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 - ORAL Pronounced: (doo-LOX-e-teen) Cymbalta Oral Uses
Duloxetine is used to treat depression and anxiety. In
addition, duloxetine is used to help relieve nerve pain (peripheral neuropathy)
in people with diabetes or ongoing pain due to medical conditions such as
arthritis, chronic back pain, or fibromyalgia (a condition that causes
Duloxetine may improve your mood, sleep, appetite, and
energy level, and decrease nervousness. It can also decrease pain due to
certain medical conditions. Duloxetine is known as a serotonin-norepinephrine
reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). This medication works by helping to restore the
balance of certain natural substances (serotonin and norepinephrine) in the
How To Use Cymbalta Oral
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient
Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using
duloxetine and each time you get a refill. If yo...
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...
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