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Cymbalta Going Generic?

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Good news is my doctor's office said Cymbalta is going generic.....they do not know when. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHEN?

Bad news is I can no longer rely on the samples I have gotten from them. Does anyone know a free or inexpensive way to get this medication? I cannot afford $500 or $225 (1/2 of my prescription amt), which I have dropped to this last week, so that maybe someone will want to help me pay for it.

Does anyone know of a reputable Candadian Pharmacy online?

I already feel not as good as I did on the 2 pills per day. I go see my doctor tomorrow to talk about this, but I would really appreciate any help. I work parttime - underemployed - and I have no health insurance.

Thanks, and I'd appreciate your help very much....I don't want to fall back into depression.

Peony

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Hi Peony,

According to an article I found, Cymbalta was set to go generic in June of 2013, but it has been delayed until December of 2013. I cannot verify the validity of this website, although I do know the patent date expires this year according to more than one source I read. The website where I did find some information was

(http://depression.emedtv.com/cymbalta/generic-cymbalta.html). The FDA does not show that generic Duloxetine has been approved by them yet. As for a non-US pharmacy, I cannot recommend one, as I really believe you can truly get something you didn't pay for, and there is some danger in that.

Also, you may be able to get help from Eli Lily, the manufacturer of Cymbalta in paying for their medication or it does appear they have samples as well. They have a program called TruAssist that looks like it might be of help: http://www.lillytruassist.com/Pages/index.aspx.

I do hope you can get some help very soon.

Sincerely,

MaddieLouise

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I appreciate your help very much. I tried to get help from a PAP, but they didn't offer one 2 years ago or so. So, I will look into your information.

Again, I really appreciate your help very much.

Peony

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Good news is my doctor's office said Cymbalta is going generic.....they do not know when. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHEN?

Bad news is I can no longer rely on the samples I have gotten from them. Does anyone know a free or inexpensive way to get this medication? I cannot afford $500 or $225 (1/2 of my prescription amt), which I have dropped to this last week, so that maybe someone will want to help me pay for it.

Does anyone know of a reputable Candadian Pharmacy online?

I already feel not as good as I did on the 2 pills per day. I go see my doctor tomorrow to talk about this, but I would really appreciate any help. I work parttime - underemployed - and I have no health insurance.

Thanks, and I'd appreciate your help very much....I don't want to fall back into depression.

Peony

Peony.... I'm on unemployment and have no insurance, and since my dr prescribed Cymbalta for depression, anxiety, and also for neuropathy pain... the manufacturer will send a 3 month supply to my dr for me.. for free. There is an income guideline, and your doctor can do the paperwork and fax it for you. but visit the web site to see if you qualify. Worth a try.

I personally don't like generics. but that's another talk show. ;p

P.S. I didn't fully explain... that three month supply of Cymbalta isn't a one time thing.. they will send it as long as I need it and fit within the income guidelines.

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Thanks for your reply, Isabella,

I am in the process of completing the paperwork for the 3 month supply, but I am so depressed right now, I'm having a hard time doing it. I can barely get through my part time work the 4 days I work, and then I come home and I just want to isolate, cry, and do nothing.

How long did it take them to process the paperwork for you and send you the meds after your doctor faxed it?

Again, thank you so much,

Peony

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When my insurance changed it was going to cost me $400 for my script. Cymbalta was the best meds that I have been on for my anxiety and now that I can't afford it I'm playing the lets see what will work game. I'm tired of trying to figure out what other medication will work and going through all this anxiety all over again. My life is turned upside down because the medication that really worked I can't get.

I was informed too that Cymbalta would go generic the end of June 2013 but it still would have a high cost if your insurance doesn't cover it or if you have not met your deductiable. I was also told that I would probably not be able to afford it until January 2014 when the cost should drop to a generic price.

I know what your going through Peony I feel the same way you do and I have missed a lot of work, all I want to do is sleep all the time. I feel like I'm losing my mind sometimes and feel alone in all this. All I can say is hang in there things will get better.

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My doctor is currently giving me samples as my insurance does not cover brand names. I don't know how long he will keep doing this either. I keep thinking I should wean off...

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Mibandibee:

Have you checked out the Lilly website about samples or help directly from the company? If you live in US it might be worth it. Talk to your doctor. He/she may be happy to keep offering you samples. Sorry you are having to deal with the cost of meds. I wish the system was more just and that the cost was more manageable.

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I tried weaning myself off, and my mental state was not good....very depressed and angry. If I had continued like that I could not have worked....and I would not be employable.

I have to get a prescription by the week (it's over $100)....I have to be on it.

Peony

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You have to do what it takes to make it, so I'd stay on it as long as you can hold out. Apparently Eil Lilly filed with the government for an extension that allows them to extend their patent release date to either the end of August or the end of December. I'll double check that though.

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I think that Lilly will do what it can to extend the patent, and also Cymbalta is a very complex drug and not just any company is going to be able to make it as a generic.

I know that many of us can't afford the medicines at any price beyond generic. That is a very real justice issue.

I budget ahead so that I maintain the choice of the medicines that i take. And I make choices as to what drugs I'm willing to buy as generic and what ones that I won't.

My full time employment allows me this choice which I wish everyone had.

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I agree Tim that it is a problem-pharmaceutical companies having such major power that they do. I read that supposidly some of the "delay" is pending lawsuits against them regarding the drug. I'm fortunate to have a choice as well, which is where it does become a matter of what is fair and not for those who cannot afford this medication.

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When I went to get this month's script, the pharmacist told me to try googling it to see if there were any coupons for it. Also, check at the pharmacy- I go to Walgreens, and they often use a free discount card for me.

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Pica, thanks for the suggestions.

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Yes, thanks for the info on coupons....

MaddieLouise, would appreciate any ongoing information you find out.

Peony

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Yes, thanks for the info on coupons....

MaddieLouise, would appreciate any ongoing information you find out.

Peony

This news article http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/06/lilly-cymbalta-idUSL2E8I62ZW20120706 suggests that it will indeed be December and this http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/9/prweb9884167.htm release suggests that 10 companies will be attempting to launch generics in the US so hopefully the price will drop fairly quickly.

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Yes, thanks for the info on coupons....

MaddieLouise, would appreciate any ongoing information you find out.

Peony

This news article http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/06/lilly-cymbalta-idUSL2E8I62ZW20120706 suggests that it will indeed be December and this http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/9/prweb9884167.htm release suggests that 10 companies will be attempting to launch generics in the US so hopefully the price will drop fairly quickly.

I hope so because I have a hard time paying for it as well.

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Cymbalta's web site has an area where you can print off a coupon for one month free - you can only use it once a year but you can use it every year you are on Cymbalta. I did not have a problem using it at my local pharmacy. I am encouraged by the posts here re: how helpful Cymbalta has been especially with anxiety - I have been prescribed it - my copay is $60 so I have no started it as I don't know at this point if I could realistically afford to stay on it. I am also confused as to whether is causes weight gain or loss and if it's better to take it in the a.m. or p.m. as fatigue seems to be an issue w/this medication.

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Phoenix;

Cymbalta is a sturdy medicine because it works on two neurotransmitters.

The basic intsructions are to take it in the morning because it is somewhat activating for most people at startup. Those some find it better to use in the evening.

It can cause modest weight gain, though less then many other anti-depressants. Again, some experience weight loss at start up because of initial nausea symptoms.

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Hello,

This is off topic but the search feature did not return a forum topic that included heat and cymbalta.

I'm experiencing Heat Intolerance on Cymbalta. I'm totally fatigued by a short walk in the sun on a hot day. Lots of sweating too.

thanks for your help.

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Hello,

This is off topic but the search feature did not return a forum topic that included heat and cymbalta.

I'm experiencing Heat Intolerance on Cymbalta. I'm totally fatigued by a short walk in the sun on a hot day. Lots of sweating too.

thanks for your help.

Agreed ..... I play tennis and I'm experiencing more sweating than usual during this summer . And I'm in a dry climate ...

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MIBANDIBEE - Please be Very Careful if you titrate off Cymbalta, Especially if you've nothing else line up to try next. I have had multiple serious issues in my life this year and when I went in the donut hole on Medicare & learned I would pay $216./mo for Cymbalta I asked to go off my trial dose (went from 60 to 90 to 120) as I could not afford it. BIG MISTAKE! I discovered the 120mg dose (60 2x/d) was, in fact, much more effective than I was able to judge under my addt'l stressed condition and I dissolved into a puddle of mood swings! And now I am back on the 120mg and just getting back to a relatively normal state. Just be careful & be advised, is all I am saying!

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You could always buy the generic for a cheap price online. I been buying it without a prescription at http://www.24tablets.com for a long time. It's worked great for me.

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