What is Cymbalta used for?
Cymbalta (Duloxetine) is prescribed to treat depression and anxiety. Cymbalta (duloxetine) may also be prescribed to relieve peripheral neuropathy. This is for individuals with diabetes or chronic pain due to medical conditions including arthritis, chronic back pain, or fibromyalgia. Cymbalta (Duloxetine) can improve your mood, sleep, appetite, and decrease nervousness. Cymbalta (Duloxetine) is classified as a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). Cymbalta (Duloxetine) functions by restoring the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain. This section is for uses of Cymbalta that fall outside of those listed on the approved professional labeling. Only use duloxetine for these purposes if specifically prescribed by your doctor. It can be used for binge eating disorder or neuropathic pain.
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How to Use Cymbalta?
Read any available information from your pharmacist and ask any questions you have when you fill this prescription. Take duloxetine as prescribed by your doctor usually once or twice daily with or without food. If you have nausea it’s best to take cymbalta with food.
Never crush or chew this capsule, always swallow it whole. Damaging the capsule will affect the time release of the medication which can lead to a higher risk of side effects. Your doctor will likely reduce your risk of side effects by starting you off on a small dose and gradually increasing it.
Take Cymbalta regularly to benefit from it and take it at the same time daily to help you remember it. Even if you feel well do not stop taking duloxetine as some conditions can get worse if the drug is suddenly stopped. You can also experience withdrawal symptoms such as: confusion, tiredness, mood swings, feelings similar to electric shock, diarrhea, and headaches. Your dose will need to be reduced gradually to decrease side effects. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to your doctor and also tell them if your condition lasts or gets worse.
What are Side Effects of Cymbalta?
Along with the intended effects, sometimes unwanted side effects can happen when you take a new medication. These side effects can be minor side effects that will subside as your body adjusts to the medication. However you may experience allergic reactions or serious side effects that require immediate medical attention.
Allergic reactions to Cymbalta can result in swellings on your face, skin rashes and hives and difficulty in breathing. When you notice any new symptoms that make you uncomfortable, make sure you contact your doctor immediately. Such symptoms can include suicidal thoughts, depression, state of being hyperactive, restlessness, aggression, hostility, irritability, impulsiveness and sleeping troubles. Few other signs include panic attacks, anxiety, behavioral and mood changes. Some serious side effects related to Cymbalta include shallow breathing, seizures, weakness and memory problems, headaches and concentration troubles.
You may experience difficulty urinating, unusual bleeding, rapid heartbeats, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, high fever. Pain in upper stomach, itching, jaundice, clay colored stools and dark urine are other typical symptoms. Less serious troubles include constipation, mild nausea, fatigue, dryness in mouth and drowsiness.
Cymbalta Drug Interactions?
Some medications interact in such a way that they should never be used together. In other cases your doctor can adjust the doses or take other necessary precautions. The following medications may interact with Cymbalta:
- Coumadin (warfarin)
- Tagamet (cimetidine)
- Luvox (fluvoxamine)
- Maxalt (rizatriptan)
- Amerge (naratriptan)
- Imitrex (sumatriptan)
- Parnate (tranylcypromine)
This is not an exhaustive list of drugs that interact with Cymbalta. You should always provide your doctor with a list of all of the products you take. This should include prescription, non-prescription, and herbal products. Give all of your health care professionals this list so that they can monitor for drug interactions and make necessary adjustments.