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Duloxetine
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purpleheather - February 27

I was on duloxetine for 14 months but it made me gain 20 lb in weight; it helped enormously with the pain and fatigue but I couldn't control the weight gain so I came off it, straight off, no weaning off. I took 5HTP, 300mg/day to counter the withdrawal effects since 5HTP is a kind of natural version of the drug (serotonin related). I had virtually no withdrawal effects other than slight dizziness, no headaches or nausea at all. I now take 300mg of 5HTP/day and feel really pretty good, very little pain, but still very tired following 8 weeks of sequential viruses. Don't know if this is the fibro or the after effects of the virus. If you haven't tried this natural approach please so. I feel SO MUCH more myself again. I now realise that the duloxetine had taken the edge off ME. It had taken something away from me as a person, probably because it is an antidepressant. Prescription drugs may be the answer, but in my opinion natural is best if it works for you. Also, no more plantar fasciitis since I have been taking 5HTP.

 

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