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Cymbalta for Fibromyalgia Treatment

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How Do You Take Cymbalta? continued...

If the medicine upsets your stomach, you can try taking it with a meal or some crackers. You should not drink alcohol when taking Cymbalta. Doing so can increase your risk of liver damage.

If you miss a dose, you should take it as soon as you remember -- unless it is close to the time when you are supposed to take the next one. If so, skip the missed dose, and go back to your regular medication schedule. Never double your dose to catch up.

You should not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Doing so may cause unpleasant side effects, including nausea and headache. If you wish or need to stop taking Cymbalta, your doctor will tell you how to reduce your dose gradually over time.

Benefits of Cymbalta

In clinical trials, Cymbalta significantly and quickly improved pain. More than half of the patients with fibromyalgia said they felt much better within one week. Pain relief may be greater in patients who also have existing depression, although those without depression also have a significant improvement in symptoms.

Other benefits of Cymbalta:

  • Pain relief is proven to be significant for at least least three months of treatment. However treatment should be based on your individual response.
  • Less pain allows you to get back to your daily routine.
  • Better sleep leads to improved quality of life.
  • More refreshing sleep allows muscle tissues to heal.

Also, SNRIs often have less bothersome side effects than tricyclic antidepressants (such as amitriptyline), which are sometimes prescribed to those with fibromyalgia.

Side Effects

The most common side effects for Cymbalta are:

Other side effects that may occur include:

  • Decreased appetite (may include anorexia)
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Drowsiness or sleepiness
  • Increased sweating
  • Jitters, nervousness, or restlessness (agitation)
  • Urinary hesitation

You may feel dizzy upon standing when you first start taking Cymbalta or when your dose is increased. This is due to a drop in blood pressure, and is known as orthostatic hypotension. Your health care provider may want to check your blood pressure from time to time while you are taking Cymbalta.

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