- Citalopram Hydrobromide
- Fluoxetine Hcl
What does Duloxetine treat?
Duloxetine is an antidepressant and prescribed to treat mental disorders such as major depressive disorder (MDD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). This is also used to relieve nerve pain that comes with medical conditions like arthritis, chronic back pain, diabetic peripheral neuropathy or fibromyalgia. It works by restoring the balance of (serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain. It helps to improve the mood, energy levels and appetite. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Follow the Duloxetine dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. It may be taken with or without food.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Duloxetine is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase the effect of Duloxetine.
It may interact with:
- Acetylsalicylic Acid
It may also interact with tricyclic antidepressants and MAO inhibitors. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Duloxetine might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
This may cause side effects such as drowsiness, sleep issues, dizziness, constipation, blurred vision, dry mouth, mild nausea and muscle pain. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Duloxetine
- Can I take Duloxetine along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Duloxetine?
- What is the dosage of Duloxetine to be consumed?
- How should I use Duloxetine?
- How will Duloxetine work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Duloxetine be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Duloxetine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.