Cymbalta contains duloxetine hydrochloride which is an antidepressant. It is also known by the generic name duloxetine.
Cymbalta is a Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SNRI) meant for oral administration. Dosage of Cymbalta is determined most of the times by the medical history of the patient and the existing medical condition, among many factors that may influence this decision.
The dosage recommended when Cymbalta is started for treating neuropathy pain or Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is 60 mg per day. The starting dose recommended for depression is 20 mg, twice per day or 30 mg twice a day. For depression 60 mg per day also is prescribed, depending on the patient. However, doses above 60 mg in a day are not recommended.
The prescription of dose depends on many factors including the medical condition you are now treated for, other medical conditions that you may have and other medications you may be taking. As advised for any other drug, you should not adjust the dose prescribed for you on your own, unless your doctor advises specifically to that effect.
The dosage of Cymbalta recommended for people having peripheral diabetic neuropathy pain is 60 mg per day. You doctor may decide to prescribe lower dosages such as 30 mg per day for a week in the start and increase it to 60 mg per day. However, this will not be case with everyone.
If you have fibromyalgia, the recommended starting dose for treating your disease is Cymbalta 30 mg once a day, for a week. Your doctor may increase this to 60 mg per day, depending on the need for you.
Certain factors are to be considered for people taking Cymbalta, which we are going to discuss now. Generally it takes many weeks, or even more than a month before you start feeling the favorable effects of Cymbalta. You should not get discouraged if you do not feel the effect of Cymbalta within a short period after commencing the medication with this drug.
You should not open the Cymbalta capsules or chew it. You should swallow the capsule as it is. Some may feel drowsiness after taking Cymbalta.
If it causes drowsiness in you, you can take the Cymbalta dosage later in the day. For some people Cymbalta can causes insomnia. If you feel that you are developing the symptoms of insomnia, you can take it earlier in the day. Cymbalta can be taken with or without food.
Therefore, if taking Cymbalta bothers your stomach when it is empty, you can take it with food.
Further, try to take Cymbalta in a fixed time each day, so that you will be able to maintain an even level of its substance in your blood. Do not try to stop Cymbalta suddenly.
Stopping Cymbalta abruptly can cause withdrawal symptoms. To achieve proper working of Cymbalta in you, you have to take this medicine as prescribed. If you deviate from the prescribed dosage of Cymbalta or from the method prescribed, Cymbalta may not work for your benefits.
If you necessarily need any change in your dosage, consult your doctor before implementing the change. Some times it may happen that you are not sure about your dosage of Cymbalta.
For clarification you can talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse and then take the correct dosage of Cymbalta. If you have decided to stop taking Cymbalta, first talk to your doctor explaining all the reasons behind it.
It is not out of place to mention that you should inform you doctor even if you are taking herbal medicines, before starting the treatment with Cymbalta. Also tell your doctor if your consume alcohol on regular basis. Avoid riding, driving or operating machinery after taking Cymbalta.