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Duloxetine: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets

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Duloxetine 30mg DR Capsule
Citron Pharma LLC
Pill Identification: X 02 
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Duloxetine 60mg DR Capsule
Prasco Laboratories
Pill Identification: Lilly 3270 60mg 
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Duloxetine 20mg DR Capsule
Citron Pharma LLC
Pill Identification: X 01 
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Duloxetine 30mg DR Capsule
Prasco Laboratories
Pill Identification: Lilly 3240 30mg 
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Duloxetine 20mg DR Capsule
Prasco Laboratories
Pill Identification: Lilly 3235 20mg 
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Duloxetine 60mg DR Capsule
Citron Pharma LLC
Pill Identification: X 03 
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Duloxetine 60mg DR Capsule
Lupin Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: LU Q03 
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Duloxetine 20mg DR Capsule
Torrent Pharma, Inc
Pill Identification: 1109 20 mg 
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Duloxetine 20mg DR Capsule
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc
Pill Identification: TEVA 7542 
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Duloxetine 20mg DR Capsule
Breckenridge Inc
Pill Identification: B 746 
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Duloxetine 30mg DR Capsule
Breckenridge Inc
Pill Identification: B 747 
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Duloxetine 60mg DR Capsule
Torrent Pharma, Inc
Pill Identification: 1111 60 mg 
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Duloxetine 30mg DR Capsule
Torrent Pharma, Inc
Pill Identification: 1110 30 mg 
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Duloxetine 30mg DR Capsule
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc
Pill Identification: TEVA 7543 
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Duloxetine 60mg DR Capsule
Major Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: 1111 60 mg 
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Duloxetine 30mg DR Capsule
Major Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: 1110 30 mg 
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Duloxetine 60mg DR Capsule
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc
Pill Identification: TEVA 7544 
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Duloxetine 30mg DR Capsule
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc.
Pill Identification: 382 382 
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Duloxetine 20mg DR Capsule
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc.
Pill Identification: 381 381 
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Duloxetine 60mg DR Capsule
Breckenridge Inc
Pill Identification: B 748 
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Duloxetine 30mg DR Capsule
Prasco Laboratories
Pill Identification: X 02 
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Duloxetine 60mg DR Capsule
Prasco Laboratories
Pill Identification: X 03 
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Duloxetine 20mg DR Capsule
Prasco Laboratories
Pill Identification: X 01 
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Duloxetine 20mg DR Capsule
Major Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: 1109 20 mg 
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Duloxetine 60mg DR Capsule
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc.
Pill Identification: 383 383 

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Average Scores
Easy to Take: 3.8 / 5
Works as Intended: 3.8 / 5
Tolerable: 3.8 / 5

Back to Life!!
Didn't realize just how badly I felt until after I started taking this medication!! Started on a lower dosage, increasing gradually. Minimal side effects. For me it was important to know the possible side effects before taking the medication, and give my body time to acclimate. I do get drowsy sometimes, but I'm aware of this so I'll do something active and don't give in to it. Drinking plenty of water or having a piece of gum in my mouth helps with the dry mouth feeling.
Helpful: 4
Unhelpful: 0
Anonymous
November 25, 2016
From: Anacortes, WA
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


Bad expeience
I am taking Duloxetine for 3 days and I decided to stop. I had restless nights, I sweat the whole day, I feel very uncomfortable, and I am very dizzy and drowsiness after 4 hours of taking it. I just stayed at home 3 days like a zombie. I am constipated too. I have been diagnosed with my fibromyalgia, facet joints, bulging disc. I have pain in my neck, shoulders and lower back. and mild headaches. My lower back pain is better after 3 days, but my neck is worse because I can't not sleep.
Helpful: 2
Unhelpful: 3
JB
August 14, 2016
From: Spring, TX
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Not Sure
Works as Intended: Strongly Disagree
Tolerable: Strongly Disagree


Too many side effects
I was prescribed this med for nueropathy. Although it did work for the first 2 weeks and somewhat the last 3 weeks, I had many side effects with this drug. I would have jerking motions almost every night either during sleep or laying down trying to fall asleep. My vocal chords were also affected. I did not like this medication. No longer taking it and I am no long suffering from the above side effects.
Helpful: 6
Unhelpful: 2
CVS Customer
January 21, 2016
From: San Antonio, TX
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Disagree
Works as Intended: Disagree
Tolerable: Strongly Disagree


Works wonders!
This is the best antidepressant and anti anxiety med i have ever taken. Cheered me up without the mania that accompanies other ssri's. Helps with my aches and pains from overtiredness and fibro. Works for my social anx. disorder and my general anxiety. Was able to reduce the use of benzo's because Cymbalta does it all, in one pill. Better than Effexor as far as SNRI's go. No nausea or other annoying side effects, and the best news of all: NO WEIGHT GAIN! i was more active due to lessening pain and depression, so far so good! Even my REM sleep has improved. I dream more, which i like, and not nightmarish dreaming either. When you have vivid dreams it's a sign that you are in deep restorative sleep, so i do wake well rested, and it has reduced my need for the mid day nap.
Helpful: 13
Unhelpful: 0
CVS Customer
December 29, 2015
From: Waterbury, CT
Age: 35-44
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


Lowered blood pressure
Since I was on a blood pressure medicine, this drug lowered it even more which caused dizziness and feeling faint. I lowered my blood pressure dosage and am doing fine. Not good for people who are currently on blood pressure medications. The only reason I am taking my blood pressure meds is because it also helps with my SVT.
Helpful: 6
Unhelpful: 0
CVS Customer
December 14, 2015
From: FLORENCE, SC
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Not Sure
Tolerable: Not Sure


Not for me.
Stopped taking after only 2 capsules sever nightmares!!!!! Will never take again.
Helpful: 8
Unhelpful: 5
CVS Customer
November 02, 2015
From: Riverside, CA
Age: 65-74
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Strongly Disagree
Works as Intended: Strongly Disagree
Tolerable: Strongly Disagree


Great for FMS pain, but sleepiness
My Dr. prescribed 60 mg of this for treatment of Major Depressive Disorder, and let me know that it could help with my Fibromyalgia pain. Indeed, I was able to drastically reduce the tramadol I had been taking for 15 years after I started the RX. After a few weeks of taking the RX, though, I started feeling like I was emotionally numb, rather than emotionally stable. Dr reduced dosage to 30 mg and added Vyvanse for lethargy/increased alertness, and that combo is working very well for me.
Helpful: 10
Unhelpful: 0
CVS Customer
August 03, 2015
From: Indepedence, MO
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Not Sure
Tolerable: Not Sure


Worked as intended
Found incredibly positive results for pain assoc with fibromyalgia including lessened pain and improved mental disposition.
Helpful: 5
Unhelpful: 1
Anonymous
July 20, 2015
From: Cleveland, OH
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Agree


Good to know
I had some throat surgery which made it difficult to swallow some pills. I was without my Cymbalta 4 days. By the 5th day I was in the pit, crying and so sad. It finally occurred to that it was because of the lack of the Cymbalta. I realized I could open them and take with applesauce or yogurt. By the second dose, I could see the light coming back. Just thought someone might could benefit from this info. I shared it with my surgeon so he could help his future medicated patience.
Helpful: 10
Unhelpful: 0
Sue
July 01, 2015
From: Prattville, AL
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


Switched from Zoloft, not quite as good but definitely works quite well!
I was on Zoloft for bipolar type 2 depression for about 6 weeks, ultimately getting to 200 mg by about week 4, and it was the first SSRI that I had ever responded to that well—it worked *fantastically*!! Then, unfortunately, it pooped out after about 4 weeks. I was so sad to see it go! Plus I had gained a significant amount of weight just within that short amount of time, but I had also switched from Latuda to Geodon about 3 weeks after I switched to Zoloft from Brintellix (that was a terrible medicine!!), so it's hard to say what the culprit was... Nevertheless, when I switched to Cymbalta, the first thing I noticed was I lost about 10-12 lbs the first week I started it, which in itself cheered me up. The actual therapeutic response though wasn't quite as instant as it was with Zoloft (3 days with Zoloft which is miraculous for a SSRI!); I'd say it took about 2 weeks or so to really start telling a difference, which is also quite rapid for meds in that class as well. I was still in the dark, but I could see the clouds starting to part and the sun shining through, and it was a very unique feeling I had never had from any other antidepressant. I love this medicine now. No metabolic or weight side effects to speak of. Of course there are cloudy days, but so far, this med has had the most consistent and longest-lasting results of any I've tried thus far (I've tried quite a few, although I haven't been to tricyclic or MAOI land yet... hope I never have to!) If you haven't tried it yet, I personally recommend it. It is associated with GI disturbances, which I didn't experience enough to deter me from continuing it and I have IBS. I feel like I could probably use a higher dose (I'm at 60 mg), but I don't want to get on a super high dose of an SNRI due to anecdotal reports of horrid discontinuation side effects.
Helpful: 10
Unhelpful: 0
miklpls
June 21, 2015
From: Arab, AL
Age: 25-34
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


helps with my ADHD
When i don't take the medication, I am very scattered and highly excitable. also wish it came in different strenghts I don't like taking 3 caps.
Helpful: 2
Unhelpful: 0
cvs RI customer
April 24, 2015
From: Warren, RI
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Not Sure
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


horrible side effects
Extreme drowsiness, extreme nausia. Took 1 60mg capsule. Took 3 days to come back to somewhat normal.
Helpful: 0
Unhelpful: 0
CVS Customer
April 13, 2015
From: Cranston, RI
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Not Sure
Works as Intended: Strongly Disagree
Tolerable: Strongly Disagree


Terrible
I started taking cymbalta 120 mg everyday for depression and fibromyalgia . Within two to three weeks my pain was so much better . I I started taking it approximately 8 years ago but my financial situation changed drastically so doctor,gave me samples every other month. . I noticed a drastic change in my mood and pain within no more than a week. Every doctor and pharmacist want to tell you it is the same drug. I had to change my meds but still do not get close to how much Cymbalta helped me. The,generic,form,is,like,taking a placebo. Doctors hands are tied if you can't afford the cymbalta . It is hopeless . I would love to know the ingredient amounts. Something is definitely different .
Helpful: 2
Unhelpful: 0
Anonymous
February 14, 2015
From: Indianapolis, IN
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Strongly Disagree
Works as Intended: Strongly Disagree
Tolerable: Strongly Disagree


Not a good replacement for Cymbalta
I have been on the name brand Cymbalta 60mg for almost 7 years due to fibromyalgia and it was keeping it at bay and was the only medication that would keep me from flair ups and handled the pain with no side effects. It was covered under Tricare Express Scripts till the end of last year just after my last 3 month refill. It was no longer on their formulary and they changed my meds to the generic Duloxetine. I tried to take the generic for over a month and my fibromyalgia started flaring up again and I started getting headaches and my patience with people started to have problems. My neurologist filled in all the forms to get me back on Cymbalta and was turned down. Since the first of the year there has been a number of people that have been on Cymbalta for a number of issues and all of them have been force off and turned down and required to take the generic or pay for it on your own. I am now taking the 30mg version of the generic to work me off the medicine since I can not afford buying it on my own since I am on a fixed income and half to deal with the side effects of the generic for the next 3 weeks till I am off it.
Helpful: 6
Unhelpful: 1
RM
February 01, 2015
From: Abingdon, VA
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Not Sure
Works as Intended: Strongly Disagree
Tolerable: Not Sure


Noticable Difference
I have only been taking Duloxetine HCL DR, 30mg for 2 weeks. I noticed a difference in my depression in a couple days. After 2 weeks, I am feeling good. I have taken Zoloft, Lexapro and Citalopram, and this is the most effective. I hope it continues.
Helpful: 6
Unhelpful: 1
Anonymous
December 10, 2014
From: Abington, PA, PA
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


Did not work as intended
I was on the name brand Cymbalta and then was switched to the generic Duloxetine. I have had so many problems with this new generic medication that my doctor actually prescribed me the name brand again. This does not work for me, my depression worsened and my pain returned. This is not the same as Cymbalta, it does not work the same and I do not like it.
Helpful: 6
Unhelpful: 5
disatisfied
November 26, 2014
From: Wichita, KS
Age: 25-34
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Disagree
Tolerable: Strongly Disagree


Excellent generic form of Cymbalta
Works just as well as the more expensive breand name med
Helpful: 7
Unhelpful: 4
CVS Customer
November 15, 2014
From: Pawtucket, RI
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree