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medication to make the urinary retention managable?

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I am a 58yr old male and suffer from DMII, Hashimotos, Neuropathy and Fibromyalgia. Recently I was put on Cymbalta. Although is was difficult being an SSRI I noticed that the symptoms of the neuropathy and fybromyalgia mostly dissappeared. This especially noticable during the 6 weks after I stopped taking it. I stopped because from the second day I developed urinary retention. I was geting up every hour during the night. My PSA is 1.3 and urine tests were negative. I now get up 1-2 times every night to urinate.

Is there any medication that I can take make the urinary retention managable so I can go back on Cymbalta?

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replied May 20th, 2012
Urinary and Bladder Disorders Answer A35127
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out. Cymbalta’s common side effects are nausea, dry mouth, sleepiness, fatigue, constipation, dizziness, decreased appetite, and increased sweating.

However, urinary retention can occur but is less common. We usually start cymbalta in a lower dose and slowly titrate the dose upwards as the body gets accustomed to the drug. I’ll suggest starting in a lower dose.

There aren’t any drugs available to counter the side effects of cymbalta. There are other drugs which can help like pregabalin and gabapentin which can be helpful without these side effects.

Please discuss with your physician before starting the same. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

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