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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.

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On Jan, 23, 2014: 7,725 people 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)
Headache (pain in head)Headache (pain in head)
DizzinessDizziness
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)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
DizzinessDrug Withdrawal Syndrome (interfere with normal social, occupational, or other functioning. are not due to another medical condition, drug use, or discontinuation)
Paraesthesia (sensation of tingling, tickling, prickling, pricking, or burning of a person's skin with no apparent long-term physical effect)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Headache (pain in head)Feeling Abnormal
Weight IncreasedFluid Retention (an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the blood)
Withdrawal Syndrome (a discontinuation syndrome is a set of symptoms occurred due to discontinuation of substance)Dizziness
DepressionFever
Suicidal IdeationInsomnia Exacerbated (sleeplessness)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Short-term Memory Loss

For people in general (regardless of gender or age):

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)
Headache (pain in head)Headache (pain in head)
DizzinessDizziness
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)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
DizzinessWeight Increased
Drug Withdrawal Syndrome (interfere with normal social, occupational, or other functioning. are not due to another medical condition, drug use, or discontinuation)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Paraesthesia (sensation of tingling, tickling, prickling, pricking, or burning of a person's skin with no apparent long-term physical effect)Drug Withdrawal Syndrome (interfere with normal social, occupational, or other functioning. are not due to another medical condition, drug use, or discontinuation)
Headache (pain in head)Feeling Abnormal
DepressionFluid Retention (an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the blood)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Dizziness
Weight IncreasedHeadache (pain in head)
Withdrawal Syndrome (a discontinuation syndrome is a set of symptoms occurred due to discontinuation of substance)Confusion, Engaging In Unusual Or Dangerous Activities, Hostility Or Agressiveness
Suicidal IdeationAnxiety

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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.

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