Cymbalta is an antidepressant which is used to treat major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder (extreme worrying which disrupts daily life lasting 6 months or longer). Some other popular uses for this drug are to treat the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia (a condition which causes pain, stiffness, tiredness and difficulty sleeping), diabetic neuropathy (damage to nerves in people who have diabetes) and osteoarthritis pain. Cymbalta is categorized as an SSNRI or serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. Cymbalta works by inhibiting the chemicals in the brain which may misfire to cause depression.
As with other antidepressants, thoughts of suicide can be common. Especially with those who are under age 24. It is important to follow strict guidelines and follow up with your doctor regularly. Do not use Cymbalta with thioridazines or MAO inhibitors; dangerous drug interactions can occur which could lead to serious side effects. If you are taking Cymbalta and experience mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks, severe irritability, hostility, restlessness or hyperactivity, please contact your doctor. Use caution while driving, Cymbalta may impair your alertness and reaction time. Do not use Cymbalta if you have glaucoma or are allergic to duloxetine.
Sometimes there are complications with taking Cymbalta, check with your doctor is you have:
Even in people with no prior medical conditions, Cymbalta may cause side effects. Call if your doctor if you experience any of the following:
Nausea or vomiting
Muscle pain or cramping
Some side effects are more serious than others. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:
Unusual bruising or bleeding
Pain in the upper right portion of the stomach
Swelling of the abdomen
Blisters on skin
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Swelling of the face, throat, lips, eyes or lower limbs
Make sure to take Cymbalta exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not change dosage without being directed to do so. Try to take Cymbalta at the same time every day. Cymbalta comes in a delayed-release capsule so you must swallow it whole. These types of capsules cannot be broken or crushed. Do not discontinue use of Cymbalta without direction from your doctor; it may take 4 weeks or longer to feel the benefits of Cymbalta.
Finally, if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, discuss this with your doctor. The effects of Cymbalta upon an unborn baby are unknown but may cause problems if taken in the third trimester. Do not breast-feed while taking Cymbalta because the drug can pass through the breast-milk.
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