... noticed that they had changed from original formula#3237 to #3270. Called company and sure enough formula had been changed " for some reason".Has anyone had this experience?
No, I hadn't noticed this change yet, but I get mine from a 90-day refill service so it may be two months or so since I've gotten it. Thanks so very much for bringing this to my attention - I have a life threatening allergy to an ingredient that is commonly used in the inactive ingredients of medications. A medication may check out as ok, but If the manufacturer decides to make a change, such as you are noting, they can change the inactive ingredients and if I don't notice the change and check it out - I could very well be dead. So thank you very much for the Heads Up!!!
Three years ago I was given Cymbalta for depression and took 20 mg a day. The only side effect I noticed was continuous yawning day and night, and some tearing of my eyes, neither of which abated after several weeks on the drug. It helped me to sleep for the first several weeks, but eventually it just stopped working for me, so I stopped taking it. My doctor convinced me to try it again, against my better judgment, but since it had been so long, I thought it would be worth a try. I took ONE pill yesterday morning about 7am, and it is now 6pm, nearly 36 hours later, and I am just NOW starting to come out from under the immediate and severe effects from this drug. It is NOTHING like it was when I took it three years ago. Within two hours of taking a 20 mg capsule, I was dizzy and nauseous, vomiting once, and feeling hot and feverish, but my skin was clammy.
I went to bed, turning on my electric mattress pad on high and with aches and pains from head to toe, in addition to feeling like I was freezing, yet sweating profusely, I soaked all my bed linens, including 2 blankets and 2 comforters. My tongue felt swollen, and kept contracting, feeling like I was trying to swallow it! In fact ALL the muscles in my head and down through my shoulders were tight and felt contracted and very painful. My eyes kept closing so tightly that I could hear a funny noise in my head and felt something like electrical sparks going off in my head. I was in and out, but mostly out, for 12 hours, holding the covers over my head and giving myself only a little hole to breathe through. I sweat so much I lost 7 pounds in the last 36 hours! It was hard to get a deep breath, and when I did, it felt like my chest was going to explode. I literally felt like I was dying. It was horrible. The best I could do is get a little Ginger Ale down, not even a cup full, and I ate one saltine cracker. Other than that, I consumed nothing until after 24 hours of what felt like sweating my life away in bed. What a nightmare.
Hi map1962! What an interesting observation! Good work!
I take 2 capsules (60 mgs) of Cymbalta every night from the blister pak. I didn't know there was even any difference until I read this post. I live in Canada & our Cymbalta pills are manufactured here for distribution here exclusively. My Cymbalta capsule has the same 2 colours as yours but the imprint says "9542" on the blue side & "60 mg" on the green part which is almost impossible to see. There are no other identifying marks on the pill.
I looked at the Canadian product monograph to obtain the list of active ingredients. Upon comparison, the American list shows 9 ingredients while ours has 11 ingredients. Of the items listed, 7 are common to both pills. Therefore, the Canadian Cymbalta has 4 additional ingredients in their formulation. The Canadian version has yellow iron oxide added but only in the 60 mg dose. Our only other available size is 30 mg. Your American Cymbalta sizes contain yellow ferric oxide in both 60 mg & 20 mg doses but not the 30 mg size. Another unique difference was that the American product monograph list had a very tiny footnote underneath stating that "Inactive ingredients may vary." ElizaJane, do you see this? Isn't that incredible?
So, the inactive ingredients may change without the people who actually use these drugs even being notified or made aware. WHAT???
(There was no similar notation on the Canadian product monograph on the manufacturer's website.)
So, map1962, I nominate you for today's award! This is quite an eye-opener! Kudos! :)
Cheers to good health! from Wendy :)
P.S. To Laurie: now I understand why my doctor increased my dosage from 60 mg to 120 mg instead of only increasing to 90 mg. It's because, in Canada, those are the only 2 dosages available. The Cymbalta capsule is never to be broken or split or cut or crushed or chewed.
Thank you, Laurie, for sharing your brilliance with us so often! :)
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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