My depression has returned after weening myself off of Celexa. I really just don't want to take antidepressants anymore but I can't keep feeling like I am feeling. My doctor wants me to try Cymbalta. He gave me some samples today but I'm afraid of the side effects. MedlinePlus has a long list of side effects. The Cymbalta list is longer than the Celexa list of side effects. I just want to know how Cymbalta has effected some of you all both positive or negative. Thanks!
Who has taken Cymbalta?
Added 23 Nov 2011:
Thank you to everybody for your responses. They have all been very helpful. I tried 30mg Cymbalta last night and it was awful! I had little, tiny pains in unusual areas of my body, strange feeling in my head, ringing sounds, and difficulty getting to sleep. Today I have no appitite but I have to eat so I dont' feel worse. I'll be glad when it all worn off so I can go back to Celexa. I guess I'll have to use something and Celexa never caused me any side effects. I just hated the idea of continuing to use an SSRI drug because of the "brain zaps" I would have when ever I got off of them. No more Cymbalta for me, I done. Thanks again.
23 Nov 2011
I've taken Cymbalta for a while now for chronic pain. I take 120 mg daily (actually nightly). I've just started splitting my dose this week since I am thinking of switching in January to something else for daily pain. I think I've maxxed out at present. This is the highest prescribed dosage although 90 mg is more common than this dose.
My side effects were minimal in my opinion considering that this is really an anti-depressant. I sometimes had nausea & dry mouth. I bought MouthKote spray for the dry mouth which was usually worse upon awakening. My dreams seemed a bit different & when I woke up it would take 10-20 minutes to feel less fuzzy-headed. I don't feel very hungry & I believe this med is suppressing my appetite somewhat.
When I upped my dosage from 60 mg to 120 mg, I felt quite a bit of improvement during the following week. It was amazing! But, it was also short-lived. It plateaued at a more realistic though manageable level. Please try to take your Cymbalta at the same time every day, rvnew. I took mine at 11 P.M. & this worked well for me. You may feel drowsy for a short time at the start of this med. When it's time to stop Cymbalta, it's advisable to wean off of it using a tapering plan. Cymbalta has one of the highest users' reviews on this website. Look at the comparison chart here to see what other meds are comparable. It's great that you're doing some research about these drugs. Good luck with your fact finding mission. :)
All the best to you, rvnew!
23 Nov 2011
Hi there! I took Cymbalta for 2.5 years for depression, after trying quite a few others. My Effexor had just stopped working after 5 years.
Cymbalta worked wonderfully with minimal side effects. It did take away my appetite for a while, but everyone is different. I wasn't drowsy at all - but then I have a high tolerance in that regard.
A word of caution: Missing a day on Cymbalta is NOT an option: you can get extremely dizzy and nauseous. Weaning off this drug is also very tough, so consider that too. You will find many many posts on that subject! It was very good while it worked,though. Maybe discuss other options with your doc? All the best!
23 Nov 2011
Hello rvnew. I was on cymbalta for just about under two years. 60mg, a short period on 90mg. I ended up having a very late reaction to it, and had to stop taking it. While on it, I had very little in regards to side effects. The main culprit, was fatique. Almost always feeling run down. Don't be shy to try it, you'll be surprised how well you might yourself doing on it. Very best of wishes,
23 Nov 2011
rvnew, i think most of us dont want to take medications, but sometimes we have too. i take prozac 40 mgs a day. so far it works, but i do have my ups and downs. ive heard great stuff about cymbalta, but as for me i had horrible side affects, my dr also gave me samples and when i took it my skin felt like it was crawling and i had the worse case of insomnia. i felt just awfull, but then again everyone is different. if you have to take medication please do, this is an illness just as much as cancer, diabetes or any other sickness. so please, help yourself. take care and know that we here at dc, is your family and want to help you. leanne
23 Nov 2011
Hi there, I personally have not taken Cymbalta, & because of all I have read on the site don't think I want to try it because of getting back off of it seems extremely horrible to most folks. There are so many different drugs out there to try, I would just explain to your doctor if you also deduct this might be a problem, that you would rather try something else. A lot of the comments were from people taking it just to help them sleep & fibromyalgia pain, as would be the case for me, not depression, so it's kind of a mixed review. I still think if it doesn't work for your depression you could have some problems getting off of it. Just my thoughts...
23 Nov 2011
I was on Cymbalta for several months to address my Fibro. They are a time released capsule and are supposed to be taken whole but my doctor told me to open them and take half of the dose (when I was going from 60mg to 30mg). I did not have any problems and no side effects. I am now switching from Cymbalta to Savella as the Cymbalta did not seem to be addressing my pain. I am again opening the capsule of the 30mg dose and halving it to transition over to the Savella. This is my second week and again, no problems.
I have read here that this medication was hard to get off of, but I have not had any issues with it. Everyone is so different that you really just need to give it a try. Also, when I was trying to find a medication to address my depression back in 1993 it took 5 medication and weeks to finally find the one that worked for me. Don't get discouraged. It takes time, but is well worth it when you finally find the one that works! Just listen to your body and tell your doctor everything. Communication is key.
Best of luck!
26 Nov 2011
rvnew, i am on prozac 40 mgs daily, it did great then i experienced a sudden death in my family and my depression/anxiety/panic hit the roof. so my dr tried me on cymbalta and ewww, it was icky!!! my body felt wiered, like my skin was crawling. so i thru that out and am just sticking to my prozac, started faithfully journaling, going to my therapy, and of course Praying and asking God to guide me and heal me. if your spiritual, try praying. dont take the cymbalta anymore. its got way too many bad trials from others whos taken it. have you ever tried prozac? ask your dr, it may work for you, hang in there
30 Dec 2011
My Dr. prescribed Cymbalta for me last year, to treat nerve damage in my hands. I have to say it made it worse! My elbow's felt like I had Tennis elbow all the time. So I went from having bad hands to bad arms,
I only took it for about 1 week
It took me about 6 months to finely be rid of the pain in my elbow's.
But everyone is different.
I hope this helps..
10 Jan 2012
If you have found something that works for you stick with it. I think i have tried every antidepresent on the market and im still looking. I've had depression since childhood. And never feel shame for getting yourself help. If your feeling
better it is probley working rather than being all better. Cymbalta is also for nerve damage. Maybe that's why you got those effects
10 Jan 2012
I was on cymbalta for 5 years, for the last year and half it did not work for my depression, detoxing off it was horrible. Brain zaps, nausea, headache, temper, impatiet, anxiety, couldnt sleep. it took me about five months to get completly off of it but Im finally free. I would not recommend taking cymbalta.You were smart to get off of it. Hope this helps. Im now on prozac and feel much much better. D
10 Jan 2012
Hi, I am taking wellbutrin xl 150 for @20 years. At 1 point(4 years ago) I was going through some very rough emotional stuff and the counselor decided to try Cymbalta with my wellbutrin(lowest dose available) to increase effects of my wellbutrin. After 2 weeks I noticed I had a profound personality change... flat affect, no personality, just nothing. I came off of the cymbalta and returned to feelings. Dealt with my stuff just on the wellbutrin.
22 Jan 2012
I know it is hard to find the right antidepressant. I also tried a few, before I found Wellbutrin (bupropion). I have taken it now for 7 years without any side effects. It is an older medication. Celexa and Cymbalta are newer and seem to have more adverse effects then the older ones. Go figure. I hope you are ok.
22 Jan 2012
I spent the first 35 years of my life miserable because I didn't believe in psych meds. It took many different meds to finally find the on which was right for me and Celexa was one of the ones I tried. My advice is to keep trying until you find the right one and stick with it. I have been constantly on my meds for six years now and I will graduate with a BS in March... an accomplishment I have was not able to do before due to the constant depression and psychological issues in my life... Good luck and hang in there.
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