User Reviews for Cymbalta

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder 28 reviews 6 medications
   
7.9
Anxiety 110 reviews 60 medications
   
7.2
Depression 283 reviews 75 medications
   
6.9
Major Depressive Disorder 7 reviews 44 medications
   
6.9
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy 18 reviews 40 medications
   
6.8
Fibromyalgia 130 reviews 72 medications
   
6.8
Osteoarthritis 13 reviews 366 medications
   
6.7
Back Pain 11 reviews 169 medications
   
6.4
Chronic Pain 31 reviews 102 medications
   
6.2
Summary of Cymbalta reviews 631 reviews 6.9

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Review by Merytle:

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8.0

For Chronic Pain: Cymbalta has given me such great relief from pain for many years. Unfortunately I fall in the 1% of severe side effects. I've had no need for narcotics except for acute pain for migraines or injuries during this time. Unfortunately I have put on so much weight and my liver is enlarged and enzymes are high due to taking this medicine. Even with years of intense exercising 3-5 days a week I was unable to lose any significant weight. I must now stop taking it and I don't know of anything else that will give me this relief. Still highly recommend this for others who are most likely not going to have this trouble. But be aware just in case you fall in the 1% also. Especially if taking other medicines.

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May 22, 2014 10:50 AM

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

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7.0

For Chronic Pain: I have been taking Cymbalta for about 2 years. I can tell a major difference with an over all improvement and/or tolerance level of pain; I can ,as well, tell that it seems to improve the efficacy of two other medications I am given (morphine and tramadol) Or prescribed, as compared to when I (have done one or two trial periods purposefully x1 and accidentally) missed 4-7 days of not taking the Cymbalta.

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May 19, 2014 7:01 AM

Review by Fibromyalgia sucks (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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2.0

For Fibromyalgia: Do not take Cymbalta for fibromyalgia if you are not clinically depressed! I went from being a happy person to being suicidal. I'll stick with Vicodin to ease my pain.

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May 14, 2014 4:43 PM

Review by drew 742 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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7.0

For Major Depressive Disorder: This medication for me was ok, it gave me less side effects than other antidepressants. I was prescribed it for Major Depressive Disorder along with BPD and anxiety. It seemed to make me a bit null at first then it helped me think more clearly, less invaded by suicidal thoughts, etc. I do take it along with quetiapine (an antipsyscotic) and it seems to meld well with it .

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May 13, 2014 3:02 AM

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

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5.0

For Depression: I took this for depression and chronic back pain. This was an extreme appetite suppressant for me. It worked somewhat for depression, but nothing fabulous. It mostly made me very, very sleepy and physically exhausted.

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May 3, 2014 4:04 PM

Review by lana050513 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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8.0

For Major Depressive Disorder: It worked well for both my fibromyalgia and my depression for a long time and I had no side effects from it. However it has stopped working for the depression now. I still take it for my fibromyalgia.

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May 2, 2014 12:32 AM

Review by Much better now:

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9.0

For Depression: I had mild anxiety and intermittent depression. I always pushed through and never thought of medicines. My girlfriend suggested I speak to a psych and I started Cymbalta. In 10 days I had no more intrusive thoughts talking me down, making me stressed, guilty. After 9 weeks, I'm a new man. Small things don't worry me, I am patient and calm driving, I don't wake up for toilet then stay awake worrying, my relationship is closer, I'm nicer to be with. Cons? My libido decreased and climax is harder to achieve (but more intense). The medicine felt strange (out-of-body) at first but I got used to that. I drink more water, I yawn in the afternoons, I grind my jaw a bit, get breathless, mild headaches some days. But my life is much better with this medicine.

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April 30, 2014 1:56 AM

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

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1.0

For Major Depressive Disorder: Caused suicidal ideation

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April 26, 2014 10:40 PM

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

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10

For Anxiety: This medication was a life saver for me as it helped me to overcome anxiety at work and allowed me to regain my focus. This also helped a lot with my irritable bowel syndrome issues! Only downfall was the first few weeks where I lost a lot of weight due to having no desire to eat and I had to switch to taking it at night because when I took it in the morning it made me dizzy and tired all day. I am taking 30mg once a day and have been on this for about 8 months. Hang in there if you just started the medication because it takes about a month to really kick in.

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April 23, 2014 2:47 PM

Review by me2014:

For Fibromyalgia: Changed my pain to tolerable from my fibromyalgia in Illinois. I say try it. Figure out what triangle of medicines works best for you and never let anyone say it's all in your head.

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April 18, 2014 10:53 PM

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

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7.0

For Depression: I have been on Cymbalta, 60mg's for several months now. I am more relaxed and my depression is not as bad, however, I do still have down moments. I too have noticed that I have the dry mouth, yawning, not sleeping sound every night have experienced upper, underneath my ribs on my right side pain. My joints hurt in my knees.

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April 15, 2014 11:59 AM

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

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10

For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: 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!!

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April 8, 2014 7:53 AM

Review by Soup132:

For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: 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.

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April 1, 2014 10:41 AM

Review by myman2 (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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5.0

For Chronic Pain: Moderate pain relief. Non-diabetic nerve pain in legs and feet..60 mg daily...caused erectile dysfunction and tiredness but worth the relief of pain. 8 yrs Now.

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March 29, 2014 9:59 AM

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

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8.0

For Chronic Pain: Works GREAT for my bipolar also! I have been looking for a medicine to do that for 25 years!

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March 26, 2014 6:24 AM

Review by My nickname is taken:

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7.0

For Depression: After 2 weeks (60mg/day) I am pleased with this. I had constant dysthymia, black periods lasting a few days, breaking into tears for no reason, not coping, couldn't see a way out, hopelessness. I couldn't tell my partner everything: she needs me to be strong. She knew anyway. The medicine leveled it all out. Only 2 weeks but the depression is gone. I even felt briefly euphoric today. I am easier to be around. Calmer. Negatives: a strange dissociative feeling, sort of out-of-body, as if hearing myself talk slowly, dizziness, an itchy rash on my hand, dry mouth, general tiredness, lethargy in bed in the mornings, no erectile problems, but problem reaching orgasm. If these moderate in time, then my 7/10 score will increase.

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March 24, 2014 11:26 PM

Review by Lala- age 30 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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9.0

For Anxiety: I started this medication after I basically had a nervous breakdown in June 2013. I couldn't function as a mother, I felt scared & nervous all the time, lights were too bright, sounds were too loud. I couldn't deal with all of the things that needed to be done around the house. Started out at 30mg for 2 weeks then went up to 60mg. Made me super tired in the afternoons at first. (take around 7am). Cymbalta slowly brought me out of the 'fog' I was in, it took about 6-8 weeks before I could say I felt 'normal' again; whatever that is, right?

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March 13, 2014 7:22 AM

Review by Sierra M. (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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2.0

For Osteoarthritis: This was great for pain relief for the two months I was taking it. The problems I had far out weighted any benefits. I was suffering from blackouts where I would do things and not remember doing them. The depression, nausea, and headaches were unbearable too. I have been off it for 2 months now and am just starting to feel better. I'll live with the on-average 8 pain.

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March 5, 2014 3:31 PM

Review by Clare Anne (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Depression: Cymbalta literally saved my life. After going through 6 psychiatrists and countless other antidepressant attempts, this is the one that finally worked. I promise that if you hold on and keep fighting something will work for you and you can heal. Depression is never permanant.

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March 4, 2014 7:28 PM

Review by rglanxiety:

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10

For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: 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.

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February 21, 2014 8:03 AM

Review by Rem1100 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: 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.

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February 20, 2014 1:40 PM

Review by Tough_it_up:

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8.0

For Chronic Pain: I've been on Cmybalta for about one month. 1st week on 30mg and 2nd week on 60mg. Only side effect for the first 2 weeks was lucid dreams and insomnia. I have really bad nerve problem in the upper and lower back which causes a lot of stress to my shoulder trapezius and chest muscle. Cymbalta helps me manage the upper back, shoulder, trapezius and chest pain well enough, but nothing for the lower back. I noticed the pain reduction in the 2nd week. It's not a miracle pill but it sure helps.

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February 18, 2014 7:04 PM

Review by jef3382:

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9.0

For Fibromyalgia: I've been on antidepressants for years and suffered from chronic pain that was finally diagnosed as fibromyalgia. I started on Cymbalta about 5 years ago because the pain was becoming more than I could deal with and my doctor had read good reviews about patients reactions with this medicine. I never had any problem with the medicine and haven't noticed any major side effects. It has really cut the pain to a manageable level and kept my spirits up.

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February 18, 2014 2:45 PM

Review by dani197701:

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10

For Depression: I started taking Cymbalta and I noticed a difference immediately! I felt more relaxed and happy in general. I take Lamictal for Bi-Polar disorder and after finding that medicine alone not being enough, my dr prescribed Cymbalta. I've been in a pleasant mood with my family, friends and at work. Not stressing out about leaving the house or having a busy schedule and getting anxiety about it. It has also helped with my lower back pain I have been dealing with the last 3yrs. It's only been 2 weeks and the only thing I can say is, I seem to yawn a lot and have less of an appetite. If it messes with my sex drive and lowers it... I'm off it.

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February 18, 2014 1:47 PM

Review by liberty69 (taken for less than 1 month):

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9.0

For Depression: I was previously on Lexapro, but it made me tired and unmotivated. I switched to Cymbalta one week ago and it's already working! I'm only on 30 mg but my doc may want me on a higher dose depending on how I feel after a couple weeks.

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February 14, 2014 1:34 PM

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