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Weight gain is uncommon with cymbalta as it usually has the side effects of loss of appetite, diarrhea and nausea. 9 % of people taking it report a loss of appetite, and up to 2 % of people report weight loss compared to 1 % of people reporting a weight gain (Mayo clinic).
However, people who discontinue Cymbalta are at high risk of binge eating and weight gain (cymbalta withdrawal forums).
On a personal note, depending on why you are considering taking cymbalta, I would suggest some serious online research before starting to take it as it is a rather expensive medication that has not lived up to the expectations as outlined by the drug company.
Even youtube has some interesting videos from people who took it.
If you are going to try it for chronic or nerve pain - don't waste your time and health.
You can ask me private questions if you want, I am now cymbalta free.
Take care of you
I started taking cymbalta for depression in 2006 at the age of 45 and gained almost 100 pounds in less than 2 years. My waist increased by 8 inches. I developed type 2 diabetes and became increasingly more depressed. And although my eating habits didn't change and I could not understand why I got so heavy, i had no idea it was because of the cymbalta. It wasn't until I changed doctors and he made me aware, weaning me off cymbalta and onto prozac.
I'm happier now, but losing that weight is a long hard battle. Had I known then it would reek havoc in my life and on my body, I never would have started it. For 7 years I took 90mg (one 60 and one 30mg tablet, increased because I was still depressed). Now I walk with a cane, lost the cartilage in my knee and have difficulty getting around. I feel like an old man at 52.
Be careful with this drug. I wish you all the best.
They say 1% of people gain weight on Cymbalta which seems awfully slim to me (no pun intended lol). I spoke to my pharmacist AND physical trainer who both said everyone they know has gained on this med. I have personally gained 25 lbs and COUNTING! I just cannot seem to ever get full! I am even seeing a nutritionist who wants me to load up on fiber and protein but I crave carbs to help to fill me up. Now I'm on topamax to counteract cymbalta's appetite -inducing pangs. Has anyone else endured this?
been on this drug 8 days gained a dress size ,at least. waist especially unrecognizable. crave carbs , constant hunger . I'm a runner and gym addict . I have not ran or trained due to lethargy .I'm coming off it .this gain so soon is horrendous , makin me depressed looking and feeling this way .
I have Fibromyalgia that doesn't stop without a constant use of pain meds. I was also very depressed and angry. I was put on Cymbalta by my doctor and he warned me about the side effects of nausea for the first two weeks. He said it would continue to build up in my system for about two months to get to full capacity. It saved my life, I was genially happy, not druged or just didn't care I felt like the me before my depression. I have used it for over 2 years now and have gained 40 pounds. I hate the extra weight and now am slowly going off of it. Hoping the pain doesn't come back or depression. Wish me luck!
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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