Compare Cymbalta vs. Wellbutrin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Cymbalta (duloxetine)

Prescription only

Wellbutrin (Bupropion)

Prescription only
Improves mood and relieves certain types of pain.

Cymbalta (duloxetine) is good for treating depression, anxiety, and some forms of chronic pain, but it is more likely than other antidepressants to cause problems if you drink alcohol or have high blood pressure.

4.8/ 7 average rating with 496 reviewsforCymbalta
Improves mood.

Wellbutrin (Bupropion) is good for treating depression and has fewer sexual side effects than other antidepressants, but you need to be okay with avoiding alcohol.

4.7/ 7 average rating with 1164 reviewsforWellbutrin
Upsides
  • Cymbalta (duloxetine) may help relieve nerve pain from diabetes and other forms of chronic pain.
  • Cymbalta (duloxetine) has several uses, which may be good for people with multiple conditions.
  • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
  • Effective at relieving depression symptoms.
  • Causes fewer sexual side effects than other antidepressants. Can actually boost sex drive for some people.
  • Can be taken with other antidepressants to counteract their sexual side effects.
  • Has some stimulant effects, so it can be energizing.
  • Can help with ADHD symptoms.
  • Also used to suppress appetite and help you quit smoking.
  • Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
Downsides
  • Cymbalta (duloxetine) may not be a good option if you're a heavy drinker, or have liver or kidney problems.
  • Cymbalta (duloxetine) can increase high blood pressure.
  • Like most antidepressants, Cymbalta (duloxetine) can cause higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people aged 24 and younger.
  • Wellbutrin (Bupropion) can be stimulating, so it can cause anxiety or insomnia the first few days you're taking it.
  • Generally not as good as other antidepressants for people who have anxiety.
  • It's less likely to cause weight gain than other antidepressants.
  • Has a higher risk of causing seizures, especially if you have a seizure disorder, eating disorder, or if you drink alcohol. So, it's not a good medication if you drink a lot.
  • It contains the same ingredient as a medication that helps you to stop smoking, (Zyban), so these two meds can't be used together.
  • Like most antidepressants, it can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people younger than 24.
  • The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.
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Dosage forms
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  • Extended release
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  • Extended release
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Reviews
496 
58%
think this treatment is worth it
49%
think this treatment works well
24%
think this treatment is a hassle

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1164 
60%
think this treatment is worth it
40%
think this treatment works well
13%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Nausea
    23%
  • Headache
    14%
  • Dry mouth
    13%
  • Drowsiness
    10%
  • Fatigue
    9%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    9%
  • Constipation
    9%
  • Dizziness
    9%
  • Diarrhea
    9%
  • Decreased appetite
    7%
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10possible side effects
  • Agitation
    32%
  • Dry mouth
    28%
  • Constipation
    26%
  • Headache/migraine
    26%
  • Nausea/vomiting
    23%
  • Dizziness
    22%
  • Excessive sweating
    22%
  • Tremor
    21%
  • Sleepiness
    20%
  • Insomnia
    19%
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Risks and warnings
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

    Age 24 years or younger

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Taking tricyclic antidepressants, lithium, tramadol, fentanyl, amphetamines, certain headache medications (triptans), St. John's Wort

  • Withdrawal

    Stopping Cymbalta (duloxetine) abruptly

  • Increased bleeding

    Taking other blood-thinning drugs (including aspirin, NSAIDs such as Advil, warfarin)

  • Changes in blood pressure and risk of falls

    Elderly patients

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Bipolar disorder

    History of bipolar disorder

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

    Age 24 years or younger

  • Psychiatric effects for smoking cessation

    History of depression

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Seizures

    History of seizures

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Mania

    History of bipolar disorder

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased side effects

    Current kidney problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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