36 patient evaluations for Duloxetine taken for the purpose of 'fibromyalgia' with a side effects rating of Moderate

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Mar 29, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (diabetic neuropathy)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Daily
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

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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

Mar 15, 2013 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Feeling strange, Bad dreams)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Cymbalta caused vivid horrible nightmares.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 14, 2012 (Started May 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Not really sure if it really helped but I did notice an increase in migraines, lower sex drive and, since stopping, drive is back after a week! Not noticing depression or pain level getting worse. will know better later I think.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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Jul 15, 2011 (Started Apr 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Constipation, Overstimulated)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Dont take it, its hs terrible withdrawl symptoms and is difficult to get off..............

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Jul 14, 2011 (Started May 06, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for mild depression)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Cymbalta: The nausea it causes isn't worth it, I know I can take Wellbutrin, Lexapro, without the side effects. I always have underlying anxiety. But the doctor that was assigned to tell me his plan for me or listen, he has added to my anxiety. This is not good with everything else. I can see trying to heal my digestive system but I can't eat hardly anything anyway. So I'm trying to find things that I can eat.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Nausea

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2011 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Increased anxiety)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 15, 2010 (Started Sep 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Insomnia, Hyperactivity, Headaches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 9, 2010 (Started Oct 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Excessive sweating, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Too expensive ($160 per month); not very effective for me.
Side effects: Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Excessive sweating, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Excessive sweating

Dec 6, 2010 (Started Oct 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Excessive sweating, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am tapering off of Cymbalta...have taken it since Oct 21, 2010 with essentially no real improvement in my fibro; some improvement in mood. I am on Zoloft now for depression/anxiety and will continue it. Cymbalta is not worth the price of $160 per month for little to no improvement in symptoms. I am very disappointed.
Side effects: Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Excessive sweating, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Excessive sweating

Nov 21, 2010 (Started Oct 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Excessive sweating, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Have been on the Cymbalta for a month now with only slight improvement in mood; essentially no change in pain. PCP had given me script for Zoloft to add if no real improvement...started it Friday. I have been getting samples; but, if I fill a script for Cymbalta it will cost $160 for 30 capsules-we can't manage that, especially with little response to it.
Side effects: Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Excessive sweating, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Excessive sweating

Nov 2, 2010 (Started Oct 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Excessive sweating, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I took 30 mg for the first seven days and then increased to 60mg as directed. The first three days, I had a major headache that nothing seemed to relieve; it has resolved. Since increasing the dosage, I have had increased fatigue and extreme daytime sleepiness--today I going to take my dose in the evening instead of the morning.
Side effects: Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Excessive sweating, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Excessive sweating

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