What you need to know about the Cymbalta lawsuits

I’ve created this page as a resource for those who are interested in learning more about the Cymbalta lawsuits associated with the drug’s withdrawal effects. It includes all of FedUpwithFatigue’s Cymbalta-related posts, links to national media stories and other useful information.

Page updated 3/6/2020

Thousands 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.

Thousands of former Cymbalta users have sued Eli Lilly & Company, claiming the drugmaker didn’t fully disclose the severity of the drug’s withdrawal symptoms. The plaintiffs say 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 the drug.

Posts on the Cymbalta lawsuits…

Eli Lilly settles Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuits – The latest on the U.S. lawsuits.

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.

Quitting Cymbalta: What You Need to Know Before You Take That Last Pill – A summary of Cymbalta’s withdrawal symptoms, links to Eli Lilly’s research regarding withdrawal symptoms and practical information for anyone who may be considering stopping Cymbalta. Part 1 of an ongoing series.

Quitting Cymbalta? What you need to know before you take that last pill

An Interview with the Attorneys – This post gives background on the Cymbalta lawsuits and includes an interview with one of the law firms handling the case. Part 2 of an ongoing series.

The Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuits: An interview with the attorneys | FedUpwithFatigue.com

A Timeline of the Cymbalta Lawsuits – This post summarizes the Cymbalta lawsuits that have been to court so far and their outcomes. Part 3 of an ongoing series. Updated as of 11/2015.

Thousands of Cymbalta users are suing Eli Lilly & Company, claiming the drugmaker didn't fully disclose the severity of the drug's withdrawal symptoms. The plaintiffs in the cases say they experienced headaches, dizziness, nausea, nightmares, anxiety, mania, suicidal ideation, brain zaps and other symptoms after they stopped taking Cymbalta.

Cymbalta’s Withdrawal Symptoms Prompt Lawsuits – In January 2016, Prohealth.com asked me to update their readers on the Cymbalta lawsuits. I’m reprinting that story on FedUpwithFatigue.com with the editor’s permission.

Thousands of Cymbalta users are suing drugmaker Eli Lilly, claiming the company wasn't forthcoming about the frequency or severity of the drug's withdrawal symptoms. | Fed Up with Fatigue

Why Your Fibro Meds Aren’t Working – A summary of the effectiveness of the three drugs – Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella – currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat fibromyalgia.

The three drugs approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to treat fibromyalgia - Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella - aren't much better than sugar pills, according to research.

Media coverage and commentary on the Cymbalta lawsuits …

Note: Where possible, I tried to post articles that are accessible online to the general public. However, very few media outlets have been covering the Cymbalta lawsuits, so many of the links below are from Law360, a subscription-based website. You won’t be able to access these articles without a subscription. However, Law360 does offer a trial membership where you can access all articles on the site for 7 days for free (without having to enter a credit card).

Change in law insufficient to justify reopening voluntarily dismissed suit against drugmaker, Metropolitan News Enterprise, Jan. 21, 2020

9th circuit won’t revive Cymbalta users’ suit against Eli Lilly, Law360, Jan. 16, 2020

Microsoft ruling dooms Cymbalta labeling suit, Law360, Oct. 12, 2017

Eli Lilly urges 9th circuit not to revive Cymbalta suit, Law360, Aug. 23, 2016

Cymbalta MDL rejected yet again, JDSupra Business Advisor, Oct. 21, 2015

Judge orders nearly 40 Cymbalta plaintiffs to file separate lawsuits, Reuters, Oct. 20, 2015

Consumers pulling a fast one in Cymbalta case, Eli Lilly Says, Law360, Oct. 14, 2015

JPML denies plaintiffs’ second request to consolidate Cymbalta withdrawal actions, Harris Martin Publishing, Oct. 13, 2015

Cymbalta judge severs claims and smacks down plaintiff lawyers’ self-created “quagmire,” Lexology, Oct. 6, 2015

Eli Lilly successfully severs and transfers Cymbalta plaintiffs from California court to its own home court in Indiana, Lexology, Sept. 22, 2015

The withdrawal I experienced after quitting Cymbalta was worse than my depression, Vice.com, Sept. 19, 2015

Calif. federal judge transfers claims of 69 Cymbalta plaintiffs to Indiana federal court, HarrisMartin Publishing, Sept. 16, 2015

Cymbalta plaintiffs to appeal to 9th Circuit after trial losses, Law360, Sept. 8, 2015

Fraud claims against Lilly tossed in Cymbalta labeling row, Law360, Aug. 28, 2015

Eli Lilly blasted over Cymbalta labeling in side effect row, Law360, Aug. 24, 2015

Judge Cuts 2nd Cymbalta Trial Short With Verdict For Lilly, Law360, Aug. 13, 2015

Eli Lilly & Co. Cleared By U.S. Jury In First Cymbalta Withdrawal Lawsuit, Fibromyalgia News Today, Aug. 10, 2015

Lilly chalks up a win for Cymbalta in first U.S. trial over withdrawal symptom claims, FiercePharma, Aug. 10, 2015

U.S. jury clears Eli Lilly in first Cymbalta withdrawal trial, Reuters, Aug. 7, 2015

Eli Lilly faces first U.S. trials over Cymbalta withdrawal, Reuters, Aug. 3, 2015

Cymbalta and Lyrica in legal battles, Pain News Network, June 26, 2015

Eli Lilly faces August trials in suits over Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms, FiercePharma, June 25, 2015

Eli Lilly Rips Expert For ‘Unreliable’ Cymbalta Testimony, Law360, May 1, 2015

Eli Lilly beats Cymbalta withdrawal risk suit, Law360, April 17, 2015

Cymbalta withdrawal cases may soon have an MDL, JDSupra Business Advisor, Dec. 19, 2014

Lawsuits charge Eli Lilly with misleading consumers about Cymbalta withdrawal effects, Salient News, Aug. 15, 2014

Lilly Fights Cymbalta ‘Brain Zaps’ Suit, Saying It Warned Docs, Law360, Jan. 29, 2013

Other helpful links …

Cymbalta withdrawal help

Cymbalta’s prescribing guide for physicians

Cymbalta’s patient medication guide

2009 U.S. Food and Drug Administration report on Cymbalta discontinuation syndrome

An online petition asking Eli Lilly to make public their knowledge of Cymbalta’s withdrawal symptoms

Cymbalta Facebook support groups …

Cymbalta Hurts Worse

Cymbalta Survivors and Victims

Cymbalta Survivors Working Group

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