You've probably seen the television commercials or magazine ads for Cymbalta, and you might be wondering what makes it different from other antidepressants. Since I know that the writing in the medication insert is dense enough to make your eyes cross and your head nod, I've distilled some of the basic information about it here.
Cymbalta (duloxetine) is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) prescribed for the treatment of depression, anxiety, stress urinary incontinence, nerve pain and fibromyalgia. Other antidepressants in the SNRI family that you may have heard of are Effexor and Serzone. SNRIs act on two neurotransmitters in the brain, namely serotonin and norepinephrine, to prevent their reabsorption after they act on receptors.
As with several other SNRIs, Cymbalta's most common side effects are nausea, dry mouth, drowsiness, headache, changes in appetite, vivid dreams, dizziness and sexual side effects. This is ...
Using an antidepressant for chronic pain might seem simple enough, but did you know that getting off an antidepressant can be a horrific experience? After comparing the new and the old antidepressants , now we have to talk about getting off them. Some are easier to stop then others. Many are finding out the hard way that Cymbalta is extremely difficult to stop using. Yes, it may be "simple to use" like Eli-Lily says in the packaging material; but some people are getting very sick from trying to discontinue using Cymbalta.
Recently, one of my patients and I discussed her use of Cymbalta and the fact that she was working towards her goal of getting off all of her medications because she was experiencing side effects with very little benefits. She had been on Cymbalta for five years since her primary doctor suggested it for the treatment of lower back pain. Neither she nor I realized how tremendously difficult it actually is to wean off Cymbalta. After dropping her dose from 60 mg ...
I have been very busy with my upcoming 36 th family reunion. My reunion committee is comprised of 2 nd generation planners of the event. We met at my house to finalize plans for this year. In addition to me having to develop the agenda, I also type out the notes. This year, I have used the computer to send out all communications to the members of the committee. That has really helped. To top off all my duties, I also took over the production of the annual family newsletter from my sister who has had a tragedy strike her family.
I didn’t think I would be able to continue in these activities after my diagnosis of vascular dementia . At first, I thought life would go downhill quickly. After reading extensively and the addition of Aricept and Cymbalta to my medication regime, I have found that I am capable of doing much more than I ever thought I would be. Don’t get me wrong—I still have little short term me...
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