Mixing Cymbalta with Alcohol

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When first starting this medication, dizziness or lightheadedness may occur due to a drop in blood pressure. To reduce this risk, make sure to get up slowly when rising from a sitting or prone position, and make sure to monitor blood pressure levels regularly.

Although rare, side effects may occur. Side effects include a decreased appetite, decreased sex drive, increased sweating, muscle cramps or weakness, tremors, and issues urinating. In addition, if any signs of liver problems (such as abdominal pain, persistent nausea, yellowing skin or dark urine) occur, contact a doctor immediately.

Get medical help right away if you experience any other serious side effects, including black/bloody stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, seizure, eye pain/swelling/redness, widened pupils, skin blisters, mouth sores, or blurred vision.

Many people use Cymbalta (duloxetine) and do not experience any side effects.  

Cymbalta (Duloxetine) Mixing It and Alcohol

Cymbalta, also known as the generic prescription medication duloxetine, can be used for multiple purposes. Primarily, the medicine is used to treat depression and anxiety. It is classified as a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) drug, which balances the natural neurotransmitters in the brain.

Additionally, Cymbalta and duloxetine are used to help relieve nerve pain or damage in people with diabetes or in people who experience chronic pain due to medical conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia—a condition that causes lasting physical pain.

When prescribed for patients suffering from depression or anxiety, Cymbalta helps to improve mood, sleep habits, appetite, and energy level while decreasing nervousness.

For patients with fibromyalgia, researchers believe that Cymbalta calms down the pain signals from a person’s nervous system by increasing the serotonin and norepinephrine in their brains.

Along with helping patients who are facing depression and anxiety, Cymbalta has been proven to offer benefits such as pain relief and a better sleep cycle.

The main reason to avoid mixing alcohol and Cymbalta is the increased risk of liver damage. On its own, Cymbalta can lead to liver damage, so the risk increases significantly if using alcohol and the drug simultaneously. For the most part, this damage is seen in people who mix Cymbalta or duloxetine with three or more alcoholic drinks per day. Also, because alcohol acts as a central nervous center depressant, the combination of alcohol and Cymbalta can also result in worsening depression symptoms.

Some users of Cymbalta have said they experienced cravings, blackouts and worsened side effects. Certain people have said this has occurred more frequently when mixing the medication with alcohol. While there have been accounts of these results, they have not been confirmed by research.

Due to the prescribed medicine’s impact on the brain’s serotonin levels, some people believe that taking Cymbalta can cause an increase in alcohol consumption. One theory suggests that there may be an impact on cravings, blackouts and side effects with alcohol and Cymbalta resulting from the way in which the drug affects the blood sugar levels of the user.

More research is being conducted because of the serious impact this could potentially have, especially for the people who use Cymbalta following recovery from alcohol use.

Speak with a physician to determine if Cymbalta or duloxetine is the right option for you after reviewing medical history.

Mixing Cymbalta or duloxetine with certain medications or alcohol can cause serious side effects or worsen depression symptoms. A list of all medications taken or consumption of alcohol while taking Cymbalta should be coordinated with a physician to determine the best medical course of action for everyone.

Patients who are also taking prescribed or over-the-counter medication that can cause drowsiness should speak with a doctor or pharmacist before taking Cymbalta. Substances to include when speaking with a doctor or pharmacist include alcohol, marijuana, antihistamines, muscle relaxers, pain relievers or other medications for anxiety or sleep.

An interaction of Aspirin and Cymbalta can increase the risk of bleeding. Some doctors, however, will direct patients to take a low dose of Aspirin for heart attack and stroke prevention.

Someone who has taken too much Cymbalta and has passed out or has trouble breathing may have overdosed and need to call 911.

Do not share this medication with others, and take it only as directed by a doctor. For some people, taking Cymbalta with food helps ease side effects. Swallow the capsule whole, and do not chew or crush up the contents as doing so may release all the drug at once, which can increase the side effects. If a dose is missed, take it as soon as possible unless it is close to the next dose. In that case, wait to resume the regular schedule. In addition, do not abruptly stop taking Cymbalta as some conditions worsen when the medication is suddenly stopped.

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Mixing Cymbalta and Alcohol
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