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 ...
Generic Name: DULOXETINE - ORAL Pronounced: (doo-LOX-e-teen) Cymbalta Oral Uses
Duloxetine is used to treat depression and anxiety. In
addition, duloxetine is used to help relieve nerve pain (peripheral neuropathy)
in people with diabetes or ongoing pain due to medical conditions such as
arthritis, chronic back pain, or fibromyalgia (a condition that causes
Duloxetine may improve your mood, sleep, appetite, and
energy level, and decrease nervousness. It can also decrease pain due to
certain medical conditions. Duloxetine is known as a serotonin-norepinephrine
reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). This medication works by helping to restore the
balance of certain natural substances (serotonin and norepinephrine) in the
How To Use Cymbalta Oral
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient
Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using
duloxetine and each time you get a refill. If yo...
Generic name: Duloxetine
Cymbalta is an antidepressant medication. It has been approved for use in treating symptoms of depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It is also used to treat fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathy. Cymbalta is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SSNRI). Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain and depression has been linked to the inability to create enough serotonin. Norepinephrine is another neurotransmitter linked to depression. Cymbalta targets both serotonin and norepinephrine, unlike SSRIs, which only target serotonin. Both of these neurotransmitters can impact mood. The medication works to block the neurotransmitters from reentering the nerves, allowing more of the neurotransmitters to remain active.
Clinical trials have shown Cymbalta to improve mood, increase appetite and allow for better sleep. It can also increase energy and decrease nervousness.
Generally, this medication is started...
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