Alternatives to Duloxetine and Signs of an Overdose

Alternatives to Duloxetine

Depression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting depression treatment early is more effective and reduces the chance of recurrence.
 
The most common forms of treatment for depression are medication (antidepressants) and psychotherapy ("talk therapy"). In some cases of severe depression, healthcare providers may recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Some people may also try complementary or alternative treatments for depression (see Natural Remedies for Depression).
 
For most people, duloxetine is quite effective at treating depression. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects can occur, or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to duloxetine. Some examples of substitute depression medications include:
 
(Click Cymbalta Alternatives to learn more about alternatives for duloxetine. Click Dealing With Depression to learn other ways of managing depression.)
 

Overdose

People who take too much duloxetine may have overdose symptoms that could include:
 
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • A fast heartbeat
  • Feeling faint
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Muscle spasms
  • Difficulty walking
  • Diarrhea.
     
If you happen to overdose on duloxetine, seek medical attention immediately.
 
(Click Cymbalta Overdose for more information.)
 
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