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Generalized Anxiety Disorder 39 reviews 7 medications
   
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7.2
Osteoarthritis 16 reviews 340 medications
   
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Depression 319 reviews 76 medications
   
6.9
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy 20 reviews 41 medications
   
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Summary of Cymbalta reviews 743 reviews 6.9

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For Depression "Worked for 5 yrs with steadily increasing doses. At 120 mg things started to turn and depression worsened. It took over 2 months to come off it, with terrible side effect including migraines."

   
7.0

tuxedobird (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 13, 2015

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For Depression "My experience on Cymbalta has been rather a positive one. As mentioned by others, in the first 2 weeks it does have side effects, I felt tired and was a little nauseous. I was put on Cymbalta as the entire country that I live in ran out of my previous medicine. I have suffered from anxiety, OCD and depression on and off for a few years. Since the Cymbalta has 'kicked in'', I have hardly any anxiety and no depression. I think clearly and rationally and not as emotionally as I always used to. I still do not have an appetite and I have been on this for over a month now and when I sleep, I sleep soundly and am able to fall into a deep sleep as well. I highly recommend Cymbalta and am very happy with the positive effects it has had on me."

   
8.0

Ginip June 13, 2015

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "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."

   
8.0

Nicknamealreadyinuse (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 10, 2015

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For Depression "I went on this medication two separate times for depression and anxiety. Both times it helped a little, but still the least effective compared to other things I have tried. When I tried to increase my dose I had a 3-day long migraine. I ave to give this medication low ratings for the bad side effects and the withdrawal symptoms I am experiencing from coming off of the drug currently. I have had migraines for 6 days in a row now even though I am weaning off of the drug. I have digestion issues, am exhausted and breathless, and I am having night sweats. I hope this ends soon."

   
2.0

Jenlashesy June 2, 2015

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For Depression "I was on Cymbalta for 2 months to treat depression and migraines after a car accident. It gave me violent dreams, a swollen tongue and suicidal daily thoughts. It helped with brain fog and pain but the symptoms were not worth it."

   
2.0

Sarah0210 June 2, 2015

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For Anxiety "Started on Cymbalta for anxiety & depression fall 2014. It was the first anti-depressant that I'd ever tried (aside from St. John's Wort). Side effects during the first week of taking it were SO terrible that I had to stop. I was constantly dizzy. I couldn't focus on anything. It made my body so tense, I'd catch myself clenching my teeth and fists. Insomnia was terrible; I'd wake up ~5x per night. I work in healthcare and I felt like I couldn't do my job with all of these side effects, so I stopped. The side effects were really worse than my anxiety and depression. I have no doubt that they would have eventually decreased, but I couldn't wait for that to happen. Obviously, the side effects will be different for everybody but that's my story"

   
4.0

AliceBB (taken for less than 1 month) May 29, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Having nauseous feelings, dizziness, clouded distorted head as if hung over, every day at noon time and lasting rest of day! Just started taking 30mg at night along with Wellbutrin and trazadone that I have taken for a couple years now. Not a good feeling. Going to call Dr to see what I should do."

   
5.0

booboobaby0000 May 27, 2015

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For Depression "After the first 3 days of taking it it worked for a week. I went from a very nasty snappy man to calm and commutative. That last for about 2 wks. Now my partner says im back to being nasty and rude. Careless and snappy. Im tired all the time. Its not helping! I started at 30mg they put me up to 60mg now im back to 30mg"

   
3.0

Keit79 May 27, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Been on Cymbalta now for approximately 1 year. My moods are stable, less pain, generally feel better. However, one side effect is unacceptable. On this medication, I feel like I am no longer male. Less desire, followed by greatly reduced sensitivity, as well as inability to maintain an erection longer than a minute make married life most difficult. I tried to come off the drug. It is extremely difficult. Dizziness, light sensitivity, horrible headaches, and extreme irritability."

   
6.0

M76 May 26, 2015

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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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