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what is the difference between cymbalta and lyrica. my wife

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what is the difference between cymbalta and lyrica. my wife tried a sample of cymbalta and was up all night & felt strange. the dr. suggested going to lyrica. what are your thoughts?
This was prescribed for neuropathy
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 4 years ago.

Mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

Mysticdoc :

Hello

Mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

Mysticdoc :

Cymbalta and Lyrica act in the different ways.

Mysticdoc :

Cymbalta acts by increasing the serotonin level in the brain--also an antidepressant.

Mysticdoc :

It can interfere with the sleep.

Customer:

how are the different in side effects?

Mysticdoc :

Lyrica should not cause insomnia.

Mysticdoc :

Lyrica does not cause insomnia.

Mysticdoc :

It causes drowsiness on the other hand.

Mysticdoc :

It can also cause some leg swelling.

Customer:

is it safe , not habit forming or any other concerns

Mysticdoc :

But this is more effective in neuropathy.

Mysticdoc :

It is safe in lower doses as with any medication.

Mysticdoc :

Not a habit forming medication.

Mysticdoc :

Best wishes

Customer:

in your opinion, is there a light at the end of the tunnel for her to get feeling back in her foot?

Mysticdoc :

This is difficult to predict.

Mysticdoc :

But she should see some improvement in her symptoms over time.

Mysticdoc :

She should also consider physical therapy to strengthen the leg muscles and gait training.

Mysticdoc :

These two in combination will be definitely helpful.

Customer:

thanks for your honesty

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
are there generics for lyrica
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 4 years ago.
NOt yet.
The generic name is Pregabalin.
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