My depression has returned after weening myself off of Celexa. I really just don't want to take antidepressants anymore but I can't keep feeling like I am feeling. My doctor wants me to try Cymbalta. He gave me some samples today but I'm afraid of the side effects. MedlinePlus has a long list of side effects. The Cymbalta list is longer than the Celexa list of side effects. I just want to know how Cymbalta has effected some of you all both positive or negative. Thanks!
Who has taken Cymbalta, did it work for you?
Added 23 Nov 2011:
Thank you to everybody for your responses. They have all been very helpful. I tried 30mg Cymbalta last night and it was awful! I had little, tiny pains in unusual areas of my body, strange feeling in my head, ringing sounds, and difficulty getting to sleep. Today I have no appitite but I have to eat so I dont' feel worse. I'll be glad when it all worn off so I can go back to Celexa. I guess I'll have to use something and Celexa never caused me any side effects. I just hated the idea of continuing to use an SSRI drug because of the "brain zaps" I would have when ever I got off of them. No more Cymbalta for me, I done. Thanks again.
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So you have found a bunch of people who have taken Cymbalta. I took it for years. It didn't work, and caused me to sweat profusely. (I thought that I was in menopause, but I wasn't ), I lost 30 pounds after I stopped taking it from fluid retention alone. What do you want to know?? Who liked it, who didn't?? It is all your own body chemistry that will decide if it works for you! What other people experience really doesn't matter, does it?
I took it for over 2 yrs, it really did nothing for me, even through a lower cost program it did nothing for depression or ADHD with me, I've been taking Lamictal the generic which worked out better.
Cymbalta is now being advertised to help with arthritus or pain now, makes me just wonder..
I currently take it. 2 times a day. I had some problems first taking it (lethargic, uneasy, drove like a had a ear infection) but after 4 weeks did go away. I am sensitive to medications and its hard to elevate my levels. I can tell when I don't take it as I feel weak and kinda sick.
My mother also took it and done quite well, she made a attempt to stop the med altogether and ended up bedridden and me forcing her to take it.. I thought she was trying to kill herself. It took a week to get a level in her to get her out of bed. This is not one to start and stop suddenly. Anyway I take 30mg am & pm and can tell that my mood elavates as I hurt I am generally grumpy before taking it. Opana ER has a similar mood uplift as well. Helpful but know your body and watch for changes (driving, walking, talking) so you don't get hurt.
I am new to this group. My father was a coroner and had suffered from alcoholism for 50 years, believing antidepressants were for the weak and whiny. He took Prozac first month it was on the market, he was a different person. It was incredible to watch this wonderful man believe in life and willingly be free of alcohol. The next month his insurance denied coverage and shortly after he committed suicide. My mother, a nurse, (they divorced when I was a baby) also an alcoholic, refused antidepressants for the same reason. She could prescribe them for patients but didn't believe she was "mental". Instead she drank beer until her last breath dying with cirhosis of the liver. I intend to take my Cymbalta and Aplenzin (chemical name for Wellbutrin and works for me much better than Wellbutrin) until I die. It's not a choice, it is why I am still alive. Depression is bigger than us all, take your medicine and be proud of yourself for not being stupid. Stupid can't be fixed. Take your medicine to live, for you and those who love you.
I've been taking Cymbalta for about 5 years. I have taken just about all the antidepressants at one time or another over the last 20 years. Each one of them stops working after a while (its different with everyone). I came to Cymbalta after Effexor stopped working. 20 years ago, I started with Prozac. I take several other meds for other problems, so don't know which of my side effects are from Cymbalta, however, most of the side effects are relatively new, so don't think they are from Cymbalta. I think it is fine mood elevator, at least for me. I pair it with weekly therapy, and my therapist is extremely well educated as well as experienced. She is helping me cope with the physical feelings I have as I transition off some meds. It is helpful for me to see them as emotional as well as physical. I haven't really "felt" my feelings for a number of years: too busy working, too busy parenting, too busy... I'm retired now, and determined to have a happier second half of life than the first half!
I used to take cymbalta and loved it but now i'm taking femara which is an estrogen blocker because of breast cancer that i had surgery for... My doctor has taken me off of cymbalta because it doesn't allow the femara to work as well so i'm bummed. I am not taking Venlafaxine which isn't quite as good as cymbalta, but it doing its job..
I do miss cymbalta... lol
Have a deep depression for years and i got relief with cymbalta
I didn't like cymbalta at all just an awful feeling felt more like some type of withdrawal symptom than help in feeling better. I took zoloft for years it worked great. But all my Dr. will give me is cymbalta abilify and anything else I see on a commercial. Hope u find something that helps good luck :)
I have tried Cymbalta a couple years back. I too was scared from the list of side effects. The two that stand out in my memory were 1) weight gain (although I have heard of people actually loosing weight... I gained 15 lbs. And 2) strange dreams. The dreams were ultra vivid and a bit scarry as in I dreamed me and a few others were robbing a bank. <== lol, hardly the bank robber type.
I know everybody has different results. So take my experience with a grain of salt. Unless your on a salt free diet... then take it with a grain of salt substitute.
Cymbylta is suppose to help releave pain in your body and also help with the depression' I used to take it myself! It did not help with any pain for me! And it Made me feel on edge. It may be a to high of a dose for u to start out on' just make sure u tell ur doctor! Not all medications work the same for everyone' so be carefull and take it easy
Tried It 2 days: Not for me!
like you I have tried several medications for depression/ADHA could not take any of the pills. however I was treated with a drug called Concerta once again the issue of high blood pressure came up. the pharmacist thought Cymbalta at a low dosage would be the answer. i was on Cymbalta 2 days I was sick as a dog" I went back to my regular medicines with some adjustments and my blood pressure is fine and I am good to go. Sometimes new medications are not as effective as the old ones!
Prescribed for chronic pain (very slow to heal broken shoulder) I took 30mg a day for two weeks then 60 mg for two weeks. Side effects of nausea and sweating started on days 5 and 6 then were over. 100% drop in libido soon after. My wife and I went from at least 5 nights of sex a week to zero. She was very supportive, however, and wanted to see me relieved from pain. I decided life's better with pain and a healthy sex life than pain free and trying to remember what sex was like. My Doctor cut me down to 30 mg a day then if I had no withdrawal symptoms for a few days I could skip a day between doses. Well, I went cold turkey, 60 to 0. No side effects whatsoever. Libido back on day 5 after stopping. In short, it relieved my pain, but the that side effect was not worth it. I'm on Lyrica now.
I have suffered with depression for a number of years and was on prozac for the last 10,in varying doses the last being2x 40 mg daily ,i just felt it wasnt doing anything for me so went to the doctors and explained ,he refered me to a clinical psychologist who to cut a long story short ,decided i was suffering as much with anxiety as depression.
This resulted in me being prescribed 60 mg of cymbalta per day. Before my
first dose i checked online for information and was more than a little perturbed after watching you tube and various people describing mind altering wierd experiences whilst taking it,but decided to try it anyway.
Firstly let me describe the initial effect i felt more positive and confident almost within twenty four hours this has continued, my anxiety has disappeared, and i feel light hearted and comfortable with my self more so than at almost any time in my life.I think i have to take into consideration my size i am 6 foot 3 and 210 lbs the dose i was given i think was commensurate with my phsyique ,had i been 5 foot and 100 lbs i feel i may have had more severe side effects than i have, purely because of the relativley large dose pulsing around a relativley large body ,but hey im no doctor its just layman speak .
I did however have a common reaction to the drug which was erectile disfunction and decreased libido,but no sweats fatigue or disarticulation as described by many contributors.
I simply over came this by asking for cialis which has solved the erectile disfunction and the libido returned after around 3 weeks ,so much so as from being a person with confidence issues and anxiety issues i now find myself with
more confidence and resulting in me becoming a hit with the women ... infact i will have to ask the doctor for a repeat prescription for cialis as i have dates with 3 women this week !! ,.So guys give cymbalta a go you may regret it if you pass.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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