Cymbalta And Weight Gain

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sharon Says:


I gained 68 lbs while on Abilify. Now four years later my weight is still 30 lbs over my normal. I still have some depression and very severe anxiety so my doc wants me to try cymbalta 20mg once a day. I would rather be depressed than severely overweight. Anyone know if cymbalta tends to cause weight gain or loss?



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Verwon Says:

Actually, one of its most common side effects is decreased appetite, so it might actually cause weight loss.

Learn more Duloxetine details here.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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Charmaine Says:

Hi, I have been on cymbalta for about 4 years now, after a suicide attempt. I started off on one capsule a day which wasn't enough so it was increased to 2 a day. I fell in love with life again.
I find it amazing and I can't do without them. HOWEVER! My weight has increased dramatically. Just recently my dose has increased to 3 a day and it was fantastic for my sex drive, my husband was working overtime in that department. I can't control my eating. I am like a locust , from the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep I just eat. I have gained 30kg and feel disgusted with my self. I would also rather. Be depressed and thin, than fat. What's the good of being happy and fat when your husband can hardly look at you because of all the fat?

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tiff Says:

i have been on 60mg duloxotine a day and since starting it around 5 or 6 months ago i have put on 3 stone, no sex drive, i have taken myself of of it and suffered the withdrawal effects, i dont bother much with eating now, lost half stone and sex drive has improved, hope this helps but everyone is different
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Comments Says:

One known side effect is "significant change in weight and/or appetite." Read the article to learn more.

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Jllo Says:

I've been on cymbals a month. It has helped me with overeating and stress eating. I've lost a little weight already but having trouble with insomnia.



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thistlelips Says:

I put on 60 pounds the first six months after starting Cymbalta. Then I seemed to plateau and haven't put on any more pounds in the last 2 years. That 60 pounds is mostly on my stomach and boobs. Not attractive at all.

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Leslie Says:

I have been on Cymbalta for eight years now. I found that it was easy to get on with little side effects as far as ringing in the ears etc...I take 60mg a day. It helped alot with depression, but I have noticed over the years that I have weight gain. I am 189lbs and I always was around 135lbs mark. I have noticed since last May 2012 that I have had some chest pains, shortness in breath, bad blurry vision, no energy, but I do not feel depressed. I have just noticed in the last two weeks that my scalp itches really bad and found that it was a side effect. Now these side effects have just came on in the last year or weeks, but I figure it can be a build up in my system. I am 48 years old and I rule out possibilities, starting with my age, but I have always been a very healthy person and was always on the go and ready for a good challenge, but today it is like dragging horses out of me. I am going to get with my Doctor and inform him of what is going on with me and my findings, I feel at a loss because I do not want to try and switch to some other medication that will give me a more difficult time, but on the other hand, what can be any worse than these symptoms. I have a lot of weight on me, tired, I do not have a desire to do a whole lot of anything, but on the flip side I am not depressed or in a corner like I have heard some people say they have done. I hope this helps some of you to make a decision on the medication Cymbalta.

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Leslie Says:

Hello,
I just posted in this forum...my name is Leslie...I have been on Cymbalta for eight years and feel that I am having some side effects from build up of medication in the systom. I too have gained a lot of weight along with new side effects. I am going to get with my doctor when i get a chance, but it will be nice to be able to compare notes with someone else.

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Dawn Says:

I have recently came off cymbalta went from 30 MSG to zero..after two weeks of hell..I'm still suffering side effects mainly extreme tiredness and joint pain and feeling angry at my situation , trying to exercise as I gained a lot of weight but in so much pain I have to stop, am going to try swimming, but feel so tired and in pain all the time ..sorry I ever went on this drug..thanks to everyone who takes the time to post on here as my doc doesn't seem to think cymbalta has many side effects !!!!

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Karen P Says:

I have been on 60 mg of Cymbalta for about a year and then decided I needed a higher dose. After about a month on 90 mg, I have been able to stop eating out of frustration and just eat healthy without a lot of internal fighting. I've been trying to lose this weight for 20 years. I think it is the lessening of anxiety that is making it possible. I hope I lose it before the drug stops working as they all have over the past 25 years.

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Jackie Says:

I am on Cymbalta for chronic pain...at three months now. I basically have been bed ridden for the last year, they think its a muscle tear. Anyhow, I originally was on neurontin, and my weight dipped very low. I looked skeletal. And it made me so confused. I guess it's similar to Cymbalta, maybe try it? I've gained back a few pounds on Cymbalta, and although I'm hungry, I'm an extremely disciplined eater ( I worked for weight watchers for a few years and I come from an obese family). I'm surprised at all of the weight gain stories on this med...

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Crissy Says:

Ive been on Cymbalta for about a year and a half now and lost 45 pounds which is without a doubt due to the Cymbalta. Unfortunately I just found out I don't qualify for the patient assistance program anymore and I certainly cant afford it on my own at a hefty price of about $500 a month. :(

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Angela Cunningham Says:

I have been on duloxetine/cymbalta for 15 months. Since them I have gained and an
insatiable appetite. I feel breathless when I walk now. I have pain in my leg and arm muscles. I cant sleep properly. My dosage is 30mg. I am now 14 stones 2 pounds. I was at the beginning of these tablets 11 stones 6 pounds.

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Amy Says:

I have just been prescribed Duloxetine Dr 20mg twice daily for pain control. Only on day 3... CANT SLEEP!!! Does this go away? It hasn't helped my pain yet... does it take awhile? I'm really scared to continue and do not want adverse side affects???

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sara Says:
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Amy-this is what's called an activating drug and so most people take it in the early morning. Ask your doc. It should be fine.

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tisme Says:

im on cymbalta and am gaining weight , effexor did the same , i gained 3 dress sizes yet i barely eat

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Jackie Says:

I'm sorry to hear that....it seems 50/50 on the weight loss/gain. My weight is still down but stable. I haven't lost in a few months. The sweating was out of control at night, so now I take it right when I go to bed. That way if the obnoxious amount of sweating starts, it's usually time to wake up. I'm battling the worst constipation now. On my fourth med for that! But my pain is still considerably better, so I'm dealing with side effects.

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josy Says:
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I have been on duloxetine for 2 months and put on 5lbs in weight. Not happy at all.

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Angela Says:
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I was on Cymbalta for less than 3 months.I gained about 12pounds.I was very upset about it so I tapered from, 60 to 30mg for a few weeks then stopped taking it.I had successfully lost 60 plus pounds on weight watchers before hand and successfully kept it off for two yrs.I feltlike a zombie on Cymbalta.I work outt 4-5 times a week and am struging to lose the weight I gained while on Cymbalta.I have been off it for over 2 months.This
is a HORRIBLE drug and should be taken off the market!!!!

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Connie Says:
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I've been on cymbalta for about a fortnight after coming off Lexapro as I have fibromyalgia.
I'm currently experiencing shakes like low blood sugar
I have diabetes too when I tested I was 12.9
is shakes like that common??

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