What is Cymbalta?
Cymbalta is the brand name of the antidepressant medication duloxetine HCL. It is classified as a Selective Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SSNRI) which works at certain parts of the brain to achieve normal levels of brain chemicals – serotonin and norepinephrine. Any imbalance in these brain chemicals can lead to anxiety and depression. Generic Cymbalta is usually prescribed to treat certain mood and mental disorders. It may also be prescribed for Fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy (nerve pain associated with diabetes), chronic musculoskeletal pain, and generalized anxiety disorder. Cymbalta price may vary depending on the manufacturer and the supplier.
Cymbalta generic comes in capsule form. It is available in 20 mg, 30 mg, and 60 mg tablet form. Each patient is given individualized dosage depending on the symptom that is being treated and the person’s overall health. Usually, the maximum dose is 60 mg daily. It can be taken as a single dose, as three divided doses of 20 mg tablet or as two divided doses of 30 mg tablet. Duloxetine may also be taken with other medications.
For treatment of anxiety and depression, the initial dose is 30 mg tablet daily, and may be increased to 60 mg tablet daily.
For treatment of musculoskeletal pain and fibromyalgia, the usual dose is 30 mg tablet per day, and may be increased to 60 mg tablet per day after one week. The dose is then adjusted depending on the patient’s response to treatment.
For treatment of diabetic neuropathy, the patient may be prescribed 30 mg or 60 mg of duloxetine hcl per day. The patient would initially start with a lower dose of Cymbalta for the first week and then increased until the effective dose is achieved. However, for diabetic patients with underlying kidney disease, the dosage may be maintained at 30 mg daily.
Cymbalta generic can be extremely effective when taken religiously. It is important to follow the prescription of your physician.
Cymbalta side effects
Basically, Cymbalta side effects occur during the first few days or weeks of taking this medication. Common side effects include nausea, sleepiness, fatigue, dizziness, decreased appetite, dry mouth, and increased sweating. Due to these side effects, patients are advised to avoid operating a car or heavy machines when taking Cymbalta.
Other possible side effects that patients may experience include heartburn, diarrhea, headaches, blurred vision, muscle pain or muscle cramps, stomach pain, increased urination or difficulty passing urine, hot flashes, uncontrollable shaking, and abnormal dreams. Some patients also reported sexual side effects such as decreased libido, erectile dysfunction and other changes.
Usually, Cymbalta side effects resolve even without treatment. If symptoms or adverse side effects persist, you may need to consult your health care provider.