Anyone taken Cymbalta/ Duloxetine?

Been on it for about 6 months, hard switching at first from zoloft, only 2nd one I'm on. Helped lowering chronic pain by 2 points or so, not sure how well it works, since I have problems identifying my mood until I'm well under water, and the I think I'm still treading on top. I was going to try a different one, but life interfered, I had too much going on to add something else to the mix. Also freaking covid and 2020 makes it hard for me to judge. Id say it's been about 4 months since I felt I was under/treading water.
 

Freida

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I've heard it works great for a small percentage but my doc and I decided not to use it because it can mimic fibro....which kind of defeats the purpose of using it for fibro 😁

Fibro can make you really sensitive to med side effects - I always have to look up the "rare" ones because it never fails that at least one wil show up when I try a new med.
 

joeylittle

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Cymbalta was my first antidepressant, and it worked extremely well for me. Some side effects, but for me they were tolerable. It was the foundation of my medications until around 4-ish years into it....and then it seemed to stop working. Turns out, that's the thing with Cymbalta - you will become too used to it, after a while. Loses efficacy. But - that 'awhile' is typically after 3-5 years.
 
Thank you for all the feedback. I spoke to my pdoc about it and started my first dose of Cymbalta today.

Fingers crossed it goes *relatively* smoothly.

Feeling a bit pukey so far, but I get that a lot so can't tell atm if it's a side-effect or not.

Not sure if I'm really expecting it to work or not (to alleviate this bout of depression). *shrug*

Wait and see I guess.

(One good thing about this depression is I have zero expectations or feelings about how things will go so I'm strangely relaxed about the outcome, which is rather unlike my usual self.)
 

Skywatcher

MyPTSD Pro
I basically woke up the next day and felt like I had taken Acid. (Lsd).
Just now seeing this, but I had the exact same reaction. I wanted to leave work because everything in the world was so beautiful. I had no desire to follow any obligations. I even asked a colleague to smell the lotion on my arm because it seemed so amazing and intense (back-story, I can’t smell). Mid day, I became instantly sick. Extremely nauseous. Followed it up with falling asleep and then waking up to my friends asking me if I had taken LSD. My P-doc told me none of that was possible and that I had a placebo effect. That became a trigger of its own.
 
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