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What about cymbalta (duloxetine) discontinuation syndrome?

What about cymbalta (duloxetine) discontinuation syndrome?

Be very careful: Cymbalta, (duloxetine) like any ssri or snri, can create a physical dependency because of the effect they have on neurotransmitters. Everyone should be withdrawn from these drugs very carefully & cautiously. 3 weeks is the minimum one should take to reduce by each incriminate. Serious side effects, including suicide, have been reported when not properly. ...Read more

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Will cyclobenzaprine, Neurontin and cymbalta (duloxetine) alter the results of an emg test on lower extremities? And also, what exactly is that test used to determine?

Will cyclobenzaprine, Neurontin and cymbalta (duloxetine) alter the results of an emg test on lower extremities? And also, what exactly is that test used to determine?

No: An EMG nerve conduction study is used to evaluate nerve and muscle function and can detect nerve compression (pinched nerves) and nerve or muscle diseases. The results are not affected by your pain level, pain medications, muscle relaxants, or antidepressants. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: cymbalta (duloxetine)?

Please describe the medication: cymbalta (duloxetine)?

Multiple uses: Cymbalta (duloxetine) is an "antidepressant" medication. However, it is an approved treatment for a variety of indications to include (unipolar) depression, anxiety, and chronic pain (related to diabetic neuropathy, musculoskeletal and/or fibromyalgia). Pharmacologically, it primarily enhances 2 different neurotransmitters (serotonin and norepinephrine). It can cause a variety of side effects. ...Read more

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

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? ...Read more

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What is the description of a rash caused by cymbalta use? I have had a rash for 9 months on my hand. My doctor says it is from stress and there is nothing i can do except keep it dry. Since recent commercials state that cymbalta use can cause a rash, i

What is the description of a rash caused by cymbalta use? I have had a rash for 9 months on my hand.  My doctor says it is from stress and there is nothing i can do except keep it dry.  Since recent commercials state that cymbalta use can cause a rash, i

Hello. : Hello. I haven't seen the commercials that you are referring to. None of my patients have developed rashes on cymbalta (duloxetine). It is described that allergic reactions to Cymbalta (duloxetine) can present with both rash and hives. The hives can be all over the body, itch a great deal and sometimes may be more prominent in areas that are impacted by the sun. The following skin changes have been reported when a person is coming off of cymbalta (duloxetine): ecchymosis –purple discoloration of skin from a broken blood vessel. Erythema –skin redness due to swelling of small blood vessels. Erythematous rash – skin redness with possible itching, burning, tingling, pain and skin eruptions. Exfoliative dermatitis – reddened skin with scaling and shedding of skin cells. Hyperkeratosis – increased skin thickness pruritic rash – extremely itchy, red, swollen bumps on the skin. I hope that this is helpful. Maybe a doctor will answer who has actually seen a Cymbalta (duloxetine) rash. Take care. ...Read more

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My sister was prescribed Cymbalta (duloxetine). Is there a copay assistance for this medication? Thank you.

Maybe: Check out: http://www.pparx.org/ http://www.needymeds.org/ http://www.rxassist.org/ Also talk to your pharmacist and physician to see what they may be able to tell you. ...Read more

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Can I use cymbalta (duloxetine) to treat my chronic phantom limb pain?

Can I use cymbalta (duloxetine) to treat my chronic phantom limb pain?

Phantom pain: Yes, you can. However, try to avoid any narcotics to control your phantom pain. Because the narcotics, such as lortab, morphine, tramadal etc, will decrease your endorphine production from your brain and spine by negative feeding back, which will make you sensative to the pain. Acupuncture is an appropriate way to control phantom pain by increase endorphine and and by balancing pain out. ...Read more

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Probably time to switch my cymbalta (duloxetine) 60mg to another OCD med...Has anyone used cymbalta (duloxetine) for OCD successfully--just curious--and yes I do cbt for ocd?

Probably time to switch my cymbalta (duloxetine) 60mg to another OCD med...Has anyone used cymbalta (duloxetine) for OCD successfully--just curious--and yes I do cbt for ocd?

Not in my practice.: It is not approved for ocd as you know, and there are scattered cases on the internet that show that it has helped a few. But mostly not helped others. I don't think it is a good choice for ocd and has no formal literature to back up its use. It is approved for gad, but not for ocd. Please discuss with your psychiatrist. I am shocked, you mean your cbt has not cured you? :) just kidding. ...Read more

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How effective is cymbalta (duloxetine)?

How effective is cymbalta (duloxetine)?

Fibromyalgia: Fair: This is one of three drugs with fda indication for fibromyalgia as well as a handful of others often used 'off label' in this case it is started at a low dose and tapered up depending on side effects and effectiveness (i personally taper it up much more slowly than recommended to avoid dizziness and drowsiness). ...Read more

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What are some things you can to to sooth physical pain due to stress from computer work? Cymbalta> pt?

Counseling, group Rx: Doctors, like psychiatrists, can provide counseling on issues like this. They might also help with medication to ease the physical pain. Self-help groups, and supervised group therapy might also help. ...Read more