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.
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16 Jun 2012
I've been taking Cymbalta for about 5 years. I have taken just about all the antidepressants at one time or another over the last 20 years. Each one of them stops working after a while (its different with everyone). I came to Cymbalta after Effexor stopped working. 20 years ago, I started with Prozac. I take several other meds for other problems, so don't know which of my side effects are from Cymbalta, however, most of the side effects are relatively new, so don't think they are from Cymbalta. I think it is fine mood elevator, at least for me. I pair it with weekly therapy, and my therapist is extremely well educated as well as experienced. She is helping me cope with the physical feelings I have as I transition off some meds. It is helpful for me to see them as emotional as well as physical. I haven't really "felt" my feelings for a number of years: too busy working, too busy parenting, too busy... I'm retired now, and determined to have a happier second half of life than the first half!
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...
31 Jul 2013
I love and hate cymbalta 30mg it makes me feel amazing but when I started omg it was awful but gradually got better then I needed 60 mg then a few months later back to 30 mg w no problems and now im wanting off of it going from 30 to 20 I get these intense migraines that go from the center of my skull outward and im a 24/7 stay at home mom its worse than zoloft to get off of
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..
22 Jan 2012
As you know, any medication has a long list of side effects. I've been on Celexa for a short time and found the side effects worse than the Cymbalta that I've been on for years now. lol. Medications effect everyone differently. I found the Cymbalta to be very helpful with depression and the pain that depression causes. If I miss a dose (or sometimes two!) I really notice the difference and have horrible pain, depression, and feelings of nausea and sickness. When I first started taking Cymbalta I did have a few of the side effects you described but they went away after a few weeks, as happens with most psychotropic medications. A lot of them have strange effects on our systems at first - effects that subside after a few weeks of taking the medication regularly.
I hope the Celexa is working well for you now, good luck. I wish I'd seen your question sooner so that you would have had my answer before you stopped taking Cymbalta. It really is one of the better antidepressants but that's how it worked for me. As I said, psychotropic meds work differently for each individual and in different combinations with other meds.
When you are prescribed a new medication, a good source of information about what side effects to expect is usually your pharmacist. Another good source, as you find here, are your peers who take the medication to find out if the effects are long lasting or not.
Cheers to you for asking a good question, cheers to you for taking charge of your treatment plan!
23 Aug 2012
I have tried Cymbalta a couple years back. I too was scared from the list of side effects. The two that stand out in my memory were 1) weight gain (although I have heard of people actually loosing weight... I gained 15 lbs. And 2) strange dreams. The dreams were ultra vivid and a bit scarry as in I dreamed me and a few others were robbing a bank. <== lol, hardly the bank robber type.
I know everybody has different results. So take my experience with a grain of salt. Unless your on a salt free diet... then take it with a grain of salt substitute.
5 Jun 2012
I am new to this group. My father was a coroner and had suffered from alcoholism for 50 years, believing antidepressants were for the weak and whiny. He took Prozac first month it was on the market, he was a different person. It was incredible to watch this wonderful man believe in life and willingly be free of alcohol. The next month his insurance denied coverage and shortly after he committed suicide. My mother, a nurse, (they divorced when I was a baby) also an alcoholic, refused antidepressants for the same reason. She could prescribe them for patients but didn't believe she was "mental". Instead she drank beer until her last breath dying with cirhosis of the liver. I intend to take my Cymbalta and Aplenzin (chemical name for Wellbutrin and works for me much better than Wellbutrin) until I die. It's not a choice, it is why I am still alive. Depression is bigger than us all, take your medicine and be proud of yourself for not being stupid. Stupid can't be fixed. Take your medicine to live, for you and those who love you.
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!
8 Feb 2012
I have taken Cymbalta (a 60 mg per day) for 10 years. I use the drug in combination with Lamotrigine 1 x 100 mg oral tablet two times per day). I am 60 but have been using doctors for 30 years trying to find what is wrong with my health. I have gone through HELL. In 2000 my regular doctor put me in the hospital and assigned 4 different specialists to run their test and evaluations. After that all of the doctors got together and made their recommendations. After working out a plan the specialists all developed on what drugs to give me. Cymbalta and Lamotrigine is where my treatment for my condition. The combination gave me for the first time in my life a feeling you could call “normal”.
5 Mar 2012
That might be a good choice, as I was on Cymbalta, and it has been months since I was weaned off, and I am still having problems with side effects. Just a suggestion, if the Celexa stopped working on you, Lexapro is the SAME chemical make up of Celexa, except that it is a mirror image of the make up. For some reason that makes them identically the same, though working differently. You might want to try Lexapro, ask your doctor. Other thought is that you have just gotten off of the Celexa, and you have to give your body a chance to balance out the chemicals in your brain. That can take awhile, unless of course you are suicidal, or simply are not functioning without the medication. Good luck.
BTW, I am a person who never advises what med you should take, as everybody has a different genetic make up so they all react differently to meds. I just suggested the Lexapro because you said that you did so well on the Celexa, and they are mirror images of each other chemically.
17 Sep 2012
Prescribed for chronic pain (very slow to heal broken shoulder) I took 30mg a day for two weeks then 60 mg for two weeks. Side effects of nausea and sweating started on days 5 and 6 then were over. 100% drop in libido soon after. My wife and I went from at least 5 nights of sex a week to zero. She was very supportive, however, and wanted to see me relieved from pain. I decided life's better with pain and a healthy sex life than pain free and trying to remember what sex was like. My Doctor cut me down to 30 mg a day then if I had no withdrawal symptoms for a few days I could skip a day between doses. Well, I went cold turkey, 60 to 0. No side effects whatsoever. Libido back on day 5 after stopping. In short, it relieved my pain, but the that side effect was not worth it. I'm on Lyrica now.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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