User Reviews for Cymbalta
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|Generalized Anxiety Disorder||46 reviews||7 medications|
|Anxiety||125 reviews||63 medications|
|Osteoarthritis||16 reviews||342 medications|
|Depression||333 reviews||77 medications|
|Fibromyalgia||153 reviews||19 medications|
|Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy||21 reviews||41 medications|
|Major Depressive Disorder||23 reviews||46 medications|
|Back Pain||16 reviews||176 medications|
|Chronic Pain||53 reviews||108 medications|
|Summary of Cymbalta reviews||786 reviews||6.8|
Reviews for Cymbalta
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."
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."
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."
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)."
lou3 (taken for 2 to 5 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."
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."
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."
Dana Strawberry 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"
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."
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.."
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."
MtRose July 16, 2015
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For Chronic Pain "I have only been on this med for two days, but OMG what a difference! I have been in pain mgmt for 25 years for interstitial cystitis and during this time I went from being an energetic, happy person to nothing more than a shell. As the pain and pain med amounts increased, the quality of my so called life decreased to the point that for the last year I do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING but sit on the couch and read. No cooking, no cleaning, no going out, nothing! But after only 2 days, I'm starting to feel like my old self again! Much more energy and have even taken less pain Meds! I haven't had any side effects. Can't wait to see how this goes! Sooooo grateful!"
Monismystique July 16, 2015
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For Depression "I have been on Cymbalta for 6 years. I am 51 and have a family history of depression and only recently have I accepted that I may have it very long term. For those in Australia I recommend the generic version called Coperin (I get it from Priceline) which reduces the 'brain fog' of Cymbalta. I have been very happy on Cymbalta (Coperin), it changed my life. I hate that I rely on a tablet to enjoy life, but it is a small price to pay. My GP occasionally suggests I try a new drug but I always refuse. I have much improved relationships with people and it is great to have lost the anxiety which has completely disappeared. I have been on 30mg for 4 years, but am increasing to 60mg for a few weeks as I seem to be going through a bout of anxiety."
familyhistory (taken for 5 to 10 years) June 28, 2015
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For Chronic Pain "I took Cymbalta for 9 month during that time was also taking Oxycontin and Vicadine. I still had pain and the Cambalta raised my cholesterol 50 points, it also raised my blood pressure the Doctor didn't seemed to be concerned with symptoms. which concern me due to the fact that I had heart disease about 10 years prior to taking Cymbalta ahead 3 stents inserted into my arteries of my heart. I had heart disease at a young age of age 37. The two doctors I was seen at the time didn't believe that cymbalta was raising my cholesterol. I had to do my own research on the internet to find evidence that Cymbalta does raise cholesterol. The manufacturer of Cymbalta indicated that the raising cholesterol was a rare side effect."
Higher cholesterol and Increased Blood pressure (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 24, 2015
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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "I have struggled for years with pain from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. I could not have normal relationships with family or friends and became a recluse. The constant pain caused me to be deeply depressed and I often planned my suicide. I wrote a will because I knew I could not live this life anymore. I tried many antidepressants and took Dilaudid by the handfuls. I start taking Cymbalta 13 days ago. I no longer take dilaudid. I am planning on giving up gabapentin. My mood had gone a complete turn around. I am able to function. I am walking again, swimming. I am laughing and for the first time in 15 years I feel Hope!"
Lejsullivan (taken for less than 1 month) June 22, 2015
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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "I have been on cymbalta for a week now, 30mg 2xs a day, I have no side effects at all! From the first dose, I noticed a huge difference, it calmed me right down! Before this med, I was mad at everything, almost in a constant panic mode, not sleeping, and in a lot of pain. I have low back nerve pinching, and bulging, with degenerative disks, and fibromyalgia. I can't say enough good about this medicine, it has really changed my quality of life, my outlook. I feel like I did 20 years ago, before my anxiety took over my mind. My blood pressure is also back to normal. Being stressed at every little thing made mine go up. I love this medication, I wish I had gotten it a lot sooner, better late than never!!"
Danidondon June 17, 2015
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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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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"
AliceBB (taken for less than 1 month) May 29, 2015
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