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6.2/10 Average Rating

32 Ratings with 30 User Reviews

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Review by Belva Watkins:

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10

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 Issieanne (taken for less than 1 month):

After Just having begun my regimen on Duloxetine (2 days now) I am very encouraged with the relief I am experiencing. I have fought the pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis since Age 6...I am now 69 In the interim I've since had aggressive Fibromyalgia / AND Aggressive debilitating BRAIN FOG WITH Memory Loss (Prior to this I've been thinking seriously about checking my brain for Alzheimers). Now I am encouraged with results so far......HAPPY DAY! May this keep on working in my case this time. Many many Thanks.

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June 17, 2014 7:14 PM

Review by Merytle:

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8.0

Cymbalta has given me such great relief from pain for many years. Unfortunately I fall in the 1% of severe side effects. I've had no need for narcotics except for acute pain for migraines or injuries during this time. Unfortunately I have put on so much weight and my liver is enlarged and enzymes are high due to taking this medicine. Even with years of intense exercising 3-5 days a week I was unable to lose any significant weight. I must now stop taking it and I don't know of anything else that will give me this relief. Still highly recommend this for others who are most likely not going to have this trouble. But be aware just in case you fall in the 1% also. Especially if taking other medicines.

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May 22, 2014 10:50 AM

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

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7.0

I have been taking Cymbalta for about 2 years. I can tell a major difference with an over all improvement and/or tolerance level of pain; I can ,as well, tell that it seems to improve the efficacy of two other medications I am given (morphine and tramadol) Or prescribed, as compared to when I (have done one or two trial periods purposefully x1 and accidentally) missed 4-7 days of not taking the Cymbalta.

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May 19, 2014 7:01 AM

Review by myman2 (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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5.0

Moderate pain relief. Non-diabetic nerve pain in legs and feet..60 mg daily...caused erectile dysfunction and tiredness but worth the relief of pain. 8 yrs Now.

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March 29, 2014 9:59 AM

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

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8.0

Works GREAT for my bipolar also! I have been looking for a medicine to do that for 25 years!

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March 26, 2014 6:24 AM

Review by Tough_it_up:

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8.0

I've been on Cmybalta for about one month. 1st week on 30mg and 2nd week on 60mg. Only side effect for the first 2 weeks was lucid dreams and insomnia. I have really bad nerve problem in the upper and lower back which causes a lot of stress to my shoulder trapezius and chest muscle. Cymbalta helps me manage the upper back, shoulder, trapezius and chest pain well enough, but nothing for the lower back. I noticed the pain reduction in the 2nd week. It's not a miracle pill but it sure helps.

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February 18, 2014 7:04 PM

Review by suzisavage2 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

Almost 2 months on just 20 mg pain mgmt narcotics for chronic pain, many procedures little help, also CPTSD, GAD, pos. bipolar, depression. MY BACK PAIN AND SCIATIC GONE after 5 days on a low dose. Reserving judgement on the rest. Increase dose to 60 mg. I expect to get a hint in the next week. May have overactive mind/severe difficulty sleeping tho. Higher dose may help. But the pain relief - wouldn't have believed it if someone told me. So have to weigh pain vs insomnia or other side effect I might get. Good luck with this medicine! Insanely expensive and I know from girlfriends experience withdrawal can be bad.

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February 6, 2014 6:04 PM

Review by klassiebutterfly45 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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3.0

Did not help.

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January 11, 2014 9:33 AM

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

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1.0

My rheumatologist had me on a very high dosage, so much that I had to pay for two seperate scripts at the pharmacy. I guess so many people do have a positive response to this med, my doctor thought increasing the med mg would result in symptom improvement, however that wasn't the case. I hated (that's a strong word for me) Cymbalta. I was told I acted like another person while on it and not in a good way. Even though I strictly followed my pharmacist and doctors directions when tapering off if this med, I still had severe withdrawal during and after reducing the mg. I even called the doctor and pharmacy because I was so concerned; I all but went to the emergency room in the beginning stages since I had never had withdrawal symptoms before.

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October 28, 2013 2:15 PM

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

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1.0

Felt only side effects. Extremely tired, erectile dysfunction, dry mouth, headache, dizziness, cold sweats.

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October 15, 2013 6:03 PM

Review by slipknottkbk:

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8.0

Cymbalta seems to really help with my low back pain & feet & legs neuropathy.

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July 27, 2013 9:42 AM

Review by RobbD (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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8.0

Happy with pain relief. Worked like magic for first 1-2 month. Now it has leveled off, but still very worth while. Side effects seem to be, insomnia, tiredness, low energy, but worth the trade off.

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July 11, 2013 8:40 AM

Review by Lilly267:

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4.0

I gave this medication a 4 because I lost 10 pounds in 2 months on it. It did nothing for my pain and depression, though. I took 60 mg and I weighed from 110-120lbs.

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July 8, 2013 6:30 AM

Review by anonymous4347:

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10

I have been on Cymbalta 60mg for chronic abdominal pain for 3 years. It has been a life saver for me and dropped my narcotic use (hydrocodone) down to a 30 day prescription lasting me a year. I did notice earlier this year more pain and with that more of the narcotic need and depression. My Dr. raised me up to 90mg (one 60mg and a 30mg) and I haven't had need of the hydrocodone for 3 months. I'm very satisfied.

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July 2, 2013 5:37 PM

Review by Baloo789:

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8.0

After suffering in a very serious way from chronic neck and back pain for about 5 years, I was giving up. I had no major injury, but small "normal range" disc ruptures protruding in my C5 and C7 with other old back injuries. Fibromyalgia/Neuralgia. I've gone through multiple specialists, MRIs, physical therapists, chiropractors, and acupuncturists. Some relief here and there, mostly with acupuncture and specific stretching. Pain was horrible. Finally after persistent research, I found what truly works for me: Cymbalta (normal dose) with daily SAM-E and Malic Acid supplements. It took about 2 months to fully work, but now I'm virtually PAIN FREE. Cannot thank God enough for this.

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June 8, 2013 5:37 PM

Review by mel:

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8.0

I have been seeing my doctor for the last 3 years starting from back pain and fibromyalgia. I tried so much medication including 6 epidural injection in my lumbar and sacroiliac joint, nothing seems to work. Finally I was referred to an internal doctor and after reviewing my case she asked me to try Cymbalta. I finally get relief from it, my life is back to normal and I'm very satisfied.

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May 6, 2013 11:13 AM

Review by Marcia64 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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7.0

I was prescribed Cymbalta for a combination of chronic pain from osteoarthritis and major depressive disorder with melancholia. I started with 30mg for the first two weeks, but had to stop taking my daily 1200 to 1800mg of ibuprofen and also quit drinking. For depression, it was amazing. I felt relief from my despondency within a handful of days, and that has continued through this, my third month. I had my dose increased to 60mg to try and get relief from the chronic pain, but it has not been effective for me in addressing that - thus my rating. For depression, I give it a 10, but for pain (my experience) I have to give it at best, a 3. After consulting with my doctor, he said I could resume taking ibuprofen at a much lower dose.

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May 5, 2013 8:23 AM

Review by Gintech (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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8.0

I can't take NSAIDS anymore, so tried Cymbalta. Worked great for my pain and my depression. HOWEVER, I had to stop it because of horrible side effects. The worst headaches I have ever had, dizziness, and eventually mood changes. I took it for about 7 months total, the last 2 months was tapering off. My Doctor had a patient end up hospitalized when they rushed the taper.

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March 14, 2013 12:19 AM

Review by davinci queen (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

I started taking Cymbalta approx. 4 weeks ago. Its a miracle far as I'm concerned. I have low back pain, fibromyalgia and increasing anxiety disorder. Within 4 days I felt immediate relief from pain all over. I haven't felt this good in years. I am also on Lyrica and am going to see if I can lower my dose or even discontinue it and see if I'm still pain free. My anxiety is starting to lessen now as well. I don't have many side effects, mostly more tired so I will take it at night. Definitely try it. It's worth it!

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March 11, 2013 10:12 AM

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

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1.0

After taking Effexor for years, my doc switched me to Cymbalta. That was 3 years ago no effect for pain management.

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February 17, 2013 12:40 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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8.0

Neuropathy, still require some narcotic for breakthrough pain but only a couple times per week. Works well.

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February 12, 2013 12:03 AM

Review by wildbill43 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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8.0

Not able to take NSAIDS! Hydrocodone doesn't work except for high doses that make me dizzy. Cymbalta is working good at one pill a day.

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January 6, 2013 7:59 PM

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

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5.0

I have chronic nerve pain and RSD as a result of a failed multi-level cervical fusion. I was on narcotics for 2 - 3 years. I had an implanted pulse generator placed in my low back with the leads running up my spine to the area in my neck affected by the surgery. This enabled me to get off the narcotics, but I still have trouble with the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). About 5 years ago, my doctor put me on Cymbalta. I now take 60mg each morning.There has been a marked difference in my pain level as a result. I have learned to regulate my activity as well to help keep the pain down. I still have moderate bouts of depression. So far, nothing has a lasting effect on that.

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January 2, 2013 11:27 PM

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

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9.0

I've had very good experience with Cymbalta aside from being so expensive. Helps with pain & related insomnia & depression.

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