I'm a young adult taking 90mg of Cymbalta for social anxiety. I don't drink and have no known liver issues. Will Cymbalta still damage my liver? I don't want to end up like others who drink excessively by just taking a medication. However, I don't want to stop taking it because it gets rid of much of my anxiety. What has the research said about Cymbalta and liver damage?
Oct. 17, 2005 -- The FDA and Eli Lilly and Co. have broadened a warning about possible liver problems with Cymbalta, a drug used to treat depression and pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
"Postmarketing reports of liver injury (including hepatitis and cholestatic jaundice) suggest that patients with pre-existing liver disease who take [Cymbalta] may have an increased risk for further liver damage," says the FDA.
Cymbalta's labeling previously noted possible liver problems. The label had warned that "Cymbalta should ordinarily not be prescribed to patients with substantial alcohol use." Now, that warning will read, "Cymbalta should ordinarily not be prescribed to patients with substantial alcohol use or evidence of chronic liver disease," according to a letter to doctors sent by Lilly, Cymbalta's maker.
"It is recommended that Cymbalta not be administered to patients with any [liver] insufficiency," says the FDA.
As long as you have a healthy liver, nothing to worry about.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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