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I was on this drug for over 6 years. I started at 30 mg and was bumped up to 60 mg. I was taking it for depression, and it worked wonders for a year and a half. I felt very social and happy. The biggest physical side effects I experienced were sweating, weight loss, and I found it challenging to focus.

Once it stopped working my psychologist bumped me up to 90 mg, and added lamictal. That stopped working, so I decided to quit both.

The withdrawal symptoms included nightmares, brain zaps, vertigo, difficult word retrieval, weight gain, ANXIETY, irritability, concentration problems, rapid body temperature changes
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I am so thankful for cymbalta. I have fibromyagia, as well as GAD, and for me, this is a wonderdrug. It may not work for everybody, but O M G, it's made a world of difference for my pain and depression. as far as anxiety goes, i'm honestly not sure if the cymbalta is helping with that or not as i'm on other meds too. I've stopped using pain killers due to addiction, and stopped benzos as well. I've noticed HUGE improvement in my pain problems!! I started on 30mg like i think 3 years ago and my new psych just raised me to 60mg. I've not noticed any bad side effects other than a little drowsiness when used in combo with my other meds. but cymbalta alone, really doesn't bother me at all. love it.

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i've been on cymbalta for two years, the initial side effects lasted about 1-3 months and then vanished. it worked perfectly, kept me from suicidal thoughts, and i made progress trying to move my life forward. however it stopped working this past year and i'm currently weaning off of it. withdrawal is awful - headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, some slurred speech, sudden depressive symptoms and thoughts of suicide, mood swings.. looking forward to getting off of it 100%
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I had cymbalta for three days. It was horrible. I felt dizzy and I couldn't stop shaking. I also had a lot of headaches. I felt like I was on Mars or something.

I don't know what I'm doing.
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I'm currently on Cymbalta, and I think it might be helping slightly. Unfortunately, it has the devastating side effect of making me wake up at 5:30 in the morning. I think I'll be trying something else.

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I got prescribed Cymbalta after switching it with Prozac and even though the side effects were slightly less severe, I still experienced no improvement on my mood. I also got it prescribed for neuropathic pain but saw no difference on a physical level. I am now off it as well and I've had a HORRIBLE withdrawal syndrome with extreme drowsiness, headaches, and such, I'm doing slightly better now but I'm yet to find a molecule that works well with my depressive-like symptoms (along with my physical symptoms).

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I wanted to share my experience with Cymbalta( hope it's ok to "necro" this). So I was on Cymbalta for about 7 months at 60mg before deciding to taper off and quit. My side-effects were mild sexual dysfunction (not as bad as Prozac, but still there was some of this) with the occasional stomachache. I've been off of it for about five weeks now, without any withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal is awful for this. Like seriously the worst. I never had brain zaps, but the nausea was excruciating. It also made me feel really irritated. I was lucky that I decided to quit before the withdrawal was worse.

My doctor wanted me to do one pill every week for a couple of times, then every other week. Maybe not the best plan ever (especially since the half-life of Cymbalta is incredibly short) but the symptoms were "mild" enough that it didn't matter too much. Of course, this will differ from person to person, depending on how long you've been taking Cymbalta. I highly recommend getting off of Cymbalta, and not taking it even if there are no other options, out of principle. You can google this, but the guy behind Cymbalta, Eli Lily lied about how difficult it was to stop taking Cymbalta, and there is no guidance from his company for getting off of Cymbalta.

I strongly believe that I never should have been on antidepressants of any kind in the first place, so definitely not for me. I'd recommend if you wish to do so that you visit https://www.cymbaltawithdrawal.com/. They recommend opening the pill and counting beads (which there is a science to it, so read up before doing it). With that said, I didn't do any of that, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

To summarize, Cymbalta is awful and has maybe some of the worst withdrawal symptoms of any antidepressants, mostly due to its short half-life. It didn't help me, and again the withdrawal will likely be painful for some people. And from what I read, doctors aren't really aware of how bad Cymbalta withdrawal is. I know I'm probably being crass , but I don't want anyone to suffer withdrawal from this medication.
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I wanted to share my experience with Cymbalta( hope it's ok to "necro" this). So I was on Cymbalta for about 7 months at 60mg before deciding to taper off and quit. My side-effects were mild sexual dysfunction (not as bad as Prozac, but still there was some of this) with the occasional stomachache. I've been off of it for about five weeks now, without any withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal is awful for this. Like seriously the worst. I never had brain zaps, but the nausea was excruciating. It also made me feel really irritated. I was lucky that I decided to quit before the withdrawal was worse.

My doctor wanted me to do one pill every week for a couple of times, then every other week. Maybe not the best plan ever (especially since the half-life of Cymbalta is incredibly short) but the symptoms were "mild" enough that it didn't matter too much. Of course, this will differ from person to person, depending on how long you've been taking Cymbalta. I highly recommend getting off of Cymbalta, and not taking it even if there are no other options, out of principle. You can google this, but the guy behind Cymbalta, Eli Lily lied about how difficult it was to stop taking Cymbalta, and there is no guidance from his company for getting off of Cymbalta.

I strongly believe that I never should have been on antidepressants of any kind in the first place, so definitely not for me. I'd recommend if you wish to do so that you visit https://www.cymbaltawithdrawal.com/. They recommend opening the pill and counting beads (which there is a science to it, so read up before doing it). With that said, I didn't do any of that, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

To summarize, Cymbalta is awful and has maybe some of the worst withdrawal symptoms of any antidepressants, mostly due to its short half-life. It didn't help me, and again the withdrawal will likely be painful for some people. And from what I read, doctors aren't really aware of how bad Cymbalta withdrawal is. I know I'm probably being crass , but I don't want anyone to suffer withdrawal from this medication.


Iv been on and off cymbalta twice. To let you know my first time tapering off was quite easy, it took me a while maybe a month or two. Because instead of just taking the lowest dose possible I would open the capsule and gradually empty some out and empty abit more every few days to a week. So it took a while but I had hardly any withdrawls effects.
The second time I quit cymbalta it was the worst I went from 60mg to nothing. Because I needed to quit abruptly for a specific reason, I was literally in bed for a week and a half with my head spinning constantly. So in saying that I found it to be a good anti depressant to the point that I wanted to get off it, and easy to taper off if you do it the unconstitutional way.
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