Drug Ratings for CYMBALTA

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 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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History
 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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 1  depression/ anxiety Took at 8pm. Next morning my body was on fire. Hot sweats and chills. Stiff neck. 5 th antidepressant that didnt work for me. On ativan for 5 weeks and no have stomach pain F 35 1 days
30
7/9/2013

 4  Depression, GAD Insomnia, dry mouth, achy muscles F 36 3 weeks
60 mg
7/8/2013

 2  Depression and Sjögren's Syndrome I'm not sure if I had any side effects, but I never felt any benefit from taking this drug, which both my psychiatrist and rheumatologist recommended. F 25 6 months
120mg
7/4/2013

 1  Fibromyalgia osteoarthritis depress Stomach pain, muscle pain, shortness of breath, intense sweating, overheating, nausea, dry mouth, worsening restless legs, itching, tachycardia, dehydration, hypertension, weight gain, suicidal. Be careful with this med. It started out ok, but felt bad after 3 to 4 months. Then titrated off for month and a half. Feel much better with no pain meds. Scary how bad I felt. Pain 24/7 and this med is supposed to help? What a nightmare. F 59 6 months
60 1X D
7/4/2013

 1  Nerve pain Severe lethargy and some shortness of breath to the point I couldn't stand up straight. I was weak and had to crawl into bed. I only took one dose. F 44 1 days
30
6/29/2013

 1  trouble breathing.. vomitting and other symptoms. Later: overactive immune system and inflammation. SSRIs are suicide pills - you probably die. Discontinued after 1 day. Dry mouth, near nose bleeds and other symptoms after 3-4 weeks. Went to a really big hospital emergency room where they gave me some pills that helped. However, later they send me to psychiatry where they gave me zyprexa. F 32 1 days
10 1X D
6/29/2013

 5  fibromyalgia Inconsistent sleep patterns w/ night waking and sweating; constant lump in throat (feeling as though something is stuck); fogginess and inattentiveness. Before taking Cymbalta my pain throughout the day and night had become intolerable. I found immediate relief as I started taking Cymbalta. While I'm not crazy about some of the side effects, I am willing to overlook them because I am able to function. I am concerned about the withdrawl symptoms that patients have written about, and fear that I will just need to take this drug for the rest of my life. F 46 1.5 years
30 MG 1X D
6/28/2013
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 1  nerve pain, burning all over body bad mood swings, tearful, nausea, panicky, nervous, vivid dreams, drowsy during day but cant sleep for long at night, I was desperate to come off this drug with the side effects. I was on lyrica which is a god send for me bringing the burning which had spread everywhere down from feeling burnt alive & seeing no way of living to bad sun-burn which was a massive difference. I was put on lexapro later to 'help' the lyrica work with the pain as seemed to keep having to increase lyrica levels to get prev same pain killing level, but I after reading notes was annoyed as thought she was slipping me onto an antidepressant without my knowing(altho I know I was depressed by then) after had been on lexapro for 6 years was changed to cymbalta by pain clinic after I expressed concern at being in a constant head fog and wanted to come off, was told cymbalta would help pain and increase seratonin whiich is depleted after nerve damage apparently. Not in fog any more but side effects are awful, was on 60mg and he agreed to reduce to 30mg but really want to come off, just afraid of pain increases and withdrawals. Cant cope with the mood swings and tearfulness but not even sure if thats the coming off lexapro and actually just me! or is it the cymbalta at this stage! would love to hear from anyone else on this for nerve pain and their experience-thanks F 44 6 months
30mg 1X D
6/13/2013
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 1  Chronic pain, depression Severe stomach cramps, upset stomach, dizziness, spacey. It's been horrible! I have tried a lot of different depression meds, am taking Lortab for pain 2xs a day. I really hoped this would work so I could get off narcotics for pain but I would rather take the Lortab than this garbage. This med should never have been approved by FDA. F 44 1 days
30mg
6/5/2013
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 4  Pain and Depression I took it at night, because taking it during the day I was sick. It caused nausea, and some dizziness. Cymbalta was the only anti depressant that has ever worked for me. I was on it for 3 1/2 yrs. During that time, I felt the best that I had in my life. But, then my ins co didn't want to pay for it anymore, so I went to the company and was put on the patient prescription plan, where they give you the drug if you qualify. That went ok for awhile and then they started to get harder and harder to work with, so I decided to get off of Cymbalta. I did research, and found out that no matter how I did it, I was going to be sick. So I did it cold turkey. I would never take that drug again, every. I prayed for death for 10 days, and then it took 6 months for all of the side effects to go away. NASTY DRUG!!!! F 59 3 years
30mg 1X D
6/2/2013
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 1  Pain Extremely thirsty day 1 couldn't drink enough water. Could not sleep and was severely nauseated. Day 2 nausea, dry heaves, diaherrea all day long, lethargic no appetite. Day 3 nausea, diaherea lethargic and miserable. I was prescribed this drug for pain, no change in my pain at all, now feeling like crap on top of being in pain. I feel like I have a whatever, bitchy attitude not feeling like myself at all. My husband thinks I need to stop taking it because I am not myself at all. 3 days of this drug and I am done with it. Bad stuff!!!!!!! F 45 3 days
30mg 1X D
5/27/2013

 1  pain Weight gain, tired and dont care about much at all. M 47 90 days
60 1X D
5/18/2013

 1  fibro stomach pain and vimiting first drove to work pulled over ti puke could not open eyes dizzy couldnt drive climbed in the back of my car because i was confused just wanted to lay down clinching teeth seeing things loss of time layed in my car on side of road for 4 hours in 80 degree waether went to er over heated needing flids its now night time and i cant go to slleo still clinching teeth will not be taking it tomorow please if you try it dont drive and have some one a round some one could have rapef me i would have been able to do anything so scarry F 28 1 days
30 mg 1X D
5/17/2013

 3  bi polar/ depression/ anxiety morning groginess, better sleep, daytime fatigue, some periods of depression still, boredom, dry mouth, decreased appetite, strange dreams. F 23 45 days
30mg 1X D
5/15/2013

 5  Clinical Depression It works wonderfully. No more temper tantrums It works wonderfully. I get along with my family, have more energy, and have a much higher self-esteem. As the the cost, my Doctor gives me samples and I do not pay anything for them. Wish I had started years ago as my depression finds its roots in a very dis-functional childhood. M 72 9 years
30mg 1X D
5/3/2013
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 4  Depression/ anxiety Drowsiness, slept better at night. Works awesome I have no complaints except the cost. Thank goodness for insurance or else it's $700 a month. F 23 30 days
30 mg 1X D
5/2/2013

 2  depression, anxiety vivid dreams, decreased appetite, fatigue wasted my time with this medication, did not help depression in anyway, caused increased fatigue which only made mood worse, cymbalta is nothing "novel" just another SNRI antidpressant M 31 3 months
60 1X D
4/30/2013

 4  Depression After weaning off Cymbalta, I lost my sense of smell. It's been over a year now, and I still have not regained it. Every now and then I get a whiff of something, but it hasn't stayed. Why isn't this side effect discussed or indicated as a side effect? F 58 2 years
60 mg 1X D
4/26/2013
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 3  pain No side affects Getting off cymbalta: extremely difficult. Asked Dr. To decrease strength--started on 30 mg. No problem. Tried many times to stop taking, finally increased time by 2 hours for 2 weeks, then by 4 hours for two weeks, progressing in this manner and am now on to 36 hours between taking this medication. No brain 'zaps' that were horrid and I feel great with no 'down' feelings, (that are not part of my personality)! I hope to continue until cymbalta is no longer part of my pain therapy! I will NEVER take cymbalta again! Thanks, Joan F 73
60mg 1X D
4/25/2013
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 5  Depression/Pain from spine surgerie This has worked wonders for me as far as depression and nerve pain problems. Only problem is the extreme weight gain (40 lbs), crave sweets non stop and the price! My insurance pays part, but it's still very expensive. Will be so glad when it goes generic. Anyone have the sweet cravings and weight gain problems? Will continue taking it because it's the only thing that has helped me after trying every anti-depressant known to man!! Just wish I could somehow stop the weight problem! Any suggestions??? F 64 4 years
1X D
4/22/2013

 1  Mild depression/anxiety Switched to Cymbalta after Pharmacy screwed up and said Insurance no longer covered Lexapro (they were wrong). Cymbalta through me into a the DEEPEST pit of depression that I have ever experienced and hope to NEVER experience in my life again! This was 2 years ago! After discovering The mistake the Pharmacy made....I was promptly switched back to Lexapro and Have been so much better and feel NORMAL!!!! F 45 2 months
1X D
4/22/2013
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