Cymbalta

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Cymbalta® is a prescription drug that treats depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD.[1] [2] Cymbalta® also helps relieve pain in certain conditions, and it has shown success treating stress urinary incontinence.[1] While Cymbalta® is generally considered an antidepressant and anti-anxiety aid, the FDA has also approved the drug for use in treating chronic pain of fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, lower back pain, and diabetic nerve pain. Cymbalta® is manufactured by Lilly USA, LLC.[3]Educationalsupport and financial assistance for Cymbalta® users is available through Lilly's Cymbalta® Promise Program[3] and through Cymbalta® Patient Assistance Programs.

As with other antidepressants, there is an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in patients taking Cymbalta®, especially in children, adolescents and young adults. Cymbalta® may not be the best choice of drug for bipolar patients and those with unstable heart conditions. Patients with liver or kidney disease, a history of seizures, or taking blood pressure medication may not be good candidates for Cymbalta® therapy.[1]

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Brand name for Duloxetine
Manufacturer Lilly USA, LLC
Generic available? No
Uses Anti-depressant, anti-anxiety. Also as an analgesic to treat diabetic neuropathy. May help control stress urinary incontinence.
Common side effects Dry mouth, sleepiness, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, dizziness,and increased sweating.[3]
Major side effects Thoughts and acts of suicide are possible, especially in younger patients.[3]
Warnings Patients with some forms of glaucoma and those who have been taking MAOI antidepressants or thioridazine should not take Cymbalta®.[3]
Disclaimer The information provided by PharmacyDrugGuide.com is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not take any action based on the information on this page without consulting a physician.
Author Susan MacDowell
 
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About Cymbalta

Cymbalta® comes as a timed-release, long-acting capsule that should not be chewed, crushed, opened or split. Cymbalta® is usually taken once a day, with or without food. Cymbalta® is intended as a long-term therapy for depression and/or anxiety that last longer than a few months.[1] When used to treat pain or fibromyalgia, Cymbalta® may not be effective for more than 12 weeks; individual patients should discuss their response to the medication with their physicians.[4] It may take several weeks for Cymbalta® to take effect. Even patients who feel well should not stop taking Cymbalta® suddenly but should discuss it with a medical professional, since tapering off the dose may be recommended.[1]

Cymbalta Side Effects

Most patients tolerate Cymbalta® well. Common [[Cymbalta® Side Effects]] are nausea, dry mouth, headaches, fatigue and daytime drowsiness, dizziness, diarrhea or constipation, increased sweating and loss of appetite. These symptoms are generally short-lived. Some side effects are of more concern. Unusual body swelling or bruising, itching, yellow tone in the skin or eyes, extreme weakness or confusion, dark colored urine, blurred vision, fever, rash, or difficulty breathing may indicate serious conditions that should be reported to medical professionals.[5]

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Cymbalta And Pregnancy

The FDA classifies Cymbalta® as Pregnancy Category C. Cymbalta® is a drug with the potential to affect a fetus. Still, some doctors might prescribe Cymbalta® for pregnant woman if treating the depression warrants the use of the drug. Cymbalta® is found in the milk of lactating women, and is not recommended for use while breastfeeding.[5]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000274/
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001915/
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 http://www.cymbalta.com/
  4. http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=57647#nlm34068-7
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://pi.lilly.com/us/cymbalta-pi.pdf