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Cymbalta

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3.6  Effectiveness
7.1  Side Effects
5.2  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 14 Cymbalta side effects and 5 Cymbalta benefits.

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Treatment Information
The generic name of this medication is duloxetine and brand name is Cymbalta.
The active ingredients of this medication are Duloxetine, Serotonin/Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor and Antidepressant.
Cymbalta is manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company.
Mainly used to treat major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder.
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Cymbalta, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 7.6% 29% 45% 11.5% 6.9%
Balance/Equilibrium 5.4% 20.9% 62.8% 6.2% 4.7%
Blood Pressure 5.5% 13.3% 73.4% 7% 0.8%
Breathing 1.6% 11% 77.2% 9.4% 0.8%
Confidence 11.9% 11.1% 37% 26.7% 13.3%
Coordination/Motor Skills 6.9% 21.4% 52.7% 14.5% 4.6%
Digestion 11.3% 18.5% 63.7% 4.8% 1.6%
Emotional Well-being 17.1% 19.3% 13.6% 29.3% 20.7%
Energy 17.5% 27% 19.7% 27% 8.8%
Eyesight 5.5% 18% 68.8% 5.5% 2.3%
Memory 13.8% 18.5% 45.4% 10.8% 11.5%
Mental Clarity 18.2% 18.9% 26.5% 24.2% 12.1%
Pain 5.5% 11.7% 57.8% 21.1% 3.9%
Patience 13.6% 18.2% 26.5% 30.3% 11.4%
Sexual Health 18% 15.8% 50.4% 12% 3.8%
Skin Complexion 4.9% 12.2% 81.3% 1.6% 0%
Sleep 11.5% 30.2% 26.6% 25.2% 6.5%
Stress Level 12.2% 15.3% 30.5% 26% 16%
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Commonly Reported Cymbalta Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Abdominal Pain 69.1% 16.4% 7.3% 7.3% 0%
Allergic Reaction 89.1% 3.4% 5% 1.7% 0.8%
Anxiety 50.9% 20.5% 16.1% 7.1% 5.4%
Appetite Loss 43.8% 18.8% 37.5% 0% 0%
Bleeding 93.8% 0% 6.2% 0% 0%
Blurred Vision 58.8% 23.5% 2.9% 11.8% 2.9%
Breathing Difficulties 87.9% 3% 9.1% 0% 0%
Change in Sex Drive 48% 8% 18.4% 12% 13.6%
Change in Weight 42.9% 19% 19% 14.3% 4.8%
Cold Symptoms 81.8% 3% 9.1% 3% 3%
Confusion 64.7% 14.7% 8.8% 8.8% 2.9%
Constipation 42.6% 18.1% 19.1% 10.6% 9.6%
Depression 47.2% 19.4% 11.1% 16.7% 5.6%
Diarrhea 84.4% 3.3% 7.4% 1.6% 3.3%
Difficulty Urinating 80.3% 6.6% 6.6% 6.6% 0%
Dizziness 49.6% 22.5% 11.6% 10.1% 6.2%
Drowsiness 41.2% 23.5% 14.7% 10.3% 10.3%
Dry Mouth 38% 27.1% 18.6% 10.9% 5.4%
Erectile Dysfunction 90.8% 4.6% 1.5% 3.1% 0%
Fatigue 42.4% 12.9% 16.7% 14.4% 13.6%
Fever 87.9% 6.1% 6.1% 0% 0%
Gas 78.8% 15.2% 3% 0% 3%
Headache 49.6% 20.2% 16.3% 3.9% 10.1%
High Blood Pressure 66.7% 6.7% 0% 13.3% 13.3%
Insomnia 46.5% 13.4% 17.3% 11.8% 11%
Irregular Heartbeat 73.5% 14.7% 2.9% 8.8% 0%
Irritability / Impatience 52.5% 13.1% 13.1% 9.1% 12.1%
Mood Swings 64.7% 11.8% 5.9% 5.9% 11.8%
Muscle Cramping 67.6% 11.8% 11.8% 5.9% 2.9%
Nausea 62.4% 18.3% 7.3% 6.4% 5.5%
Rapid Heartbeat 50% 50% 0% 0% 0%
Relaxed / Calming Sensation 63.1% 13.8% 13.8% 7.7% 1.5%
Sensitivity to Light 73.5% 11.8% 2.9% 8.8% 2.9%
Sexual Dysfunction 66.2% 7.8% 7.8% 10.4% 7.8%
Stomach Ache 76.5% 8.8% 2.9% 5.9% 5.9%
Sweating 41.5% 17.1% 12.2% 14.6% 14.6%
Swelling 81.2% 6.2% 6.2% 0% 6.2%
Tremors 66.7% 13.3% 20% 0% 0%
Vomiting 70.6% 11.8% 11.8% 0% 5.9%
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Less Commonly Reported Cymbalta Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Acne 80% 6.7% 6.7% 0% 6.7%
Aggressive / Impulsive Behavior 66.7% 11.1% 3.7% 7.4% 11.1%
Alcohol cravings 85.1% 5.9% 3% 3% 3%
Amnesia / Memory Loss 60% 8% 8% 8% 16%
Anxiety 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Blurred Vision 63.5% 13.5% 16.2% 1.4% 5.4%
Change in Sex Drive 0% 33.3% 0% 33.3% 33.3%
Change in Weight 42.4% 18.8% 20% 8.2% 10.6%
Confusion 52.6% 0% 21.1% 10.5% 15.8%
Coordination / Balance Problems 57.1% 14.3% 9.5% 4.8% 14.3%
Cough 81.2% 12.5% 6.2% 0% 0%
Depression 63.2% 10.5% 0% 5.3% 21.1%
Disorientation 61.5% 11.5% 11.5% 7.7% 7.7%
Double Vision 70.6% 5.9% 5.9% 0% 17.6%
Elevated Cholesterol Level 93.8% 0% 6.2% 0% 0%
Energy Loss 42.9% 14.3% 14.3% 14.3% 14.3%
Fainting 87% 0% 4.3% 4.3% 4.3%
Feelings of Anger / Rage 69.2% 11.5% 0% 3.8% 15.4%
Gas 64.3% 7.1% 21.4% 7.1% 0%
Hallucinations 71.9% 6.2% 9.4% 6.2% 6.2%
Impaired Thinking / Judgment 64% 16% 0% 4% 16%
Increased Depression 68.4% 13.2% 9.2% 6.6% 2.6%
Increased Urination 71.4% 0% 14.3% 14.3% 0%
Indigestion 76% 8% 0% 8% 8%
Irritability / Impatience 58.3% 16.7% 25% 0% 0%
Liver Damage 96.2% 2.5% 1.2% 0% 0%
Mouth Sores 75% 6.2% 18.8% 0% 0%
Nausea 50% 27.8% 0% 0% 22.2%
Rapid Heartbeat 71.4% 7.1% 21.4% 0% 0%
Reduced Libido 63.2% 5.3% 12.3% 10.5% 8.8%
Relaxed / Calming Sensation 90% 0% 10% 0% 0%
Seizures 93.8% 3.8% 2.5% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 60% 30% 10% 0% 0%
Slow Reflexes 69.2% 11.5% 7.7% 0% 11.5%
Slurred Speech 79.2% 8.3% 4.2% 0% 8.3%
Suicidal Tendencies 74.2% 7.5% 7.5% 4.3% 6.5%
Sweating 0% 20% 20% 20% 40%
Tremors 47.6% 9.5% 19% 9.5% 14.3%
Ulcer 80% 20% 0% 0% 0%
Vertigo 0% 0% 0% 100% 0%
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Episodes since taking Cymbalta
Since taking Cymbalta Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 3.1%
Blindness 0.5%
Fall 6.8%
Hallucination 2.6%
Hospitalization 7.3%
Seizure 1.6%
Stroke 0.5%
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User Comments about Cymbalta
11 Nov 2013 Problems with this drug are: overstimulation, feeling restless, involuntary clenching of teeth and jaw-clenching. Even small twitching of whole muscle groups like the shoulders. Cymbalta is kind of like a toned-down version of Prozac or Zoloft in that it doesn't have such a powerful stimulant/antidepressant profile. But it is nasty, you can tell from the side-effects that taking Cymbalta is not healthy for you. No way would I recommend being on Cymbalta if there is any better option available to you. Also even the 30 milligrams per day seems too strong.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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11 Nov 2013 Problems with this drug are: overstimulation, feeling restless, involuntary clenching of teeth and jaw-clenching. Even small twitching of whole muscle groups like the shoulders. Cymbalta is kind of like a toned-down version of Prozac or Zoloft in that it doesn't have such a powerful stimulant/antidepressant profile. But it is nasty, you can tell from the side-effects that taking Cymbalta is not healthy for you. No way would I recommend being on Cymbalta if there is any better option available to you.
   —Posted by JB
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23 Sep 2013 Made me VERY sick. I took 1 30mg pill on a Friday evening (for fibromyalgia) and I still am seeing the effects of it slightly on Monday. It made me very nauseated, made my heart race very fast and hard, gave me panic attacks all night, the night I took it. Made me very weak and shaky, dilated my eyes, blurred vision, made my skin very hot and red, made the room spin, made me dizzy. I would not recommend this to anybody.
   —Posted by Donottakecymbalta
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09 May 2013 Cymbalta is a wonder drug! I wish I could shake the hand of the guy who created it! it has chanded my life and probley saved it! I was a major alcoholic for years , I treated my anziety disorder with alcohol which was killing me, once I went to my Doctor because I was feeling very sick with nausea turned out some of my liver functions were no longer wanting to do their job, on another ocassion I was hospilized because I was drunk for 2 weeks and when I was coming down I was shaking like a Turkey the day before Thanks Giving. If you are a person who has an anziety disorder or has panic attacks I highly recommend Cimbalta it has given me my life back !! I take 60 mils once a day only side effects I get #1 I sweat more then I use to # 2 I usually get severe nausea for about 2-3 mins a day then it goes away # 3 I last longer in the sack before having an orgasm now "no complains from me or my girlfriend"! sex has improved! Thank you Cimbalta!!
   —Posted by Saved from the darkness
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20 Apr 2013 This drug is very dangerous my doctor switched me from pristiq , after a month I lost control of my life, resulting in me having an affair and loosing my job of 15 years. I began having chronic diarreaha that went undiagnosed for eight weeks at a loss I was changed back to pristiq and the condition disappeared, along with my erratic behavior, unfortunately it was too late, to correct all the damage done to my marriage and career. I am just now after three months starting to feel better. Please be careful if you are given this drug, my doctor did not even recognize the side effects.
   —Posted by Cyndi
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