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.
(With reporting from EurekAlert.org) A new, long-term study of the most popular osteoporosis drug, Fosamax or alendronate sodium , has found extended fracture relief for women who have taken the drug for five years. After that time period has elapsed, women with osteoporosis can discontinue drug use without increasing their fracture risk for as long as five more years after stopping treatment. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, published their study on Fosamax (alendronate sodium) in the December 27, 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association . The research also showed that the fracture relief was not as strong for women at very high risk of spinal fractures , and so these women may benefit from continuing treatment. "This has important implications as it has not been known whether treatment of osteoporosis should be continued indefinitely," said lead author Dennis Black, PhD, professor in the UCSF Department of Epid...
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