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User Reviews for Cymbalta to treat Anxiety (Page 8)

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Cymbalta Rating Summary

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7.0/10 Average Rating
236 Ratings with 213 User Reviews

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Reviews for Cymbalta

"I am an 18 year old male. I started Cymbalta 3 weeks ago for Generalized Anxiety. My anxiety got to a point where I couldn't even sit down and watch T.V or surf the internet without getting stressed. My stress started to control me. It was controlling simple decisions, it controlled what I did! I started to avoid everything that would possibly stress me out. It became a viscous cycle. Even things like simply playing my guitar or attending my college classes was becoming difficult to do without getting anxious. NOW after taking Cymbalta I feel like I have the opportunity to be myself again, and without worrying about getting anxious or stressed! Now I control my anxiety, instead of it controlling me! Only side effect is delayed orgasm."

   
9.0

Ravine March 6, 2010

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"Cymbalta is the best med I have ever taken for my panic attacks and depression. It has fixed my mood and is very tolerable."

   
9.0

Anonymous February 16, 2010

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"This medication is excellent for anxiety ,depression, bipolar type 2 disorder and also helps with any pain that the patient my be suffering from from pain from depression and/or chronic pain. However this medication will not cure your pain if it's chronic, but it will alleviate it a lot and you wont have to take so much prescription pain killers. I'm speaking from personal experience and from the experiences of others. The only problem is that this medication is very expensive especially if you don't have prescription drug insurance and there's no generic for this yet."

   
10

TINA G01 February 12, 2010

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"I have been on Cymbalta for one month for relentless anxiety and depression, after trying Paxil, Wellbutrin, Prozac and many others I can not even remember the names of. There has been a loss of appetite for a few weeks but it has mostly gone away. It caused panic in the beginning but Ativan helped a little with that. After a week I felt really good(20 mg) and have been up and down ever since. It has helped a lot but so far it is not the answer. "

   
3.0

jmharrington42 January 25, 2010

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"I took this drug for a couple years. At first I was very tired all the time but that passed. It did help with the anxiety for the first 6 months or so but I always had the brain zaps everyone talks about. They were very frustrating and after the 6 months it was not effective. I didn't like the way I felt and quit taking it."

   
5.0

Anonymous January 21, 2010

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"I am 42 and began taking Cymbalta 4 weeks ago. I started with 30mg for 2 weeks, and am currently taking 60mg a day. I began taking this drug due to the advice of my doctor after approaching him about my uncontrolable anger issues that have plagued me my entire adult life. I have to say that it has been a lifesaver. I have never gone 1 week, never mind 4 weeks without an anger outburst or stress related outburst. My family is happier..I am happier...I have never felt this great...only side effects are some dry mouth at night and occasional tiredness during the day...an easy trade off for a drug that has given me my life back!!!"

   
9.0

Usedtobeangry January 17, 2010

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"My Doctor diagnosed me with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and put me on Cymbalta. The first couple of weeks were a little rough with the nausea, but nothing unbearable. I did lose a bit of weight too. It did help with my anxiety and depression a lot. I was on 60mg. Now 2 years later I was in a different place in my life, did not want to be dependent on a pill, so started weaning off. Went from 60mg to 30mg. Then taking it every other day.... then down to 20mg. Now is the hard part. Dr told me from there just quit taking it - yah right. All the blogs you read about the "brain zaps" are so true. "

   
5.0

beware January 8, 2010

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"First couple of weeks where quite bad with nausea, yawning, panic attacks but then quite suddenly I was able to leave my house go for walks without anxiety, all was good for about 4-5 months(on 60 mg), then anxiety came back, now I'm on 90mg and it's better yet again. i got severe backpains, and was given tramadol....not a good idea, i had some intestinal bleeding and severe mood swings, vicodin seems fine, so does codein taken with tylanol"

   
8.0

Anonymous November 30, 2009

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"This medicine was the 1st thing in YEARS that made me feel like myself again. It started working within a few days. The panic attacks subsided almost immediately and the depression lifted. The side effects I experienced (although annoying) were nothing compared to the benefits it gave me. The 1st 2 weeks I was nauseous and tired, felt out of it but my head was clearer and thoughts focused after that. I did lose like 20 pounds, it stopped my emotional eating. The worst part was the night sweats I had for about 2 months or so. I was on it for about 5 months but had to wean off due to lack of insurance. Coming off was terrible though... total withdrawal, brain zaps, confusion etc. I'll get back on it as soon as I can because I know it did wonders."

   
9.0

Ace G November 17, 2009

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"I was prescribed this for mild anxiety after I was in a car accident and the headaches I got as a result. I took ONE 20 mg at night and woke up four hours later with the most horrible panic attack (that's what the doctor said). I've never had that happen in my life. My heart was racing and pounding, I would get hot then cold and back again, I was shaking so bad I could hardly type. I wanted to cry but couldn't, scream or something. I felt like all of a sudden I had a different personality. My heart raced for 4 days after that. I never took another after that first one. I've been having heart pounding sensations for days in the last three weeks since taking the Cymbalta. "

   
1.0

Anonymous November 12, 2009

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"I started this pill 3 weeks ago and it is really working for me. I am much happier and my attacks are gone. The first night I had terrible pains in my stomach but after that night no more problems. I am on 60mgs and the only negative thing I have noticed about it is that if I forget to take it I get a really bad headache in the morning and feel hung over. Overall I love it."

   
9.0

Jess123 November 5, 2009

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"I took Cymbalta for 7 weeks for post-partum anxiety/depression. After the initial week of feeling nausea and fatigue, I started to feel better. I stayed on 30 mg, but found after 5 weeks I was having vivid, disturbing dreams, insomnia, sweating, and the anxiety came back. I started tapering off, and even at the low dose the withdrawls are quite uncomfortable - after tapering and stopping the drug I still get a buzz/pulse/shock like sensation in my head almost constantly after a week. Great if it helps, but hard to get off!"

   
6.0

Anonymous October 2, 2009

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"I suffer from medical anxiety. I first tried Paxil - itched like crazy. Then lexapro - shook all the time. Cymbalta has changed my life. I feel so much better now, and almost back to 'normal' after 5 weeks on the medication. I have a little insomnia, and have lost a few pounds, but other than that I feel like I'm 30 again, instead of 50!"

   
10

Cowgal September 28, 2009

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"Cymbalta (and lots of prayers) saved my marriage. I'm so thankful that my husband is taking it."

   
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thankful wife September 26, 2009

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"After years of knowing something was wrong, I went to the doctor and he prescribed Cymbalta. I have been on it for 6 months. I love it! I will be married a year in October and my husband and I were already talking divorce until I started Cymbalta. I did have VERY violent and 'goury' dreams when I took it right before bed. Now I take it in the morning, my dreams are back to normal. I am currently taking 60mg, but am going to request to take a lower dosage as I am now starting to experience headaches and nausea. I feel like I am finally the person I always knew I was and not the bitter, angry, weepy person other people saw."

   
9.0

Somla September 20, 2009

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"I was on Wellbutrin, Prozac and Zoloft (trying each per my doctors orders, waiting about 6 weeks, repeat with next) for anxiety. I stopped even trying "instant" anti-anxiety drugs (Xanax, Valium) years ago because they "zombified" me too much. Cymbalta is AMAZING. After about 2 weeks the side effects disappeared entirely. I can concentrate better, I sleep VERY soundly, and no panic attacks! For those having insomnia issues... some people here say take it at night. I had exactly the OPPOSITE experience. Taking Cymbalta at night/dinner time would make sleep nearly impossible/restless. Taking it first thing in the morning I get a little tired in the afternoon, but nothing a latte won't fix. I sleep like a BABY now; which I haven't done ever."

   
8.0

tendot September 3, 2009

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"For those of you experiencing fatigue, it would make sense to take Cymbalta at night. This is how I have dealt with fatigue with many medications and was also the advice of my doctor. ALSO, for those with side effects that are bothersome, I was advised to give it more than a week because they usually dissipate. Don't stop taking it after only a few days!"

   
8.0

Anonymous July 29, 2009

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"I've been taking this medication for 3 weeks. First week I was on 30 mg, I felt almost immediate relief from my anxiety/depression. The first six days I experienced fatigue and slept 12 hours a day. By 7th day I was sleeping less and feeling more emotionally balanced. Second week, my dosage was increased to 60 mg and the same thing happened. I slept 12 for about 6 days and by the 7th day I felt good and was sleeping normally. I do have some clenching of my jaw and dry mouth, but a glass of water seems to help. I take my medication at the same time every morning after eating and drink lots of water throughout the day. I'm not taking any other drugs. I've found great relief with Cymbalta. My husband is thrilled with the calmer, happier me. Me too!"

   
7.0

Anonymous June 16, 2009

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"Previously was on Prozac for anxiety and while that worked really really well for 2 years, it sort of stopped working, and nothing helped again until I got on Cymbalta and 1 small dose of clonezapam at night. Now, I'm virtually anxiety free, with just a rare panic attack here and there, treated with other medicines. Cymbalta keeps me pretty even. I'm on the 60mg once daily."

   
9.0

tiredkitty May 12, 2009

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"I've been taking Cymbalta for ten weeks (60mg) per day. If this is as good as it gets, I'd hate to see what it's like without it. I can't tell or feel any effects at all. Not even side effects. "

   
1.0

Dangerbird April 28, 2009

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"I was on Cymbalta for 5 days. It helped my anxiety, but I couldn't handle the side effects: nausea, extreme sleepiness and yawning for the better part of the day, feeling zombie-like, chills, clenching my jaw, headache. I stopped taking it after 5 days, and the withdrawal was terrible. I felt like I'd been hit my a truck: terrible headache and clenching of jaw. And I'd only been on 30 mg for 5 days. Even if I could have tolerated the side effects, I would have been worried about the withdrawal."

   
3.0

Anonymous April 16, 2009

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"I have been taking Cymbalta for two months. It works great for my anxiety and chronic pain. I feel great, like a new person. The only side effect for me is insomnia. I will be checking back with Doctor on that."

   
9.0

Anonymous March 31, 2009

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"Many side effects. I have been trying to ween off this medication for over a month and have been unsuccessful. I received no benefits from this medication."

   
1.0

Anonymous March 27, 2009

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"Made me feel better mentally, but the severe diahrrea would not go away. So, I had to quit."

   
3.0

Anonymous March 23, 2009

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"I was prescribed Cymbalta over a year ago, after a crippling anxiety attack and I will have to say, it's helped me quite a bit. I was skeptical on taking it, because I had no positive outcomes with Wellbutrin or Zoloft, but this drug helped me with amazing results. The only thing I've found (probably like with any other drug of this type) is that you NEED to take it on a scheduled basis. I have forgotten to take it or not been able to take it until 6 to 8 hours past my regular time and have to spend a few days readjusting to it. The only reason I gave Cymbalta a 9 instead of ten is for that reason and that weaning off this medicine may prove to be difficult."

   
9.0

Anonymous March 23, 2009

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