Eli Lilly settles Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuits

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This update on the Cymbalta lawsuit settlement was first published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being  republished here with permission from the editor. 

Eli Lilly and Company has settled hundreds of lawsuits involving patients who claim the drugmaker was not forthcoming about the severity of Cymbalta's withdrawal symptoms.

Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Company has quietly settled hundreds of personal injury lawsuits involving patients who claim they experienced withdrawal symptoms while quitting Cymbalta.

When asked for an update on the cases, Robin McCall, media relations director for Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C., one of the firms handling the cases, wrote in an email, “All we can say is that the suit has been resolved.”

Lilly is also tight-lipped about the settlement, but provided the following written statement:

“Eli Lilly and Company has reached a comprehensive resolution of all personal injury lawsuits alleging symptoms from discontinuing Lilly’s medication, Cymbalta. Lilly has defended these cases vigorously and has won every case to reach a decision on the merits, including defense verdicts in every trial. To avoid continued legal costs, Lilly reached a resolution with plaintiffs in the remaining cases. Lilly remains committed to Cymbalta and its safety and benefits, which have been repeatedly affirmed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

No additional details on the settlement were provided.

More than 200 patients were suing Lilly, claiming the drugmaker didn’t fully disclose the severity of Cymbalta’s withdrawal symptoms. The plaintiffs in the cases said they experienced headaches, dizziness, nausea, nightmares, anxiety, mania, suicidal ideation, brain zaps (which feel like a lightning bolt going off inside the head) and other symptoms after they stopped taking Cymbalta.

Cymbalta is one of three drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat fibromyalgia. It’s also used for depression, anxiety, diabetic neuropathy and certain kinds of chronic pain.

As early as 2005, research indicated a high rate of what medical professionals call “adverse events” when patients stopped taking Cymbalta. This Lilly study found that 44 percent of patients involved in several short-term trials had “adverse events” when they suddenly stopped taking duloxetine (the generic name for Cymbalta). The most common withdrawal symptoms cited were dizziness, nausea, headache, paresthesia (tingling/numbness, usually in the limbs), vomiting, irritability and nightmares. About 10 percent of these patients had “severe” withdrawal symptoms.

A longer and larger Lilly trial involving 1,279 patients found that 50 percent of patients experienced withdrawal symptoms.

The crux of Baum Hedlund’s case involved Lilly’s physicians’ prescribing guide for Cymbalta, which says 1 percent or more of patients discontinuing the drug may experience side effects including dizziness, headache, nausea, diarrhea, paresthesia, irritability, vomiting, insomnia, anxiety, hyperhidrosis and fatigue.

While the “1 percent or greater” figure is technically accurate, Baum Hedlund argued it far understated Cymbalta’s true rate of withdrawal symptoms.

“The label gives the impression that withdrawal is a rare event (somewhere around 1 percent) when in fact it is common (at least 44-50 percent),” said Baum Hedlund in an earlier interview. “We think Lilly played with semantics and the system in choosing its wording – it chose wording to minimize the risk while at the same time using language such as “or greater” as a “CYA” [cover your ass] measure. We believe the label is misleading, plain and simple. The testimony of the prescribing doctors in these cases proves it – they believed the risk was rare.”

Despite the discrepancy, Baum Hedlund had been unsuccessful at convincing a judge or jury that Lilly knowingly misled doctors and patients. Four cases heard in various federal courts last year ended in Lilly’s favor.

The lawsuits may be settled, but Cymbalta users are still dealing with the fallout of the drug’s withdrawal symptoms. The design and dosages of Cymbalta’s capsules make it challenging for patients to wean off slowly over time. Capsules come in 20mg, 30mg and 60mg strengths, meaning patients sometimes have to cut their doses in half while weaning. For some patients, that’s just too much of a reduction at one time.

In desperation, some patients are quitting Cymbalta by dumping out the contents of the capsules and then counting the tiny balls every day in an effort to slowly reduce their dosage over time.

Note: A couple of readers have questioned the number of plaintiffs I’ve cited in this article (i.e. “more than 200 patients”). When reporting on this story, the attorneys and Eli Lilly would not disclose the number of plaintiffs involved in the settlement. Because of that, I used the figure “more than 200,” which the attorneys had confirmed in a previous article. One reader who is a plaintiff in the case has said thousands of patients are involved in this settlement, but I cannot confirm the accuracy of that statement. 

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Hundreds of former Cymbalta users are suing Eli Lilly & Company, claiming the drugmaker didn’t fully disclose the severity and frequency of the drug’s withdrawal symptoms. Find out what you need to know about the lawsuits here.

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  1. Hillary Steiner says:

    Me too. It took me 9 months to get off 120mg. I had 4 episodes of suicidal ideation and I could barely work because of the symptom severity

  2. jackiehicks says:

    I was wanting to know if there is a lawyer that i can get ahold of to speak with concerning cymbalta and lyrica…

  3. I’m STILL taking the damn drug (it DOES help some nerve pain in my hands and feet) but when medicaid wouldn’t cover it for me in 2009, I had to literally had to have my ex tie my hands and feet down with nylon hose to our Futon day bed because the withdrawals were soooooo horrific for me. Once Medicaid picked me back up, of course I went back on the Cymbalta because my FM went out of control. These companies ONLY care about the money they make. They NEED the pants sued off them by ANY OF US whom have suffered, make THEM take their own dose of medicine and then go through the withdrawals themselves. Maybe then they’d wise up…..

  4. Sandra says:

    My California attorney told me we should receive a settlement offer this month. Anyone gotten an offer letter yet?

    • Tyler says:

      Got an email yesterday. The lawsuit got settled last October but they said it takes 12-18 months to disperse settlement. Email yesterday said each plaintiffs case is being reviewed now and seeing how much each will get. Which could take another 12 months. It’s such crap as the law firm has all this money gaining off interest as they drag their feet to disperse.

      • Christopher says:

        Anybody hear anything about settlement yet?

      • Melissa says:

        You actually get mails? Your lucky. 2.5 years and I have gotten nothing! Every time I call it’s the sam old story, ” no new updates” such crap, I just want to know something.

      • I’ve been waiting for a settlement offer since last year. Was told in an email offer should be received by fall 2017. Nothing received yet.

    • Donald says:

      Not yet. It’s probably going to be 10 bucks

    • fedupwithitall says:

      They told me I would have some news in 2 weeks. That was 6 weeks ago. Really getting fed up with the attornies more than the withdrawal at this point. It has been 3 years waiting.

    • If you don’t mind me asking, what law firm did you use? My lawyers are the worse with keeping me updated

    • Christopher says:

      Which law firm??

      • Laura Zalay says:

        That is so funny you all are talking about a law firm in California putting you off.. Sounds like we all have the same lawyer?? First they said March, then June, then August and by the end of the year…they want to be sure everyone gets the same amt. Oh Plz! It’s been long enough, let’s just get this over.

    • Cathy Montoya says:

      I am looking for a Calif sorry for my case. Anyone kbow a good one if so, please email me at
      pcmontoya22@yahoo.com before I die from These withdrawals..

      Thank you

  5. Robin says:

    I’m currently withdrawing from the generic form of Cymbalta. I was put on it for Fibromyalgia pain. I purposely had been avoiding going on anything because when I first got diagnosed 12 years ago, my Rheumy had me try about 4 different types of meds (Cymbalta was not one of them) and they either did not work at all, made me an emotional and psychological wreck or made me super sick so I just figured I’d suffer on my own and try natural methods. Years later fast forward to this past April and I decide maybe I should try something for some relief. Pffffft! Relief my butt. I’m going through hell to get off this medication because I hated the side effects. I’m trying to hold it together and get to work every day and do what I need to do to live while dealing with this crap. The only side affect my Dr. told me about was weight gain and she never told me about how hard it would be to get off of this evil drug. Taking Cymbalta caused more fatigue than what I already had from the Fibro, rapid weight gain and ZERO libido. Zero!! I’m too young for that in my life. The bad thing is, it didn’t make me feel any better. If I knew I’d have to go through this, I would have made an educated decision to walk out of my Dr.’s office with nothing and would not be going through this. I only wish Dr.’s would do their homework regarding the drugs THEY ARE PRESCRIBING to their patients. Usually I do my homework before I just pop a pill but this time I did not and fully trusted her. Shame on me for trusting a Dr.!! I knew you can’t just abruptly stop taking an antidepressant because I’d been on Celexa before but because of the way this capsule is, you can’t cut it down any smaller than 30 mg. Actually you can’t “cut” it at all like a tablet. I did some research and read that people were having to take the bb’s out of their capsules and weaning that way so that’s what I did. Two weeks of weaning off of 60 mgs and I am now beginning my 3rd week of no drug at all. Awful head zaps (slowing subsiding now) and dizziness, clumsiness, nausea, diarrhea, constant crying over nothing (which is subsiding) strange shooting pains that even my Fibro never caused, fatigue, insomnia, agitation and trouble concentrating. I may be one of the “lucky” ones because I was only on it for 3 months and 60 mg was the highest dose I took. I really feel for those of you who have been on it for years and on a much higher dose. If you want to wean off, talk to your Dr. on how to do it safely. Just remember that 30 mg capsules is as far as you can go and if you can’t tolerate the withdrawals at that point, you’ll need to take matters into your own hands and take your capsule apart. I’m sure your Dr. would have a hissy fit but screw it. It’s the only way to completely rid yourself this madness. Just listen to your body and don’t put yourself in the ER. My Dr. does not know about what I’m doing and frankly, I’m not crazy about her anyway. Ha ha! Also, going through some paperwork this past weekend, I found the information pamphlet that comes with your prescription. I read it again to see if somehow I didn’t see the withdrawals symptoms when I first got it from the store. I did not see any information or warnings as to what would happen if you try and get off this drug. As always, it lists all the good and bad if you take the drug but nothing on withdrawal. This is a hard lesson learned I tell you. From now on, I will never take another pill unless I’ve done all of my research. Good luck to everyone going through this. P.S. Why is this drug still on the market?!

  6. Bradley Guthrie says:

    Hi yes I want to put my two cents in this conversation I was represented by the lawyers in California on Cymbalta morning and labels I was put on Cymbalta and October 2009 three months after being on this medication I had a seizure then when I went back to my doctor’s I told them they gave me a different prescription but they kept me on the Cymbalta yet 8 months later I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C what is that when you go I was put on treatment for 12 weeks the 10th week I ended up in the emergency room they took blood from me to find out what my problem was about 20 minutes later the doctor came back in should we got your room all ready for you I went from the ER to ICU I had to have a blood transfusion I only had a half a body of blood the doctor said he don’t know how I walked in the door they kept me on the Cymbalta for about for about another 5 years I went off of all my medications December 14th 2014 I want to a dermatologist they took blood work they sent me back to infectious disease again they done an ultrasound they told me I was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver I’ve been beating my head against the door because I couldn’t figure out how I got cirrhosis of the liver on December 14th 2014 I ended up back in my neurologist office because the night before I had 5 seizures in one night they put I guess about two or three hundred wires in my head ran it down my back I’ll stay that way for 72 hours I’m going back to my neurologist he told me come back in a week here that I have all the test results back I go back in there he tells me I’m normal this doctor had done numerous tests on me I looked at that doctor that day I said. I come down here three years ago I was on a hundred seventy milligrams kaprow I said to the doctor you got me up to 2000 milligrams of Capron a day now you tell me there’s nothing wrong with me but yet you want to raise it another 500 milligrams which would have made me 2500 milligrams a day I asked him why would you do that he said standard precaution I told him to take his stand precaution and put it where the sun will never shine I was on Cymbalta for five years revive years I have seizures and any other symptoms trimmers nauseous dizzy and lightheaded I never put the two together because I had my first seizure 3 months after I was on Cymbalta I was on the Cymbalta for 5 years for 5 years I have seizures anyways the doctor said if you have another seizure make sure you get back in here and see me that was the last time I talked to that doctor I haven’t had a seizure since I’ve been off my medicines April 6th 2017 I was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver April 12th a 2017 I got a phone call from the Cymbalta team wanting me to sign the seven that declaration form I told them I don’t know if I want to sign off on this now I want to know what caused my cirrhosis of the liver I have not drink any alcohol and over 36 years not one beer not one shot I really believe it was from the medicine the doctors gave me I started out on one pill call Cymbalta 60 milligrams every time I went to the doctors they give me another prescription I was taking 15 all because of one pill call Cymbalta I left the doctor’s office I’d day I went home was watching TV one that warning sign come up on the TV about Cymbalta it’s a call this number the FDA I called them they sent me a package out stating it all the symptoms of this medication I believe it was like 45 of them I Mark 40 of them off the other five just pertain the women I know the back about two weeks later I got a phone call guy says it will be glad to handle your case I asked him what the hell he was talking about he’s a didn’t you fill out this a thing for the FDA about Cymbalta I said yes I did he said where the Cymbalta team we’re going after them for failure for warnings and labels I said okay go ahead at this time I did not know anything about the side effects until I was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver this lawyer that was one of them the representative in this case against the both of her labeling warnings called me she told me I need a personal injury lawyer if I find a lawyer to call her she will fill him in I’m having trouble finding a lawyer because everybody I talk to says I have a lawyer I really think consumers are the get-together and file a lawsuit against the FDA because the FDA are the manufacturers of these pills I really think the manufactures go out and find lawyers to have a class action suit against them so we walk away with pennies the lawyers walk away with Millions and you can go against the manufactures again because they because you have been paid I do not know about anybody else but I know but my life is on the line now to try to find a lawyer is like pulling a tooth out of a Siberian tiger we the people of United States should get together and protest our government to hell and back for letting these companies ruined people’s lives and getting away with it because they make billions a dollar annually or killing us because you’re not going to find a lawyer this going to go against Eli manufacturers because it’s a corporation they make billions and billions and billions of dollars annually as the poor people are paying for this this corporations got money that we will only dream about and just think it came out of your pocket for their medications of they are making how can you win they make the pills they sell them to you knowing the side effects from them and then they go out looking for lawyers to have a class action suit against them these lawyers are handling cases with 5000 people and they win these cases but it’s confidential the noun that they won now they’re going to sit down and review your case to see how much money after they take their percentage is left to give to you I looked it up the medication that they got me on right now cost $18,364.60 for 28 pills I have right now over $60,000 in medical bills it looks like it’s just starting to me I don’t know what the grand total of my medical bills are going to be as of yet but yet soon as I was involved in a class-action suit I don’t feel that my lawyers are representing me properly I feel us people I to get together and file a lawsuit against the lawyers I think that will change the picture pretty much so so we don’t have to take chicken scratch for pain and suffering yet the manufacturers I laughing hoping that you’ll drop over dead so they could just pay for your funeral a cheap way out there you think I am a fighter I have bad credit because I owe so much and dr. Bills other than that I never had any credit in my life I paid for my house in cash I paid for my truck and my cars in cash the only thing shows on my credit report is Doctor Bills but I had bad credit what is wrong with American people go to Canada you get free medical care we are supposed to be one of the richest countries in the world I know I pay enough taxes and I bought my house once but I pay taxes on it every year why I asked I got so bored and listening to my government I had a shirt made up this shirt says I stand behind my country but not my government I had another shirt made up this shirt says excuse me I wasn’t born this way Society made me this way now you know how I got that

    • Robin says:

      Bradley, I tried really hard to look over your post a few times and I’m still not sure if I’m understanding you correctly but Hep C is one major cause of Cirrhosis of the liver. Hep C does not come from any kind of medications. I’m not defending Cymbalta one bit because right now I’m going through the hellish withdrawals. I just read your post and got a little curious and confused as to how Hep C and Cirrhosis wound up in your Cymbalta experience. Unfortunately now that you have liver damage, all kinds of medications (NSAD’s for example) can exacerbate your condition but of course that’s between you and your Dr. Good luck with everything!

  7. Has anyone who has gotten off of cymbalta have blood work and find that their iron level is in a dangerous zone? This happened to me and was wondering if cymbalta did it. 🙁

    • Pam Grimes says:

      How do I get into a lawsuit? I have taken Cymbalta for apx. 2 years. I have a chronic. Pelvic/nerve pain. I felt side effects all the time, but did not know the drug was a problem. I had gone off it after a serotonin syndrome attack. I asked my medicine doctor to go back to pills I had taken for years. After several months my doctor said I shoul go back on it. I was seeing a PT specialized in PF D. I also have IBS. Her work was doing good for the pain , but then stopped the positive movement. I went to a spine institute . At that time I fell asleep while driving. Luckily I was off the freeway on a little country road and woke up hearing the brush under my car. From defensive driving courses as a PO I was able to get the car back on the road without over corrective. I have sleep apnea and use the c-cap at night. My mood changes day to day. Cymbalta did no pain relief. My memory was getting very bad and could not remember things for 1 minute. My speech was very erratic and I could not concentrate. I did not associate it with the pill. I decided I needed the pain relief and asked my DR. To go off Cymbalta and add amitriptlyne in the morning as well as at night. It did help the pain. I went on his step down for 3 weeks and then added the Amit. I took my last Cymbalta. I was on my computer and came across an article about how bad Cymbalta. I was overwhelmed because I had been having all the problems listed. I then realized my problems, sick feeling, brain shutdown, losing time, gaining weight, memory getting worse, having a hard time talking or thinking in an organized manner were all problems with Cymbalta. The anxiety is a constant feeling. I was having all the whithdrawl problems as side effects . It was hard to believe this pill from a dark place was allowed. It has been over a week off the Cymbalta and I am still having withdrawal effects, I had a good day where I could be up and walking around for a few hours. I have been in bed for 90% of the time for 6 months . I am still having a hard time comprehending shows on TV. The weakness and dizziness . I cannot do any of the things from my past, cooking, working out with weights and Pilates , making jewelry to sell. Working on the new back yard. My husbands has to do every thing. If I can I force my self to do a little cleaning in the bathrooms. My life is gone. I am also having to live with and deal with the IBS. How long will I feel like I want to die? I do metabolize pills differently than most people. I cannot take any opiads, or other pain meds. I have tried them all for the pain from the Pelvis Floor Dysfunction. Now I am going through what is basically illegal drug withdrawal. I have had genetic testing to see how drugs will effect me. I should never have taken Cymbalta. If I only knew.

      • I feel for you as I am similar to you. I was on for 10 years. Started out only with cymbal ta and ended up on over 12 other pills due to other symptoms from the cymbalta. My doctor had no idea it was the cymbal ta and would up the dose and add other pills. I never slept after starting, was more fatigued then I was when started and ended up in bed majority of the time. Had inconstince problems after starting, also severe constipation, blood pressure sky rocketed, colestrohl went way up, started throwing up continuously and had herd issues, I also could not concentrate I stopped watching TV for years as I could not follow it, I would get over whelmed with bills or medical applications to the point I would cry due to focusing and concentration. My muscles became very weak and progressively got worse. Lots of blood without stools. My arms, feet and face would become numb often, or feet would burn like a fire underneath. Lost many friends due to being I’ll because the doctors did not know what was wrong with me and they thought I was exaggerating. I finally quit cymbalta about 2 years ago. Withdrawals were extreme. I felt like I was drying for almost a year and still feel awful but better. I could not get out of bed, weak, disoriented, constantly felt like I was going to faint, was constantly in tears from excruitiating pain; felt like arm and leg bones were crushing, awful stomach pain, electric shocks ALL over body. Too weak needed to hold onto the wall as I walked most of the time. Plus many more symptoms. I’m better in some ways but do not have a decent quality of life any longer. In bed most of the time, very weak, major stomach problems, can only walk short distances and then end up in bed due to weakness. plus many other things. I can not believe this drug is on the market.

    • Yes I am chronic anemia now after 10 years of cymbalta

    • Joceyln says:

      I am staring my tapering from 40mg, I am down to about 30mg. I have been craving red meat!!

    • Hi, I was on Cymbalta for 10 years. And yes I have chronic anemia as a few years ago along with many otber issues

    • Susan Tarik says:

      I have been battling very low iron all year and also wonder if Cymbalta could have played a part.I also bruise at the slightest brushing of my skin. So far all investigations into the low iron have been inconclusive with more investigations to come. I was on Cymbalta for 5 years and am now in the final stages of weaning off it at the suggestion of a cardiac specialist who wants to see if it has played a part in the long Q T pause in my heart rhythm.

    • wonda says:

      yes my blood work shows my battle with very low iron for years , however it has not dropped any lower plus not so easy to bruise now that i am finaly off of the cymbalta.

  8. irene pine says:

    I want so bad to get off Cymbalta and asked dr. she shrugged her shoulders then prescribed 30 Milgram’s instead of the sixty oh my goodness I freaked out because I got so mad mean out of control crying head aps horrible headaches I quickly grab another thirty and by twenty minutes I felt better. I want so bad to come off this med but so afraid of losing my mind.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

      I’m sorry you’re having difficulty getting off of Cymbalta. You might want to join the Cymbalta Hurts Worse group on Facebook. They have a protocol that is helping people to successfully quit Cymbalta w/ minimum withdrawal symptoms. Hope this helps! Sending positive thoughts your way.

  9. I was on Cymbalta for over 10yrs and when I started symptoms of electricity running thru my head I went to the Dr. and asked what was causing it. He looked at me as if I was nuts and just shrugged. Sent me for an MRI and it came back normal. When they started coming more and more and stronger I researched the internet and found out they were called brain zaps, and Cymbalta was more than likely the problem. Went back to the Dr. and explained that what I was having were called brain zaps and I wanted off the Cymbalta and asked how to get off of it safely, his suggestion was to give me a different drug. So back to the internet I went. This time I found a gentleman who figured a way for himself to get off Cymbalta without almost any side effects. I followed him steps, it took almost 6 months to get off of it but I did. The only symptoms I was homicidal, suicidal, headaches, nausea, facial tremors. My daughter took a yr off of work to babysit me because they were afraid to leave me alone. No I am left with the outbursts (getting better, but oh I can be nasty for no reason), my vision in bad, facial tremors, and headaches. I tried at the time to find a lawyer to take my case against Lilly but no one would and I was told there was no class action cases anywhere. My life has never been the same and my quality of life is terrible. Dr. only suggestion everyone gets older and gets aches and pains and problems you just have to live with it. Why do I have to live with these problems I didn’t ask for them. I thought this drug was supposed to give me quality of life not take it away. If anyone knows of any lawyers willing to take on new clients please let me know

    • Do you think if we copied some of this and mailed it to the doctors they would wise Up? I’m so sorry you are going thru this!! It’s wrong!! My dr said I would have NO symptoms because I would start prozac the next day. I was on 60 mgm of cymbalta for 7 years of more. Today it is decided I can no longer take the hydrocodone I’ve been taking for 10 years – to function in my life in a half way normal way. Like walking, talking, maybe playing with my grandkids. NO taper, no warning, nothing. And they took me off blood pressure medicine – so smug and sure that I would have NO problems and that withdrawal would be 1 day or maybe 2. Maybe they don’t read this stuff – how can thousands and thousands of people be wrong?? They were so proud of themselves for taking me off all the meds and told me they were the experts and I was not. Incredible. There was no concern about my worries, my wanting to taper – half the dose and half the pills – I think I might have been able to comfortably do that. But no – I think this is unethical – there are patient rights and the obligation to not cause pain. No one told me they were going to just abandon me. This was a doctor that I have known and who has prescribed this for 10 years. A NA took over and told me to eat plants and all my problems would be gone. I’m hurt and angry right now – sorry for the rant. I’m so sorry you are suffering. I too have had bad thoughts and since there seems to be a lot of suicides in my family I want to be really careful of what is happening. Both the cymbalta withdrawal and the hydrocodone withdrawal in the same month is beyond cruel. We need to figure out a way to have doctors hear all this. TheNA had the guts to tell me not to believe anything on the internet. Looking for a new doctor after 30 years. And I’m sure that whole office is whispering about how horrible I am and that I dared to argue and email and try to explain. Someday somebody is going to come thru and believe in us and allow the patient to be involved in decision about their body and their care. I didn’t tell her what to do – I never had any input in it at all. Just shocked my doctor backed her up – IF she was telling the truth by telling me about messages he sent me. If this is true why in the hell did he give it to me for 10 years and decide in one day – uh, no more for you. It can make you crazy if you aren’t careful. I’m very happy you have a good support with your daughter. God knows we need help and rescued from the ignorance of some of the medical staff. God’s Blessings for you, your daughter and your family. I will pray that you find relief soon.

  10. Cover-up says:

    I to am in this so called lawsuit there is something shady going on here no one will give any Info what so ever. Have called a number of times to get updates on what is happening Garth refuses to give any info on my case.they were to review your case with you before submitting it to the court never happened and the move u question them they just drop your case.here is what I have found GO back and read all your letters from the attorneys u will see them promising to go after pain and suffering,lost of earnings ,future medical care, when ask about this they say if we are lucky we might get a few thousand dollars that it.they changed the outcome of your case without any ok or communication from any of their claimants.these law firms r doing what ever they want with out any regard to us people that have suffered from what Eli Lilly has done to us.I highly recommend everyone in this lawsuit to contact a malpractice attorney asap and see about suing your attorney .also start calling your state attorney General office and the state bar and let them know what’s going on here.question what is happening who is this court appointed person who is going to evaluate your case.how come when asked about a medical examiner to review your case how come they didn’t have u see one.future medical coverage they don’t know what cymbalta will do to you 10 20 years from now.lost earning can’t no longer work because of what cymbalta did to me. It’s time to hold your attorneys accountable for what they are NOT doing for you or your case. THEY IS SOMETHING GOING ON HERE

    • Jeannie says:

      I am also part of the Cymbalta lawsuit. I don’t understand the silence regarding the settlement. I have spoken to the para legal several times that is in charge of my case and cannot get any answers except that they hoped to have it all settled by the end of 2016 and that the cases were very difficult to sort out. It seems there should be some updates to those involved in the lawsuit and settlement. I don’t know what to expect except that I am still taking Cymbalta because the side effects of not taking the Cymbalta every day are so painful and horrific.

      • East Coast says:

        Jeannie, I agree with you. In my lawsuit there are over 1,000 people and no one knows what the settlement amount was at the time of the settlement.
        There really needs to be an over sight ,someone needs to monitor if all the people are treated fairly.
        I am sure the lawyers will be paid well,and so should the people who brought about this suit.
        The drug company is still making Billions off this drug,we should be compensated well for our pain and suffering.Time will tell I guess.

      • Last time I spoke with the paralegal she told me that Eli Lilly is fighting every single case on every detail trying to get them each individually kicked out of the settlement.
        She said they are having to fight them on everything.
        We were supposed to have our settlement amounts this summer but are now saying by the end of the year. This is going to be going on 3 yrs for me by then. They keep postponing the date. Don’t have a clue what the settlement amount is though.

        • Patricia Hudson says:

          I have kirtland Packard and they told me the same thing. If I don’t get it by December to call them . I know they had to go back to court in august of this year. Nothing makes since.

          • Rachelle Humphrey says:

            I habe kirtland packard as well. I asked for the court case number, which isnt really helpful. Im going to send them an email now amd ask for ANOTHER GROUP UPDATE. I dont feel we have been treated well as clients from the firm. They are being paid VERY WELL from our extreme hardship/suffering.
            If anyone wants to be included in my email to kirtland packard email me and i will cc ypu on email i send reqiesting more detailed information AND REGULAR ONGOING UPDATES. Rachelle in Minnesota. Myangelsrockro@gmail.com

    • I was on cymbals 60 mg a day for over a year
      Somehow I lost my prescription and hadn’t had a dose for four days. I was vomitting, high fever, cold sweats, headache, then after being on the sofa hideously sick I got up and went into the bathroom and started banging the back of my head on the wall as I could, then i started pounding my face on the granite counter top, my son 21 years old at the time came downstairs to see what the commotion was and was able to stop me just before I was going to pound my face into the glass mirror. This was almost 2 years ago and I wasn’t even trying to stop taking cymbalta, I just lost my script and was without a dose for four days. There was blood all over, my nose was so swollen and bruised and my right eye was swelled shut. My son witnessed this incident, was extremely traumatic for him. I went to the doctor and told him I looked like that being without my cymbalta for four days, he replied there’s no way you would have done something like that after only being without cymbalta for four days. I left the doctors office in tears, I have never need suicidal in my life, not was I trying to commit suicide at that time. I went home and researched withdraw from cymbalta and read a story about a 54 year old woman that was doing one of those volunteer test trials on cymbalta, she had been doing the trial for 6 months, 5 days before the end of her test trial the cymbalta trial facility was giving her placebo pls for five dayz, on the fifth day an employee at the facility was looking for the woman for breakfast, the employee found her in the ladies shower room, she had hung herself!!!!

    • I too am involved in this settlement. And the statement is accurate. This particular lawsuit there was less than 200 of us. Whenever I call it get the same answers. A retired judge is going through each plaintiff and deciding on amount to me dispersed. Can take up to 18 months! Really??? So frustrating

      • East Coast says:

        That retired judge was appointed by Eli Lily.I just can’t figure out how that is going to be good for any of us? Eli Lily says they settled, but my lawyer says that they don’t know what the settlement was,how is that? I can’t really argue with them unless I want to get dropped.I think maybe Eli Lily might have hired all of our lawyers too, So what do we have: we have lawyers that won’t tell us anything,a settlement that Eli Lily says is settled(but no one knows for how much) and a judge(1 judge) that was appointed by Eli Lily.What can we do? We really need someone to look into this,this is not right. Does anyone know who would be over this mess we are all in?

        • Lovelylinda68 says:

          Do you know for sure that the retired judge was appointed by Eli Lilly?? Do you mind me asking who is representing you?

          • East Coast says:

            Lovelylinda68, sorry I can not say what law firm represents me.My law firm is the one that informed me that “1 retired judge was appointed by Eli Lilly and is handling every ones case ,one by one”.I have done so much research trying to find out who the judge is ,but I can not. Again,sorry I can not answer all your questions.

    • Linda Green says:


      Do you mind me asking what law firm is representing you? Mine has been pretty informative. Now sometimes the information is a little different or I’m mislead a little but it’s pretty much stated the same. It keeps dragging out, that is for sure.

  11. Cynthia Manca says:

    I was told by I had to be off Cymbalta 120mg/day in order to have autonomic testing done, scheduled for 2/7/17. I have been on this medication for at least 10 years for symptoms of Fibromyalgia/Lupus. I went to Dr. who prescribed Rx to me on 1/19/17 was given instruction on taper which would end Rx on 1/31/17. Mind you, I have been on the highest dosage. Eli Lillie does not even have a “safe tapering off procedure” based on patient current dosage or length of time on the Rx. I ended up in ER on 2/6/17 due to extreme dizziness/headache, intermediate “hammering sound” in head, very high BP, diarrhea, dehydration. I was unable to get testing done on 2/7/17 due to meclizine med. I had to reschedule for 3/14/17. ER doctor did not recognize that I was in withdrawal from Cymbalta! It was my GYN Dr, on Monday, who I’ve been seeing for years, who noticed how bad I looked & thought of “withdrawal syndrome”. What outrages me the most is that prescribing Dr didn’t even tell me I could have these symptoms. Now they want me to start retaking this poison 30mg taper before 3/14/17 testing. They can kiss my ass. I am not going to put any more of this poison in my body in spite of still going though this hell.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

      Hi Cynthia, unfortunately many physicians are not aware of the withdrawal issues with Cymbalta. I’m so sorry you’ve had to go through this.

  12. Holy moley I wish I had known about this lawsuit, I had the absolute worst time with getting off Cymbalta. I originally was prescribed it by my neurologist to help with pain and nerve damage from a neck injury. I stopped taking (weaned) off it early 2015 I think, because I felt it wasn’t helping anymore. Even weaning off as slowly as possible, it took *months* for the zaps to go away, along with all other awful physical pain, feelings & emotions. During this time I had to work a full-time job, and take care of a little boy by myself. So fast forward to mid-2016 I’m 45yo at the time – I am diagnosed with Fibro, but I’ll be damned if I take another Rx like Cymbalta. I’m working towards as much natural stuff as possible. Its not easy. I’m hoping to find a dr on my UHC plan that can treat for Fibro and offer alternative options for pain relief. Thanks for keeping us updated and I hope your days is as pain-free as possible 🙂

  13. Just got off cymbalta after 5 years withdrawals was horrible. It’s a shame something has to be that difficult to be set free from. I was on 60 mg and weened down but had to result in opening the capsules and counting the tiny white balls inside crying over the kitchen counter if one fell on the floor. This drug withdrawal is too much I have never any type of problem getting off other medication like cymbalta. Also, if you took this medication you need your liver levels tested it effects the liver. The withdrawal process took over 6 months.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

      I’m so sorry you had to go through that, Lisa, but I’m happy that you were finally able to get off of it successfully.

  14. I have been DUMPED by my attorneys (Baum Hedland) now that the suit has been settled, I feel the lawyers are just discarding any plaintiffs they can in order to increase their share and get rid of the people who have been suffering and deserve the compensation. I chose one law firm when there were many who were involved and now no one will talk to me since the suit is settled. I feel I have been unfairly excluded and if there are any attorneys who are starting a new group of plaintiffs for another class action can anyone please contact me and let me know? My email is lasvegasjo8@aol.com I have all my documentation because Baum Hedland did absolutely nothing to help me get my info together. All of us plaintiffs who have been left out and pushed to the side need to get together and pursue another suit against Eli Lilly mostly because they are STILL peddling their poison CYMBALTA to more people which is unacceptable.

    • East Coast says:

      Jo Murry, Sorry to hear that a law firm dropped you. Did they say what their reason was?Was you on Cymbalta for awhile,and did they ask for your pharmacy records. I am in a law suit too,and my lawyers told me it was settled too,I am just wondering if all the law firms will do the same. I am sure there is a $$$ amount they said they would pay,so why are they dropping people.I done some research online and as far as I can tell the judge put a stay on the settlement until November,I am guessing that is to verify every ones case,but these cases should be handled one by one so I am told.

      • I was told in Nov I would hear back within a few weeks and I could decide to take offer and sign papers . That it would be March with an amount .Last contact I was told know nothing! Now may ! It’s 2:10 am if I get started I will be up all night running my fingers! I’ve lived 5 yrs of hell and as of today unable to take any type of meds for fibromyalgia ,depression …. ECT not even meds I took with no problem before this ratt.ass.posion ! I feel for everyone of you ,my 💓 bleeds for you all . I have so many medical records and seen so many Dr.s trying to get off this .My insurance Co stopped paying . Dr.said it’s not the cymbalta keep taking. Finally went to a urgent care for help .It took me at least 2 years before I started having somewhat normal days . And no Im still not right at all . Iam trapped inside my body and can’t get out . Ok enough for now . I will be back soon lots of questions and answers I would love to share with anyone. Its been over 5 years I still have a hell of a time talking about this. While coming off this . I took care of my Grandparents who had sundowners and and other medical problems what few good days they had here and there should have been a joy for me .. OMG !

        • Jerry Hunter says:

          I have not tried this myself because I am on Vicodin, but I just read in an article about Low dose Naltrexate that is helping people with all sorts of autoimmune diseases. Check out Facebook, and google it. This is our best answer for pain relief. It has been around since the ’80’s at a higher dose for opid addiction.Recently Europe has been testing and now giving Low doses Naltrexate for all kinds of problems. At this time doctors here in US are prescribing. Compounding pharmacies are making it. Very inexpensive.

  15. People if you all think your gonna get thousands of dollars from this your sadly mistaken ! you know how these law suits go ! the dam lawyers get most of it and we the ones that went thru hell will get the crumbs ! in all honesty instead of joining a class action suit you would have been better off getting your own lawyer ! good luck to everyone ! and stay alive because we need you and care about you ! BK.

  16. I have been on Cymbalta for eleven years. It was given to me because I have fibromyalgia and it actually did help the pain for a while. I was taking it with WellButrin because I was having depression after a lot of things that had happened in my life. I actually did get into this lawsuit back in 2012, but am still waiting to receive the settlement papers for review. I have spoken several times with the girl who is handling my case and she always tells me it is settled but it will take a long time to get everything done. I worked for a law firm for 30 years, but it never took us this long to close cases after settlement, but I guess they do it different in other states.

    I lost my job in 2012 and could not afford the medicine. At the time, with no insurance, my amount would be $600 for 30 pills. I just did not have the money to buy them, so I told my doctor I was going off them. He never said anything to me about not going off them. I started having brain zaps so bad that I had to go to the hospital once because I passed out after a brain zap and did not remember even my name for about 8 hours. In a week’s time of not taking cymbalta, I began to be very angry and would get mad and scream. I would just sit and cry for hours for no reason. I had a lot of anxiety after losing my job because I applied for over 100 jobs and did not get hired anywhere.

    I told my sister that I felt so strange — like I was someone else. I hated myself and everyone around me. I told her I just wanted to die and I really did. I took a handful of Xanax but all I did was sleep. I just say that it wasn’t my time to go. I ached all over and sometimes the pain was unbearable and I could hardly get out of bed. I was so tired and began to be late for work each morning (not more than a few minutes). I would start having stomach pains and then would throw up for 30 minutes or longer.

    I was another person during this time and then one day I saw a commercial on t.v. talking about withdrawal symptoms from using Cymbalta and it all came to light. I knew where all of this was coming from. I went to my doctor and he began giving me samples until I got back on the medication and was feeling like I should. But now, my feet and legs are numb and tingle all the time; it hurts when I walk; I have pain in our shoulders and down my arms. I have pain running from my arm down through my back and my legs. I am getting really bad headaches and my memory is clouded. There are times that I have to just sit and think about what I started to say. I have never been like this before. I could not sleep and being out of work caused me to stay up all night. Then at 5:00 a.m. I would get up and go without sleep and it never phased me, except that I did feel fatigued.

    What I have gone through is the worst thing I have ever dealt with. I have been on this medicine now so long that I believe it is causing the problems I am now having. This medicine is just no good for us and I have to make him take me off of this. My doctor just recently put me on two pills a day for a total of 120 mgs. per day and now I am having all these symptoms again even while I am taking the medicine.

    I feel they owe all of us something who have had to deal with this. No one ever told me about these withdrawal symptoms and if they had I would not have suffered from all the pain and other problems I had. I just hope this matter is finalized soon.

  17. Mariam vangas says:

    I was on cymbalta 60mg for 3 1/2 years I was tappered down to 30mg last month and this month nothing I have been feeling Brain zaps, zaps on my body every time I move, my heart is racing really bad, headache, diarhea, dizzy, very bad mood, can’t mentally function. I am very scared and heard about the law-suit class settlement and wanted to know how to get involved Any info please contact me.. thank you

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

      The current lawsuit has been settled and there is no way to join it at this point. You could pursue your own case w/ a personal injury attorney. I’m so sorry you’re having to go through this. 🙁

  18. East Coast says:

    Cymbalta Settlement Amount
    I am in one of those settlements,but my law firm won’t tell me what the settlement amount was.
    I search the internet everyday to try to find out what the big amount was to divide between all the law firms and people ,but can’t find out.So I called my law firm the other day and they said the lawsuit is settled,but it may take up to a year to find out what I get.So this is my question,the drug company agrees to let a judge (of there choosing) decide on what to give each person,so how do we know if the judge just tries to give little amount and give the rest back to the drug company,I mean since no one but the drug company and the judge that was appointed by the drug company knows the $$$ amount of the settlement?Also ,if anyone has already got a settlement and wants to give us a heads up,just don’t give your real name. I just hate to wait around for a year expecting a big amount and end the end only get $5.00. Thank you for your time.

  19. Eleanor Curry says:

    Husband was on Cymbalta and had hallucinations we stopped it and the hallucinations stop also. he was given this for nurophathy. he was on it for about 3 weeks when upped it from 30mg to 60mg.
    so bad we had the police over 3 times in 2 days due to the hallucinations.

  20. I have tried to get off it and was suicidal. Still taking it. I tried to be part of this lawsuit but no response from anyone;-(

  21. Deb Helms says:

    How do we get to be a part of this lawsuit? I went through a month of withdrawals from stopping Cymbalta.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

      This particular lawsuit is settled. You’d need to research and see if there are other attorneys who are pursuing a case.

      • B. Brown says:

        I’m in the lawsuit that’s settle and its over 6,000 plantiffs involved!! Do anyone know of a Cymbalta lawsuit for being on it for more then 8yrs. And developing fatty tumors from it ive had 20 tumors removed from using Cymbalta and the doctor told my sister he saw plenty more!!!! Its not much money involved at all very dissappointed for sure!! With all my sever suffering!!!!

        • Deneen Johnson says:

          I have fatty tumors also, I’ve been on Cymbalta for 4 years now trying to taper off. The tumors are painful and are mostly in my abdomen my doctor told me that they were Lipomas. My first appointment for a surgeon is this Tuesday

        • M. Williams says:

          Hello I was just wondering what was the amount they settled with. Excuse I was told that they did each case as individual cases? And how long do it usually takes before you hear something back because I am part of the law suit but have not heard any news other than what I’m reading on here! Please if you can shed some light for me.

          • M. Williams says:

            Is there anymore information on the settlement?

          • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

            I have been told Baum Hedlund clients have been contacted and asked to supply medical documents. I haven’t heard anything re: the other law firms involved.

          • Concerned says:

            I have spoke at length with my Lawyers today and this is what they said, there was about 200-400 people the judge did not want to include in the settlement,but decided to about two weeks ago, now we all are supposed to get the famous settlement offer by the end of December or early January, and then it will go beck to the judge to finalise everything and maybe we will get our check by spring or summer . But the main thing I wanted to know is what was the amount the drug company gave out to devide between the lawyers and us.This is very important ,I feel we need to know,because the lawyers can say ,well that is all there was to devide between everyone.We need to know the big amount. Why is it such a BIG secret? I can understand that if it was one person and that would be between the drug company and the person, but we are talking thousands of people, we need to know the whole amount they settled for, so we know we got treated fair, that is not to much to ask is it?

        • K M MacDonald says:

          I am waiting for my “settlement letter” for the Personal Injury lawsuit that was settled in early October 2016

          I was advised all my records have went to a judge for review and determination of my settlement amount after using Cymbalta since it’s inception. The records went to the judge on October 17, 2016. I was told I would receive a “letter” in December. I was also told that there were 3000 members in this suit total.
          I, too, have developed lipomas all over my body in which I never even claimed.

          • I feel your pain! Yes I had a mass tumor removed from my eye then later another eye sugury. My eye Dr. Called my Dr. Telling. him to get me off the carp. I went to my Dr. Over and over with complaints side effects..lol was told its not the CYMBALTA keep taking it. it was and still is to this day living hell a nighmare! I would lay in bed and hear ballroom music didn’t have to be in bed to hear it .sounded like a jet taking off in my head and other times like a race car NASCAR was live in my head the cars going around in my head hundreds of miles an hour. I couldn’t function I couldn’t cook without burning something . putting things in cabinet that should go into fridge. My dad was serious telling me I needed a helmet.I was bumping into the ways. Then I finally went to another Dr. To be out on something to try to get off of it. That’s when it really got bad! I have fibromyalgia and had taken antidepressants for years with no problems. To this day I can’t take anything ! So I fight depression and fibro everyday with nothing . there were days I would go to shower two hours later I’m still sitting on toilet seat not in shower yet. I would hear and yes to me it was real in middle of night when i could sleep someone knocking on door calling my name I would get up answer door but never anyone there.This is only a small bit of what I went through I could go on and on. But something tells me you know the story and have been there as well. Its really screwed muy life up took years from my life helped cause me. To loose a 25 yr self employed business ,as well as my home. I can’t focus today i feel like I’m trapped inside my body and can’t get out. I thank God for Donna who gives me hope reading I’m not a nut case with fibromyalgia she rocks and gets me throughout a lot of shitty fibromyalgia days ! I wish you all the best with your problems caused from Cymbalta. Your in my prayers . I went thought this caring for both my Grandparents their last 2 years of their lives . it breaks my ❤ I was in another world and should have been cherishing the time I had left with them. And my living father I wouldn’t never made it without him ! He would help me count the beedstrying to come off it….. I could write a book. It was and stil is to unreal for anyone to have to live that .my medical records just for the Dr.who put me on the medication was unreal in numbers .MY insurance co stopped paying for my visits.They just wouldn’t listen ..”keep taking it Its not the CYMBALTA ” as I said this is just a very small part of what I went thru! Good luck and God bless you .it’s got to get better one day .

          • Oops on the typos … My loving father! I’m sure you will find more …lol But will figure it out. Sorry I get ahead of myself when talking about this very upsetting at times .

          • I am waiting for the same letter. It has been a substantial amount of time now. Been involved in this suit for nearly 2 years. Waiting for a judge still several months later.

  22. Michele says:

    When there was miscommunication between myself and verbal pharmacy instructions I inadvertently double the maximum dose for one month. Then when the insurance denied my refill and I had to wait for special refill approval after explaining the circumstances, I went without Cymbalta for about a week to a week and a half. While I didn’t incur the brain zaps, the mania I experienced was surreal. It was a roller coaster of varying emotions from rage, melancholy, depressed, suicidal, self-assured and others…then through the emotions, almost split personalities, if you will. I had memory loss from several manic episodes and this withdrawal cost me an almost 6 year relationship. The symptoms started in less than 72 hours. I had no physical symptoms like nausea or shaking. Mine was all in my brain and I really didn’t fully comprehend what was happening at the time, though I realized I was in WD.
    Within two weeks, I could not walk across a room without sitting down to catch my breath. In three weeks I lost nearly 20 lbs without changing anything. Each week the breathing got worse, my heart would race. By the time I was finally referred to a heart doctor, I thought I was about to die. He finally determined I had a heart murmur I likely had from childbirth (unbeknownst to my mother or myself) – I was 45 at this time. After all tests he ran were coming back clear, finally the ultrasound picked something up. He caqlled it hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He told me no exercise. (What dr tells you that?!?) I repeated that. He said exercise can kill you now. What?!? I had developed the same things those young, healthy athletes that drop dead after a game die from. He said the cause was lkiely from medication. I immediately considered the Cymbalta, but he said he could be specific (I also have MS in addition to fibro and have been on many meds for several years now). However, in my heart, I believe it was too coincidental for those symptoms to have started just a couple of weeks after the accidental overdosing, thanks in part to a drug store I no longer use, for it not to be related,
    Has anyone else experienced heart issues while using Cymbalta…I doubt many have done the same as I and taken too much for an entire month, but curious just the same.

  23. Eileen Rubert says:

    How do I become part of this law suit?

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

      You’d need to find an attorney who is not part of the settlement and/or who will take your case.

  24. I think drs hand out these drugs aren’t truely educated on the side effect. I have tremors since being on anti depressants- dr said, well your grandma probably had that— no she did not. Later I found out it was because of drugs. Then the brain zaps — Oh my goodness. I won’t try their new drugs either.


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