I have severe anxiety. I was recently placed on Paxil which worked wonders for my anxiety but also caused me to gain weight. I was absolutely ravenous and binged on any carb I could find. I gained 7 lbs in 1 month! I'm also convinced that it slowed down my metabolism dramatically as I would only go to the bathroom once every 2-3 days.
I am now on Cymbalta 40 mg 2 x day for 2 weeks now and doing okay. The binge compulsions are gone! I was wondering if anyone found that Cymbalta also sped up their metabolism over time. I worked really hard to lose 70 lbs over the past 2 years and am terrified of gaining it back. Thank you all!
Hi dandan123. I’ve been taking Cymbalta for 10 years but I’m tapering off slowly now. I’m down from 60 mg to 15 mg. I was always small even after having 5 children but Cymbalta changed that. It slows down metabolism for many people. I had problems going to the bathroom too. Problems with urinating and constipation. When I started researching Cymbalta and weight gain a few years ago I started to cry. I couldn’t believe how many people were going through the same horrible side effects that I was. I gained over 80 pounds during the years of taking Cymbalta. I looked and felt like I was 6-7 months pregnant. I felt miserable. I have talked to many people who have said that they lost the weight but not until they were completely off Cymbalta. I can’t wait to finally be completely off this medication and work at getting my life back. Please research all you can before continuing Cymbalta. I must warn you that you have to taper off slowly if you take it very long. You can research that also under ‘The Discontinuation Syndrome’. It can be a nightmare; especially if tapering off too fast. Take care and I wish you the best. Cindy
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