Cymbalta (duloxetine) is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor antidepressant (SSNRI). Duloxetine affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with depression. It is used to treat major depressive disorder in adults. It is also used to treat general anxiety disorder in adults and children who are at least 7 years old. Cymbalta is also used in adults to treat nerve pain caused by diabetes (diabetic neuropathy), or chronic muscle or joint pain (such as low back pain and osteoarthritis pain). This is also used to treat fibromyalgia (a chronic pain disorder) in adults and children at least 13 years old.
WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW PRIOR TAKING CYMBALTA?
You should not use duloxetine if you are allergic to it. Do not take duloxetine within 5 days before or 14 days after you have used an MAO inhibitor, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. Be sure your doctor knows if you also take stimulant medicine, opioid medicine, herbal products, or medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. These medicines may interact with duloxetine and cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome.
HOW TO TAKE CYMBALTA?
Use Cymbalta (Duloxetine) exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed. Taking duloxetine in higher doses or more often than prescribed will not make it more effective, and may increase side effects. Swallow the capsule whole and do not crush, chew, break, or open it. You may take duloxetine with or without food. It may take up to 4 weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve. Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Do not stop using duloxetine suddenly, or you could have unpleasant symptoms (such as dizziness, vomiting, agitation, sweating, confusion, numbness, tingling, or electric shock feelings). Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine. Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
SIDE EFFECTS USING CYMBALTA
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction (hives, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burning eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash with blistering and peeling). Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself. Call your doctor at once if you have: pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest; a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; easy bruising, unusual bleeding; vision changes; painful or difficult urination; impotence, sexual problems; liver problems–right-sided upper stomach pain, itching, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); low levels of sodium in the body–headache, confusion, slurred speech, severe weakness, vomiting, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady; or manic episodes–racing thoughts, increased energy, decreased need for sleep, risk-taking behavior, being agitated or talkative. Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as: agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Common side effects may include: drowsiness; nausea, constipation, loss of appetite; dry mouth; or increased sweating. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
WHAT SHOULD I AVOID WHILE TAKING CYMBALTA (DOLOXITINE)?
Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired. Dizziness or fainting can cause falls, accidents, or severe injuries. Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage, especially if you take Drizalma.
DOES CYMBALTA MAKE YOU DROWSY?
It’s possible that you’ll feel sleepy while taking Cymbalta. This was one of the more common side effects of the drug in clinical studies. Cymbalta can cause sleepiness, it’s important to use caution or avoid driving or and operating machinery until you know how the drug will affect you.
Cymbalta is FDA-approved and used to treat the following conditions: major depressive disorder (MDD) in adults and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in adults. Cymbalta comes as a capsule that you take by mouth. It’s taken either once or twice a day. Effexor XR comes as an extended-release capsule that’s taken by mouth once a day.
Cymbalta begins working as soon as you take your dose. It takes about 3 days for levels of the drug to become stable in your body. Depending on the condition it’s being used to treat, it may take longer than this before you notice the full effects of the drug. Check out www.honeybeepharmacy.com and buy online at Honeybee Pharmacy. HBP offers the best price guaranteed to all medications including Cymbalta. Honeybee Pharmacy carries wide and affordable medications for all Americans. Join us today.
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