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Cymbalta Antidepressant Medication

What is Cymbalta?

Capsule :- duloxetine (do LOX e teen) - manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company.

Cymbalta is a brand-name for a drug called duloxetine. It is in a class of drugs known as dual uptake inhibitors. Cymbalta (Duloxetine Hydrochloride) is a new antidepressent. What is interesting is that it is SNRI (serotonin and noradrenaline uptake inhibitor) of which only Effexor was the only FDA approved drug it that class until now.

Uses of Cymbalta

Cymbalta offers relief from both the emotional and physical symptoms that are associated with depression. Cymbalta is indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder, as well as for the management of diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain (DPNP). A new antidepressant called duloxetine improved symptoms of fibromyalgia -- a chronic and painful musculoskeletal disorder in women.

Cymbalta Common Uses

Cymbalta is used to treat depression; this medicine is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). It can also be used in other circumstances for treatment, as if determined by your doctor.

How Cymbalta drug works?

Cymbalta is used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD) and for the management of pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Cymbalta may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Cymbalta side Effects

The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with Cymbalta medicine.

  • Sleepiness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased appetite

Not bad for an antidepressant. The sleepiness and fatigue seem to be improving.

How should I take Cymbalta

Cymbalta capsules should be swallowed whole and should not be chewed or crushed, nor should the contents be sprinkled on food or mixed with liquids. Cymbalta may be taken with or without food. Try to take Cymbalta at the same time each day.

Warnings and precautions for Cymbalta

  • In clinical trials, duloxetine use was associated with an increased risk of mydriasis; therefore, its use should be avoided in patients with uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma.
  • If the decision has been made to discontinue treatment, medication should be tapered, as rapidly as is feasible, but with recognition that abrupt discontinuation can be associated with certain symptoms.
  • Blood pressure should be measured prior to initiating treatment and periodically measured throughout treatment.
  • Tell your doctor if you use tobacco products. Cigarette smoking may decrease the effectiveness of this drug.

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