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What if I was Hurt by Taking Cymbalta

What if I was hurt by taking Cymbalta? If you are asking this question, it is probably because you were hurt in some way as a result of taking the drug Cymbalta, and you want to know if you can be compensated for your injury.

In order to have the possibility of being fairly compensated for your injury, you will need the help of a personal injury attorney. The best thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Duloxetine is the drug sold under the brand name Cymbalta. Duloxetine is also sold under other brand names which include Ariclaim, Duzela, Xeristar and Yentreve.

Eli Lilly


Cymbalta was created by the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company. The company received approval for Cymbalta by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004.

Eli Lilly is an American global pharmaceutical company with headquarters located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Eli Lilly is the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of psychiatric medications.

Cymbalta is a kind of antidepressant that is known as a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). The drug inhibits neurotransmitters and hormones in your brain that influence pain, mood and emotions.

Anxiety and depression


Cymbalta is used mainly in the treatment of anxiety and depression. In addition, because Cymbalta has mild analgesic properties, it is also prescribed to treat fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy and osteoarthritis pain.

Cymbalta was not approved in the United States for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence due to concerns regarding liver toxicity and suicidal events. However, the drug has been approved in the United Kingdom for treatment of stress urinary incontinence as an add-on medication instead of surgery.

The problem is that studies have linked Cymbalta to some potentially serious side effects and withdrawal symptoms. Some of the potentially serious side effects include:

Feeling faint
Angle-Closure glaucoma caused by another disease
Bleeding of the intestines or stomach
Having thoughts of suicide
Heart attack
Hemorrhage
Increased risk of bleeding
Hepatitis
Seizures
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Stomach ulcer.

Withdrawal symptoms that have been reported include physical and neurological symptoms. Some of these are:

Crying
Headaches
Dizziness that may include severe vertigo
Changes in appetite/weight
Vomiting, nausea
Irritability, anger
Hallucinations
Nightmares
Personality changes
Suicidal ideation
Abnormal sweating
Paresthesia (“tingling” sensations that include sensations in the brain which many people have referred to as “brain zaps”).

Allegations against Eli Lilly claim that the company was well aware of the negative symptoms that have been associated with withdrawal from Cymbalta, yet have mislead consumers for the purpose of hiding risks and encouraging sales.

The label on Cymbalta includes this warning, “Never stop an antidepressant medicine without first talking to a healthcare provider. Stopping an antidepressant medicine suddenly can cause other symptoms.” However, it has been alleged that this warning does not explain how often “other symptoms” may occur, how severe those other symptoms may be or what a person can do to minimize their risks of these symptoms when they stop taking Cymbalta.

Again, if you were hurt by taking Cymbalta, the right thing to do is to talk to a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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