It has been particularly successful in treating people with fibromyalgia which is muscular pain.
If you’re suffering from what you think may be neuropathic pain, our doctors can talk through your symptoms and medical history, and if necessary, prescribe medication like duloxetine to help treat your condition.
Duloxetine is commonly taken as a delayed-release capsule. This means it must be swallowed whole, not chewed or crushed, so that the medicine can be fully absorbed into your system.
The capsule can often be taken with food, which will make it easier to swallow and can decrease your chances of developing side effects.
You must take your duloxetine exactly as instructed by a doctor. Your medicine may take a few weeks to have an effect and you shouldn’t stop taking it without speaking to a doctor.
When it’s time to stop taking duloxetine, your doctor will gradually lower your dose. Stopping suddenly could cause withdrawal symptoms.
If you accidentally miss a dose, you should take it as soon as you remember, unless it’s already time for your next dose. You shouldn’t take a double dose - it won’t make duloxetine more effective and you’ll increase your chances of getting side effects.Talk to a Doctor About Duloxetine
Other possible side effects for all ages include:
You should talk to a doctor immediately if you notice anything different about your:
In rare cases, duloxetine can cause an allergic reaction. Call for emergency help if you notice swelling around your face, lips or throat, a severe skin reaction or trouble breathing.See a Doctor About Your Duloxetine
Duloxetine isn’t suitable for everyone. Tell your doctor if you have:
The drug also can’t be mixed with certain over-the-counter and prescription medicine, particularly anti-inflammatories, diuretics, medication for high blood pressure or thioridazine.
You should avoid alcohol while you’re taking duloxetine. It can make side effects such as drowsiness and dizziness worse, so it’s safest to stop drinking alcohol until your treatment is over.
The effect of duloxetine on unborn babies isn’t known, so if you’re pregnant or trying to start a family, tell your doctor so that they can prescribe a suitable medicine.
While duloxetine can get into breast milk, it’s not known if this poses any risk to your baby. Once again, the safest thing to do is tell your doctor before taking anything.See a doctor about Duloxetine
If you’re looking for the medication that will deal with your neuropathic pain, talk to one of our doctors today. They’ll assess your symptoms and discuss your options, including duloxetine.If needed, they can write a prescription and send it via email or first class post. You’ll be able to collect your medication from a pharmacy of your choice, at a time to suit you.