What is Duloxetine?
Duloxetine (trade name = Cymbalta) is a drug that has several uses. It is normally used to treat more severe cases of depression. But it is also sometimes used to treat a generalised anxiety disorder and for stress incontinence. It can also be helpful for pain relief.
How does Duloxetine help with pain?
As with other types of antidepressant medication – low dose amitriptyline for example – duloxetine has been shown to help some people with pain, including both neuropathic/nerve pain and fibromyalgic pain.
Where there is evidence that a drug can be a safe and effective option in FM, as is the case with duloxetine, it could also be of value for some people with ME/CFS. Like gabapentin and lyrica, duloxetine is therefore an option for pain management that your doctor may decide to consider.
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