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Monday, June 09, 2008 Sarah, Community Member, asks

Q: What is the effect of Cymbalta on pregnancy and unborn child?

What is the side effect of Cymbalta on pregnant women? What is  its affect on the child if the mother takes cymbalta during pregnancy and during the period of nursing?

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Casey McNulty, Health Guide
6/10/08 8:59pm

Sarah,

 

Thanks for your question.

 

Cymbalta is currently rated Category C by the FDA for use in pregnancy. The FDA assigns a category (A, B, C, D or X) to each drug based on its known level of safety in pregnancy. Category C means that either A, the drug has not been studied in human pregnancy, or B, it has been shown to have negative effects in animal pregnancy studies. However, Category C drugs may still be used in pregnant women if the doctor determines that the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby.

 

The risk during breastfeeding is unknown at this time, because no studies have been performed. Cymbalta can pass into the breast milk, but the effects on the child are unknown at this time.  You can find more information about Cymbalta (duloxetine) here.

 

Best of luck,

Casey

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Vicki M, Health Guide
6/26/08 4:05pm

Hi Sarah,

 

Cymbalta is not recommended for use while pregnant or trying to get pregnant. The best thing to do is to speak to your doctor about what is best for you. You can read about Cymbalta here and specifically about use while pregnant or trying to get pregnant here.

 

Online resources like Health Central are wonderful places to get the information that will help you ask all the right questions when it's time to see your doctor, however they should never be used in place of a doctor's sound advice.

 

I hope this helps!

 

Vicki M

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