... affects of this drug. Also I do not need an anti-depressant. I need a pain killer. Also it says you may have suicidal tendancy taking this product. Can anyone help me?
Firstly, please do not worry that you have been prescribed an antidepressant. Antidepressants are not only used to treat depression. They have been used to treat many other conditions - including the pain, stiffness and sleep associated with fibromyalgia and many other pain related conditions - for a long time.
Cymbalta is the first antidepressant (and only the second drug) to be actually approved by the FDA for the treatment of fibromyalgia - as it showed great results during the clinical trials. Cymbalta is also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder and diabetic nerve pain as well as depression.
Cymbalta, like most other drugs will have risks and benefits. The benefits are that it has been shown to be very effective in the treatment of fibromyalgia. The "risks" come with the side effects - the most common being nausea, dry mouth, constipation, drowsiness, sweating, and decreased appetite. You may or may not experience any of these side effects - it totally depends on the individual. Often people will put up the side effects if they are getting the pain relief.
Yes, there is a suicide warning on Cymbalta along with all other antidepressants - this is an FDA requirement. This warning is the "increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults taking antidepressants for major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders."
This warning is for patients under 24 years of age being treated with antidepressants for depression and other psychiatric conditions - not fibromyalgia.
I hope this is of some help. Good luck.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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