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User Reviews for Duloxetine

Also known as: Cymbalta, Irenka

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Duloxetine Rating Summary

6.8/10 Average Rating

37 Ratings with 30 User Reviews

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Reviews for Duloxetine to treat Bipolar Disorder

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"I have suffered from manic depression and pheripheral neuropathy for years. I have tried every med under the sun and nothing ever worked, until I tried cymbalta. I started on 30 mg and after 1 month increased to 60 mg. I feel as though I'm living my life now and not just existing. I'm not needing to take naps everyday and I have energy once again to do the simple things in life. I feel as though my life isn't on hold anymore thanks to cymbalta."

   
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raydean77 (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 22, 2016

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"I am 48 and have been struggling to break my roller coaster ride that is a BI-polar . I self medicated with alcohol for a long time , I became disabled 100% and Sober In 2008. In the past when I was drinking ,I would never give any meds a chance and my diagnoses would change with Dr's . Christmas time 2015 , my cycles were steady ,I am a single Father of 4 kids and my kids did not deserve This .My mental Health provider had tried so many different drugs WARNING !!!!! Be Honest with yourself and Your Health care team ,They are so much more effective if they know ALL OF YOUR STORY . I felt like I was at the of my rope and I would never feel like me again . This Medicine worked me Me very very well . Keep fighting"

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 28, 2016

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"This medication is a beast. Be very careful if you take this for your Bipolar II with possible mixed episodes. While on it I tried to cut my vein through. I was on 120 mg per-day was the dose! Withdrawal symptoms = Diarrhea , feeling ill, shaking hands, concentration problems, Brain Zaps, hearing noises like moving sands in my both ears, stomach aches, feels like there is a direct current connected to my brain with signals going from left to right and vice versa. BE CAREFUL USING IT! Specially if you are that special type of Bipolar II with dominant depression symptoms!"

   
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MindTest (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 29, 2016

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"i have been battling with major depression since I was a child. I have been on many different types of medications over the years. I also have a major case of obsessive compulsive disorder and as I I'm getting older it has been getting severely worse. Everything has to be in perfect order I spend hours upon hours a day making sure everything is order. It's so bad that I can not even have garbage in my garbage cans if so I have to clean the cans immediately. It has become so bad that it cuts into other daily activities such as spending time with my wife, family and friends . Some days I do not even attempt to get out of bed. Some days I will sleep for well over 24 hours. These are the medications in taking daily . I take 150 mg of Lamotrigine"

   
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Lunch eat January 29, 2016

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"I was on both cymbalta dueloxetine and I would swing in and out of black moods and get very angry and uncontrollable. I'm a small girl 5"3 114lbs at the time and it took 3 full grown men to get me held down several times. We're now trying new medications after we discovered I was having seizures for months before starting the meds, It is a great medication to be on if it fits with you and your current medications. Do your research thoroughly"

   
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anonymous25tnmi October 4, 2015

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"This antidepressant literally saved my life. I had tried every other medication for bipolar depression, and nothing worked, not even a little. Then after 2 weeks on Cymbalta, the feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness subsided, my mood changed dramatically for the better, I could actually concentrate, and I've had no problems with taking it after a solid 2 months. I would call this a miracle pill for those with unmanageable bipolar depression."

   
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justinian February 28, 2014

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"I have BiPolar Disorder 1. My biggest problem has always been crippling depression of the type that causes me to become non-functional. My manias have been bad but not as dramatic as some - mostly career self sabotage. But severe manias have been few and far between. Here's the deal for me: Cymbalta works. It lifts the fog, lessens the awful physical pain, stops the anxiety, and keeps me from lying in bed too hopeless to even believe death would help. At 60 mg., it gives me some mild mania - just enough to let me live my life- but not enough to make me wild. It messes up sex some, but not near as much as Zoloft & others. I take it with Wellbutrin 300 XL. Stopped it once because of dollars - but never again."

   
8.0

Cjwnhb March 7, 2013

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "I have been taking Cymbalta for the second time after going off it cold turkey 5 months previous (wouldn't recommend it). I have found in the last week feeling very hyped up again the depression is not as bad but the hyped up feeling is becoming hard to control. I'm on the 30 mg only sexual disinterest and constant feeling of wanting to go the toilet are a little frustrating."

   
5.0

Anonymous November 14, 2011

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "While on Cymbalta I became suicidal. "

   
1.0

MGO627 September 16, 2011

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "This is the 2nd time using this medicine. The 1st time it rid me of the severe depressive cycle I was in, but the mania crept back in very slowly so I didn't notice it until it was too late. And by late, I mean "all over the place" so I stopped taking it. This time around I am taking it coupled with Lamictal. The cycles are normalizing now after just over 2 months. Want to add that I put myself on a sleeping schedule and use medicine if I need it after 20 minutes of no sleep. This sleep program has helped tremendously."

   
9.0

N3GU September 14, 2011

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "As someone else pointed out that they have like 0.02% of side effects. That's me... my psychiatrist has to look up my side effects because they are so random and uncommon. I tell everyone Cymbalta saved my life. I have battled blood pressure for 10 years and have been on 27 different medicines for it. Although, I luckily do not have a severe case of blood pressure, I do need to learn how to handle stress better and went on Cymbalta after a nervous breakdown that put me in the hospital. Was put on Cymbalta and Depakote, the best medicines ever. 16 months later and 70 pounds heavier, I am doing great. Weight gain was from Depakote, and so I got off of that 3 months ago, but Cymbalta is still keeping me afloat."

   
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Anonymous July 28, 2011

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "I battled with Bipolar I since 1992 but never experience major depression until mid-2009 and it was terrible, lots of crying, despair, horrible guilt, just hating myself. I tried 2-3 anti-depressant when I finally found a M.D. who would let me try one (they are so concerned you will spiral up into a manic attack). I then tried Cymbalta (60mg) and the depression is most days just gone. I have had some bad days like everyone; a few times when crying, regretting etc. would start, it seems it was capped off and subsided quickly. I continue to have significant constipation and hand tremor. I eat a lot more fiber in my diet and take 2 natural fiber pills a day to help with the constipation. Cutting back on caffeine helps the hand tremor."

   
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Anonymous May 5, 2011

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION WITHOUT READING THIS. IT CONFLICTS WITH MANY MEDICATIONS...including many common over the counter medicines. 5 years, 60 mg -120 mg day, suicidal and non functional much of that time and it got worse. Diagnosed bipolar 2 also BPD. Thank goodness for the drug interaction checker because I had 4 red lights. No wonder I was sick. I am going off Cymbalta. Remember: YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH CARE, NOT YOUR DOCTOR."

   
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zula January 19, 2011

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "I am one of those people who will get the side effects that are listed as the o.02% and I have to say I have been diagnosed as bipolar for about 11 years and I went on Cymbalta 8 months ago and I feel like it saved my life. I love my Cymbalta. "

   
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super sensitive November 30, 2010

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "I was not diagnosed with Bipolar disorder when Cymbalta was prescribed to me. While taking Cymbalta, I was more irritable and manic. If I were only depressed and not Bipolar, I think it would have been O.K."

   
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Anonymous June 29, 2010

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "This medicine has been a lifesaver for me. Minimal side effects (the sexual issues, occasional dizziness on standing) and it completely changed how I saw myself. I used to look in the mirror and see some kind of inhuman troll thing, now I see myself. Helps with fibromyalgia pain as well. The only problem is if I ever have to go off it, it won't be pretty. I ran out for about 11 days, had awful in the head shocky feeling for about 7 of these days, before I started up again. Not fun..."

   
9.0

orangecamper January 10, 2010

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "This medication is the best antidepressant I have taken and believe me I've tried them all! Works fast, in 5 days I felt normal. I had to go off it due to loss of medical benefits and I had no bad side effects. I started taking it again and felt normal again in 5 days. I've been on it now 3 yrs straight and it keeps working just as well as it did when I started."

   
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own2kidz November 15, 2009

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "I really did think that is was a pretty good medicine had no problems with it."

   
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Anonymous November 10, 2009

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"After a few years on SSRI's with recurring switches to hypomania I was put on Cymbalta Lithium. First there was a great antidepressant effect, but soon after I was told to raise the dose, I switched into a period of mania, making me aggressive. Since two years I don't take any antidepressants and have not been hypomanic/manic a single time."

   
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Anonymous October 17, 2009

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "Cymbalta was a wonderful mood elevator and controlled my swings especially well at first, but the emotional blunting and sexual disinterest and malfunction were devastating to my relationship with my mate. After several months of taking Cymbalta, it quit working so well, and when my dose was increased, the emotion blunting and other side effects turned me into a walking, talking, zombie."

   
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Saraleah October 11, 2009

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "I have been on Cymbalta 30mg for the last 5 days. I noticed a lot of side effects good and bad. The bad ones include insomnia, dizziness, nausea, and dry mouth. The two good side effect was less urgency to urinate and fewer hunger pangs. I used to run to the bathroom every hour and almost constantly eat. My mood is improving and I seem to be coming out of my shell. In a few more days my dose will double and I am sure this medication will work. I feel as if I am on the right path to becoming who I used to be years ago."

   
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O.o September 21, 2009

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "Cymbalta was a life saver; I started on 30 mg and quickly went to 60 mg. I felt relaxed, less anxiety. My dose was increased to 90 mg- I became psychotic, talking a mile a minute, the sweats, etc. I was placed back on the 60 mg."

   
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koller2010 September 11, 2009

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "Cymbalta has really helped with my bi-polar/panic disorder. I have been looking for the right medicines for a long time and since I was put on Cymbalta I have seen an improvement. I'm very happy with how I feel lately."

   
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jcavino August 22, 2009

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "Made me too tired to function."

   
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Anonymous August 20, 2009

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): "I find this new antidepressant the best I have tried so far and I have tried so very many. I give it 95/100, only because it gives me really really bad hot flushes through the night which wake me up and I toss and turn and get hot and cold - all night."

   
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Gfer August 19, 2009

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