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Tuesday, February 22, 2011 joymom, Community Member, asks

Q: is there a generic for Cymbalta available?

We are curious to know if anyone out there knows if there is a generic available for CYMBALTA. Our daughter is currently taking it and the cost is $450.00 per month, insurance just decided to pay for it thankfully. But, the $450.00 per month is our cost out of pocket per month! Our daughter has seen an improvement (no matter how slight) in her symptoms since taking it. My husband is desperate to NOT pay the $450.00 if there is a generic available. We will gladly pay any amount for our daughter's health, but if there is an generic that is proven we'd love to know about it!

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John Folk-Williams, Health Guide
2/23/11 1:41am

I'm not 100% sure, but I believe that a generic version of cymbalta is not yet available in the US. Most health plans require you to use a generic form of a drug - or a different generic deemed to be the equivalent of the name brand medication. That's one indicator that there isn't one available.

 

I'm not an expert in this area, but I believe Cymbalta's patent runs for a couple more years. Generic versions would only be available in the US sometime after that. I haven't found any mention of a generic for Cymbalta ln the major drug websites that list all the available forms of a drug. The generic name is duloxetine, so that's the name to look for. Duloxetine generics may be legal overseas and available online, but I'd be cautious about ordering any powerful drug in that way.

 

I would ask your doctor about an alternative drug. Cymbalta acts on two neurotransmitters - serotonin and norepinephrine, and so does Effexor, among other antidepressants. That doesn't mean your daughter would get the same benefit, but Effexor has proven its effectiveness through many trials, including comparisons with Cymbalta. Generic effexor (venlafaxine) has been available for several years.

 

Only your doctor - who knows your daughter's medical history - can advise you on this with authority.

 

John

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robertkdlr, Community Member
12/12/13 2:29pm

Today was the launch of a generic of Cymbalta.  My wholesaler just informed me that a 30 count bottle of 60mg cost wholesale 149ish.  So don't let anyone tell you after today 12/12/13 that there is not an American made generic equivalent.  It's a little expensive still but way cheaper than the brand! You will find it, don't let anyone let you down.  If the pharmacist or tech tells you that there is none, they just don't want to go through the hassle of finding it for you.

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By joymom, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/09/14, First Published: 02/22/11