- Citalopram Hydrobromide
- Fluoxetine Hcl
What is Duloxetine used for?
Duloxetine is an antidepressant used for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and nerve pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy or fibromyalgia. This medicine works by affecting the balance of chemicals in the brain. It is in a class of medications called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Duloxetine?
The dosage of Duloxetine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Duloxetine can be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Duloxetine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Duloxetine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Duloxetine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Duloxetine, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Duloxetine?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Duloxetine.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Duloxetine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Duloxetine can interact with tricyclic antidepressants and MAO inhibitors.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Duloxetine?
Like other medicines, Duloxetine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Duloxetine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Duloxetine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Duloxetine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Duloxetine can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, dry mouth, mild nausea, sleep problems, and muscle pain. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Duloxetine.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Duloxetine?
Is it possible for me to take Duloxetine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Duloxetine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Duloxetine?
How will Duloxetine work in my body?
How should Duloxetine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Duloxetine drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Duloxetine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.