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What is the dosage for Cymbalta and what are its side effects?

The recommended daily dose for Cymbalta is 60 mg one time a day. Some individuals experience intense nausea in which case the dosage may be divided into two smaller doses of 30 mg each, taken twice a day. Cymbalta is taken in the form of a capsule and may be ingested with or without food.
The most common side effect of Cymbalta is nausea. This nausea usually subsides in one to three weeks. Additional side effects may include constipation, decreased appetite, difficulty urinating or increased urination, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, heartburn, insomnia and sweating. Men, and women to a lesser extent, using Cymbalta may experience sexual dysfunction.
Cymbalta may increase thoughts of suicide, as with many antidepressants, when the drug is first started, especially in young adults. When beginning to take Cymbalta, indidividuals should alert a medical professional right away if significant changes in mood or behavior are experienced, particularly thoughts of suicide.
Inform your doctor of any other medications you are currently taking. For example, if you are on taking any medication containing MAOIs or thioridazine, do not take Cymbalta. If you suffer from glaucoma, you should look for alternate medications since Cymbalta may worsen this condition.
Some of the more serious side effects of Cymbalta that signal that the drug is adversely effectly your liver include yellow skin or eyes, pain in the upper belly area, or dark urine.
When you stop taking Cymbalta, you may experience nausea, headache and dizziness.

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