User Reviews for Cymbalta

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For Chronic Pain "Instead of helping my headaches, cymbalta made them worse. With each dose increase, the severity of the pain increased, and so did my weight. In the year that I was on cymbalta, I gained sixty pounds. When I passed my pregnancy weight at nine months, I had finally had enough and took myself off. Never again!"

   
1.0

addy1234 May 24, 2015

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For Fibromyalgia "I was put on cymbalta to combat the mood and pain problems associated with fibromyalgia. It dilated my eyes, which led to light sensitivity and headaches. I also grew steadily more and more exhausted and confused and foggy. I was depressed. The doctors insisted that the side effects would abate after about six weeks, but they were so debilitating I had to seek out disability accommodations at school and drop one of my classes. After about a month I woke up one morning feeling very strange, and a few hours later had a seizure and sprained my jaw and have had jaw pain ever since. At the emergency room, they told me that the cymbalta was the likely culprit. Essentially, this drug made my life unbearable."

   
1.0

Faenum (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 23, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Don't take this drug. Just don't. My Dr told me nothing about the side effects or how potent it really is. I took it for a week and I felt like I was cracked out the whole time. Total depersonalization suicidal thoughts weird head pains, chest pains, vomiting and completely drained of energy. After only taking this for a week the withdrawals were horrendous and I was only on 30mg. Brain zaps, palpitations, chills, insomnia, sweating, diarrhea and the list goes on. Worst two weeks of my life. I can't imagine what coming off this drug feels like when you have taken it long term. Do not take this drug "

   
1.0

Madibbbbb bb May 22, 2015

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For Depression "Awful drug, didn't really do much for depression or pain, just made me numb. And good luck getting off of it, 9 weeks later and I'm still having withdrawal symptoms."

   
1.0

Ellen G. May 21, 2015

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For Fibromyalgia "I have been on Cymbalta for the last 2 weeks. The side effects have been difficult, stomach pain, the first few nights I couldn't sleep and thoughts raced through my mind, I was also having severe suicidal thoughts and I was still waking up from the pain and tingling sensation in my arms and shoulders. this is week three and I find that my mood has improved, but I'm sweating a lot. the fibro pain is present and I'm tired a lot. I tried taking it at night but find my chest hurting the next day so I switched to mornings on a full stomach and that's improved the stomach pain. I have restless leg and if I'm late on taking my next dose I'm jittery. I don't really know if its working for my pain, but my mood is much better, I'm not suicidal."

   
7.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) May 12, 2015

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "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."

   
9.0

Finally happy May 9, 2015

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For Anxiety "This medications helped with my arthritis a little but did nothing for anxiety"

   
1.0

ihatesupercenters May 8, 2015

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For Depression "Didn't work too bad, it takes some depressing feelings but also takes the good ones..... plus heat flashes/sweating were unbearable !"

   
2.0

Who cares? May 7, 2015

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For Chronic Pain "While this med is fairly effective in the treatment of chronic pain, unless you plan to stay on it for the rest of your life you should not even consider taking it. Discontinuation of this medication has to be done under the supervision of a physician and the withdrawal is horrific, leaving one unable to function in a normal capacity for weeks, or even months. Most doctors don't mention this. Some aren't even aware of it. I urge you to be cautious in your decision to take Cymbalta. Google "Cymbalta withdrawal" first!"

   
5.0

AGnn (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 6, 2015

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For Chronic Pain "cymbalta has enabled me to come off tramadol for back pain, I don't urinate frequently from anxiety, I sleep better and feel 20 years younger. I guess I was depressed and didn't know it. Best med I have ever taken."

   
10

Jack Lg May 1, 2015

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For Fibromyalgia "I felt less pain but the side effects were NOT worth it. I ended up becoming very depressed and apathetic and slept for 12+ hours a day, missed work, didn't clean or eat. I was taken off after I crashed my car."

   
1.0

SunshineMisty April 29, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "After 7.5 years, this past Jan. I thought I would try viibryd. Went up on it, down on cymbalta. Had a moderate adjustment with ups and downs. It was not as effacacious so titrated down viibryd and up on cymbalta. Got deeply depressed in between and on one moderate day; tried wellbutrin. I titrated slowly up and this was death warmed over! Titrated back from hell to 60 cymbalta. I am just back to normal. Long story short: if it's not broken don't fix it. Cymbalta still is the best. Some weight gain but some exercise can help it a bit.."

   
9.0

Howmil (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 27, 2015

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For Depression "Amazing! Best depression & anxiety medication I have been on & I have tried many. Horrible initial side effects but after 2 weeks subsided. Without a doubt completely worth it. Anxiety & depression dramatically diminished, libido back with a vengeance :) HIGHLY recommended from a person with a long history of acute anxiety & depression which was made worse by not being able to find a suitable medication until now. Best 6 months ever."

   
10

NoLongerDown April 25, 2015

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For Back Pain "I was prescribed Cymbalta for sciatic nerve pain in my lower back. I had severe pain down my left leg, surges of heat in my left foot and numbness down the leftside of my lower body. I was in physical therapy, which helped, but I couldn't make it through an 8 hour workday without leaving in pain. My neurologist prescribed Cymbalta and said that it might also help with my bouts of depression and anxiety. I started on 30mg and upped to 60mg to increase the effect. I've never been happier and now I can live a normal life. I will get some sciatic nerve pain at night still. I do get terrible night sweats. I also get "brain zaps" occasionally (search the web for that one). I'm concerned about getting off the drug as I've read horror stories."

   
9.0

Pjlaura (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 20, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Helps with depression but my doc has had to increase my dose to keep up with my depression. I guess I get used to the drug & need more. Huge weight gain -- 18 pounds over 2 months after the last increase to 120 mg. but I guess I'd rather be plump than crying depressed forever. Zero libido but that might be my age (65). I hope I can decrease the dosage as I learn to cope with specific life events largely related to my Dad's death and my mother in a nursing home (nightmare). No help with anxiety & doc prescribed Xanax for that. No difference in back pain. In summary: helps depression, but I gained weight & lost interest in sex & other things. Does not help pain and does nothing for my anxiety."

   
6.0

Dscot April 20, 2015

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For Anxiety "I was prescribed Cymbalta for anxiety, it has had a major positive impact. I was a competitive distance runner for about 25 years and sprained both ankles and wore out my knees. I was so achy in my joints all weekend and realized I did not take my medicine Saturday or Sunday because I put my pill case away when the cleaning lady came--HA HA. It helps anxiety and joint pain. I am very pleased with the results."

   
10

Miss Ninja April 20, 2015

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "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."

   
10

ceejustine (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 14, 2015

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For Depression "I would have rated Cymbalta a 10 if not for lowered libido & difficulty going off of it (not uncommon for most all AD's). I took for 6 years after an episode of anxiety & depression. I would still be taking it but it effect was dropping off after about 6 years so I switched meds (wish I hadn't have messed with switching but that's another story). The only side effect I noticed consistently over 6 years was decreased libido. I'm sure there were initial start up effects but I was such a nervous wreck that I either didn't notice or don't remember. It was a great med for me & I wish it still worked."

   
8.0

lesweet1971 (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 10, 2015

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For Anxiety "I have GAD, tried celexa, worked for a while, mental fog. I then tried Lexapro which worked but I decided to try Cymbalta for its chronic low back pain effectiveness. I have a bulged disc, arthritis from homecare for many years. I will not even consider Narcotics for pain... Cymbalta has been a life saver, I too have dry mouth night sweats, increased weight of 10lbs. But I feel calmer, I started off on 30 mg for 2 wks the increased the dose per my HCP. I can tell when I don't take it. Chronic low back pain, dizziness as well and anxiety symptoms return... I am a nurse and I hate taking medicine but this is one medicine I don't mind taking. The benefits out weigh the everything else."

   
10

Caligirl71 April 10, 2015

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For Depression "Works really well with little or no side effects."

StormyRed48 (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 7, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I fill better."

   
8.0

Diniken April 7, 2015

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For Depression "I have been on SSRI since the age of 14 now I can tell you I am 42 now and have lived half my life in a fog. Feeling tierd, not interested in anything just wanting to sleep. I changed from lexapro to cymbalta a week ago and wow. I have energy I'm not like dragging myself around all day. I feel motivated - the only down fall has been hot flashes. I read cymbalta can cause that but I will deal with it as I feel as great. I have more than one emotion, I would say definately try it everyone is going to respond differently. Have had some issues waking up alot at night. But that's about it. I have to pay 200 dollars a month for this medicine but it is worth it. Good luck to you"

   
9.0

Tayaloxely April 6, 2015

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "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!"

   
8.0

Livys April 6, 2015

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For Chronic Pain "Reduced burning significantly"

   
8.0

kathcash (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 3, 2015

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For Back Pain "I had left S I joint pain for 8 yrs been to a million drs, tried a million remedies. But my dr put me on Cymbalta. A few days later I ended up in ER with excruciating pain. But when they added a shot of Lorazepam the pain I'd had for years went away. For 9 months, with the combo of Cymbalta 60mg and Lorazapam 2 mg I was completely pain free, but after 9 months the effectiveness has waned. I still take both meds to take the edge off the pain but nothing else really works. Except when I was told I had Fibromyalgia and night sweats and I found out those are caused by LYME DISEASE. Luckily I found a LYME LITERATE DR who is treating me."

   
9.0

Trace Marie March 31, 2015

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