Cymbalta Facts

Who isn't stressed out today, in one way, shape or form? While most of us are able to manage stress most of the time, that's not always the case. Fortunately, there are medications available to help you if stress leads you to experience an excessive amount of worry.

If you suffer from anxiety, it's important to seek professional help. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is one of the most common types of anxiety. It's characterized by constant worry and anxiety about all types of things.

One important aspect of treating anxiety conditions is the use of antidepressants. There are many types available. Duloxetine, sold as CymbaltaR, is a significant drug. It is used to treated GAD as well as depression, fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathy.

Along with medications, an effective form of therapy for anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This therapy helps you identify distorted thinking patterns that may accompany your anxiety. The two are often used together.

How Cymbalta is taken

Typically, Cymbalta is a delayed-release capsule. It is taken by mouth once or twice a day. It doesn't matter if you take it with or without food.

Cymbalta belongs to a group of medications called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRIs. It increases the amounts of serotonin and norepinephrine, substances that help the brain to balance and stops the movement of pain signals in the brain.

Side effects

Cymbalta has been thoroughly tested in clinical trials. In those trials, the most reported side effect of Cymbalta was nausea. In descending order, the other most common side effects were dry mouth, headaches, drowsiness, fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, constipation and diarrhea. In many cases, these symptoms are minor and are easily dealt with by your health care provider.

If you're taking Cymbalta, you should take it exactly as your doctor prescribes it. It should be taken around the same time every day. You should ask your pharmacist or doctor about any aspect of the medication you don't understand. You shouldn't take it more or less often or for longer than your doctor prescribes.

During clinical studies, a small number of individuals up to age 24 who took antidepressants including Cymbalta, became suicidal. However, experts are unclear about how great the risk is. It is not advised that people under 18 take Cymbalta, though sometimes a doctor may decide it's that person's best option.

Tell your doctor

Medications like Cymbalta are helpful-and powerful. That's why before you take Cymbalta, you should tell your doctor if any of these things are true of you:

  • You're allergic to Cymbalta or any other medications
  • You're taking thoridazine or a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor
  • You're taking nutritional supplements and/or herbal products
  • You have glaucoma
  • You drink or have drunk large amounts of alcohol, used street drugs, or have overused prescription medications
  • You're pregnant
  • If you're having surgery in the near future
  • You're driving or operating machinery

The information in this article should not substitute for professional medical counsel.

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