I’m sorry, but I have a correction to make to my previous post – Charities and their good works…
I have been contacted by an internationally reknowned authority on antidepressants and he pointed out an serious inaccuracy in what I’d written about Cymbalta.
I’m happy to therefore offer my apologies to my readers and make this correction to the piece I wrote.
I described Cymbalta as the first antidepressant/painkiller combo – evidenced by Lilly’s marketing campaign in the USA ‘Depression Hurts’ and Cymbalta’s launch and marketing material in the UK.
I am sorry to have to tell you this is not the case. Much as Eli Lilly & Boehringer Ingelheim would like us to believe Cymbalta has proven pain relieving qualities I have been told otherwise. It seems there is nothing about Cymbalta that makes it a painkiller.
The only reason Lilly are marketing aches and pains is this hasn’t been used as a sales angle by any other drug company for an antidepressant. It’s pure marketing in other words. The same could have been said for any other antidepressant on the market whether or not there was any evidence it did anything for pain.
In fact I went to the Cymbalta website to check this out and do you know what? – I could not find any specific claims or data about Cymablta’s pain relieving qualities… in fact when it comes to science, this is what Lilly says:
The Science Behind Depression
Many researchers believe depression is caused by an imbalance of naturally occurring chemicals, serotonin and norepinephrine, in the brain and the body. In the brain, these two chemicals are thought to be associated with mood. These same chemicals are also thought to be associated with regulating and reducing feelings of pain that come from the body.
In order to be healthy and free of depression, you may need a treatment program that addresses both the emotional and painful physical symptoms.
Right then that’s clear and scientific, isn’t it?
But who out there can tell me exactly what Cymbalta does and how it does it?
And I have to ask is Cymbalta actually approved as a pain killer?