Cymbalta vs Venlafaxine

Cymbalta
(Rx)
Venlafaxine
(Rx)
Cymbalta is a nervous system medication and an antidepressant medication.
Venlafaxine is an antidepressant medication.
Satisfaction Score
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3.4
Moderately Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
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3.3
Moderately Satisfied
Helpfulness
for Depression
3.1
Concern level
1.8
Helpfulness
for Depression
2.8
Concern level
1.8
Approval Date
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August 3, 2004
Not Available
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
193,700 Discussions
34,217 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Depression
#2 for Anxiety
#3 for Fibromyalgia
#4 for Nerve Pain
#5 for Headaches
#7 for Migraines
#8 for Neuropathy
#9 for GAD
#10 for OCD
#12 for Back Pain
Cymbalta is prescribed for Depression, Anxiety and Fibromyalgia and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Depression
#2 for Anxiety
#4 for Panic Attacks
#5 for OCD
#6 for Panic
#7 for Hot Flashes
#8 for GAD
#10 for Social Anxiety
#11 for Mood Swings
Venlafaxine is prescribed for Depression and Anxiety and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Side Effects and Concerns
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Cym
Withdrawal Symptoms
6
Weight Gain
4
Nausea
3
Dizziness
2
Head Zaps
1
Sexual Dysfunction
1
Drowsiness
1
Suicidal behavior
1
Seizures
1
Suicidal Thoughts
1
Ven
Withdrawal Symptoms
10
Weight Gain
3
Nausea
3
Dizziness
2
Head Zaps
2
Suicidal behavior
1
Suicidal Thoughts
1
Drowsiness
1
Serotonin Syndrome
1
Sexual Dysfunction
1
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Weight Gain
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4
3
Nausea
Cym
Ven
3
3
Dizziness
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2
2
Head Zaps
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1
2
Sexual Dysfunction
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1
1
Drowsiness
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1
1
Suicidal behavior
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1
1
Seizures
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1
0
Suicidal Thoughts
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1
1
Withdrawal Symptoms
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10
6
Weight Gain
Ven
Cym
3
4
Nausea
Ven
Cym
3
3
Dizziness
Ven
Cym
2
2
Head Zaps
Ven
Cym
2
1
Suicidal behavior
Ven
Cym
1
1
Suicidal Thoughts
Ven
Cym
1
1
Drowsiness
Ven
Cym
1
1
Serotonin Syndrome
Ven
Cym
1
0
Sexual Dysfunction
Ven
Cym
1
1
Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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C Category C
Before taking Cymbalta during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
C Category C
Before taking Venlafaxine during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between Cymbalta and alcohol.
There may be a negative interaction between Venlafaxine and alcohol.
Method of use
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Pill
Pill
Dosages
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Capsule: 20 mg, 30 mg, 60 mg
Tablet: 25 mg, 37.5 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg, 225 mg
Capsule: 37.5 mg, 75 mg, 150 mg
Food Instructions
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No Food Instructions
No Food Instructions
Ingredients
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Duloxetine Hcl
Venlafaxine Hcl
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Cymbalta and Venlafaxine: Interaction not known, but may still exist. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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My doctor has recommended that I come off the cymbalta ...
| depressionforums.org
"My doctor has recommended that I come off the cymbalta because of the nightmares and has put me on venlafaxine (effexor), so I shall be moving rooms!"
August 2, 2015
I have bad nightmares when I miss a dose. My recommendation is to take it every day and the nightmares are not nearly as bad. The nightmares can get pretty bad and last all night.

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