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- What is duloxetine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for duloxetine?
- Do I need a prescription for duloxetine?
- What are the side effects of duloxetine?
- What is the dosage for duloxetine?
- Is duloxetine safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about duloxetine?
What is the dosage for duloxetine?
The recommended dose for treating depression is 20 or 30 mg twice daily or 60 mg once daily. Patients may be started with 30 mg once daily for one week before the dose is advanced to 60 mg daily.
The recommended dose for anxiety disorder, pain associated with diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, or chronic musculoskeletal pain is 60 mg daily. Starting at 30 mg daily for one week before increasing to 60 mg daily may help patients adjust to the drug. There is no evidence that doses greater than 60 mg/day provide additional benefits. However, the maximum dose for depression or anxiety disorder is 120 mg/day.
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