US Brand Name: Cymblata

Other Brand Names: Yentreve (European Union), Ariclaim (Greece, Italy, Spain).  These are the EU names for the urinary incontinence problems.  For psychiatric issues it’s sold under the Cymbalta brand.

Cymbalta’s Generic Name: duloxetine hydrochloride

What is Cymbalta: Cymbalta is an antidepressant, specifically a multiple reuptake inhibitor
Read up on these sections if you haven’t done so already, because they cover a lot of information about multiple medications that I’m not going to repeat on many pages.  I’m just autistic that way about not repeating myself.

FDA Approved Uses of Cymbalta – Cymbalta is officially prescribed for:

  • Major Depressive Disorder (i.e. feeling or like Whale Shit at the Bottom of the Ocean) .
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain.

Some Other, Off-Label Uses of Cymbalta –  Cymbalta also prescribed unofficially to treat the following:

  • Panic/Anxiety
  • Bipolar Depression (anecdotal evidence so far)
  • Fibromyalgia (with or without Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Stress urinary incontinence in women (officially approved in Europe for this problem)
  • Possibly for men, too.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Nothing published yet, nor have I read anything.  Like fibromyalgia, they’ll throw any antidepressant on the market at IBS.
  • There’s still not much in the way of published studies yet for off-label uses, other than a bajillion forms of stress urinary incontinence.  Stay tuned.
  • Cymbalta’s pros and cons:Pros: Works quickly with a fairly low side effect profile goes.  At least as far as something that works on serotonin is concerned.  People who take it for bipolar depression don’t bitch about it as much as other antidepressants.Cons: It appears as if the discontinuation syndrome for Cymbalta (duloxetine hydrochloride) is just as harsh as that of Effexor (venlafaxine) for many people.  So if you have to stop taking, be careful and do so slowly.  Read the section on how to stop taking this med for more information.  While nothing works for everything, this is the first time I’ve read a case report about an antidepressant making PTSD worse.


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