21 patient evaluations for Duloxetine taken for the purpose of 'fibromyalgia' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Major

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Oct 30, 2017 (Started Dec 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for degenerative disc disease)
  • Side effects
    Severe (memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After several years of taking Cymbalta I noticed some rather significant memory issues. I have no idea if the issues are related to the drug, but I've read other reviews by patients taking Cymbalta, wherein they state exactly the same problem/concerns. Very scary. I was weaned off of Cymbalta with the help of my doctor, who provided nutritional options. It was difficult for the first few months, but then I was fine. However, I recently had surgery on my foot, which left me depressed from being immobile, and in pain from the surgery. I also began to get back the fibro pain. Now I'm wondering if the pain is from the stress of the surgery on my body, or from going off of the nutritional plan (elimination diet) that my doctor had put me on. So it seems I'm going to have to start over one way or another, but am afraid of Cymbalta. Decisions, decisions...
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jan 25, 2013 (Started Dec 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for degenerative disc disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 1, 2017 (Started Oct 30, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (insomnia, headaches, bitter taste, daytime sleepiness, constipation, migraine headaches, gas pain, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 10, 2016 (Started Oct 30, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (insomnia, headaches, bitter taste, daytime sleepiness, constipation, migraine headaches, gas pain, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 7, 2016 (Started Oct 30, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (insomnia, headaches, bitter taste, daytime sleepiness, constipation, migraine headaches, gas pain, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 3, 2016 (Started Oct 30, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (daytime sleepiness, constipation, migraine headaches, gas pain, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 2, 2013 (Started Oct 30, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (daytime sleepiness, constipation, migraine headaches, gas pain, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Oct 30, 2013 (Started Oct 30, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (daytime sleepiness, constipation, migraine headaches, gas pain, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 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

Sep 5, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (SSRI discontinuation (withdrawal) syndrome)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 21, 2012 (Started Aug 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth, migraine headaches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I only get migraines from Cymbalta when I do not take it on time, so as long as you take it on time you should be fine. I've tried other medications for fibromyalgia pain & this one works the best with the least side effects.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Jan 1, 2012 (Started Nov 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (obsessive thinking)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 1, 2011 (Started May 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (excessive sweating, muscle twitching (fasciculations), muscle twitching (fasciculations) in hand)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Start a special savings account as this drug is not cheap or even reasonably priced.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 21, 2011 (Started Oct 05, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (high blood pressure (hypertension), frequent vertigo with nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I think this medication works even better than Savella as I have noticed a much higher quality of life and more energy than with Savella. It still rases my blood pressure, so I take Atenolol and Vasotec, but it's controllable.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 19, 2011 (Started Jan 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (whole body muscle twitching (fasciculations), abnormal urine smell, sweating increased, dry mouth, sexual dysfunction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This drug has been the most effective for my Fibro when taken in combination of Lyrica or Neurotin
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: dry mouth, whole body muscle twitching (fasciculations), sweating increased, abnormal urine smell

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 17, 2011 (Started Sep 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I participated in one of the drug studies for cymbalta through UCLA. I knew within 3 days that I was on the drug and not the placebo. The dosage was increased after 6 months on the study and I have continued with that dosage.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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