The antidepressant duloxetine (Cymbalta) appears to cut down on the numbness and tingling associated with taxane or platinum-based chemotherapy, according to clinical trial results.
Pain from chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and its interference with daily life fell significantly with the drug, Ellen Lavoie Smith, PhD, of the University of Michigan School of Nursing in Ann Arbor, and colleagues found.
A clinically significant 30% or greater reduction in pain scores occurred in 33% of duloxetine-treated patients compared with 17% of placebo-treated patients, they reported here at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting.
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Source: MedPage Today