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Question: Cymbalta


 CinamonCKP - Sat Mar 26, 2005 8:00 pm

I am a nursing student and recently I during one of my clinicals my patient was on a drug called Cymbalta. It wasn't in my drug guide. I was wondering if anyone could give me any information on just what is Cymbalta, what is it for? What class of drug is it considered to be....etc. Any information would help.

Thanks

-Cinamon
 Dr. Anthony Solomon - Sun Mar 27, 2005 9:11 am

Cymbalta, generic name duloxetine hydrochloride, is used in the treatment of major depression and diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain.
It belongs to the class of drugs known as selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SSNRI).
It is not approved for use in paediatric patients. I hope this information is helpful.


Dr Anthony Solomon
MB BS DTM&H DIP.VEN FRSM
Consultant Physician, Tropical & Genitourinary Medicine
 CinamonCKP - Sun Mar 27, 2005 11:21 am

Thank you so much, that was just what I was looking for. Do you know of any side effects that this drug may have?

Once again Thanks

-Cinamon
 Dr. Anthony Solomon - Sun Mar 27, 2005 9:25 pm

The most common side-effect is nausea, which for most people, usually subsides within two weeks. Other common side effects are dry mouth, constipation, decreased appetite, fatigue, sleepiness, and increased sweating.

I wish you success in your nursing studies and a Happy Easter.

Dr Anthony Solomon
 CinamonCKP - Mon Mar 28, 2005 4:59 pm

Thank You so much. I appreciate all the information. It has helped me a lot.

Thanks
-Cinamon

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