265 patient evaluations for Duloxetine with a adherence rating of Always

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Apr 5, 2014 (Started Jun 25, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Nightmares, Heart palpitations, Dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Jul 1, 2013 (Started Jun 25, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Nightmares, Heart palpitations, Dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily

Jul 25, 2012 (Started Jun 25, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Nightmares, Heart palpitations, Dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 25, 2014 (Started Nov 06, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxiety attacks)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxiety attacks)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Doctors tend to want you at the "recommended" dose, which is typically the highest. At the highest doses, the somnolence and dry mouth were unacceptable. I got the positive results at the lower titration doses without as much of the negative side effects. GPs don't know how hard it is to stop taking Cymbalta. I was trying to titrate down in order to start a different med. The doctor only gave me 15 days - 20 mg per day for a week, then 20 mg every other day for two weeks. I had severe dizziness, confusion, and irritability. The manufacturer no longer makes a 15 mg dose. I took my old 30 mg and opened them so I could take 10 mg a day. Took care of the dizziness almost immediately. FDA had a warning out about Cymbalta "Discontinuation Syndrome" back in 2009 (http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/Drugs/PsychopharmacologicDrugsAdvisoryCommittee/UCM172866.pdf). When we're put on a medication, we're informed of the side effects, but not the side effects of withdrawing from said med. Cymbalta is hell to try to stop. Yes, it helps, but the side effects of stopping are worse than the symptoms that caused me to get on it in the first place. "All antidepressants have the potential to cause this after six weeks of use. However, no one has seen this type of severity until now. These newer antidepressant medications like Cymbalta are potent and have short half-lives. The primary reason people get sick when getting off these drugs is because they are left with too little serotonin. Without enough serotonin in the nervous system messaging system, everything goes haywire and the patient goes through hell. "Because many doctors and patients are unaware of these dangers, the diagnosis of Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome can be overlooked. Doctors need to get detailed medication histories and know that this syndrome can last for months. Once the diagnosis is made, then the doctor and the patient can try to treat the problem. In the above example, instead of restarting the Cymbalta, I elected to place the patient on an alternative antidepressant, Prozac. This medication replaces the Cymbalta and is easier to discontinue because it stays in the system longer (longer half-life)." You can find more info here: http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/27148/146506/cymbalta/

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Jan 19, 2014 (Started Nov 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 25, 2013 (Started Sep 27, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: none
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 10, 2013 (Started Mar 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Rapid weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Weight gain when double dose only Didn't work at single dose 30 mg start dose changed to 60 mg quickly then to 120mg
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 2, 2013 (Started Feb 02, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 15, 2013 (Started Jun 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain throughout body)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 90 mg Daily

Aug 19, 2012 (Started Jun 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain throughout body)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I stopped taking it w/out Dr.'s input to see if it was the cause of my excessive daytime sleepiness. I can now last about 3 hours awake before I start getting tired; I don't think it was the Cymbalta. Other med changes might have helped give me the extra 3 hours; too little, too late.

Jun 30, 2012 (Started Jun 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: If I miss the dose in the a.m., I can't take it later, or it will keep me up all night, which I certainly don't want or need. I guess it's worth all the worry of side effect, per doctor recommendation.

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 24, 2013 (Started Feb 06, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Brain fog)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 26, 2013 (Started Nov 15, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Chronic constipation, Weight gain, Tremor in hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Potential unexpected benefits: improved incontinence Be VERY careful and take your time weening yourself off, after discussing with dr, of course! Cost kept increasing so I was considering going off of it. Finally, I was losing my insurance and I definitely could not afford to keep taking it! I thought it wasn't helping anymore but, after getting off of it, it appears it was helping after all, unless it is a coincidence that my health plummeted since!
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Apr 27, 2013 (Started Feb 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Great to eliminated the nerve pain.Work fantastic.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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