Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms
Cymbalta is an antidepressant. It is used for treating depression, diabetic neuropathy pain, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and fibromyalgia. Cymbalta contains duloxetine. The most common side effects caused by Cymbalta include nausea, drowsiness and dizziness. Most of the patients using Cymbalta appropriately experience only minor side effects, which can be easily treated. However, there are many side effects which are to be brought to immediate medical attention. These side effects include fast heart rate, suicidal thoughts and hallucinations. Some of the rare side effects caused by Cymbalta include canker sores, high cholesterol and acne. However, everyone taking Cymbalta is not going to experience all the above side effects. Many patients tolerate well the medication with Cymbalta. If the side effects occurring to you are mild in nature, mostly they may not require any treatment. Also, the mild side effects of Cymbalta can be easily treated by your doctor. There are also possibilities that the side effects not listed above may be experienced by you. Therefore, if you feel anything abnormal when you are on Cymbalta, bring it to the attention of your doctor without delay.
Clinical studies have been done to study Cymbalta thoroughly. In these trials the side effects caused by Cymbalta in a group of people taking this drug have been documented. These results have been compared with the results from another group of people taking Cymbalta. Therefore it has become easy to list out the side effects caused by Cymbalta. The frequencies of side effects are also known through these clinical studies. All the above results are again compared with a group of people not taking this medicine. From these studies it is known that the side effects of Cymbalta that commonly occur include nausea, drowsiness, headaches, dry mouth, dizziness, insomnia, constipation, fatigue, diarrhea, loss of appetite, runny nose, sore throat, weakness, vomiting, sweating, decreased sex energy, upper respiratory tract infection and coughing. Above 5 percent of the people taking Cymbalta experience the above side effects.
There are also other side effects which occur in 2 to 5 percent of people taking Cymbalta. They include shakiness, muscle pain, frequent urination, sexual dysfunction, blurred vision, weight loss, anxiety or agitation, hot flashes, stomach pain, a spinning sensation, yawning, heartburn, chills, allergies, muscle spasms, change in taste, and abnormal dreams.
Besides the above there are many possible side effects that can occur when you are on Cymbalta, which you should report to your healthcare provider. They include suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, aggressiveness, engaging in dangerous activities, restlessness, switching between extreme happiness and depressed mood, unusual behavior, low blood sugar, chest palpitations, passing urine with difficulty, signs of allergy such as unexplained rash, hives, itching, wheezing, or difficulty breathing, and signs of serotonin syndrome. The signs of serotonin syndrome include confusion, rapid heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea, hallucinations, change in blood pressure, irregular heart rhythm, reflexes that are overactive, fever, sweating, shivering, seizures and coma.
The less common side effects caused by Cymbalta include atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, ear pain, canker sores, acne, irritable bowel syndrome, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and sensitivity to the sun.
Cymbalta also causes side effects if you stop taking it. These withdrawal effects include both physical and psychological symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms include dizziness, nausea, headache, unpleasant sensations, vomiting, irritability, and nightmares. Usually, withdrawal symptoms occur one week after this medicine is stopped. These symptoms last for a few days, but can go up to three weeks in some cases. The clinical studies show that up to 44 per cent of people who stopped taking Cymbalta abruptly had withdrawal symptoms. However, tapering Cymbalta caused symptoms of less severity. If you decide to stop Cymbalta, consult your physician and get to know how your Cymbalta can be decreased over time.