Cymbalta usage, side effects, warnings & Lawsuits
Antidepressant cymbalta linked with suicidal thoughts
Eli Lilly is one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. This global drug giant has offices in 18 countries, sells its drugs in more than 120 countries, and reported a revenue of more than $21 billion in 2016.
One of Eli Lilly’s flagship psychiatric medications is the powerful antidepressant Cymbalta (also known as duloxetine), which is used in the treatment of major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Cymbalta can also be used to treat fibromyalgia, and certain types of chronic pain.
Given its gargantuan size, it’s no surprise that Eli Lilly doesn’t provide what you might call “personalized service.” With a bottom line that enormous, you can bet that Eli Lilly doesn’t see the users of its products as individuals. It sees them as dollar signs.
Which is ironic, since Eli Lilly has staked out a reputation as the world’s leading manufacturer of psychiatric medications, which are drugs that have the ability to change people’s lives in highly personalized, esoteric ways – and not always for the best.
Cymbalta: FDA Issues “Black Box Warning”
Like all antidepressants, Cymbalta alters the chemistry of the brain. When that happens, the results can sometimes be unpredictable – and dangerous.
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues a “black box warning” for a medication, you can be sure they’re not messing around. A black-box warning is just what it sounds like: a formal alert, surrounded by a heavy-lined black box, that’s printed on the labels of drugs that have been associated with severe side effects. The black-box warning is the strongest warning that the FDA issues.
Cymbalta Side Effects
In the case of Cymbalta, those side effects are very serious, indeed: this drug can cause suicidal thoughts.
Cymbalta has been linked with thoughts of suicide, panic attacks, and extreme aggression.
As if that weren’t a serious enough problem, Cymbalta has been associated with at least two other major health risks: birth defects and severe withdrawal symptoms.
A study by the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine suggests that pregnant women who take Cymbalta during the second half of their pregnancies were six times more likely to give birth a child with serious birth defects. The most serious birth defects linked with Cymbalta are malformations of the heart and a serious lung condition called Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension, or PPHN.
Weaning yourself from Cymbalta can be just as dangerous as staying on it. Users who have stopped taking Cymbalta have reported a wide variety of withdrawal symptoms, including but not limited to serious mood swings, neurological disorders, and a sensation that’s similar to receiving an electric shock.
The effects of Cymbalta withdrawal can last weeks or even months.
At TheLawFirm.com, we believe that medications should help people, not harm them. We further believe that, if a drug’s adverse side effects outweigh its potential benefits, then the makers of that drug should make things right with the people they’ve harmed.
We believe that Eli Lilly is obligated to compensate people who have suffered because they took Cymbalta.
If you’ve taken Cymbalta, and have experienced any of the adverse side effects described here, you could be entitled to significant financial compensation.
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