I just got word from my Hema/Onc's office that she is delaying starting me on Gleevec because of a drug contraindication with Cymbalta. My PCP had started me on Cymbalta (60mg) for chronic pain due to RA, spinal issues (and possibly fibromyalgia although it may be the leukemia causing the leg and body aches instead) and it has been a life saver. It doesn't take all the pain away, but it makes it much more tolerable and I can get through the days without painkillers or muscle relaxers. I don't notice any side effects other than a little dry mouth, but I drink lots of water during the day. I can't imagine going off especially since a side effect of TKI's is MORE pain, of which I don't need.
I've tried Elavil but the side effects were too severe - gastroparesis, severe nausea, high heart rate.
Are there other TKI's that would work with the Cymbalta or does anyone have any experience taking these two medications together?