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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 Study Design The study authors searched MEDLINE, SCOPUS, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and sought unpublished data from the databases of FDA, US National Institutes for Health, and Industry through May 2009 for randomized controlled trials.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...
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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