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what is duloxetine prescribed for?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Cymbalta (duloxetine): Used for major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, stress urinary incontinence, painful peripheral neuropathy such as in diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic musculoskeletal pain associated with osteoarthritis, lower back pain, interstitial cystitis, chronic fatigue syndrome.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Pain and: depression or anxiety! Most Rx-es are for pain!

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Does it make a difference whether I take my cymbalta (duloxetine) in the night or the morning?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Morning is better: Taken in the evening, Cymbalta (duloxetine) can cause insomnia, so it is better to take it in the morning.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Will cymbalta (duloxetine) make me feel better right away?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
No: The effects of Cymbalta (duloxetine) will take from 1 week to 1 month depending on why you are using it. It can help symptoms of pain in 1-2 weeks, and depression in 1-4 weeks. It usually takes longer for Cymbalta (duloxetine) to help symptoms of anxiety.
A 34-year-old member asked:

My doctor prescribed cymbalta (duloxetine). Does that add pounds?

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Dr. Brad Bobrin
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It could: Antidepressants can have varying effects on weight. That being said, Cymbalta (duloxetine) is not one of the "weight gainers" where the probability is that the person is going to gain weight. All in all Cymbalta (duloxetine) should be weight neutral or not cause a change in weight or at most vary by +- 5-10 pounds.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my doctor prescribed me cymbalta (duloxetine) even though I'm only 16?

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Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 23 years experience
Ask questions: Antidepressants can be prescribed for children and adolescent, just make sure you doctor goes over the side effects and about the black box warning of rare but possible increased suicidal thoughts and how to monitor. Also ask if you are you taking this medication e.g. if for depression or Anxiety, as it is indicated for this and could you try therapy first.
A 44-year-old member asked:

My doctor prescribed me cymbalta (duloxetine) even though I'm only 16. Is that safe?

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Dr. Cynthia Rector
Psychiatry 29 years experience
Yes: If you have significant depression it may be helpful. There are only a few antidepressants with studies in teens and children. As with all antidepressants, you will need to monitor your mood to ensure that you don't have an adverse reaction of increased agitation or anxiety. This reaction usually occurs in the first few days and can be uncomfortable. If this happens tell someone right away

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