Benefits of Cymbalta
Cymbalta® (duloxetine hydrochloride) is an antidepressant medication that is available by prescription. Although it is commonly used for the treatment of depression, there are other benefits of Cymbalta. The drug is also approved to treat peripheral diabetic neuropathy pain, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and generalized anxiety disorder.
As a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, Cymbalta works by blocking the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine. This action helps to balance the levels of these chemicals in the brain (unbalanced serotonin and norepinephrine levels can cause depression and anxiety).
Although it is not entirely clear how Cymbalta works for nerve pain, it appears to help block the pain signals in the spinal cord or brain. It is not clear exactly how the medication works for fibromyalgia pain.
Clinical studies have shown Cymbalta to be beneficial for improving depression and anxiety symptoms, relieving nerve pain in people with peripheral diabetic neuropathy, and reducing fibromyalgia pain.
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