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A 34-year-old member asked:

How effective is cymbalta (duloxetine)?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Pain/ depression: Cymbalta (duloxetine) is as effective as any other antidepressant. So what makes it special? Its ability to improve diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain& chronic pain.
Dr. David Hardin
Wound care 37 years experience
Fibromyalgia: Fair: This is one of three drugs with fda indication for fibromyalgia as well as a handful of others often used 'off label' in this case it is started at a low dose and tapered up depending on side effects and effectiveness (i personally taper it up much more slowly than recommended to avoid dizziness and drowsiness).

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A 62-year-old female asked about a 66-year-old male:

What is cymbalta (duloxetine)?

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Dr. Ruth Seaman
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Psychiatry 27 years experience
A multi-use medicine: Duloxetine increases the amount of norepinephrine and serotonin in the tiny space between neurons for a few microseconds. More importanly for the treatment of depression, is the actual internal response by the cell binding the medication which takes 3-6 weeks or more for full effect. This medicine is further known to help reduce pain transmission up the spinal cord as well.

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