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6.7/10 Average Rating

186 Ratings with 129 User Reviews

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Reviews for Cymbalta to treat Fibromyalgia

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Review by ISSIANN:

After being on others this, seems to be a God send. Just finishing up DAY 2. Yesterday was tough as I still have residual amounts of citalopram in my system I suppose. Wish me good luck!

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June 17, 2014 6:39 PM

Review by DisneyFreak:

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9.0

I had tried Lyrica for fibromyalgia & it made me severely tired, and didn't help the aches & pains at all. Once I switched to Cymbalta, I felt great! The aches & pains were reduced by at least 75% within 2 weeks! I've been on it 1.5 years & have had a gradual weight gain totaling 20lbs that started the same month I started the Cymbalta. My rheumatologist says its not Cymbalta related, but I'm thinking of maybe trying another medicine just to see. But I'm afraid nothing will work as well as the Cymbalta. I also take 250mg Soma at night to help me sleep which works great.

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June 11, 2014 8:01 AM

Review by Fibromyalgia sucks (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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2.0

Do not take Cymbalta for fibromyalgia if you are not clinically depressed! I went from being a happy person to being suicidal. I'll stick with Vicodin to ease my pain.

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May 14, 2014 4:43 PM

Review by me2014:

Changed my pain to tolerable from my fibromyalgia in Illinois. I say try it. Figure out what triangle of medicines works best for you and never let anyone say it's all in your head.

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April 18, 2014 10:53 PM

Review by jef3382:

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9.0

I've been on antidepressants for years and suffered from chronic pain that was finally diagnosed as fibromyalgia. I started on Cymbalta about 5 years ago because the pain was becoming more than I could deal with and my doctor had read good reviews about patients reactions with this medicine. I never had any problem with the medicine and haven't noticed any major side effects. It has really cut the pain to a manageable level and kept my spirits up.

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February 18, 2014 2:45 PM

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

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8.0

This medication has worked wonders for me. However, I also have additional medications that work along with this in order to provide me relief. But when I have run out of this medication, I am certainly aware, it is great for my nerve pain and my Depression that accompanies my Fibromyalgia.

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January 25, 2014 1:02 PM

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

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6.0

One of the biggest draw backs to this medication is the cost. My insurance pays 80% and I end up paying 35/ month. I have had some improvements to my pain and sleep and while I am thankful for any gains the lack of a generic makes for a barrier. I am not seeing the improvements I would have liked for the cost. & Oh and a caution it interacts with a lot of other medications used to treat fibromyalgia so consult your pharmacist before taking. I regularly end up skirting the fine line of seratonin syndrome with the cocktail I am taking for my fibromyalgia with no depression.

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January 22, 2014 1:16 AM

Review by MaidenDarkness:

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2.0

Took Cymbalta for close to a year for Fibro symptoms. For the first couple months it seemed to be helping, and then it stopped. I had worsening sleep difficulty, violent mood swings, and a variety of other side effects. Even with all the Fibro symptoms, I feel better off the med than I ever felt on it. It was also expensive.

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November 13, 2013 10:02 PM

Review by D.A.P. (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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8.0

I found Cymbalta to be a miracle for me. Within a week of taking it most of my aches and pains disappeared and even my massage therapist stated she noticed a big difference. The problem was the side effects of sexual dysfunction and dry mouth. I added Wellbutrin and love that medication as it greatly improved my mood, but still did not help with the sexual dysfunction. I am now on Lamotrigine and Wellbutrin but the pains in my joints worsened unbelievably, intolerable really. I think I will be dropping the Lamotrigine and going back to the Cymbalta, and just put up with the side effects.

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November 11, 2013 8:08 PM

Review by the best yet:

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9.0

During my mid 40's, I began experiencing excruciating neck pain. I had cervical fusion for a ruptured cervical disk. After the surgery, I have had extreme chronic fatigue, bone pain, overall body pain, and paralysis of one vocal cord. I tried numerous pain medications which had absolutely no effect on my pain. Ultimately, the combination of medications that helped were a low dosage of methadone, Prozac, and Provigil (for narcolepsy). Recently my doctor changed by Prozac to Cymbalta. My pain is now almost gone! (I am still taking methadone, but maybe it will no longer be necessary. (I changed to Nuvigil for extreme daytime sleepiness.) No side effects from Cymbalta except for slight nausea during the first week of use.

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October 20, 2013 1:15 PM

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

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8.0

I am on Lyrica 150 mg a day, but it started to lose it's effectiveness after about 5 months. I can't afford to see the doctor or get more Lyrica. I tried Cymbalta for my PMDD and hoped that it might help my pain too. My pain was almost completely gone after about 2 days of use! However, I started getting sores on my tongue, emotional numbness, and had zero libido. I stopped using it after about 7 days, and the pain came back worse than ever (I believe I had been overdoing it those few days). I seriously considered putting up with the side effects just to get some pain relief, but I'm trying bupropion XL first.

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September 12, 2013 12:36 AM

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

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8.0

I recently starting taking Cymbalta for my chronic back (several herniated discs), Costocondritis (chest inflamation), and other related pains classified as Fibromyalgia and Chronic lower back pain. The medication works. It has nearly removed my chest pain and lower back pains by 90% and only a few lingering pains still exist and only in spurts. I've only been on the 60mg dosage for a few weeks, so it may get better. As a side effect, my PE is gone. I never told a doc about it and it has been killing me for a decade. I've tried everything else, none helped. I looked online with a search of Cymbalta and PE and there are sources to confirm it works.

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September 9, 2013 11:57 PM

Review by audio51 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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2.0

No symptom relief at all, but did have sexual side effects

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September 5, 2013 4:21 PM

Review by mh2256:

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8.0

I was on 60mg of Cymbalta for a year or more. Did not want to be on antidepressants all my life so I weaned off it 2 months ago. My fibromyalgia pains have returned with a vengeance, more than before. I am going back to Cymbalta as I want to have some quality of life. I feel debilitated at the moment. Have been taking this tablet in the morning but after reading the reviews on this forum I will change to night.

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September 3, 2013 12:58 AM

Review by Jen1974 (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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9.0

It has worked very well for me. I have insurance but I have to pay $202 a month for 60mg.

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August 24, 2013 3:23 PM

Review by electron_doc:

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8.0

When Cymbalta became available I was trying it for dysthymia, but found my fibromyalgia and neuropathy became much better. I think it's worth trying, it worked wonders for me and I started taking it with the attitude that it wasn't going to work.

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August 15, 2013 12:14 AM

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

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2.0

Cymbalta has helped me so much with horrible fibromyalgia pain. It has also helped a great deal with anxiety. However, I no longer believe I can handle the side effects. I have gained over 20 pounds in less than 4 months, despite exercise and calorie restriction. I have severe constipation, very odd dreams, and hot flashes. It is such a shame, because my fibromyalgia is so much better with Cymbalta.

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August 6, 2013 2:36 AM

Review by debbie2929:

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10

I was on Cymbalta for 2 years and found it to be a wonderful relief of pain and anxiety. The problem I had with it was "brain zaps" and dizziness if I made any sudden movement with my head. I weaned myself off of it slowly and am now back to suffering with pain and anxiety but I do not wish to take Cymbalta again due to the strange brain effect it has. Getting off of it was extremely difficult and luckily I was between jobs or I could not have made it to work during that withdrawal period. Extreme "brain zaps" were the worst thing to get rid of.

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July 31, 2013 10:06 AM

Review by CNA1950 (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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6.0

I have been on Cymbalta, 60 mg, for over 5 years. It did work for the Fibro pain, even though at stressful times I still felt a minimum of pain. I began to notice after about 3 years that I was very tired all the time and foggy in the brain. It was hard for me to concentrate when someone was talking and words were hard to find when answering them. I finally told my doctor that I wanted to wean off of Cymbalta but I haven't found this to be very easy. Been working on it since June and if I try to lower the dose too fast I become sick like a very bad flu. I am now more clear headed and can talk with clarity since my dose was lowered to around 20 mg.

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July 28, 2013 5:08 PM

Review by April Johnson:

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10

I have been taking Cymbalta for a little over a month and I feel great! I am doing things I haven't been able to do in years.

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July 26, 2013 6:38 AM

Review by fibroworkingmom:

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9.0

I am 46 & diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 4 months ago after 1.5 years of unexplained pain, muscle fatigue, exhaustion, etc. The last flare up was so severe I was unable to walk because leg muscles trembling, forearms felt like they were on fire with thousands of needles or bees stinging. I was dropping things. I was very confused and unable to even read an email on my computer. We started with a low dose and am now at 60 mg at bedtime. Along with Tramadol during the day and Flexeril for severe flare ups, as well as moderate exercise, no chocolate, and adequate sleep, I am doing so well. Very few side effects. I am working full time, can wear high heels again & stay awake past 7:00 pm now as well as resuming doing normal household chores.

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July 8, 2013 2:59 PM

Review by Shes2Gemini:

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9.0

I can move and reach without pain in my shoulders, I can sleep without pain, and I can be assured that I will not have to take narcotics for pain control.

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July 6, 2013 10:32 PM

Review by courtd:

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8.0

This medecine delivers as promised as far as pain relief. I noticed a reduction in pain 3 days into taking it. The only pain it doesnt eliminate is my lower back pain. It even helps with my migraines! Negatives are the side effects when getting used to the med (nausea, fatigue) and the fact that your body gets used to it so you have to keep upping the dosage. Recommend starting out on the lowest dosage possible.

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July 1, 2013 1:11 PM

Review by Fibromyalgia pain and depression (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

I am 46 and have suffered from depression since I was a teenager and fibromyalgia pain and stiffness since I was 30. Nothing else helped much. I tried gabapentin, Prozac, and other anti-depressants. Ibuprofen and tramadol helped a little with the pain but not like Cymbalta! I started on 30mg and worked up to 90mg daily. I feel like I am cured! No more morning pain and stiffness, no more aches and pain and my mood is so much brighter! I haven't felt this happy since I was a kid. I am laughing all the time. I can do things that I haven't been able to do physically for years. I started jogging. Side effects have been a loss of appetite, insomnia, and hot flashes but well worth it!

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June 24, 2013 1:51 PM

Review by Dahliabulb:

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5.0

I have been taking Cymbalta for 3 days. I have had nausea and drop in appetite. I experienced sleeplessness on my 3rd night and hot flashes. I have found that taking it in the morning is better for me. This is my second round of taking Cymbalta.

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