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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...
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 ...
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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