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User Reviews for Cymbalta to treat Chronic Pain (Page 4)

Cymbalta has an average rating of 5.9 out of 10 from a total of 141 ratings for the treatment of Chronic Pain. 52% of those users who reviewed Cymbalta reported a positive effect, while 33% reported a negative effect.

Cymbalta Rating Summary

5.9/10 average rating

141 ratings from 147 user reviews.

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Reviews for Cymbalta

Grandma Cec March 27, 2016

“The relief of pain was almost immediate. I have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis as well. The meds localize the pain to a tolerable condition. I take the pill first thing in the mornings and it leaves me light-headed and fatigued until late afternoon. I wonder if these symptoms go away after a few months? Will my body get used to it?”

7 / 10
angela · Taken for 6 months to 1 year September 12, 2018

“I have gained 50lbs from this med, so I stopped it, I went through the absolute worse withdrawals. I've been off 3 months and now just started back up tonight. I will figure out how to get the weight off but for fibro pain it has been the best one yet”

8 / 10
Zola · Taken for less than 1 month February 2, 2021

“I tried Cymbalta after suffering TMJ and increased anxiety and depression. I just thought I was tired from the pain but I was depressed. I was put on 30mg to 60mg and it made my TMJ numb and I felt no anxiety but my mood went totally downhill and I stopped. I was previously on prozac for over 10 years and it worked but then pooped out. I think SNRIs are not for me as the side effects were really bad. Fingers crossed I get lucky with the right med.”

2 / 10

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mare333 · Taken for 10 years or more May 24, 2016

“Taking since 2005 for a numbness, icy, electric zapping feeling in my thigh. Started mild and escalated to unbearable over 15 yrs. Kaiser had ignored it for years & I finally consulted an outside doctor who prescribed Cymbalta. No side effects at all. Within weeks the unbearable electric zapping begin lessening. Over time a multitude of issues I thought were untreatable went away. I quit falling down (I am no longer afraid of stairs), I could tap my toe in time to music (previously my reflexes couldn't keep up), the almost constant neuralgia that made my teeth hurt went away. At $350 per month, it was worth twice the price. Now I can no longer afford Cymbalta & the generic makes me so nauseous I cannot take it.”

10 / 10
davinci queen · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 11, 2013

“I started taking Cymbalta approx. 4 weeks ago. Its a miracle far as I'm concerned. I have low back pain, fibromyalgia and increasing anxiety disorder. Within 4 days I felt immediate relief from pain all over. I haven't felt this good in years. I am also on Lyrica and am going to see if I can lower my dose or even discontinue it and see if I'm still pain free. My anxiety is starting to lessen now as well. I don't have many side effects, mostly more tired so I will take it at night. Definitely try it. It's worth it!”

9 / 10
suzisavage2 · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 6, 2014

“Almost 2 months on just 20 mg pain mgmt narcotics for chronic pain, many procedures little help, also CPTSD, GAD, pos. bipolar, depression. MY BACK PAIN AND SCIATIC GONE after 5 days on a low dose. Reserving judgement on the rest. Increase dose to 60 mg. I expect to get a hint in the next week. May have overactive mind/severe difficulty sleeping tho. Higher dose may help. But the pain relief - wouldn't have believed it if someone told me. So have to weigh pain vs insomnia or other side effect I might get. Good luck with this medicine! Insanely expensive and I know from girlfriends experience withdrawal can be bad.”

9 / 10
nessandnick March 1, 2016

“My husband took this drug for 1 month. He started losing his hair and that was a deal-breaker for him. Not enough of a trial to know effectiveness of the drug- but this bad rating was given because of the WITHDRAWALS. Brain zaps, nightmares, anger, vomiting and nausea. We started reading up online concerning the dependency called "Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome" WTF?? Please look it up- people are staying on the drug ONLY because the withdrawal symptoms are so bad and can last longer than the time you were taking the drug. My husband could be suffering for a year- we are newlyweds! Please do not start this drug if you haven't already!!!”

1 / 10

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chelseye · Taken for less than 1 month December 10, 2015

“I just started Cymbalta 5 days ago for chronic neck pain as well as depression. The first few days were hell, I will admit that. I have had every side effect- nausea, dry mouth, constipation, extreme fatigue. But now at day 5, everything is starting to wear off and my neck honestly feels so much better and it's only been a few days. The only thing that seems to be sticking around is restlessness at night. I can fall asleep fine, but I wake up at around 3 am and can't get back to sleep. But I'm sure my body will adjust. I would suggest sticking with Cymbalta and pushing through the side effects if you can. This is supposed to be a great med.”

8 / 10
Sutton12 · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 18, 2017

“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 / 10
Rich G May 15, 2016

“As this medicine may have helped with my nerve pain it's not worth ALL the side effects I've experienced! This drug has horrible side effects! I'm trying to get off the medication 7 days later still have severe side effects! Look at the side effects before you start your regiment.”

1 / 10
thecitycricket August 8, 2016

“I started out on 30mg for one week then moved up to 60mg, since starting the larger dose I am having frequent dizzy spells, headaches & fatique. I am planning to give it more time, this rx so far, has been the only rx that has lowered my pain due to chemotherapy. Hopefully, these side effects will stop soon.”

7 / 10
mr pain June 15, 2016

“i have taken cymbalta for 5 days now , worked a bit to take some sharp pains away but side effects outweighed the good , i started 30mg dizzy headaches very upset stomache very gassey burping and farting , i had alot of pain along beltline from my belly button all the way to the left side of hip , today i passed bright red blood with clots 3 separate times, i had one other time months ago with severe pain same location and passed blood then too , both times i was on cymbalta so today i got googly and found that cymbalta can cause abnormal bleeding in intestines stomach etc and mixing drugs such as aspirin can increase risk of bleeding , it reads bleeding can get as bad as having a life threatning hemoriage , is 1 source”

1 / 10
DebMRN · Taken for 10 years or more January 4, 2017

“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.”

10 / 10
teenerweener · Taken for 5 to 10 years March 25, 2019

“Took drug for over six years. Couldn't say it was helping for pain or depression as how would you know how you would feel if you were not taking it? You have nothing to compare it to. I've been titrating off this drug for two months. I have every side effect listed. This is horrible. Please research before taking.”

1 / 10
Higher cholesterol and Increased Blood pressure · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 24, 2015

“I took Cymbalta for 9 month during that time was also taking Oxycontin and Vicadine. I still had pain and the Cambalta raised my cholesterol 50 points, it also raised my blood pressure the Doctor didn't seemed to be concerned with symptoms. which concern me due to the fact that I had heart disease about 10 years prior to taking Cymbalta ahead 3 stents inserted into my arteries of my heart. I had heart disease at a young age of age 37. The two doctors I was seen at the time didn't believe that cymbalta was raising my cholesterol. I had to do my own research on the internet to find evidence that Cymbalta does raise cholesterol. The manufacturer of Cymbalta indicated that the raising cholesterol was a rare side effect.”

2 / 10
Tmf004 February 22, 2016

“Awful awful medicine!! Started take 30 mg once a day for Chronic pain at day 19 I had horrible heart palpitations my Dr suggested I get off the medicine by taking one every other day. I tried that after taking one then skipping a day the next day I took another which gave me an awful migraine! I have imitrex for migraines but couldn't take it because in was on cymbaltia so I suffered though a 24 hour migraine! I had to just stop talking it at this point. I've had awful electrocution feeling in my brain for 10 days!! I'm enraged and I'm never like this! Awful, awful drug the people that made this should b ashamed of themselves!!!”

1 / 10
Texas · Taken for less than 1 month September 28, 2018

“I was prescribed this for depression and chronic pain. The first time I took it was at night as instructed by physician. I was given 30mg I honestly thought it was going to die. I laid down after taking it and within 30 minutes I was feeling sick to my stomach. I went to get up to get to restroom to vomit but felt as I was going to pass out. I finally made to bathroom thinking what is wrong with me I've never had any drug do me like this. I checked my sugar level it was 59 which is low and I'm not a diabetic. I only did this for taking care of both parents which were and knowing their symptoms. I had to drink juice and eat a peanut butter sandwich to bring my sugar level up. I vomited, had a high heart rate, almost passed out felt so dizzy and weak due to it dropping my sugar count. I figured it had to be that medication so I threw it away and have not taken it again. I have not felt like that since. So it didn't work for me sadly.”

1 / 10
Yellowjack · Taken for 1 to 2 years December 11, 2014

“May have some help to relieve back pain. 60mg gave me heart palpitation. 30mg may be suboptimal. Tried to wean off several times but gave me some undesirable effects like malaise and anxiety. Urinary retention is a worrisome effect with Cymbalta for me.”

6 / 10
Miss Molly · Taken for less than 1 month May 27, 2018

“Recently was put on Cymbalta for fibromyalgia it was the worst experience of my life. I had explosive diarrhea could not even leave the house anxiety went through the roof. Felt manic and my heart rate went up sky high and I already suffer with insomnia and this made it totally impossible to sleep I felt angry and jittery. I would not recommend this drug it was horrible experience”

1 / 10
Meshawn · Taken for less than 1 month June 22, 2018

“I have trigeminal nerve damage and have been on gabapentin for awhile, but it is causing me to gain a lot of weight. So, my doctor recommended Cymbalta. I only took one pill and knew I did not want to take anymore. It made me extremely sick...nausea, sweating, blurred vision, restless thoughts, unable to focus. This was terrible for me. After being off of it for three days, I still am finding it hard to focus and my eyes are not quiet back to normal. I am only in my 40's too. I would highly suggest you do your research before taking this medication.”

1 / 10
KeithMG · Taken for less than 1 month September 13, 2012

“I have had chronic pain/numbness/tingling sensations in the left side of my face for over 15 years. It was slight when it first started, but turned really bad around 2005. I have been on a Vicodin, Tramadol, Fioricets "cocktail" for 8 years. I tried Neurontin for 5 months but it made me sluggish, lazy, and depressed. Neurontin didn't solve anything. Last week a Neuroligist strongly suggested I try Cymbalta, and ease off all other presciption/non prescription pain killers. Within 24 hours I noticed a significant easing of pain sensations in the area of concern, and I have reduced my pain killer intake by 50%, and will cut it down to zero in another week to ten days. This happened in only five days of one 30mg pill a day. A miracle for me.”

10 / 10
nitejaitor August 13, 2015

“Besides extreme sweating (soaking thru tee shirts) 24/7 I don't see what it does for pain besides NOTHING, the feeling of I don't give a rats ass about my life is another fun filled side effect. I've been on it almost a yr, take 30 mg in the morning before going to bed & 60 late in the day. I'm thinking of weaning myself off it, I'd rather take Xanax twice a day.”

4 / 10
Vettegurrl January 6, 2017

“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.”

7 / 10
tinatiger March 20, 2015

“Reduced pain within days. Drowsiness and dry mouth but subsided after a couple of weeks. Felt brand new. After just four days the diarrhoea started, this just got worse and worse, so I was feeling fantastic in my mind and body, but could not be more than a few feet away from a toilet! Stopped taking,now in pain again!”

9 / 10
Distrustful · Taken for 2 to 5 years February 7, 2017

“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.”

4 / 10

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