Cymbalta, also known as duloxetine, is an anti-anxiety drug. It is typically used to treat depressive disorder and performs this function by affecting certain chemicals (norepinephrine and serotonin) present in the brain which are unbalanced due to anxiety or depression.
In adults, Cymbalta can also be used to treat a disorder related to chronic pain which is known as fibromyalgia. In some cases, it is also applied in the treatment of back pain, and joint pain or chronic muscle pain technically known as osteoarthritis.
For children, especially those above 7 years, Cymbalta is paramount drug for treating general anxiety disorder.
You should not use Cymbalta if you are suffering from glaucoma for which you have received any treatment and for which you don’t have any control over.
If you are on thioridazine medication, then you should not take this medicine. Also do not take this med if you have taken any MAO inhibitors in the past fourteen days. Doing so can cause some reactions that in turn can result in certain untoward consequences or dangerous side effects. Some of the inhibitors are inclusive of injections of methylene blue, phenelzine, tranylcypromine and linezolid.
If your Cymbalta medical course has to come to an end, you can wait at least for a week before you can take MAO inhibitor so as to safely avert any unfavorable consequences.
Suicidal thoughts are a common in the young lot of people especially during the first week of taking the anti-depressant medication.
If you notice some changes in your mod or behavior, report it to the doctor as soon as possible. Also intimate the doctor if you are encountering anxiety, insomnia or any rage issues.
Upon taking the Cymbalta medical course, speak to your doctor without any waiting if you feel more depressed. So is the same if you have any suicidal thoughts.
People who are allergy to the active ingredient Duloxetine, should not use Cymbalta.
Speak to your doctor of all your medical ailments including your history of illness like epilepsy, seizures, hepatic or renal failure, bipolar disorder, glaucoma, hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, high blood pressure or history of drug abuse.
If Cymbalta is taken during the last three months of pregnancy, adverse effects can take place. It is not unknown about the effects of this med on unborn babies.
Hence it is very important to discuss with the doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant when you are on a medical course with Cymbalta.
If you are a breastfeeding women, then do not take this medicine. The drug can pass through the breast milk and can harm the baby.
Children under the age of eighteen are strictly restricted to use this drug unless if so is recommended by the doctor.
Cymbalta is available in the dosage strengths of 20mg, 30mg, 40mg, 60mg and 120mg. Dosage for an individual depends upon patient’s age, medical condition and response to the med. You can take this drug orally usually one or two times daily irrespective of having had food or not. Those who are having nausea can take this med with food. Do not crush or chew the capsule and neither mix the contents of the capsule with food or any liquid as doing so will only increase the risk of side effects. Take this medicine at the same time each day so as to obtain best effects from the medicine.
Missing a dose and overdose
Always take the medicine at the same time every day so as to not give a chance for a missed dose. In case you have missed a dose of Cymbalta, then you can take it as soon as you remember. If it is already time for the next dose, then you can take the scheduled dose alone. For overdose, approach your nearest help center immediately or call for poison helpline without any delay.
Different people react differently to Cymbalta; in that, the body might start experiencing some side effects after taking Cymbalta. Some of the common side effects experienced include:
- Increased sweating
- Blurred vision
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
- Tired feeling, dizziness or drowsiness
In case any new symptoms occur or these symptoms persist, report to your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Other symptoms include behavioral or mood changes, trouble sleeping, panic attacks, anxiety, or feeling restless, more depressed, aggressive, impulsive, hyperactive (physically or mentally), hostile, or agitated.
Avoid drinking alcohol when taking this medicine as doing so can cause contraindications. Certain anti-inflammatory meds like ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen can cause contraindications.