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Generic Cymbalta (duloxetine) is a prescription medication used to treat depression and anxiety. Generic Cymbalta can also be used to help relieve ongoing pain due to medical conditions like chronic back pain, arthritis, or fibromyalgia (a condition that causes widespread pain), or nerve pain (peripheral neuropathy) in people with diabetes.
Generic Cymbalta may decrease nervousness and improve your energy levels, sleep, mood, and appetite. This drug may also decrease pain due to certain medical conditions. Cymbalta and its generic, duloxetine, are known as a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI). This drug works by helping restore the balance of certain natural substances (serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain.
Duloxetine is the generic version of Cymbalta, and requires a prescription. You can buy duloxetine at a discounted price at Blink Health.
All generic medications sold through Blink Health are FDA-approved. All FDA-approved generics must have the same strength, dosage, safety and effectiveness as their brand-name counterparts.
How to Use Cymbalta
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using generic Cymbalta and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your clinician or pharmacist.
Take generic Cymbalta by mouth as directed by your licensed medical professional, usually 1 or 2 times a day, either with or without food. It may help to take this drug with food if you experience nausea or upset stomach. Swallow the capsule whole. Do not crush or chew the capsule or mix the contents with liquid or food. Crushing or chewing the capsule can release all of the drug at once, which increases the risk of side effects.
The dosage you are prescribed is based on your medical condition, age, and response to treatment. Your licensed medical professional may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose in order to reduce your risk of side effects. Follow your licensed medical professional's instructions carefully. To get the most benefit from this medication, take it exactly as prescribed. .. A helpful way to remember is to take it at the same time(s) each day and pair it with a routine.
Even if you feel well, it's important to continue taking generic Cymbalta as prescribed. Do not stop taking generic Cymbalta without consulting your licensed medical professional. When this drug is suddenly stopped, some conditions may become worse. Also, you may experience symptoms like mood swings, confusion, dizziness, tiredness, diarrhea, sleep changes, headache, and brief feelings similar to electric shock. In order to reduce side effects, your dose may need to be gradually decreased. If you experience new or worsening symptoms, report them immediately.
Tell your licensed medical professional if your condition persists or gets worse.
Cymbalta Side Effects
It's important to be aware of possible side effects before you start taking a medication. Here are the listed side effects for this drug:
See also Warnings & Precautions section.
Nausea, dry mouth, constipation, loss of appetite, tiredness, drowsiness, or increased sweating may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.
Dizziness or lightheadedness may occur, especially when you first start or increase your dose of this drug. To reduce the risk of dizziness, lightheadedness, or falling, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
This medication may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high.
Tell your doctor right away if any of these serious side effects occur: confusion, easy bruising/bleeding, decreased interest in sex, changes in sexual ability, muscle cramps/weakness, shaking (tremor), difficulty urinating, signs of liver problems (such as stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea, vomiting, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine).
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: black/bloody stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, seizure, eye pain/swelling/redness, widened pupils, vision changes (such as seeing rainbows around lights at night, blurred vision).
This medication may increase serotonin and rarely cause a very serious condition called serotonin syndrome/toxicity. The risk increases if you are also taking other drugs that increase serotonin, so tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the drugs you take (see Drug Interactions section). Get medical help right away if you develop some of the following symptoms: fast heartbeat, hallucinations, loss of coordination, severe dizziness, severe nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, twitching muscles, unexplained fever, unusual agitation/restlessness.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing, skin blisters, mouth sores.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Cymbalta Warnings and Precautions
It's also important to be aware of precautions and warnings around taking this medication.
Before taking duloxetine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: personal or family history of psychiatric disorders (such as bipolar/manic-depressive disorder), personal or family history of suicide attempts, bleeding problems, personal or family history of glaucoma (angle-closure type), high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, seizure disorder, stomach problems (such as slow emptying of the stomach), use/abuse of alcohol.
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
If you have diabetes, duloxetine may affect your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially bleeding, dizziness, lightheadedness, or loss of coordination. Older adults may also be more likely to develop a type of salt imbalance (hyponatremia), especially if they are taking ' water pills ' (diuretics). Dizziness, lightheadedness, or loss of coordination can increase the risk of falling.
Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially loss of appetite and weight loss. Monitor weight and height in children who are taking this drug. See also Warning.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. When this medication is taken during the last 30 days of pregnancy, the mother may be at an increased risk of bleeding at birth. This medication may also harm an unborn baby. Babies born to mothers who have used this drug during the last 3 months of pregnancy may rarely develop withdrawal symptoms such as feeding/breathing difficulties, seizures, muscle stiffness, or constant crying. If you notice any of these symptoms in your newborn, tell the doctor promptly.
Since untreated mental/mood problems (such as depression, anxiety) can be a serious condition, do not stop taking this medication unless directed by your doctor. If you are planning pregnancy, become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, immediately discuss the benefits and risks of using this medication during pregnancy with your doctor.
This drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Cymbalta Pill Storage
Store generic Cymbalta at room temperature, away from light and moisture. Do not store this medication in the bathroom. Keep generic Cymbalta (and all medications) away from children and pets.
Don't flush generic Cymbalta or other medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. When this medication is no longer needed or after it's expired, be sure to discard it properly. Your pharmacist or local waste disposal company can tell you how.
Cymbalta Drug Interactions
Drug interactions can change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. It's important to keep a list of all the products you use, including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your clinician and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without a licensed medical professional's approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: other drugs that can cause bleeding/bruising (including 'blood thinners' such as warfarin, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, and antiplatelet drugs such as clopidogrel).
Other medications can affect the removal of generic Cymbalta (duloxetine) from your body, which may affect how duloxetine works. Examples of these types of medications include cimetidine and certain quinolone antibiotics (such as ciprofloxacin, enoxacin), among others.
Generic cymbalta can slow down the removal of other medications from your body, which may affect how they work. Some examples of affected drugs include antipsychotics (such as thioridazine), tricyclic antidepressants (such as desipramine, imipramine), and antiarrhythmic drugs (such as propafenone, flecainide, quinidine), among others.
Taking MAO inhibitors with generic Cymbalta can cause a serious (possibly fatal) drug interaction. Avoid taking MAO inhibitors (tranylcypromine, procarbazine, isocarboxazid, rasagiline, linezolid, safinamide, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, , selegiline) during treatment with generic Cymbalta. Most MAO inhibitors should also not be taken for two weeks before and at least five days after treatment with this drug. Ask your licensed medical professional when to start or stop taking this medication.
Your risk of serotonin syndrome/toxicity increases if you are also taking other drugs that increase serotonin. Examples include certain antidepressants (including SSRIs such as fluoxetine/paroxetine, other SNRIs such as desvenlafaxine/venlafaxine), street drugs like MDMA/'ecstasy,' tryptophan, and St. John's wort, among others. Your risk of serotonin syndrome/toxicity may be higher when you start or increase the dose of these drugs.
Tell your clinician or pharmacist if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness, including antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine), muscle relaxants, drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), narcotic pain relievers (such as codeine), alcohol, and marijuana (cannabis). Check the labels on all your medicines (like allergy or cough-and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely alongside generic Cymbalta.
Aspirin can increase the risk of bleeding when used with this drug. However, if your licensed medical professional has directed you to take low-dose aspirin (usually at dosages of 81-325 milligrams a day), you should continue taking it unless your licensed medical professional tells you otherwise.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose can include: severe drowsiness and fainting.
If you miss a dose of generic Cymbalta, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Do not share generic Cymbalta with others.
Keep all your regular medical and psychiatric appointments. Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as liver function and blood pressure) should be performed periodically to check for side effects and monitor your progress. Consult your licensed medical professional for more details.
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