Question: "I have recently stopped my Cymbalta because it has affected my hearing. My ears are sore, my left ear is blocked and both ears are hissing louder. I can't hear at low levels like I used to." -- DepressedBiskitDownUnder
Can Cymbalta cause tinnitus or hearing loss?
Answer: Tinnitus - which is characterized by ringing, swishing or hissing noises in the ear - is listed by the manufacturer of Cymbalta as an "infrequent" side effect. What this means is that it occurs in somewhere between one in one hundred and one in one thousand patients who use this drug. I can also occur when patients discontinue taking Cymbalta. The tinnitus caused by Cymbalta is temporary and should resolve itself once the drug leaves your system.
You didn't mention if you had stopped taking your medication under your doctor's supervision, but it is always a good idea to taper off your medication slowly. Stopping "cold turkey" can lead to what's called "discontinuation syndrome." The symptoms of discontinuation syndrome can be pretty unpleasant, including such things as: fatigue, nausea, muscle pain, insomnia, anxiety, agitation, dizziness, hallucinations, blurred vision, irritability, tingling sensations, vivid dreams, sweating or electric shock sensations. A gradual reduction in your medication dosage can help you avoid the worst of these.