The zap thing is a very common side effect people experience.

Was your friend on duloxetine (Cymbalta)? On a lot of examinations I took in the past, there was always a random question that required you to know the one gold standard FDA approved treatment for fibromyalgia was duloxetine. ( Milnacipran (Savella) and venlafaxine (Effexor XR) also have FDA approval though).

If so, this would provide an interesting context to that thing we were always tested on and provide a great example of how doctors think (defaulting to the list they memorized for treatment of a complex issue...this was discussed in my article about medical blindness)

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May 28, 2022·edited May 28, 2022Liked by Mary Poindexter McLaughlin

Thanks for sharing your friend's experience... and I am heartbroken concerning her death.

I recently educated a friend about a psych drug (duloxetine/Cymbalta) which her doctor prescribed her for the same reason. It had her feeling very bad in several ways... and she was supposed to double the dosage twice over a relatively short timeframe! It had begun to help with the nerve pain... but at a terrible price.

Please name the drug your friend had been prescribed?

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