User Reviews for Cymbalta

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder 30 reviews 6 medications
   
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Major Depressive Disorder 9 reviews 44 medications
   
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Anxiety 112 reviews 60 medications
   
7.3
Osteoarthritis 15 reviews 363 medications
   
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Depression 294 reviews 75 medications
   
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Review by goodme56377:

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3.0

For Chronic Pain: This works. Gained a lot of weight. Made me sleepy. I took it at night still couldn't wake up In the morning. Had mouth sores. Coming off it was miserable to say the least.

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March 4, 2015 5:11 AM

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

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3.0

For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Didn't help with anxiety at all but did help some with depression. Take 60mg

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March 2, 2015 7:39 AM

Review by Esther-essie:

For Depression: Confusion, grumpiness, memory loss, and lethargy.

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February 24, 2015 3:06 PM

Review by w.g.:

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8.0

For Chronic Pain: Totally killed our sex life

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February 20, 2015 4:38 PM

Review by MarshaL8424:

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10

For Fibromyalgia: I was in a clinical trial for fibromyalgia with Cymbalta. It helped tremendously, I was in a double blind study but could definitely tell the difference in being on a minimal dose and therapeutic dose. This was in 2008 and I have taken it since with great success in improving (not eliminating) the aches and pain. Now my doctor wants to wean me off and I don't want to be off of it.

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February 20, 2015 12:28 PM

Review by Mary Purvis (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

For Osteoarthritis: Relieve the pain in the joints in my wrists and hands, it was debilitating before my doctor put me on Cymbalta.

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February 19, 2015 11:34 PM

Review by Mitman:

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10

For Fibromyalgia: Was on Lyrica for peripheral neuropathy and fibromyalgia. However, symptoms remained intense and quality of life was severely compromised. In comparison, within days of switching to 90mg Cymbalta daily, symptoms dramatically improved with little side effects.

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February 17, 2015 4:01 PM

Review by Mm uneasy:

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10

For Anxiety: Took it for 6 months and it got me through the worst of my symptoms

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February 2, 2015 10:37 PM

Review by Jenn Claus (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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1.0

For Chronic Pain: I was placed on Cymbalta for chronic pain as a result from injuries sustained in a head on car accident right before my 19th birthday that also caused 2 very rare recessive gene's to activate (hemiplegic migraines (neurological migraines) and Raynauds disease (circulation disorder) in my lower leg's and feet). At first the pain control was unbelievable. However, 2-3 months into my treatment I began having psychological repercussions where I felt like all my emotions were trapped inside my head. Although I felt angry, sad, happy, etc, I was unable to exhibit those emotions. Cymbalta was discontinued. My head injury was suspected to be the issue as to why I had the adverse reactions I did because my brain didn't function or process normally.

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January 30, 2015 1:42 AM

Review by nightmajic (taken for less than 1 month):

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1.0

For Fibromyalgia: Made everything intense. Had me sitting on edge of seat. Took it twice, 2 doses, had to call Dr told me stop it.

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January 27, 2015 6:24 PM

Review by Cooper03 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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8.0

For Back Pain: I started taking Cymbalta about 6 months ago, and I'm finally starting to feel better. I have chronic lower back pain, and have previously been prescribed Hydrocodone/Tramadol, which basically was like putting a carrot on a string for my brain to be preoccupied. The only down fall I have experienced is the terrible night sweat. Is there any relieve from it?

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January 25, 2015 7:50 PM

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

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8.0

For Fibromyalgia: 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 Candy567:

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10

For Depression: Very helpful but over last year or so waining effectivness.

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January 21, 2015 4:02 PM

Review by Brandy Lee Mahoney2:

For Depression: I've tried many antidepressants, Effexor XR worked best for me but after complaining about back pain my doctor switched me to Cymbalta. 30mg the first week and then 60 mg. What a personality change in me. I was so aggravated all the time, very snappy. Just not myself. No energy NOTHING however this medicine did work for my back pain. I am being weaned off.

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January 16, 2015 4:54 AM

Review by Pasker (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

For Depression: I am one of the luckiest one for sure. Cymbalta is only my second prescription after Mirtazapine and it did the magic for me. I love Cymbalta because it not only reduced depression but anxiety too. So its two in one. My depression has reduced a lot in just one week of use. To be honest this medication affected me after the second day of use. And its only a start, I haven't even completed 3 weeks yet. I have full hope on Cymbalta that it will make me a happy person soon. Highly recommended for people who got both depression and anxiety. Side effects are slightly annoying though. It kills my appetite which is really bad for me as I am too underweight, mild nausea in the morning, constipation and top of that insomnia. But it all worth the result.

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January 12, 2015 4:35 AM

Review by Happy camper:

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10

For Major Depressive Disorder: I have been taking 120mg of Cymbalta, daily, since it was first introduced & I couldn't be more satisfied with its results. I was diagnosed with severe, clinical, depression, approximately 15 years ago & all antidepressants prescribed to me, prior to Cymbalta, worked for a year, before they completely stopped working for me. I've tried every SSRI available & the same thing would happen, every time, UNTIL Cymbalta became available. I have no negative side effects, never have, & Im so very grateful for them.

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January 8, 2015 2:47 AM

Review by Lola Lottery:

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9.0

For Fibromyalgia: 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 Poppy17 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

For Fibromyalgia: I don't usually comment on things like this but I felt I needed to. I've been suffering from pain for as long as I can remember, along with chronic fatigue, stiffness, depression and a general loss of zest for life. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few months ago and started this medication (30mg for a month then upped to 60mg). I have to say it's been a miracle! I knew I was in pain but I didn't realize how much of me was in constant pain until it was taken away. My fatigue levels have improved drastically - I still need to nap in the day but it's not the crippling fatigue I suffered with before. I'm happy, mobile, pain free and full of energy thanks to this medication. I have also lost weight which is a great side effect!

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January 3, 2015 5:39 AM

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

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10

For Chronic Pain: I had blissfully forgotten how much pain I had been living with before taking Cymbalta, until I ran out unexpectedly. Pretty short half-life. The pain was debilitating and constant; much worse were the very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms which took hold very quickly - won't list them as they probably were related to my brain trauma. Obviously it's best not to run out, but if so, be aware of the withdrawal symptoms and pain returning. The good news is that all that unpleasantness is gone relatively quickly: 2-3 days. Another point: not covered by my insurance, and I take 90mg/day ($$$), but my G.P. spoke to Lilley (manufacturer) who agreed to provide me with 6 months worth at a time - gratis! Worth checking into.

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December 23, 2014 3:32 PM

Review by cao985:

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10

For Depression: A life saver. Stopped working after 5 months but I am fascinated how this medicine got me out of severe depression. I was praying to die every night even I am an agnostic. I was that desperate. I don't now it's still beneficial but I take 60 mg just to be cautious. I was up to 120 mg. With Cymbalta now I'm on 54 mg Concerta (wish to take Adderall but not legitimate in my country), 200 mg Lamictal and 5 mg Xanax(built up tolerance) if need be. Still in depression but not bad as the past years. If you have major depression at least give this medicine a chance.

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December 23, 2014 9:51 AM

Review by Nora312:

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9.0

For Depression: I've suffered from anxiety and depression for years...my attitude was bad, my outlook on life was bleak, I stressed about everything and I worried constantly. I've tried several different meds like Effexor, Wellbutrin, and Citalopram but those made me feel weird and paranoid and then my anxiety increased. I almost gave up on trying to cure this mess of depression and anxiety I have but after I started on Cymbalta 3 days ago I immediately felt great! I feel so much more alive! The first day I took it I ran to the toilet and vomited but right afterward I started to feel amazing! Now I'm on day 3 and haven't experienced any nausea or vomiting at all. I had sex with my boyfriend yesterday and I climaxed as usual. Cymbalta is GREAT!

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December 22, 2014 7:31 PM

Review by Yellowjack (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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6.0

For Chronic Pain: May have some help to relieve back pain. 60mg gave me heart palpitation. 30mg may be suboptimal. Tried to wean off several times but gave me some undesirable effects like malaise and anxiety. Urinary retention is a worrisome effect with Cymbalta for me.

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December 11, 2014 5:32 PM

Review by jayjay101010:

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10

For Fibromyalgia: I finally got diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and since then I have been on a couple of trial and error medications. Lyrica remains the best so far, on leveling out my balance for pain, and all the other negative quirks that come with Fibromyalgia. I tried VENLAFAXINE (Effexor) it knocked me out like a horse tranquilizer. Never again! That's when my psych decided to try me on Cymbalta. I still take my other meds: Omeprazole, Adderal, Lyrica. [switched from Zoloft-->Cymbalta]. I was to gradually increase my Cymbalta after the course of a week or so, but later spoke to my Doc and he stated my side effects were do to the increase being too fast. He suggested for me to remain at one pill for at least a month, and then speak to my psych about it. perfect!

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December 6, 2014 8:55 AM

Review by KEB42 (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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9.0

For Depression: I got on Cymbalta for depression/anxiety that I had been dealing with for almost 10 years. Cymbalta helped me get myself back and feel great again. Recently, I weaned from the 60 to the 30. I noticed I was feeling very tired (despite 9 hours of sleep) and unfocused at work with low energy. Once I changed to the 30 I noticed a HUGE difference. After 5 years on Cymbalta I am weaning off the medication. Going from the 60 to 30mg was a nice transition and I am confident about weaning off it completely. Everyone has a different experience with the medicine and how it will affect them getting of it. I am glad I took this medication. It saved my life.

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December 4, 2014 8:40 AM

Review by 1Gratefuluser:

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10

For Fibromyalgia: 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

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