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 take Cymbalta for fibromyalgia and I still get severe migraines. My doctor prescribed Imitrex. In the past before I started taking Cymbalta, my dose was 100mg. now that I take Cymbalta I have been afraid to take Imitrex even if I get a migraine. I did talk to the pharmacist and she said I could take half of my 100mg Imitrex. My question is if I take Cymbalta in the morning and get a migraine say 8 to 10 hours later is it alright to take half like the pharmacist said or exactly how many hours after taking Cymbalta would it be safe to take half of the Imitrex? Kim.
Taking triptans such as Imitrex and antidepressants such as Cymbalta presents a risk of serotonin syndrome. Taking the two types of medication together is not contraindicated, but there's a warning for patients to know the symptoms so they can report the symptoms to their doctors if they occur. For more perspective on ...
I’ve worn glasses for as long as I can remember. I got my first pair of contacts in the fifth grade. I felt so free with those contacts, but after so many years of wearing them, I developed Dry Eye Syndrome. You're probably wondering what this all has to do with my stroke. Well, before I had my massive stroke in 2001, I was considering LASIK eye surgery. LASIK is an acronym for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusi, a refractive surgery procedure performed by ophthalmologists. In my case, my eye doctor said the procedure would correct my vision to 20/20 or better. Then, I had my stroke. Naturally, the surgery had been put on the back burner ever since.
Actually, it wasn’t even on the back burner. In fact, up until about a month ago, I basically forgot about it completely. My eyes were beginning to bother me again.
At first, I figured I shouldn’t even ask my doctor about it, given my condition and the fact that I was taking Coumadin, a blood-thinner. Then, I decided, what...
You should knowAnswers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.