User Reviews for Duloxetine

Also known as: Cymbalta

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Review by chanf:

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9.0

For Urinary Incontinence: Took duloxetine for depression, which it helped enough, but it also worked for my nerve pain and occasional urinary incontinence. I didn't know it was doing the latter until I started weaning myself off of it and got the stress incontinence back. Thought it had gone away on its own.

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November 20, 2014 12:14 AM

Review by ShanBee (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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9.0

For Major Depressive Disorder: This medication helped me get my life back. The first 2 months were rough with side effects, I stuck with it like my doctor recommended I do and they all went away!

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November 18, 2014 2:41 PM

Review by MRSDJMCW (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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10

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Depression: Have been on a cocktail of Prozac, Wellbutrin, and Cymbalta for several years for both depression, anxiety, and chronic back pain with GREAT success. Just recently I started to notice I was becoming very short tempered, easily aggravated, and irritable. My Psych gave me .5 mg of Ativan, but also decided to wean me off my Cymbalta 60 mg. The Ativan helped me immensely. Unfortunately,within 2 weeks without my Cymbalta my depression returned, I was sleeping all the time, and worst of all I felt like I could eat everything in the kitchen and still be hungry! Gained weight so quickly,and had no ambition whatsoever. I am now on my 3rd week back on Cymbalta and feeling almost back to normal thankfully! When you find what works for you, stick with it!

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November 3, 2014 7:31 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Depression: I was on this medication earlier this year and had to stop it because of cost and insurance. I have since been approved for medical assistance and my doctor has once again prescribed cymbalta for my anxiety and depression. I had no side effects like I did with just about every other antidepressant under the sun. This has saved my life.

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October 28, 2014 9:46 PM

Review by ray of sun (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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10

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I been on Cymbalta for 9 years this has been a miracle for me. It helps with anxiety, my chronic pain, my fibromyalgia, my bipolar now just find something to help with anger I'd be perfect. The only side effect I have had is nightmares if I forget to take it that's it. I love my medicine.

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October 14, 2014 1:06 AM

Review by JeanT:

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7.0

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Chronic Pain: Cymbalta has helped enough for me to justify taking it for both chronic pain and dysthymia but do not stop it suddenly! I ran into a doctor vs Insurance problem and went cold turkey for a week and thought I would die. Wean very slowly. If you stop this medicine or stop down to a SSRI then eliminate that. It was the most horrible thing I had ever experienced. It has helped me though.

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October 12, 2014 11:28 PM

Review by trooperhg:

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10

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Osteoarthritis: I was prescribed Cymbalta for anxiety but I have noticed that my osteoarthritis is so much better. I can get out of bed in the morning without hobbling around trying to get my joints working.I can also get up from my chair at work without pain.I am amazed at how much better I feel. Oh & it takes care of my anxiety as well.

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October 9, 2014 3:27 PM

Review by Johnnie3 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Depression: Tried most antidepressants, and I was ready to give up. I was tired of trying antidepressants, getting sick while I waited for the positives, only to find out it didn't really help. I've tried Prozac, Paxil (good but stopped working for me), Zoloft (allergic to it), Effexor, Citalopram (worst of all). I don't know what made me ask my doctor for Cymbalta, but I did. It started working the second day I took it! I have been slowly recovering from depression and getting my life back. I hope the same for the people who read this. Never give up hope!

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October 6, 2014 4:32 PM

Review by tiffyfish:

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10

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Best out of many I tried. Helped the best with least side effects. Added Wellbutrin and combination is awesome. I'm a high functioning person. Abilify at night. All good. Been on over ten years, Abilify recently.

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October 6, 2014 2:03 PM

Review by wfelici (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Depression: EXCELLENT results. Effexor became non-effective after many years of use and another life impacting event. Was recently severely depressed and suicidal for about 2 years. Found Cymbalta 2 years ago and it CHANGED MY LIFE FOR THE BETTER. I think this medication is FANTASTIC. I have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder (dual diagnosed) This condition has been with me for many years (runs in the family i.e. mother was severely depressed). Cymbalta 120mg per day snapped me out of it. Under doctor's orders I discontinued current SSRI at the time and started right up with Cymbalta 120mg/day. Within 7-10 days I was out of my depressed state. It has to be the norepinephrine aspect that made the difference.

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September 29, 2014 2:02 PM

Review by Stefconradical (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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6.0

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Major Depressive Disorder: Worked well in terms of mood but had terrible side effects.

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September 23, 2014 3:10 PM

Review by Ef1988:

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8.0

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Anxiety: I started taking Cymbalta earlier this year for my anxiety. I found it really helped, but I didn't want to stay on it for long. I had a few side effects while being on Cymbalta such as night sweats, trouble sleeping and electric pulses through my body. Whilst gradually lowering my doses of Cymbalta these side effects did get a little worse, however they have completely gone now. I started lowering my doses in June, and now by the end of August the night sweats have completely stopped, my sleeping is back to normal, and the electric pulses are very rare. When I think about getting worried or anxious now, I just remember that its not a big deal and that if I was on Cymbalta I wouldn't have even thought about it.

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August 27, 2014 1:55 AM

Review by Mystee719 (taken for less than 1 month):

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7.0

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Back Pain: After having tried a few other combination depression, pain medicines, this one finally seemed to work, and I got far less tired, or other side affects I'd gotten from the others, so far, I feel this is the best one I've tried, it has also helped with my mood.

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August 25, 2014 9:42 AM

Review by SusanF. (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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9.0

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Major Depressive Disorder: I use Cymbalta 60mg at night. I sleep better, eat better, and feel better. Doctor diagnosed me with major depression disorder and placed me on Cymbalta and counseling. My life is 90% better! I am so thankful! Oh, and I had my thyroid checked: low thyroid. I take Synthroid 50mcg in the morning.

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August 22, 2014 12:01 AM

Review by BethAnnie:

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Fibromyalgia: I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2004. I started out taking Flexeril and Tramadol 37.5. It was helping but I still had bad days. My doctor told me I would have good & bad days. I also tried Lyrica and another medicine (can't remember name that started with a S). Came off of Lyrica and then the S. I was put on Cymbalta started with 60 mg a day then upped to 120mg. It does not help with the Fibromyalgia but it does wonders for my mood swings and hot flashes.

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August 17, 2014 9:51 PM

Review by Meg78:

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8.0

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Anxiety: I'm 5 weeks into taking Duloxetine for depression and anxiety and have had an overall positive experience. My anxiety was greatly reduced after only 4 days on 40mg per day including stopping negative thoughts, no more panic attacks at night etc. The second week I was very tired and depressed without the anxiety, sleeping many hours each day. But by the third week both depression and anxiety were greatly reduced. However by the end of the month the anxiety had started to return slightly and my doctor has now increased the dose to 80mg per day. I had slight nausea, dry mouth and loss of appetite, and some indigestion during the first week or so and now again since I have upped the dose but I imagine these will disappear again soon.

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August 13, 2014 2:48 PM

Review by Stuck on cymbalta (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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9.0

For Pain: I'd been taking Cymbalta for about 2 years when I decided that I didn't want to pay $30/mo anymore, so I decided that I would wean myself off. I tried and I started getting the brain zaps, like lightening in my head. So I started back, slowly I just started missing a dose here and there until I was able to stop them without the side effects. I've been off for several months now and I've noticed that I've been in more pain and everything that was hurting me before has compounded. So needless to say I'm starting them back. Appears that I'm not going to be able to do without it.

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August 12, 2014 10:57 PM

Review by pjs001:

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3.0

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Osteoarthritis: I was prescribed Cymbalta for arthritic pain in my knees. I took 30 mg/day for 3 days and was fatigued to the point of not wanting to do anything but lie down.In addition (to which I found out was a rare side effect) I was yawning all day and evening. After reading about the difficulties that some people had getting off this medicine. I stopped it after the 3 days. Unless I can be somewhat assured that the side effects are temporary I would rather live with the pain then take this medicine.

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August 6, 2014 4:43 PM

Review by king bean (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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4.0

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Anxiety: Didn't work for me. Felt pretty barfy and crummy first several days. Seemed to make me agitated. Only on it for a week; withdrawal was unpleasant. Just my experience, however.

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August 4, 2014 2:33 PM

Review by KRW2011:

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8.0

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I have been taking Cymbalta for two years now- it honestly changed my life. At the time I started taking it I was a college athlete and anxiety ruled my life. At first, I would take it during the morning hours and I would immediately want to go to bed. That was my problem, I needed to take it about an hour or two before bed. I am still experimenting the exact right time to take it (I sometimes wake up still feeling tired from it- but not sure if it's the medication or my routine now). I know certain medications work for some and not others, but I would recommend this medication. I had slight symptoms at first beside the tiredness- decreased appetite and no sexual desires or emotions. I still feel great! (30mg once daily)

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July 24, 2014 11:58 AM

Review by Monchie:

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9.0

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Anxiety: I just started taking this medication last night and ALREADY feel so much better. I've tried Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft, Buspar, Abilify, and countless others to help with my anxiety and none of them worked. This medication is a miracle in my opinion. I can't believe how quickly it works too. I'm taking this along with Atarax to help anxiety and panic attacks. I like the Atarax too and have not needed to take clonazepam today. Very happy. Only problem was that I couldn't sleep last night. I was physically exhausted and couldn't open my eyes or move but my mind was active. Hopefully this will pass. I've also had an upset stomach today with diarrhea but it beats anxiety any day!

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July 16, 2014 1:57 PM

Review by mommagedden6 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Depression: I started taking Cymbalta about one month ago. Initially the dose was 30mg for 2 weeks and 60mg following. I cannot believe how well this has helped me. I suffered with depression and severe anxiety. I will continue this medication as I understand full benefit may not be reached for several months. Overall I am extremely satisfied with Cymbalta. My only side effects are constipation and decreased appetite which I have resolved with Miralax and eating small meals more often. I also realized the increased taste of salt during my meals which has seemed to decrease more each day.

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July 14, 2014 6:14 AM

Review by Belva Watkins:

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10

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Chronic Pain: The first pill very strong so waited till in bed and when the severe pain from shingles hit I took 2nd pill..instant relief. I was so glad I had the medicine and still have the bottle of pills as I never needed another. One pill got me through the worst pain I had with shingles. I would not have a need for any now but saved in case shingles returned. I think it a tad bit too strong for most pain that could be treated with a lessor degree of strength. 2 pills used out of whole bottle. It was expensive but actually just one pill did the job.

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July 13, 2014 8:44 PM

Review by Momma 1234:

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10

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Can't live without it

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July 7, 2014 6:48 PM

Review by danimom80 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

Cymbalta (duloxetine) for Anxiety: I was quick to anger, severe mood swings would yell at my kids for the slightest things. I was ready to punch anybody that would make me mad and( it didn't take much!) I started with Cymbalta 30mg and I noticed a slight difference I was increased to 60 mg and I felt the change right away. I'm so calm and I'm back to being a happy mom. I take it at night because it would get me sleepy during the day if I take in the morning some of the side effects I've experienced have been dry mouth, lack of appetite, hot flashes, tiredness! I love this medicine it has changed my life. The relationship with my children is much much better too. I no longer have crying spells and I'm a much nicer person. Try Cymbalta.

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July 2, 2014 3:18 AM

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