Cymbalta - How It is Harmful

What is Cymbalta?
Cymbalta is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that works to regulate serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a powerful and important neural chemical that regulates a person’s mood and personality. Individuals suffering from serotonin imbalances can benefit from a drug like Cymbalta as it may help balance serotonin to a healthy, steady level. Cymbalta attorneys are available to help the many users of Cymbalta who may have experienced an adverse reaction to the drug despite its many promises to benefit those suffering from debilitating mood disorders.

Cymbalta is manufactured by Eli Lilly for the treatment of four major conditions: generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), major depression, fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathy. Each of these conditions greatly impacts a person’s life and may render them incapable of performing daily, routine tasks. The drug has been available on the United States market since 2004 and has faced increasing scrutiny surrounding its effects upon cessation.

How is Cymbalta Harmful?
Cymbalta is harmful in a multitude of ways. First, Cymbalta is linked with several severely adverse side effects including dysphoric mood swings, seizures, insomnia, nausea and other similar symptoms. These symptoms become increasingly severe when patients attempt to discontinue use of Cymbalta and some patients experience significant withdrawal upon the cessation of Cymbalta – particularly when cessation occurs abruptly.

Suicidal thoughts and tendencies are also prevalent with the drug Cymbalta – particularly in those in the 18-24 age range. FDA studies confirmed that young adults under age 25 taking Cymbalta run a five-fold risk of attempting suicide over non-users. Alarmingly, during the course of one study on the effects of Cymbalta, 11 participants actually attempted suicide.

The FDA’s Response
The FDA has issued warnings on nearly all SSRI drugs that they could cause suicidality in young adults between the ages of 18-24. Users in this age range are warned to allow for close doctor supervision during the course of treatment and to immediately report any suicidal thoughts to their health care provider. These warnings are called “Black Box warnings” and are the FDA’s strictest and most serious warnings with regard to prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Despite the reports of adverse side effects, withdrawal, SSRI discontinuation syndrome and suicidality, Cymbalta continues to reign on the anti-depressant market as one of the most popular methods of treating mood and personality disorders. Unfortunately, the makers of this drug have not done their part to adequately warn patients of the potential risk for danger when using these drugs and many patients end up severely injured as a result of Eli Lilly’s failure to warn.

What Are My Rights?
Patients who have suffered from severe withdrawal symptoms or discontinuation syndrome are urged to consider filing a lawsuit against the drug maker responsible for these injuries. A personal injury lawsuit is a method by which injured plaintiffs can recover financial compensation for not only their quantifiable injuries (medical bills, fees, etc.) but possibly for general damages like pain and suffering. Immediate family members who experienced the suicide death of a loved one due to Cymbalta use can also consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit for damages stemming from the death of their spouse or child.

If you are in need of a Cymbalta attorney, we are a professional law corporation with the experience and qualifications necessary to help you with your claim. We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to get started on your initial consultation.