You might think that being prescribed a medication would be the end of your questions about it. But for many patients, talking to their doctor about a new prescription is only the beginning.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you have more questions about how your new prescription will affect you, and how it interacts with other drugs you’re taking. That’s where we come in.

As prescription medications become increasingly common place, it helps to have experts on hand who can answer your questions and put your mind at ease. Let us help you cut through all the noise and get right to what matters most: how these drugs will affect you and what to look out for so they don’t hurt you.

What is Cymbalta?

Cymbalta is a medication in the class of antidepressants known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs for short. SSRIs are widely prescribed to treat depression and anxiety disorders, as well as a myriad of other mental health issues.

Cymbalta is a brand name for duloxetine hydrochloride. Duloxetine is a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, pain caused by fibromyalgia, and other conditions.

Cymbalta is available in capsule, tablet and liquid form, and can be taken with or without food. It is taken daily, usually in the morning, and should be swallowed whole and not chewed. Its effects are meant to be long-term, and it’s recommended that you take it for at least 6 months before deciding if it’s working for you.

Cymbalta is not a cure for depression, anxiety, or other conditions, and it won’t work for everyone. These are just some of the things that Cymbalta can help with.

How does Cymbalta work?

Cymbalta is a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, or SNRI. This means it works in the brain to block the reabsorption of serotonin and norepinephrine, 2 chemicals that affect mood and anxiety. By increasing the levels of these chemicals in the brain,

Cymbalta can help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as pain caused by conditions like fibromyalgia.

Cymbalta is thought to work in two ways: first, by increasing serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain, and second, by decreasing serotonin in the spinal cord. These changes in serotonin levels are meant to improve mood, anxiety, and pain.

While Cymbalta is effective for many people, it can cause side effects in some.

Benefits of taking Cymbalta

  • Effective for treating depression, anxiety, and chronic pain
  • Does not cause the groggy feeling often associated with antidepressants
  • May improve other conditions like eating disorders, insomnia, and headaches
  • Reduces feelings of stress, worry, and tension
  • Can help with cravings and withdrawal from substances that affect serotonin levels, like tobacco, alcohol, and opioids
  • Possible long-term benefits, with some studies showing reduced risk of Alzheimer’s

Side effects of taking Cymbalta


  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness
  •  Increased urination
  •  Constipation
  •  Dizziness
  •  Low sex drive
  • Weight gain
  •  Sexual dysfunction
  •  Agitation
  • Feeling jittery
  •  Confusion
  •  Headaches

While some of these side effects are mild and go away after a few weeks or months, a few can be serious and require treatment. Anyone taking Cymbalta should be aware of potential side effects, especially if they are experiencing any that are more severe.

Is Cymbalta the right choice for you?

Anyone suffering from depression, anxiety, or chronic pain may benefit from Cymbalta, but it’s not for everyone. Cymbalta may not work for people who have liver or kidney problems, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Cymbalta may also not be the best choice for people with a history of substance abuse.

Cymbalta should be taken with caution by people with heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure, as it may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. If you’ve been diagnosed with one of these conditions, you may need to take a lower dose of Cymbalta or avoid it altogether.

Cymbalta may also interact with other medications and supplements, so it’s important to let your doctor know about all the drugs you’re taking.

Bottom line

Cymbalta may be the right choice for you if you suffer from depression, anxiety, or chronic pain and are looking for an effective long-term treatment. Like any other medication,

Cymbalta has risks and side effects, so it’s important to be informed and work with your doctor to find the right treatment for you.


David Warren
Author

David Warren is a pharmaceutical specialist that dispenses prescription medication on a daily basis. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Tennessee in 1991. With over 50 publications on medication-related and pharmacy topics, David has been able to share his experiences and knowledge with others. David with lots of experience and knowledge in medications that are utilized to treat a wide range of medical conditions. Before David dispenses a medication to a patient, he will go over the side effects, dosage recommendation and contraindications.