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A 49-year-old male asked:

although entirely different drugs..would 100 mg of luvox be comparible to 20 mg of cymbalta (duloxetine)?

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 53 years experience
No.: Not bio equivalent and different types of drugluvox is an ssri and Cymbalta (duloxetine) is an snri and indications are different.

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Are there alternative treatments that are more effective than duloxetine for depression?

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Is it normal to have withdrawal symptoms when getting off duloxetine?

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There can be: Most antidepressants should be tapered slowly just to avoid the possibility of withdrawal symptoms. Paroxetine, venlafaxine and duloxetine all have significant withdrawal symptoms when stopped suddenly. Venlafaxine is the worst followed by paroxetine then duloxetine. It's always best to taper slowly so you dont get confused and think withdrawal is the illness symptoms returning.
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What is a normal dose of cymbalta (duloxetine) for depression?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Is there any other medication to treat fiber mialga and depression besides cimbalta?

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Yes, there are many: There are many antidepressant medicines that can be used to treat both fibromyalgia and depression. These include, but are not limited to, elavil, prozac, effexor, savella, paxil, pristiq, wellbutrin, trazodone, remeron, celexa, Lexapro and viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride). However, each medicine is different and can be associated with both good and bad effects. Work with a fibromyalgia specialist to find the right one.

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