The Cymbalta side effects vary and, while some are mild in nature, there are some serious side effects as well. Before taking any kind of medication the side effects should be thoroughly understood and carefully considered. I have done a lot of research on Cymbalta and many other drugs so that I am better equipped to educate you. So, if you are unsure what Cymbalta is used for, and why it is prescribed, then please go to my Cymbalta Information page to learn more.
Okay, so let’s get back to the topic of Cymbalta side effects. According to the Physician’s Desk Reference and the Cymbalta Product Guide, side effects vary for each individual. However, studies determined that the most common Cymbalta side effects include the following:
Nausea, vomiting and dizziness were the primary reasons why patients stopped taking this medication. Out of 6020 patients that took part in a study, 24% experienced nausea and 10% reported dizziness.
Warnings and Precautions
There are also some warnings and precautions that need to be considered as well. They are much more serious than the common Cymbalta side effects listed above. However, they are also more rare and not very common. The warnings and precautions include the following:
It is important to mention that Cymbalta side effects are not unlike other antidepressants when it comes to the rates of suicidal thoughts, ideation and behavior. When patients take antidepressants there is an increase in the risk of suicide. There was a study done that looked at the effects of antidepressants and suicidal thoughts, ideation and behavior. In children and adolescents, there was a 1.5% increase. In young adults, ages 18 – 24 there was a slight increase (less than 1%). In patients between the ages of 25 and 64, there was practically no difference. In patients 65 and older, the suicidal thoughts, ideation and behavior actually improved. These are averages as it really varied for each drug. However, one commonality with all of them was that there was an increase in risk in the younger population across all drugs studied.
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