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...
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...
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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