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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking duloxetine (Cymbalta)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to duloxetine, or if you have untreated or uncontrolled glaucoma.
Do not use duloxetine if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include furazolidone, isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine. After you stop taking duloxetine, you must wait at least 5 days before you start taking an MAOI.
To make sure duloxetine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using duloxetine. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether duloxetine will harm an unborn baby. However, duloxetine may cause problems in a newborn if you take the medicine during the third trimester of pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
If you are pregnant, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry. This is to track the outcome of the pregnancy and to evaluate any effects of duloxetine on the baby.
Duloxetine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while taking this medication.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication.
Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.
How should I take duloxetine (Cymbalta)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Try to take the medicine at the same time each day. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Do not crush, chew, break, or open an extended-release capsule. Swallow it whole.
It may take 4 weeks or longer before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed. Do not stop using duloxetine without first talking to your doctor. You may have unpleasant side effects if you stop taking this medication suddenly.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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