I just got Cymbalta prescribed for my MS nerve pain, but this is an antidepressant medication. Is this the best for nerve pain? I tried Lyrica and it did not work. In fact it made my symptoms worse (side effects) The problem is I almost always get the side effects. My other option was Neurotin. Reading these side effects scared me. Which is more suitable for MS pain with the least amount of side effects?
I have written several responses in the past related to the treatment of neuropathic pain in MS. Please search the site for a more detailed response (just type "neuropathic pain" in the search box that is in the upper corner of this page).
I have found that Cymbalta can be effective and is approved by the FDA for neuropathic pain. Often we need to use Cymbalta in combination with lower doses of medications like gabapentin (neurontin) and lamotrigine or older medications like phenytoin and carbamazipine
Ask your doctor about all these medications.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego