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Sunday, October 12, 2008 phusler, Community Member, asks

Q: When do you take Cymbalta AM or PM ?

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Amy Hendel, Health Guide
10/12/08 10:57pm

The doctor who prescribed it should have indicated when to take it - call him to clarify - the most important thing is to consistently take it the same time daily to minimize fluctuations in its availability.

Casey McNulty, Health Guide
10/20/08 2:43pm

Hi phusler,


Thank you for your question! As mentioned by the above expert, it's important to take the medication at the same time each day. Additionally, Cymbalta is better absorbed by the body when taken on an empty stomach, so it may be more beneficial to take it first thing in the morning. You can read more about Cymbalta by clicking here.


Best of luck,


beckaboorulz, Community Member
7/24/09 6:43am

I take Cymblata for Fibromyalgia. Everyone is different so you will have to experiment and see what works best for you. I just started Cymbalta yesterday and it made me feel like I was high as a kite at work. It made me very tired, yet I refuse to take it at night in case it keeps me up. Good luck! Cool

Kat, Community Member
10/ 4/09 8:14am

Hello, I too am taking Cymbalta for Fibromyalgia and CFS as well as Chronic low back pain.  I have taken only 3 capsules at 30 mg and I feel like the lower back pain has diminished by 75%.  I feel like this is some sort of joke, I have been suffering for 12 YEARS and this is amazing.....I really hope that it is something that will last.  I have been spending so much $$$$ on all kinds of treatments ranging from Chiropractic to Massage and Cymbalta is just too good to be true.  I saw a show on TV about a Fibromyalgia specialist who prescribes this and asked my Doctor to let me try it and it works for me.  I take it at about 8:00 pm and I sleep like a baby.  I cannot remember the last time I slept like this.  But then again I could fall asleep after a two shot espresso!!! LOL  Anyone with Fibro who is contemplating taking Cymbalta should really consider trying it.  I am into holistic medicine and eat organic and avoid medications but I got to a point where I needed something and was reluctant since years ago I tried every different antidepressant out there with horrible side effects so I gave up trying them.  I am still going to continue my vitamins and therapies but I can't believe how much this is helping me in such a short time.........Dorothy are we in Kansas???

beckaboorulz, Community Member
10/ 4/09 1:26pm

I too have chronic low back pain. I take one Cymbalta 30 mg at night now and it seems to help with my Fibromyalgia, low back pain and my carpal tunnel. The pill itself is supposed to help with nerve issues and I think thats what going on with me. I also take Tramadol which helps out more than the Cymbalta during the day for my back. My Dr wont increase my Cymbalta because I am on Tramadol. I understand what you mean about starting to feel better. I am not 100% yet I doubt I ever will be again. I am only 35 and my body feels like its 65. Good luck sweety! Glad you are feeling well! Cool

philw19642002, Community Member
12/22/10 9:34pm

I take 2-60mg capsules each Morning along with all my meds. It says on my prescription bottle to take 1 capsule twice daily. No Dr has ever told me to take them at different times. This is why I am answering the way I am.   Thanks!!

ginger, Community Member
2/23/11 8:00pm

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By phusler, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/07/14, First Published: 10/12/08