Cymbalta leads the way for Lilly

Cymbalta leads the way for Lilly

There are 412 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jan 31, 2007, titled Cymbalta leads the way for Lilly. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Notch up another blockbuster drug for Eli Lilly and Co., thanks to the robust market for antidepressants.

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Denver

Boulder, CO

#31 Apr 10, 2007
I would agree with most of you here - Cymbalta made everything so much worse. I took it because of depression and pain, and my life took a huge tumble. I have been off it for a few days and there is a constant "salt shaker" shaking in my head. I can't handle it. I would never recommend this drug to anyone!!!!!
Teresa

United States

#32 Apr 10, 2007
I am currently coming off Cymbalta as well. I did not feel it helped me and I was having constipation, dry mouth and couldn't sleep. I was on prozac before and I think it did a better job.
My Doctor had me take 30mg of Cymbalta for a week, I was taking 60mg. My withdrawals are horrible, even when I was taking the 30mg. I have Horrible dizziness, headache and feel foggy. I have also had blurry vision but kept thinking it was just my contacts, now I wonder. I am not sure I can take these withdrawals much longer.
Sarah

AOL

#33 Apr 12, 2007
Have been taking Cymbalta for two years.
Never worked up to the 60 MG. On 40 MG and then reduced it on my own to 20 MG. Having too many side effects. Has caused problems with my other medications. I have rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Sleep has always been sporadic. Lately, sweating has gotten out of control. Today my psychiatrist took me off Cymbalta. Still taking Klonpin. I asked about withdrawels he said I shouldn't have any because I'm on a low dosage. My friend said I shouldn't do it cold turkey. Then I read your postings tonight and began to worry. Going to do it gradually. Thank you for being so honest about the drug.
mary_il

Thermal, CA

#34 Apr 15, 2007
I am totally bawling my eyes out right now!. I have been on Cymbalta for about a year , I was on Lexapro before that. I have followed my physicians directions for coming off and I am not myself. All the talk of the "buzzing" sounds and the shakiness, grouchy, irritable , diarehia symptoms, I have them all and I am scared!! This is the worst drug ever and I intend to show my DR these comments because everytime I tried telling her how I felt, she just said it was because of something else. Dr's are so fast to put you on "something" It is not right! thanks for listening......
Paula San Francisco

United States

#35 Apr 15, 2007
My Nurse Practitioner prescribed Cymbalta 60 mg/day for the pain of spinal stenosis. After two weeks of scary symptoms I guess my body adjusted to it, and it's been over a year now and I haven't had any more pain in my legs. It had been so bad that I couldn't walk more than a few steps and would have to sit down. I guess we'll hear next that it is used for ALL nerve pain, not just diabetic; it sure has worked for me! It's true it causes insomnia in some people--and a weird smell of your urine (this is mentioned in their literature now) but I guess it's worth it.
Paula San Francisco

United States

#36 Apr 15, 2007
See above.
Alicia

Grand Blanc, MI

#37 Apr 16, 2007
I jus took my first dose of Cymbalta last night and had heart palpiations, high anxiety and nausea all night. This was my first dose and it was the worse night I've had. I was taking it for anxiety. . I don't think I will continue.
suzie

United States

#38 Apr 24, 2007
I found this site tonight because I needed to know more about cymbalta. My niece is in the hospital tonight because her doctor prescribed this medication for nerve ending pain. She had only been on the drug for 5 days and lost the ability to control her muscles and halucinated. She was taken to the hospital last night and the doctors gave her medication to get it out of her system but it didn't work so they told her she would have to let it wear off because it is a time released drug. She was no better today and ended up in the hospital for a MRI and a EEG. They did however give her ativan and this calmed her down and she is now acting more herself. Praise God. They are waiting now to see if it has done any permanate damage. This is a very dangerous drug. For those of you that are having withdraw perhaps ativan will help you as well. Thank you for your postings.

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#39 Apr 24, 2007
I take Cymbalta for Major Depressive Disorder. I've been taking it for nearly two years now. It's been wonderful for me.

I also make sure to read up on all medications before I begin taking them and was completely aware of the withdrawl reactions before I started taking them. I still decided that the benefits would be worth it and still feel that they are. Cymbalta has helped me feel like a person again when I was becoming so far introverted I wouldn't see or speak to anyone other than the people I live with for weeks.

Granted, it doesn't work for everyone, but if it worked for you and what your main complaint is about is the withdrawl symptoms, that information is readily available to anyone who looks into it.

Doesn't anyone read about what they're about to put into their bodies or do they all just threaten lawsuits later on for their own blind acceptance?

Where has self-responsibility gone?
suzie

United States

#40 Apr 25, 2007
Good Morning:
The Cymbalta that my niece recieved from her Doctor was given as a sample and had no interaction or side affects sheet with it. Most people trust their doctors when given medicine, most do read the interactions and effects of the medicine when given the sheet to do so. A person needs to trust in their doctor when given medicine. I feel in this case the doctor let her down. Even if she didn't have a paper stating the side affects and interactions, they should have been verbably explained to her.

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#41 Apr 25, 2007
Suzie, it seems that your niece's problems were not due to withdrawl symptoms if she'd only just begun taking it. Your body has to become dependant on the drug for someone to go through withdrawls. Perhaps an allergic reaction specifically with your niece? I wouldn't dare to say because I'm not a doctor. For that I would go back and ask doctors what they think caused her reaction.

I was speaking to people who took it and were fine then are now threatening to sue over the withdrawl symptoms now that they want to get off of it. Cymbalta is a psych med, it changes the way your brain works and your body becomes partially dependant on it. It is very important to taper off slowly to allow your body to get used to functioning on its own again. People just don't read anymore I guess.
suzie

United States

#42 Apr 27, 2007
Good Morning:
My niece got out of the hospital yesterday, her doctor's say they didn't find any permanate damage, and I thank God for this. She is still experiencing the same problems, and is clearly not herself yet. She is still having muscle jerks, speach problems, and some memory problems. As long as she takes the ativan she is functioning. The doctors keep saying it just has to wear out of her system. It can't be soon enough. She has really been through alot, and her family as well. I do think it was decided that it was probally an alergic reaction. I still believe the doctor should have been more cautious and explained more to her before giving such a drug. I pray no one else has to go through such an ordeal.
Louis

Johannesburg, South Africa

#43 May 2, 2007
Hi
Ive been put on cymbalta by my GP because he decided i have depression after i started getting panic attacks.
Been about 6 months before i relized the depressions symtoms i was taking the drug for was actualy cymbalta side effects. I cut down to 1 every 2 days for a month then the next month 1 every 3 days. Prob is on the 4th day the extreme dizziness starts. Last week i decided bugger it and quite completedly. Now i asume im commiting the next sin by counteracting the dizziness with xanor 1 a day but it seems worth it as im not exsperiecing side effects. Anyone out there with good or bad exsperience with Xanor Plz let me know. By the way if anyone is exsperiecing Panic atacks like i was !! can i suggest a book on the internet witch resolved my panic atack prob in 3 days with no Meds its CALLED PANIC AWAY
Thax a lot

CYMBALTA SUCKS

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#44 May 2, 2007
Louis, you're very likely creating the problem. The way you've decided to taper off is not the way to do it at all. You should only do that with your doctor's advice. It should be done by lowering the DAILY dosage and by still continuing to take it every day. Of course you are feeling the terrible withdrawl side effects, you were unmedicated at all for two and three days and then giving yourself a full dose.

Do I sound like a broken record yet?

Cymbalta is a serious psych med. Your body becoms dependant on it. It should only be taken under the guidance of your doctor and anyone who decides on their own that they know better than their doctor, well, I don't know what to say to you except that you should expect negative effects and take some blame yourself.

Psych meds really need to be taken exactly when your doctor says to take them, every day, without fail. Thats all there is to it.
Anna

Sacramento, CA

#45 May 14, 2007
How should I taper off. My doctor told me the lowest dosage is 20 mg. He told me to take one pill every other day for a week, then 1 pill every 3rd day etc. until I'm off. I feel miserable and I told him I think it's the bouncing back and forth that is making me so sick. Any suggestions?
Anna77 wrote:
Louis, you're very likely creating the problem. The way you've decided to taper off is not the way to do it at all. You should only do that with your doctor's advice. It should be done by lowering the DAILY dosage and by still continuing to take it every day. Of course you are feeling the terrible withdrawl side effects, you were unmedicated at all for two and three days and then giving yourself a full dose.
Do I sound like a broken record yet?
Cymbalta is a serious psych med. Your body becoms dependant on it. It should only be taken under the guidance of your doctor and anyone who decides on their own that they know better than their doctor, well, I don't know what to say to you except that you should expect negative effects and take some blame yourself.
Psych meds really need to be taken exactly when your doctor says to take them, every day, without fail. Thats all there is to it.

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#46 May 14, 2007
What a beautiful name you have!:)

I'm sorry, when I wrote to Louis, I did assume he was still at a theraputic level. You are absolutely right, once you get down to 20mg, skipping days is normal until you are off completely. You're doing it just right by following your doctor's directions.

And if you have any questions as you taper off, make sure you write them down because sometimes it can be hard to remember everything when youre actually there, but it all comes back to you as soon as you leave. At least for me thats the way it goes, hehe. Questions about side effects and what, if anything, you can do to ease them. If they get too strong for you tell your doctor that also. You can just go a bit longer at each lower dose or come up with another solution together.

Very good luck, withdrawls don't have to be so bad when you do it nice and easy.:)
Rose

Bridgeport, CT

#47 May 19, 2007
Hi. I too have had a good experience with the drug. I am not anti-social or depressed any longer. However, I do have night sweats and my stool is light and clay looking. I have had blood tests and all is fine-- still I worry. I've been on the drug for 9 months and I'm afraid to go off. I've also heard that it just stops working after awhile for some. are any of you happy with the drug but are experiencing the night sweats and stool problem?
Anna77 wrote:
I take Cymbalta for Major Depressive Disorder. I've been taking it for nearly two years now. It's been wonderful for me.
I also make sure to read up on all medications before I begin taking them and was completely aware of the withdrawl reactions before I started taking them. I still decided that the benefits would be worth it and still feel that they are. Cymbalta has helped me feel like a person again when I was becoming so far introverted I wouldn't see or speak to anyone other than the people I live with for weeks.
Granted, it doesn't work for everyone, but if it worked for you and what your main complaint is about is the withdrawl symptoms, that information is readily available to anyone who looks into it.
Doesn't anyone read about what they're about to put into their bodies or do they all just threaten lawsuits later on for their own blind acceptance?
Where has self-responsibility gone?
My side effect Story

AOL

#48 May 19, 2007
I took Cymbalta for about a month. I went back to Floruxetine. Cymbalta completely stopped my urnine leakage, and I no longer had to wear a panty liner, but when I went off of it, I wet my pants worse than before I took Cymbalta. I wet my pants without even having the urge to go to the bathroom. It took about a month for this to stop happening after I went back to Floruxetine. The side effect of going off Cymbalta almost made me start taking it again. Luckily I waited it out.
Teresa

Padre Island Ntl Seashor, TX

#49 May 21, 2007
I have been on Cymbalta for 2 years now. I started out taking 30mg and now take 90mg daily. My doctor seems to think it is a great drug. I have had very good luck on Cymbalta but don't feel like it is working anymore. I am very afraid to stop taking it but feel that I need to get off of it. I have gained a tremendous amount of weight while on it and seem to feel more tired and have body aches daily now. I too have experienced the "zaps" . In fact that was my very first side effect. I am not going to say that it is a bad drug because it does work for a lot of people. I wouldn't change what it did for me when I needed it. I just hope I can conquer withdrawing from it.
Cory

Austin, TX

#50 May 21, 2007
I too started out with 30mg now at 90mg -- after I told the to doc I wanted off the medicine because I did not think it was working ...he said..well it sounds like we need to move you from 60 - 90....I was like oh great....

So tomorrow I am going to see a new doctor. I feel worse mentally now then when I first started Lexapro which was changed to cymbalta.... I am not going to play the whats behind door number 3 game and switch from medicine to medicine either.... If the new doctor will not take me off the medicine then I will either go cold turkey or have to find another doctor/.

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