This medication is mostly prescribed for the treatment of anxiety or depression. It is sold under the brand name of Cymbalta. It belongs to the medication class of serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).
Duloxetine is mostly prescribed for depression, anxiety disorders, neuropathic pain, etc. It may also be prescribed in the treatment of diabetes patients who are suffering from chronic pain such as arthritis, back pain, or fibromyalgia. It can help to treat certain painful nerve conditions. It also restores the balance of brain substances such as serotonin and norepinephrine.
Dosage and administration
It is usually prescribed by the doctor to take this medicine 1 to 2 times a day, with or without food. Take the tablet or capsule as a whole. Do not chew or break the tablet or capsule. Continue with the full course of the medication as prescribed and do not stop taking the medicine in between even if you start feeling better. Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by a doctor. In case you miss a dose, do not take 2 doses at one time. Just skip the missed dose, take the next scheduled dose, and resume as usual. Your doctor would advise you on the proper use of this medicine.
Pregnant women and breast feeding mothers are to use this medication only if it has been prescribed by the doctor.Do not consume tobacco or alcohol while on this medication as they may reduce its effectiveness.Before being prescribed this medication, inform the doctor of your complete medical history, whether you suffer or have suffered from any liver ailments, kidney disease, diabetes, etc. The doctor would then determine if this medication is right for you.Inform the doctor if have any existing or past allergies to any substances as the medication may have such substances in its composition. In case you experience any allergies or discomfort while using this medication, stop using this medication and consult the doctor immediately.This medication may cause drowsiness thus do not perform any activities that require you to remain alert after taking this medication.
Using Duloxetine may result in side effects. Some common side effects are listed belowDizziness and lightheadedness.Nausea and vomiting.Drowsiness and tiredness.Loss of appetite.Dry mouth.Constipation.Excessive sweating.Increased blood pressure.State of confusion.Muscle cramps and general weakness.Stomach pain and cramps.Dark urine.Yellowing of the eyes and skin.Liver problems.Swelling of the hands and feet.Redness of the eyes and blurred vision.Black stool.