Cymbalta Infographic

Last Edited: February 22, 2020

Patricia Howard, LMFT, CADC

Clinically Reviewed
Jim Brown, CDCA

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and certified by an addiction professional.

Cymbalta (Duloxetine) is an antidepressant Selective Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SSNRI) used to treat severe depression and anxiety, as well as fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage). Like all SSNRIs, Cymbalta inhibits serotonin (a neurotransmitter most commonly known as the “feel-good” chemical) and norepinephrine (related to stress response) reabsorption in the brain, which allows for more free-flowing serotonin and norepinephrine to be available. Though Cymbalta isn’t physically addictive, its positive psychological effects, as well as negative psychological withdrawals, make it psychologically addictive. Visit the Cymbalta Page for more information.