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Reviews for Cymbalta to treat Depression
Review by Anonymous:
I took Cymbalta for about 3-4 months. I had major side effects. I tried taking it at night but I couldn't sleep. Switched to the mornings and I also had tingling all over, sexual side effects, worsened my suicidal thoughts. The only good thing about it is I totally had no appetite what so ever. I lost 15 lbs. I have since quit taking Cymbalta.
I started taking Cymbalta 6 months ago. I know that they say this medicine can take about 3 weeks to kick in, however, I felt relief within hours of taking it. Maybe it's some medical miracle or my body finally got what it needed. I am a well educated woman who had a rough childhood. I tried different anti-depressants over the years and never felt anything like this. I stopped having suicidal thoughts. The side effects were: loss of appetite and so tired that I had to lay down in the afternoon. The only other medication I take is birth control. I discovered the following: If I take my birth control at night before bed and the 30mg Cymbalta in the morning then I'm not tired. The side effects went away by the 12th week so hang in there!
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I've been on many SSRI's years earlier and didn't want the weight gain again so I got on Cymbalta. I was very dizzy, sick to my stomach and really really tired. I spent almost 3 weeks in bed. I suffer from low cortisol which causes fatigue and after reading about Cymbalta it lowers your cortisol levels by 40%, so I'm back on Paxil which raises your Cortisol levels.
On this medicine for 5 days and have been on the couch for 4 days. Very lethargic, lazy, no energy to do anything, loss of appetite, nausea, can't sleep at night, just not myself at all. Missed 2 parties I was previously excited to go to, stayed home instead.
I am on 30 mg of Cymbalta. I have been taking it for four months now. I feel a lot better then I did before starting the medication. I am grateful for it. I definitely still have bad days like anybody else. But I give credit to Cymbalta for my good days.
I have been using Cymbalta for over a year now. I have since discontinued. The withdrawals are awful... brain zaps, nausea, dizziness, sweats, fever, body aches all over. I have also gained 10 to 15 lbs since taking this medication. I am active and do not eat crazy. This medication worked at first but the side effects are awful. I want to start a family and it's time for me to ween off my medicines.
This medicine helped me a lot at first, helped me get motivated to get out of bed, etc. Now I'm extremely irritable and very snappy with my husband and daughter. I have also had some very bad fits of rage. I've just put in a crisis call after I caught myself about to hurt my daughter. Cymbalta is not a medicine that is working for me after taking it for a little over a month.
I am 15, about to turn 16 and I have been taking Cymbalta for a few months now. At first this medicine helped me out to sort out a few issues in life but now it seems to me and my friends and family can see that I have gone back to the way I was before I started taking Cymbalta. This is the second medication I have been on for major depression. I can't sleep properly anymore and in my waking hours I feel so deep in a hole. I also have severe anger snaps that turn out very bad for those around and myself. Its 6 days to Christmas, not excited a bit and only a month till my birthday and still not excited. Cymbalta as I said was very helpful at first but it seems my body has got used to this and now I am on a very big down spiral.
I was on Cymbalta for about 3 months. I can't say that it really did a whole lot for me during that time. I think it may have made me feel a little more energized but I vaguely remember feeling anxious and jittery along with that. The most profound effect that this medicine did have on me was my bowels. For some reason it gave me the worst smelling flatulence of my life. It was literally unbearable and is the main reason that I got off of it. Once I got off, the flatulence went away and my bowels went back to normal.
Been on the medication for almost 2 months. Don't know if has any good effect over me but few days ago I stopped taking it and I had the most horrible depression ever so now I'm back on it and I started to feel much better.
I have suffered major depression for many years and have taken almost every SSRI that has been on the market. I recently slipped into a bout of very deep depression and was almost suicidal. Cymbalta pulled me out of it. I am very thankful for this medication because it brought ME back. However, it was not working at 60mg a day so the doctor increased it to 120mg a day. I realize that is a high dose but the benefits outweigh the risks by far in my situation. I was in the deepest darkest depression for about 3 months and almost lost my job over it. Cymbalta saved me... literally.
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I had a terrible reaction to Cymbalta called Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome. Stiff muscles, couldn't stand let alone walk to the phone, couldn't feel my hands and feet, fever, blood pressure through the roof. After a family member found me on the floor drooling I was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. I realize this is a rare side effect, but it does happen. What's great for one person may not be great for the next.
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Just wanted to say that I am happy to read some of these positive reviews. I was switched to Cymbalta yesteray by my doctor and when I read so many negative reviews I started getting really nervous. I am hoping that this drug is a positive for me.
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Started on 30mg for about 3 months, not much help. Upped to 60mg, no help. Now on 90mg for one month and my depression is even worse that it was. I slipped into a major down a few days ago, one of the worst I've had in years and have yet to bounce back from it. I have had mild brain zaps here and there since going to 90mg. Anyway, I am guessing my psychiatrist will try something different. I have tried Lexapro (helped me for many years, then seemed to stop working). Wellbutrin (made me very irritable), and Pristiq (did nothing except lower my libido and give me a little bit of energy).
I've been taking Cymbalta for 3 years, after 7 years of taking Prozac. Even though Prozac worked great for all that time, I guess I started to tolerate it and didn't work anymore) and has been working great so far, no side effects and is amazing how it brought me out of that abyss I was at. Thank you Cymbalta.
I have just started taking it, and I wanted to give a viewpoint from the beginning. I have been on this for 4 days now. The first day was really bad, but it is getting better. My appetite is coming back now, and I am not snapping at my family like I was before I started Cymbalta. I am still quite tired and nauseated during the day, and am still having some trouble sleeping. Before this I used to drink a lot, and this has helped me lose the desire to drink, which in my case is a good thing. I am going to stick with it and hopefully the rest of the side effects will go away slowly. I already feel more positive and my family has even noticed a difference already.
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Cymbalta has been very effective for me. I was prescribed a different antidepressant that soon proved ineffective for my depression. I take 60 mg Cymbalta per day and have not suffered any side effects accept lack of libido. I have found ways to lessen those effects. Before this drug, I really thought I was losing my mind and I could not function on a daily basis. I never understood depression but I do now. This medicine has been a blessing for me.
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I was taking Zoloft and my doctor switched me to Cymbalta because of my pain from arthritis. I started on 60mg a week ago. My mood is the same as with Zoloft, but I cannot sleep or think clearly. I will start taking it in the morning and see if it helps. My pain is better.
I took this medicine for 6 years and it helped my depression. Allergies became much worse over time and I assumed it was just seasonal or food allergy. Suffered a lot with allergies over the 6 years I was on Cymbalta and was unable to do much of anything even though I have 4 school aged kids. When my Doctor recently increased dosage, my allergies went haywire..... prickly feeling in fingers arms back, itchy nose, throat and private region. Because the allergies came on slowly, I didn't realize it was Cymbalta causing the problem. I really suffered with this and would hate for another to do the same. If you have weird allergy like symptoms, check the Cymbalta. It helped my depression, but I still was not able to live comfortably because of the reaction.
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