Cymbalta (duloxetine hydrochloride) is a drug most commonly taken for the treatment of psychiatric conditions, such as depression. According to eMedTV, one possible side effect of the drug Cymbalta is canker sores (aphthous stomatitis). Canker sores (according to Medline Plus, a division of the National Institute of Health) are painful sores that dwell inside the mouth. They are often yellow or white in color with a reddish edge. They can be very painful, sometimes making it difficult to eat or swallow.
Canker Sores as a Side Effect to the Drug Cymbalta
Canker sores as a side effect to the drug Cymbalta are less common than other side effects of Cymbalta, but are listed as a possibility on eMedTV. If you suspect you have canker sores as a side effect to the drug Cymbalta, see your physician as soon as possible. Other mouth sores, such as those causded by cancer, can sometimes be confused as canker sores. A licensed medical professional can diagnose your condition and help determine proper treatment where applicable.
Treating Canker Sores Caused as a Side Effect from Cymbalta
The Treatment of canker sores caused by aside effect of Cymbalta will be the same as treating those associated with other issues. Regardless of the reason it exists, a canker sore is still a canker sore. Canker sores can sometimes go away on their own. Some things that may help with treatment and or pain relief are rinsing the mouth with fluoride mouthwash, swishing saltwater around in the mouth, and brushing and flossing teeth regularly. Applying alum (a spice) to the affected area may help relieve the pain.
Hydrogen peroxide is also useful in treating the pain and symptoms of canker sores. Simply apply it to the affected area. It is especially helpful when milk of magnesia is applied afterward. This can be done 3 or 4 times throughout the day. If none of the above are helping, a doctor may prescribe either antibiotics or another prescription medicine to treat the canker sores. It is best to follow advice specific to your case from a licensed medical professional. Each individual is different in required treatment and response to said treatment.
Should Cymbalta Be Avoided For the Possibility of Canker Sores as a Side Effect?
Canker sores as a side effect to Cymbalta are possible, but low. Avoiding the drug for this reason may not always be the best choice. It is wise to discuss the pros and cons of any drug as well as any possible side effect it may cause with a licensed medical professional before making any final decisions. The medical professional will be able to determine with you what is best based on your condition, circumstances, and any possible side effect. It is not possible to determine beforehand which side effects, if any, will occur in an individual before exposure to the drug.
*Note that the author is not a medical professional. This guide is intended for informational purposes only. A licensed medical professional should be consulted in all areas involving health and medicine.