User Reviews for Cymbalta

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder 29 reviews 6 medications
   
7.8
Major Depressive Disorder 8 reviews 44 medications
   
7.5
Anxiety 111 reviews 60 medications
   
7.2
Depression 290 reviews 75 medications
   
7.0
Fibromyalgia 138 reviews 25 medications
   
6.8
Osteoarthritis 14 reviews 364 medications
   
6.7
Back Pain 11 reviews 170 medications
   
6.6
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy 18 reviews 40 medications
   
6.6
Chronic Pain 32 reviews 103 medications
   
6.3
Summary of Cymbalta reviews 651 reviews 7.0

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Review by Marcia64 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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7.0

For Chronic Pain: I was prescribed Cymbalta for a combination of chronic pain from osteoarthritis and major depressive disorder with melancholia. I started with 30mg for the first two weeks, but had to stop taking my daily 1200 to 1800mg of ibuprofen and also quit drinking. For depression, it was amazing. I felt relief from my despondency within a handful of days, and that has continued through this, my third month. I had my dose increased to 60mg to try and get relief from the chronic pain, but it has not been effective for me in addressing that - thus my rating. For depression, I give it a 10, but for pain (my experience) I have to give it at best, a 3. After consulting with my doctor, he said I could resume taking ibuprofen at a much lower dose.

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May 5, 2013 8:23 AM

Review by catlady1:

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5.0

For Fibromyalgia: I have been taking Cymbalta for over two years, it worked great in the beginning. I currently take 90mg a day, 60 in the morning and 30 at bedtime. The last few months it does not seem to be working. I have tried several other medications before this one and none of them worked. There are days (most) that I hurt so bad I can't stand to move.

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April 27, 2013 10:45 PM

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

For Anxiety: For years, I struggled with anxiety but my understanding and how I was raised was to suck it up and fight through it. Finally, after many sleepless nights, I went to the GP and she advised me to take Cymbalta. I started on 30 mg's but my tolerance to these types of medicines pushed me to take 120mg's for a month or so. After that month I got back to the old me, the one that didn't care what people thought or how I should act in front of people. I would definitely recommend this for anyone with social or general anxiety.

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April 27, 2013 2:15 AM

Review by Dr Merlyn:

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10

For Depression: My life has been more difficult than most and I experienced an intense emotional life of ecstatic highs and darkest despair. It was wearing, but I enjoyed the drama of it all. GPs often suggested medication, but I considered my depressions to be 'justified', the intensity a means of 'being human' in all its extremities. However, the energy to carry these extremes ebbs, and in a particularly unhappy period my brain shut down. I work with my brain, so finally succumbed & trialled a number of anti-depressants. Didn't like the effects until I took Cymbalta. Finally, a normal emotional range. Two years later I stopped, the only side-effect a half-tone tinnitus, eased by taking half and I'm still fine two years later.

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April 25, 2013 7:25 PM

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

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10

For Anxiety: Cymbalta changed my life. Initially, for the worst - I was vomiting and felt like I was dying for the first few days. Then gradually, the side effects lessened. The vomiting stopped after 2 days, the foggy head and ill stomach cleared after a week or 2. Then it changed my life for the better - to my shock and my doctor's amazement, the lowest dose (30mg) worked! No need to experience the side effects of moving to a higher dosage (thank goodness!). I was previously unable to socialise and frequently had a fight or flight response that was way over-reactive. Now, although not perfect, it's way more under control. I've used Cymbalta for almost a year. I would definitely recommend Cymbalta!

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April 23, 2013 6:18 PM

Review by crystallee:

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1.0

For Anxiety: On it for a month, became extremely depressed and had suicidal thoughts.

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April 23, 2013 12:25 AM

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

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8.0

For Osteoarthritis: I was put on Cymbalta approximately 4 yrs ago for depression due to my spouses terminal illness. I was experiencing lower back pain at the same time and subsequently had surgery 2 yrs ago. During this time I tried to go off the medicine but discovered that I do have severe pain from osteoarthritis. Went back on Cymbalta and have almost complete relief from it. I take 60 mgs. at around 1:00 pm. Morning dosage brought diarrhea quickly and this does not cause that.

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April 21, 2013 8:26 PM

Review by michellemybelle:

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10

For Anxiety: I absolutely love Cymbalta; it's a miracle for me. My anxiety, depression, and spinal pain have all been reduced or gone away. I also lost weight and could eat anything I wanted. After 6 months, I switched to Celexa to save money. Big Mistake. I started gaining weight, and it didn't have much effect on anxiety or depression. I switched back to Cymbalta, and am happy again.

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April 21, 2013 3:26 PM

Review by Angelica2013 (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

For Depression: My depression/anxiety the past several months has been disabling. Mornings were filled with crippling anxiety/depression and I'd stay in bed to escape being with the emotional pain. I felt overwhelmed all the time and just couldn't get motivated to do anything. Since Cymbalta, I have pep in my step! I have tons of motivation to spends HOURS cleaning a house with years of accumulated hoarding, and to clean my apartment which I couldn't touch in 6 months. I can get things done without the overwhelmed feeling -- bills, job, etc. I'm no longer deeply blue and crying. This is an answer to my prayers! My psych said that my desire to get better, counselling, and making changes is what is needed as part of treatment to succeed. Praise God!

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April 7, 2013 9:55 PM

Review by Fraydd:

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8.0

For Depression: I started on Cymbalta 30 mg and it improved my mood so my prescriber increased to 60 mg. 60 mg caused increased irritability and negative thinking so I decided to taper off. This caused flu-like symptoms and "the shakes" so started researching Cymbalta withdrawal. Surprisingly, a LOT of people have similar symptoms when coming off Cymbalta. The only way to avoid it is to open the capsules and divide the pellets to take a gradually reduced dose over several weeks. My prescriber suggested returning to 30 mg to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms and I have stayed there for the past 2 months. I am back to experiencing positive effects - I feel like I am coming out of a fog I didn't realize had been surrounding me for years.

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April 5, 2013 7:41 AM

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

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10

For Depression: After 5 years on Cymbalta, I cannot say enough about its effectiveness. I really can't speak to the claims of pain relief, but as far as depression and anxiety, it's the best I can recommend. The insurance has tried several times to get my Dr to prescribe Celexa, or Effexor, but neither work like Cymbalta. Initially, I was a little spacy, and jittery, but those went away with time. I'd hate to have to pay for it as is. But, overall, I'd rather not take anything than to have to switch.

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April 1, 2013 8:35 PM

Review by Roller22:

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9.0

For Fibromyalgia: Cymbalta has increased my quality of life significantly. I have less pain and I am a happier person. I sleep better at night, most likely due to less pain from fibromyalgia.

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March 24, 2013 11:20 AM

Review by Worst Poison Ever:

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1.0

For Back Pain: Never before had serious side effects. Never posted an internet comment. Continued side effects including constant nausea, constipation, erratic blood pressure, balance/dizzy problem poor sleep, erratic heat beat. The first time I was dizzy and kept walking, then I fainted. Subsequent dizzy spells resulted in bed or couch as I couldn't walk for 4 hours. I ceased this medicine after 12 days and yet it took a month to completely recover.

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March 23, 2013 7:08 PM

Review by CinNic:

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9.0

For Fibromyalgia: I have taken several depression medicines over the last six years. All with limited results. My entire body started hurting so bad, fatigue, headaches and broken sleep at night. I begged my doctor trying me on Cymbalta because it helped a friend with similar symptoms. My pain was almost gone in a week and completely gone in two. I never realized how bad my pain was until it was gone! I take it at night because I get very sleepy within a few hours. I sleep great and wake up pain free and fully rested. It has helped my depression but not to the extent it has taken away all my pain. I did feel slightly nauseous on and off for a few weeks. My appetite has diminished which has helped me lose 10 pounds.

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March 20, 2013 12:08 AM

Review by Cricket's mom:

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8.0

For Osteoarthritis: After a back injury and subsequent surgery I tried several medicines for the lingering nerve pain in my left leg. Nothing worked without severe side effects until trying Cymbalta. The first couple of weeks the nausea was almost unbearable but I toughed it out hoping for some relief of the aching in my left leg. Pain pills had zero effect on the radiating pain so my doctor prescribed Cymbalta. It did take a couple of weeks to see any relief to my pain. Although the pain is not totally gone it has gone from a 10 down to a 7 so for me this is a great improvement.

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March 19, 2013 10:55 AM

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

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10

For Back Pain: I started taking Cymbalta for chronic low back pain and to my surprise my daily nightmares stopped immediately after the first dose of 40mg. I just started this medicine a month ago and need to get my script filled. I took my last dose 2 days ago. For the last two nights I have had nightmares! My script is expensive, costing $60/month even with insurance. If this medicine continues to prevent these constant nightmares and gives my boyfriend a decent night sleep, myself included, then I will figure out a way to pay this added expense. I am 30 yrs old and have dealt with nightmares since I was a child. They have gotten worse as I get older. I have been to sleep disorder clinics and had plenty of tests. I can only hope this medicine continues to help me.

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March 18, 2013 2:58 AM

Review by old nurse:

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2.0

For Osteoarthritis: First two weeks had good relief. It decreased after that.

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March 16, 2013 1:04 AM

Review by NativeWoman:

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7.0

For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I was prescribed Cymbalta after taking Zoloft for a few months. Zoloft was horrible but when my prescription was changed to Cymbalta, my anxiety and everything else seemed to lessen. I was more calm in handling situations and my husband seemed pleased with the change in my attitude. For the first week while on Cymbalta, the experience was horrible. I had all the side effects listed and more but I was determined to stay on it. It only lasted a week then things became more clear. The only thing I FEAR is the withdrawals. I've experienced it accidentally when the medication wasn't available to me.

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March 14, 2013 11:42 AM

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

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8.0

For Chronic Pain: I can't take NSAIDS anymore, so tried Cymbalta. Worked great for my pain and my depression. HOWEVER, I had to stop it because of horrible side effects. The worst headaches I have ever had, dizziness, and eventually mood changes. I took it for about 7 months total, the last 2 months was tapering off. My Doctor had a patient end up hospitalized when they rushed the taper.

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March 14, 2013 12:19 AM

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

Prescribed Cymbalta for migraines. Been on 18 days. Started at 20 mg, last 5 days at 40 mg. Past week has been daily diarrhea. I am tired, still have headaches, I am constantly nauseated, have no appetite and my anxiety level has increased. They tell me to hold on, this will pass. It does not feel like it is going to help at all, and my insurance company really gave me a hard time covering this.

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March 12, 2013 1:10 PM

Review by billybobyall:

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6.0

For Back Pain: I started with 30mg dosage and was increased to 60mg daily. It was helpful with the constant burning in my feet that is secondary to peripheral neuropathy. My dosage was increased after a couple of months to 60mg twice daily. I didn't last a week! This medication has always given me increased sweating, especially night sweats! My doctor prescribed Hytrin (mostly used for hypertension and benign prostate hyperplasia) to combat the sweating and it seemed to help because the incidents of night sweats decreased. That all changed when my dosage was bumped up. I was having night sweats EVERY night and had a major increase of insomnia. I am getting 2-3 hours of sleep a night (or day because I work at night). I went back to 60mg daily and see my doctor tomorrow.

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March 12, 2013 7:59 AM

Review by davinci queen (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

For Chronic Pain: I started taking Cymbalta approx. 4 weeks ago. Its a miracle far as I'm concerned. I have low back pain, fibromyalgia and increasing anxiety disorder. Within 4 days I felt immediate relief from pain all over. I haven't felt this good in years. I am also on Lyrica and am going to see if I can lower my dose or even discontinue it and see if I'm still pain free. My anxiety is starting to lessen now as well. I don't have many side effects, mostly more tired so I will take it at night. Definitely try it. It's worth it!

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March 11, 2013 10:12 AM

Review by CandiceL:

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10

For Depression: I LOVE Cymbalta. I'm taking it for anxiety, depression and fibromyalgia pain. It is the best medication I have taken for depression. I have tried numerous other depression and anxiety medications and nothing makes me feel as good as Cymbalta. Do not miss a dose though the withdrawal symptoms are terrible!

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March 6, 2013 10:27 PM

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

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2.0

For Depression: I took this for 5 years at 90mg. I eventually had to go off this medication because the side effects were intolerable. I had night terrors every night, severe night sweats, teeth grinding and insomnia. The thing that finally did it for me was the migraines that were caused by my shoulder and neck tension on this medication. In short, it made me feel extremely anxious and stressed out. Also, withdrawal is very tough. I have been off this medicine for 3 weeks and still have severe nausea, anxiety, night sweats and night terrors.

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March 3, 2013 7:37 AM

Review by Natasha23 (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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6.0

For Depression: I didn't mind this medicine. I did experience nausea for the first month as which was confirmed by the side effects of this. One thing I have to say is that I became lactose intolerant while on this and it didn't matter what I ate or drank that contained lactose the symptoms for the lactose intolerance were not good. As soon as I went off the medicine I no longer had lactose intolerance.

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February 28, 2013 5:51 PM

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