Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic versions of Cymbalta (duloxetine delayed-release capsules), a prescription medicine used to treat fibromyalgia, chronic musculoskeletal pain, diabetic neuropathy, depression and generalized anxiety disorder.
Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd., Lupin Ltd., Sun Pharma Global FZE, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, and Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Have all received FDA approval to market duloxetine in various strengths.
“Health care professionals and consumers can be assured that these FDA-approved generic drugs have met our rigorous standards,” said Kathleen Uhl, M.D., acting director of the Office of Generic Drugs in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Generic drugs offer greater access to health care for many people.”
Are Generic Drugs Really the Same?
In the news release announcing the approval of generic versions of Cymb...
As of this writing, three medications have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of fibromyalgia: Lyrica (pregabalin), Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Savella (milnacipran). Since all three are relatively new drugs, information on how well they work and their side effects is still being gathered. Because every patient's symptoms and body chemistry are different, it is often a matter of trial and error to find the best medication for a particular patient with a particular illness. However, a recent German study , which was the first to compare the pros and cons of the three drugs head-to-head, may help doctors choose which medication has the best chance of success for any given patient. Study Design The study authors searched MEDLINE, SCOPUS, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and sought unpublished data from the databases of FDA, US National Institutes for Health, and Industry through May 2009 for randomized controlled trials. They found 17...
I have been taking Cymbalta 90mg. at night for chronic pain for four months. I recently had a lightening visual in my right eye that lasted only a minute or so with no pain before or after, no headache involved. The lasting effect was total weakness in my right hand that has lasted to this day with no improvement. As I am right handed, this continued weakness is very annoying. I am now weaning off the drug due to severe vertigo and severe muscle cramping, neither which I can function with. My concern is could the drug Cymbalta have caused a mild stroke and will the feeling and strength in my hand return. Is this something I should have a doctor look at? Joyce.
Absolutely, you should see a doctor for this immediately. If you've had a stroke, it's vital that you get care as soon as possible. Whether you've had a stroke or not, you need to know what's causing these symptoms. Plea...
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