To Rianna and others whom have posted:
Rianna, I am so sorry to hear about your experience with Cymbalta and its end-result of you having to go to the hospital and end up in the psych. section. I'll be honest, your story has always been one of my utmost fears. I have been on meds now for about six years and everytime I have been switched to a new one I get nervous all over again.
A few months ago, I was switched over to Cymbalta. I had been on Zoloft for 5 years and it was no longer helping me. My therapist, who is also a pyschiatric nurse (APRN) that has prescriptive authority, suggested that I consider Cymbalta. I of course came here to HealingWell to hear what people had to say about their own experiences. As you can respect right now, I did hear a lot of poor feedback (and if I had read your story I most likely would not have switched over). However, I also did hear some positive feedback too. And with all the pros and cons that I read I then discussed them with my therapist as I truly respect her opinion and qualifications as well.
She let me know that in my case she was recommending Cymbalta because the initial SSRI (and the two supporting ones) were no longer working for me. She explained that there is no exact science with these drugs, but that SSRI's alone (i.e. such as Zoloft and Celexa) are usually tried first and if these are not proven effective within a reasonable amount of time or stop working after XX period of time, then a second tier or class of drugs should be used. I believe she mentioned Wellbutrin was one but she thought Cymbalta would be a good fit for me as it has both the SSRI and also norprhemine (spelling?). When used together these two drugs affect two different sides or different elements of the brain, and could help in minimizing the depression.
Thus far, Cymbalta has changed my life....although it certainly hasn't made my problems go poof. I am no longer a couch pillow 90% of the time, I have the ability to focus about 80% of the time now versus almost nothing before. I do have the hot flashes, but I thought it was just me...now I'm not so sure. I still do get extremely nervous and have other serious issues related to that; but I also still have a lot of serious stressors in my life. But, at least now I get some good days along with the bad ones, which for the first time leaves some room for hope for me.
In closing, I am in no way minimizing your experience(s). I think it is truly awful and scares the heck out of me. I will be paying even closer attention to my body and feelings. And I certainly understand and respect that you will never again take Cymbalta or recommend it to others. However, I cannot deny the good it has done for me. Perhaps it is something to do with the "not one drug fits all description"?? Or perhaps it could have something to do with the qualifications of the person who prescribed it - such as a general doctor versus a specialist? Who knows? Either way, you have been in my thoughts and will always continue to be. You had such a terrible experience that you didn't deserve. I'm hoping that you are feeling better now and will never have to go through this again.