Cymbalta® (duloxetine hydrochloride) is commonly prescribed to treat the following conditions:
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression)
- Peripheral diabetic neuropathy pain (nerve pain in the hands, feet, arms, or legs due to diabetes)
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
Cymbalta is an oral medication (taken by mouth) and is part of a class of drugs known as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRIs for short. When the levels of serotonin or norepinephrine become unbalanced, it can cause a variety of conditions, including depression or anxiety. Cymbalta helps to block the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine so that more remains in the space between the brain's nerve cells.
The drug comes in capsule form. It is taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day. Cymbalta oral capsules are available in three strengths:
- Cymbalta 20 mg
- Cymbalta 30 mg
- Cymbalta 60 mg.
Although most people tolerate this medication well, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with Cymbalta, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements). Some of the common side effects include headaches, nausea, and drowsiness.
(Click Cymbalta for more information, including general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on effectively using this oral medication.)