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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
CYMBALTA is a prescription serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) medication effectively used for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) mental depression. It is also used for pain caused by nerve damage associated with diabetes, diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia and chronic musculoskeletal pain due to chronic osteoarthritis pain and chronic low back pain.
Some patients may think CYMBALTA can be used for stress urinary incontinence; however the FDA failed the approval due to concerns over liver toxicity and suicidal events. In contrast, it is approved for this purpose in Europe, where it is used as an
Take CYMBALTA exactly as directed by your health professional. It should be taken orally. Try to take it at the same time daily. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Talk to your health professional about the following conditions to make sure you can safely take CYMBALTA:
The following should be avoided while taking CYMBALTA:
As with all medications, CYMBALTA has side effects which range from moderate to serious.
Common side effects may include: