Prescribed Duloxetine 60mg but afraid to start taking them

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I suffer from chroic pain due to degenerative disc disease.  I am on 30 tabs daily including Morphine capsules and Oramorph liquid. My pain is excrutiating and doc keeps increasing morphine.  I get very down on occasions.   Doc has given me Duloxetine as he says it is used for Diabetics who suffer chronic pain and it could help both pain and depression symptoms,   After reading up on this drug I am afraid to take it.   Seemingly it causes sleeplesness (I sleep all the time because of morphine), dizziness, weight loss (I have lost too much weight already as my pain makes me vomit frequently) and hallucinations (I already have them because of morphine).   I am also afraid of symptoms if I have to come off this drug.   I have enough problems already.   I couldn't take any more.   Can anyone give me advice on side effects of this drug and effects when withdrawing from it.   Half of me says "take the drug" as it might help the pain and the other half says "don't take it in case you end up with more problems than you already have".   Anyone any suggestions or has anyone taken this drug who are diabetic.   Does it really help pain?   Would be grateful for any help. Also is 60mg once daily a high dose?   Hope someone can help me.

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    Hi Arran103, I take it for depression only. I started on 30mg, then to 60mg and finally 90mg for about 8mths and yes it did indeed get me out of the suicide state I was in which was very scary! I'm am now on 30mg and doing okay with that but reducing them has been at times difficult but not impossible! nothing is impossible! I heard it can help with the pain you have mentioned but unfortunately I can't comment on it as I use it for depression which has helped but it's not a cure! the hard work has to be done by me and battling with the constant negative thoughts that's continuously flow through my brain. Anyway don't read too much on what some people say..try it for yourself and make your own judgement! Wish you the best of luck :-) Sorry about your constant pain, it must be dreadful! 
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      Hi Tryagain

      As I am not actually going to take this drug for depression I am still a litlte wary.   I want it to help my pain which is the main problem.   Athough I have depression, this is caused by the constant pain and inabiity to lead any kind of normal life.   Still scared to try it and add it to the 30 pills I already take along with morphine.   Couldn't handle any more side effects.  I am glad it has worked for you and maybe I will one day pluck up the courage to try it.   It would have to be at a time when I have nothing else to cope with apart from my pain.  I struggle to do anything and need someone to take me out, even to the shops.   Thanks for your reply.  I will consider what you have said about other people's comments on this drug and who knows, maybe someone will pop up who actually uses it for pain.   Thank you for replying and for your positive feed back.   I wish you well.

      Regards

      Arran103

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    60mg is the normal dose for depression
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      Thanks for that.   As I am not taking it for deression but pain relief I am wondering if 60mg is too high to start with along with my other drugs and 160mg morphine? Thanks for the info.

      Arran103

       

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      Thanks for your reply.  60mg is what my doc prescribed so i guess he thinks it is ok although I have my doubts.   Doctors have been wrong.   Thanks again

      Arran103

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      Thought I would let you kow I took 60mg of duloxetine and had a very bad reaction - vomitting and diaorrhea for twelve hours solid.   Had to get doc in to give me injections.  Seems this tab is not for me.   It certainly did not help my pain - just gave me more problems.   Won't be taking it again.   At least I tried.  Thanks for your help.

      Arran103

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    Oh Arrun ,you have my utmost sympathy.I also have chronic DDD and fibromyalgia.I have herniated discs ,tears in both hips.I've been on zomorph capsules and oromorph for over 9 years.My gp and pain specialist have advised that morphine long term now a grav ates chronic pain ,so is trying to very slowly wean me off ,and find another drug to help my constant pain,(this I've been warned can take up to 5years).we've tried pregabalin ,neuron tin and now cymbal ta.

    From my own experience it killed my stomach ,made me giddy nauseated and very groggy.I felt .dreadful

    It also made my pain much worse.I'm going back to my gp to ask for an alternative..If you try this drug and you're not happy I'd do the same...x

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