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Cymbalta vs Pristiq, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a female patient aged 50

This is personalized comparison of Cymbalta vs Pristiq for a female aged 50. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Cymbalta (latest outcomes from 49,215 users) has active ingredients of duloxetine hydrochloride. It is often used in depression.

Pristiq (latest outcomes from 15,552 users) has active ingredients of desvenlafaxine succinate. It is often used in depression.

On Jul, 23, 2014: 8,002 female patients aged 45 who take the same drugs are studied in Cymbalta vs Pristiq

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Female45Depression

Drugs to compare:

DrugIngredientsCompany
Cymbalta duloxetine hydrochloridenot specified
Pristiq desvenlafaxine succinatenot specified

eHealthMe real world results:

For females aged 45 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
CymbaltaPristiq
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
DizzinessHeadache (pain in head)
Headache (pain in head)Dizziness
DepressionDrug Withdrawal Syndrome (interfere with normal social, occupational, or other functioning. are not due to another medical condition, drug use, or discontinuation)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
PainInsomnia (sleeplessness)
Insomnia (sleeplessness)Condition Aggravated
AnxietyAnxiety
Weight IncreasedDrug Ineffective
VomitingFeeling Abnormal

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
CymbaltaPristiq
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Weight Increased
Drug Withdrawal Syndrome (interfere with normal social, occupational, or other functioning. are not due to another medical condition, drug use, or discontinuation)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
DizzinessHeadache (pain in head)
Paraesthesia (sensation of tingling, tickling, prickling, pricking, or burning of a person's skin with no apparent long-term physical effect)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Headache (pain in head)Drug Withdrawal Syndrome (interfere with normal social, occupational, or other functioning. are not due to another medical condition, drug use, or discontinuation)
Weight IncreasedDizziness
DepressionNumbness In Hands Or Feet
Withdrawal Syndrome (a discontinuation syndrome is a set of symptoms occurred due to discontinuation of substance)Migraine (headache)
Suicidal IdeationFluid Retention (an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the blood)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Feeling Abnormal

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
Cymbalta3.76%23.15%40.38%25.62%7.09%
Pristiq3.52%23.44%39.06%21.88%12.11%

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Drug effectiveness in real world:

Alternative drugs:

Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Cymbalta (duloxetine hydrochloride) is often used to treat depression. Pristiq (desvenlafaxine succinate) is often used to treat depression. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

Recent related drug comparison:

NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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