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User Reviews for Cymbalta to treat Anxiety

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Cymbalta Rating Summary

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7.0/10 Average Rating
235 Ratings with 213 User Reviews

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Reviews for Cymbalta

"I got bad /severe serotonin syndrome from cymbalta 60 and tramadol 50. Everyone thought this was strange as both are low doses . Recently tried cymbalta a few months ago as mono therapy , after a month I got mild seritonin syndrome , confirmed by my psychiatrist , I had delerium, nausea, delusions , sweating and diarrhea , could this both times be from my huge caffeine in take I’ve had for years , as caffeine and cymbalta are both cyp1a2 substrates ? My son had severe reactions to multiple 2d6 substrates and gene testing confirmed he is a normal metaboliser. Was just too much meds hurting his 2d6 enzyme . Thoughts on my caffeine abuse with my cymbalta nasty reactions ? ?????"

   
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Lee May 11, 2019

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"After being diagnosed with depression as a result of chronic neck pain, my doctor prescribed 30mg of Cymbalta. The Cymbalta helped with the depression, but it also erased my ability to feel... anything. As I turned into an emotional zombie, my wife grew tired of being with an emotionless spouse and threatened to leave, with our children. Through pure luck and a misunderstanding, my wife called the police, believing I was preparing to take my own life. The police took me to a hospital for evaluation. During the interview, the doctor learned about my use of Cymbalta and took me off it, immediately. I got my emotions back AND my family back. I will never touch the stuff, again."

   
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Chronically Pained (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 21, 2019

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"I started on 30 mgs a day and stopped on the 5th day. I felt so nauseous and intestinally challenged. The drug also caused my heart to go into afib / aflutter with moderate tachycardia. As soon as I told the Doctor what was happening he had me stop immediately. Now I am waiting to see a cardiologist to assess the arrhythmia situation. I know the literature says that my side affects are rare, but it happened to me."

   
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Bryan (taken for less than 1 month) April 9, 2019

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"Cymbalta saved my life, I went from a severe agoraphobic with stomach pain, heart palpitations, hyperventilation and insane blood pressure issues on a daily basis to my fully functional self again. I was extremely dissociative before taking this drug and never left my bed because my panic disorder was so debilitating. After about a week on cymbalta, I was up and moving around in the world. Several months later, I'm now in college with a new job and excelling. I've had 2 panic attacks in the last 6 months. My only complaint is that it makes me very tired, but this is easily remedied by taking it in the evening instead of the morning."

   
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Georgia (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 25, 2019

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"Cymbalta worked to saved my life after perimenopause made my already existent depression increase tenfold. My depression was so dark I felt like I was being held down in a dark abyss. If I didn't seek medical help, I honestly believe I would have taken my own life. 60mg of Cymbalta daily and I could get out of bed, live my life, and function as a loving single parent who could provide for her family. Now, ten years later I will discuss the increasing anxiety I am feeling. Will my Cymbalta dosage increase. I don't know. But I do know for those 10 years I was not just surviving I was living. Thanks to Cymbalta"

   
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Missy (taken for 10 years or more) March 17, 2019

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"I have tried cymbalta on 2 different occasions with worsening conditions. It is like all the other SSRI drugs. This medication caused me to become stiff and rigid. I have suffered from racing thoughts most of my life. My doctor finally put me back on benzodiazepines and I am like a new person. Myself again."

   
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Jax103 (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 23, 2019

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"I have been doing 30mg of cymbalta for the past four years and it was working so we'll.. recently I have had increased stress which is not helping my anxiety. I am starting 60g dosage tonight. I think my body has just gotten tolerant of the 30mg and I need in increase."

   
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Muffin (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 14, 2019

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"I've had GAD pretty much all my life but developed increasing depression and withdrawal from social activities. Finally I bit the bullet and told my doctor. He started me on duloxetine, 30 mg with the warnings about weight gain and sexual dysfunction and commented we could increase to 60 mg in three or four weeks if needed. Never needed the increase - 30mg is perfect. I have gained 4 or 5 pounds. I did notice the sexual dysfunction (loss of interest and difficulty "finishing" at first so I would hold my meds a day or two before bath and treat night which worked fine. Pretty much back to normal in that regard. The best thing is I can get more than one or two errands completed now. I call my pills "do lots of things" now!"

   
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Pursuit (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 11, 2019

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"Don’t let the negative comments on here scare you. The truth is, Cymbalta works beautifully for some people and some people hate it. But that’s true with ANY antidepressant! Cymbalta saved me from extreme, constant anxiety and panic attacks. But I have tried other drugs-Zoloft, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac,etc. Figured out I cannot take ANY SSRI. They cause my anxiety to go through the roof! Cymbalta is a SNRI. Works differently. I could not only tolerate it- it saved me. So, no- the medication shouldn’t be banned. It works wonders for some of us. If it didn’t work for you, accept it and try something else. But don’t scare other people away from trying something that could change their life in a positive way. They affect everyone differently, they all have side effects that differ for everyone and they are all difficult to quit taking."

   
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Boomer (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 6, 2019

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"I've be on this medication for almost 12mths now (60mg) previously being on lexapro. I have had weight gain, but really can't blame this all on the meds. My symptoms of anxiety depression and OCD are very much under control and I didn't experience any serious side effects, only the occasional dizziness and some fatigue. I found duloxetine more effective than lexapro for me."

   
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7rudy (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 2, 2019

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"One 30 MG dose caused me to have a panic attack. I reported the side effects to my doctor. Discontinued use. Scary, horrible feeling."

   
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PL (taken for less than 1 month) December 29, 2018

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"I had a large but benign brain tumor removed a year and a half ago. After my recovery, I had depression and anxiety which I had never really had before. After dealing with it over a year, I started generic Cymbalta 3 months ago. First 2 months 30 mg a day. Some initial insomnia, 1 day of upset stomach, loss of appetite (lost 8 lbs) for about 3 weeks. Helped immediately with depression, anxiety issues took about 5 weeks. After 2 months, Dr put me on 60 mg a day which I've taken for 4 weeks now. Anxiety is so much better, feel it coming on now and then but it doesn't last. I've put the weight back on but nothing extra. Sleeping 6-7 hours a night, about average for me. This drug overall has really helped me, I take nothing else with it. I'm sorry to hear it effects some people so negatively, but please try to stay on this until your body can get used to the side effects. This drug has greatly improved my life."

   
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g0ldon November 16, 2018

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"Cymbalta worked amazingly for me for GAD & depression a few years ago, & helped with chronic pain from herniated discs & headaches after bad auto accident. Unfortunately bad side effects such as loss of sexual interest & chronic abdominal pain & constipation forced me to stop taking it & got back on Zoloft for past couple years. Losing my mom to cancer has devastated me to point of desperation for help to survive the darkest days of my life. Praying for strength & peace from these oppressive spirits & terrible panic attaches, plus battling horrific chronic pain. Dr put me back on Cymbalta 60mg so I’ve been taking 30mg for a week now & this time around I’ve been having more abdominal pains & high blood pressure, hopefully this is just temporary bc overall Cymbalta worked better than any other antidepressant for anxiety, pain & depression so I’m going to keep taking it a few more weeks & slowly increase dosage. Take care & God bless all."

   
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KandyAnn (taken for less than 1 month) October 19, 2018

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"Cymbalta changed my life. I was going through the worst life experience I could imagine. Thoughts of suicide dominated my life and panic attacks were often. Then I started taking Cymbalta and everything changed. I started having the ability to see a hopeful future and my panic attacks disappeared. The days I forget to take it look grey until I take it and hope returns. I'm too fearful to exist drug-free in my later years. I've never experienced any side effects, just positive ones. I wish I had started taking something like this when I was young. To me, it's a miracle drug."

   
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Amos (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 13, 2018

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"Terrible drug. Don’t start. Your body becomes addicted to it. The withdrawal symptoms when coming off are horrific"

   
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Anonymous (taken for 5 to 10 years) October 12, 2018

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"This stuff made me want get suicidal thoughts and other dark thoughts. The side effects of this medication resulted in me being misdiagnosed as major depressive disorder and Bipolar 1. My doctor wouldn’t listen to me about the side effects and continued prescribing other medications to help with my new diagnosis. I was prescribed a total of 10 medications within 4 months because of the side effects of this medication!!"

   
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I HATE Cymbalta! (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 29, 2018

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"I was on citalopram 40mg for years and it had stopped working. Had to reduce my citalopram before going on to duloxetine/cymbalta 30mg. The Citalopram withdrawal was 20mg a day for 2 weeks then 20mg every second day then 2 days of nothing then start taking 30mg duloxetine every night. I have been on it now for 2 weeks and have noticed a little difference because it can take a few weeks for full effect to kick in. Withdrawal symptoms from citalopram were not nice at all. Maybe the reduction was too quick. I ended up in hospital for few days which did me good. I have been out of hospital for week but been on duloxetine 30mg for about 2 weeks so I know I have to wait a bit longer for full effect to take place. I still get a bit anxious etc but things are slightly improving. I hope in another couple weeks I will notice even more of a difference. I live in Australia and government covers most of the price so I only pay about $7 a packet"

   
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linda5211 (taken for less than 1 month) September 23, 2018

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"I had pain throughout my entire body I felt like I was dying. My moods were at an all time low for months. No ambition just wanted to sleep and give up on life at age 45. I had been on other medicines for several years they worked ok but I still had issues. I just tried to cope with them until it became too much. I am on day 2 of Cymbalta 60mg and I can already feels the difference. I wake up feeling alive and I’m not hurting all over my body. My mentality is about 80% better already. Thank goodness this worked!! I hope it helps others as much as it has helped me!"

   
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Jaye September 6, 2018

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"Been taking for 10 days. First day upset stomach. Took for 2 days at night, but was having insomnia getting 3-5 hours sleep. Switched to mornings and started getting 6-7 hours sleep after 1 week. Noticed big improvement with slight depression within first few days (I was easily emotional several times a day). Anxiety is not gone but seems to be getting better already. Little dry mouth and decreased appetite (lost 4 lbs) but seems to be getting better each day. The first few days can be a little rough but I'm seeing improvements and I suggest to people stay with it the side effects will improve."

   
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Rocket (taken for less than 1 month) August 30, 2018

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"It seems to help with most days but I am still on a dosage increase. I started at 30mg then bumped to 60mg and now I am at 90mg. I still have bad days but I'm hoping these will lessen as I become accustomed to the 90mg dosage. Next to no side effects except that weird 1% side effect of INSANE bruises."

   
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SquidFartz (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 27, 2018

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"Cymbalta was really hard to take at first. I felt very out of it the first day, the second and third day the nausea was unbearable, I had terrible stomach cramps but the worst was the insomnia (but I had that before I started taking cymbalta). I was advise to try to stick to it and not give up because the benefits were coming. After 6 days I was so happy that all the side effects disappeared, I'm sleeping on my own with out insomnia meds, I feel like myself again and the terrible panic and dispersonalisation I was having are gone. I know I still have some time to go until is in full effect. I'm only on my second week but I'm excited to know that is going to be even better. Yes! Side effects suck and you feel you can't take it! BUT I think about the quality of life I was having without it and I'm afraid because it was so bad I was thinking of doing "anything" to stop it. Cymbalta is giving me the opportunity to enjoy life again. If you are struggling with side effects just hang in there. It will get better."

   
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Anonymous August 25, 2018

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"Although this medication helped me tremendously with my anxiety I believe it should not be taken by people who already deal with suicidal thoughts. I took 30 mg for a month and was fine maybe a little sleepy, as soon as I was raised to 60mg my suicidal thoughts were back and consistent, I have since gone back down to 30 mg and it is still happening."

   
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Haily (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 24, 2018

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"This medication honestly changed my life. I thought I was fine while taking it, so I went off cold turkey. It was the worst experience of my life. I took my 2 pills after about 9 days off. After an estimated 3 hours, I felt like my normal, happy, non-anxiety self again. I don't recommend it to anyone though. I tried about 4 different medications before Cymbalta was the one that helped me. Good luck!"

   
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Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 13, 2018

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"About 8 years ago I was going through a major depression and anxiety and bipolar and OCD all wrapped in one. The psychiatrists I had been seeing tried using the old school drugs Zoloft etc. Nothing was helping so I checked myself into an inpatient program. Then the miracle happened. The in house Psychiatrist put me on CYMBALTA. He explained that it differed from the older medicines in that it affects two parts of the brain. I experienced very little side effects and within a couple weeks I was feeling like my old self. It truly is a miracle med in my opinion."

   
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Comeback Kid (taken for 5 to 10 years) August 6, 2018

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"I had several side effects including nausea, fatigue, sweating, nightmares, elevated blood pressure, and constipation."

   
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Brie (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 2, 2018

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