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Cymbalta Withdrawals/“Brain Zaps”

Cymbalta is a multi-use drug acting on serotonin and norepinephrine receptors in the brain.  It is prescribed to treat a number of neurological conditions, and while it was developed to target depression, it can also be used to treat general anxiety in children at least seven years old, fibromyalgia and chronic joint pain, and diabetic neuropathy.  All drugs come with side effects, and drugs that act on chemicals in the brain can come with some of the most unpredictable.  As required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Cymbalta was released with a statement disclosing most of its potential side effects, as well.  After stopping or altering their Cymbalta regimen, though, many patients who were prescribed the drug experienced extreme withdrawal symptoms not listed on the drug label.  Standard unpleasant withdrawal symptoms like dizziness and tunnel vision are among the most mundane after-effects of stopping Cymbalta; many patients have sought to take legal action, however, following rare and aggressive withdrawal symptoms known as “brain zaps.”  These zaps are constituted of shock-like brain sensations, severe headaches, nausea, and other impairments to daily activity.  A lot of patients feel forced to continue taking Cymbalta just to avoid the withdrawal symptoms, even when they do not need the medication.  The possibility of dependency that keeps consumers buying the drug is an unstated risk, which is a violation of the law, but it also speaks to particularly questionable ethics on the part of Eli Lilly and Company, the pharmaceuticals manufacturer that markets Cymbalta.  If you or someone you love has taken Cymbalta and suffered from any unlisted side effects, including but not limited to debilitating brain zaps, you may be entitled to compensation.  Benefits are available to cover the cost your medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs associated with your experience with Cymbalta’s taxing withdrawals.

Our practice, Grimes Teich Anderson LLP, exclusively works with the victims of the dangerous negligence like that displayed by Eli Lilly in this situation. We should be the firm that represents you in your Cymbalta claim. Our experienced personal injury attorneys regularly file suit against greedy corporations. Grimes Teich Anderson often associates national co-counsel with proven experience in these matters. We will serve as your local contact and counsel and work with national counsel to recover fair compensation.

Companies like Eli Lilly are only interested in their bottom line: waiting and hoping for a generous check that covers all the benefits you need is not an effective way to obtain them. Without legal training and experience, it’s also hard to accurately appraise your needs in terms of compensation, and you may cheat yourself out of money to which you are entitled. Similarly, you may hesitate to file and miss important deadlines or statutory limits, costing you many of your legal rights. If you experienced debilitating brain zaps or other extreme withdrawal symptoms after taking Cymbalta, don’t attempt to handle your case alone. Let a Grimes Teich Anderson lawyer represent you. Otherwise you may lose out on a significant part of the benefits available to you to help you through your situation.


If you or a loved one experienced “brain zaps” or other severe, unstated withdrawal symptoms after taking Cymbalta, you could be entitled to a benefits package that will help you cover your medical costs, pain, lost wages, or other expenses incurred during these withdrawals. If the situation involving severe Cymbalta withdrawals sounds familiar, contact Grimes Teich Anderson LLP today at 800.533.6845 for a free case evaluation with one of our capable personal injury legal experts. For your convenience, you can opt to submit a case evaluation form on our website instead.

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP has law offices located in Spartanburg, Greenville, and Gaffney, South Carolina and Asheville, Waynesville, Rutherfordton, Spruce Pine, and Franklin, North Carolina.

Each case is different, so not all information on this website, as well as some which may not be provided, will apply to every case. Because the facts and relevant laws are different from case to case, Grimes Teich Anderson does not guarantee that the outcome, results or experiences with one lawyer or one case will be similar to another.

Except for Employment Law Cases, Attorney’s fees are a percentage of the entire recovery and will be deducted before other expenses. In addition to the fee in these cases, Client will be responsible for litigation expenses, which will either be deducted from the recovery or paid by the client. Some Employment Law Cases may be handled on a contingent fee basis and others handled on an hourly basis, where the client is billed for the hours spent on the case. Based on our experience, we will advise you of the most appropriate fee arrangement in Employment Law cases.

Material on this website is for information purposes and is not legal advice.

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