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   Posted 6/18/2009 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
This is my second day of taking it. So far the only side effect I'm having is that my mouth is dry. What are some side effects that people here are having and do they take time to show up? Thanks


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   Posted 6/18/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   

My husband takes Cymbalta and after taking it for a month, developed nausea. He suffered with it for a week and then went off of it. We really thought it was the medication. Anyway, after about a month, he started to get depressed again, so it was his decision to try the Cymbalta again. (He takes it with Wellbutrin as well.) It has been about six months and he has had no more side effects and the depression seems to be at bay.

Hope that answers part of your question.

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   Posted 6/18/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had no real side effects with Cymbalta, or at least not that I have noticed. (It's hard to tell what meds do what when you're on so many!) I must say it has helped me with some of the pain of fibro as well, which is a plus. For some reason though, it's not seeming to do much for my anxiety, which I don't understand at all.

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   Posted 6/18/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was on cymbalta I would sweat all the time and get cold chills. It was almost unbearable. It also made me extremely tired and made my mind feel foggy and my thoughts seem unclear. I also sometimes experienced nausea. This started as soon as I started the medication. I hope that you have better luck with it than I did.
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   Posted 6/18/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Corrine,

I have been on Cymbalta for about 2 1/2 months.  The first night I some really crazy dreams.  Thank Goodness it was only the night.  Then I day 2 days of nausea, followed by 2 days of eating everything in sight.  After that my appetite returned to normal.  I also experieced the dry mouth but that has subsided too.  Now there are no side effects that I am experiencing.  It has helped with the pain and my mood is much better.  It is working great for me. 

Be thankful that you are not experiencing any side effects and lets hope it makes you feel better.  We have to remember we are all very different and react differently to meds.

I hope the best for you!


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   Posted 6/18/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Cymbalta for about 3 years, but not for my fibromyalgia, but for peripheral neuropathy in both my feet. At first the main side effect I had was tiredness or in a fog, but that went away.
I do hope you can handle it.

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   Posted 6/19/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone!

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   Posted 6/19/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I been on it for about 3 weeks now. At first I didnt notice any side-effects at all... but now I am being more distant from people and just not interested in things. My mind has been scrambled.. and lately I have had an upset stomach. Im not sure if its the medicine or not... Im trying to give it some time and see what happens, whether it gets better or not...
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   Posted 6/19/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
My mom was on it for two years without many problems. Shortly after the doc increased her dosage, she started spending money like crazy. This is actually a side affect of Cymbalta and some other meds. Unfortunately, it took her a while to realize what she was doing and it will probably take her the rest of her life to pay off her credit cards.

She's asked me to let people know about this side affect because she thinks if she had been aware of it, she may have realized it thousands of dollars earlier.

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   Posted 6/20/2009 12:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I took it briefly as well and developed heartburn after anything I ate, crazy dreams, and sudden nausea out of the blue. I liked the wild dreams :) but everything else, for me, was not worth it. I also would burst into tears and cry, because I'd have hairtrigger emotions, which was waaay not normal for me.

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   Posted 6/20/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I have also noticed that I don't have an appetite. I almost have to force myself to eat something. Has this happened to anyone?
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