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User Reviews for Cymbalta

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Summary of Cymbalta reviews 6.6 1,266 reviews

Reviews for Cymbalta

For Depression "Cymbalta is the worst. Be very careful when taking this drug and watch for worsening depression symptoms"

   
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Lemon (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 19, 2019

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For Bipolar Disorder "I was prescribed Cymbalta for my Bipolar, BPD and PTSD depression episodes. I was on this medication for one week, and I will explain why. At first, this medication did affect my energy level and I felt more productive and positive, waking up in the morning looking forward to the day. The downside as to why I stopped taking this medication is because Cymbalta began to give me side effects of horrible anxiety. My heart felt like it was in my throat, and not even Ativan I was prescribed would help. The anxiety drove me into madness, intrusive and racing thoughts coming back. The anxiety made me depressed because it was disabling, feeling like my life came to a standstill because the anxiety prevented me from doing hardly anything. I gave this medication a three-star review because I do know people who are taking it, and it works wonders for them and they get no anxiety-related symptoms. Everyone is different, but for me personally, it wasn't a good experience."

Lynne May 18, 2019

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For Fibromyalgia "Cymbalta has changed my life for the better. Besieged by terrible leg pains and tingling for over 6 months, I tried gabapentin and other drugs but hated how they made me feel. 20mgs of Cymbalta started working almost immediately, and has helped me gain my quality of life back. The other positive thing: I've always been anxious and thought it was just part of my DNA but then I've noticed much of the daily anxious thoughts have gone away since taking this drug. Very grateful."

Tiny (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 14, 2019

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For Chronic Pain "Cymbalta has helped me so much for chronic pain. Initially, I felt dizzy and weird for about a month on 30mg a day. And, I didn't think it helped my pain. My doctor increased the dose to 60mg a day and said that is the standard dose for fibromyalgia. Since the dosage increased, my pain has been helped 70 to 80%. I am glad I stuck with it. I haven't gained weight, and my appetite has decreased a little, which is good."

   
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Shesh (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 14, 2019

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For Depression "Just by taking 30 mg I had an acute sensation of depersonalization, extreme heart stabbing pain, anxiety, extreme depression and overall extreme mental agony and a wish to just cease existing to not have to feel these horrible effects. I cannot tolerate another day of agony taking this drug. Whatever horrible depression I was suffering from before is nothing compared to how I feel now. It may just be me who tolerates SSRI/SNRI type of drugs horribly but anyway I cannot recommend this to anyone based on my experience and also knowing that these type of drugs pretty much always induce sexual dysfunction."

   
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chronic depressive (taken for less than 1 month) May 13, 2019

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For Anxiety "I got bad /severe serotonin syndrome from cymbalta 60 and tramadol 50. Everyone thought this was strange as both are low doses . Recently tried cymbalta a few months ago as mono therapy , after a month I got mild seritonin syndrome , confirmed by my psychiatrist , I had delerium, nausea, delusions , sweating and diarrhea , could this both times be from my huge caffeine in take I’ve had for years , as caffeine and cymbalta are both cyp1a2 substrates ? My son had severe reactions to multiple 2d6 substrates and gene testing confirmed he is a normal metaboliser. Was just too much meds hurting his 2d6 enzyme . Thoughts on my caffeine abuse with my cymbalta nasty reactions ? ?????"

   
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Lee May 11, 2019

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For Depression "I had a similar experience with Cymbalta to some mentioned here, an extreme stomach reaction that had me back and forth from the bathroom after the second dose. I obviously stopped there so can’t speak to the mental results but it wrecked my body for a good 24 hours."

   
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Aaron (taken for less than 1 month) May 3, 2019

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For Chronic Pain "I was prescribed Cymbalta for fibromyalgia and depression. I was taking it for over 3 years but I developed a tolerance for it because it stopped working. While I was on it, it worked really well. It took some time to take effect, like 15 days, but when it did it worked very well. I was able to continue working 50 hour weeks. The only horrible thing was when it finally stopped working so I had to resign from my job and subsequently lost my health insurance. I couldn't afford the Rx so I stopped taking it cold turkey. The side effects were horrendous! I was shaking, nauseous, had really bad headaches, dizzy. I finally had to borrow money to get the med back and then weaned off slowly."

   
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FibroC April 22, 2019

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For Back Pain "I am using Cymbalta for like a week now. I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and been suffering 8years. Cymbalta was a answered prayer to my pain till I started having another upper back pain. 2 days ago I stop using Cymbalta and my upper back pain was gone."

   
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Ghlyn (taken for less than 1 month) April 21, 2019

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For Anxiety "After being diagnosed with depression as a result of chronic neck pain, my doctor prescribed 30mg of Cymbalta. The Cymbalta helped with the depression, but it also erased my ability to feel... anything. As I turned into an emotional zombie, my wife grew tired of being with an emotionless spouse and threatened to leave, with our children. Through pure luck and a misunderstanding, my wife called the police, believing I was preparing to take my own life. The police took me to a hospital for evaluation. During the interview, the doctor learned about my use of Cymbalta and took me off it, immediately. I got my emotions back AND my family back. I will never touch the stuff, again."

   
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Chronically Pained (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 21, 2019

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For Fibromyalgia "Hi have had pain for 20 years process of being electrocuted 3 times. I had developed arthritis all over the body, suffered from irritable bowl syndrome and orofacial granulomatosis and delevoped fibromyalgia pain with fatigue, depression and with constant head pain. This was all unbearable but after trying Cymbalta pain was minimised by 30 to 40 percent. I take 30 my a day"

Steve (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 20, 2019

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "Since there’s many reviews that seem to scare people about this drug (like some other antidepressants anyways) I’ll tell you my personal experience with it. First of all I’m a 22 year old male who suffers of general anxiety disorder with frequent panic attacks. I’m also emotionally dependent on my partner in my actual relationship and trying to take care of these problems with therapy plus the meds. I was on Celexa before and it didn’t seem to work anymore so my doctor switched for Cymbalta, after considering many options. The switch went smooth and easy with little to no side effects AT ALL. After a few months I still didn’t noticed nothing scary in particular. My libido stayed fine and I had no erectile problems either. I still got my regular anxious thoughts but my big panic attacks diminished. Verdict is Cymbalta seems to be a good med for me with no major side effects, nothing to be scared of."

   
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Finn (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 20, 2019

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Cymbalta does its job for depression, but with possibly some of the worst side effects I have had from a medication. If I start taking this or upped my dosage at any time, I am vomiting and sweating with terrible stomach pains. Withdrawals do exist with this med, and they make you shake a LOT. It keeps you from doing anything harmful but leaves you in quite a daze and sometimes unable to feel emotions."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 14, 2019

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For Major Depressive Disorder "It did okay for my depression, reduced my headaches, improved my concentration and my sleep and reduced my anxiety, but it did almost nothing for social anxiety. I switched from Cymbalta to Effexor and I immediately found that Effexor was far superior in almost everything.I would recommend Cymbalta as your second choice SNRI, if Effexor won’t work for you."

   
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Nicolas (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 9, 2019

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For Anxiety "I started on 30 mgs a day and stopped on the 5th day. I felt so nauseous and intestinally challenged. The drug also caused my heart to go into afib / aflutter with moderate tachycardia. As soon as I told the Doctor what was happening he had me stop immediately. Now I am waiting to see a cardiologist to assess the arrhythmia situation. I know the literature says that my side affects are rare, but it happened to me."

   
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Bryan (taken for less than 1 month) April 9, 2019

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I started taking cymbalta 60 mg daily in 2010 after taking natural therapies that just didn’t work. I had severe depression and anxiety. First started on 30mg first month, then increased to 60mg. Side effects were yawning, tight jaw. But I found the Cymbalta that had helped me immensely, with my dark thoughts, sadness, hopelessness had disappeared. I did try going off it a few years ago very gradually, as I thought I was well again, but everyday was such an effort, seratonin was so low. Depression returned and I just thought this is crazy, go back on it. I have so many friends that are so anti prescribed drugs. So I just don’t enter into discussions as it only upsets me because I need this medication. I find I’m happy, healthy in mind. My libido is quite low but I’m active in sport and the community which helps me."

   
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Missymoo April 7, 2019

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For Chronic Pain "Cymbalta was very helpful for my fibromyalgia pain. My pain was reduced by 80%. It was also very helpful in reducing my anxiety. There was one side effect I could not tolerate any longer after 3 years, PROFUSE head sweating. I cold be sitting in an air conditioned house and break out in a horrible sweat. Once I realized it was the Cymbalta I had my doctor wean me off. Please don't stop this medication cold turkey, that can be dangerous."

   
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Nana (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 4, 2019

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Tried this back in 2006, it was the only time I've ever had suicidal thoughts. After two weeks I was not myself, being temperamental , bad attitude, waking up mad. I quit taking it and felt myself at least return to how I was before. An old girlfriend said her ex husband tried to kill himself on cymbalta and after some research. Cymalta has a black box warning which is about the increase in suicidal thoughts. This stuff needs to be taken with caution and whoever takes this needs people around them who know about the increased risks."

   
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Alucard146 (taken for less than 1 month) March 30, 2019

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For Depression "It worked for depression back pain and migraines. But I threw up constantly, and couldn’t keep anything down at all. It always came back out one way or the other. At one point I started getting stomach pains from throwing up so much. My throat is sore and a little swollen now too from it. And I would feel numb sometimes and “off” emotionally. Never felt so bad. Got taken off of it, and the withdrawal symptoms are awful too. Wouldn’t recommend it at all. It’s just not worth it."

   
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Me (taken for less than 1 month) March 29, 2019

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For Chronic Pain "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."

   
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teenerweener (taken for 5 to 10 years) March 25, 2019

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For Anxiety "Cymbalta saved my life, I went from a severe agoraphobic with stomach pain, heart palpitations, hyperventilation and insane blood pressure issues on a daily basis to my fully functional self again. I was extremely dissociative before taking this drug and never left my bed because my panic disorder was so debilitating. After about a week on cymbalta, I was up and moving around in the world. Several months later, I'm now in college with a new job and excelling. I've had 2 panic attacks in the last 6 months. My only complaint is that it makes me very tired, but this is easily remedied by taking it in the evening instead of the morning."

   
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Georgia (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 25, 2019

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For Depression "Hi, I am at the end of week one 30mg Cymbalta, and it is like a brand new me.. although today I have hit a little bit of a low, I am so much better. Cymbalta literally has saved my life and my marriage PRAISE GOD!!!!! I am looking forward to each day and know with time all will level out. No more extreme lows with suicidal thoughts, sleeping all day long, just wanting life to end. I wished I would have let my pride go a long time ago & told my doctor I needed help. Wednesday is my birthday and I am looking forward to spending it with my husband... Yay!!! 44 and hopeful for the future."

   
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Joyful1975 (taken for less than 1 month) March 18, 2019

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For Anxiety "Cymbalta worked to saved my life after perimenopause made my already existent depression increase tenfold. My depression was so dark I felt like I was being held down in a dark abyss. If I didn't seek medical help, I honestly believe I would have taken my own life. 60mg of Cymbalta daily and I could get out of bed, live my life, and function as a loving single parent who could provide for her family. Now, ten years later I will discuss the increasing anxiety I am feeling. Will my Cymbalta dosage increase. I don't know. But I do know for those 10 years I was not just surviving I was living. Thanks to Cymbalta"

   
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Missy (taken for 10 years or more) March 17, 2019

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For Depression "Cymbalta helped me get through a rough patch in my life. I am grateful for how it allowed me to cope with my sibling's passing. I was on 60mg and recently decided it was time to move on and discontinue medication. I decreased dosage every two weeks by 10mg, then weekly by 5mg (taking out one small pill of the 12 pills in the capsule). Please talk to your doctor if you wish to taper off the drug, but this method worked for me. I was terrified of withdrawals based on the horror stories I read, but I had almost no withdrawal symptoms. The sexual side effect of the drug was a real bummer, and the only negative of my experience."

   
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TP (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 8, 2019

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For Osteoarthritis "I was given Cymbalta 60mg for arthritis pain primarily and insomnia secondary. It had been recommended by both my oncologist and PCP. I felt awful the 5 days I took it. While there was a slight reduction in pain from a 4 to 3, I couldn’t eat. I woke up from restless sleep vomiting; I could have aspirated. I stopped immediately and had no side effects from doing so. The nausea was unbearable, and my anti-nausea meds were counter-indicated. Horrible experience. I gave a 2 rather than 1 due to slight pain reduction. I saw no improvement in sleep."

   
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Astyanax (taken for less than 1 month) March 3, 2019

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