Duloxetine hydrochloride is the chemical name for Cymbalta. It is generally used to treat diseases like depression, peripheral diabetic neuropathy and generic anxiety disorder. Peripheral diabetic neuropathy is the pain in the hands, arms, feet and legs due to diabetics. Cymbalta is also used to treat Fibromyalgia. Cymbalta is a member of the SNRI group of drug. The prime purpose of it is to function as an anti-depressant. Cymbalta has been acceptable to many people. As with any drug, side effects are inevitable. Luckily, there are alternatives to Cymbalta in treating depression.
Cymbalta has proven itself to be effective in treatment of diabetic neuropathy. The first and foremost step in treating this disease is to gain control over the blood glucose level to prevent the nerves from any further damage than it already has suffered. An alternative to reduce the dependency on Cymbalta is to maintain the blood glucose by exercising, diet control, insulin injections etc. Blood glucose will tend to shoot up when it is brought under control. Prime importance should be allotted to feet related problems in diabetic people. Diabetic people lose the sensitivity of their feet. In such cases, sores or injuries may, if unnoticed, even result in amputation of the leg. Reduced blood circulation adds up to the problem. Keeping the foot clean is the best way to stay away from problems. Protect yourself from injuries by usage of slippers or shoes. Podiatrist is the one who will help you to take care of your feet. Anti depressant medicines such as nortriptylene or imipramine can also be equally effective as Cymbalta. Anti convulsion medicines may also prove to be useful if you experience any pain in the feet. Transcutaneous electric nerve simulators also work by providing small amounts of electricity to suppress the pain signals. Other methods to combat the feet pain would be hypnosis, acupuncture or relaxation training.
As mentioned earlier, Cymbalta also functions as an anti-depressant. People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder tend to worry even in cases where there is little to provoke their anxiety. Typical symptoms would be tremors, headache, tautening of the muscles, difficulty in swallowing or breathing etc. They may not be able to concentrate also. Sleeplessness is also another symptom pointing towards GAD. Behavioral therapies work very well in such instances.
Fibromyalgia is another problem common in diabetic patients. Cymbalta is used to treat this disease also. There are several reasons for the cause of this disease. The treatment for patients suffering from this disease widely depends on their previous treatment and the current symptoms that they experience. A diabetic patient suffering from this problem can be treated by changing his lifestyle or medications. However, there are also other alternative treatments. Chiropractic treatment has proved to be successful in patients. Chiropractic means "of the spine". This treatment is a blessing to the people suffering from fibromyalgia. It has been gaining popularity in the recent times. There are controversies with the method and effectiveness of this treatment. The controversies are mainly because of the limited research that has been put into this. So, study results are now understood to be inconclusive.
Acupuncture is another option for fibromyalgia patients. This technique dates back to 2500 years and involves use of needles to points in the body. The puncturing of the body needs to be precise to achieve the best results out of it. This also has been into controversies. However, practitioners still explore this technique. Concrete evidences have been gathered to prove the effectiveness of this method against fibromyalgia patients. It has also been proved that this technique is useful in fighting against anxiety and fatigue.
Exercise has been found useful in combating fibromyalgia. Any activity that increases the oxygen flow will help in reducing the anxiety and relaxes one's physical and mental self. Massages have also been rewarding in such cases. Sufficient intake of magnesium based drugs or food will help the fibromyalgia patients. However, dosage for these drugs always needs to be prescribed by a doctor.