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cymbalta how many times a day

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I have been taking cymbalta 60mg for 3 months for anxiety and rumination. I work different shifts like nights and days and I don't take my meds at the same time each day, I found the medication to work and help but I still have a bit of rumination should I be taking them at the same time each day to work more efficiently?

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Yes, you should be taking the Cymbalta 60mg same time each day. Cymbala (Duloxetine) is usually delayed release preparation. This will allow the medication to stay in your system in a continuous manner, till you take the next dose. This will give the best results and decrease the incidence of any possible side effects.

By taking it in regular intervals, you will ensure that the there is constant level of medication delivery. This will avoid any spikes (due to overlap) and dips. Another advantage is that there is less chance to miss a dose if you take in regular intervals.

Hope this helps.
Please feel free to ask followup questions, if any. Thank you.

Dr. Steve Merris
Category: Internal Medicine Specialist
Medical School - New York University
Internship in Internal Medicine - Beth Israel Medical Center
Residency in Internal Medicine - Beth Israel Medical Center
Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine - Columbia University Medical Center
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