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Cymbalta vs Effexor

Antidepressants have been around for a very long time. Thanks to these wonder drugs, depression has now a cure for people with a great deal of problems. Antidepressants can be classified accordingly. One of the most popular group is the SSRI or the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. The newest in the market today are the SNRI or Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors.

Cymbalta and Effexor are categorized under this newest group of antidepressants. Let us try to differentiate Cymbalta from Effexor.

Effexor is a trade name, and its generic name is Venlafaxine HCL. Cymbalta, on the other hand, is a trade name as well, and its generic name is Duloxetine HCL. Effexor is said to be the first and most commonly used drug under the SNRI category.

Effexor was introduced first in the market by Wyeth in 1994 while Cymbalta is a newer drug which was released in 2004 and was approved by the FDA.

SNRIs are said to work quicker and better than SSRIs. This is because SNRIs toggle two neurotransmitters which is the Serotonin and Norepinephrine which are responsible for the feelings of happiness in humans. SNRIs are also said to be more effective in the treatment of major depression and depression remission than SSRIs.

Effexor is used for the treatment of major depressive disorders, GAD or generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorders. Cymbalta, on the other hand, is used in the treatment of major depressive disorder, diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain, GAD, and fibromyalgia.

Summary:

1. Effexor is a trade name, and its generic name is Venlafaxine HCL. Cymbalta, on the other hand, is a trade name as well, and its generic name is Duloxetine HCL.
2. Effexor was introduced first in the market by Wyeth in 1994 while Cymbalta is a newer drug which was released in 2004 and was approved by the FDA.
3. Effexor and Cymbalta are categorized under SNRIs.
4. Effexor is used for the treatment of major depressive disorder, GAD or generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorders. Cymbalta, on the other hand, is used in the treatment of major depressive disorder, diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain, GAD,and fibromyalgia.


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