Cymbalta is the brand name for duloxetine, an antidepressant made by Eli Lilly.    Side effects are expected while taking drugs, but Cymbalta has been singled out by the FDA because it has a HIGHER than expected rate of suicide attempts.


Starting with the clinical trials at Eli Lilly, a 19 year old woman without any history of mental problems hung herself.  There were four other suicides that took place during these trials.  Cymbalta was approved by the FDA and more suicides and attempted suicides took place.


A 37 year old man without any history of depression, was on Cymbalta for 2 months to handle his back pain.  He tried to kill himself by carbon monoxide poisoning.  He could not explain why he wanted to kill himself and returned to normal once off the drug.  A man in Texas, also without any history of depression, was prescribed Cymbalta.  He had a normal day at work and went home and shot himself. A 19 year old college student was put on Cymbalta and within a short time period he hung himself in his dorm room.


Other side effects include:  mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, hostile, aggressive, stiff rigid muscles, hallucinations, unusual bleeding, memory problems, excessive sweating, seizures, persistent dizziness, skin problems and more.


Long term side effects are not known as this drug just came on the market approximately five years ago.  One person reported involuntary twitching and jerking motions that persisted three years after being off the drug.


Even The Indianapolis Star, Eli Lilly’s hometown newspaper, reported, “Cymbalta has proven to be the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of Lilly drugs.


It’s vital to get fully informed about the adverse effects of any psychiatric drug as well as the alternative treatments.