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Cymbalta® (duloxetine hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used to treat several conditions, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Studies have shown that people using this medicine for anxiety had greater improvements in their symptoms, compared to those who were not using it.
Cymbalta is part of a class of drugs called serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRIs for short. SNRIs affect specific chemicals within the brain known as serotonin and norepinephrine. These are two of several chemicals used to send messages from one nerve cell to another.
As a message travels down a nerve, it causes the end of the cell to release serotonin or norepinephrine. The chemical enters the gap between the first nerve cell and the one next to it. When enough serotonin or norepinephrine reaches the second nerve cell, it activates receptors on the cell and the message continues on its way. The first cell then quickly absorbs any serotonin or norepinephrine that remains in the gap between the cells. This is called "reuptake."
Normally, this process works without problems. But 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. This gives the chemicals a better chance of activating the receptors on the next nerve cell.
(Click Cymbalta for a more in-depth look at using this medicine for anxiety. This article also discusses how Cymbalta works and offers information on general precautions, dosages, and potential side effects.)