We the individuals listed below have electronically signed this petition for the purpose of making it known that consumers treated with the SSNRI antidepressant Cymbalta have or are experiencing "often ignored" serious side effects of this medication. And that thousands of patients in the US and worldwide are unable to discontinue Cymbalta or even reduce dosage due to the rapid onset of severe withdrawal-like symptoms which often initiates before a patient begins dose reduction due to the short half-life of Cymbalta. Documentation of which the manufacturer, Eli Lilly and Company, has disclosed is that the exact mechanisms of the antidepressant and central pain inhibitory action of duloxetine in humans are unknown but have failed to make that a general known fact to the general public.

While Cymbalta has not been systematically studied in humans for its potential for abuse, there was no indication of drug-seeking behavior in the clinical trials. However, they have had reports from patients that have had problems with Cymbalta. This is to include those listed on this petition, all patients, including patients not having a history of drug abuse, are susceptible to withdrawal problems after tapering back or abruptly discontinuing Cymbalta.

Cymbalta is believed to help restore the balance of two of the body's naturally-occurring chemicals, serotonin and norepinephrine. Restoring this balance may help relieve both the emotional and painful physical symptoms of depression. Cymbalta as prescribed to us by our doctors resulted in blurred vision, mood swings, weight gain, increased blood pressure and many other debilitating adverse reactions. These medication induced effects were ignored or underplayed by its manufacturer, which resulted in our overall inability to function normally for lengthy periods of time during usage and attempted dose reduction. Nor had proper disclosure been made that placebos had been co-prescribed during clinical trial to some of the patients in order to minimize the agitation that the manufacturer had recognized this medication could cause. Cymbalta in many cases is not the "stand alone" remedy that it has been advertised to be. Patient in accepting treatment with Cymbalta are not being forewarned that by their use of Cymbalta -- sleeping medication, blood pressure medication, ibs medication and anti-anxiety medication might become a concurrent necessity. Thus the mis-informed consumer totally unexpectedly finds themselves being prescribed many more drugs than they ever anticipated needing.

We all know that taking prescription medication involves some risks and that with each medication some percentage of patients are likely to experience adverse results. We strongly feel however, that the risks involved with the usage of Cymbalta is greater than the medical community and the public realize, certainly greater than we were ever told, and that Eli Lilly and Company knew of these risks but failed to communicate those risks to the consumer and their physicians.

Our lives have been negatively, unexpectedly, and undeservingly impacted by the antidepressant (SSNRI), Cymbalta. We were not given full disclosure of this medication's known adverse effects, and many of us suffered greatly because of this failure to warn. Therefore, our purpose with this petition is to share information that we have gathered so that others will have adequate knowledge and be able to fully discuss options and risks of the use of Cymbalta with qualified medical professionals before they make any final choice regarding initiating these types of medications. Thereby being able to be a knowledgeable consumer and make the appropriate decisions together with their physicians in regards to their own medical treatment and might be spared the suffering we have experienced first hand.

By this petition let it be made clear that we are advocating the non-use of Cymbalta because this medication's non disclosed side effects, reactions and harmful overall body and mind altering effects that each individual has suffered. Eli Lilly and Company never considered the effects of long term use of Cymbalta and now that more medical and patient information regarding Cymbalta is available it should be released to the public. Others should have the benefit of this information where we did not, and the benefit of important public websites such as http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/case/cymbalta-birth-defects?ref=cymbalta-birth-defects_7search, where people can see for themselves that Eli Lilly has not only affected the patient but also the unborn child as well. Taken directly from that site they quote Eli Lilly, makers of Cymbalta, have allegedly failed to adequately warn users that birth defects are a possible side effect of taking Cymbalta during pregnancy. Please contact a lawyer who may be able to help you gain restitution if your child was born with birth defects after being exposed to Cymbalta during pregnancy.

But as individuals, and there are a significant number of us, we have found that the disclosure regarding the side effects and efficacy of Cymbalta that we were given and which is still being propagated, is significantly misleading to the consumer and the medical community at large. This cannot continue and we hope you will support us with our pleas to Eli Lilly and Company for full and accurate disclosure.

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