Please don't list the effects and side effects of the drug, already read it. I need to know who has taken it before and for over a year at a time, if it worked for them. The only side effect from experience(not what it says in the prescribing info) I want to know if that one causes weight gain too. Prestiq I was told is not covered by insurance, so the only antidepressent left to try is this one. I can't take care of my depression alone without a drug, but need one that will work permanetly, I don't want to be a guinea pig anymore.
Does anyone know about Cymbalta?
Added 15 Jul 2010:
I read others people answers and it cause weight loss which I need but I don't want to be a zombie either. But I have trouble sleeping.
Added 3 Nov 2010:
Im finally taking cymbalta 60mg 1x a day. I hope it helps. Been very depressed over things for 3 months. And dont worry when Its time to come off I'll be careful. Any other good results from this drug. It should help my nerve pain too and anxiety as well.I hope when some of my pain goes away, some of my depression will go away too. I know to look out for nausea.
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15 Jul 2010
Horrible absolutly horrible my husband took it for a period of just one month and i know you wanted to know from someone that took it for a years time but just wanted to share my knowledge in hopes it can help in some way. He had taken it and not even a week later felt ill with flu like symtoms he thought okay im sick and started taking cold medicines and realized it wasnt helping. Usually he is better within 5 to 7 days then he felt pain in his abdomen area then he felt burning in his urination evertime he went to the bathroom it burned. He just couldnt figure out what was wrong with him cause he never felt like this before. I looked up cymbalta found out every possible side effect that could happen was happening to him. He stopped taking it and almost instantly he was feeling better it didnt take longer than 2 days for him to feel his normal self again. So i advise you to DC if you start feeling this way in any shape way or form.
He looked like he was hit by a train when he took this med then ran over 1,000 times by an 18 wheeler. He was in a bad way please be cautious with this medication i hope my info can or has helped in any way michelle.
15 Jul 2010
i was on cymbalta and there were no significant changes for me 2 years, no results i was the same, it thru me into palpitations, i went from that too;serequel which had me hallucinating... then geodone which i like, at times i increase it to 60mg when things are tough, when i am better 20 to 40 mg is helful to me and i dont need it everyday- about 3x a week, and i am good... i think its a great medicine to take based on all the nonfunctional ones ive tried over the past 7-8 years, so good luck to you vtech10
15 Jul 2010
Hi i could be wrong? But i think Cymbalta are the same as Citalopram?
Whether they are or not they have worked so well for me!!
Please take care of yourself and don't do anything to harm yourself, i promise you(!) i know how you feel when you are so desperate but there IS something that can help you i'm sure.
If i'm right with my linking of the drugs, it does take a transitional period of about 3 - 4 weeks for the drug to take affect and even then you may need to adjust the strength. I felt awful when i first started them and i did need support through that period as i would recommend anyone starting them should have, but now i can't tell you how much they have changed my life!
I have had depression for about 20 years and tried a lot of different things and these really work. For me anyway!
Please feel free to write to me publicly or privately if you think i can help in any way!
18 Jul 2010
I do not recommend it unless you check very carefully about the side effect of withdrawal.
I am going through hell trying to come off of this stuff.
I gained 15 pounds over the last three years and one of the reasons I starting taking it was an eating disorder.
Now I am fat (in my eye's) and addicted to this med.
I am not saying don't take it but be aware that if you ever want to stop you are in for a long hellish road
10 Aug 2010
I was first prescribed Cymbalta while being treated for acute depression in the hospital. I also take Abilify. Cymbalta helped a lot at first with my depression and anxiety. A year later I am 20 lbs heavier (I have always been slim but now am heavy-set). I crave sugar and unhealthy foods all the time. Looking back I feel like I've slept through most of the past year. I am so tired all the time. On my days off it is not uncommon for me to sleep till 7 PM. Besides the weight loss and fatigue/exhaustion I've also experienced hair loss and loss of sex drive. Overall I feel emotionally flat. I can't cry.
SO after a year I am going off this stuff. The side effects now far out weigh the benefits. So far I am experiencing some symptoms of withdrawl like brain zaps. I hope this will get better - I can't wait to be free of this!
10 Aug 2010
I've taken pretty much every antidepressant that's been out there over the past 10 years or so, including cymbalta. I only took it for about a month or so - it didn't help me at all and it made me feel nauseous even with anti-nausea meds. I did not gain any weight on it and when I stopped taking it, I stopped cold turkey with no problems, side effects, withdrawl symptoms, anything. The only antidepressant I ever took that I thought helped with the depression was effexor, although with respect to that help is a pretty relative term because while I wasn't so depressed, I also ended up feeling like just a shell of a person; a zombie; a body to go through the motions of life with pretty much no emotions - good or bad.
I'm not sure if any of that helps or not, but for your sake I hope it does and I sincerely wish for you to find something that gives you some relief.
10 Aug 2010
I gained 20 pounds in two years on Cymbalta. It did help with my depression but now I am so depressed over the weight gain and the fact that it is very difficult to get off this stuff. I have been on it for three years and want to stop.
It might work for you even though it caused weight gain with me it might not with you.
29 Aug 2010
I'm your girl! I've been on Cymbalta 60 mg 1x a day/eve. I have to say YES it works "FOR ME".& "I" never gained ANY weight. (My Doc said it's "one of the few that u dont gain with, most you DO!!)) I have to let you that "in my opinion only" - I'M NOT A DOCTOR - it's a guessing game and hopefully you get lucky. But its also been MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE that I had too try many of them to find one that works on "ME". THAT"S THE HARD PART! Everybody's chemistry is so differant. What one 'LOVES" another can't STAND! Was on ZOLOFT last, it worked great actually but had to switch for other reasons. LEXAPRO SOOOOO DID NOT WORK FOR ME it made me a freak of nature. LOL BUT!! I know some people that LOVE IT!! EVERBUT... I AM A 45 yr old female patient who suffers from depression & anxiety & has for 10+ years now. I feel ya on the ginea pig. That so was not working for me.
Best wishes & Much Respect for hangin in there. P.S. DO NOT STOP CYMBALTA COLD TURKEY. Prepare for the unexpected so you have a 1-2 wk supply to get through ?? Peace to u & now Peace OUT :)
26 Sep 2010
I have been on Cymbalta since Jan 2010, first 30mg daily and then 2mons later up to the max dose of 60. I have to say that no it isn't causing me weight gain, as now I have energy and feel like doing things again ie walking. I was on Prozac for over 20 yrs and it no longer was effective. Since Cymbalta I find that I am not crying at the drop of hat, nor do I go into unwarranted angry screaming. I so far am quite pleased with it. Bonus is that my family notices it too. But I do know that no two people are the same. So until you give it a try ...
30 Sep 2010
I've been on Cymbalta 120 Mgs for six? Years now - I went on it for nerve pain and with each dose increase it did help the nerve pain. A pharmacist told me that Cymbalta and Lyrica (which I am on also) actually can cause more neuropathy and should never be taken together, which my doctors did not know. My neuropathy is much worse, as if I weren't taking any meds for it so I am slowly going off Lyrica now. I guess I'll be finding out just how hard it is to get off Cymbalta.
I lived with severe depression for 24 years and was on just about every med out there. Fortunately for me I had a stroke that took away all my mental illness. I was starting to research something new for helping depression: Neuronotics TMS where they pass a device made with magnets over your head and it cures depression. My psychiatrist now has this in her practice -'in 6 weeks it cures most people who were unresponsive to anti-depressants. I'll call her office and find out the exact name for it. No medications, no long term therapy, just six weeks of this and people are cured! They are just starting to do testing to
See if it will help with chronic pain, and believe that it will. Don't give up hope!
30 Sep 2010
Im taking Effexor 150mg now and it works great. The only side effect I got was weight gain due to craving junk food. Ive gained 20lbs over the course of about 10 months or so. Other than that, I dont have any problems with it and it really helps my symptoms a lot. I used to be on Prozac and it also worked well but wasnt enough for me. It took care of about 80% of my depression so my dr switched me to Effexor and it takes care of about 95% of it. So overall Im happy with the medication. If you have any questions, let me know.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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