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JenJen asked in HealthMental Health · 1 decade ago

Anyone ever try Cymbalta for Depression?

How does it compare to the other ones like Zoloft or Lexapro?

11 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Like the above Cymbalta was awful for me. I felt so drugged on the medication and then after three days I broke out in hives.

    I suffer from PTSD and GAD and have tried many medications. Lexapro is an anti-anxiety/depression medication. I probably would have done ok with it had my anxiety not kicked in and got stomach pains with Lexapro and stopped taking it.

    I prefer no anti-depressants, but that could be my anxiety and experience on other anti-depressants.

    Edit: EX I did give it a try and dealt with the druggy feeling but when I broke out in hives from it and my doctor wanted pictures to send Eli Lilly and Company because he never seen someone break out as bad as I did, that was it for me!

    Source(s): Personal Experience
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

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    6,289 Cases

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    Depression Suicidal/Suicidal Ideations: 181

    Attempted Suicides (not completed): 95

    Completed Suicides: 81

    Deaths (not from Suicide): 67

    Homicidal Ideations: 8

    Homicides/Murders: 6

    Hypomania/Mania: 65

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    Nausea, Feeling Abnormal, Dizziness, Insomnia, Fatigue, Headache, Blood Pressure Increased, Somnolence, Depression, Anxiety, Hyperhidrosis, Vomiting, Alanine Aminotransferase Increased, Drug Ineffective, Tremor, Aspartate Aminotransferase Increased, Diarrhoea, Hepatic Enzyme Increased, Asthenia, Loss of Consciousness


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  • 1 decade ago

    I've taken Cymbalta; in fact, I just stopped taking it about a month ago because it made me EXTREMELY drowsy in the middle of the day - to the point where I'd be falling asleep at my desk! It also made me kind of nauseous at first, especially when I first started taking it and when the doctor upped the dosage. Other than that, though, I found it to be very helpful for me.

    I've never tried the other drugs you mentioned. Perhaps one of those would've given me a different reaction. Luckily my doctor recommended I not take any meds right now, as things seem to be going much better for me.

    Good luck if you're considering depression meds - I know they helped me...

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  • 1 decade ago

    I took it for 3 days and it was awful, for me at least. I first felt chills and then sweating, chills and sweating the whole time. I could not sleep, I just sat there staring out the window. I took Zoloft and within 2 weeks I started to get my sense of humor back and had a complete turn around but with the cost of weight gain.

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  • Tracey
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    4 years ago

    Over the last five years I had begun to have increasingly withdraw into a downward spiral of depression..

    But now with the method I can fully focus my energy and thoughts into a decisive line on how to make my life better constantly. And it works like magic! I'm beginning to attract people to me once again and things have just been looking up since then.

    Helping you eliminate depression?

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's a stronger type of anti depressant than most and the people I know who have taken it had some bad reactions and 1 committed suicide last yr so this one be real careful with.It does make the person feel better in 2 weeks though but the bad out weighs the good.

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  • 1 decade ago

    My mom takes it and loves it. My wife's best friend is on it and she thinks its great. I think the only problem is that its expensive. SSRI's effect people different so 20 people might all have different results you just have to try it for a few weeks.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I thought Cymbalta was for breast augmentation. Crap. No wonder I'm still flat chested and am now suicidal.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    didnt work for me... but if you wanted to try it im sure it wouldnt hurt. it takes months for those things to kick in, so dont pay attention to anyone that tried it for a couple days and didnt see results.

    they're full of it.

    hope you start feeling better.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I just drink beer.

    It's the cause and solution of all the world's problems.

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