Duloxetine, generic for Cymbalta
Duloxetine is a SSNRI (selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant. It works by affecting chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people who have depression. It is used primarily to treat depression and anxiety, but may also be used to treat diabetic neuropathy and fibromyalgia.
Duloxetine is used for:
Duloxetine is used to treat anxiety and depression by affecting chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced. It can also be used to treat Fibromyalgia, Diabetic neuropathy, and chronic muscle or joint pain.
How to use Duloxetine:
Before using Duloxetine, be sure to consult your doctor and consider the risks of taking the medicine. This is a decision you and your doctor will make.
Consider the following before using Duloxetine:
Tell your doctor if you ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to Duloxetine or any other medications. You should also make your doctor aware of any other types of allergies, such as foods, allergies to dyes, preservatives, or animals.
Studies performed to date, have not identified any pediatric specific problems that would inhibit the usefulness of Duloxetine in children being treated for anxiety. Although, safety and efficacy haven’t been established in children under the age of 7 years of age.
No appropriate studies have been performed to determine the relationship of age to the effects of Duloxetine in the pediatric population, therefore, safety and efficacy have not been established for using Duloxetine to treat other conditions.
Studies performed to date, have not identified any geriatric specific problems that would inhibit the usefulness of Duloxetine in the elderly. However, elderly patients should know that they may be more sensitive to some of the side effects of Duloxetine, such as increased risk of falls and hyponatremia (low sodium in the blood).
Pregnancy and Breast Feeding
Duloxetine should only be used during pregnancy when clearly needed. Untreated mental/mood conditions can be serious, do not stop taking this medication unless instructed to do so by your doctor. If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or are thinking of becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor about the possible benefits and risks of taking Duloxetine during pregnancy. Duloxetine passes into breast milk. Talk with your doctor about the possible risk and benefits of taking Duloxetine while breast feeding.
Other Medical Issues
The presence of certain medical problems may affect the use of Duloxetine. Consult your doctor before taking Duloxetine if you have any of the following conditions:
- Personal or family history of bipolar disorder
- Personal or family history of suicidal thoughts or attempts
- Bleeding problems
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Stomach problems
- History or current history of alcohol or drug dependence
Instructions for use:
Use Duloxetine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medication for exact dosing instructions.
- Duloxetine’s packaging comes with an extra patient leaflet. If you have questions in regards to this information, talk to your pharmacist.
- Duloxetine should be taken by mouth, with or without food.
- Duloxetine should be swallowed whole and not broke, crushed, or chewed before swallowing.
- Duloxetine may take several weeks of usage before you begin to feel better, keep using Duloxetine even if you feel you are not getting better, and talk to your doctor if you have any questions.
- Do not suddenly stop taking Duloxetine, or you may have unwanted side effects. Talk with your doctor if you want to stop taking
- Duloxetine and they may gradually lower your dose to avoid these unwanted side effects.
- Do not miss any doses of this medication. Continue to take Duloxetine, even if you feel well.
- If you miss a dose of Duloxetine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
- Ask your doctor if you have any questions about how to use Duloxetine.
Duloxetine Side Effects:
Side effects can exist in all medicines, but many people have no, or minor side effects. If any of these common side effects persists or become worrisome, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.
Common Duloxetine Side Effects
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Increased sweating
Major Side Effects
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these side effects when taking Duloxetine.
- Signs of an allergic reaction: rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the face, mouth, lips, or tongue.
- Sudden loss of consciousness
- Shaking or tremors
- Vison changes
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Severe nausea
Prices are for prescriptions for 30 capsules of 60 mg:
Duloxetine Drug Images:
Duloxetine 20 MG Delayed Release Capsule
Duloxetine 20 MG Delayed Release Oral Capsule
Duloxetine 30 MG Delayed Release Oral Capsule
Duloxetine 60 MG Dalayed Release ORal Capsule
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Duloxetine Patent Information:
Generic drugs don’t require patents, only brand name drugs do. Cymbalta’s patent expired on December 11, 2013.
Before taking Duloxetine, discuss any allergies you may have with your doctor. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which could possibly cause reactions or other problems.
Discuss your medical history with your doctor or pharmacist, before taking Duloxetine. Inform them especially of: personal or family history of bipolar, personal or family history of suicidal thoughts or attempts, bleeding problems, glaucoma, high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, seizures, stomach problems, history of alcohol/drug dependence or abuse.
Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Duloxetine affects you, as it may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid alcoholic beverages while taking Duloxetine as they may increase these unwanted side effects.
Duloxetine may affect your blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar regularly and share these numbers with your doctor.
There is a possibility that older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication, especially dizziness, light headed feeling, bleeding, or loss of coordination. These side effects can also increase the risk of falling.
There is a possibility that children may be more sensitive to certain side effects of Duloxetine, especially loss of appetite and weight loss. Children who are taking Duloxetine should have their weight and height monitored.
Duloxetine should only be used during pregnancy when clearly needed. Untreated mental/mood conditions can be serious, do not stop taking this medication unless instructed to do so by your doctor. If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or are thinking of becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor about the possible benefits and risks of taking Duloxetine during pregnancy.
Duloxetine passes into breast milk. Talk with your doctor about the possible risk and benefits of taking Duloxetine while breast feeding.
If Overdose of Duloxetine is Suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.
Proper storage of Duloxetine:
Duloxetine should be stored at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and direct sunlight. Store in a closed container. Keep Duloxetine out of the reach of children and away from pets.
The information provided by LowestMed is meant for educational purposes only and is not meant to be medical advice. Please seek medical advice before starting, changing or terminating any medical treatment. Discuss all medical related decisions with your physician, before adjusting anything related to your health care.