What is Duloxetine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Duloxetine is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SSNRI). It may be used for depression, general anxiety disorder, pain associated with diabetic neuropathy and fibromyalgia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 6,347 3,204
Depressed mood 2,075 1,230
Major depressive disorder 1,916 1,164
Generalized anxiety disorder 797 572
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 693 385
Pain 535 320

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 931
Moderate 1,017
Mild 1,146
None 1,767

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Duloxetine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 335
Nausea 287
Decreased sex drive (libido) 184
Dry mouth 169
Dizziness 160
Sweating increased 100

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Duloxetine

Dosage Patients
60 mg daily 408
30 mg daily 160
120 mg daily 139
90 mg daily 76
60 mg twice daily 64
20 mg daily 57
30 mg twice daily 23
40 mg daily 16
20 mg twice daily 14
120 mg twice daily 10

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Why patients stopped taking Duloxetine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 1749
Did not seem to work 1548
Doctor's advice 583
Expense 445
Other 434
Personal research 176
Change in health plan coverage 160
Course of treatment ended 69
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Duration

Currently taking Duloxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 96
1 - 2 years 138
2 - 5 years 290
5 - 10 years 324
10 years or more 162

Stopped taking Duloxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 814
1 - 6 months 932
6 months - 1 year 549
1 - 2 years 498
2 - 5 years 516
5 - 10 years 155
10 years or more 36
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4065
Usually 434
Sometimes 75
Never taken as prescribed 287
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 300
Somewhat hard to take 369
A little hard to take 575
Not at all hard to take 3617
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 126
$100-199 190
$50-99 434
$25-49 691
< $25 1565
Not specified 1855

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Duloxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 152
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 130
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 123
Sertraline (Zoloft) 111
Citalopram (Celexa) 99

Show all 74 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Duloxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 78
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 69
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 58
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 38
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 37

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321 patient evaluations for Duloxetine

Jun 6, 2018 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I still think there is some kind of regulating interaction between Cymbalta and carbidopa-L-dopa. And I still can't explain or predict the sunlight /length of day effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Sep 30, 2017 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The Psych Dr recommended adding 30mg Cymbalta later in the day when the 60 mg dose is used up. Not sure if and when I wil dose up to 120 mg.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Mar 6, 2017 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am on 2x60mg and tried to cut back to 1x in mid February. That was too soon. Also, I am waking up in the daylight hours, and am not working at UTC anymore. I am trying not to use modafinil for wakefulness.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Sep 23, 2016 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have gone up in dosage from 60mg/day to 120mg/day, since Sept 1. Since I am ahead of my usual "sometime in Sept -Oct"schedule, Psychiatrist called it prophylactic. Said to call his office if I need to change med schedule. Aass for cost, I have met my yearly out-of-pocket, so i pay nothing.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Feb 1, 2015 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am taking 2x60mg at night, and 0.75 L-dopa every 4.25 hrs.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

May 11, 2014 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have noticed that when taking 2x60mg, the L-dopa 25/100 can be taken 4-5 hours. When taking 60mg Cymbalta, the L-dopa is about 3-4hrs. IS it regulating the release? I like the 2x60mg. I wonder if it is causing sleepiness as I usually cut dosage in the SPringtime. It will take weeks to figure this out. I don't want to wreck my summer. Also, Cymbalta trashes the sex drive.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Apr 18, 2013 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I will take this until the effectivess goes away.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Aug 23, 2011 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Cymbalta has been working for me for dysthymia.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

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Nov 16, 2017 (Started Mar 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (brain fog)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 20, 2016 (Started Mar 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (brain fog)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 22, 2012 (Started Mar 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 22, 2012 (Started Mar 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 8, 2017 (Started Jul 15, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (feelings of hopelessness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It seems to work. I have been on it so long I cant remember not being on the medication
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: feelings of hopelessness

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