Cymbalta is an interesting prescription medication because it has received FDA approval for the treatment of a number of different diseases and medical conditions. For instance, it may be prescribed for the treatment of clinical depression, generalized anxiety disorder, fibromyalgia and/or diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain (also known as DPNP). To learn more facts about Cymbalta, read this article for a deeper description.

Interestingly, scientists do not fully grasp how Cymbalta functions in the brain. They only know that it works for many people (and quite often, in many instances, at a surprisingly low dose). It appears to boost the activity levels of both serotonin and norepinephrine in the body's central nervous system, which can help relieve depression and anxiety in some individuals. Indeed, because Cymbalta acts on both serotonin and norepinephrine, it is classified as an SNRI (or a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor).

More than nine million Americans have been prescribed Cymbalta because it has proven to be quite effective in treating the four medical conditions described above. It usually takes between four to six weeks for Cymbalta to be fully effective in most patients, though some patients notice a significant decrease in their symptoms in as little as one to four weeks, which is very encouraging.

Cymbalta is not considered safe for all people, including those suffering from certain forms of glaucoma. You will need to discuss your full medical history with your doctor to determine whether or not you are an appropriate candidate for this medication.

You will need to keep a close eye on your liver functioning while taking Cymbalta. If your urine darkens and/or if you feel pain in the right upper part of your abdominal region, this may be a sign of liver problems related to the Cymbalta, and you should see your doctor immediately to change your treatment plan.

Your risk of bleeding may increase if you take Cymbalta along with certain NSAID pain relievers such as aspirin, Motrin and Aleve. (Talk to your doctor to find out more.)

Some people experience side effects, such as increased drowsiness, dryness in the mouth and constipation, when taking Cymbalta.

A small number of people who take antidepressants experience an increase rather than a decrease in their symptoms. If this happens to you, speak to your doctor immediately. You will want to read more about Cymbalta and talk to your doctor about it extensively.