Cymbalta (duloxetine) is part of the Selective Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressant (SSNRI) drug family. It is used to treat individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, and fibromyalgia. SSNRI medications increase serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. Low levels of serotonin and norepinephrine are thought to contribute to depression and anxiety.
Cymbalta is a prescription drug indicated for the treatment of depression and anxiety. This medicine can also be used to help relieve peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain) in individuals diagnosed with diabetes or ongoing pain caused by ailments such as chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, and arthritis.
Cymbalta may help improve sleep, appetite, mood, energy level and reduce nervousness. It can also reduce pain caused by the use of certain medications. Cymbalta is in a class of drugs called serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Cymbalta works by helping reinstate the balance of certain natural chemicals produced in the brain such as norepinephrine and serotonin.