11 patient evaluations for Duloxetine taken for the purpose of 'depressed mood' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Can’t tell

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Oct 2, 2015 (Started Oct 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for mild depression)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (loss of 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: loss of 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 (loss of 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: loss of sex drive (libido)

Oct 1, 2010 (Started Oct 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (loss of 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: loss of 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: loss of 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: loss of sex drive (libido)

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 23, 2015 (Started Aug 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for increased anxiety)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Give it time to get in your system

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 1, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am currently waning off of it and have started experiencing the physical symptoms of burry vision in the morning, dizziness, nausea, and headaches throughout the day. It has been easier to wane off of than Pristiq, but I hope these symptoms pass soon.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 25, 2011 (Started Mar 07, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (vertigo)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Side effects: vertigo

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 6, 2011 (Started Sep 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 1, 2010 (Started Oct 10, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (craving sweets, excessive sweating, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: When i first started taking Cymbalta it seemed to help with the pain and make me feel a little better all the way around! But the reason i stopped taking it was cuz i couldent tell if it was even making a diffrence anymore! I didnt feel any diff when i stopped taking it!! But the withdrawls were terrible and i even lower my dose gradually! I am glad i stopped taking it cuz the side effects went away n it wasnt helping anymore anyway!! Side effects i had were wieght gain 60lbs, sweating bad, no sex drive, and i craved sweets bad!! they were bareable when i thought it was helping but so much better now and I have lost 30lbs in 4 month since i stopped YAY:) n no more sweating or sweet cravings at all!!! I would recomend to try it cuz everyone is diff n it has worked great for alot of people!!
Side effects: weight gain, craving sweets, excessive sweating

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 2, 2010 (Started Sep 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: weight gain

Nov 18, 2009 (Started Sep 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: weight gain

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 1, 2009 (Started Apr 28, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Just stopped working after a while

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 2, 2009 (Started Aug 31, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (brain cloud, decreased sex drive (libido), insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Side effects: brain cloud, decreased sex drive (libido), insomnia

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2009 (Started Jun 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for depression with anxiety)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (parkinsonism)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: When dosage was increased to 60mg was when it really got worse. I have stopped taking it and switched to Pristiq. Same results. Do well at 50mg, but when increased to 100mg, back came the Parkinsonism.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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