User Reviews for Cymbalta
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|Generalized Anxiety Disorder||30 reviews||6 medications|
|Major Depressive Disorder||9 reviews||44 medications|
|Anxiety||112 reviews||61 medications|
|Osteoarthritis||15 reviews||363 medications|
|Depression||298 reviews||75 medications|
|Fibromyalgia||143 reviews||25 medications|
|Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy||19 reviews||40 medications|
|Back Pain||12 reviews||170 medications|
|Chronic Pain||36 reviews||103 medications|
|Summary of Cymbalta reviews||674 reviews||7.0|
Reviews for Cymbalta
Review by SusanF. (taken for 2 to 5 years):
For Major Depressive Disorder: I use Cymbalta 60mg at night. I sleep better, eat better, and feel better. Doctor diagnosed me with major depression disorder and placed me on Cymbalta and counseling. My life is 90% better! I am so thankful! Oh, and I had my thyroid checked: low thyroid. I take Synthroid 50mcg in the morning.
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August 22, 2014 12:01 AM
Review by BethAnnie:
For Fibromyalgia: I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2004. I started out taking Flexeril and Tramadol 37.5. It was helping but I still had bad days. My doctor told me I would have good & bad days. I also tried Lyrica and another medicine (can't remember name that started with a S). Came off of Lyrica and then the S. I was put on Cymbalta started with 60 mg a day then upped to 120mg. It does not help with the Fibromyalgia but it does wonders for my mood swings and hot flashes.
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August 17, 2014 9:51 PM
Review by Meg78:
For Anxiety: I'm 5 weeks into taking Duloxetine for depression and anxiety and have had an overall positive experience. My anxiety was greatly reduced after only 4 days on 40mg per day including stopping negative thoughts, no more panic attacks at night etc. The second week I was very tired and depressed without the anxiety, sleeping many hours each day. But by the third week both depression and anxiety were greatly reduced. However by the end of the month the anxiety had started to return slightly and my doctor has now increased the dose to 80mg per day. I had slight nausea, dry mouth and loss of appetite, and some indigestion during the first week or so and now again since I have upped the dose but I imagine these will disappear again soon.
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August 13, 2014 2:48 PM
Review by pjs001:
For Osteoarthritis: I was prescribed Cymbalta for arthritic pain in my knees. I took 30 mg/day for 3 days and was fatigued to the point of not wanting to do anything but lie down.In addition (to which I found out was a rare side effect) I was yawning all day and evening. After reading about the difficulties that some people had getting off this medicine. I stopped it after the 3 days. Unless I can be somewhat assured that the side effects are temporary I would rather live with the pain then take this medicine.
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August 6, 2014 4:43 PM
Review by king bean (taken for 1 to 6 months):
For Anxiety: Didn't work for me. Felt pretty barfy and crummy first several days. Seemed to make me agitated. Only on it for a week; withdrawal was unpleasant. Just my experience, however.
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August 4, 2014 2:33 PM
Review by KRW2011:
For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I have been taking Cymbalta for two years now- it honestly changed my life. At the time I started taking it I was a college athlete and anxiety ruled my life. At first, I would take it during the morning hours and I would immediately want to go to bed. That was my problem, I needed to take it about an hour or two before bed. I am still experimenting the exact right time to take it (I sometimes wake up still feeling tired from it- but not sure if it's the medication or my routine now). I know certain medications work for some and not others, but I would recommend this medication. I had slight symptoms at first beside the tiredness- decreased appetite and no sexual desires or emotions. I still feel great! (30mg once daily)
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July 24, 2014 11:58 AM
Review by Monchie:
For Anxiety: I just started taking this medication last night and ALREADY feel so much better. I've tried Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft, Buspar, Abilify, and countless others to help with my anxiety and none of them worked. This medication is a miracle in my opinion. I can't believe how quickly it works too. I'm taking this along with Atarax to help anxiety and panic attacks. I like the Atarax too and have not needed to take clonazepam today. Very happy. Only problem was that I couldn't sleep last night. I was physically exhausted and couldn't open my eyes or move but my mind was active. Hopefully this will pass. I've also had an upset stomach today with diarrhea but it beats anxiety any day!
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July 16, 2014 1:57 PM
Review by mommagedden6 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
For Depression: I started taking Cymbalta about one month ago. Initially the dose was 30mg for 2 weeks and 60mg following. I cannot believe how well this has helped me. I suffered with depression and severe anxiety. I will continue this medication as I understand full benefit may not be reached for several months. Overall I am extremely satisfied with Cymbalta. My only side effects are constipation and decreased appetite which I have resolved with Miralax and eating small meals more often. I also realized the increased taste of salt during my meals which has seemed to decrease more each day.
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July 14, 2014 6:14 AM
Review by Belva Watkins:
For Chronic Pain: The first pill very strong so waited till in bed and when the severe pain from shingles hit I took 2nd pill..instant relief. I was so glad I had the medicine and still have the bottle of pills as I never needed another. One pill got me through the worst pain I had with shingles. I would not have a need for any now but saved in case shingles returned. I think it a tad bit too strong for most pain that could be treated with a lessor degree of strength. 2 pills used out of whole bottle. It was expensive but actually just one pill did the job.
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July 13, 2014 8:44 PM
Review by Momma 1234:
For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Can't live without it
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July 7, 2014 6:48 PM
Review by danimom80 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
For Anxiety: I was quick to anger, severe mood swings would yell at my kids for the slightest things. I was ready to punch anybody that would make me mad and( it didn't take much!) I started with Cymbalta 30mg and I noticed a slight difference I was increased to 60 mg and I felt the change right away. I'm so calm and I'm back to being a happy mom. I take it at night because it would get me sleepy during the day if I take in the morning some of the side effects I've experienced have been dry mouth, lack of appetite, hot flashes, tiredness! I love this medicine it has changed my life. The relationship with my children is much much better too. I no longer have crying spells and I'm a much nicer person. Try Cymbalta.
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July 2, 2014 3:18 AM
Review by ohioscanner:
For Major Depressive Disorder: I have been taking Cymbalta for several years now. It works great for me. If I don't take it I cry. I take 60mg/day. It helps with my fibromyalgia also. I had tried many other medicines like Lexapro and nothing else worked for me.
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June 26, 2014 6:25 AM
Review by Issieanne (taken for less than 1 month):
For Chronic Pain: After Just having begun my regimen on Duloxetine (2 days now) I am very encouraged with the relief I am experiencing. I have fought the pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis since Age 6...I am now 69 In the interim I've since had aggressive Fibromyalgia / AND Aggressive debilitating BRAIN FOG WITH Memory Loss (Prior to this I've been thinking seriously about checking my brain for Alzheimers). Now I am encouraged with results so far......HAPPY DAY! May this keep on working in my case this time. Many many Thanks.
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June 17, 2014 7:14 PM
Review by ISSIANN:
For Fibromyalgia: After being on others this, seems to be a God send. Just finishing up DAY 2. Yesterday was tough as I still have residual amounts of citalopram in my system I suppose. Wish me good luck!
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June 17, 2014 6:39 PM
Review by annalee66 (taken for less than 1 month):
For Depression: I'm suffering from Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, OCD and PSTD. With the exception of feeling a little sick after taking it, Cymbalta had helped me after only a few days. I've tried Effexor, Zoloft, Paxil, Pristique, Prozac, Ciraplex, Seroquel, Trazodone, Amitriptyline and a few more I cant remember the names. I think everyone responds different to medications and all you can do is keep trying and not give up. My mental illness has had a negative impact on my life and ruined many personal relationships too. I have never had any medication work this fast or so well before.
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June 16, 2014 12:25 AM
Review by DisneyFreak:
For Fibromyalgia: I had tried Lyrica for fibromyalgia & it made me severely tired, and didn't help the aches & pains at all. Once I switched to Cymbalta, I felt great! The aches & pains were reduced by at least 75% within 2 weeks! I've been on it 1.5 years & have had a gradual weight gain totaling 20lbs that started the same month I started the Cymbalta. My rheumatologist says its not Cymbalta related, but I'm thinking of maybe trying another medicine just to see. But I'm afraid nothing will work as well as the Cymbalta. I also take 250mg Soma at night to help me sleep which works great.
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June 11, 2014 8:01 AM
Review by tiggergal (taken for less than 1 month):
For Anxiety: After trying two other medicines with horrible side effects and no results, Cymbalta finally did the trick! The side effects were mild (hot flashes, some shakiness, etc) have mostly subsided and I'm sleeping better.
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June 9, 2014 3:52 PM
Review by Fitzy2211:
For Major Depressive Disorder: I was on 100mg of Pristiq which really wasn't working for me. I stopped taking medication and started having suicidal thoughts. A friend recommended Cymbalta so I saw a Dr and started on 30mg. Within a month my depression was nearly non-existent. I had off days but overall it was amazing. After the month though, I noticed I was starting to feel down and irritable towards the end of the day (I take mine at night before sleep) I've been increased to 60 mg and I can't be happier. I have not felt this calm and happy with life in close on 7 years There are noticeable side effects for me. I have extremely vivid dreams most nights and I can recall most of them upon waking. Also loss of appetite is a big one.
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June 6, 2014 12:43 AM
Review by Merytle:
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):
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):
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):
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):
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):
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:
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
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