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Anyone have experience taking Cymbalta?

Asked by creativejuices (490points) May 26th, 2009

My dr just prescribed Cymbalta, for GAD and depresson. I wanted to get the Jellies input. I have read some horror stories but I am sure they exist for every anti-depressant out there. If you have taken Cymbalta or have a loved one who has taken it, what was their experience?

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steve6's avatar

Is it a serotonin uptake drug? If so, they have a history of suicide as a side-effect.

Facade's avatar


Anyways, I don’t recall how it affected me (if it did at all)

steve6's avatar

I looked it up in the PDR and it is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SSNRI) and it does carry a warning about suicide as side-effect.

creativejuices's avatar

It is a is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI)....

About 4 years ago I took Lexapro for 2 years and it is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) ...

I do not know the difference but I did not feel suicidal on Lexapro, I just had no worries… NONE at all. It did not bother me that I was failing out of college for non-attendance in my favorite classes! So I guess that one worked a little too well… Maybe the difference between them will be my happy medium.

creativejuices's avatar

Thanks steve6 for looking that up for me!

creativejuices's avatar

@facade – I saw all of that!! That was weird!

EmpressPixie's avatar

SSRIs tend to have suicide as a side effect in part because they work. For some people, the thing that keeps them from committing suicide is the lack of energy that comes with their depression. For some of them, the energy returns before the emotional well being on SSRIs. They then have the drive and energy to do it, so they do.

steve6's avatar

@creativejuices You are welcome, anything you need just ask.

creativejuices's avatar

@EmpressPixie – soooo in that case, if I had NO suicidal thoughts- I should, in theory, get all the drive and energy and have no harmful thoughts to follow thru with….

Supacase's avatar

I am taking it, as are my husband, mother and two good friends. My husband takes it for anxiety, my mother and one friend take it for pain (one for nerve pain leftover from shingles, the other for fibromyalgia), my other friend takes it for depression, and I take it for all three. We have all had good experiences with it. Some nausea the first week or two, but definite improvement with our issues.

Of course, different people have different reactions so you never know what yours will be until you try it. I hope it works for you; finding the right medication can be a frustrating process.

creativejuices's avatar

@Supacase: thanks for your input! Glad to hear that it is working for you and yours.

augustlan's avatar

My best friend has been taking it for several years. She reports no problems.

EmpressPixie's avatar

@creativejuices: Exactly, it shouldn’t be a problem for you.

pumpkie's avatar

I was prescribed this for nerve pain in my feet. I tried for a week but the nausea and dizzyness was so bad I could not lift or turn my head without getting sick. I couldn’t stand or walk or get out of bed. That being said many take this medicine for many ailments and have no problem with it and it works for them. I think its worth a try just be aware when you take it not to drive or try to work when you first take it in case you do have any reactions to it.

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