell them what these drugs do to you. Good luck to you, and hugs always, Chelz.
  5. ksp56

    ksp56 Member

    Sry I didn't respond earlier. Just checked the boards tonight!

    I so hear what you are saying. I started on anti-d's in '89' for depression only. Was diagnosed with BP in 1999. Weight gain started in early 90's during a zoloft attempt. Bang...that's all it took and it's just become worse!

    Like you, I am sick and tired of not being listened to. We all know our bodies better than anyone else. Much more in touch with changes than we are given credit for. So, I've actually have found some MD/Naturopath doctor's/specialists in this area. Just need to find out more info. I won't go on the 'drug of the week' being offered. Just slowly cutting down my anti-d and will try to get in with one of the above doctor's/specialists asap. My body reacts differently now than almost 20 years ago.

    Thank you for replying Chelz! Hearing you say what I feel made me feel like I'm really NOT crazy!! LOL

    Hope you are doing well. Hugs to you.. Kim
  6. lucky

    lucky New Member

    Hello Kim, I hAVE BEEN ON Cymbalta for over a year now. I don't feel that it helps me a lot with the pain, and whatever SSRI I am on, I gain weight, Cymbalta was not the worst.
    Kind regards,
  7. Chelz

    Chelz New Member

    You are welcome, and no, you are not crazy at all :) You were right in saying that we know our bodies and so many docs just do not give us credit for that, how sad is that.

    I was happy to read that you found a Naturopath in your area. I feel this may be the right road for you to go on. Naturopathic doctors are more "free" in their thinking, they may not be that influenced by the big Pharmaceutical drug companies like so many other doctors are, and this may give you some hope.

    I know my post was very long to read, I just wanted you to know that I understand and I do believe many people go through what we have gone through. Now we have more support because of boards like this, but way back in 1995, it seems so long ago, I think it was more difficult.

    I would love to find a Natruopath doctor, but for now, I am "doctored" out, LOL. Also, I am so sensitive to muscle relaxers as well, they were not working out for me either. Let me know how you are doing and have a good Holiday!! Hugs, Chelz.
  8. nanna4550

    nanna4550 New Member

    I had a horrible experience with Cymbalta, but weight gain wasn't an issue.
    I took it for 2 years and I thought it reduced the pain of FM for awhile, but if I was late taking it I had terrible head twinges and really I was still in pain, so it wasn't handling the problem. I tapered off very slowly but went into such terrible withdrawal that I had to go back up to my orignal dose. A few months later I tried again but again ended up feeling like I was going crazy again and I was so sick like the flu also. So, I went to the doctor who referred me to a Psyciatrist who prescriped Prozac so I could handle going off of the Cymbalta. It was alot easier to taper off of it, but still had flu symptoms for a month. Anything that would make you that sick can't be good.

    I would not recommend Cymbalta to anyone!!! Everytime it comes up on the TV, I cringe. I have never felt so awful trying to quit taking a drug.
  9. dleh

    dleh New Member

    I too cringe when seeing the ads. Mine wasn't weight gain that's from Lyrica. It was exasperated pain, debilitating pain. I was warned by a friend prior to taking it, not to. I spent a year more miserable. I wouldn't recommend the drug to anyone either!!

  10. sabs

    sabs New Member

    for pain issues and he keeps losing weight. He is also on Lyrica and 2 yrs ago, he stopped for a while and ended up in the ER twice, Urgent Care once and finally his pain Dr said what he was experiencing was Lyrica withdrawl. We thought he was dying!
    Anyway, I got off of AD's 18 mos ago using 5HTP and will not use them ever again. Just wish my husband would get off the med merry-go-round, but everyone has to do what they think is best.
    Weekly massage, LDN and supplements are what I do and usually it helps, but sometimes are awful, no matter what...
    I agree with dleh...the ads make me cringe, too.
    Take care
  11. Leaflee

    Leaflee New Member

    Hi Kim,
    Right with you sister. The complex symptoms of Fibro are only understood by those who go through it and it is such an individual disorder, thats why it is so hard for Doctors to get a handle on it. I was put on 60gms of Cymbalta in April this year for depression/Bi polar. Weight gain is my biggest problem too and it gets me down, further. Vicious cycle. I am currently doing a new journery probe on my own health. I have just had a needle aspiration done on my Thyroid. I have no cancer, growths, or goitre but do have Hashimotos Disease which is auto-immune with raised antibodies. But I have also found out that an under active Thyroid (Hypothyroidism) can mimick Bi Polar indications! Interesting. I am seeing a Naturopath who has prescribed Papaya Tabs to work on my gut enzymes for better food absorption, Kelp for iodine and I am seeing an Endocrinologist who specialises in Thyroid for the tweaking of my Thyroid hormones. I am also taking Astragalus for the raised antibodies.The Thyroid controls so much and one current report is even saying Fibromyalgia stems from the Thyroid? I had Mennoraghia when I was 35, this too is now considered to be controlled by the Thyroid. Maybe get your Thyroid checked out first and see if it is working and what your T3, T4 and TSH levels are operating at. Apparently mine ceased working years ago, so have to really work out my medication. Looking forward to the coming months with my new plan of attack. I hope to get off Cymbalta in the future. If you wish to contact me privately, you can email: annscapes@dcsi.net.au.
    All the very best,
    Kind regarads,
  12. inprog

    inprog Member

    In researching for a friend, I found helpful information on it so google "Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome" written by Christina Lasich, M.D. Not the best drug to come off of for some and can be a rough haul according to this article with helpful posts. I guess if one never gets off of it ever, then perhaps no problem if no side effects.
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