Cymbalta and pregnancy

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Cymbalta and pregnancy
Cymbalta and pregnancy
What is the recommended dosage of Cymbalta?

The recommended dosage of Cymbalta given by health care provider and physician would depend on different factors such as:

  • The condition the drug is treating
  • Other condition that might be present on the patient
  • Other medications you are taking

As the primary rules in medication use, do not alter or adjust any dosage the health care provider recommends you to have unless you are told to do so.

Precautions before taking Cymbalta
Pregnant woman

Several precautionary ways must be put into consideration such as the risk of developing liver problems, suicidal tendencies (thoughts and behavior) and the possibility of pregnancy. Therefore prior to Cymbalta medication, there is certain information that your health care provider must know. And you should spell it to them. Talk to them and let them know if you have any:

  • Bipolar disorder or manic depression, any family history of bipolar disorder
  • History of suicide attempts or suicidal tendency
  • Recent heart attack or heart disease which is very unstable
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) or hypo-tension (low blood pressure)
  • Epilepsy or convulsion
  • Glaucoma
  • Liver problems such as cirrhosis and liver failure
  • Renal problems such as renal failure
  • Bladder problems
  • Allergies to dye or foods
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Are pregnant or the possibility of being pregnant
  • Regular alcohol drinker
  • Are taking any medications, vitamins and any supplements
Cymbalta should not be taken by those

If you are one of the following, you should not take Cymbalta.

  • Have an allergy to duloxetine hydrochloride or any of the inactive components in Cymbalta. You can ask a list of the inactive components of Cymbalta to your health care provider or pharmacist
  • Within the past two weeks you are taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) medicatiuons like
  • Selegiline (Emsam, Eldepryl and Zelapar)
  • Phenelzine (Nardil)
  • Rasagiline (Azilect)
  • Isocarboxazid (Marplan)
  • Tranlycypromine (Parnate)
  • Have narrow-angle glaucoma which is uncontrolled
What if I am pregnant? Can I take Cymbalta?
  • Every drug has its own category classifies by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the situation of Cymbalta, it is classified as Category C medication which means that it might not be safe if given to a pregnant woman. However if the situation ask for it, health care providers could give the medication to a pregnant woman if benefits outweighs risks.
  • If pregnancy does occur while you're taking Cymbalta, inform your health care provider as soon as possible since your health care provider will take the benefits into consideration and risk of taking Cymbalta before making any recommendation.
  • It is a rule that you must not discontinue your medication without first talking about it to your health care provider even though you are pregnant.
  • Research has been made on pregnant rabbits which resulted to a weighed lesser on the baby rabbits. But when it was given to pregnant and breastfeeding rats, the baby have a lower weight and they appear as if they will not survive.
  • On the other hand, reports also show that there are minor to severe problems on babies born to a mother taking medication that is similar to Cymbalta. Irritability is an example of the minor problem and lung problems or seizures are examples of a severe problem manifested to newborns of a mother taking similar medications to Cymbalta.
What if I forgot to take my Cymbalta for the day?

If in case you forgot to take your meds on its scheduled time, take it as soon as you remember it but if ever you remember it and its almost time for your next dosage, just skip the missed dose. Remember; do not take a double dose of Cymbalta.

What if and overdose of Cymbalta is consumed?
  • It is not unusual to have an overdose on Cymbalta. However, overdose will depend on some factors such as the amount of Cymbalta taken and if there are any medications taken with in. if in case you feel like you overdose on Cymbalta, some symptoms that will be manifested are drowsiness, seizures and vomiting.
  • In consequence, overdose can lead to a much more dangerous condition known as the serotonin syndrome and its symptoms include: confusion, fainting, fast heart beat, fever, and diarrhea, difficulty in walking, hallucination, muscle spasm and sweating.

There are quite a lot of situations that we must not take Cymbalta together with some precautions that we should be aware of. However, not all are the same; any precautions must be made depending on the situation of a particular patient. To know more about your medication, contact your health care provider.