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On cymbalta. Is it safe to drink alcohol?

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Am on cymbalta 60 mg but i like to have a drink of alcohol but at moment i feel like my anxiety is really high
Posted Fri, 25 Oct 2013 in Mental Health
Answered by Dr. Anjana Rao Kavoor 37 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Alcohol and Cymbalta may cause liver damage.

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Talk to your doctor before using Cymbalta (Duloxetine) together with alcohol. Duloxetine may cause liver damage, and taking it with alcohol may increase that risk. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with Duloxetine. Call your doctor immediately if you have fever, chills, joint pain or swelling, excessive tiredness or weakness, unusual bleeding or bruising, skin rash or itching, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dark colored urine, or yellowing of the skin or the whites of your eyes, as these may be symptoms of liver damage. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Dr.A.Rao Kavoor
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