Medication Monday: Cymbalta 

We survived the Thanksgiving holiday and the weekend, but now it is once again Monday, which means it is time for Medication Monday. This week we are talking about the antidepressant Cymbalta (duloxetine). 

In addition to treating depression, Cymbalta can treat nerve pain caused by diabetes, as well as treating chronic pain caused by conditions such as fibromyalgia or arthritis. It may also improve mood and sleep habits. As with other antidepressants, Cymbalta works by restoring the balance of certain neurochemical transmitters. 

This medication should be taken either once or twice daily, with food, as directed by a doctor. Individuals should use caution taking it with alcohol or while using marijuana however, as the medication can cause drowsiness and these substances may exacerbate one’s drowsiness. 

Other side effects can include nausea, dry mouth, constipation, loss of appetite, dizziness, lightheadedness, and increased sweating. If any of these effects occur, persist, or worsen, tell your doctor immediately. 

However, even if all these side effects occur it is important to only come off the medication under the supervision of a doctor. Suddenly stopping this medication may make the underlying illness worse. 

It is also important to remember, as I point out every week, that Medication Monday is not meant as a substitute for medical advice. I am not a doctor and this series is meant only for informational purposes. Hopefully, by talking about these medications more, the stigma surrounding them will start to be a thing of the past. 

 

And as I also often say, thanks for reading.

Source: WebMD: Cymbalta

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