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Duloxetine can be used to treat nerve pain left over after an injury heals.

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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.


How to Take Duloxetine

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.

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What Are The Side Effects of Duloxetine?

Duloxetine can also be prescribed as an antidepressant, which means it carries a risk of side effects mental health issues, particularly in younger patients.

Other possible side effects for all ages include:

You should talk to a doctor immediately if you notice anything different about your:

  • Visits to the toilet - blood in your poo, trouble urinating
  • Mental state - panic attacks, low mood
  • Heartbeat - is it faster than normal?
  • Muscles - tremors or weakness

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.

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Things To Avoid

Duloxetine isn’t suitable for everyone. Tell your doctor if you have:

  • Kidney problems
  • Liver diseases, such as cirrhosis
  • Allergies
  • A history of mental illness (either you or anyone in your family)
  • Previously suffered from problems with your heart, digestion or sight

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.

Alcohol and Duloxetine

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.

Duloxetine During Pregnancy

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.

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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.


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