I cannot tell you how thankful I am that I found this thread. I need to start doing more independent research on the medication I take (or am thinking about taking) - thank you PR for bringing this to my attention.
Curiosity is what killed that cat.
I used Cymbalta for several years for depression and chronic pain management. It worked for me. If my memory serves me right (and it's hazy as hell thanks to fibromyalgia) I remember that my insurance company decided to dissuade patients from taking it by astronomically increasing the co-pay costs. Luckily, I have an amazing GP/PCP, who at times seems more knowledgeable than the specialists, who took me off of it with little discomfort.
I guess the experience with meds is unique to each individual; and studies are done to find a median to establish its effects, but the specifics may not quite align in a linear form. I just hope that everyone is able to find a caring healthcare provider who will work with the patient to find the right combination of meds or maybe it's just "a med" that absolves the issue entirely or at least provides adequate relief. It is also important that the healthcare provider work with other professionals treating the patient. Team work is very important in treating a patient.
My daughter is currently using cymbalta and lyrica for fibromyalgia with much success but it has really been breaking the bank. I did not know cymbalta had a generic available. I will have to let her know because both meds are costing us about $400 a month because her insurance will only kick in with generics or meds on their "preferred" list
Be kind, everyone is fighting their own battles