Brand-name and generic forms of Cymbalta (duloxetine hydrochloride) are currently available. The generic capsules come in three strengths and are made by a number of companies. The FDA has given all of these products an "AB" rating, meaning they are considered equivalent to brand-name Cymbalta.
An Overview of Generic CymbaltaCymbalta® (duloxetine hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine used 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)
Brand-name Cymbalta is manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company. However, generic versions are also available.
Generic Cymbalta capsules are available in the following strengths:
- Duloxetine 20 mg
- Duloxetine 30 mg
- Duloxetine 60 mg.
The generic versions are made by various manufacturers, such as:
- Citron Pharma LLC
- Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic duloxetine versions currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Cymbalta.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.