User Reviews for Cymbalta

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder 28 reviews 6 medications
   
7.8
Anxiety 110 reviews 60 medications
   
7.2
Major Depressive Disorder 8 reviews 44 medications
   
7.0
Depression 286 reviews 75 medications
   
6.9
Fibromyalgia 132 reviews 72 medications
   
6.8
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy 18 reviews 40 medications
   
6.8
Osteoarthritis 14 reviews 366 medications
   
6.7
Back Pain 11 reviews 169 medications
   
6.4
Chronic Pain 31 reviews 102 medications
   
6.1
Summary of Cymbalta reviews 638 reviews 6.9

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

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1.0

For Depression: I felt like I wasn't "Me", a very weird feeling.

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July 29, 2013 1:52 AM

Review by CNA1950 (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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6.0

For Fibromyalgia: I have been on Cymbalta, 60 mg, for over 5 years. It did work for the Fibro pain, even though at stressful times I still felt a minimum of pain. I began to notice after about 3 years that I was very tired all the time and foggy in the brain. It was hard for me to concentrate when someone was talking and words were hard to find when answering them. I finally told my doctor that I wanted to wean off of Cymbalta but I haven't found this to be very easy. Been working on it since June and if I try to lower the dose too fast I become sick like a very bad flu. I am now more clear headed and can talk with clarity since my dose was lowered to around 20 mg.

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July 28, 2013 5:08 PM

Review by slipknottkbk:

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8.0

For Chronic Pain: Cymbalta seems to really help with my low back pain & feet & legs neuropathy.

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July 27, 2013 9:42 AM

Review by April Johnson:

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10

For Fibromyalgia: I have been taking Cymbalta for a little over a month and I feel great! I am doing things I haven't been able to do in years.

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July 26, 2013 6:38 AM

Review by Tasersmum:

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5.0

For Depression: Have been on 30mgs Cymbalta for about 3 months to treat major depression and fibromyalgia. Have previously taken just about every antidepressant on the market with no real difference to my mood. Have tried to come off antidepressants but without success. My experience with Cymbalta is it has been highly effective in treating joint and back pain but the side effects I am experiencing are so bad that I am seeing my GP today to request help in switching to something else. Side effects include: sweats for the first few weeks, nausea for the first few weeks, increased energy levels, headaches/migraines on waking, dry skin, dry eyes and sharp pain in eyes, itchy palms and feet, constant phantom smell of strong, cloying perfume, severe constipation.

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July 25, 2013 6:01 PM

Review by jolter803:

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9.0

For Depression: I have tried over 6 different medicines in the past, none of which worked or gave me results that helped. (Very frustrating). I was put on Cymbalta and immediately evened out, though if I'm off for even a day I am an emotional wreck. So always have refills, or face the consequences.

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July 19, 2013 2:53 PM

Review by cindycc:

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10

For Depression: I have tried just about every antidepressant over a 20 yr period. I have been taking Cymbalta for about 6 months and it is my saving grace. All symptoms of depression are gone. I am happy, focused, and myself again.

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July 17, 2013 1:28 AM

Review by mo15 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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8.0

For Anxiety: I have suffered from anxiety problems my whole life, but it was easily managed until I turned 23 (2.5 years ago) when it blew up and every month got much worse. In Dec 2012, I was diagnosed with severe generalized anxiety disorder, moderate panic disorder, and moderate agoraphobia. I also have Irritable Bowel Syndrome-D, and combined with anxiety, I always had to be near a bathroom - any time I left the house I had diarrhea. Couldn't go shopping alone, do drive throughs, etc. Started this and almost immediately felt a bit better, minimal side effects (insomnia/headache 1st 3 days, itchy armpits 1st week) and it has taken the edge off lots. Have done many things I couldn't. No weight gain so far, very happy. Only big anxiety triggers bother me a bit, and Imodium use decreased LOTS! No mental fog!

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July 13, 2013 11:51 PM

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

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1.0

For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Cymbalta, unfortunately, did not work for my general anxiety disorder. I took it for two months. The worst part was that it made me feel nothing and my other medications less effective. The good part was that it made my frequent urination decrease--probably because it made a lot of me feel numb including my bladder.

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July 13, 2013 11:16 AM

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

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8.0

For Chronic Pain: Happy with pain relief. Worked like magic for first 1-2 month. Now it has leveled off, but still very worth while. Side effects seem to be, insomnia, tiredness, low energy, but worth the trade off.

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July 11, 2013 8:40 AM

Review by Daisy2daisy (taken for less than 1 month):

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4.0

For Depression: I am 58 yo active woman with full time career. I began to obsess about my father's death. Every thing I saw reminded me of him and was painful. I cried over mishaps at home or thinking about a beloved pet that had died. Work was my relief but as soon as I got home the sadness started. My MD started me on Lexapro, which wasn't good for me. I suffered through work for a day but was too spacey. My job requires strong concentration skills. Prozac next which made me yawn like a lion. By week 3 I did not feel sad, but felt sick and had yawns like a lion. I then started Cymbalta and felt this was the most gentle antidepressant so far but then my EYES became swollen and DRY. I couldn't wear contacts! I gave up on antidepressants and started exercising.

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July 11, 2013 2:40 AM

Review by fibroworkingmom:

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9.0

For Fibromyalgia: I am 46 & diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 4 months ago after 1.5 years of unexplained pain, muscle fatigue, exhaustion, etc. The last flare up was so severe I was unable to walk because leg muscles trembling, forearms felt like they were on fire with thousands of needles or bees stinging. I was dropping things. I was very confused and unable to even read an email on my computer. We started with a low dose and am now at 60 mg at bedtime. Along with Tramadol during the day and Flexeril for severe flare ups, as well as moderate exercise, no chocolate, and adequate sleep, I am doing so well. Very few side effects. I am working full time, can wear high heels again & stay awake past 7:00 pm now as well as resuming doing normal household chores.

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July 8, 2013 2:59 PM

Review by Lilly267:

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4.0

For Chronic Pain: I gave this medication a 4 because I lost 10 pounds in 2 months on it. It did nothing for my pain and depression, though. I took 60 mg and I weighed from 110-120lbs.

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July 8, 2013 6:30 AM

Review by Shes2Gemini:

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9.0

For Fibromyalgia: I can move and reach without pain in my shoulders, I can sleep without pain, and I can be assured that I will not have to take narcotics for pain control.

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July 6, 2013 10:32 PM

Review by anonymous4347:

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10

For Chronic Pain: I have been on Cymbalta 60mg for chronic abdominal pain for 3 years. It has been a life saver for me and dropped my narcotic use (hydrocodone) down to a 30 day prescription lasting me a year. I did notice earlier this year more pain and with that more of the narcotic need and depression. My Dr. raised me up to 90mg (one 60mg and a 30mg) and I haven't had need of the hydrocodone for 3 months. I'm very satisfied.

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July 2, 2013 5:37 PM

Review by courtd:

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8.0

For Fibromyalgia: This medecine delivers as promised as far as pain relief. I noticed a reduction in pain 3 days into taking it. The only pain it doesnt eliminate is my lower back pain. It even helps with my migraines! Negatives are the side effects when getting used to the med (nausea, fatigue) and the fact that your body gets used to it so you have to keep upping the dosage. Recommend starting out on the lowest dosage possible.

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July 1, 2013 1:11 PM

Review by Yarn king:

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9.0

For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I have found that Cymbalta really helps my depression. If I don't take it I really notice the difference. I am sure that it helps me. The only downside is its expensive

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June 26, 2013 1:35 AM

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

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10

For Depression: I was diagnosed with chronic depression and put on 30 mg. I used to cry at least once each day. I have been on Cymbalta for the last 25 days and I have not even cried once. For me it only caused nausea and I lost about 3kgs, which for me was not a side effect but a motivation to use the medicine.

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June 24, 2013 6:45 PM

Review by Fibromyalgia pain and depression (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Fibromyalgia: I am 46 and have suffered from depression since I was a teenager and fibromyalgia pain and stiffness since I was 30. Nothing else helped much. I tried gabapentin, Prozac, and other anti-depressants. Ibuprofen and tramadol helped a little with the pain but not like Cymbalta! I started on 30mg and worked up to 90mg daily. I feel like I am cured! No more morning pain and stiffness, no more aches and pain and my mood is so much brighter! I haven't felt this happy since I was a kid. I am laughing all the time. I can do things that I haven't been able to do physically for years. I started jogging. Side effects have been a loss of appetite, insomnia, and hot flashes but well worth it!

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June 24, 2013 1:51 PM

Review by Shanice:

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9.0

For Depression: I have taken Cymbalta 60mg for 30 days after being on Zoloft with Wellbutrin for almost a year. I'm feeling better every day. I have been able to do things that I have been unable to do for years such as cooking. Depression is lifted this medication is God send!

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June 21, 2013 6:46 PM

Review by Jallen2:

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8.0

For Depression: I have only been on this for 2 weeks but I can seriously notice a difference. I am 21 and for about 6 years (after a traumatic event) I have been suffering from "severe depression". I have always had pain and always been to tired to do anything but lay in bed and cry! I can now say I am happy! Finally happy, I can't remember a time I was ever like this. I am motivated, active, and enjoying life. It works quick. I do however have mild headaches everyday and multiple nightmares every night. I am told these will subside. It's pricey but I really think its worth it! Good luck to everyone.

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June 20, 2013 11:36 PM

Review by Dallas Nadja (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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9.0

For Depression: It works well for depression. Even stopped nerve pain that I didn't know I had since I had lived with it all my life. I just thought it was normal to have pins and needle feeling in my nerve endings. Lifted the depression. Was okay on anxiety, but still had to take Valium for true panic attacks. Warning though - getting off this medication can give hard withdrawals. You have to slowly wean yourself off. If not, you will get brain freezes or shivers which are freaky and scary. Also, extremely irritable coming off of it.

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June 17, 2013 9:00 PM

Review by Tiger6933 (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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9.0

For Anxiety: I have been taking Cymbalta for 15 months now. First 30mg and then six months later up it to 60mgs/day. It was prescribed to me for clinical depression. It works for the depression and I also noticed it has worked very well for anxiety also. My MD and I have discussed that I probably have had this anxiety disorder for some time and curtailed with the depression, Cymbalta has done well for both. Side effects are weight gain (5-10 lbs), and bad withdrawal effects if you miss a day or two - headaches. Otherwise, the medication has worked very well and I feel like I can live my life again.

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June 10, 2013 2:29 PM

Review by Baloo789:

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8.0

For Chronic Pain: After suffering in a very serious way from chronic neck and back pain for about 5 years, I was giving up. I had no major injury, but small "normal range" disc ruptures protruding in my C5 and C7 with other old back injuries. Fibromyalgia/Neuralgia. I've gone through multiple specialists, MRIs, physical therapists, chiropractors, and acupuncturists. Some relief here and there, mostly with acupuncture and specific stretching. Pain was horrible. Finally after persistent research, I found what truly works for me: Cymbalta (normal dose) with daily SAM-E and Malic Acid supplements. It took about 2 months to fully work, but now I'm virtually PAIN FREE. Cannot thank God enough for this.

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June 8, 2013 5:37 PM

Review by Batgirl516 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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8.0

For Anxiety: I've been taking 120mg of Cymbalta for 6 months now & have found the benefits to be: decreased anxiety; increased social confidence; and 10kg (22.2 pounds) weight loss!! The negatives have been: irregular insomnia; slightly manic personality when really comfortable in my social surroundings; dry mouth; mild occasional nausea & that's about it. I'm under the watchful eye of a great Psychiatrist & think Cymbalta is much better than Prozac & Zoloft which I've been on for 5 years prior (at alternate times). Also, I strongly recommend reducing your alcohol intake - Cymbalta increases side effects & makes you feel embarrassingly drunk & tired much earlier than others. Good luck.

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June 7, 2013 9:53 AM

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