Monday, November 05, 2007

Cymbalta Causes Suicide

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Cymbalta Causes Suicide

October 16, 2007

By Sach Oliver

People of all ages should be carefully monitored, particularly when starting Cymbalta or any other antidepressant treatment. The FDA recently issued a new warning about suicidal thinking in adults taking antidepressants and the FDA specifically singled out Cymbalta. If you, your family member, or a friend is taking Cymbalta, please be careful.

Cymbalta's generic name is duloxetine. The FDA singled out Cymbalta because it has a higher than expected rate of suicide attempts. Cymbalta is made by Eli Lilly. Eli Lilly has a clinic at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. Traci Johnson, who did not suffer from depression, volunteered for trial testing of Cymbalta. As a result of Cymbalta, Traci hung herself in one of the clinic's showers. Traci was the fifth patient to commit suicide after taking Cymbalta in clinical trials. For heaven sakes, please do not volunteer for any clinical testing involving Cymbalta.

Why do you think Eli Lilly pushes this drug onto so many doctors and then onto the patients? Some analysts believe that Cymbalta will generate revenue up to $3 billion by 2009. This is why every night while watching TV you see dozens of Cymbalta commercials.

Our firm is handling Cymbalta suicide cases. Not until after meeting the families of the Cymbalta victims did I immediately call my own family to make certain they were not taking Cymbalta. My heart stopped to learn that several of my own family members had taken Cymbalta and no one had warned them about the consequences. Please, before even thinking of taking Cymbalta, research the drug thoroughly and make certain the patient is closely monitored

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wanted to both kill my husband and myself after just a few weeks of taking cymbalta. It increased my rage and irritability. There were no benefits whatsoever. I fell that people are kept in the dark about this dangerous drug. Please carefully monitor your moods or have someone else monitor them for you. Thoughts of suicide or hurting someone else comes on suddenly.

Anonymous said...

If anyone is having these kinds of thoughts, they need to contact the doctor and get off of this drug. My husband was on Cymbalta for three weeks FOR ANXIETY, not depression. He was a health 39 year old, who had plans for the future. Tuesday, 3-25-08, the day after his two week follow up for Cymbalta, he started saying that the medication was making him feel strange. We both decided it was the medication and he said that he would call the doctor. Wednesday and Thursday he felt better and never did call the doctor's office. On Friday morning, 3-28-08, Michael said that he had been having thoughts of hurting himself, so I left a message with the doctor for him to call me back, that we had to step Michael off of these pills because he was having bad side affects. I returned home two and a half hours later to find Michael hanging from the upstairs banister. After his death, I started doing research and was shocked to find out that patients on Cymbalta are supposed to be closely monitored, and a family member or caretaker should be made aware of the side affects to watch out for. Cymbalta has been singled out by the FDA because of it's high rate of suicide in patients who are not taking cymbalta for depression. This has happened so often that there is even a term for it, (Selective Saratonin reuptake inhibiter)SSRI Induced Suicide. We were married for nine days.

Anonymous said...

I had been on 30 mg of cymbalta and flatlined. So my dr. increased the doseage. I have sunk into the darkest hole ever and have thought many times of OD'ing on medications, painkillers and sleeping aids. I have been open to this about my husband. Most of it. Today I thought, I can actually imagine shooting myself, I don't fear it or death. Today the dr. told me to stop taking Cymbalta and gave me samples of something else. As of right now I still am hanging on a thread and pray for death. Least I have an answer that it's not me that is wrong, it's the cymbalta and I will get through this, somehow, someway. Please don't use Cymbalta.

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Anonymous said...

my sister was severely depressed for months. the doctor told her to taper off of the 20mg of paxil that she was taking, and she prescribed her cymbalta, as well as several other unnecessary drugs. i distributed one cymbalta to her two days ago and she took one yesterday. my 2 siblings and i invited her to dinner, and she declined. we came back after only one hour. we were looking for her all around the house to give her her dinner and she was nowhere to be found. then i heard my other sister scream from the top of her lungs. my beautiful sister had hung herself in the garage. i do not know if the cymbalta caused my sisters suicide, but it is possible. it is not like her to do something like this, especially, not hanging herself, of all ways...and i was shocked to discover that the others that i had taken their lives while on cymbalta, had also hung themselves. i am determined to get to the bottom of this. my beautiful sister was only 28 years young. our family and friends are devestated. she had her entire life ahead of her. please do not take cymbalta, and be careful with all psychiatric medications, they are all new and dangerous. i lost my sister and best friend last night. i am still in a high state of shock.

Karen said...

I recently weined myself off of Cymbalta. The doctor I went to, whenever I complained of having suicidal thoughts, or depression simply suggested we 'increase' the dosage. I went along with it for a few months till I was at 90 mg. but was having intense experience of rage and anger, suicidal thoughts and found myself not feeling like 'me' but rather someone else...and behaving in a way that I would hurt someone's feelings and of course that's not me. When I recently complained to this doctor about these things he suggested again a further increase to 120 mg. My gut feeling was NO, I'm not doing this anymore. Not only did this doctor not really make me feel as if he cared about me (our sessions were just a list of regular questions) but he had a real attitude like increasing the dosage would do the trick...I'm feeling more like myself but now I must work to take care of myself physically and nutritionally to try to beat this beast...depression...I don't recommend Cymbalta at all...

halloween said...

I'm in the military and I was prescribed Cymbalta (amongst other antidepressants). These doctors tend to hand out antidepressants like candy. Approximately two weeks after being on Cymbalta, I ended up in the ER. My supervisor found me, on the floor next to my bed, by the night stand, about two days after not hearing from me. It was apparent I hit my head and the ER personel assumed I tried to commit suicide. I don't remember anything. When I became concious in ICU, I had a scar on my forehead and realized my arm was paralized. It took about 6 months of physical and occupational therapy to get most of the nerves back in my arm. I am still trying to get the strength back in my arm to this day. I repeatedly told my doctors of the many side effects, such as increased depression, weight gain from Zoloft, constipation from Effexor, headaches, insomnia and the list goes on. Every doctor's response was to increase the dosage each time. After the ER accident, I lost trust in military pyschiatry and went to an outside doctor. I was later prescribed Adderall and I have been doing well with it. I later stopped the antidepressants. I also do other nonmedicinal therapies such as acupucture, message therapy, and meditation/stress management stratagies. I have been doing this for about 7 months now. Adderall gives me a jump start each day, however, it is not the whole solution. I do not abuse the drug, like most doctors will say. Sometimes I use less then my prescription. I deeply believe doctors should use caution when it comes to treating patients with axiety and depression with antidepressants. I think antidepressants are poison. All drugs work differently for all body chemistries. Antidepressants definitely do not work for mine. It seems from reading several blogs from individuals, I am not the only one. If a doctor tries to prescibe antidepressants for you, please consider the side effects and possibly consider other therapies that are out there. Antidepressants are money makers and they are the number one sellers in the US. Be careful and do your homework!

Anonymous said...

Cymbalta is poison. I've had the misfortune of being prescribed Cymbalta twice. I feel fortunate that I did not kill myself or anyone else on either occasion. My doctor will get an earful next time I see him. Only in a world run by pharmaceutical companies would something like Cymbalta make billions of dollars while people go to prison for cannabis offenses. Stay away, or take with extreme caution if absolutely unavoidable.

Anonymous said...

I have been taking cymbalta for a few monthsnow. I too pray for death but noone understands. I have dreams of how I would do ut. I want a grand death. I don't think anyone understands that feeling.

Anonymous said...

Cymbalta also made me suicidal and majorly depressed. I was on it for 2 weeks and it was the worst 2 weeks of my life. Each day it just got worse. When I tried to communicate this to my Dr he doubled the dose. I knew that this wasn't right for me so I stopped taking it. A new Dr and 12 weeks later I'm finally feeling a lot better. I have never been suicidal, self harming or depressed until I started taking this drug.

Anonymous said...

My brother asked me to help him he said "he was hanging on by a thread" I took him to the doctor they put him on Cymbalta. He was checked every two weeks. The second or third week they double his dose he did not make it to the next check up. He was acting weird that day but I did not know if he was kidding around when he said "the fish were talking to him" he was dancing with my 16 year old daughter at 4:30. I found him at his home at 6:30 he had hung himself. He was 44.

Unknown said...

My father had a stroke in 2004 and it effected his speech and fine motor skills. In processing his disability/ssi he began seeing a doctor who prescribed him Cymbalta. He never claimed to be depressed but my father did as he was told. He was always a free-spirited person relished the good and blew off the bad things in life. After taking the medication he began to have uncharacteristic fits of rage. One of these episodes was with his nephew. After an argument he returned home after four days and hung himself in his childhood home. My father died on 09/06/07. Several months later I sought counseling and was instead given a prescription for Cybalta and sent off. When I became pregnant with my son I weened myself off the drug. It took me 45 days of close monitoring and a lot of support and tolerance from my family to get me through it. That's when we began research and discovered that the Cymbalta was most likely the cause of my father's suicide.

Anonymous said...

Omg. I been very moody and uncaring and when sad and see dog leishes or curtain rope holders I think of hanging myself. Wow. I'm on Cymbalta. I cld my Dr. Today. I guess I will just stop taking it!

Max said...

Its been a week since I found my sister hanging from a fan fixture in her apartment. My family and I just put her to rest yesterday. This wasn't in my sisters' character to pursue an act like this. She had her struggles as all people do with relationships, money and unfortunately she had struggled hard with Alcohol but had been clean for one year. Everything was looking up for her. She had just put money down on a new apartment, was going to adopt a puppy, had a new job that paid well and her boyfriend was just getting on his feet with a new job as well. She had a huge support group of freinds and family. She had been on 30mg of Cymbalta for a month and her Psychaiatrist had just upped her dose to 60mg the day before she committed suicide, no note nor warning whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

My friend just hung her self and I wish we would of found this site before now so sad :((

Anonymous said...

I took cymbalta for about 6 months. It was given to me by my obgyn as a sample when I mentioned that I thought I may be experiencing depression. The fact that I am alive & blogging is a miracle & if it weren't for my sister who is a therapist & my own therapist who helped me get off cymbalta I would have taken my own life. Cymbalta made my life miserable! I first started noticing little side effects. Weight gain, lack of sexual interest, irritability, insomnia, etc... As my dose increased the side effects list grew and I found myself having manic behavior. When I felt good it was good but when I felt bad i had days I wasn't even getting out of bed. None of this behavior was normal for me. I was the kind of girl who never left her house with out makeup & I was going for days with out a shower! About a week ago I laid in my bed & for the first time ever thought about my life in a different way. If this is the way I am going to feel I don't want to live I thought.... Immediately I got scared to death. What what was going on!!! Knowing that this was not me I seek help & shared these most disturbing thoughts with my sister who works for one of the best rehabilitation institutions in the southeast. She told me I should discuss this with my therapist who then suggested that this medicine was making me worse. After one week of being off cymbalta I can already see & feel a difference. I am very angry that I did not do my research on this medicine before taking it. If you are on cymbalta please be careful & if you are depressed & considering a medication do your research before you pop a pill that Eli Lilly are literally passing out to md's to offer patient samples of. I know that this is your Job drug reps but you have no idea what is doing to some of us! Thank god I was able to catch this in time.

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Anonymous said...

I'm coming off Cymbalta now. I have slowly reduced my dose across a couple of months. The last few weeks I have not felt myself and felt aggressive and irritable. My thinking also seems jumbled and irrational. This is not fun!

Anonymous said...

I was on Cymbalta after nothing else working for severe stomach pain and anxiety. Irritability and rage slowly built up until I finally looked on google and found this site about 2 months in. I'd definitely saw I was suicidal and like others said for some reason didn't fear death at all. I was on 60mg and luckily had a Dr. appt a few days ago and said I could just stop immediately no need to taper. So if you are on Cymbalta, I am not a dr but if it's kill yourself or stop taking 60 mg a day, please just stop. I am 25 and my father is on cymbalta and has had 0 side effects. Wish I had stopped the cymbalta sooner but thank god it wasn't too late.

Anonymous said...

ok. i haven't had an anti depressant for over seven years. with a new career came new stress, so i went from being ok to a little depressed. nothin major but enough to effect my sleep. my Gp has put me on cymbalta and i have been on it for about 6 weeks now. for at least the last four weeks i have been having suicidal thoughts. not suicidal feelings. i am feeling absolutely fine, work is great, but just the suicidal thoughts coming in and it's odd but they are of hanging myself. not any other way. because i can separate it i am at no risk. if i was less aware things would be different. i thought it was really odd and it has concerned me which is why i Googled it. glad i did.
thanks fellow people xx

Anonymous said...

I have always been a good girl. Recently, I have been feeling very very strange and have tried to fix my strange feelings by doing things I would never do. Drinking alot, smoking marijuana, sleeping around. I often had fits of non stop crying and wanting to die. I wanted to die so bad. I came so close, I had pen and paper in hand and was ready to write farewell letters to my family and OD on pain killers or sleeping pills. I just wanted to sleep and never wake up. I did not want to feel this way. I just wanted to die so I didn't have to feel this way any more. I can't even describe what was going on in my mind. It's like a cloud of smoke in your brain and you can't think straight. I've been on cymbalta for about 6 months. I'm figuring out it is a result of the medication and I am nervous to try to wean off. I felt like I needed to be in a mental institution or something. I hope I can safely get off of this horrible medication and live happy and normal. I don't like thinking about my death and wanting to die. Please don't take this medication.

Anonymous said...

I have been on several anti-depressants over the last 7 years, due to my body getting used to the meds, or my depression "breaks through" I am now on my 6th which happens to be Cymbalta. I was having suicidal thoughts on my last anti depressant (Celexa) so my doctor switched me over to Cymbalta. My thoughts have been getting worse over the last week. I know that it takes a couple weeks to get the drug into your system, but I honestly don't know if I can do another week on this stuff. All I can think about is how I can end it. I am seriously calling my DR and getting off this stuff!!

Golly said...

I am struggling to understand why this drug would even be considered in patients with depression or anyone for that matter!!! My sister shot herself in the head in our parents home, she was 41. She was put on cymbalta for depression and has gradually gotten worse over the past months not better. Why if she had already tried to kill herself twice would they keep prescribing it? She left no note. She was a hollow shell of the wonderful person she had been and constantly complained about not feeling good or like herself!! I guess the docs thouoght well let's just feed her more drugs that will help. Well it did in the most final manner possible

Ginger said...

Wow. What's with all the hangings!?
Ive been on Cymbalta for two months. Not only did my Dr not monitor me, he just told me "take 30mg for a week then double the dose"
I thought it was awesome he gave me an entire months worth of samples.... to get me hooked, I guess. $50 a month WITH insurance. Ouch.

Anonymous said...

I've been absolutely devasted by this nightmare of a medication. After experiencing a rocky divorce, loss of a child, many ups and Down I began having anxiety I finally decided to address with my Dr. She put me on 60 mg of cymbalta. In about a month, I began being very aggressive and would go off at the drop of a hat with the people I cared about. I would cry daily and could hardly focus on anything. I had a loss of care for myself or the people I loved. I found myself in severe abdominal pain often and insomania. I had no fear of death and often welcomed the idea. I began feeling more and more that it was the right thing not truly understanding why. im not normally a depressed person. I felt so out of control of myself and further acted out. I began to drink as well more without a care of the effects and betrayed the man I love in the worst way. I attempted to further feel out of body and behave erratically and wanting to die. I stopped talking to everyone and stayed home all the time barely getting out of bed. I realized something was severely wrong and stopped cold Turkey, at which now I know was a bad idea. I got very sick, had the worst pain in my head and clenched my teeth unknowingly until my jaw hurt. I still have the worst abdominal pain and feel like im outside my head trying to connect to reality again. my emotions are all over the place and hard to real in at times. I've been off for almost a month and hope this nightmare comes to an end. please be cautious with the medication it has extreme effects.

6e86b476-a3b2-11e2-a16e-000bcdcb2996 said...

My aunt attempted suicide in the early 2000s. She battled depression throughout her adult life. She would have severe depression in spurts that would last about three weeks. Then, she'd sort of come out of it and feel better for a while. Four years ago, she was prescribed Cymbalta to combat the depression. She had a lot of trouble sleeping on the medication. My uncle tried to watch her closely, because he had been nervous about suicide since her first unsuccessful attempt. One late morning he needed to run an errand. My aunt assured him that she was ok. She said she needed to get some sleep because she was having such bad insomnia. He left her for a short time, and came home to her lying dead in her closet. She had written a note, taken a lot of Rx medication, and bound a plastic bag over her head. I've always thought antidepressant medication was the catalyst for her suicide.