User Reviews for Cymbalta
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Reviews for Cymbalta to treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder
"I took cymbalta for years before and always loved how good I felt. Because of life changing circumstances I had to get off of them about 3 years ago. I did well for a year then all my symptoms came back like a trainwreck! I have bipolar 2 now along with GAD. I was going crazy mad all the time ,anxious, depressed couldn't remember where I was or days at a time. I finally had enough. I hadn't felt this bad since I was in my 20s I'm now 40. I was put back on cymbalta starting at 20 mgs a day the side effects are minimal to how I felt before the worst thing is the stomach issues but you have to keep on them the future benefits are amazing it's been 9 days I already feel good!"
bestever! (taken for less than 1 month) September 18, 2015
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"I started taking cymbalta when I turned 30!! Literally no side effects no brain zaps bad thoughts anything!!!! I take 30 mg once a day to keep my body from seizing up. I do that during an anxiety attack and at first they put me on Zoloft and lorazepam!! That experience was horrible!! I was so scared to try anything else because of that. Until one day a doctor handed me the pill and said take it..take it now!! I did and called my mom all in a panic. I am very reactive to medicine too which is also odd. Within 30 mins of talking to my mom all panicked out.. I just felt my whole body relax and said to myself, why I'm I freaking out? This medicine has truly saved my life!! My abilities to do things without being afraid!!"
Crab78 September 16, 2015
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"I'm a mom in my 40s and though my life should have been happy (great husband and kids) I was constantly worried, paranoid, combative, and quick to anger. It took months to convince myself to call a psychiatrist but finally I did. At first she put me on effexor but I hated it (brain zaps, teeth clenching, nausea, lethargy) I tried to hang in there but after 6 months I asked for something else. She gave me Cymbalta. WOW is all I can say. No real side effects and most importantly, I'm laughing and smiling again. I don't feel angry all the time anymore and for the first time in years I'm calm. I also suffer back pain and it is seriously lessened with Cymbalta. I pray my insurance continues to pay for it."
Finally calm mama (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 14, 2015
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"Started the 60 mg tablet after breakfast today. Day 1 symptoms are slight nauseous feeling after eating. Some fatigue ( swam 1.5klm today at lunch) some stomach pain and yes some urine retention. Have taken Pristiq before 100mg symptoms were same but had bad itching with pristiq. Lets see what I feel like in 3 days I know the initial period is tough. Score at this point would be NA but I've put 5 until more time progresses. will try to give update on Monday"
CD08 August 29, 2015
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"I was on celexa for a few yrs.n when I started feeling "well" again decided to stop taking it. Within a yr. I was constantly crying n went back on it but it affected my ability to Fully enjoy intimacy so the mental health nurse told me ask my Dr.for pristine, which I did n he prescribed my cymbalta instead which I took a long with my celexa. When I went back to c him he said that he told me stop the celexa n prescribed me 60mg.of cymbalta a day which I now have been on for about a yr. To say it's a godsend is an understatement. I actually went to an outside concert with approx.5000 people in attendance. Although I was still a little anxious a couple drinks helped me to somewhat enjoy myself. Normally crowds cause me unbearable anxiety."
choose to b happy August 15, 2015
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"I initially took Cymbalta for distonia, which was involuntary movement in my hands caused by a type of Muscular Dystrophy. A combination of Cymbalta, Neurontin, and Tramadol are very effective in reducing my pain. After several months I noticed a great change in my personality. To make a long story short, I realize I've dealt with anxiety most of my life. Cymbalta has literally changed my life. If this medication had been available in the 1960's or 1970's my life would have been dramatically different. I can't imagine life without Cymbalta."
Kev1957 July 30, 2015
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"I have struggled for years with pain from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. I could not have normal relationships with family or friends and became a recluse. The constant pain caused me to be deeply depressed and I often planned my suicide. I wrote a will because I knew I could not live this life anymore. I tried many antidepressants and took Dilaudid by the handfuls. I start taking Cymbalta 13 days ago. I no longer take dilaudid. I am planning on giving up gabapentin. My mood had gone a complete turn around. I am able to function. I am walking again, swimming. I am laughing and for the first time in 15 years I feel Hope!"
Lejsullivan (taken for less than 1 month) June 22, 2015
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"I have been on cymbalta for a week now, 30mg 2xs a day, I have no side effects at all! From the first dose, I noticed a huge difference, it calmed me right down! Before this med, I was mad at everything, almost in a constant panic mode, not sleeping, and in a lot of pain. I have low back nerve pinching, and bulging, with degenerative disks, and fibromyalgia. I can't say enough good about this medicine, it has really changed my quality of life, my outlook. I feel like I did 20 years ago, before my anxiety took over my mind. My blood pressure is also back to normal. Being stressed at every little thing made mine go up. I love this medication, I wish I had gotten it a lot sooner, better late than never!!"
Danidondon June 17, 2015
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"I take Cymbalta for Generalised Anxiety Disorder and depression, something I've had on and off for 6 years (I am now 24). A lot of people are quick to write this drug off, and I admit the initial side effects can be tough like nausea and feeling so tired, but after taking 30mg for three weeks and increasing to 60, with the increase I noticed a quick change, my anxiety decreased rapidly, and instead of tiredness I began to experience an almost high feeling which sometimes makes me hyperactive, but surely that's better than anxiety and depression. I would recommend taking it, but give it a few weeks and take the proper 60ng dose before you judge it; it's really helped me, it's got me out of s really bad place."
Nicknamealreadyinuse (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 10, 2015
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"I have been taking Cymbalta for over 3 weeks now. I have to say it has helped with my depression. I have been suffering with depression for 2 years now and decided to get help. I am starting to feel like myself again except for some minor side effects. Constipation, nausea and headaches. Hopefully these side effects will disappear in time."
Finally happy May 9, 2015
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"My personal journey with Cymbalta so far is a positive one. Severe anxiety/depression has been present in my life for approximately four years and I've found that Cymbalta has immensely suppressed my anxious symptoms. Through my experience, Cymbalta took on its full effect about 3 weeks in. I am beginning to enjoy life again! I highly recommend this medication to others, especially if immense anxiety is a part of your life. I am most impressed with this medications ability to deplete anxiety! Good Luck! I hope the best for anyone struggling with these miserable conditions."
ceejustine (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 14, 2015
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"I lost my 16 year old daughter in a tragic car accident four months ago. They first had me on lexapro, then remeron, and neither did anything for me, except the remeron did make me suicidial. My Doc told me to try Cymbalta 30 mg. It was a life saver, literally. I was ready to kill myself, I had enough pain and didn't want to feel that daily pain of losing my daughter. My Doc just increased my Cymbalta to 60 mg, I'm very excited about this. I have not noticed it helping the panic or the anxiety, it def has helped my mind and my body constantly from hurting due to depression. This medicine truly saved my life. I'll never be me again, but this medicine has got me back to the closest old me. Thankful for Cymbalta!"
Livys April 6, 2015
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"Problems are panic attacks, phobias and generalized anxiety disorder, as a result to early menopause. First I tried Effexor 75mg, horrible blood pressure sky rocket up 170/101... Then I tried Fetzima for 5 days and couldn't tolerate high heart rate. Resting Heart Rate 96 and while I was walking 110 to 125. Not good always felt like I was climbing a hill, otherwise no other side effects except goosebumps and feeling cold. So then I started Cymbalta 13 days ago, the first 3-4 days very anxious, unable to sleep major. My body was tired, but my mind was not. Every time I would try to sleep my jaw would clench and my body would jerk (myoclonis jerks) and wake me up. I took small dose of Ativan to help me sleep. Also the first 4 days became hypoglycemic."
New/ early menopause (taken for less than 1 month) November 12, 2014
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"I been on Cymbalta for 9 years this has been a miracle for me. It helps with anxiety, my chronic pain, my fibromyalgia, my bipolar now just find something to help with anger I'd be perfect. The only side effect I have had is nightmares if I forget to take it that's it. I love my medicine."
ray of sun (taken for 5 to 10 years) October 14, 2014
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"Best out of many I tried. Helped the best with least side effects. Added Wellbutrin and combination is awesome. I'm a high functioning person. Abilify at night. All good. Been on over ten years, Abilify recently. "
tiffyfish October 6, 2014
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"I have been taking Cymbalta for two years now- it honestly changed my life. At the time I started taking it I was a college athlete and anxiety ruled my life. At first, I would take it during the morning hours and I would immediately want to go to bed. That was my problem, I needed to take it about an hour or two before bed. I am still experimenting the exact right time to take it (I sometimes wake up still feeling tired from it- but not sure if it's the medication or my routine now). I know certain medications work for some and not others, but I would recommend this medication. I had slight symptoms at first beside the tiredness- decreased appetite and no sexual desires or emotions. I still feel great! (30mg once daily)"
KRW2011 July 24, 2014
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"Wow. Cymbalta changed my LIFE! Prozac made me a zombie, as did Paxil, Xanax & Klonopin. I have depression & anxiety. Prozac seemed to have made my depression worse! But then...Cymbalta saved me. I'm so happy to be able to actually GET OUT of bed, not yell at the kids, etc. I experienced a mild euphoria at first, now, (it's been a week) I just feel happy and energetic! I really hope it keeps working!!"
Happy Happy Happy (taken for less than 1 month) April 8, 2014
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"My cymbalta experience was brutal. After a few days I felt weak and tired. So tired that I started missing work. One week in to it and I started to get these strange brain zaps that made me feel as if I was being electrocuted. Two weeks in and I would start to cry. Just out of the blue I would cry for no reason. It was the first time I had shed a tear in 10 years and it was awful. I stopped taking it and am now afraid to take anything for my panic other than Klonopin."
Soup132 April 1, 2014
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"Cymbalta was a miracle for me. I was paralyzed by anxiety and couldn't function in daily life and it made me feel better than I've ever felt in my life. I've tried tons of anxiety/depression meds; Xanax, Klonopin, Buspar, Ativan, Zoloft, Celexa, etc. and they all barely worked, just made me catatonic, or had really serious side effects (listlessness, decreased libido, etc.). Cymbalta made me feel like my true self minus anxiety, rather than a dulled version of myself. It actually increased my libido because I wasn't too depressed to have sex for the first time. I also lost weight while taking it, which wasn't desirable for me, but I know it is for some people. The only negatives I experienced were nausea and decreased appetite at first."
rglanxiety February 21, 2014
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"While the first 3 weeks were no fun at all I have since seen and felt an improvement in my anxiety and panic attacks. I am very sensitive to medication and other medicines would make me dizzy, upset my stomach and or make it impossible to stay awake. The Cymbalta only made me tired and caused me to lose weight the first three weeks. I am on my fourth month on 30's once a day. I take mine right after dinner as they tend to make me tired, but by morning I am good to go. I have since gained my weight back and I feel better than I have since my anxiety and panic attacks started 7 years ago. In 4 months I have not had any panic attacks and only feel the starting effects of anxiety and then it goes away."
Rem1100 (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 20, 2014
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"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."
Anon5002 October 29, 2013
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"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! :-)"
Aussie mumma October 22, 2013
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"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."
Good but Pricey (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 20, 2013
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