Cymbalta is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Also Cymbalta is a good remedy for managing pain caused by fibromyalgia and diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Cymbalta is supplied in capsules to be taken by mouth with or without food. Taking meds with food decreases the risk of nausea or stomach upset.Usual dosage is 20–30 mg twice a day. Dosage should be administered by your doctor.
Before taking Cymbalta , tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if you have allergies to medicines, if you are allergic to any ingredient in Cymbalta , if you have heart disease including irregular heartbeat or have had a heart attack, a history of depression or suicidal tendencies, you are scheduled to have surgery, consume alcoholic beverages, if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast–feeding. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Cymbalta while you are pregnant. Cymbalta is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast–feeding while you use Cymbalta , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby. Some medicines may interact with Cymbalta . Therefore tell your doctor of all prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement that you are taking. Do not take Cymbalta if you are taking sodium oxybate (GHB). Children and teenagers who take Cymbalta may be at increased risk for suicidal thoughts or actions. Adults may also be affected. The risk may be greater in patients who have had suicidal thoughts or actions in the past. The risk may also be greater in patients who have had bipolar (manic–depressive) illness, or if their family members have had it. Watch patients who take Cymbalta closely. Contact the doctor at once if new, worsened, or sudden symptoms such as depressed mood, anxious, restless, or irritable behavior, panic attacks, or any unusual change in mood or behavior occur. Contact the doctor right away if any signs of suicidal thoughts or actions occur. Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Cymbalta before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery. Cymbalta should not be used in children younger than 6 years old. Safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed. Cymbalta may sometimes cause a prolonged, painful erection. This could happen even when you are not having sex. If this is not treated right away, it could lead to permanent sexual problems, such as impotence. Contact your doctor right away if this occurs.
If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. However if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the Missed Dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Possible Side Effects
Some of the Possible Side Effects are- constipation, dizziness, flushing, giddiness, headache, heartburn, heat sensation, lightheadedness, nausea, weakness. Contact your doctor if any of these or other side effects occur. If you experience any of the following serious side effects, you should seek medical attention immediately- allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue), irregular pulse, shortness of breath, swelling of the feet or hands, tender, bleeding, or swollen gums.
Store this medication at room temperature, between 59 –86 °F (15 –30 °C) in a tightly closed container. Keep away from heat, moisture, and light (not in the bathroom). Keep the medication out of the reach of children.
If overdose is suspected, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the possible symptoms of overdose are- dizziness, fainting, loss of consciousness, rapid, slow, or irregular heartbeat.
Cymbalta may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may worsen if Cymbalta is taken with alcohol or certain other medications. Use Cymbalta with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to this drug. If your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen, contact your doctor. Cymbalta should be used only by the patient for whom it has been prescribed. Do not take less or more or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
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