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  • CYMBALTA HORROR STORIES

    16 posts, 10 voices, 13704 views, started Apr 21, 2011

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 by Dana Arcuri




    • In March 2008, my doctor prescribed Cymbalta to treat fibromyalgia.  After a few short months, I encountered serious negative symptoms.  Immediately, I informed my specialist.  To my surprise, she refused to discontinue Cymbalta & she wouldn’t help me taper.worried

      For 4 difficult months, I went from doctor to doctor trying to find someone to help me slowly wean off Cymbalta.  I would have independently stopped Cymbalta, except the pharmaceutical literature warns against this.  In desperation, I attempted to wean Cymbalta, but I ran out of meds & I experienced a painful fibro flareup.  

      The end result....After struggling with ongoing debilitating symptoms from Cymbalta for over 1 1/2 years, my new doctor asked my pharmacist to check all my medications for possible interactions.  This was a GOD-SEND!estatic  

      The pharmacist informed me that Cymbalta was SEVERELY interacting with all four medications I was taking.  She thought I was suffering Serotonin Syndrome.  This could explain my nightmare from hell!

      For 4 weeks, I slowly tapered Cymbalta, until I was finally completely free.  Due to unexpected negative long-term consequences from taking Cymbalta, I’ve been hospitalized twice.  

      Currently, I’m not fully recovered and I’ve discovered the drug interactions were far worse than we anticipated. While I was taking Cymbalta, my urologist prescribed Cipro to treat a UTI.  Unfortunately, when Cipro is combined with Cymbalta, extremely dangerous interactions occur.  

      If you or anyone you know is prescribed Cymbalta, be aware of the warnings involved with this drug & with mixing other medications.  There is a high potential for physical, emotional & cognitive impairment.

      For more information, check out Cymbalta Withdrawal Horror Stories on Facebook.





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          Kandykahne 5 wrote Apr 21, 2011
        • Sorry you had go through this! My doctors have told me the side effects of Cymbalta can be worse than what you are actually treating. Not one of them would ever prescribe it.heartbreak



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Apr 21, 2011
        • Diana, you are so fortunate to have doctors who are educated & aware of the severe challenges involved with Cymbalta! After this horrifying experience, I prefer to use holistic, natural methods to treat fibro symptoms. Also, aqua therapy is an excellent alternative option.  The warm water exercises feel great!  What do you use to treat fibromyalgia?



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          Kandykahne 5 wrote Apr 21, 2011
        • Hi Dana, I am very fortunate to have the doctors that I do! I always ask questions about any drug I am not familiar with. I never take anything without knowing side effects, etc. Warm water is great. I refuse to take any kind of anti-depressants because of the side effects. I’m a tough patient. I won’t just take anything because I am told I should! I’m taking Celebrex. I have arthritis and it seems to be helping all the way around.happy



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          Kandykahne 5 wrote Apr 21, 2011
        • Dana, didn’t your doctor ask you what medications you were taking? Also, I’m surprised your pharmacy didn’t catch the interactions. I know mine did once only because I forgot to mention a medication I was on at the time but the pharmacy caught it and called the doctor and told him and he filled it with something I could take with the current medication I was on.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Apr 21, 2011
        • Wow Dana!!! I am so glad that you found a Dr that took the time with you.

          Sending younprayersheart



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Apr 21, 2011
        • Thank you Vikki!heart

          Diana, I always inform each doctor & my pharmacist of ALL my medications & supplements.  In 2009, after I began having problems with Cymbalta, I did a major search to investigate every detail about this drug.  Back then, they didn’t list the 500 negative symptoms and they only listed a warning.  

          After I read the warning, I automatically contacted my fibro specialist & my family doctor.  At my appointment with my specialist, she said, “I’m dismissing you as my patient....You‘re medical issues are too complicating.”
          NO JOKE!  

          When I went to discuss my concern about Cymbalta with my family doctor, she said, “I’m not your fibromyalgia specialist & I will not discontinue this medication.  Go back to your specialist.”  It was a catch 22.

          During this entire time, my pharmacist NEVER informed me about any negative interactions.  Thank goodness my new doctor finally told me to have my pharmacist check all my meds & bring him the copy.  My doctor is retiring this summer so I’m back to square one all over again, but at least I’m not taking Cymbalta.estatic



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          Denise Richardson wrote Apr 22, 2011
        • WOW! Dana I’m so glad you‘re doing better and that you did get the help you needed, God Bless you. And its good seeing you here again.happy



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          Cathie Beck wrote Apr 22, 2011
        • I can’t take any manufactured drugs with the ETP (or as the doctors like to call it, MCS) but I tell you the longest commercials on TV are about prescription drugs and the reason is the long list of warnings. I can’t take any of them unless I develope a death wish!  

          Even my natropathic doctor has prescribed some natural medications that made me more ill, but they didn’t need a weaning off of so my body didn’t crash.  

          Cathie



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          Kandykahne 5 wrote Apr 22, 2011
        • Dana, it is so wrong that you had to go through this with all you did to inform them as to what you were taking for medications and supplements and the fact your doctor just stopped treating you! I’m glad you found a really good doctor to help you. Maybe he knows a good doctor he can refer you to when he retires.happy



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          Marya1961 wrote Jun 30, 2011
        • So glad to hear you are off of Cymbalta, Dana.  My specialist started me on Relafen a few years ago and that in conjunction with a mild dose of Lexapro has helped keep me stable.  I had doctors suggesting Cymbalta and Lyrica and I said no.

          I might try the Celebrex if it gets worse, thanks Diana!



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Dec 31, 2011
        • If you or a loved one is prescribed Cymbalta, I highly recommend you first do your own research and do NOT rely on your doctor.  This year, after experiencing horrific long-term consequences from Cymbalta, I’ve actively researched pharmaceutical data and “real life” documents pertaining to the dangerous outcomes from Cymbalta.  According to numerous resources, it’s reported that Cymbalta has the potential of having a paradoxical effect leading to increased anxiety, depression, hostility, dramatic changes in personality & behavior as well as suicidal tendencies.  

          In 2004, four individuals who took part in a Cymbalta trial study with Eli Lilly had committed suicide.  One of the individuals was Tracy Johnson, a 17 year old college student, who had NO medical history of depression, anxiety or suicidal attempts.  She took part in the clinical study to earn extra income to pay her college tuition.  Prior to participating in the Cymbalta trial, Eli Lilly interviewed possible candidates to “rule out” any medical history of mental illness or unstable behavior.  Eli Lilly ONLY accepted participants who did NOT have a history of depression, anxiety & suicidal tendencies.  

          Presently, there is a “BLACK BOX WARNING” on Cymbalta stating that this medication may cause suicidal tendencies and mental health changes in “children and young adults.”  However, from my own experience with Cymbalta and from my research, adults are equally vulnerable.  PLEASE USE CAUTION WHEN TAKING CYMBALTA.  NEVER GO “COLD TURKEY” OFF CYMBALTA AND ALWAYS SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION IF THERE ARE CHANGES IN MOODS, PERSONALITY OR BEHAVIOR.  TAKE AT YOUR OWN RISK!



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          Mary Clark wrote Dec 31, 2011
        • Dana...thanks for this information.  I will certainly remember all of this.  It is so scary....we are ruled by pharmaceutical companies who just want to make a buck...no matter what.  And they buy off the doctors to push their products.  

          I hope 2012 is a much better year for you!!



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Dec 31, 2011
        • Thanks, Mary!  Big Pharma’s motive is to gain BIG BUCKS at the expense of consumers health! It’s ruthless & wrong, but they are protected by the FDA & congress.



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          Mzd3 wrote Dec 31, 2011
        • My. Mom was put on   Cymbalta just a couple months ago, and she takes many other meds, I will tell her this info,thanks !



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