Cymbalta, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved in 2004, treats major depression, as well as other conditions like fibromyalgia. In some cases, patients might experience various side effects and complications. If you’re wondering, “Is Cymbalta safe to take?” read on to learn more. And if you suffer harm, call Cordisco & Saile LLC for legal help – 215-642-2335.
How does Cymbalta work?
The active ingredient in Cymbalta is duloxetine, which is a SNRI antidepressant, or serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. Essentially, SNRIs block the absorption of neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain, which can help the brain send and receive messages and boost the patient’s mood.
Side Effects of Cymbalta
While Cymbalta has been effective in treating depression in a number of patients, it’s caused serious harm to others. According to a Medication Guide published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, below are some side effects of Cymbalta of which a patient should be aware.
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
- Worsening depression
- Acting on dangerous impulses
- Trouble sleeping
- Unusual changes in behavior or mood
- Panic attacks
- Liver damage
- Serotonin syndrome
- Abnormal bleeding
- Skin reactions
- Episodes of mania
- Visual problems
- Seizures or convulsions
- Blood pressure changes
- Low sodium levels
- Urination problems
- Changes in appetite/weight
Those struggling with bipolar disorder or mania, are pregnant or breast feeding, have had bleeding problems, have liver and kidney problems, or have a number of other health conditions are advised not to take Cymbalta.
In a 2005 Slate article, when the drug was still relatively new, the reporter recalled submitting a Freedom of Information Act request on behalf of the British paper Independent on Sunday. She received a database that detailed 41 deaths and 13 suicides by people taking the drug. But this database may not be complete, she notes. And reports of suicides and other adverse events among people taking the drug have only increased since the 2005 article.
In addition to the dangerous side effects listed above, Cymbalta may cause addiction and withdrawal symptoms in those who stop taking the drug. In a 2009 report, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration termed this, “Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome,” noting that there is a good deal of anecdotal evidence about the problems those who stop taking the drug face.
Symptoms might include headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, irritability, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, diarrhea and other symptoms consistent with drug withdrawal side effects.
Filing a Defective Drug Lawsuit Against Eli Lilly
The manufacturer of Cymbalta is Eli Lilly, a pharmaceutical giant. Because the packaging for Cymbalta includes little information about the withdrawal affects of the drug, many people have taken legal action against Eli Lilly for a defective label. Other lawsuits may allege other harm that patients suffered because of the drug.
If you took Cymbalta and suffered mental or physical harm from taking the drug, then you too may have a case against Eli Lilly. Other parties that may be liable include those that acted negligently in prescribing the drug.
A Defective Drug Attorney Can Help You
Eli Lilly may be liable for injuries that patients sustained as a result of taking Cymbalta. If you think that you have a case, secure representation from an attorney to fight for fair damages.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys will provide a free consultation so you can review your case and determine if you have a valid claim against the manufacturer or another party. To set up a consultation to meet with an attorney, you can call us at 215-642-2335 or contact us online.