User Reviews for Cymbalta
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Reviews for Cymbalta to treat Fibromyalgia
"I was on Cymbalta for fibromyalgia and the medication did not work for me. I did have a change in mood. One thing they do NOT tell you is getting off the medication is a terrible experience. For two weeks I was vomiting about three times a day. My anger was uncontrollable and I had very bad brain zaps. I did tapper like the Dr recommended and I was still sick. This lasted a month after my last tapper dose. I was never a depressed person but my husband almost had to take me to the ER because I was so bad. Don't take this medication it is not worth the effects."
Hamrick August 21, 2017
1 users found this comment helpful.
"I've been taking it for less than a month and I already want to stop. I would rather be in pain than be how I am with this medicine. It makes me foggy and extremely tired, and depression symptoms I haven't had in months are coming back. I can barely do anything because all I feel like doing is sleeping. My fibro pain isn't horrible anymore, but this is worse. I'm going to stop now while I'm still on 20mg before weaning off becomes harder."
mlleindrani July 14, 2017
8 users found this comment helpful.
"I did not notice a change while taking this med. I still took it for 2 years even though it was not effective. The reason I continued this med was because everything me and my Dr tried to get me off the med, it did not work. Finally after 2 years. I was able to stop taking it by starting prozac the next day of my last dose of cymbalta. I took the prozac for 10 days with no side effects and then I stopped the prozac. I am finally free of that prison."
Medicman4tn (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 11, 2017
9 users found this comment helpful.
"I took Cymbalta for 6 years after my house burned down, my husband was diagnosed with cancer, he lived 8 months. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and severe depression. It worked with minimal side effects. I felt like myself 3 days after starting it. I was in a good place 8 yrs. I weened off and stopped taking it. 3 years later I had a massive stroke and slowly began to feel more and more depressed. I was suicidal in Jan. 2016. I asked a new Dr. to put me back on it. I felt better in only 36 hours. It was amazing how it changed my thinking. My back pain, suicidal thoughts and anxiety had all but disappeared. I would recommend Cymbalta to anyone with any of these symptoms. Everyone is different and if my not work for you. I'm still taking it."
MamaKat_55 (taken for 10 years or more) May 18, 2017
32 users found this comment helpful.
"Had been in a great deal of pain for over 3 years was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 2 months ago. My Doctor put me on Cymbalta 30mg once a day 2 weeks ago it took 5 days to kick in wow I am very pleased, I feel 90% pain free. I feel tired but I would rather be tired then in pain. It's nice to sleep pain free."
Chasewen May 17, 2017
20 users found this comment helpful.
"For almost 2 years I had felt like I was exhausted and in pain all of the time. Was told that it was osteoarthritis and because of my getting adult acquired flat feet. Finally went to an arthritis doctor who said it was fibromyalgia and started on Cymbalta two weeks ago. Within 5 days, I felt relief. It have given me hope to be able to do things without constant pain. I still get tired easily, but I can finally sleep at night and not nearly as stiff in the morning. I was scared to death when reading about the side effects. Other than a headache for a few days... that was all for me. Sooo glad it has changed my life."
PJN May 5, 2017
29 users found this comment helpful.
"I have fibromyalgia, and have had this condition for many years. I tried Cymbalta for about two weeks, and never felt like I was in my right mind at all during the time I took it. I would much rather deal with my pain, and feel somewhat alive and painful, rather than a zombie. I do not recommend this drug: it's hard on the liver, your urine will smell very bad, you're going to be extremely sleepy, and a feeling of being not quite right. If that's what it takes to take pain away, I'd much rather work on massage, de-stressing techniques, walks, and praying than to feel like half a human being. That's been my experience, I glad I had the experience, as it taught me there's no easy route to pain relief. My hope is the new sodium-blockers!"
EspírituSpirit May 3, 2017
14 users found this comment helpful.
"I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and the beginings of osteoarthritis. I'm a 24 year old mother of 3 children, and for me, Cymbalta has helped manage my pain. With 2 kiddos under the age of 3, and a special needs step-child, I don't have time to hurt, and I definitely can't lay around when I have a flare-up. Cymbalta has made the pain lessen from a screaming pain, to more of a whisper. Do I still have flares? Yes. But they are fewer and the pain is less, and I am able to control my flares better with the help of naproxen and a muscle relaxer. As far as side effects, I've noticed some loss of appetite and constipation. Every medication has some sort of negative effect, but you have to pick and choose what you are willing to live with."
Gracey Mae (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 21, 2017
30 users found this comment helpful.
"Severe constipation, horrible horrible time it gave me,I don't care what anyone says,I was on it for 6 weeks and had to take laxatives every other night just to get relief before it finally hit me what was happening, I went off it right away, terrible drug,I'd rather live with any kind of pain then to ever go through that again!!!!"
Samby April 16, 2017
11 users found this comment helpful.
"My confirmed diagnosis is Fibroidmyalgia, Sjogrens, and severe arthritis which I have suffered for many years. The Fibroidmyalgia tested the worse out of all other disorders. My PCP gave me 60 mg/day of Cymbalta which was reduced quickly for I slept all the time & couldn't control my eyes. My husband said i walked around w/my eyes wide open & I'd forget to blink, said I resembled a zombie. My RA Doctor advised me to combine Cymbalta with Lyrica to increase effectiveness which I'm hesitant to try. My pain, tiredness, and sensitivity has increased severely w/Cymbalta, and I honestly feel it's not worth the risk."
Simply Tired (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 13, 2017
15 users found this comment helpful.
"Took it 7 months, might as well been taking aspirin, well, actually BC aspirin worked better. Works for some people, just doesn't metabolize with this old fellow. Waste of time"
Quando62 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 31, 2017
6 users found this comment helpful.
"I was prescribed Cymbalta when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia last year. Cymbalta is by far the worst medicine I could ever imagine being on. It did nothing for my fibromyalgia pain. I stayed on it to see if it would work with time, nothing. I told my doctor I felt no better about my fibromyalgia pain and decided to wean off. This is the ugly part. My dose went from 60mg to 30mg for the next two weeks and then I was told to take it every other day for 2 weeks and so I did. Here I am 3 days off of it completely and I feel horrendous. Muscles are stiff, mouth is constantly dry, diarrhea is nonstop, vomiting, constant nausea, headache, body zaps, brain zaps, feeling exhausted but can't sleep. Cymbalta is hell. Please avoid at all costs."
Rachpar March 26, 2017
23 users found this comment helpful.
"I suffered for about 2 yrs with fibromyagia. With in the first 2 days at 20mg I felt a significant decrease in the electrifying buzzing throughout my body. I finally got comfortable enough to get a good night of sleep. The first day I had eye pain but it went away later in the day. Currently I wake up in the morning with a little nausea and my fingers swell but this too subsides throughout the day. Overall I have been more active and alert than I could ever remember. :)"
Tiff L (taken for less than 1 month) March 23, 2017
12 users found this comment helpful.
"I've been taking 60mg of Cymbalta and 300mg of Lyrica along with other meds like Tylenol 3, Vicodin, trazodone, alprazolam and vitamins for about 9 months for fibromyalgia. I haven't noticed much of any difference in the pain dept. The only thing I notice is the trazodone and alprazolam helps me sleep about 5-6 hours a night. The pain is still there and I'm just getting so tired of all the pain and frustration. I've seen a rheumatologist and a physiatrist but nothing has changed. I don't know what else to do or try."
Bobmkatt March 7, 2017
11 users found this comment helpful.
"Just started Cymbalta at 30 mg one in the am and one in the pm for my Fibromayalgia pain and anxiety and depression. It's been 8 days and it is helping so much! It did give me nausea and an acidy stomach for 2 days. That went away. I also take Gabepentin 300 mg 4 times a day. I came off of Tramadol 50 mg at 6-9 a day. Cymbalta helped with withdrawals for me. I still have pain from my fibro but it is dulled. Hope this helps xx"
ChiquitaTay February 8, 2017
32 users found this comment helpful.
"Been on it for 4 days. I feel like a zombie..nauseas..depressed..no appetite.. sleeping all day. Its doing the opposite of what I need. I have no emotions or reactions when people talk to me."
Yolzy January 21, 2017
28 users found this comment helpful.
"Several days after starting cymbalta I started having energy and no pain. I was so elated. Who cares if you sweat a river? Who cares if you can't go outside from May through sept? After taking it for several years I began to slowly turn from my dream to a night mare. I sweated all year and was hot in the winter as well. Everyone was freezing and I was hot and didn't want the heat running. I gained 40 pounds but all the symptoms returned. I finally weaned down to 30 mg then cold turkey. I have now been totally off cymbalta for 25 days and have gained 10 more lbs. I can't even buy clothes big enough because my stomach looks 9 months pregnant. My thighs are as big as a professional football player."
Sistabelle (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 18, 2017
23 users found this comment helpful.
"I was placed on Cymbalta for depression in 2006 worked generally for the most part for the depression then in 08 or 09 I found out that they were prescribing it for FM which I do have FM & Cymbalta did absolutely nothing for pain I've had no side effects from the drug at all none. In my research for new SSRI I came across Savella which is designed for FM & I did a less than 30 days switch over from Cymbalta to Savella with 0 adverse effects or side effects( this medicine is working both for the depression & the FM.) I am also taking oxycodone 2/10Mg every 4hrs (in a 24 tyme frame)-12 pills a day. I'm also taking Flexeril 10 mg 3x a day & ibuprofen 800 mg 3x a day, & Tylenol I don't take the Tylenol because of the deaths that occurred!"
DaveyTheDJ November 29, 2016
17 users found this comment helpful.
"I saw this medication as a marvel, until I started taking it. I had no problems, except for some nausea, during the first 2-3 months I was on it. And it seemed to help somewhat with pain. Then the fun began: restless legs syndrome, insomnia, horrible sweating even when it was cold, urinary incontinence and frequency, muscle spasms, elevated liver enzymes...but hey, there's another medication for all those side effects. Finally after 3 years, I had had enough and was ready to move on. Unfortunately, the Lilly recommended taper is downright dangerous. After the alternating 60mg/30mg and drop to 30 mg, I was in full blown Cymbalta discontinuation syndrome. Look it up; it's not pretty. Run away from this med as fast as you can."
Cymbalta Sux (taken for 2 to 5 years) November 19, 2016
43 users found this comment helpful.
"Helped the fibro pain completely. But my sleep is totally messed up and I am tied all the time Also I feel emotionally flat. No motivation at all. For now I'll keep on it as having total body pain 24/7 was hell on earth"
Lottielayna October 17, 2016
35 users found this comment helpful.
"The first few days I took the 30mg it worked great my pain was pretty much gone and I felt like myself again, other then the bad side effects. But after the first few days my pain started coming back more everyday. I did start taken 60mg about a month later but it did not help with the pain and I could not deal with the side effects. I am still on the 30mg because it does help with my depression."
Anonymous September 14, 2016
22 users found this comment helpful.
"I started on 30mg Cymbalta 3 weeks ago, mainly for Fibromyalgia and anxiety. Initially, I experienced extreme nausea, apathy, sleepiness and brain fog. I read reviews which said, stick with it, so I did! My first night of taking it, my head was buzzing, I was awake all through. So I decided to take it in the morning, but I slept most of the day. No good! I reverted back to taking it at 7.30 in the evening, with food. Over the last 3 weeks, I stopped noticing any side effects and I slept like a log! Fabulous! My pain is now less, I feel really motivated and my brain is now as it was years ago! I actually feel that I have more wisdom and intelligence! I am more outgoing and sociable and life is worth living! Give it a chance!!"
Banny August 19, 2016
110 users found this comment helpful.
"I took cymbalta for depression, anxiety, and for severe fibromyalgia symtoms. The extreme mood swings, depression, constant thoughts of suicide, symtoms that mimicked my already existing fibromyalgia symptoms and unfortunately made them worse. Sleepless nights-even days at a time, drowsiness, complete change in my personality. When I started a physician observed decrease with intention to quit cymbalta altogether, I tried killing myself multiple time, shakes, tremors, skin crawling, brain and body "zaps", nausea vomiting diarrhea mood swings hospitalization. Don't, just don't take it. There are other drugs and cbt therapies that are tried and true. Whose long term side effects are well understood and documented. Almost ruined me."
Nbkkw3y (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 30, 2016
44 users found this comment helpful.
"I have been taking Cymbalta, 60mg, for approx. 2 years. I also take Amitriptiline (I don't know how to spell it!) as well. My Fibromyalgia pain has lessened so much I sometimes think it is to good to be true! My sister was diagnose with Polymyalgia Rheumatica at about the same time and was taking Predisone. She had no relief. I told her to have her primary doc to test the Fibro pressure points. Long story short, the doctor put her on Cymbalta and she felt relief within 1 week! Has finally been able to sleep better and lift her arms over her head. This medication has pretty much saved my life. I have been treated with bipolar disorder successively for many years, but noticed that since I have taken Cymbalta, my outlook on life has improved"
Sadikens July 13, 2016
68 users found this comment helpful.
"Cymbalta didn't help with my pain it only made me feel like zombie, I'm trying to get off of it and it's a nightmare. I'm removing 7 beads from the capsule every day and feel soo sick. I feel like I'm going to die at times"
SherryK72 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 4, 2016
31 users found this comment helpful.
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