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Reviews for Cymbalta to treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Review by Anon5002:
After having done fine w/alprazolam and citalopram for years, and wanting to slightly up my alprazolam for my GAD, Doc suggested I try cymbalta. I had a *horrible* experience with this drug (have never before experienced such bad side effects). I can't recall the dosage, but it was a sample, so I don't believe it was anything too high. First day I took it, I felt absolutely wiped out, like all the energy had been sucked from my body. I could barely make it to the bed to lay down. A few hours later the muscles in my jaw began spasm-ing involuntarily, I could feel them tightening and clamping my teeth together, then slightly relaxing. I didn't take the next pill, and it took a day for side effects to go away. I'll never take it again.
10 users found this comment helpful.
I have been on Cymbalta for 7months and it has changed my life. I have Ocd, GAD and severe anxiety over health and I havent felt like myself in 4 years until cymbalta. I do get night sweats BADDDDD but its something I have got used too. I take 60mg a day and I never want to get off it. I am a 26 yr old healthy mum and anxiety now doesnt rule my life... I do! :-)
15 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Good but Pricey (taken for 2 to 5 years):
I started on 30mg of Cymbalta for a week then up to 60mg. I've taken it for about 2 years and noticed it really helped. When I got pregnant, my doctor told me to wean off it by taking it every other day. That was hell! He should have prescribed me a lower dosage. The price of it doubled so I no longer take it. I weaned off it this time by going from 60mg to 30mg then to 20mg. What a difference. That was manageable. Another down side is when I was on 60mg, if I would workout in the evenings, I would be wide awake at 3am! That was not the case when I was taking 30mg.
18 users found this comment helpful.
Cymbalta, unfortunately, did not work for my general anxiety disorder. I took it for two months. The worst part was that it made me feel nothing and my other medications less effective. The good part was that it made my frequent urination decrease--probably because it made a lot of me feel numb including my bladder.
I've been on Cymbalta over 2 years and it has worked great for my anxiety and Irritable bowel syndrome. I sometimes add Vistaril at stressful times. I tried Topamax and Lexapro and neither gave me the relief I needed. I wish I would have had Cynbalta 30 years ago.
38 users found this comment helpful.
Under the supervision of a psychiatrist I ran the gambit of SSRIs
from Prozac to Zoloft with only mild improvements. Cymbalta proved at 120mgs to be wonderful. My insurance was a buzzkill by limiting me to 60mgs but we tried Celexa as an adjunct with similar but not total benefit. Taken with breakfast the change within an hour is dramatic, and missing a dose or two is traumatic. My only anxiety now is God forbid I am ever to go without my Cymbalta. It helped me through 10 chemo sessions, especially with the resulting neuropathy. Perhaps it will fall to a tier 1 med and I can resume 120mgs... There is hope.
35 users found this comment helpful.
I was prescribed Cymbalta after taking Zoloft for a few months. Zoloft was horrible but when my prescription was changed to Cymbalta, my anxiety and everything else seemed to lessen. I was more calm in handling situations and my husband seemed pleased with the change in my attitude. For the first week while on Cymbalta, the experience was horrible. I had all the side effects listed and more but I was determined to stay on it. It only lasted a week then things became more clear. The only thing I FEAR is the withdrawals. I've experienced it accidentally when the medication wasn't available to me.
45 users found this comment helpful.
Excellent for controlling anxiety that, for me, can spiral in to major depression I feel more like myself on Cymbalta than I did on Zoloft. It has been excellent at relieving chronic musculoskeletal pain. Cymbalta benefits do come at a cost, financially and physically. The most annoying physical symptom is profuse sweating. I never sweated much, even on hot days. With Cymbalta, it can be cold outside & I'm in my car A/C on, face dripping with sweat. I can easily tell this from a menopausal hot flash.The two sometimes occur together. Cymbalta can give me bad morning headaches & I can't use Motrin while on it. Once you're on Cymbalta you can't just stop it without getting severe withdrawal symptoms, especially dizziness.
42 users found this comment helpful.
I took Cymbalta 60mg for 4 months. It helped tremendously with general anxiety so I believed it to be a miracle, however, after about 4 weeks I noticed depression setting in. It had gotten so bad that I felt compelled to leave a review on here. My heart was cold, didnt care about co-workers, friends and family or myself. The depresson hit so quickly. I was angry at the world for my own issues, everyone walking around all happy and everything, I wanted that so badly. I was mean and angry. I'd yell at people for things and accused them of beng rude to me or not considerate enough for my standards. I got off Cymbalta and gained my life back. It did help my generalized anxiety disorder though.
40 users found this comment helpful.
I started Cymbalta in September 2011 for Depression and Anxiety. My doctor started me off on 30 mg a day for 2 weeks then switched me to 60 mg a day. The side effects I noticed right away were dry mouth and loss of hunger (not a bad thing - I lost 5lbs in 2 weeks). After being on 60 mg for about a month I started to have pretty bad night sweats, and I mean INTENSE night sweats - you wonder how your body can possibly hold that much water. But they have gotten few and far between now and my dry mouth has subsided as well. About 2 months ago my doctor switched me back to 30mg a day - the 60mg dose was causing my stomach to hurt and burn for about 3 hours after taking it despite taking it with or without food. It helps with GAD. Try it.
33 users found this comment helpful.
For the last 2 years I have suffered massive panic and anxiety attacks. I thought my world as I knew it was over.
Thanks to Cymbalta everything is almost back to normal and I am feeling myself again. I started taking it 2 months ago, the first 2 weeks I had a bit of nausea but now its gone. No other side effects.
54 users found this comment helpful.
I have been on 120 mg of Cymbalta daily for 8 months, as well as another year and a half at 60 mg. I take it for anxiety, MDD, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, etc. In addition to 10 mg of Abilify and a benzo I am feeling almost back to normal. This happens to be one medicine that helps me, and I have tried many SSRI's over the years.
38 users found this comment helpful.
I've used Lexapro for several years before starting on Cymbalta around 10 months ago. My anxiety is under much better control and the sexual side effects are significantly less pronounced. Take twice a day, 30mg in the morning and 60 mg at night.
28 users found this comment helpful.
I had been taking Lexapro which worked very well. I had been having pains in my back and headaches for a while so my Doctor started me on Cymbalta. I must say that with the switch my pains are relieved, and my whole being is in a very good place. Thanks Cymbalta
46 users found this comment helpful.
I took the first 30mg dose of Cymbalta and had bad side effects almost immediately. I felt dizzy and felt like I was passing out. I only took the one dose but have had insomnia for the past 48 hours. Lying awake feeling agitated and anxious.
23 users found this comment helpful.
I have been taking Cymbalta (60 mg) for 7 weeks and it has been of great help with the anxiety, depression and chronic abdominal pain. I have some minor nausea and fatigue most days but nothing really bad. The most serious side effects I have is the sexual one - lost libido and inability to reach orgasm. After 7 weeks I fear it will be a permanent side effect, which is hard to deal with. Thank you.
39 users found this comment helpful.
I have GAD with mild depression which caused a lot of tension in my shoulders and confused, muddled thinking with poor memory. I tend to be really irritable and short tempered with mood swings. I've so far taken Cymbalta for about 4-5 months. My mood swings, irritability and temper have improved. I am able to think much more clearly and remember better. The bad, my social anxiety hasn't improved much and I gained about 5 pounds. Otherwise no side effects. It doesn't make me sleepy, spacey, numb, nor does it diminish my libido. It isn't a wonder drug but it's nice to have fewer side effects.
43 users found this comment helpful.
I took cymbalta 50 mg everyday for over 2 months. This was to treat a generalized anxiety disorder and minor depression. I live in the Midwest where the sun does not come out very often in the winter months. The medicine was effective in the long run in treating my minor depression due to the winter blues however when I first started taking the medicine I did have suicidal thoughts, which was very strange for me. Eventually, it interfered with my libido, which caused me to stop taking the medicine. I am 22 years old and for me to begin to experience libido issues led me to discontinue this medicine. This might be a isolated issue but I hope it helps you decide if the side effects outweigh its benefits.
24 users found this comment helpful.
After trying around 8 different drugs for my GAD (General Anxiety Disorder) this one seems to be helping. I don't want to jump the gun too quick, it's been a month with a 30mg every other day and about 3 weeks at 30mg a day, but I think it's working somewhat, still don't like the idea I have to take it, and always worried about side effects and getting off it, if and when I'm ready. Have had some bad withdrawal symptoms with some of the others that rivaled getting off pain medicines...no fun!
23 users found this comment helpful.
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