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!
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
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 :)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :-\
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
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.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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