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Forum Name: Antidepressants

Question: Cymbalta and Menstrual Pain Improvement?


 WLWeaver - Wed Apr 08, 2009 3:51 pm

I have been taking Cymbalta for about 2 years now and have notice that it seems to have greatly improved my menstrual cramps. I know that Cymbalta is prescribed for diabetic neuropathy and so it clearly has some benefits with some types of pain. I stopped taking my Cymbalta on a couple of occasions and found that my menstrual pain was much worse. I have a diagnosis of moderate to severe endometriosis but have very normal and regular menstrual cycles. I wonder if any doctors or allied health professionals have had any patients mention improvement in menstrual pain?
 Faye Lang, RN, MSW - Fri May 29, 2009 4:13 pm

Hello, WLWeaver,

I haven't heard anything specific to Cymbalta, but it is well known that anti-depressants can be a major help in pain syndromes. It's known that Cymbalta has some effect on gynecological function, but the only identified effect is possible hot flashes. When we then consider that each of us has an individual response to medications, the benefit you are receiving makes good sense. I'm very glad you're receiving such a positive effect.

I wish you good luck in managing your health issues.

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