Cymbalta (Duloxetine) for Pain
Cymbalta is FDA approved for chronic painful conditions, including diabetic peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, chronic osteoarthritis pain, and chronic low back pain. It is indicated for adults who require daily treatment for an extended period of time.
Duloxetine offfers the following benefits in pain management 2:
Low back pain
Cymbalta is used for the management of chronic low back pain. It significantly reduces pain, improves functioning and activity level 1.
Duloxetine is non-addictive and can be taken once a day, every day, to help relieve back pain. While the exact way how duloxetine works is unknown, it is believed to relieve chronic pain by enhancing the body's natural pain-suppressing system by increasing the activity of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain and spinal cord.
Dosage for back pain: 30 mg once daily for 1 week, then increase to 60 mg once daily as tolerated.
Neuropathic pain (or nerve pain) is a pain caused by damage, injury or dysfunction of nerves. When this damage is to nerves outside the spinal cord it is called a peripheral neuropathy. Although Cymbalta won't prevent nerve damage, it can help manage nerve pain.
Studies have shown that Cymbalta can significantly relieve diabetic nerve pain. Many patients notice an analgesic effect within the first week.
Dosage for nerve pain: the recommended starting and maintenance dose is 60 mg daily.
Author: OriginalDrugs Team