Cymbalta (Duloxetine) is a medication used by rheumatologists to treat different types of pain such as neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia. It is best known as an anti-depressant and for its various applications in psychiatry. Cymbalta belongs to a class of medications called serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).
Cymbalta comes in different strength capsules. A typical starting dose is 30 to 60 mg taken once a day.
Important Tests and Risks
Patients who take Cymbalta should get occasional blood tests as requested by their doctor. It is important make sure Cymbalta isn’t irritating the liver.
Drinking alcohol while taking Cymbalta is not recommended because it can irritate the liver. Patients are advised to avoid alcohol completely, or at the very least, substantially limit the amount of alcohol that they drink.
If a patient needs to stop taking Cymbalta, this is best done slowly over a week or two. Patients should coordinate with their doctor if they want to stop taking this medication.