I say give it a shot!
It is also insanely expensive ($75/mo with insurance and about $500/mo if you're paying out of pocket).
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Gabapentin (Neurontin) is the old stand by for this. It has less side effects, cheap, and proven track record.
I am on gabapentin now, it is working, but not well enough without raising the dose which makes me really sleepy.
coming off it is H.E.L.L
1000% this ^^^^. I took it for depression, as well, and it worked okay (not a complete fix, but it did help a little). I took it for about a year and the DT was horrible, once I stopped taking it. I also agree that it is ridiculously expensive (even with insurance).
I currently have a running rx for gabepentin for the pain, prn. It also helps with mild anxiety. I like it!
It went generic a few months ago so the price will really plummet in about another 12-18 months.
I tend to be sensitive to AD's and I am always leery of starting one. It took me 9 months to get off of effexor, I didn't have a hard time with getting off of it because I took so long doing it.
I used to take cymbalta for both debilitating pain from chronic Lyme disease, and bipolar depression. It worked for the pain, but it made me bonkers!
ME TOO! (but only for the Lyme pain; was not depressed, but I do take Xanax-XR for anxiety, which is physiological in nature). Great for the pain, but it made me literally insane while I was on it. I felt like things were crawling on me, and was extremely anxious and upset. I'm wondering if those with neuro Lyme experience this side effect for just that reason. I could only stand it for a week so I did not experience any significant withdrawal.
Going by everyone's posts, it seems like the risks/withdrawals outweigh the benefits. Have you tried a pain management specialist? Mine has done wonders for me. I do have pain meds for extreme breakthrough pain, but rarely need them.