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6.1/10 Average Rating
104 Ratings with 98 User Reviews

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"I was on Cymbalta for nearly 4 years. I was on the 60mg and just after I turned 40 I began the drug not realizing I was heading for the most horrific experience of my life. After stopping it I had it all... the vomiting, nausea, headaches (migraines ), insomnia, brain zaps, nightmares , fever, loss of appetite... flu . It all came gushing at once. It was 9 days of hell so far but each day it’s getting better. I have never craved to go back on it and threw it all down the sink. No doctor helped me go off it. I made the choice. It was the best decision. I had attributed my night sweats and hot flushes and weight gain to me turning 40 even though the doctors had done the tests and it said I was not premenopausal. To think I decided to stop it because I couldn’t deal with the weight gain even though I had tried , Yoga, meditation, exercise, eating healthy. I gained about 18 pounds. Please think twice before going on this drug. The coming off doesn’t outweigh the lesser pain."

   
4.0

mishiegov April 29, 2018

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"I had two major strokes 4 years ago that caused permanent central nervous system damage, severe depression and anxiety. I had RLS, "needles and pins" pain, sharp stabbing pains, shaking, quivering, lack of motor control, and more. My neurologist and surgeon suggested I take 30mgs of Cymbalta, (Duloxetine), once before bed for pain. Since I started it two years ago, I am now about 80% pain free. The spasms and intense nerve pain only come when I am very fatigued. The only side effect has been some hot flashes and insomnia but I take Melatonin to sleep. Originally my doctors suggested OxyContin but I'd heard it was addictive so I tried the Duloxetine for pain and it works."

   
9.0

Extreme nerve pain (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 20, 2018

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"My MD prescribed Cymbalta for me for arthritic pain and depression due to multiple sleep disorders. I need knee, arm and hand surgeries as well. Cymbalta is not helping. I started with 20mg. Horrific nausea. Waited 48 hours, re-started with 10 mg as I separated 20 mg capsules into two doses. Took the 10mg doses three more nights. The nausea has not gone away. Tonight after missing yesterday's 10mg dose, the nausea has lifted a tiny bit. Also I have had trouble with urination and that apparently is another side effect. I will not take this again. Today I researched this med. Seattle Times April 8, 2018 has run a story condemning pharmaceutical companies for doing no research regarding side effects and helping people stop anti-depressants. No thanks, I am focusing back on art, exercise, diet, and maintaining friendships."

   
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Artist (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 14, 2018

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"I'v been on Palexia SR 100mg and Pristiq 50mg for more than 2yrs for Chronic pain. Kept me functional, able to work etc. Told Dr I wanted to go off Pristiq, weaned off over 3 wks no problems. After 2 months my pain increased to unbearable even still taking Palexia. Revisited Dr about pain, Dr suggested Cymbalta 30mg. I read all the horror reviews, but needed to try something. Right from 2nd day, my pain s reduced by 60+%. No side effects. I can move like I have not moved in months. Amazing."

   
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Marsey (taken for less than 1 month) March 9, 2018

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"Cymbalta was prescribed to me for neuropathy pain - it didn't work! Instead I was cursed with the following side effects: gained 28 pounds in 2 months, lethargy, gynocomasty (breasts for men), sky high cholesterol and a severely damaged metabolism, impotence and near sterility. I can ravage the male body. Avoid this drug at all costs - IT IS NOT A CURE ALL."

   
1.0

Nick (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 8, 2018

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"I have had fibromyalgia for 30. yrs. My M.D was supportive, - resorted to hydrocodone. It worked, but I hated taking opiates. Then my husband died. My doctor upped my hydrocodone to 4, 10mg a day. My Fibro was worse. Went to a pain clinic. Awful. I went to a psychiatrist. He put me on a low dose of xanax, for crying nightly. Still Pain! I returned to the psychiatrist. I was on Cymbalta, 60 mg., for depression, but still had Fibro without opiates. Psychiatrist told me to take 60 more mg of Cymbalta. Next day I was a new person! No pain, wonderful mood.Everyone is different. I am off opiates, and down to 0.5 xanax."

   
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CissiePa (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 19, 2018

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"I was prescribed Cymbalta 90mg for nerve pain. Previously, I tried gabapentin, & Lyrica with significant side effects. However, with the Cymbalta, I noticed a huge difference within 24 hours after I started taking it. I did recently miss a couple days, and there is a noticeable withdrawal, mostly headaches. After missing the couple days, it has taken longer this time to kick back in. This tiny little pill has actually allowed me to lower my pain meds significantly and is treating my depression. I was able to stop both Prozac and Fentanyl (75mcg/48hrs). I do think, because of the possible withdrawal symptoms that one should first try gabapentin or Lyrica. For me, Cymbalta was a life changer; my miracle medicine!"

   
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PainOnMyNerves (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 24, 2018

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"3 Months and so far this drug has helped me more than PT, steroid shots, yoga, massage, traction, ibuprofen and patience. The side effects were challenging to begin with, but once the first few weeks had passed by, I was feeling pretty normal and back to my old self again. I can't describe how grateful I am for this medication and it's helped me to no end. Don't believe all the negative reviews, but take note of the positive reviews too."

   
9.0

Socallynsey (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 26, 2017

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"I suffer from chronic pain, depression and anxiety for the past 10 years and I'm 30. Football ruined my life, but cymbalta has made it worse. Not only did I NOT receive any benefit from cymbalta but I gave it the a serious 2 month try and I'm not spending 90% of my time withdrawing from it. I cannot imagine if I was on this a year, let alone ten. If this medicine helps you, I would weigh the benefits seriously- because either you're going to the grave with this medicine or you're going to have to feel the "benefits" of coming off of this poison. Beware.. because no doctor will tell you these things. Worse than 2 years of clonazepam, alcohol, or opiates... no joke. Hope this helps someone!"

   
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Adub0614 (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 29, 2017

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"This is the worst drug ever put out. I'm 70 and it has ruined my life when weaned off it has nearly killed me. I have been over a year of withdrawal and still going. They should be stopped from selling this and tell everyone you know to never be put on this crap - it will ruin your life"

Pus August 21, 2017

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"I have had three back surgeries the latest was back fusion I now suffer from nerve pain especially in my right thigh and knee At times I can hardly walk due to the pain and weakness in my leg Xrays and MRI show the fusion is in the correct position but the Specialist have said I may always have this nerve pain They prescribed Cymbalta and oh what a calamity I only took this medication for 3 days and that was 3 too many I was not warned about possible side effects these are numerous Massive increase in pain Massive increase in weakness in the leg (had to use a walker) Chest pain Headaches Nausea Stomach pain Mood swings like anger suicidal thoughts Nightmares Hot and cold flushes Sweating for no reason list goes on"

   
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austmanice (taken for less than 1 month) August 14, 2017

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"I have not actually taken this yet. My prescription will be ready by tomorrow. I'm scared, depressed, hopeful and in pain.... I hope I have good stories to share like the positive comments on here. I worry I'm going to be like the others."

JuicyK81 July 11, 2017

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"I was prescribed this medication for depression several years ago. I did not think it was helping me so I had my doctor take me off of it 8 months ago. I was determined to handle my depression without it as I just wasn't seeing a big difference. Whoa. Was I wrong. I finally went back on it three days ago, and I can tell you that everyone I knew with rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis (as I do), my depression only worsened once my pain level increased each day, until finally I tried it again. Everyone I know who has pain from arthritis who has tried to stop taking Cymbalta, has returned to it much, much sooner than I did. I am sorry I suffered as long as I did before trying it again. It is a life saver and had given me my life back."

   
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Fiverlo May 30, 2017

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"I started taking 30mg of Cymbalta about a month ago. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and was prescribed Cymbalta mainly for depression, but I must say that Cymbalta has significantly helped the chronic pain. I had side effects the first two weeks or so, but they mostly went away. As far as depression goes though, it hasn't really helped me."

   
8.0

Sutton12 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 18, 2017

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"It's not working for my functional abdominal pain"

   
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Asidar (taken for less than 1 month) May 10, 2017

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"I was in an accident 3 months ago. I had extreme pain and finally I found a doctor who listened to me. After my accident and my lower buttocks legs and heels I could hardly move not including all the neck problems I had the first wee.k I felt some flu symptoms however one day I woke up and I have to say it made me 75% better I just got increased from 30 to 60 it seems like I might have some of the side effects. I first had my body a little flu like feeling, in my mind a little foggy, however if you're really taking this for nerve pain I would suggest this to anyone it has helped me more than anything. Starting next month I'm going to wean off of the narcotic pain pill I've taken 3 months all the bad reviews on most scared me from me but I tried"

   
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Alley 267 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 4, 2017

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"After 6 years, I finally tried to talk to my doctor about side effects her reply was that there was nothing wrong with the medications, I complained to much. I started taking myself off of some of them myself. Fortunately, maybe, she had a family problem that she took leave to deal with. By this time, I had taken myself off of 70% of opiate pain killers. I told the doctor that I wanted to stop the Cymbalta. His response was no problem. I was taking two 30mg, his instruction was stop taking one for a week then stop the other. Five days later I was calling saying that was going to work. I was then prescribed two 20 mg and started doing what I found on the internet. A month later, things were better but I swing back and forth with issues come and go. The doctor still says they haven't had issues with other patients. Maybe the doctors don't talk to their patients? They definitely don't read anything about the drugs that they prescribe."

   
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Distrustful (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 7, 2017

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"I started taking cymbalta for chronic pain about a week ago.I give it a 9 that s how good it is for my chronic lower back pain no tramadol needed"

   
9.0

Tnouche February 2, 2017

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"I was given Cymbalta in October to help with chronic back pain from a spinal fusion surgery due to no one catching a 33 degree scoliosis curve which was also affecting my breathing. My mother passed in September, so my PAIN SPECIALIST decided I needed something for anxiety/depression AND pain..ya think? So he told me to take it for a few weeks and tell him if I like it, and if I think it helps. Well, no mood lifting, no pain relief. Luckily I had no side effects to speak of, so I am sorry for those of us that doctors just hand meds to without explaining anything. Yes, he just prescribed them, and said "They should help." NO warnings, then we get the effects and they look at us like we are crazy. He tried to give me Cymbalta a second time!"

   
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AJC1970 (taken for less than 1 month) January 19, 2017

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"I was prescribed Cymbalta 20mg @1/day, first thing in the morning for severe sciatic pain. After about 3 days I experienced considerable relief in my pain and stays away until around 8-8:30 PM. What I don't like is the constant sweating. I can be sitting still and start to sweat. It's all facial sweating and it can last for hours. I spoke with my doctor about it and she prescribed Wellbutrin to be taken with the Cymbalta. I tried it for a few days and that gave me diarrhea so I opted to deal with the sweats. Other side effect is muscle or involuntary jerking. Especially when I'm lying still in bed. I just wish big pharma could invent a pill that doesn't have so many side effects and just do what it's designed to do."

   
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LJnDC (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 12, 2017

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"I have Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor Associated Periodic Syndrome (TRAPS Syndrome) and am in near constant pain (joints, pleurisy & abdominal) I started with 90mg of Cymbalta after breakfast and it certainly takes the edge off of the pain! I don't really have any side effects to speak of. I also take Plaquenil & Sulfasalazine for joint stiffness and rash with fever."

   
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Vettegurrl January 6, 2017

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"I had a patient attack me back in 1997 resulting in L shoulder ligament tears, which required surgery. Months after the surgery my L arm was very painful, cold, the skin hurt to touch it. I would cry with the pain daily. After seeing the orthopedic again just before surgery I asked what are you going to do about the cold temperature in my arm. To this point I had only seen physician assistance. The MD took one look at my arm, cancelled the surgery for the next day and sent me immediately to see another Dr in Jacksonville, FL. This Dr took one look at my arm and knew that moment what it was, RSD reflex sympathetic dystrophy. They tried several medications and he sent me to a pain specialists. He stared me on Cymbalta 120 mg daily."

   
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DebMRN (taken for 10 years or more) January 4, 2017

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"It works in subtle ways. It was supposed to help with RA pain but it has actually helped my outlook on my daily life as well. I feel hope and have extra energy. This relief of pain has helped me be able to draw better boundaries around situations I was allowing to happen in my life. The side effects are mild. I also like that I am not gaining weight. Subtle changes, but works great and in ways I did not expect. It has not taken away my RA pain, but has muted it a bit."

   
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6 weeks - Cymbalta (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 2, 2017

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"I've had RA for 56 years, and of course pain. Before having my gastric surgery I had tremendous pain in my lower back. A nurse friend who also as RA said I should try it, I took 30mg the first night and rocketed out of bed the next morning; the second night/morning the same thing, no pain and the flexibility to jump right out of bed. The third night I was wondering if I was just having a good couple of mornings, so I skipped the dose; I woke up at 2am with excruciating pain and downed the cymbalta. The next morning around 9am, I launched out of bed forgetting all about any pain. Bottom line, for me it was a God send, like most meds; you can't expect everyone to react the same. It's not rocket science people, get a weeks worth of samples."

   
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FlyGuyRA November 24, 2016

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"I developed a chronic pain syndrome post chole 25 year ago. My pain waxed and wained. Pain medication did nothing. The only thing that helped a little was muscle relaxants. My doctor suggested cymbalta. The effect was immediate. I just thought I was having a good week. I took 30 mg daily (lowest dose). The pain never returned. I still have muscle stiffness but the pain associated with it is gone. I have an arthritic thumb from an injury that still causes me pain. So for arthritic pain it does not seem to help. All I can say is give it a try. The effects for me were immediate."

   
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Tuna1 November 5, 2016

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