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.
11 Jul 2012
I used to take cymbalta and loved it but now i'm taking femara which is an estrogen blocker because of breast cancer that i had surgery for... My doctor has taken me off of cymbalta because it doesn't allow the femara to work as well so i'm bummed. I am not taking Venlafaxine which isn't quite as good as cymbalta, but it doing its job..
I do miss cymbalta... lol
Have a deep depression for years and i got relief with cymbalta
2 Aug 2013
Tried cymbalta for two months and by the end of the two months my nerves were about shot, I had been on paxil for ten years, but the weight gain and acne was getting the better of me that is why I switch to cymbalta but I could not take it anymore, then my doctor put me on celexa 20mg and it was just like cymbalta to me, so he upped it to 40mg and wow what a difference just like a new person, he said if 40 did not work the he would add something to it, but for now 40 is fine with me, also cymbalta is very expensive if you have little or poor insurance when I had good insurance it was just a co-pay of 30 now I have poor prescription insurance and the price went up to $251.76 for 30days and celexa was only $4 no more cymbalta.
21 Apr 2012
I have taken Both Cybalta, and I am Currently taking Cylexa, I hate being on these ssri's, I have been on so many, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Sroquel, Rispadol, Lyrica, and more, known truly seem to help, but everypne is different, when i was a teenager Paxil worked, Dr's had to adjust the dose for a while, but now i have severe anxiety and all that really seems to help is Xanax, Colonopin used to work, but it isn't a immiediate relief from an attack. I have GAD, and a little bit of Bi Polar Disorder. When I felt the best is when I stopped taking it for a week, then started my regular Dose again, but the Dr said thats not the proper way, but it helped me, I hope I can be of use, Neurontin, also helped as well. GOOD LUCK :)
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,
16 Aug 2012
I didn't like cymbalta at all just an awful feeling felt more like some type of withdrawal symptom than help in feeling better. I took zoloft for years it worked great. But all my Dr. will give me is cymbalta abilify and anything else I see on a commercial. Hope u find something that helps good luck :)
20 Feb 2012
I started taking Cymbalta when it first came out, in two weeks I was a new woman. No depression, happy, hypomanic (which is normal for everyone else I know) for about one week, and then was fine... until January of this year, 2012, then I hit the Cymbalta "Crash and Burn"... suicidal, homicidal, the whole nine yards, and when I realized what was happening to me, I signed myself into the closest Psych Unit that still did ECT, and had a few to reboot my brain's operating system once more. I came down with symptoms of bipolar when I was thirteen, let us see, that makes it 43 years I have been dealing with this "issue". mmmHmmmmmm... Went to a new shrink, love him, and we are changing one med at a time (or variable) so when we get a negative outcome, we know who's at fault. Good idea.
So, for me, Cymbalta 60 mg almost everynight for 10 years was great. Now I have stopped it "cold turkey", no w/ds, no freaky feelings, no nothing except I take one less pill at bedtime. But I've been on this cycle with every psych med I've taken, Prozac Poop Out, Atypical anti-psychotics were like eating candy, that's a no way there, my other favorite shrink tried me on everything underthe sun... Nothing. But finally I have found a man willing to work with me and whatever he's telling me to do is working. I take 4 pills of Depakote at night and some Benadryl, no sexual side efects to put up with again, snuggle up with the sweetest man in the world, sleep on his shoulder till it goes numb (dunno how he moves it) and sleep like a baby. And all I pay is $20.00. Best $20 I ever spent.
So one never knows when the right combo comes along! Don't worry, be happy.
The Happiest, Sweetest Hippie Walking the Earth,
20 Nov 2012
I have suffered with depression for a number of years and was on prozac for the last 10,in varying doses the last being2x 40 mg daily ,i just felt it wasnt doing anything for me so went to the doctors and explained ,he refered me to a clinical psychologist who to cut a long story short ,decided i was suffering as much with anxiety as depression.
This resulted in me being prescribed 60 mg of cymbalta per day. Before my
first dose i checked online for information and was more than a little perturbed after watching you tube and various people describing mind altering wierd experiences whilst taking it,but decided to try it anyway.
Firstly let me describe the initial effect i felt more positive and confident almost within twenty four hours this has continued, my anxiety has disappeared, and i feel light hearted and comfortable with my self more so than at almost any time in my life.I think i have to take into consideration my size i am 6 foot 3 and 210 lbs the dose i was given i think was commensurate with my phsyique ,had i been 5 foot and 100 lbs i feel i may have had more severe side effects than i have, purely because of the relativley large dose pulsing around a relativley large body ,but hey im no doctor its just layman speak .
I did however have a common reaction to the drug which was erectile disfunction and decreased libido,but no sweats fatigue or disarticulation as described by many contributors.
I simply over came this by asking for cialis which has solved the erectile disfunction and the libido returned after around 3 weeks ,so much so as from being a person with confidence issues and anxiety issues i now find myself with
more confidence and resulting in me becoming a hit with the women ... infact i will have to ask the doctor for a repeat prescription for cialis as i have dates with 3 women this week !! ,.So guys give cymbalta a go you may regret it if you pass.
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
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
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.
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