What is Duloxetine?
Duloxetine is typically a drug used to treat people with mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. It belongs to the SNRI medicine group, meaning it is a Serotonin and Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitor. Recent research has shown that taking Duloxetine can also help with the treatment of nerve pain caused by diabetes. It is often more commonly marketed as Cymbalta.
Duloxetine has been approved for the treatment of the nerve condition known as fibromyalgia by the USA Food and Drug Administration since June 2008. It has also been approved to reduce chronic musculoskeletal pain experienced by people with osteoarthritis and lower back pain since November 2010.
Serotonin and Noradrenaline are naturally occurring chemical messengers that help control our mood and thinking. These chemicals become less effective when someone is in a low mood. Duloxetine works to increase the amount of these chemicals in the brain and thus the patient’s mood is uplifted. It also can be used to improve the nerve signals in the central nervous system, which helps reduce pain in the user.
The effects of Duloxetine are not immediate and it often takes up to 2 weeks for people to notice any change in their everyday life. It often takes double that for it to reach its maximum potential. Thus, to fully know if Duloxetine is the correct medicine for you, you need to take it for at least six weeks so its effects can be determined.