Cymbalta Addiction and Abuse

In this Special Report, Siobahn Morse, the executive director of The National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies, discusses Cymbalta addiction and abuse.

What is Cymbalta?

Cymbalta is an anti-depressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin and norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitors, also known as SSNRIs.

Cymbalta is used to treat major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder.

Cymbalta affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression.

Cymbalta Addiction Abuse


What is Cymbalta addiction and abuse?

Long-term anti-depressant use may eventually lead to a serious dependence on the drug, so serious that one cannot function without Cymbalta.

This hypothesis is confirmed by the many serious Cymbalta addiction withdrawal symptoms that may be experienced when a person forgets to take a dose, or discontinues use completely.

Though anti-depressants are not likely to be abused, many long-term users develop an anti-depressant tolerance.

What are the side effects of Cymbalta?

The side effects of Cymbalta include headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, weakness, feeling unsteady, loss of coordination, fainting seizures and shallow breathing.

More mild side effects of Cymbalta include dry mouth, drowsiness, mild nausea, loss of appetite, and constipation.

What are the withdrawal symptoms of Cymbalta?

Withdrawal symptoms of Cymbalta include dizziness, nausea, headache, unpleasant sensations such as tingling or burning, vomiting, irritability and nightmares.

Cymbalta Addiction and Abuse

Cymbalta Addiction and Abuse



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