I recently started taking it (120 mg) and don't know what to expect. What has been your experience?
I have been taking 60 mg./day of Cymbalta for four years now. It REALLY works for my depression. I am bipolar and thought that the Cymbalta caused a manic episode. I tried to decrease my dosage to 30 mg. I had the WORST withdrawal symptoms after only three days so I went back to the 60 mg. I have Fibromyalgia and it helps reduce the pain from that. It did make me severely constipated, so I have had to employ various techniques to stay regular. All-in-all, I regard it as a wonder drug and am glad I take it.
Hi, my experience of taking 60 mg of cymbalta for over 5 years was great for my fibro, but it quit working for my depression after 4 years. My Dr increased my dose to 120mg but it caused extreme emotional problems resulting in me thinking I was losing my mind because feelings of past grief and loss, sadness and uncontrolable crying. I made the decision to get off the cymbalta and go onto prozac. The withdrawal from the cymbalta was a nightmare. Headaches, brain zaps,ringing in my ears, light headness, nausea, irritability, and extreme short temper. It took me over 6mo to rid my system of cymbalta. I would not recommend this nasty drug to anyone. Good luck to you and I do hope you feel better and will find a medication that will help with the fibro pain and depression. Its not an easy task... D
I took cymbalta for years for depression with excellent results. I switched to Pristiq about a year and a half ago because the Cymbalta made me too sleepy. You are already on the maximum dose. You'll have to see how it does over the course of a month or two, if it doesn't help or you are too tired, I recommend Pristiq which is also a SNRI type antidepressant.
Hello, I have been on Cymbalta for over 10 years. I have found that this drug works very well. The number one thing that I would tell anyone is make sure you take your dosage everyday on time! Though Cymbalta works very well, I've found missing a dose can send you into a complete depression, with anxiety, short temper, and a load of other mental tailspins that SUCK! So I advise anyone taking this drug be very aware of side effects and all of the drugs withdrawal symptoms when quitting this drug. I take 120mg daily 1-60 2x daily. I have personality disorder, I'm bi-polar, clinical depression, severe anxiety disorder. Just honestly my body is shot.. severe nerve damage, I'm as brittle of a diabetic as you can physically be. I have bad damage from that as well. Anyway I encourage you to take everyday and Choose to make that day ok.
I didn't say great because most day are a struggle to be ok. Remember that you control your actions and your actions whether or not you feel hopeless lost and just flat out don't care about life, if you continue to CHOOSE to make good decisions to help others or do something simple. This is guarantee you will help you everyday to improve just a little bit. Overtime you'll find some peace. Much love to all that read this. God has already blessed you. J.L.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
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