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Cymbalta Drug

Active Ingredients: Duloxetine
Representative Names: Cymbalta
Other Brand Names: Yentreve (European Union), Ariclaim (Greece, Italy, Spain)

Eli Lilly's antidepressant Cymbalta is a versitile medication approved to treat depression and certain types of pain. The company hopes that it has found a money-maker, since It's flagship antidepressant Prozac is now available in a cheaper generic version. Cymbalta (duloxetine) is one of a new class of antidepressants that targets both serotonin and norepinephrine. Cymbalta was also the first antidepressant to hit the market since the FDA began studying whether antidepressants can increase the risk of suicide, particularly when used by adolescents.

Uses of Cymbalta

  • Depression
  • Nerve pain in the feet, legs or hands due to nerve disease in people with diabetes (diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain)

How to Take Cymbalta

Take this medicine as directed. Do not stop taking this medicine abruptly without consulting with your doctor. Cymbalta comes in a capsule and can be taken once a day. The recommended daily dose for Cymbalta is 60 mg. It appears as if the discontinuation syndrome for Cymbalta (duloxetine hydrochloride) might be as harsh as that of Effexor (venlafaxine).  So if you have to stop taking, be careful and do so slowly.

What are the Side Effects of Cymbalta Medication

Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe to continue using Cymbalta.

  • Side effects may include:
    Appetite changes, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, insomnia, nausea, sexual difficulties, sleepiness, sweating, tremor, urinary difficulties, vomiting, weakness

Warnings and precautions before taking Cymbalta Medication

  • It is recommended that that your blood pressure is monitored while you are taking this medicine if you suffer from heart disease or high blood pressure.
  • Using Cymbalta is not recommended if you have liver problems or severe kidney disease.
  • People who are allergic to duloxetine hydrochloride or the other ingredients in Cymbalta should not take it.
  • If you have recently taken a type of antidepressant called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), are taking thioridazine or have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma, you should not take Cymbalta.
  • Cymbalta may cause liver injury. Talk to your doctor before taking Cymbalta if you have or have had liver problems or drink alcohol regularly.
  • Cymbalta is in the FDA pregnancy category C. Babies exposed to Cymbalta and/or other drugs of the same class during the third trimester of pregnancy may develop medical complications. Discuss the risks with your doctor. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
  • The safety and efficay of this medicine have not been studied in children and adolescents, hence it is not recommended for use in these age groups.

What drugs may interact with Cymbalta tablet

  • alcohol
  • amphetamine
  • dextroamphetamine
  • doxercalciferol
  • furazolidone
  • linezolid
  • lithium
  • procarbazine
  • selegiline
  • St. John's wort, Hypericum perforatum

What to do if you take Overdose of Cymbalta ?

If you take overdose of Abilify medication the seek medical attention immediately.

How to Store Cymbalta?

  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
  • Store away from heat and direct light.

 

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