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User Reviews for Cymbalta

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For Back Pain "This drug may have helped in the beginning but trying to get off this stuff is a nightmare. I have been on it for pain for 7 years and it is time to get off. My pain is better managed and so I have tried to wean off. Now I am going to try lowering the dose by emptying half out and taking for a month and then removing 3/4 and see what happens. The muscle cramping is horrendous so no way can I just stop it or stop cold turkey. Tried and not able to do it the cramps are debilitating. I have found that the days I do not take it, my constant itching is gone.....Should be some magic solution. This drug needs to be banned!"

   
1.0

artsavvy (taken for 5 to 10 years) August 30, 2015

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For Depression "GOODBYE SEX DRIVE! -.- Besides my sex drive dropping from over 9000 to 0, this did nothing to help my depression. I was upped to the 60mg. I can't wait for my next doctors appt. I want OFF of this "anti-depressant" that doesn't do anything but make me more annoyed than usual, killed my drive, and I still have crying spells. There has got to be something out there that can get along with my body. If you love/enjoy your sex life, DO NOT take this drug."

   
1.0

NerdSugar (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 29, 2015

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "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"

   
5.0

CD08 August 29, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "After trying Zoloft, Effexor and Lexapro, we tried Cymbalta. The worst experience I have ever had with a drug to treat my MDD. I was on it for ONE NIGHT. Literally, just one night. I took it that night and woke up about 6am the next morning or thoughts of cutting off my hand. I heard a voice in my head telling me my hand was bad. Telling me that I needed to cut it off. I stuck my hand under my pillow, and laid there staring at the wall. I hoped the voices would go away. I eventually fell back asleep. Later that day I took the medicine to my psychiatrist and left it on her desk. I told her, "here you take this crazy making drug". I'm depressed, but not crazy."

   
1.0

AEJ1974 August 28, 2015

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For Anxiety "At 25 i started taking celexia. When I became pregnant less then a year later I noticed it not working any more. Then after my daughter was born I noticed a huge difference. My doctor perscribed my cymbalta, starting at 30mg and finally leveling out at 90mg. This is the best I have ever felt and have now been taking it for almost 5 years. A year ago I tried to lower my dosage (through my doctor of course) and with in the week noticed a huge difference, I was more irritable, less patient, and more anxiety. And when I dont take it for a few days my head pounds, I feel nausious, and not like my self at all. At the end of the day the good out ways the bad. Although I do wish they were not so expensive but how can you put a price on feeling normal?"

   
9.0

partsgirl August 26, 2015

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For Depression "My very first time to try this medication . I thought I was gonna die ! I took it last night at 7:00pm went to bed by 10:00 pm and I was fine. I woke up at 6:00am and I went straight to the bathroom had a bad diarrhea plus vomiting . Had to drive to work with major diziziness. And had no appetite at all. I felt so weak. I was thinking maybe it needs more time and to be more patient. Till around mid day today I had to leave work because I was so nauseous that I can't function. I called my doc and she told me to stop taking it! This medication is definitely not for me. I've tried a lot of anti depressants like this one !!!! "

   
1.0

Kuh August 26, 2015

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "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."

   
8.0

choose to b happy August 15, 2015

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For Fibromyalgia "Cymbalta actually did help, but please talk to your Dr as soon as possible if you notice any changes in your vision. I was literally 2 weeks away from going blind .I was in my early 40s and developed severe cataracts in both eyes very quickly. After seeing several doctors and specialists I had them removed.One of the specialists did research and found that cymbalta was the cause, a very rare side effect but it can happen."

   
8.0

gemkat65 (taken for 5 to 10 years) August 15, 2015

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For Chronic Pain "Besides extreme sweating (soaking thru tee shirts) 24/7 I don't see what it does for pain besides NOTHING, the feeling of I don't give a rats ass about my life is another fun filled side effect. I've been on it almost a yr, take 30 mg in the morning before going to bed & 60 late in the day. I'm thinking of weaning myself off it, I'd rather take Xanax twice a day."

   
4.0

nitejaitor August 13, 2015

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For Chronic Pain "Was given 30mg cymbalta for pain in hip as well as depression due to chronic pain. It's been 2months, after about 3weeks of many side affects, diarrhea, nausea, headache, the pharmacy told me to stick with it, they will pass. They have except I've gained about 5lbs. The depression is better, the pain isn't any better, in fact seems to be getting worse. I don't think the cymbalta is making the pain worse, I think my hip is just getting worse. But not happy about the weight gain since I was fighting my weight before I took it. And being heavier can't be good for a bad hip."

   
1.0

abnermalchik (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 11, 2015

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For Chronic Pain "I have been taking Cymbalta for joint & muscle pain due to hemochromatosis for about 6 weeks now and it has made a huge difference, and I find that I have almost no side effects. For the first week or so the side effects were terrible, but they eased up after that."

   
9.0

HHgirl August 6, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I'm one of the lucky ones with minimal side effects. I couldn't fall asleep for the first week but now I am sleeping very well and see a lot of vivid dreams. My appetite is decreased and I am losing weight which makes me happy because I tended to overeat and I needed to lose some weight. I am exercising every second day. I am taking the drug for major depressive disorder and severe anxiety. My anxiety was gone by approximately the third day of using it. My negative thinking decreased. Before taking Cymbalta I was constantly feeling fear, I was waking up at night, my thinking was severely impaired by negative thinking, I was constantly feeling like crying, I felt dumb in general and wanted to die. I'm back to life now."

   
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CountingZebra (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 3, 2015

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For Depression "I have been on Cymbalta for about 3 months. It helped with depression but made me tired most of the time. A week ago, my doctor increased my dosage from 60mg to 90mg and I developed a UTI and have very intense middle back pain. UTI has been cured but back pain persists. I just read on a few different threads that cymbalta caused others to develop bladder infections and back pain, two things I never had prior to taking this drug. This drug also causes me to sweat profusely to the point I feel like I am about to drown in my own sweat. I was never a sweater. I am going to discontinue this drug."

   
6.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 3, 2015

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For Fibromyalgia "At first I thought this was a miracle drug but after about 2 months they had to double my dosage then in about another 2 months later the same thing. Next thing you know I'm on the max dosage with no symptom relief. OMG that's when the real nightmare started. It was almost impossible to stop. I was ready to check in a a hospital. My doctor did watch me and did her best to get me off the medication safely but it was really really hard. Even though it did not help my fibromyalgia I suffered from withdrawal. Please PLEASE really read the side effects before taking this medication."

   
5.0

AvaRodgers August 2, 2015

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For Anxiety "I took Cymbalta for anxiety and depression. Over the years, I took anywhere from 30-120 mg. I think around 60 mg was most effective with fewest side effects, but I still experienced tons of anxiety while on it. At 120 mg, I had bizarre psychomotor symptoms - for example, in order to fall asleep, I had to rock back and forth. The same day that I decreased from 60 mg to 30 mg, I noticed the return of an OCD-style facial tic I hadn't had since middle school (I'm 25). Side effects included drastically increased sweating, "brain zap" headaches, and difficulty finding the right words (which may be permanent, as I've been off Cymbalta for 3 weeks and continue to experience it)."

   
2.0

lou3 (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 31, 2015

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For Fibromyalgia "Cymbalta did not help me at all he was prescribed to me for neuropathy pain and it did nothing for me."

Cymbalta didnt help me at all (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 31, 2015

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "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."

   
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Kev1957 July 30, 2015

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For Depression "I've been on Cymbalta for many years after my doctor had tried a number of antidepressant medications. It has worked wonderfully for me and kept me on an even keel since I began taking it. I am lucky that I had a good experience with this medication."

   
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JoeLawman (taken for 10 years or more) July 24, 2015

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For Fibromyalgia "I have Fibromyalgia as well and I stopped taking Cymbalta because my pains improved a great deal, but, I had extreme nausea and exhaustion (esp. in the am). Now my pains have come back to kick my behind. Day 2 of Cymbalta. Seems as if it makes me light sensitive, which gives me a headache and dizzy. Like my eyes are heavy and my skin was clammy. I will continue. I'll get back to you n a few weeks."

   
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Dana Strawberry July 23, 2015

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "I have a lot of stress, and I find its not working for me. Made me dizzy at first. I honestly don't like cymbalta"

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 23, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Was one 60 mg for 4 years, had some relief from panic attack with depression. Had some rough times job related, medical issues not related to above, and doctor increased to 120 mg. normal dosage is no more than 60mg according to insert in med bottle and Internet. After 3 years on this dose it quit working. The withdrawal was the worst thing ever. During taking Cymbalta, I developed diabetes. Withdrawal took 8 months and pdoc gave me lamorigine, an anti seizure med for withdrawal. As I tapered off my diabetes went away! Pdoc denied Cymbalta caused it. I googled it and proof, all SSRI's can cause hyperglycemia! I've tried everything from Prozac to lexipro. Same crap. Now on transidone and back to having normal feelings"

   
2.0

muszakman (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 22, 2015

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For Anxiety "After several years of Zoloft use for GAD, I went off of it, under my dr's supervision. Felt Ok, then last year, had a lot of chronic pain, back & arthritis...heard that Cymbalta was good for all those--pain, depression and anxiety. Psych doc gave me samples, seemed to kick in pretty well & quickly. I have gone through 3 major surgeries in the last 18 months--and went off the Cymbalta b/c I thought I could handle it...Nope, I'm a mess. Needed daily clonazepam to cope. I just went though a 3rd and (Hopefully!!) final surgery 5 weeks ago. Hadn't taken any Cymbalta for months. I am going back on. Just got thru the worst anxiety attacks in my life following the 3rd surgery. I think the dose for me was 60mgs, and I will start it up again."

   
8.0

MidKid (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 20, 2015

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For Depression "I was given Cymbalta to help with my pain and depression, it helped both and I felt like a new person until I developed terrible sweats, so bad they consumed my living a normal life. I was referred to an endocrinologist to determine what was causing the sweats. I was tested for everything imaginable with no clue as to what was causing my problem. This went on for about a year. I was at my whits end. I was on the internet looking at my medications and saw that Cymbalta could cause sweats. Right then I decided to stop taking Cymbalta, on my own not consulting my Dr. To my amazement within two weeks or less my sweats stopped. I am writing this because I am hoping I can help someone else who has these terrible side effects."

maydec (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 18, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I have been depressed and have anxiety for years since i was 6. im 55 now. No one new anything back then why I was a nut case out of control thoughts actions major moods swings and instant anger. no remorse no empathy nothing just hate and pure panic. I have tried all kinds of different meds for the last 15 years and some were OK but nothing like these. My god I do 60mg twice a day. no side effects, no anger, no mood swings, no depression or anything, its all gone everything. you have no idea the great feeling it is to think normal act normal be polite and thoughtful, caring understanding, just incredible difference. I was taken off them for 5 weeks to try something else to see if it was me or the meds. back to the old me instantly. lifer.."

   
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Just_Happy_Now July 17, 2015

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For Chronic Pain "First placed on medication for severe arthritis of one hip. Helped with pain at the lower dose however eventually I needed an increased dose. The increased dose increased my nausea, weird dreams, itchy skin and twitching. My blood pressure also increased. I began to stumble and fall while walking slowly. My nerves seemed to cause me to tremble internally. Currently I am tired all the time however I can not stay asleep at night. Last year I tried to get off the medication however I had severe withdrawal. I had trouble standing up, I was so dizzy and my stomach was upset. I will soon be getting a hip replacement since the side effects decrease your quality of life. I am withdrawing from this medication prior to surgery."

   
8.0

MtRose July 16, 2015

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