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User Reviews for Cymbalta

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For Depression "I had such a mixed experience on Cymbalta. I took it for 1 month. It made half my day awful, and the other half great. I would take it in the morning (30mg) and for the first half of the day I would feel this dark undercurrent, but kind of speedy at the same time. It made me have terrible anxiety and paranoia and I fought with my husband in the mornings, accusing him of petty things. Then around 1pm this darkness would lift and I would feel happy; it was really bizarre. But the damage done to my marriage from my behavior in the mornings was terrible. I hope my husband can forgive me for the drama. My last dose was 2 days ago and I feel much more stable and sane. I did not like how this drug altered my personality so much in the mornings."

   
4.0

ccinsf (taken for less than 1 month) March 23, 2017

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "I've tried prozac, effexor, welbutrin and buspar. Cymbalta is the only med that makes me feel normal and cures my anxiety with no noticeable side effects. There is a withdrawal if I miss a dose and it involves being very sleepy, vivid dreams and night sweats. It's not fun, but it's worth feeling normal again."

   
9.0

Alezie (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 17, 2017

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For Anxiety "I'm hoping my comments reaches out to those who like me gave up on medication time and time again as it affected their work outs. As a long distance runner and someone suffering from years of major PTSD and Anxiety, it was nearly impossible to have the stamina to run while on meds. I'd have to grin and bear the struggles of my PTSD without meds during my years of marathon training. Cymbalta and Latuda have been the perfect combination for me. Though Latuda is more for Bi-Polar, it has helped many people with PTSD, like myself. I have no weight gain and I have plenty of stamina to do my running. I'm so grateful to God and my doctor for finding the best program for me. If you're an athlete, help is out there."

   
10

SoCalPhilly March 14, 2017

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For Depression "I took it for 5 days 30mg and have never felt so sick. The first day I was crippled with diarrhea and a headache which continued to the following day. I then got a tightness in my throats and couldn't stop yawning. I stopped eating due to the nausea.The headache didn't go away and by day 3 was joined by an earache and sweating. Yesterday was the worst. All of I sudden my vision became blurry and I couldn't talk properly. It was terrifying. Like my brain stopped working. I couldn't drive and was so dizzy I kept falling over. I stopped immediately and now have to wait 3 days for it to leave my system. I still feel horrendous and I still can't see properly."

   
1.0

Sugarplumsquirrel March 9, 2017

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For Anxiety "Started on cymbalta 30mg in Aug 2017. I do suffer from anxiety and in addition to that I have herniated discs and problems in my neck. This medicine has been the greatest thing I have ever taken. Finally I can go to grocery stores alone and not have panic attacks in the middle of walmart. So my anxiety has greatly improved. The tingling and dizziness I would get in my head and arms is gone. My neck pain has improved but it could get even better if I could increase my dose to 60 mg. But my blood pressure is at times is too high. Once this is under control they will increase cymbalta. I have had no side affects at all on this medication and feel like I can live again. Mood has improved and I feel like myself again."

   
10

Shuna (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 7, 2017

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For Fibromyalgia "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."

   
4.0

Bobmkatt March 7, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I married a great man. I put this man through hell . I'm 34 was 32 had a hysterectomy and here came menopause. I was living hell. I felt every bad feeling you could possibly feel. For no reason. Finally this Feb 2017 I snapped. I don't remember much other than trying to kill myself. I almost lost my family. I reached out for help my Dr put me on 30mg then 60 now 120. The 1st day I felt brand new. My face was numb but that's it. Everything is brighter better warm and I have love in my ❤ Thank you for saving me!"

   
10

Kansas Kim March 6, 2017

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For Chronic Pain "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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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "Please DO NOT take this!!!! I have taking it for 7 years it never really worked I don't know why I kept taking it, When I was diagnose with mood disorder they put me on new meds and took me off cymbalta. They did wean me off BUT I WAS AWFUL THE WITHDRAWALS WERE AND STILL ARE 3 WEEKS LATER SO BAD!!! THE BRAIN ZAPS ARE THE WORST AND THEN THERE IS SWEATING SHAKING NAUSEA PLEASE DON'T EVEN START IT EVEN IF IT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD"

   
1.0

Pamipoo414 February 26, 2017

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For Anxiety "I took this drug for GAD. Of course it did its job. BUT PLEASE READ ABOUT ITS WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS BEFORE STARTING!!! I have stopped taking it 4 days ago and you can't imagine the things I am going through. I remember before taking it, I read reviews about this drug. And one of the reviews wrote 'DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG. IT IS HELL' and I was like why so dramatic. And oh boy was he not!! I am reading about how to reduce the withdrawal symptoms. And after reading the users who are trying to stop Cymbalta on this page https://www.drugs.com/answers/long-cymbalta-withdrawals-747877.html?page=2, I found out that I have a long way to go. Please be careful."

   
1.0

Fadi MEL February 18, 2017

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For Anxiety "It helps me a great deal for my anxiety. I have been taking it for 8 years and it works very well. Also, since I start taking it, my lower back pain got better, but still I have some bouts once in awhile. I will ask my doctor if I can upgrade the dosage to help me when I have those bouts!"

   
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Ziggy7471 February 15, 2017

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For Anxiety "Cymbalta saved me. I was in a state of constant recurring anxiety with many physical symptoms such as vomiting every morning, shaking, and over feeling of panic and disassociation. My thoughts were swirling (due to a very stressful situation) almost constantly. I started on 30mg and noticed an improvement within 2 weeks. I still had some anxiety in the mornings so my dose was increased to 60 mg. I have 0 anxiety now and am able to more calmly and clearly work through stressful or worrisome situations. I had very great reservations about any kind of medication and only decided to try because I had no options. It has been a godsend for me and I have had zero side effects. Don't rule it out, it may save your life."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) February 9, 2017

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For Fibromyalgia "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"

   
9.0

ChiquitaTay February 8, 2017

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For Anxiety "I took Cymbalta (20mg twice per day) for about a year. The drug worked better than any other AD I tried. Around 10 months ago, I wanted to see if I could come off the drug to see how I would do. I suffered from anxiety and mild depression. Once the drug was weaned out of my system, I haven't felt quite right. My doctor agreed for me to start taking it again. After three weeks, I have a much better state of mind with decreased anxiety. I really like this medication and have no side effects!"

   
9.0

Realistic February 7, 2017

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For Chronic Pain "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."

   
4.0

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

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For Depression "I will make it real simple. IT CHANGED MY LIFE FOR THE BETTER. I am out going, I love talking to people again! I have always been an introvert. No any longer. I've tried every med for depression with really no success. I enjoy laughing again, and my coworkers are now involving me with them. I always felt like a loner. All those sad emotions are gone. It has been a miracle drug for me. I never thought I could feel so good."

Happy again 1 February 3, 2017

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For Anxiety "Took for 2 years. Seemed to help with GAD after a month or so, and was taking in conjunction with alprazolam. VERY expensive med, so I strongly suggest finding a prescription discount card or coupon ($41 was the cheapest I ever paid-WITH my insurance it was $75)! Do NOT miss a dose or you will get what I call "zilches" (feels like a painless yet bothersome & annoying electrical shock feeling from your shoulders to your fingertips). After I stopped taking it because I just couldn't afford it, and it didn't seem to be helping anymore, it took about a month for the "zilches" to go away. Again, they're not painful, just a very weird feeling. also caused some weight gain. Starting Effexor ER tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes."

   
8.0

CokoPicasso February 3, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I was diagnosed with depression when I was 18 (now 31). I began taking Prozac, which was effective at first, but then it plateaued. My doctor prescribed me 60mg of Cymbalta back then, and that dose has been effective ever since. For a short time, my doctor lowered it to 30mg, and I became severely depressed. Once it was raised back to 60mg, I was a whole new person again. I highly recommend this miracle drug!"

GinaBoBina February 3, 2017

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For Chronic Pain "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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For Depression "Good drug not many side effects was the only one that worked for me and I reckon I've tried every antidepressant on the market. Took 60mg for 2 years didn't find it to hard to come off was a bit grumpy for a couple weeks thats it. Also helped with my neck and nerve pain."

   
8.0

Hutto (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 30, 2017

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For Depression "I have been on Cymbalta for at least 4-5 years. I took it with lamactal also as it did not seem to help or put the anxiety/depression. I now am doing acupuncture and going off both drugs. Horrible!!!!!!!! I tried to tell my doctors that I still felt crumby on cymbalta but they just upped my dosage. I think there are other ways to deal with anxiety and depression. At the very least you should find out if a certain drug works well with you by checking it out with a pharmacologist, so you can be matched. Good luck to all who are suffering, it is not much fun."

   
2.0

Whid January 27, 2017

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For Depression "Made me sooooo tired, but still also was able to make my anxiety spike, but worse by far is I LOST 80% OF MY ONCE BEAUTIFUL HAIR!"

   
1.0

PacNorthWest (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 25, 2017

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For Anxiety "I am 72 it has worked great for me, still taking it no side effects! would hate to taken off it."

   
8.0

lonley January 25, 2017

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For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy "I"ve been taking cymbalta for 10 years for neuropathy. I didn't know how effective it was until I decided to stop taking it. My foot felt as if it were in hot coals. I love it."

   
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Dunn405 January 23, 2017

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "I'm 10 days into my treatment, the hospital started me on 30mg then told me to increase the dose to 60mg after 7 days. So far, so good. I have to say that I'm getting on well with the drug but I'm experiencing some insomnia and so take Valium for that (around 10mg). I hope that as time goes on and my dose of cymbalta increases that this drug continues to work and and I feel even more of its benefits as I want to start reducing the Valium at some point in the future. I'm in the UK and so do not pay for this drug and as my Doctor has certified me as being unfit for work, I don't have to pay for any medication at all."

   
8.0

Nick_C_1983 (taken for less than 1 month) January 22, 2017

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