Duloxetine is approved for the treatment of depression and diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain, in many countries and is approved in some countries for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence, Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Duloxetine is approved only for adults 18 and over. There is a possibility of an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behaviour in children and young adults treated with antidepressants. Patients should call their doctor right away if they experience worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in behaviour or thoughts of suicide, especially at the beginning of treatment or after a change in dose.
Patients taking duloxetine may experience dizziness or fainting upon standing. The most common side effects of duloxetine include:
-- For depression: Nausea, dry mouth, headache, insomnia, diarrhea
-- For diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain: Nausea, somnolence (sleepiness), fatigue, headache, dizziness
-- For stress urinary incontinence: Nausea, dry mouth, fatigue
-- For Generalised Anxiety Disorder: Nausea, fatigue, dry mouth, drowsiness, constipation, insomnia, decreased appetite, hyperhidrosis, decreased libido, vomiting, ejaculation delay and erectile dysfunction.
(This is not a complete list of side effects.)
Duloxetine is contraindicated in patients who are allergic to it, who
have liver disease resulting in hepatic impairment, who are taking a
monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), fluvoxamine, ciprofloxacin or enoxacine
or who have severe kidney disease. The initiation of treatment with
duloxetine also is contraindicated in patients with uncontrolled
hypertension that could expose them to a potential risk of hypertensi
|SOURCE Eli Lilly and Company|
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