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is it okay for my dentist to prescribe duloxetine/cymbalta for tooth pain?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Better Choices: There are better choices your dentist can make. Speak to them regarding your concerns.
Answered on Jul 28, 2015
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Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Not recommended: Cymbalta (duloxetine) is a drug prescribed for neuropathic pain (e.g. diabetic neuropathy) or any other chronic pain. Dental pain is considered acute pain and common painkillers meds are NSAIDs, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and opioids..Maybe you have a peripheral neuropathy near your tooth that mimics toothache?
Answered on Sep 17, 2017
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
NO: No. Not unless you are being treated by an orofacial pain dentist who has determined you neuropathic pain. If that is the case - fine. If not, find out what is the problem with the tooth. Get a second opinion.
Answered on Aug 4, 2017

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