Effects of CymbaltaSeveral studies have looked at the effects of Cymbalta on a variety of conditions.
Four studies have shown Cymbalta to be effective for depression treatment in adults. In these studies, people taking the drug had more improvement in their depression symptoms, compared to those not taking it.
Cymbalta has also been studied for neuropathic pain (nerve pain) in people with peripheral diabetic neuropathy. These studies included people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes who had been experiencing diabetic neuropathy pain for at least six months. People taking the drug were more likely to have half as much pain as before, compared to those not taking it.
Studies have also shown Cymbalta to be effective for treating generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). People taking it had greater improvements in their anxiety symptoms, compared to those who were not.
Studies indicate that Cymbalta can help reduce fibromyalgia pain. Cymbalta was more effective than a placebo (a "sugar pill") for relieving pain, even in people who did not have depression along with fibromyalgia (although it was most effective in people that had depression).
When and How to Take CymbaltaGeneral considerations for when and how to take Cymbalta include the following:
- The drug comes in capsule form. It is taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day.
- If Cymbalta makes you drowsy, try taking it later in the day. If it causes insomnia, try taking it earlier.
- You can take Cymbalta with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Be sure to swallow the capsules whole. Do not open or chew them.
- The medication should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For Cymbalta to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The drug will not work if you stop taking it.