Rethink the Way
You Treat Your
Chronic Low Back Pain
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer
Understanding Chronic Low
If you have chronic low back pain, you are not alone. Up to 85% of adults will experience back pain, including low back pain, at some point in their lives. Two percent to 10% of those who experience low back pain still report pain after three months, which makes it a chronic condition.
Cymbalta: Once a Day, Every Day
Cymbalta is approved for the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain in people with chronic low back pain and chronic osteoarthritis pain. In two of three clinical studies, people taking Cymbalta for their chronic low back pain felt significant pain reduction compared with people taking a sugar pill.
With one non-narcotic, non-NSAID, non-addictive pill a day, every day, as prescribed by your doctor, Cymbalta can help significantly reduce your chronic low back pain.
Cymbalta may take some time to take effect, so it is important to keep track of your pain over time. That way your doctor can assess your progress and decide if you should continue or stop taking Cymbalta.
Before starting Cymbalta, tell your healthcare provider:
- about all your medical conditions, including
- kidney or liver problems, heart problems, or high blood pressure
- glaucoma or diabetes (Cymbalta may worsen diabetes or a type of glaucoma)
- seizures/convulsions, mania, or if you have bipolar disorder
- if you have ever had or been told you have bleeding problems, low sodium levels in your blood, or delayed stomach emptying
- about all prescription and over-the-counter medicines and supplements you take or plan to take, including
- a type of antidepressant called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI)
- a medication called Mellaril® (thioridazine)
- antibiotics or medicines for migraine, mood, or psychotic disorders to avoid a potentially life-threatening condition when taken with Cymbalta
- aspirin, NSAID pain relievers, or blood thinners, because they may increase risk of bleeding
- about your alcohol use (you should not take Cymbalta if you drink heavily)
- if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during therapy or are breast-feeding
If you have any questions, talk to your healthcare provider before taking Cymbalta.