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User Reviews for Cymbalta

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Anxiety
7.1
   
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Osteoarthritis
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Generalized Anxiety Disorder
6.7
   
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Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
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Depression
6.6
   
477 reviews 81 medications
Fibromyalgia
6.5
   
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Major Depressive Disorder
6.4
   
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Chronic Pain
6.0
   
108 reviews 108 medications
Back Pain
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33 reviews 178 medications
Summary of Cymbalta reviews 6.6 1,246 reviews

Reviews for Cymbalta

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."

   
8.0

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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For Fibromyalgia "When I began this med for fibromyalgia I thought it was going to work out for me. I felt good enough to start swimming (the only exercise that doesn't hurt me) after a week of being on Cymbalta. I couldn't take the pill on an empty stomach--stomach ache, I couldn't take the pill at night--insomnia, and I had to take it with lunch in order to not have adverse affects. I felt like my pain stopped lessening after 6ish months of 60mgs a day so I stopped taking it. Another bad side effect was the total destruction of my sex drive. When I stopped taking it, my doctor told me to slowly ween off of it due to terrible side effects, but I had already stopped taking it before I saw her, and I didn't have any adverse effects of quitting cold turkey."

dawn19825 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 2, 2019

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For Anxiety "I have tried cymbalta on 2 different occasions with worsening conditions. It is like all the other SSRI drugs. This medication caused me to become stiff and rigid. I have suffered from racing thoughts most of my life. My doctor finally put me back on benzodiazepines and I am like a new person. Myself again."

   
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Jax103 (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 23, 2019

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For Depression "I am on day 3 and I am feeling better than I have in years. My Mom died in 2016 from breast cancer and my brother died in 2017 in a motor cycle wreck. My brother in law had a heart attack in 2018 (they bypassed him and he’s ok!)and his mom passed away from brain cancer this year. Also a family friend just the other day. I have been convincing myself I could do this without help but it became to much. (I have a teenage daughter) :) I decided I had to try something. I know it’s only 3 days but if I feel this good now I know it will get better! Thank you Cymbalta!!"

   
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Fab4 February 16, 2019

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For Anxiety "I have been doing 30mg of cymbalta for the past four years and it was working so we'll.. recently I have had increased stress which is not helping my anxiety. I am starting 60g dosage tonight. I think my body has just gotten tolerant of the 30mg and I need in increase."

   
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Muffin (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 14, 2019

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For Depression "So I was on Lexapro for 5 years it stopped working. Doc suggested Cymbalta. I was scared to try with all the bad reviews. But I started on 30 mg for 2 weeks. Then up to 60 mg after 2 weeks. Side effects were dry mouth, nausea, dizzy. But side effects have gotten better and this is working. No more crying spells, moodiness. Also it has helped my back and neck pain."

   
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Mary (taken for less than 1 month) February 12, 2019

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For Anxiety "I've had GAD pretty much all my life but developed increasing depression and withdrawal from social activities. Finally I bit the bullet and told my doctor. He started me on duloxetine, 30 mg with the warnings about weight gain and sexual dysfunction and commented we could increase to 60 mg in three or four weeks if needed. Never needed the increase - 30mg is perfect. I have gained 4 or 5 pounds. I did notice the sexual dysfunction (loss of interest and difficulty "finishing" at first so I would hold my meds a day or two before bath and treat night which worked fine. Pretty much back to normal in that regard. The best thing is I can get more than one or two errands completed now. I call my pills "do lots of things" now!"

   
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Pursuit (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 11, 2019

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For Fibromyalgia "I finally decided to try this medication after being sick and tired of being in constant pain, especially at night. I've had fibromyalgia for 20 years and in the past 10 years I've been treating it on an acute basis with Flexeril 20mg and Tramadol 50mg as needed. Cymbalta has been a game changer for me! I would like to mention that I've also worked hard to maintain a steady weight for the past 20 years which as a health care professional myself, I knew this was a crucial component in chronic pain management. I believe this helped me not to rely on medications on a daily basis. However, now that I am on Cymbalta I realize how much pain I truly was in on a daily basis. The only side effects I have suffered thus far is mild nausea and dry mouth which gets better day by day. It's only been a week and my aches and pains are completely gone! I'm hoping that the sweating side effect doesn't kick in."

   
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MB (taken for less than 1 month) January 31, 2019

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For Depression "It really gave me my life back. From crying and having panic attacks to kayaking and biking with my friends. Amazing product."

   
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MC (taken for less than 1 month) January 30, 2019

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For Depression "I have been on several medications for depression/anxiety since I was 20 years old. Cymbalta is the best by far. I felt so normal on it with little to no side effects. It also helped with my back pain issues. Unfortunately when I was hospitalized they discontinued my Cymbalta and I spiralled down into a very deep depression. My psychiatrist decided to put me on Fitzima as there is a 30% chance of Cymbalta not being as effective as when it was prescribed the first time. It's been over 2 years on the new medication and I am going to discuss going back on Cymbalta. When I was on it I felt like a normal person. When I cried I knew why I was crying and when I laughed I knew why I was laughing. I am fortunate that I had little to no side effects with Cymbalta. I wish you all well with what ever you chose. Please don't give up."

   
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Cassie (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 29, 2019

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For Depression "I was terrified by all the comments to even try this drug, but I'm so glad I did. I've had none of the side effects (except maybe the constipation) that sound so horrible, and feel so much better. Way less of the negative thinking and ruminating negative self-talk, almost non-existent. I can have a negative thought but it won't be intrusive and all-consuming like it was before. And I've been on the medicine for less than 2 weeks! I've been tapering off of Wellbutrin since it didn't do anything for my depression, and the only drawback I can describe is that I'm still tired and have a hard time getting out of bed, which I was hoping the Cymbalta would fix (but I think it's a withdrawal symptom of coming off the Wellbutrin). Only time will tell! But so far the experience has been overwhelmingly good."

   
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Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) January 25, 2019

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For Chronic Pain "Put on Cymbalta 30 mg with intentions of going up to 60 mg. It was for anxiety, panic attacks, chronic pain from back surgery, stenosis of spine and cervical fusion. I have taken it for 7 months. HAD NO side effects EVER. It helps me sleep at night. My pain, anxiety, and panic attacks are minimal. Only complaint is that I have gained 10lbs and I am hungry all the time. I am still taking 30 mg."

   
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Jlc1963 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 23, 2019

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For Depression " First time I used it, I could finally stop crying. The effects were VERY subtle. However it did nothing for my anxiety. I stopped taking it after some positive life events occurred and I thought I didn’t need it anymore. But I became depressed again; decided to take a pill from the stash I had saved a year ago for emergencies - when I no longer wanted to die or cry! Cymbalta saved my life, not sure if I'd still be here today without it. But this time it has helped a little with anxiety. Cured depression 10/10; anxiety 3.5/10"

   
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Anonymous January 22, 2019

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "I used to take 120mg of Sertrline. It made me gain 50lbs. So I stopped after 2 years. I tried going back on it after 9 months when my anxiety returned but it gave me worse anxiety!!! Now I'm on Cymbalta I love this medication. I'm on 60mg 4 weeks now. The first 2-3 weeks were rough but all side effects went away. Just stick with it my doc said to use .25 MG of Xanax initially to help get through the rough first weeks. Now I only take Cymbalta. It made me drowsy in the morning so I take it at 2 am when I get up anyway to go to the bathroom. This helps me go back to sleep and I have no problem getting up in the morning. Lastly I can stay up later then I used to and I get more done. Another side effect is less arthritis pain and no more bladder leaking. After 3 kids I dealt with bladder leaks and thought I had to have surgery and now it's going! Good luck finding what works for you."

   
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Anxietynomore (taken for less than 1 month) January 12, 2019

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For Anxiety "Don’t let the negative comments on here scare you. The truth is, Cymbalta works beautifully for some people and some people hate it. But that’s true with ANY antidepressant! Cymbalta saved me from extreme, constant anxiety and panic attacks. But I have tried other drugs-Zoloft, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac,etc. Figured out I cannot take ANY SSRI. They cause my anxiety to go through the roof! Cymbalta is a SNRI. Works differently. I could not only tolerate it- it saved me. So, no- the medication shouldn’t be banned. It works wonders for some of us. If it didn’t work for you, accept it and try something else. But don’t scare other people away from trying something that could change their life in a positive way. They affect everyone differently, they all have side effects that differ for everyone and they are all difficult to quit taking."

   
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Boomer (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 6, 2019

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For Depression "Had tried 4 different meds before Cymbalta in various doses for GAD/Depression. Had quit them due to side effects usually "brain fog", increases anxiety or depressive symptoms, etc. Psych doctor put me on Cymbalta 30 mg. Morning/30 mg night. At first I had some improvement with just mild brain fog. Kept on it for a total of 4 months hoping this could be the one. However, slowly turned into zombie. Tired, unable to think clearly, trouble processing. Dr. switched me to Vibryyd 20 mg. And tapered me with 30 mg of Cymbalta at night for 7 days. She said new med should help counter withdrawal effects. Well- during first 7 days I had mild vertigo, insomnia, heart palpitations, etc. was dealing with it. Next 7 days without any Cymbalta have been the worst. Vertigo, confusion, agitation, severe vertigo, mood swings, sweats, loss of appetite, tinnitus, headaches, forgetfulness, etc. I pray I am not one of those people that have withdrawal for months."

   
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Bob (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 4, 2019

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For Anxiety "I've be on this medication for almost 12mths now (60mg) previously being on lexapro. I have had weight gain, but really can't blame this all on the meds. My symptoms of anxiety depression and OCD are very much under control and I didn't experience any serious side effects, only the occasional dizziness and some fatigue. I found duloxetine more effective than lexapro for me."

   
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7rudy (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 2, 2019

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For Anxiety "One 30 MG dose caused me to have a panic attack. I reported the side effects to my doctor. Discontinued use. Scary, horrible feeling."

   
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PL (taken for less than 1 month) December 29, 2018

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I am a 35 year old female taking 60mg of Cymbalta for Major Depressive Disorder, PTSD, and General Anxiety Disorder. I have been on this drug for 2 years. I went from a daily emotional pain level of 7-8 to about a 2-3 with a 1 on very good days. Most of the side effects were transient. The remaining side effects are occasional night sweats with vivid dreams, constipation, and lowered libido. Note that my sex drive has always been on the low side (hormonal birth control may be a factor) so this was not a dramatic change from my personal baseline. A year ago I was on 80mg. I was taken down to 60mg due to elevated liver enzymes. The decrease in dosage resolved the issue in under 6 months. The decrease did not comprise efficacy since 60mg appears to be the most therapeutic dose for me. I recently discovered I have slightly low thyroid levels at my last annual physical. I was instructed to recheck this in 6 months to make sure I do not have hypothyroidism."

   
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SurviveAndThrive December 25, 2018

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "Hi everyone, I have tried a loooong list of antidepressants, including older ones, newer ones and most of the meds in between. Cymbalta is the only one that has helped me. I have only taken it for about a week but I already feel the effects for my GAD and Panic Disorder. I am so thankful for this drug. Bless you all, don't be afraid to try meds and keep on fighting if you haven't found one that has worked for you yet. Hugs, The User"

   
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theuser (taken for less than 1 month) December 18, 2018

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For Back Pain "I’m on day 5 still feel so sick dizzy and foggy had to be off work. Haven’t felt able to drive since taking it. Pain is getting better but I need my brain back! Does it stop after a while??"

   
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Lulu (taken for less than 1 month) December 11, 2018

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For Depression "Let's be honest here everybody is different, some people do not need a helping hand medically wise in life and others (like myself) do, I came off citalopram after years of being on it, I felt it had simply stopped working and with added paranoia that it was actually doing me more harm I decided to switch to something else. Duloxetine was recommended by a friend, all I can say is life is sweeter now, always underweight and trying to put some in this drug helped a lot. If weight gain would be an issue I probably would not recommend, but if like my you feel happier with an extra 20lbs on your frame then this is the medication. To anyone reading this, hang in there and please don't ever feel alone, there is a world of people suffering the same as you and the vast majority of us care a lot about you and will always try and help because we too know your pain."

   
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Dr.Sim (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 9, 2018

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