What is Duloxetine?

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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 5,981 2,978
Depressed mood 1,970 1,123
Major Depressive Disorder 1,710 1,041
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 735 518
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 689 373
Pain 519 294

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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 882
Moderate 944
Mild 1,092
None 1,594

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Duloxetine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 288
Nausea 279
Dizziness 158
Dry mouth 156
Sex drive (libido) decreased 155
Sweating increased 99

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Duloxetine

Dosage Patients
60 mg daily 553
30 mg daily 218
120 mg daily 138
90 mg daily 100
60 mg twice daily 94
20 mg daily 81
30 mg twice daily 55
40 mg daily 43
120 mg twice daily 25
20 mg twice daily 13

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Why patients stopped taking Duloxetine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 1673
Did not seem to work 1456
Doctor's advice 542
Expense 431
Other 410
Personal research 164
Change in health plan coverage 153
Course of treatment ended 63
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Duration

Currently taking Duloxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 107
6 months - 1 year 213
1 - 2 years 254
2 - 5 years 381
5 - 10 years 356
10 years or more 146

Stopped taking Duloxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 714
1 - 6 months 937
6 months - 1 year 538
1 - 2 years 471
2 - 5 years 485
5 - 10 years 133
10 years or more 32
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3792
Usually 396
Sometimes 64
Never taken as prescribed 260
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 279
Somewhat hard to take 348
A little hard to take 529
Not at all hard to take 3356
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 122
$100-199 187
$50-99 420
$25-49 659
< $25 1434
Not specified 1690

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Duloxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 129
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 103
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 98
Sertraline (Zoloft) 84
Citalopram (Celexa) 78

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Patients stopped taking Duloxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 64
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 57
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 42
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 32
Sertraline (Zoloft) 31

Show all 69 treatments patients report switching to

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316 patient evaluations for Duloxetine

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Tulabee
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Tulabee
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See Tulabee's full Duloxetine history

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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Chrismh1
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Chrismh1
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Low
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Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar I

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Nov 19, 2016 (Started Oct 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Postpartum Depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 17, 2016 (Started Oct 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Postpartum Depression)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Seizures)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 3, 2016 (Started Oct 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Postpartum Depression)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Seizures)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 25, 2015 (Started Oct 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Postpartum Depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

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a-non-mouse
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a-non-mouse
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: severe
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Nov 16, 2016 (Started Apr 30, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Cymbalta reduces or eliminates nerve pain that off the shelf pain killers can't tackle.

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