Cymbalta is the first drug approved by the FDA for diabetic neuropathy.
No one knows exactly how it works, (the current theory says it has something do with blocking the reuptake of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine) but who cares? The important thing is, half the people report significant pain reduction while taking Cymbalta.
While only one-third of the people taking a placebo can make such claims!
(This data comes from a pooled analysis of three studies which used over 1000 non-depressed patients.)
Well, here’s why you may want to care. Pain is a symptom of an underlying problem. It’s your body’s way of telling you something’s wrong. While it’s certainly understandable to seek any relief possible, it’s also important to search out the underlying reasons for the pain.
If you’re taking Cymbalta for neuropathy, hopefully it’s helping ease the pain. Or maybe you read the study which appears in the January issue ofDiabetes Care, where researchers evaluated the results of two studies testing two doses of acetyl-L-carnitine - 500 milligrams and 1,000 milligrams three times a day.
The two studies involved 1,257 people with diabetic neuropathy in the U.S., Canada, and Europe and lasted for one year. They found significant pain reduction with this nutrient that’s readily available in a health food store, sold as a dietary supplement.
Recommeded dosage: 1000 mg, three times a day. No prescription required.
Of course, it’s also important to maintain frequent monitoring of your blood sugar level. And work under the care of a knowledgeable physician specializing in diabetes, together with a nurse who’s a Certified Diabetes Educator.
Great. Now, maybe it’s time to look at what causes your pain in the first place.
I know.. I know… it’s caused by diabetes. But not everyone with diabetes has nerve damage. According to the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases, about half of those with diabetes have some form of nerve damage, or neuropathy, but not all will develop symptoms.
In other words, less than half the people with diabetes experience pain in their extremities.
In addition to learning about Cymbalta and neuropathy, it’s also important to understand the underlying causes that would lead someone to such a painful place.
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