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Cymbalta review summary

6.9/10 Average Rating

198 Ratings with 138 User Reviews

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

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8.0

Cymbalta changed me from someone struggling with pain every day to a productive and happy person with some aches and pain. It has made such a big difference in my life!

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January 23, 2015 2:29 PM

Review by Lola Lottery:

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9.0

This was a miracle for the Fibromyalgia pain, until the excessive sweating began. It took a long time to make the connection. I have been off for three months, the sweating has stopped, but the pain of Fibro is creeping back. Will have to try something else. The sweating was such a nuisance, and it got so bad, it was frightening. But, definitely give it a try - it may help you.

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January 5, 2015 12:19 PM

Review by 1Gratefuluser:

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10

I have tried other medications to control my fibromyalgia and I had awful side effects to all then my Dr tried me on Cymbalta and this has been amazing! No side effects. I'm on 120mg now and I feel almost like my old self! It is very expensive though.

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November 29, 2014 9:37 PM

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

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1.0

Did not work only gained weight

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November 24, 2014 9:29 PM

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

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7.0

Started Cymbalta for depression about three months ago. Also suffer from fibromyagia and anxiety. Found at 90 mg my fibromyagia hip and neck pain significantly reduced but had the side effect of extreme itching. At one point my lips and eyes felt sunburnt and began having trouble swallowing. Slowly reducing dose now on 60 mg plus 20 of Prozac. BE AWARE do not suddenly stop this medicine. Missed two days due to script and had the worst withdrawal I have experienced in 27 years of antidepressants, uncontrolled crying and panic. Not sure where to go from here.

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November 16, 2014 2:07 PM

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

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10

I have fibromyalgia and was in pain with body aches my Dr and I decided to use Cymbalta. I started at 30mg for a week then up to 60mg. The first day I felt a little strange I had no idea what it was the second day was worse and I wanted to stop taking it, so I found a site that talked about Cymbalta and Fibromyalgia most reviews said push through keep taking it you will be glad you did. I decided to keep taking the Cymbalta day three still felt strange but the pain was less Because I wasn't sure I did the 30mg for 2weeks until I felt comfortable then I went to 60mg. I haven't felt this good in a very long time almost like I don't have Fibromyalgia But I missed a dose and the pain was unbearable. I won't do that again. I love Cymbalta

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November 12, 2014 8:44 PM

Review by LanaBee:

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10

I was on Cymbalta for almost 2 years. I stopped taking it because I thought it was the reason why I was gaining weight (10 lbs over 1 year). 30 mg first year, then 60 mg, then 30 mg again Pros: It treated my fibro! Not just temporary effect, 80% of the pain went away! I stopped taking it 1.5 years ago and the no-pain effect is still here. Pretty happy about that. Cons: the adjusting period (about 2 weeks) IS a nightmare, worst vertigo and nausea ever. Overall, highly recommended to people with fibromyalgia.

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November 12, 2014 11:33 AM

Review by djack2112:

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10

I had classic fibromyalgia symptoms, after researching many things that would fall into this category, and I was at the point where I was about to give up, literally. I had become depressed, after dealing with fibromyalgia for so long, it had broken me. I have a lot of will power, and normally would have laughed at the thought of taking my own life, but after about 2 years of these symptoms, it was winning, and didn't think I could go on for much longer. So, after trying a couple different medications, I was put on Cymbalta. This medication saved my life. It has reduced my pain levels by at least 2-3 points on a ten point scale, and fixed my mood as well. I cannot say enough about how happy I am with this medication.

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October 25, 2014 4:45 AM

Review by BethAnnie:

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 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

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