I'm a 22 year old female and I have severe depression and anxiety and have always had trouble finding a medication that works for me. I also have had severe chronic abdominal pain for months that my doctors can't seem to figure out. My therapist has recommended Cymbalta in hopes that it could help both problems. I'm really nervous about trying it so please any experiences' would help. Thank you in advance.
The first things to remember is that everyone's reaction is different and with the list of side effects, none mean that you will have them. Also that you can always stop the medication if its not working out for you. You obviously need something for depression and I know the black abyss so I know how important medication is. I'd tell my dr I want to start with a low dose and work up. It might be the answer for you. You never know.
All you can do is go with the Dr's recommendation. I would strongly suggest you start at the lowest dose possible and give it no less than 2-3 or 4 weeks, before going higher or making any decisions about it..
I am so sorry to hear you are going through this situation. I started taking cymbalta in November. I was having severe anxiety and depression for the past 6 months. I was so afraid to take cymbalta due to the experience I had taking paxil about 10 years ago. I have been on 60 mg of Cymbalta since Nov. 19th 2014 and am feeling better than I have in years. My anxiety is gone and my depression in 95% gone. I don't even wake up sad in the morning anymore. Now that I am coming out of the fog of depression I know that I have been at least a little depressed for years. As you level out there will be times that you don't feel good but I have had a great experience. Dont listen to the horror stories in fact I didnt even read them until I felt better they will only scare you away from feeling better. Good luck.
Hi. I have been on Cymbalta since 2007. I cannot be sure whether it significantly improved my depression because I am also on Wellbutrin. I have been trying to slowly decrease my dosage with the ultimate goal of stopping Cymbalta. This has been going on for over 3 months. My psychiatric nurse practicioner says it may take more than a year to wean myself off of it. I haven't been able to work. I have a bad taste in my mouth, nausea, headaches, buzzing and ringing in my ears, mood swings. I was not told of these, nor about the difficult and lengthy withdrawal process. My provider says she had no idea, either. There is a class action lawsuit against Eli Lilley, the maker of Cymbalta. Google "Cymbalta withdrawal". Read other people's entries describing their experiences. I was amazed after reading them, because I was having the exact same symptoms. Good luck to you.
Hi Belle3. I have been using Cymbalta to treat my depression & anxiety as well as chronic pain from fibromyalgia for a while now. It has actually worked really well for me. I was surprised by how well it works for me because I had tried so many medication in the prior 10 yrs that either didn't help at all, only help a little for a short time or caused me to suffer with horrible side effects that didn't ease with use. The 1st few weeks on Cymbalta were a little rough for me due to increased insomnia, some restless agitation & for a day or so spiked anxiety & headaches but this is typical with the the start of many antidepressants. It was worth it though at least for me. After almost a year of use I feel better than I have in years & its definitely help decrease my fibromyalgia flares. You should know that my results won't necessarily be your results.
Each persons body reacts uniquely to any medication we take but if you don't at least try it then you'll never know if its right for you. Good luck
Hi! Ive been on cymbalta for about 4 yrs now. Its amazing how well this worls for me. I was on klonapin from 2001 to 2013. I had such a hard time coming off klonipin, that As it is a great anxiety med, the withdrawal you receive is notjing but absolute torture! Took me 5 mths just to start feeling okay. I have several anxiety/panic attacks, social anxiety ect. Cymbalta seems to work great for me. I would say try it. As with everything, everyone is different. Different meds work different on everybody! Wish you luck & hope you find something soon! Its a tough road :) Stay strong
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