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Generalized Anxiety Disorder 36 reviews 6 medications
   
7.9
Anxiety 117 reviews 61 medications
   
7.2
Osteoarthritis 16 reviews 348 medications
   
7.1
Depression 315 reviews 75 medications
   
7.0
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy 20 reviews 40 medications
   
6.8
Major Depressive Disorder 16 reviews 44 medications
   
6.8
Fibromyalgia 146 reviews 20 medications
   
6.8
Back Pain 14 reviews 174 medications
   
6.5
Chronic Pain 42 reviews 105 medications
   
6.2
Summary of Cymbalta reviews 722 reviews 6.9

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

Esther-essie February 24, 2015

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For Chronic Pain "Totally killed our sex life"

   
8.0

w.g. February 20, 2015

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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."

   
10

MarshaL8424 February 20, 2015

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

   
10

Mary Purvis (taken for 1 to 2 years) February 19, 2015

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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."

   
10

Mitman February 17, 2015

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For Anxiety "I had been using Cymbalta for 3 years and all was great until the generic one appeared and I took it for several weeks and started getting a metallic taste in my mouth and got cyst in my mouth and on both sides of my tongue; nothing tasted right. I had my doc write a script for use of only the original Cymbalta because I saw on another forum that this was a reaction of the generic. All the cyst cleared up and gone and everything is normal after 2 weeks of original Cymbalta!"

   
10

Sly4 (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 12, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "My celexa stopped working around Thanksgiving. I have been slowly going into a tail spin since. My Dr changed me to Zoloft which I took for 5 weeks and only got worse. I took my first cymbalta yesterday and woke up this morning with so much less pain and could actually walk without my joints hurting. Not to mention that My mind seems to be coming around too. I cannot believe how fast this medicine has begun working for me. Between the severe depression and back pain I had been having thoughts of suicide for over 2 weeks now. I actually slept good last night and feel so much better already today!"

   
10

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

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For Depression "Loved this medication when I first started taking it. I started taking to get through depression and my Father was dying of cancer. Thought it was the best medicine ever until I gained 50lbs within 5 months and the effect of the medication started to wear off. What was worse was the effects of getting off this medicine, vertigo for a month with migraine headache and what I call brain buzz for a month straight, that was tough perhaps worse than having depression. I wouldn't have taken it had I read the reviews first."

   
8.0

Lukins February 11, 2015

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For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy "I was originally put on Cymbalta for depression, I was told to take it during the day which I did. When I took the Cymbalta during the day it made me incredibly sleepy to the point I could NOT stay awake so I discontinued it's use. Fast forward a few years and I started experiencing HORRIBLE Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. Doctor put me on Cymbalta to try and treat the pain. This time I took it before bed. I didn't notice any sleepiness during the day, and my nerve pain got better, and eventually was completely gone. After a year of use and almost no pain at all, I started having some "break through pain". Even though I am having "break through pain" after a year, the Cymbalta still makes life 100x better and I and grateful to have it!"

   
10

jesssikarmaa February 10, 2015

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For Depression "After following multiple combat tours I damaged my rotator cuff on my last tour and was exposed to close impact of mortar/ rocket impacts. Upon my return home, I was diagnosed with minor bruising on my brain, &torn rotator cuff. Later tests found pulmonary embolisms requiring u hospitalization & lead to a botched lumbar surgery & lumbar fusion failure. Leaving me in constant pain. The pain aggregated PTSD, after trying multiple depression meds, Cymbalta 60mg twice a day helped control the depression. However, chronic pain still required pain meds. Prior to the Cymbalta, my depression continued even with pain medications. Once adding Cymbalta (after taking it for weeks), my depression was manageable. Diazepam as needed helps w/ panic attack"

   
10

PTSD Paul (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 4, 2015

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

   
10

Mm uneasy February 2, 2015

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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."

   
1.0

Jenn Claus (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 30, 2015

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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."

   
1.0

nightmajic (taken for less than 1 month) January 27, 2015

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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?"

   
8.0

Cooper03 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 25, 2015

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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!"

   
8.0

Rach Rach (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 23, 2015

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

   
10

Candy567 January 21, 2015

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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."

Brandy Lee Mahoney2 January 16, 2015

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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."

   
10

Pasker (taken for less than 1 month) January 12, 2015

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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."

   
10

Happy camper January 8, 2015

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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."

   
9.0

Lola Lottery January 5, 2015

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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!"

   
9.0

Poppy17 (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 3, 2015

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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."

   
10

Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 23, 2014

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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."

   
10

cao985 December 23, 2014

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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!"

   
9.0

Nora312 December 22, 2014

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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."

   
6.0

Yellowjack (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 11, 2014

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