I was put onto Citalopram and now I'm on Duloxetine. I don't know why.

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I had breast cancer in 2006 and a lumpectomy followed. Three months later I started a course of radio therapy. I told the consultant that I had been having a trying time at home, On top of it all my mother was in the early stages of dementia and my son who was 18 at the time was playing up by staying out all night sometimes and really worrying me. I told the consultant this but it was really the radio therapy that was making me feel depressed so I was put onto Citalopram. Twelve years later I was put onto Duloxetine by the pain clinic which I'd been transferred to from hospital because of spinal stenosis. To this day I am on Duloxetine but I don't know why. It was only when I had breast cancer and radio therapy that made me feel depressed as I'm not that sort of person normally. Has anyone any advice please?


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    Hi Pamela,

    I'm sorry to hear all you have been through and can understand why you are unsure why you were given duloxetine. Duloxetine is also given to help with pain management, my mum had it to help with neuropathy pain as its useful in treating nerve pain. Unfortunately it didn't suit her but it can help a lot with pain so that may be why you are on it. Like some other medications they are prescribed for other reasons too but if you have any concerns there should be notes in your hospital letter from the pain clinic that your gp could check for you. As you probably already know its important not to stop them quickly and only under supervision by your doctor.

    I hope this helps a bit and hope you are doing okay.

    Take care

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      Hi Rose, thankyou so much for your reply. Well, that has certainly helped knowing that its for pain mostly. I don't suffer with depression, only when I had breast cancer and had radio therapy so wondered why I was still put on that type of medication. Thankyou very much for helping me. x

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