Advertisement

What is Cymbalta?

Cymbalta, the prescription drug duloxetine, is used to treat depression and general anxiety disorder (GAD). It is also used to treat diabetic neuropathy, pain and tingling in the feet, hands and legs caused by nerve damage from diabetes. In addition, Cymbalta can be used to treat fibromyalgia, which may cause pain, muscle stiffness and tenderness. It works by increasing the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. Serotonin and norepinephrine are natural substances that affect mood and are believed to help control and suppress feelings of pain. Cymbalta is in a class of drugs called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).

Continue Learning about Antidepressant

How safe are sedating antidepressants for people with dementia?
Sarah N. Mourra, MDSarah N. Mourra, MD
Oftentimes, doctors will use sedating antidepressants for sleep issues in people with dementia. A ve...
More Answers
Does the FDA place warnings on antidepressants?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now placed a warning on the labels of antidepressants...
More Answers
What are side effects of antidepressants?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Side effects may include fatigue, sleepiness, headaches, insomnia, dizziness, nervousness, fever, dr...
More Answers
How effective are tricyclic antidepressants at treating migraines?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Guidelines published by the American Headache Society state that amitriptyline is probably effective...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.