Well, I have a three month follow up at the end of September with my onc's office--will see by then if I want to explore any prescribed medication. I am trying to avoid taking any more than I need to and of course it comes with it's own set of side effects so I will wait it out a bit longer. Thank you Aja for letting me know it's working for your DH, happy that he is able to get relief from the neuropathy and that the medication can be very helpful for those whose nervous system responds to it. So maddening sometimes how unique we each are to our responses to these various drugs/treatments because you never know what point in the spectrum you will be at.
Yes, I want to get the word out to people that it's at least worth checking out. The oncologist was very dismissive of both gabapentin and Lyrica, told us the side effects aren't worth the minimal help they offer. The palliative care doctor had a very different opinion. His first-line approach with cancer patients who have peripheral neuropathy is Cymbalta and Lyrica. My husband had started an antidepressant (Celexa) after being diagnosed, but the switch to Cymbalta was easy. Apparently the key with Lyrica and gabapentin is to taper on slowly to avoid fatigue/brain fog. I believe it took four to six weeks to get to the current dosage of 300 mg/day. Hubby did have some fatigue at each dosage increase, but it resolved in a few days.
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