There can be adverse reactions when someone takes Cymbalta and alcohol together. Health care providers generally recommend that people taking Cymbalta discontinue their use of alcohol while taking this powerful drug. However, since Cymbalta is often prescribed for long periods of time, even indefinitely, this may be difficult for people who are accustomed to moderate recreational use of alcohol. When patients feel that excluding alcohol from their diet is too prohibitive, doctors recommend careful and moderate consumption.
Cymbalta also goes by the name Duloxetine. It is prescribed by some doctors to deal with major depressive disorders and generalized anxiety. However, the use of this drug, even alone, is controversial. Some researchers suggest that there is no evidence to suggest that it should be used for depression, which was the primary purpose for which it was created. Designers have also tried to have the drug accepted as a drug to treat urinary incontinence. However, concerns about liver toxicity and suicidal tendencies in patients caused this drug to fail its US tests. In Europe, Cymbalta is an accepted drug for both depression and incontinence.
More than 10 percent of people receiving treatment with Cymbalta have complained of serious adverse effects which include nausea, dizziness and insomnia. Other minor effects, such as dry mouth and headache, are also reported in some individuals. There are also reports of minor sexual side effects in both men and women.
Alcohol is a depressant. This does not mean that alcohol causes mental depression, but rather that alcohol depresses or retards bodily functions and motor skills. This is why drunk drivers are more likely to cause accidents – they do not react quickly enough to visual stimuli. However, alcohol can and does induce a more somber mood in some people. It also helps to remove inhibitions about behavior. In some people this may simply cause them to say things they would normally refrain from saying. Unfortunately, in other people it allows them to commit violent acts, even against themselves.
Cymbalta and alcohol affect the same sets of chemicals in the brain. By using them simultaneously, doctors stress that patients are risking exacerbation of the tendencies caused by each of these drugs. This may mean severely reduced motor skills in some patients, but in others it may cause deepening feelings of depression. Physicians fear that the release from inhibitions provided by alcohol may encourage some patients to think suicidal thoughts.
These are the major concerns over the mixture of Cymbalta and alcohol. There is also an increased chance of liver damage, since Cymbalta is already a risk when it comes to liver function and alcohol is infamous for the liver damage it can cause in the long term. For these reasons, doctors stress moderation with alcohol to their Cymbalta patients.