Brief description of Cymbalta:
Cymbalta (Duloxetine) is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor antidepressant (SSNRI) that 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 fibromyalgia (a chronic pain disorder), or chronic muscle or joint pain (such as low back pain and osteoarthritis pain). Cymbalta is used to treat pain caused by nerve damage in adults with diabetes (diabetic neuropathy).
Dosage Information for Cymbalta:
Cymbalta is available as 30mg and 60mg extended release tablets. For major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, peripheral neuropathic pain, and fibromyalgia it is desirable to start at 30mg once daily for 1 week to allow patients to adjust to the medication before increasing to 60mg once daily. For chronic musculoskeletal pain, 60mg is given once orally daily. It should not be crushed or chewed; swallow the tablet as a whole. However, some side effects are likely to occur while using the medication such as nausea, insomnia, hypersomnia, dizziness, weakness, drowsiness, sedation, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, headache, and xerostomia, vomiting, tension, nervousness, erectile dysfunction, psychomotor agitation, agitation, abdominal pain, loss of libido, anorexia, decreased libido, restlessness, decreased appetite, and hyperhidrosis.
- Do not take duloxetine if you have taken an monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (eg, isocarboxazid [Marplan®], linezolid [Zyvox®], methylene blue injection, phenelzine [Nardil®], selegiline [Eldepryl®], or tranylcypromine [Parnate®]) in the past 2 weeks
- Monitor your blood sugar level regularly
- Avoid any work that require your alertness as this drug makes you dizzy
- Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially loss of appetite and weight loss. Monitor weight and height in children who are taking this drug.