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What should I know before taking duloxetine?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Your doctor will need to measure your blood pressure before starting treatment.

If you take duloxetine, you should avoid alcohol.

If you have a seizure disorder (epilepsy), diabetes, or glaucoma, duloxetine may not be a good option for you.

If you have severe kidney function impairment, liver function impairment, you should not take duloxetine.

If you have a history of mania, duloxetine may not be a good option for you.

Duloxetine may not be a good option for you if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or may be pregnant. It is not known if it is safe for pregnant women. 

Duloxetine is passed into breast milk and may not be a good option for breastfeeding women.

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