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 1  depression & general anxiety exhaustion, anorexia tendencies, headache, socially withdrawn, hallucinations if i missed a dose or drank alcohol, sadness. The drug may have helped anxiety a bit but WITHDRAWAL IS SO HARD. please think before taking this drug. It put me in more of a depression then ever before when i tried to come off of it. I had a full blown panic attack for the first time, dark thoughts, headaches, exhaustion,diarrhea, aches. I had been on paxil and celexa previously and never had withdrawal side effects. The benefits by no means outweigh the side effects. I finally was tapered off with the assistance of prozac- hoping prozac will help but my ultimate goal is no meds!! F 21 5 months
60 mg 1X D
7/29/2014

 1  nerve pain Made me unable to think, eliminated my motivation, could not focus, made me very tired, but couldn't sleep, them towards the end became out of sorts and felt angry for no particular reason, did NOT take care of pain!!! When Dr. took me off it, I had withdrawals like hard drugs and ended up in kidney shut down and had to go to emergency. This drug is dangerous! It made my life a disaster. Should NOT be approved for pain issues, it destroys your life! Shame of FDA and any Dr. that prescribes it for pain. M 58 9 weeks
30 mg 2X D
7/26/2014

 1  Manic Depression Sweating, dry mouth, anxiety, brain zaps, severe brain pain, (different from headaches) dizziness, foggy, anger, no sex drive ... AT ALL, nausea, weight gain, throat pain and exhaustion. The side effects from coming off of this drug are much worse than the side effects of being on this med. ALL of the aforementioned side effects plus I feel like I have the flu. I have not been able to work, take care of my husband or daughter, take care of my house or even make meals on a consistent basis for the past 5 weeks while I am trying to get off of this med. I cannot think, spell, or follow through on simple tasks. The first week, I went from 60mg to 30mg - I almost divorced my husband of 8 years. The second week, I almost killed myself. the 4th week I went from 30mg daily to 30mg every other day. I am currently in week 5 of my detoxing and it has not gotten better. I cannot go shopping, people in the store are "too close to me" and I become very fight or flight. I should have been in the hospital at least twice. Thank God my husband loves me and is willing to supervise and take care of me. F 40 3 years
60 mg 1X D
7/18/2014

 2  For memory problems and anxiety Extreme tiredness, low libido Did not work for my memory problems nor my anxiety, both stayed about the same. I was on 60mg/d for a full year and then to 90 for a couple months which did nothing, so I had to wean off of it completely. Be warned that stopping Cymbalta can be very dangerous, I missed 3 doses, 3 days in a row and felt like I could have killed somebody. When I weaned off of 90mg I went to 60 and then to 30 over a course of 2 months but that is not long enough. A few days after stopping from 30mg I had very strong urges to kill myself for about a week. I knew I really didn't want to die but that didn't stop my brain from telling my body to do something about it. Luckily I have family and doctors that helped me through it. The only positive I can give this drug is that it helped me sleep when I trouble falling asleep before taking it, but it made me so sleepy that I needed a nap everyday. Now that I'm off it, I hardly ever want/need naps but my inability to fall asleep is back. F 26 1.5 years
90 1X D
6/29/2014
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 2  Depression and Fibromyalgia Major difficulty having an Orgasm (this could be considered good or bad. Good, because one can perform Sex for a long, long time. Bad, because one can never get the satisfaction of completing the act.) I stopped Cymbalta for six months and went on Viibryd. I also began the type 2 Diabetes drug, an injectable, called Victoza. I was on Victoza for a year when I read that Cymbalta was now being used for Fibromyalgia. So I took one to see if it would help. 7 hours later I became so nauseous I had to run to my bathroom to vomit - I ended up puking for 15 minutes straight until I had the dry heaves. I thought perhaps I had a stomach bug so I put off taking the Cymbalta for a few days. 5 daysllater I took another Cymbalta. Sure enough 7 hours later I was running to my bathroom to puke my guts up once again. It had to be the Cymbalta /Victoza combination that made me sick. A year passed and I went to a new Rheumatologist. He recommended that I begin taking Cymbalt While I was taking Cymbalta it did seem to help my depression, but it sure did not help, nor alleviate, any of my Fibromyalgia symptoms. Also, it seemed to lose its effectiveness after I took it for some time. M 58 2 years
60 mg 1X D
6/27/2014

 1  facial pain Anixaty 1 days
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6/21/2014

 1  depresston I broke out in weeping and extremely painful blisters on my back. Then for the next eight months I had blisters in my mouth break one at a time. The terrible side effects are to numerus for me to go into. I was really sick. F 64 1 days
30 1X D
6/13/2014
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 3  Chronic pain/depression Sweating insomnia ring in head no sex drive at all hard to interact with loved one feel like I'm just there I just stop taking this drug the side effects r bad feel a little jump this drug makes u think suicidal and I never thought about that before be VERY VERY CAREFUL wild taking this drug it might help some people but the side effects is not worth it I have been off for 2weeks now and my sex drive is in full swing I feel like a kid in a candy store can't get enough M 37 3 years
120mg 1X D
6/12/2014

 1  Major Depressive Disorder After one 30mg pill I experienced nausea, heart palpitations, total lack of ability to orgasm, insomnia (even though I took it that morning) that went for hours, auditory hallucinations. I did not take another pill, realizing that this was not the drug for me but felt rotten right through the day after taking it - head-aches, general malaise. It does work for some but it was too powerful in a negative way and I knew I could never go up to 60mg. F 46 1 days
30mg 1X D
6/9/2014

 1  fibromyalgia Memory issues, exhaustion, libido issues,weight gain, black outs and ringing in ears. When I stopped taking it I felt dizzy, had no appetite and had strange nerve zaps for months. F 28 1 years
90 mg
6/2/2014

 1  Depression Started at 30 I was fine. After a month I was upped to 60 mg. A week later I started getting agitated easily, my hair is shedding way more than usual. I sweated like crazy, I felt even more depressed than ever , I became anti social and my anxiety worsened. I'm currently being weaned off this drug, while on Prozac. IF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS TALK TO YOUR PSYCH ASAP DONT STOP TAKING THIS MEDICINE BY YOURSELF *** warning extreme consequences GOOGLE IT (cymbalta withdrawal) luckily I'm one of the good ones tho F 18 2 months
60
5/30/2014

 1  pain, anxiety, depression slurred impaired speeh, crying, exhausted, emotional instanility never take this drug. It fries your brain. I've been off for 6 weeks, and still cannot talk correctly. Crying and anxious all the time. Still cannot sleep 8 hours. F 63 500 days
60 1X D
5/19/2014
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 1  GAD/ Deoression This drug has been a nightmare. I have woke up every night with a feelingbof panic and cant sleep for more than an hour at a time. Even taking Ativan at night doesnt even touch the anxiety. It is the worst drug Ive ever tried. F 35 5 days
20
5/18/2014

 1  fibromyalgia and back pain inability to have sex headaches nausea will not go away after being offered for 2 to 3 years M 64 2 years
90mg/30mg
5/16/2014

 1  Pain, anxiety Never ever take this. I was up all night with panic attacks, sweats, shaking, dry mouth, feeling sick, dizzy, faint, memory loss. These are prescribed far to easily and are awful! F 18 1 days
5/14/2014

 3  depression, early dementia Shock from paying $273 for one month supply of generic. Want to change med M 67 2 years
90 mg
5/11/2014

 5  panic attacks, anxiety Side effects- jumpy,nervous,hair loss.blurry vision. Big reason I stopped.was on it over ten years.it kinda ran its course. F 56 1 years
60mg
5/4/2014
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 1  Anxiety Nausea, extreme night sweats, strange sensation in my head, can't sleep. F 40 5 months
60
5/4/2014

 3  Depression, anxiety Only a slight headache and maybe curbed appetite. I feel a little better on day 2, but it is early on to identify if correlation. Perhaps I'll add another review after more time. F 26 2 days
30 mg a da
5/3/2014

 1  Depression & Anxiety 2 hours after taking a 30 mg pill I felt very weird & out of touch! Also felt tired & nauseated so layed down & fell asleep for an hour & now I'm wide awake with a headache, ringing ears, & restless legs while still feeling strange & not myself. Will never take another cymbalta inmy life! F 26 1 days
30mg
4/27/2014

 2  Depression and pain On and off sweats, nausea, jittery, eyes feel like they are over focusing, dizzy. Horrible side affects but made me more tollarable to life, unfortunately I'm stopping this crap before I freak out. M 29 1 days
60mg
4/17/2014

 1  Depression Major anxiety, brain 'fog' - couldn't remember words while speaking I felt that this medication was horrible for me; coming off of it was even worse-had so many horrid side effects getting off of it F 39 6 months
60mg 1X D
4/11/2014

 1  Anxiety/depression Low libido, black outs, no help for depression M 42 6 months
60mg
4/3/2014

 5  depression bipolar chronic pain I've only been taking Cymbalta for a few days but I already feel so much better. I finally have the energy I always wanted, I'm being productive, and enjoying my life. Side effects im experiencing are: greater sensitivity to light and taste, headaches, and jaw clenching. Since I just started I don't know if these symptoms will continue, or for how long if they do, but I am willing to put up with them. F 30 4 days
30 mg
4/1/2014
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 1  Fibromyalgia diagnosis Detached retina, weight gain, dizziness, nausea, short temper, extreme sweating. I would never recommend this drug to anyone! F 55 45 days
60mg 1X D
3/28/2014
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 4  depression none Was great, until I changed insurance plans. Very costly. Changed to inexpensive Prozac without and changes noted, except in my pocketbook. F 58 4 years
60mg 1X D
3/18/2014

 5  for pain management Cymbalta has helped me get my life back. The side effects are minor compared to the benefit, dry mouth, gained around 10-15 and crazy vivid dreams nothing scary. I recommended it to anyone that is not suffering from depression or diabetes. It works better then opined, staying clean and getting things back in order. F 37 1 days
40mg
3/17/2014
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 1  depression my side effects are probably caused by the toxins in the inactive ingredients! FD&C blue No. 2 SODIUM LAURYL SUFATE ( A CORROSIVE) and sugar. are the pharmacies companies trying to kill us slowly!!!!!! I WILL STOP TAKING THIS DRUG BECAUSE OF THE TOXINS AND SINCE I HAVE HYPERSENSITIVITIES WHICH IS PROBABLY THE PROBLEM WITH THIS DRUG!!!!!!!!! F 60 10 days
60mg 1X D
3/14/2014

 4  Moderate chronic depression Honestly, none that I can recall other than the usual dry mouth. I just went back on this after a really crappy experience on Pristiq...don't know why I ever switched meds in the first place! I was more depressed on Pristiq and I gained 10 pounds. Cymbalta never affected my weight or caused any other troubling side effects. I won't make the samemistake twice! F 38 1 years
30 mg 1X D
3/13/2014

 4  Depression. Weight loss. A little memory zap. F 49 1 days
60mg
3/12/2014

 5  Depression Sore throat, tiredness, headache, weight loss. Amazing medicine for me. No more crying everyday. No more getting upset at simple things. I weighed 165lbs when I started taking cymbalta and I'm 115 now (I'm 5'7). F 38 2 years
30mg
3/6/2014

 2  Depression Worked great at first but now I'm always exhausted, have a horrible non-stop ringing in my ears, feel like I have uncontrolled anger often, suicidal thoughts, feel like I'm going to explode & my restless leg syndrome is only increasing. Going to taper off, hopefully with success! F 51 6 years
60 1X D
3/2/2014
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 1  Depression Night sweats, sexual dysfunction, hypomania, and others. M 29 6 months
120mg
2/21/2014

 5  Depression/ Anxiety The worst I got was Cotton mouth M 26 3 years
60
2/15/2014
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 1  spinal pain my mom takes this for back pain, she experiences headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, vision problems, and foggy head. She tried to wean off and all got worse, she would not recommend this drug to anyone. It would be better to take nothing and it never helped the pain either. It is just easier to stay on it than to try to come off. If we had know all these side effects to begin with, never would have started it. IF YOUR DOCTOR RECOMENDAS THIS DRUG-REFUSE IT!!!! F 76 1 years
60mg day
2/9/2014

 1  depression;nerve pain horrible peeling ALL over my body(3 weeks) even the SOLES of my feet, I felt like Job, The only places unaffected were my back and the palms of my hands. Took my own self off. A nightmare although it did remove most of the pain and swelling. However, the price I paid was hardly worth it. Went straight to Lyrica, that was a JOKE, might as well have been on baby aspirin and at a$100.00 now I am back on gabapentin or as call it generic Tylenol. God help me. F 57 30 days
60 1X D
2/3/2014
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 5  for sleep I have very high tolerance with any kind of sleeping pills I was once on abieim and my doctor changed by medication to50 mg of trazodone and that doesn't help. F 54 2 days
2X AN
1/31/2014
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 3  Depression, fibrogylmia Sweating, dizziness F 53 1 days
120mg
12/29/2013
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 1  Fibromyalgia and arthritis pain Excessive sweating, jittery, anxious. Can't sleep then can't stay awake later. Feeling of being outside myself, not thinking clearly. Felt high all the time. I would rather have the pain I had before starting this medication. These side effects are much worse than the pain. F 66 2 days
30 1X D
10/31/2013

 3  Depression/Anxiety EXCESSIVE Sweating- Badly at night. Fatigue 24/7 , Unmotivated, Don't care about anything. F 23 2 years
60
10/30/2013

 1  Chronic back pain Nausea, chills, severe leg twitching, very bad cramping in upper legs at night with sharp pain, headache, swelling under eyes, inability to urinate until later in the day, increase in back pain I just don't think I can take this drug though I wasn't on it for long. It seemed dangerous given the severity of side effects. I know some people are able to tough it out, but this seemed extreme. I have tried many drugs, and can take opiates without trouble. But the anti-spasmodics and the anti-depressants (exception being Amitriptyline) cause many problems. This is the worst set of side effects I have ever experienced and don't feel it's safe to continue. 71 3 days
30 mg 1X D
10/12/2013

 5  Anxiety and panic For the first month the side effects were a disaster. I had headaches for the first hour after taking the pill, constipation, loss of appetite, exhaustion, drowsiness and yawning all day, weight loss (which I don't mind) and terrible night sweats. Now five months later I have the night sweats still and I am very tired throughout the day with little energy.But no weight gain or hair loss which I had worried about the most initially. It has been immensely helpful for me so I am willing to put up with the side effects as my anxiety is basically gone. F 37 5 months
60mg
10/11/2013
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 3  depression Gave me midnight insomnia. Would fall asleep for a few hours, the stay awake anywhere from 1-4 hours. After 6 years I got off the insomnia. In less than a month, I developed insomnia for the past year. I am convinced it was caused by this drug. M 58 6 years
60 1X D
10/8/2013

 5  Fibro First week was terrible, heart palpitations, heartburn, jitters. But then it all passed. Now I only have night sweats and bruising v easily. But it has been a wonder drug for me. Pain is pretty much gone. I can exercise again. I feel like myself. Have so much more energy, much happier elevated mood. F 32 3 months
60mg
10/6/2013

 1  Anxiety made me suicidal and anxiety worse F 36 30 days
1X D
10/6/2013

 3  pain from spinal nerve damage Weight gain ...40 + pounds, loss of sex drive Takes the edge off my pain. Very hard to quit taking. Had open the capsules to count the liitle balls inside the capsules and take 10 balls less per week. They need to make smaller doses! F 58 3 years
60 mg 1X D
9/29/2013

 5  osteoarthritis None. The medicine has got me back running and swimming. I feel like my old self (two years ago). F 52 1 months
20 mg
9/27/2013

 2  Fibromyalgia Nausea all day long, pounding heart, anxious, loss of appetite. F 38 8 days
30mg 1X D
9/18/2013

 3  depression, fibromyalgia, pain I get extremely dizzy when I stand up. Neasuated, exhausted all the time. Sleep 16 hrs a day. Can't work like this. Does the exhaustion go away. Was on 60 mg two months now 120 for a week so.far. helps my pain..I haven't noticed it help my depression yet. Had a mental breakdown a month ago. F 42 2 months
120 mg
9/16/2013
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 3  mild depression,arthritis, etal Tinnitus extreme, brain fog/inability to concentrate/memory loss " what?", complete life apathy, depression, hoarding, excessive clothes shopping to feel & look better (broke), dizzy, clumbsyness(sp?), complete loss sex drive, & other stuff, (I think) Tried to get off this crap by dosing down, but, increase pounding tinnitus so bad, had to go back on. It did lessen muscle/skeletal pain, but, no Way eliminated. Dr tried to substitute Prozac, I still don't understand the coorelation, maybe he just thought I was lying about having pain!!! Who would put themselves thru agony? Did I mention increased anger, small bit. If you don't need it, don't start. I get the feeling my cocktail of meds will mean my demise before my health situation. F 54 3.5 years
90 1X D
9/14/2013

 1  Anxiety and fibro severe panic and sweating F 31 2 months
60
9/13/2013
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 2  Depression, anxiety, & hx of fibro weight gain (50+ pounds) high blood pressure skin problems tiny wounds would not heal for months, frequently developed into skin infections (e.g. from acne) immune system problems loss of interest in all activities loss of interest in relationships extreme fatigue wanted to sleep all the time could not feel happiness or joy continued to feel depression, have suicidal thoughts under stress Spent 2 months cutting down dose, final withdrawal off of 30 mg dose was agony emotionally and physically for weeks. Can't get over how much better I feel now off of this drug. F 42 6 years
90 mg 1X D
9/9/2013
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 1  Pain It made me so confused and drowsy all day long. I changed it to night time then I couldn't sleep! It made me over emotional and gave me extreme sweating all the time. This drug is too mind altering for pain sufferers. I'm not taking it anymore. I'll go back to Tylenol 650mg two tabs. F 62 1 weeks
60mg 1X D
9/9/2013
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 1  family member for bipolar depression alcohol cravings, mania nausea, vomiting, horrific nightmares, insomnia, suicidal ideation, suffered psychotic breakdown and crashed car 7 days after abruptly stopping Cymbalta M 22 2 months
60mg 1X D
9/2/2013
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 1  pain/depression Diarrhea,nauseated and very negative feeling in my head. I took one dose of this medication and it gave me a overwhelming feel of negativity. Will not take a second dosasge, flushed them. BAD DRUG!!! F 49 1 days
30mg
8/28/2013

 5  depression anxiety nothing no side effects perfect drug for treating anxiety depression better then anafranil tofranil prozac i have tried all M 50 7 years
60mg 1X D
8/18/2013
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 1  Fibromyalgia pain, depression F 58
30mg 1X D
8/15/2013
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 1  chronic back pain After taking Cymbalta for less than a montth for chronic back pain, my 90 year old mother, whom had had no mental problems before taking Cymbalta, began having visual and auditory hallucinations. After stopping the drug, the halucinations did not stopped until her death 3 years later. The elderly should not risk taking this drug. F 90 21 days
30mg 1X D
8/12/2013

 1  Depression and chronic pain Severe sweating, muscle twitching, headache and diarrhea. F 46 6 weeks
30 mg
8/3/2013

 1  muscle aches While taking this medicine all was pretty good, coming off it was horrific at best. Agressive behavior, moods going high to low, brain zaps were terrible now off this for 3 weeks and still having bad brain zaps. make this drug your last choice, if possible M 49 1.5 years
60 1X D
7/23/2013
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