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What potentially life-threatening condition is associated with the use of Cymbalta for treatment of fibromyalgia?

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Cymbalta (duloxetine) is an antidepressant. It sometimes can make your salt (sodium) levels drop dangerously low. It’s can lead to a potentially deadly condition called hyponatremia. Older adults, particularly those who take diuretics, or water pills, are more likely to have this complication. Hyponatremia can cause headaches, confusion, weakness, and in severe cases can lead to fainting, seizures, coma, and death.

From: Cymbalta for Fibromyalgia Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

WebMD: "Cymbalta Oral."

Rakel R.E. , 7th ed, 2007; Saunders Elsevier. Textbook of Family Medicine

Cymbalta web site: "Cymbalta and Fibromyalgia."

Savella web site.

Rakel P, Bope E.T. , Saunders Elsevier. Conn's Current Therapy 2007

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 13, 2018

SOURCES:

WebMD: "Cymbalta Oral."

Rakel R.E. , 7th ed, 2007; Saunders Elsevier. Textbook of Family Medicine

Cymbalta web site: "Cymbalta and Fibromyalgia."

Savella web site.

Rakel P, Bope E.T. , Saunders Elsevier. Conn's Current Therapy 2007

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 13, 2018

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