i took cymbalta for 1 year after being depressed my entire life..33 years....
i can tell you that i felt better in a matter of days , not weeks
the only side effects i noticed were 1)if i missed 2 days on the 2nd day i felt really funny and my pupils wouldnt stay...normal, they would get big and small, over and over. it was wierd and 2) i was tired alot but it wasnt like the exaustion i felt from the depression. at least i actually felt like getting up out of the bed
cymbalta helped me deal with stuff in my life that otherwise would have killed me .
my depression was so bad before i started taking it that i had planned out my death where it would look like an accident so my son wouldnt have to grow up knowing his mommy killed herself.
i cried ALL the time and honestly wanted to die just to stop from feeling that way because i knew it wasnt supposed to be that way.. noone is supposed to pray for death all of the time.
i can also tell you that i havent taken it in about a month and a half and i still feel fine.so im assuming i just needed to even out whatever was "off" inside my body, i can also tell you that it is strange to not be sad all of the time.
sad isnt a good word though i felt ...hollow, like all of my soul and insides had been removed when i was around 4 years old i guess
but i love it, and if my depression comes back i will not hesitate to get put back on it..
hope this helped. if you have any further questions for me , just let me know ok.. ill help you if i can
whatever you decide i hope you find something that works for you