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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30 Jan 2012
I see that you've made your decision. Personally, I am glad that you have decided not to take the Cymbalta. In my experience, I had an absolute hellish experience weaning off of it (not cold turkey, mind you, but with a doctor's supposed care). Other warned of how hard it is to get off of... and I absolutely agree. I don't think psychiatrists are at all educated about the true effects of Cymbalta - and I mean the part where you want to or need to get off of it. I chronicled my journey of coming off of it in the Cymbalta support group last summer, if you're interested. It did help me for about a month, but because I was on it for a number of years, boy did it cause more problems than it did help them.
I am not putting anyone down for saying positive things about Cymbalta. Everyone has different reactions and experiences. I think that is, in part, why it is so hard for psychiatrists to truly know what they are prescribing and if it is "Right" for you.
Anyway, I hope you find something that works for you.
19 Jun 2013
Cymbalta has helped me with depression, anxiety and pain. I just feel better then before.
I see from the posts the negative comments. Our friends don't seem as lucky as I am. It's good that your seeking information because Your warned of possible side effects. Smart move.
I hope you find the med that will be right for you.
24 Mar 2012
NO NO NO My doctor put me on this and I had a bad experance with it. I couldn't sleep and just felt weird its the only word I can use to describe it "weird" My husband had the same effect, So it just wasn't me. I think the only reason he gave it to me was becouse the drug rep was just there prior to him giving it to me. I think they pay him to give it out. It really sucked. I'm just a normal mother of two I have no ultearier motives behind this.
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.
18 Jun 2013
I have been taking Cymbalta 120mg for so long that I can't remember when I started it. I have tried many different antidepressants and most worked for approximately 6 months to a year, then stopped working. I have chronic pain with Fibromyalgia and this is the drug of choice for living with the effects of long term pain. Everyone is different and all medications have side effects. The key for me is to find medications with more benefits than side effects. This is a great place for support, but we really can't give professional advice if we are not professionals. It can be hell finding medications that work and I have not been the most patient person when it comes to waiting for some side effects to dissipate. I know that I can agree that antidepressants take time and if I miss a dose of Cymbalta, all my nerve endings feel raw. I feel like I can actually hear my eyes blink. Not fun, so I try to NEVER miss a dose.
This drug is still working after many years so I'm not willing to try anything new. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia back in 1994 when it was really considered a psychiatric illness and not a real disease.
I hope this gives you a little insight.
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.
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
15 Jul 2013
My depression, anger, patience... everything went out the window for 2 weeks after not taking Cymbalta anymore. I read somewhere it's one of the hardest antidepressants to get off of. The side effects in the beginning are typically the usual: dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, etc. It got me worse after being on it at least beginning around the 6th month. The withdrawals are worse, I weaned off for 4 days (half dose) and then another week cold turkey (I don't recommend it). Now I'm on Celexa which was the 2nd antidepressant I was ever put on. Good luck!! I encourage you to read about Cymbalta. It can take a while to get used to but everyone's different :-\
2 Apr 2012
I see this is an older post but just had to comment if others come across it. I was prescribed Cymbalta for anxiety/clinical depressin as well as pain from Rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. I was on a 90 mg dose (split 60 in am 30 in pm) for about 2 years. The Cymbalta seemed to work better than any of the other antidepressants I've tried over the years even though it did not relieve all my symptoms (which is a lot to expect from a little pill considered all my ailments). Anyway, I have since been approved for disability and had no insurance coverage for about 3 months since I was no longer working and there is a waiting period for the state medical where I live. So you can guess what happened-no Cymbalta since the cost was almost $300/month. I thought I could live a little sad til my insurance kicked back in since I did have meds to help with the other ailments but boy was I wrong. Doctors really need to inform patients of what happens coming off these depression meds.
The first few days I was fine as Cymbaltla stays in your system for awhile and I had been on such a high dose for so long. By the third day I was in pure hell, I couldn't sit still, I had uncontrollable crying jags, tremors, cold sweats, couldn't sleep, racing thoughts etc. I honestly though I was going crazy. The worst part was that I was alone all day with the kids at school and hubby at work so I had noone to help me out of the manic episodes. My anxiety was so bad it got to the point I could not even leave my house for simple errands like food shopping or going to the bank. I can now say I am over all the withdrawl symptoms of the Cymbalta and back to my normal life (well as normal as my life can be!lol) Be very careful if you do try Cymbalta-it does work well when you take it but unless you want to be on it for the rest of your life I'd be cautious and review all my options. I no longer just take whatever my doctor prescribes after this ordeal. Do your homework and make your own informed decision-it's your body and you know it better than any dr.
16 Sep 2012
Cymbylta is suppose to help releave pain in your body and also help with the depression' I used to take it myself! It did not help with any pain for me! And it Made me feel on edge. It may be a to high of a dose for u to start out on' just make sure u tell ur doctor! Not all medications work the same for everyone' so be carefull and take it easy
16 Sep 2012
Tried It 2 days: Not for me!
like you I have tried several medications for depression/ADHA could not take any of the pills. however I was treated with a drug called Concerta once again the issue of high blood pressure came up. the pharmacist thought Cymbalta at a low dosage would be the answer. i was on Cymbalta 2 days I was sick as a dog" I went back to my regular medicines with some adjustments and my blood pressure is fine and I am good to go. Sometimes new medications are not as effective as the old ones!
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
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