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Cymbalta is known generically as Duloxetine and is commonly used as a treatment for depression and anxiety. Duloxetine is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) and promotes better mood, sleep, and energy levels. This SNRI helps balance chemicals in the brain to reduce the feeling of nervousness and may also increase your appetite.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Cymbalta orally as directed by your doctor. This medication can be taken with food to prevent nausea.
Make sure you take Cymbalta at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Cymbalta. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to a history of glaucoma, history of suicide attempts, bleeding problems, high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, seizures, stomach problems, and alcohol abuse. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Cymbalta.
While taking Cymbalta you may feel dizzy, drowsy or experience blurred vision. Avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery until you feel it is safe. Alcohol and Cannabis can exasperate these side effects. Additionally you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for these substances while taking Cymbalta.
It may be harder to control your blood sugar levels while taking Cymbalta. If you have diabetes check your blood sugar levels regularly while taking this medication. Speak with your doctor is problems arise while taking this medication.
Side effects for Cymbalta are: nausea, dry mouth, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, tired feeling, drowsiness, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, and dizziness.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Cymbalta?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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