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I take Cymbalta for fibromyalgia and I still get severe migraines. My doctor prescribed Imitrex. In the past before I started taking Cymbalta, my dose was 100mg. now that I take Cymbalta I have been afraid to take Imitrex even if I get a migraine. I did talk to the pharmacist and she said I could take half of my 100mg Imitrex. My question is if I take Cymbalta in the morning and get a migraine say 8 to 10 hours later is it alright to take half like the pharmacist said or exactly how many hours after taking Cymbalta would it be safe to take half of the Imitrex? Kim.
Taking triptans such as Imitrex and antidepressants such as Cymbalta presents a risk of serotonin syndrome. Taking the two types of medication together is not contraindicated, but there's a warning for patients to know the symptoms so they can report the symptoms to their doctors if they occur. For more perspective on ...
In the summer of 2005, I met several MS patients who were undergoing Solumedrol treatments. I was in the infusion clinic for a release as were several other patients. One patient (I’ll call her Mary), however, was there for a different reason. She had just had a baby.
Before the baby was born, Mary had a plan. She had gone off of her disease-modifying drug (Rebif) when she learned she was pregnant and she planned to breastfeed for a certain period of time before going back on Rebif. The Solumedrol treatment was to ward off any postpartum MS rebounds.
The decision to breastfeed was an important one to Mary as she felt that it was vital to the well-being of her new daughter. But how did Mary decide what drugs to take or not take during that time period?
This week is World Breastfeeding Week and thanks to the LactMed database, offered by the National Library of Medicine, we can research the effect of different drugs and chemicals on lactation.
Automobile accidents are the number one cause of death in 16-20 year olds. According to “The Teen Driver” published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are 5,500 deaths and 450,000 injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents involving teenagers. Futher, the article states that teens with ADHD are "2 to 4 times more likely to be injured in a motor vehicle crash than are their peers without ADHD." Additional risks for teens with ADHD include: Have more speeding citations (as many as 3 times more than non-ADHD teens) Are more likely to cause bodily injury in accidents Are more likely to have their driver’s license suspended or revoked Safe driving requires certain skills: attention to detail, the ability to focus and sustain attention. It requires the driver to be disciplined enough to eliminate or ignore certain distractions. For anyone who has driven a car, you know that becoming distracted – even for a ...
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