User Reviews for Cymbalta (Page 3)
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|Anxiety||170 reviews||56 medications|
|Osteoarthritis||23 reviews||353 medications|
|Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy||33 reviews||41 medications|
|Generalized Anxiety Disorder||85 reviews||7 medications|
|Depression||438 reviews||80 medications|
|Fibromyalgia||197 reviews||20 medications|
|Major Depressive Disorder||46 reviews||46 medications|
|Back Pain||24 reviews||178 medications|
|Chronic Pain||91 reviews||108 medications|
|Summary of Cymbalta reviews||6.6||1,107 reviews|
Reviews for Cymbalta
For Osteoarthritis "I started taking this med six days ago to treat neuropathy pain in my feet and lower legs. It, like gabapentin that I was taking before this, is giving me severe arthritis pain in my hands and knees, which I did not have before. I will discontinue the use today. It stopped the neuropathic pain but is crippling me in other ways. I will go back to treatments with NSAIDS and acetaminophen."
Justajo (taken for less than 1 month) July 2, 2017
8 users found this comment helpful.
For Depression "Ok so I'm a 19y/o female and, After a month and a half of super minor side effects (groggy, dizzy, no appetite) cymbalta started to work really well, however about a couple months ago I began experiencing mood swings more and more gradually. Now I have days where I'm in a completely crabby mood (I don't want to do anything), or I'm in an ok mood (I'll go out and try to do a couple of things to build confidence), or I'm totally pissy and mean all day and I cry and flip out. (like literally cry and like threaten to leave him for nothing) My poor boyfriend who doesn't even understand the medicine (who tries to because he respects my choices) I plan on changing my medicine my next doctor's visit cuz the mood swings are making it hard to get a job."
Meghan k (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 30, 2017
14 users found this comment helpful.
For Depression "Had panic attacks and major depression. This medication changed my life for the better. Been on this medication for almost a year. Takes about 3 months to feel the full effect. If the dose is too strong you may feel worse. Its trial and error."
Shannon262 June 28, 2017
36 users found this comment helpful.
For Depression "Just took it at its smallest available dose this past week. I was replacing my Zoloft because I felt that my depression is more of a reaction to my anxiety, so my doc put me on this which is known to treat both, unlike Zoloft which only treats depression. I have yet to experience any bad side effects like many do in the beginning, and if anything it actually treated the side effects of getting off Zoloft, like nerve tingliness. It gives me an overall sense of calm, and unlike other anxiety meds, it doesn't sacrifice by concentration and memory which is very important since I'm a full time student. It calmed my anxiety and allowed me to sleep, which in result, I don't feel depression. A+ on this medication so far."
Kay F. (taken for less than 1 month) June 23, 2017
58 users found this comment helpful.
For Depression "This drug has changed my life. Before taking Cymbalta I was depressed, anxious and borderline suicidal. Within a few weeks of my first dose (60mg) I noticed that I was more outgoing, friendly and that my mood has significantly improved. Although I experience some sexual side effects, the drug has been incredible on the whole. I'd highly recommend it."
houdini95 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 21, 2017
42 users found this comment helpful.
For Anxiety "I'm pretty sure that I don't suit this medication. The first three weeks were absolute torture with blurred vision, headaches, nausea, and no energy. After that time the medicine did seem to help my anxiety and depression. However, after three months the side effects came back worse than the first three weeks. I went to my doctor and asked to switch medications immediately. Coming off of the Cymbalta was the worst experience of my life. At one point I had uncontrollable shaking and muscle movements. I couldn't even concentrate enough to go to the kitchen and make a sandwich. I know this drug works for many people, but for myself it was like taking poison."
Spencer H (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 19, 2017
28 users found this comment helpful.
For Depression "It works one of the few antidepressants that I can take that doesn't have any side effects I can notice. Other antidepressants in other families, I.e. SSRI's I know I cannot take due to the side effects. With cymbalta, I don't feel any side effects, and I seem to function alright. I know it works because off it, I can't pull it together and am in bed most of the time, so it works. I give it a B+ because I can't take it at its highest dose without getting too overstimulated. I take it at 30mg."
Anonymous June 15, 2017
32 users found this comment helpful.
For Depression "It alleviates my depression. But I have some headache, I am not sure if it is caused by the drug"
caden byran (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 12, 2017
15 users found this comment helpful.
For Fibromyalgia "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
20 users found this comment helpful.
For Anxiety "It's amazing. Zero side effects. I feel "Normal". These reviews scared me but my Dr encouraged me to try for myself and see. Lexapro put 10 kilos on me. Edeonax made me the sickest I have ever been in my life and was a bloody nightmare. After that ordeal I was so scared to take Cymbalta. My energy is amazing now. Anxiety, panic attacks and social anxiety feel mild but manageable- like I have a chance."
Sharing (taken for less than 1 month) June 8, 2017
49 users found this comment helpful.
For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "I personally didn't like this medication as it made me so sick I couldn't eat lost weight and generally felt weak due lack of energy from not eating. Although my GP told me this was a rare occurrence as the side effects generally stop after a couple of days after weeks they didn't. Still looking for a medication that suits me personally. Glad it has been effective so many others"
Muchelle (taken for less than 1 month) June 3, 2017
9 users found this comment helpful.
For Major Depressive Disorder "I was prescribed Cymbalta in August 2016. I was told it was one of the antidepressants that had little side effects. This drug made me extremely tired, almost lethargic, & I gained 20 lbs a matter of 8 months, despite eating healthy. I am a very health conscious person. I lost a lot of hair. My husband actually asked me if I was pulling my hair out. If I missed a dose of this medicine, I literally felt like I had the worst flu ever. I had the chills, diarrhea, achey, etc. I just got off this medicine but am extremely depressed from all of the effects of it. I am now larger than I have been since being pregnant & my hair is thinning. I warn people to avoid Cymbalta at all costs!!!!"
Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 31, 2017
15 users found this comment helpful.
For Chronic Pain "I was prescribed this medication for depression several years ago. I did not think it was helping me so I had my doctor take me off of it 8 months ago. I was determined to handle my depression without it as I just wasn't seeing a big difference. Whoa. Was I wrong. I finally went back on it three days ago, and I can tell you that everyone I knew with rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis (as I do), my depression only worsened once my pain level increased each day, until finally I tried it again. Everyone I know who has pain from arthritis who has tried to stop taking Cymbalta, has returned to it much, much sooner than I did. I am sorry I suffered as long as I did before trying it again. It is a life saver and had given me my life back."
Fiverlo May 30, 2017
36 users found this comment helpful.
For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "So far, life changing"
Vcccc May 25, 2017
8 users found this comment helpful.
For Fibromyalgia "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
48 users found this comment helpful.
For Chronic Pain "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."
Sutton12 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 18, 2017
25 users found this comment helpful.
For Depression "I've been having anxiety and depression issues recently and since I've had back surgery and residual pain, my doc put me on 40 mg of Cymbalta. About 3 hours after I took my first dose I had the worst migraine I've ever had in my life, coupled with nausea, finally vomiting, cold chills, auditory hallucinations (low rumbling sound, plus my tinnitus got worse,) sleeplessness, loss of appetite and everything tasted like aspirin. The next morning my wife and I attempted to have sex. While I did have an erection, after almost two hours of trying I never even got close to an orgasm. Now I'm in some discomfort. For a drug that's supposed to make me feel better, I'd never take it again."
joebloe256 (taken for less than 1 month) May 17, 2017
29 users found this comment helpful.
For Fibromyalgia "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
34 users found this comment helpful.
For Anxiety "I feel like some of you people commenting on how inept the doctors are at prescribing medication for you fail to realize how medications affect people differently. You had a bad experience? That is in no way, shape or form the doctors fault. At all. Your body chemistry is just different than they expected. These psychiatric issues are not an exact science. Medicine is not an exact science. That aside, I've only been on Cymbalta for about a month but I have already noticed a vast improvement. I feel less anxious overall and haven't experienced a panic attack since I started on it. Again this isn't an exact science and sometimes it takes experimentation to get the right combination. Hopefully I've found a proper solution to my issues."
MomoRose May 15, 2017
70 users found this comment helpful.
For Major Depressive Disorder "although OK when I first stated to take this 30mg caps, then increased to 60 mg daily...after some years , I am showing more signs of tiredness, confusion, anxiety, hot flushes, and forgetfulness and general mental decline, and still get depressed, among symptoms....am truly concerned about this, as is my Husband and children (as I am not yet 65 yrs old)...and have always been in good health. I do not smoke, do drugs, and very seldom drink alcohol...."
Anna - Rose S May 15, 2017
11 users found this comment helpful.
For Depression "Previous med Lexapro quit working after several years. Cymbalta seemed to work for the 1st week but I think it may have been placebo effect, after about a week my body started hurting and feeling hot from the inside especially my legs below my knees. After about 3 weeks stiff neck, hot flashes, restlessness, anxiety, headaches. 4 weeks all these plus talking in sleep, joint pain, body aches, stiff feeling, trouble focusing and I asked to be taken off it. I was only at 30mg."
Kypr May 11, 2017
35 users found this comment helpful.
For Chronic Pain "It's not working for my functional abdominal pain"
Asidar (taken for less than 1 month) May 10, 2017
6 users found this comment helpful.
For Depression "Horrible headache, drowsiness, feeling of paralysis, and diarrhea"
lonesomecharlie (taken for less than 1 month) May 9, 2017
21 users found this comment helpful.
For Fibromyalgia "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
41 users found this comment helpful.
For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "My thoughts on Cymbalta: Cymbalta has left me in a fog. I have no feelings- NONE. Driving is a chore as my eyes are excessively shifty. God forbid you ever forget to take your medication as you will be stricken with these obnoxious little shocks (which I've recently learned were called 'brain zaps'.) My heart beat is erratic. My brain is unable to form the right words when I talk which causes me to pause when I speak. I zone out regularly. I've been trying to taper off of this medication and am on day 9. The withdrawals are debilitating. I cannot focus. My chest and my jaw are tense. My fog has worsened significantly. Driving is dangerous as my vision is blurred. I am angry and easily agitated. I feel like crying but I can't. JUST SAY NO!!"
Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 3, 2017
29 users found this comment helpful.
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