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Treatment and Therapy - Pain Medication

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Duloxetine (Cymbalta®)

Duloxetine (Cymbalta®), a new type of antidepressant, was approved by the FDA in 2004 for the treatment of pain associated with diabetic neuropathy in adults.  Although Cymbalta® does not change the underlying nerve damage, it might help reduce pain.  Research suggests that increasing the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, two naturally occurring chemicals in the central nervous system, helps the body regulate pain caused by diabetic neuropathy.


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