5 patient evaluations for Duloxetine taken for the purpose of 'myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Can’t tell

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Oct 15, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Feb 25, 2013 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 29, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily

Mar 1, 2011 (Started Jul 15, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: For depression (which occured years before FMS or CFS), it took me several different depression meds to find out one that helped or didn't cause undesirably side effects. Cymbalta works for me. Don't give up if the firstbtwo or three don't work.

  • 1 helpful mark

Oct 2, 2015 (Started Oct 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for mild depression)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Severe (decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I marked that there are negative and positive side effects with the Cymbalta. I will discuss the positive first. When I first started the Cymbalta the FDA had not yet approved it for helping fibro pain so I was just taking it to help control my mind that was bouncing all over the place, I could never settle my mind down and the Cymbalta helped with that along with sleeping medications. The negative side effect is still my lack of sex drive. It has gotten so bad that I don't even think about sex anymore. I feel so bad for my partner as he has gone nearly 2 years at one point without being intimate with me. Now my female parts are getting smaller and even trying to have sex causes me extreme pain on top of everything else. My doctor tried to get me to use some hormonal vaginal cream but it started me bleeding and I am 10 years past menopause so that was no good. I know that we should enjoy sex until the day we die and here I am not even 60 yet... I was horribly depressed by the death of my Mother-in-Law from May until September and I had to start taking Abilify again and now I am feeling a lot better. Cymbalta without Abilify doesn't seem to work very well for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: decreased sex drive (libido)

May 26, 2013 (Started Oct 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for mild depression)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 90 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: When I saw my phychiatrist on May 23, 2013 he told me to divide my dose and take 30mg in the morning and 60mg with my night-time medicine. This is supposed to help my fatigue. I still have not felt any different. I am exhausted all the time and I do not think it is from the pain meds that I take. I was tired before I started taking those meds. I have lost my spark!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: decreased sex drive (libido)

Oct 1, 2010 (Started Oct 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I think that Cymbalta has totally erased my sex drive. I do not experience drowsiness with Cymbalta. Drug companies have programs to help pay for the Cymbalta.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: decreased sex drive (libido)

Nov 29, 2009 (Started Oct 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I take quite a high dose of the Cymbalta and I have to help it out with Abilify so I am not sure exactly how good the Cymbalta really is. It has been approved by the FDA to help with FM pain so it was a good choice that my doctor had made years before the FDA made the announcement. I still feel like I am on the edge of my seat alot of the time and I also take Visteril when needed.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: decreased sex drive (libido)

Apr 4, 2009 (Started Oct 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: It probably is working and I don't even know it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: decreased sex drive (libido)

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 15, 2013 (Started Jun 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for whole body pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • 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 whole body pain)
  • 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

Jan 26, 2012 (Started Mar 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Severe (feeling sick)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: i couldnt take it to many side affects.

  • 0 helpful marks
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