Precautions and Warnings With Duloxetine
You should be aware of the precautions and warnings with duloxetine before taking the medication. Some of the precautions and warnings with this drug relate to an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior, the possibility of developing liver problems, and possible pregnancy risks. Certain people should not take the medication, including those who have taken an MAOI within the past two weeks and those who have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma.
Duloxetine: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk to your healthcare provider prior to taking duloxetine hydrochloride (Cymbalta®) if you have:
- Bipolar disorder or a family history of bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression)
- A history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts
- Had a recent heart attack or if you have unstable heart disease
- Diabetic gastroparesis (a slowing of the digestive tract due to diabetes)
- High blood pressure (hypertension) or low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Glaucoma (a condition of the eyes)
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Kidney problems, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- A bladder problem
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Drink alcohol regularly.
Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.