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Recent studies on treating fibromyalgia with Cymbalta suggest that the medication may help to alleviate symptoms, regardless of whether the person taking the drug also has depression. Cymbalta was not initially licensed for this use. but the FDA has recently approved it as a fibromyalgia treatment.
Does Cymbalta Help Fibromyalgia?Cymbalta® (duloxetine hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine approved to treat the following conditions:
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression)
- Peripheral diabetic neuropathy pain (nerve pain in the hands, feet, arms, or legs due to diabetes)
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
Treating Fibromyalgia With CymbaltaFibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue. People with this condition have "tender points" on the body. Tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. These points hurt when pressure is put on them. Other fibromyalgia symptoms may include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Morning stiffness
- Painful menstrual periods
- Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet
- Problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called "fibro fog").