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Cymbalta Warning: Discontinuing May Result in Severe Withdrawal Symptoms

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By Karen Lee Richards • www.ProHealth.com • March 10, 2014


Cymbalta Warning: Discontinuing May Result in Severe Withdrawal Symptoms
In 2008, Cymbalta became the second drug to receive FDA approval for the treatment of fibromyalgia. It was classified as a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant. At the time, the FM community was excited to have another medication available that would hopefully reduce pain for at least some FM patients. Little did we suspect the misery that could result when those patients wanted to stop taking Cymbalta.

The medical community has long known that abruptly discontinuing any antidepressant can result in Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome. That's why patients are (or should be) strongly urged not to suddenly quit taking an antidepressant but to talk with their doctor about gradually tapering off the medication.

Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome

However, neither physicians nor patients expected the severity of withdrawal from Cymbalta. In fact, it's bad enough to warrant its own diagnosis – Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome. An FDA advisory committee report about Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome states, “Much anecdotal evidence has accumulated documenting the injury, distress and life management impacts caused by discontinuation of Cymbalta. The effects of discontinuation can be severe and extend for weeks or even months.”

As you read through patient descriptions of their Cymbalta withdrawal experiences, it's not uncommon to see terms like “horrific,” “a nightmare,” and “going through hell.” Some of the withdrawal symptoms described include:

“Brain zaps”
(electric shock sensations)
Extreme mood swings
(“irritability that quickly turns to rage”)
Suicidal thoughts Paranoia
Dizziness Confusion
Nausea and Vomiting Limb pain
Headache Fatigue
Nightmares Insomnia
Diarrhea Anxiety
Excessive sweating Agitation
Involuntary crying or laughing Hypomania
Tinnitus Seizures

The Discontinuation Dilemma

When it comes to discontinuing Cymbalta, the prescribing information says, “A gradual reduction in the dose rather than abrupt cessation is recommended whenever possible. If intolerable symptoms occur following a decrease in the dose or upon discontinuation of treatment, then resuming the previously prescribed dose may be considered. Subsequently, the physician may continue decreasing the dose but at a more gradual rate.”

While gradually reducing the dose sounds like a reasonable approach, there is one very big problem. Cymbalta is only available in three dosages: 20 mg., 30 mg. and 60 mg. To complicate things even further, Cymbalta is a capsule, not a tablet that can be cut in half. Adding insult to injury, patients are warned, “Cymbalta...should not be chewed or crushed, nor should the capsule be opened and its contents sprinkled on food or mixed with liquids.” So although Cymbalta manufacturer, Eli-Lilly, recommends gradually reducing the dose, there is virtually no way to actually do that.

What Can You Do?

If you're currently taking Cymbalta and want to stop, talk with your doctor about developing a discontinuation plan. Make sure your doctor is aware of how severe Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome can be and discuss possible options for treating the various symptoms that you may experience. Some doctors have tried switching patients to a different antidepressant that is easier to taper off of and then treating other symptoms with appropriate medications (like antiemetics, antihistamines, etc.) through the withdrawal process.

If you are contemplating whether or not to take Cymbalta, be aware of what you're getting yourself into. Trying to get off of the drug may leave you feeling far worse than the fibromyalgia symptoms you're trying to relieve. Thoroughly discuss the pros and cons with your doctor before making a decision.




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one week on Cymbalta
Posted by: bugman62
Apr 8, 2015
I was on Cymbalta 20mg for depression for a week while in the hospital. After talking to my phyc Dr he said I could stop taking it, i am on Kolonapin. But I am feeling down again and bad thought. is this part of thee withdrawl? I was on this only 7 day. But the Doctor's have changed meds on me so many times the past three months sometimes I dont know if I am coming or going..
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stopping cymbalta cold turkey
Posted by: ttammaro68
Nov 25, 2015
It should not cause withdrawl when stopping cold turkey after only being on it for a week. I have been doing so much studying on this drug and the best I can come up with concerning your question is that it takes 4-6 weeks for a drug to acclimate to the body therefore causing withdrawl after stopping 4 weeks or longer into taking the drug.

 


VA Placed me on Generic
Posted by: dbranson59
Apr 9, 2015
I am now on a generic version, and since being on it, brain zaps are worse than when I first tried to stop, I have loud ringing, etc. Anyone out there on the Generic, and if so are you having withdrawal symptoms? I may as well stop taking it. I feel miserable.
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generic one (Duloxetine) is worse?
Posted by: happydose
Jun 23, 2015
i am on generic one Duloxetine since beginning. I have super good medical insurance unfortunately, the policy says the pharmacy can't give me the one with brand name unless there is no generic form.


When i found this forum, i actually cried. Thank God! it is not just me!

Do you think if the generic one is worse regarding with the withdrawal ?

 

 
Generic form
Posted by: Peony16
Jun 2, 2016
Generic form
You are not crazy. Years ago I tried the generic form, I felt physically and mentally very bad while taking it.
I had to file a written appeal with my insurance company, they denied it, I had to file again a written appeal they finally okayed brand-name. Don't give up. Only 30mg has helped my low back, bulging disc pain for four years now. I am a secretary who sits nine hours a day. The insurance companies need to know that generic isn't always the best.

 


Savella
Posted by: maijaFM
Apr 9, 2015
i refused Cymbalta due to seeing my psych patients go through terrible side effects. I tried Savella and it was wonderful except for one thing. My BP went up to 220/120! It is listed as a warning on this drug so beware!
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Cymblata
Posted by: 4today
Apr 11, 2015
I have been on Cymbalta for over 7 years .. and with support .. and a plan .. starting going off .. at the end of Jan 2015 ..
I went from 60 to 45 .. 30 15 to Zero
By far .. going from 15 mgs to zero has been the hardest
I opened up capsules .. to go from 60 to 45 etc
Going from 60 and down .. I spent 10 days on each new level
Full blown anxiety/rage ..
I have been at zero now for over a month .. I have HUGE support which makes it worthwhile
I am now doing visualization .. to help .. breathing exercises ..
I also experienced headaches .. waking up for over a month .. those were tough
My support person .. BIG on Stretching to release the anxiety .. it helps ..
Also .. this sounds weird .. but just hanging .. with your arms from a pull up bar
It is a HUGE relief ..
... Also my support person recommended .. DEEP tissue massage every 2 weeks ...
That has also been good
....
I will continue .. and feel like I can make it ..
Hope this helps someone
Ann
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Cold Turkey
Posted by: Milung
Apr 18, 2015
I was put on Cymbalta for nerve pain in 2013. The pain stopped after two weeks of taking the drug. In November 2014 I lost my insurance and decided to take myself off of it. Other than the nerve pain I am health. In the year of taking it I gained 45lbs in that year and started sweating like crazy especially at night. The was a walk in the park as far as whats going on now. Stopped it in November, missed my menstrual cycle in December (I am and always have been like clockclockwork every 28 days) then in January my cycle lasted 6 weeks, all along I had the brain zaps and bronchial issues. Doc put me on 14 days of some type of inhauler in February and in March I had pneumonia, after finishing my antibiotics, steroids and albuterol I was still sick. Did xrays again and pneumonia was gone, but my bronchial issues still stayed. Blood work came back showing inflammation and doc said it would pass in time. Since January when my bronchial issues started I have passed out 5 times while laughing hard. I'm 39 and have always been healthy besides my lower back issues. I am beside myself with what is going on with me. I'm just wonderi6how long the withdrawal symptoms last.
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Cymbalta
Posted by: Plethora91
Apr 24, 2015
Tony, can you sue Eli Lilly on this? Contact a lawyer, get your status on the internet retracted? Just throwing out ideas, what do I know.
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I'm grateful
Posted by: keepingpositive
Apr 27, 2015
I'm very grateful for finding this site. I have only been on 30mg for 4 months at most. Am weaning off 30 mg every other day. Side effects started last week with nausea, slight brain zaps. Today, when watching the news started crying because of the suffering in India due to the earthquake. Here's the deal, I'm very grateful for this information, and I appreciate all the information and replies. I will hydrate, be vigilante with my weaning and recovery and make sure that this drug is in the 'do not disturb' category.
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Permanent brain damage?
Posted by: winter72
Apr 28, 2015
Can someone tell me: Do withdrawal symptoms from Cymbalta do permanent damage? My brain is so out of order after 3 weeks off this evil drug, I'm terrified it is permanently damaged.
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I am scared of this potential brain damage
Posted by: happydose
Jun 23, 2015
Please please keep us posted. "permanent brain damage", this thought scared the hell out of me!

 


B. Clark
Posted by: BettyClark
Apr 30, 2015
I have been on Cymbalta for 2 years prescribed by my doctor for mild depression and chronic pain in my back. Oh, it helped and my pain was improved. As time went by my back pain became an issue once again. I was also having sweats where the sweat would drip onto my body from my hair. I decided to come off ---piece of cake I thought. I was wrong. Even with my doctor telling me to taper off which I did. Fourteen days later and now off Cymbalta completely for six days, I have felt awful, having a bout of arthritis or bad flu symptoms all over my body. Sweats are a problem still and I have not slept in 2 nights. I have had GI symptoms, bad headaches, feelings of being very jittery. My head has come into play now with strange feelings, dizziness, making me fearful to try and drive. My eyes have had some type of fluttering in my eye lids. I returned to my doctor and was given a prescription for Effexor XR 75 Mg. I am too afraid to try this drug. I just want to get back to normal. I would never have taken this drug IF I was told of the above. Good luck and God be with you as you leave Cymbalta behind.
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Need help with a tappering plan
Posted by: brightsocks
May 2, 2015
Hi all, these comments (and the article) are really helping me. I am in the same boat as you right now. I am currently on 50mg Cymbalta. I tapered down VERY slowly from 60 to 50 since January. During this tapering period, I would cry all the time for no reason, have night sweats, joint&muscle pain, headaches, fogginess/zombie-feeling, depression, and brain zaps. These symptoms have finally become "stable"-ish on the 50mg as I have been on 50mg for about 3 weeks with no more tapering. I am terrified to even begin to try going to 40mg and continue on this path of tapering because it was so hard to only go the 10 mg down from 60 to 50. It took 3-4 months to feel ok at 50mg and who knows how it's going to be as I taper to 40mg.

If anyone has a plan to go slowly off them, please help.

Is there anything I can take that will help with the withdrawal symptoms that actually works? I would consider going on Zoloft or another drug to help the process of getting off this one. Something more natural would be better though (or maybe a GABA supplement).

Thank you! Good luck to you all. I feel your pain and my heart goes out to you.

Love, Alex
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trying to discontinue cymbalta
Posted by: nagasvini
May 5, 2015
I am 48 years old. I have been on 120mg for 5 years. I gained so much weight and was so tired all the time , I asked my doctor if I could discontinue this medication. I was on for fibromyalgia and ocd. I am down to 30 mg now. I can't move I hurt so bad, it hurts to touch any part of my body, I cry all the time, I can't think. I am so full of hate for no reason. I'm sweating one minute and the next freezing. I have four PhD's and a career that I can't begin to function in. I am so scared. ..
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Cheaper in Canada?
Posted by: jensenm
May 12, 2015
i started taking Cymbalta for nerve pain in my neck - it is amazing. Now I know why
When I missed a couple days of my meds I turned into a
Horrible angry person. I never want to be like that again! Just wanted to reply about 'meds are cheaper in Canada. I take 180mg/day and my monthly cost is $380-$400 soo.... Not always cheaper up here :p good luck weaning off. Sometimes the pain
Relief is worth the side effects - or future effects
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Cymbalta withdrawal
Posted by: Emum
May 16, 2015
I had been on 60 mg for quite a while. Can't remember how many years. I could tell when I missed doses by the bad headaches I had. I went off the 60 mg cold turkey, not thinking about tapering because I was switching to Wellbutrin (not in the same class). Let me tell you it has been a nightmare. Sweating, bad headaches, vertigo, nausea, feeling like someone is holding my neck and squeezing. This is going on week 5 of being off of this. I have no energy and am only comfortable lying down. This is awful. I am glad to know that I am not alone in the ways that I feel. I pray that this won't last much longer, but it is hard to tell.
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I'm so glad it's not just me
Posted by: swishywishy
May 16, 2015
I was on Cymbalta for 5 years; first 30mg/day, then in June 2014 it was upped to 60mg/day. And then in April of this year, I had to have emergency surgery, and ended up in the hospital for 6 days, and due to my antibiotics, was unable to take Cymbalta. It's been almost 4 weeks now, and I'm still getting the brain zaps, the vertigo, and the over all feeling of general wonkiness - oh, and *everything* makes me cry. I never intended to go off cold turkey, and the reason I was on it was more situational than anything else - I was in a cruddy job, and needed the help to deal with people on a regular basis. Now I'm not so much in the cruddy job, but I have cruddy insurance, and I can't afford the prescription.

I came across this site while looking for some guidance as to how long I'm going to have to deal with these withdrawal symptoms. I just want to feel ... human again. I keep trying to tell myself that it's going to get better, the withdrawal is really getting me.
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awful!!!
Posted by: sshaver58
May 26, 2015
I stopped my cymbalta due to pharm not having a refill for me and drs being gone for the long weekend.
I am in the midst of the withdrawals, the dizziness and brain zps are the worst! I feel as if my brain is moving in slow motion! ugh...i have to work today and am looking forward to going to the office and hibernating in my office.
I am afraid to drive! I will call dr today..but dont want anymore ..might as well ride it out!
severe sweats and back pain! ugh hard to sleep.
going to try St Johns Wort
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Please find a New Pharmacy
Posted by: heythere
Sep 12, 2015
If you are in the US, it is legal for a pharmacist to approve say, 2 or 3 pills to get you through the weekend. Did you explain your situation to the pharmacist? If they knew you were completely out and made no offer to help, they are not doing their job. Try again if they are open. Unplanned withdrawl from your prescription is NOT acceptable.

 


Pretty upset
Posted by: Kar74
Jun 4, 2015
I just found this site, thankfully.
I've been on this junk 60mgs a day for two months.
My doctor put me on it for my MS that I was recently diagnosed with. Said it would help my back pain.
I've been in constant pain for four weeks. So I've been on the MS sites looking for info. I didn't see this drug used, so I started weening off it days ago so that I can get it out of my system.
I have PTSD so I always have nightmares, but the past few nights have been miserable.
The thing that gets me is this stuff mirrors MS symptoms, and it also decreased my bodies ability to heal. I got a small scrape two weeks ago, and it has ulcerated.
My doctor is getting a call from me tomorrow and I'm calling the MS Foundation tonight. I can't imagine the hell each of you are going through. I send prayers for strength, courage and healing hope.
Thank you for sharing your stories, you've helped myself and my husband today.
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How do I get off Cymbalta?
Posted by: JustMe15
Jun 7, 2015
i have been reading others comments but none of them are like my situation. I was put on Cymbalta after having a bad experience with Lyrica and hydrocodone.the combo was given after back surgery. Made me very suicidal. My doctor then put me on Cymbalta 60mg. Now I take 30mg. I WANT off this drug. There should be a way to discontinue it. There has to be a way.
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Count the beads
Posted by: Bxgrl
Jul 8, 2015
I think counting the beads is the only way to withdraw. Open the capsule and put half the beads back in. Keep the rest for later. Cut the beads in half each week. I got down to 10 beads and now i stopped. Still some anger issues but better than when I tried to wean off the 30 mg. Capsule. You could actually go down to 1 bead if you need to. Good luck.

 

 
Count the beads
Posted by: Bxgrl
Jul 8, 2015
I think counting the beads is the only way to withdraw. Open the capsule and put half the beads back in. Keep the rest for later. Cut the beads in half each week. I got down to 10 beads and now i stopped. Still some anger issues but better than when I tried to wean off the 30 mg. Capsule. You could actually go down to 1 bead if you need to. Good luck.

 


Duloxetine withdrawal from 120 mg/day
Posted by: Ciaobella72
Jun 7, 2015
I was taking 120 mg a day for almost 7 yrs for severe back problems--I've had 5 spinal fusions. Finally decided to wean off the stuff to see if I still needed it. Wow! Really tough! I'm a 72 yr old female. I got down to 60 mg after 1 month of weaning but the withdrawal symptoms were too much--headache, itching (crazy!), nausea, insomnia--that I went back up to 75 mg so I could run a full 26.2 mile marathon last week. In spite still having w/d symptoms I came in 3rd. So I'm starting the weaning again...now my breathing is so difficult-as if I have asthma. Plus, the itching--my skin is broken in places--& headaches! Has anyone ever come up with any supplements or other more benign drugs to get through this? I just can't see myself going through 2-3 months more! Thanks!
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Success in Weaning off of Cymbalta
Posted by: mondragon04
Jul 2, 2015
I was on 60 mg of Cymbalta for only 6 months....6 very long months of weight gaining, sweating, memory fog and severe mood swings. I too have had several fusions with allografting from my pelvic, front and back. I deal with nerve damage as a result of two ruptured discs in my nect and one in my lower back. My family Dr. felt I was starting to show signs of depression from dealing with the pain and daily issues associated with nerve damage, my pain Dr. agreed and I was put on Cymbalta. I had taken Lyrica almost two years earlier and I made the horrible mistake of weaning myself off of it way to fast and probably should have been hosptilized. Lyrica is twice as bad as Cymbalta, whatever you do NEVER take it, It is 100 times worse than Cymbalta!!! I was assured that this would not happen again if I decided to not continue taking the
Cymbalta, they of course were very wrong. I was super lucky, my family Dr. believed me and did his research. He had me stop taking the Cymbalta and immediately replace it with 10 mg's of Prozak, yes, Prozac for seven days only. It took the edge off, the withdrawal symptoms were very mild and by the 7th day I was well on my way being over The hard part. It might not work for everyone, the Prozac was not addictive for me and I believe that it had a lot to do with the fact that I wasn't really depressed in a chemical way just a little down and frustrated on learning how to deal with chronic pain. Hope this helps. ??

 


Cymbalta discontinuing withdrawal syndrome
Posted by: chrismay
Jun 11, 2015
I have been on Cymbalta for over 14 years at 120 mg It took me over a year to ween down to 90 very smoothly. But when I reached 60 mg. All hell broke loose . With all the hellish symptoms , massive beaches, palpations , deep depression, dizziness , confusion , agitation, nervousness . throwing up, fever, and than to top it all off I developed persistent arousal disorder. I couldn't take it. I wanted to kill myself. There was no where to turn. I couldn't go to the ER. There was nothing they could do for me. I called my doctor whom I pay 400.00 dollars a visit. I told her I couldn't take it. I was in deep in a hellish pit that I want to kill myself. She gave me no answer …. I told her to call me in a prescription for 10 mg of Paxil. cause I had taken that years ago and had no problem with it. She did.. after about 4 days I started to feel some of the symptoms dying down. After being on the Paxil for 3 weeks most of all the symptoms are gone except my depression. I am now on 30 mg . I am going to start weening myself off of the Paxil in a month or so. I figured it would be easier with the Paxil because it comes in a tablet form and I get cut them in little pieces until I am weened off. It's a try. I hope maybe this can help someone who is experiencing being in torture. This might be way out. I will keep everyone posted.
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severe and frequent Cataplexy during cymbalta withdrawal period
Posted by: happydose
Jun 23, 2015
This is my second week after stopping cymbalta. I didn't know how i got through the first week. I took pain killers every 6 hours to reduce the intensity of the headache. Yeah, it looks like I had all the symptoms. One of the severe withdrawal symptom nobody mentioned is body shaking, frequent and severe Cataplexy. If you want to know what is Cataplexy, you can search online. Here is one of the link http://www.nnpdf.org/WhatIsCataplexy.htm. I had mild cataplexy before taking cymbalta three years ago when I had big emotional change such as laugh, excitement, my head would drop and my legs would buckle. At most couple of times a week, that was all. However, man! This cymbalta withdrawal is like a hell 3.0. I keep shaking almost 24/7. Two days ago, when i was climbing up stairs at home, I had a collapse. I lost control of my body muscles from neck, arms to legs. The coffee i was holding spilled on the carpet which i couldn't help. My body flopped, I fell down 7 stairs until my head bumped into wall. I was fully conscious all the time though. 3 days later, my right side of head still had a large painful bump on it due to the fall. It scared the hell out of me. Now, the biggest question for me is, will it permanently damage my brain??? I can't live without a good healthy brain.
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How long does withdrawal from Cymbalta last? Effexor& Wellbutrin Weight gain/loss
Posted by: maryhelen23
Jun 26, 2015
I was put on Cymbalta while coming off of Effexor for a couple of weeks. I have been off of Cymbalta for about 2 weeks. I am also taking Wellbutrin. I am experiencing moodiness, crying spells, stomach upset, some brain zaps, foot & ankle swelling. For those who have stopped taking Cymbalta, how long did it take for withdrawal symptoms to go away?

Also, has anyone been on Effexor & Wellbutrin, come off Effexor, & been able to lose weight? I have not been able to lose weight on antidepressants. I keep gaining weight- without changing my diet.

I have found that SAMe has helped tremendously with the moodiness & crying spells.

I have heard that Powerade/Gatorade helps with brain zaps.
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quitting Cymbalta
Posted by: MaizelGM
Jun 26, 2015
I was taking Cymbalta for about 7 years.Because of a change in my benefits the price skyrocketed. I was on 2, 60 mg pills once a day or 120 mg. I have never seen another person with that high a dose. However, I was moderately to severely depressed and asked my psychiatrist why,along with 2 other medications I wasn't feeling better. He had to change my drugs about every year to relieve my symptoms because my body seemed to get used to them and I needed to change to find relief. He prescribed Cymbalta. I tolerated it well for a long time. My Dr.who I had been seeing for 16 years,suddenly died.When I first met my new Dr. she recommended I keep the drugs the same for a while until she saw what she thought might help. She observed that I had symptoms associated with Cymbalta. She wanted me off as there are many side effects known now that were unclear before. I was forced to go cold Turkey as I was unable to get a hold of my Dr. for 10 days and I had no refills. After a few days I thought I had a stomach virus.Then I had dizzy spells,whooshing in my ears. I was having a new symptom as each day passed.I had 4 pills left. I took one every other day and started feeling better on 60. mg. when I did get a hold of my Dr. we dropped it to 40 mg for 4 days and then 20 for 4 days,20 every other day.I have just started the 40mg. a day and I feel fine.As I continue to reduce the amount I hope I won't have withdrawal.Just the few days I was reacting was hideous. DON'T take this medication.There is a class action lawsuit on this drug.There should be.I hope my withdrawal works as planned. I am now sexually active again.
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cymbalta wean too fast
Posted by: ttammaro68
Nov 25, 2015
Please slow down your weaning! 20mg every 4 days is WATCHING TOO MUCH!

 

 
weaning plan way too fast!
Posted by: ttammaro68
Nov 25, 2015
Too fast!

 


quitting Cymbalta
Posted by: MaizelGM
Jun 26, 2015
I was taking Cymbalta for about 7 years.Because of a change in my benefits the price skyrocketed. I was on 2, 60 mg pills once a day or 120 mg. I have never seen another person with that high a dose. However, I was moderately to severely depressed and asked my psychiatrist why,along with 2 other medications I wasn't feeling better. He had to change my drugs about every year to relieve my symptoms because my body seemed to get used to them and I needed to change to find relief. He prescribed Cymbalta. I tolerated it well for a long time. My Dr.who I had been seeing for 16 years,suddenly died.When I first met my new Dr. she recommended I keep the drugs the same for a while until she saw what she thought might help. She observed that I had symptoms associated with Cymbalta. She wanted me off as there are many side effects known now that were unclear before. I was forced to go cold Turkey as I was unable to get a hold of my Dr. for 10 days and I had no refills. After a few days I thought I had a stomach virus.Then I had dizzy spells,whooshing in my ears. I was having a new symptom as each day passed.I had 4 pills left. I took one every other day and started feeling better on 60. mg. When I did get a hold of my Dr. we dropped it to 40 mg for 4 days and then 20 for 4 days,20 every other day.I have just started the 40mg. a day and I feel fine.As I continue to reduce the amount I hope I won't have withdrawal.Just the few days I was reacting was hideous. DON'T take this medication.There is a class action lawsuit on this drug.There should be.I hope my withdrawal works as planned. I am now sexually active again.
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120 mg
Posted by: Bxgrl
Jul 8, 2015
I also went up to 120 mg. Worked for my arthritis pain for a while and gave me some more energy so I could get through my last two years as a teacher. After changing my eating habits from good to fantastic, organic and raw foods, I decided to get off the cymbalta. I did ok until the last few weeks where I got down to counting beads of 10. Out of the approx 160 that are in a capsule. Having a hard time with anger issues, but I think I can do it. Completely stopped for two days now. You can do it if you count the beads.

 


duloxetine (cymbalta) withdrawal
Posted by: firefusion
Jun 27, 2015
Until 3wks ago I had taken 120mg each am for depression,for the last 5yrs. Over the last 6 Mos it became less and less effective.The doctor added 300mg of wellbutrin. No change. Tapered me off duloxetine and added fetzima. Last 30mg of duloxetine was 5 days ago. Since then depression has not changed but I have terrible nightmares, shock feelings in my head, I sweat so bad my hair is plastered to my head, so I can't leave my house, irritability, and I feel like crying. This is a nightmare! Is there anything out there to relieve these symptoms?
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Something to try
Posted by: ry92696
Jul 31, 2015
I have a damaged autonomic nervous system from a different class of drugs (Fluoroquinolones) and what helped me quite a lot was Idebenone. It cut the anxiety enough that I went from needing to crawl out of my own skin to functional within fifteen minutes after the first pill. It was not placebo-- I was afraid to take it since the side effects can be insomnia and anxiety for some people. I wanted the antioxidant effect from it though, as fluoroquinolones increase oxidative stress, so I took it anyway and braced for the worst. Instead I not only found relief from the crushing Cipro anxiety, the depression I'd had pretty much my whole life just went away and other than a couple of bad, dark days in those initial post flox months, it has not returned. Idebenone does everything Prozac did for me (I was on it briefly years ago) but without side effects.

It is not from Big Pharma, it's a supplement. I get it from HBC Protocols online. I'm not connected with them in any way except that I buy my Idebenone from them. Their staff will talk with you on the phone if you have questions and they are pleasant and helpful-- as helpful as anyone can be navigating this minefield of treating yourself after a drug practically destroys your life.

Supplements are not without risk and it would be best to research thoroughly and consult your doctor and pharmacist before simply jumping into trying Idebenone. Especially since it sounds like Cymbalta can mess up your liver.

However, I post this here because some of your symptoms are similar to mine, which are very similar to those recovering from benzodiazepine withdrawal. (Another class of drugs to avoid.) Some of my Floxie friends are also going through Benzo withdrawal and found Idebenone helpful. One person found it increased his anxiety. It works by improving your body's ability to make serotonin from tryptophan. I think it ferries tryptophan across the blood brain barrier, but I'm not completely sure about that. They claim it improves brain chemistry and facilitates communication of the two hemispheres of your brain. I just know it not only improved the function of my brain after it was damaged by Cipro, but it treated my depression so that it is just gone. I am functioning better than before I was floxed by Cipro. The daily struggle with depression is just not a part of who I am anymore. I take 50 mg 3x a day with food. The serotonin boost lasts four hours. The half life of the drug is longer though. It is also a truly kick ass antioxidant, which is not a bad side benefit. You won't get that with Prozac. It's at least something to look into. There is risk with anything. But for me, Idebenone was a life saver and a godsend.
Ruth

 


Tapering of the beads.
Posted by: Bxgrl
Jul 8, 2015
I have been on cymbalta for almost 2 years. I wanted to stop taking it and discovered that if you open the capsule you can separate the beads and lower the dosage. I started by cutting the 30 mg pill by 1/4 th. After about 5 weeks of doing this I am down to 8 beads. The withdrawel is still bad. I have not taken any for two days and I feel very agitated and angry. Flew off the handle yesterday and directed it toward my family. Every little thing gets me upset. I refuse to take any more though. How long can this last? Oh yes,weird flashing and some brain zips too. I will report back in a few weeks to see if I make it.
Diane
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Cymbalta Withdrawal
Posted by: BNicole7
Jul 22, 2015
I also have run out of cymbalta before before I could get to the dr. FYI - if you tell the pharmacist that you will suffer from these withdrawal symptoms, they might be able to give you one or two pills to hold you over. Just something to remember!
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Withdrawal from Cymbalta - MAJOR PROBLEMS!
Posted by: VNGRDNG
Jul 26, 2015
I am one week away from retirement (have had Fibro since 1995 diagnosis, worked full time until now). 3 Weeks ago, I ran out of Cymbalta (Dulexotine) 40 mg. and just prior to running out, I called CVS to refill. Doctor denied refill stating I had to come in -- NOTE: I was just into the DR 1 month ago! I only had 4-5 Capsules left, so tried to wean off 1 cap every other day. HORRID Withdrawal symptoms! Have been on Cymbalta for 1.5 years, and started getting severe liver pain back in March 2015 (MAYO Clinic in Phx discovered I have several large, benign liver cysts, just monitoring). The Hepatology Dr @ MAYO said nothing about possibly Cymbalta causing those cysts. I now have read recently about possible bad liver damage, so was wanting to get off Cymbalta anyway.

I'm trying to self-wean off Cymbalta by using Prozac 40 mg from previous RX -- this is not working. I'm experiencing horrible headaches, confusion, forgetfulness, some depression and anxiety, HEAVY sweating, and LOTS of muscular pain.

Since I have no more Cymbalta (and today is Sunday), should I go get more of it from CVS Pharmacist, or just push through the final cold turkey withdrawal???
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weaning off Cymbalta
Posted by: Penelope650
Jul 29, 2015
I started taking it for fibromyalgia and depression. My primary Dr. Didn't want me to take cymbalta and welbutrin so he decided I should stop cymbalta since it had stopped working. I tried to stop it before and got horrible brain zaps. What I did was buy small empty gelatin capsules to split doses. I started at 60mg and am ready to drop to 10mg. This has taken me several months to get here. My Dr isn't happy about how long its taking, but it's MY body, my side effects, and my choice to take it slow. There is hope.
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weaning off Cymbalta
Posted by: Penelope650
Jul 29, 2015
I started taking it for fibromyalgia and depression. My primary Dr. Didn't want me to take cymbalta and welbutrin so he decided I should stop cymbalta since it had stopped working. I tried to stop it before and got horrible brain zaps. What I did was buy small empty gelatin capsules to split doses. I started at 60mg and am ready to drop to 10mg. This has taken me several months to get here. My Dr isn't happy about how long its taking, but it's MY body, my side effects, and my choice to take it slow. There is hope.
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Need some advice
Posted by: oneofus
Jul 31, 2015
My Dr. Persecuted me 20 mg of Cymbalta just 2 weeks ago. The first 3 days were horrific as I adjusted to it and I experienced many of the same symptoms people have described with withdrawal. It me me so tired at first that I was taking it at night but then earlier this week (only my second week on it) I missed my evening pill and took it first thing in the am when Id realized I'd missed it. This time I felt wired but almost drunk at the same time and had extreme nausea and was bouncing on a whim between crying and exploding with anger. And some how I'm exhaused during latter parts of the day but unable to sleep at night. My anxiety has lessened a little but I feel like it's not enough but I'm very reluctant to increase the dose after reading about the difficulty weaning off this medication. I want to stop taking it now before I'm up to 60 or 90 mg as it appears that's how most people are treated on this. Starting low and gradually increasing their dose. Should I stick with it in hopes that it will continue to improve my anxiety and old or stop now before it's too late and try something else? Any advice or recommendations will be helpful.
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Generic substitute "Coperin" can help
Posted by: clairebart
Aug 1, 2015
Hi everyone,
I have been reading your posts and thought it would be useful to let you know how i got off cymbalta. I have been on it for 5 years and had tried a few times but always went back because of the w/ds. They dont do lower than 30mg and stopping those cold turkey was death.I used to try and divide the powder up into smaller doses and put it into empty capsules (available on ebay) but it was so hard to get even doses that it often made it worse.

Im in australia so dont know if you guys have this drug available in the US. Purely by chance getting a script filled at the chemist they gave me another type of duloxetine cymbalta, which is called coperin. the good thing about these is the capsules are full of tiny pellets and dividing them up into even doses is easy. You should ask about a brand substitute that may be in pellet form. There are 12 in a full 60mg capsule and i literally reduced just one or two pellets at a time. my husband would split a few capsules and make up equal lower doses, so no pellets were wasted. This worked out really well because as you would also know the 60mg script is the same price as the 30mg but you get more mileage from the 60s when you split them. I would stay in the next lowered dose, sometimes for a month if the w/ds hung around. I still got the w/ds but coming down so gradually made them bearable.

It took about a year but three weeks ago i came off them completely. the brain zaps were quite mild and the fm pain is being managed by trigger point therapy. another golden find - the trigger point therapy workbook by claire davies, probably saved my life because fibromyalgia was agonising hell and made my life miserable. get it.

Its still not easy though but if you have to go back you only need to take a couple of pellets (still put them in the capsule) rather than going back on higher doses. it might even be helpful to take them every other day then every two days etc when weaning off to lessen it even more.

i also saw a good natural medicine guy who gave me some stuff to deal with this symdrome. dont know what its called, plain bottle with no name on it. so far so good. If i find out what its called i will post.
Good luck, its def worth rining out if a brand substitute is avaiable in pellet form.
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withdrawal symptoms
Posted by: 3-dee
Aug 2, 2015
Came off cymbalta after about 15 years or more. Side effects were many and almost unbearble. I had brain tremors anxiety sweats emotional numbness except for rage that i am to this day (2 years later) still battling! I had so many side effects i can't remember them all.I was told it would take at least 2 years for my brain to heal from the cymbalta, being on it so long! My daughter was on it for a shorter time and had no side effects. Everyone reacts dofferently.
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15yrs of Cymbalta?
Posted by: Teropher
Dec 26, 2015
It's impossible for you to have been on Cymbalta for 15yrs unless you were in fda trials or something since the fda did not officially approve Cymbalta until August 3rd, 2004, 11yrs ago.

 


Cymbalta Withdrawl
Posted by: drozgirl
Aug 4, 2015
I began weaning myself slowly off Cymbalta in June of 2014 after having been on it for about seven years. It has been 14 months now. I gradually decreased the dosage until I was completely off the drug as of two months ago. It has been a nightmare! I am still experiencing the brain zaps DAILY. I've suffered from insomnia. I have huge mood swings, severe anxiety and depression and, just as other people have commented, irritability that quickly turns to rage. I have to fight thoughts of suicide every day even though I have a great life. This drug should be outlawed.
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Went cold turkey
Posted by: bhusebye
Aug 11, 2015
I went off cold turkey. I used a Vitamin store GABA brand one with a yellow and white label :) to get rid of the brain zaps that were annoying me. What happened to me to begin with is the jump from 30mg to 60 was crushing my soul. These time released drugs are very powerful and need some come in SMALLER increments. If a little works a lot could do better.
I tried to get some help and my Rheumatologist was not in so their nurse sent me to my general doctor. The place where my normal PN I see didn't have her listed. Some other doctor was in and I wanted some help if another SSRI was available. I was screamed at that Cymbalta is the only SSRI approved for Fibromyalgia, and I had been going through withdrawals. This doctor I had never seen before was watching me, my heart was taching because I took my OTC asthma medication before I came in. She asked me if the withdrawals made me sweat then held out her hand to put a pulse ox on my finger. Then she asked why my heartbeat was so fast and I told her I took my asthma medicine before I came in and then I was screamed at again that asthma medication doesn't cause a fast heartbeat and she screamed for an EKG. I sat in the room for 10 minutes and I got up and said something to the nurse, I told her I am tired of coming in here and people not believing me when I say something. I wont take an EKG and I am leaving. Needless to say I have a new doctor's appointment soon and asked for someone understanding who could talk with someone with Fibromyalgia. Fibro has always affected my speech I have difficulty having conversations. I have had it all my life and only in the past 4 months at 47 was I diagnosed. I can remember having either Migraines or seizures at 1 or 2. Seeing kaleidoscope colors with my eyes closed and pain, and having issues studying in high school and keeping things in my mind. I had 140 plus IQ at 9 years old but the fibro has held me hostage in my own body let alone my other genetic issues, Polands Syndrome and so forth.
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Buckle up, it may be a rough ride.
Posted by: cwcymbalta
Aug 12, 2015
Just started experiencing the Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms a few days ago. Been on the generic form of the drug for about 1 year, hated the numbness and apathy. Was prescribed by my Dr for chronic back pain and anxiety. Helped with the back pain, but not so much the anxiety. Now, about 2 weeks after carefully tapering off the drug, I'm dizzy, vision is blurred, angry, hurt all over. I've developed an odd cough. Really glad I found this site. I didn't know what was wrong with me, but on a hunch I googled Cymbalta withdrawal, and voila. At least I'm not crazy.
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Cymbalta withdrawal and side effects
Posted by: Wea1th2erby
Aug 15, 2015
I have been on cymbalta for 4or5years .i started out on 30 mg. and then Dr. Decided that I needed60 mg. never did seem to help for depression or back pain . So I wanted off of it but Dr. Insisted it was helping me alot. Now I realize it is making me like a zombie moving and talking real slow and moving real slow. I have no energy and don't feel like doing anything. I cannot remember things like names Fidel like I have alshamer I was always great speller but can't remember how to spell. My Dr. will not help me get off so I am doing what a lot of you are. Dividing the caps up half for about 2weeks and then divid e again. I am having insomnia real bad 1 and a half hrs. To 3 hours a night . I have excessive sweating all energy has left my bodÿ and a lot of other problems. In another week I am going to stop it all to gather. How long will withdrawals last?
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Withdrawal symptoms last???
Posted by: llkotara
Nov 8, 2015
In several articles I have found our symptoms could last weeks or months or longer. I the way I understood what I have read is it depends on the amount taken, how long it was taken, and the individual persons body's ability to recover.
Sorry there is not a more direct answer. Trust me I have been looking. ????????????

 


Cymbalta dilemma
Posted by: jecca80
Aug 18, 2015
I have been taking Cymbalta 60mg for almost 11 months now. For post traumatic stress/aniexty. I am lucky and do have insurance that helps to cover the costs, however even a $50 copay is very hard to swing, right now. I haven't taken a dose in 2 days. I have started having numbness and tingling in my hands. My head feels foggy and I'm extremely emotional. I know these symptoms are my own fault. But I had no idea before starting this medication how bad it would be if, I had to wean myself off. I haven't told my husband I wish my doctor would have given me better feedback about this drug.
Any suggestions for managing this would be greatly appreciated. Cymbalta :-(
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Cymbalta
Posted by: 54donis
Aug 22, 2015
Going cold turkey off. Accident that has happened three times, so this time I said enough. Everything they are listing is exactly what I am going through. Thought my body was dying on me. I have a sign up that says not to make any major decisions until I have a clean head, if that ever happens. No extra depression, but act like I am. Anyone have any idea on how this lasts??? I need my head.
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Some questions
Posted by: BNicole7
Aug 23, 2015
Hi All,
I am so sorry to hear of everything that you are all experiencing. I weaned myself off of cymbalta because my husband and I hope to be getting pregnant. Different doctors and different pharmacists all told me to do it differently. I took it into my own hands and have now completely been off of it for 3 weeks.

I cannot stop crying. I am SO down but really trying to stay off of any meds so as not to harm a baby that I can hopefully conceive.

How long did you feel like crying all the time after stopping cymbalta? I can't continue living this way...

Thanks for the input
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Physch Drs just as bad
Posted by: stateless
Aug 27, 2015
Have major depression following Breast Ca.Major complications all the way- radical mastectomy-chemo-radiation.Went to Psychiarist for help and put on 120mg . Since then I have been suicidal-one attempt and still regret getting found.I have left my job my husband my children my home-EVERYTHING!! Running very low on money
And with massive lymphoedema that requires 24hr compression no way to get a job.Have most of side effects.Insomnia then nightmares are a shocker. Heart racing-Massive feelings of anxiety-sweating.
I now drink way to much alcholol to numb these dreadful feelings but untill today never knew this was the duloxetine.Have not had any for 2days as ran out and cannot afford it any more.
When I run out of money I run out of time.
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Cymbalta Withdrawal
Posted by: screwed
Sep 1, 2015
On week 7 of a cold turkey discontinuation of 90mg's Cymbalta after taking it of 7 years. Also, I am on my second week of reducing my Morphine intake from 120mg ER, to 90mg's ER. I am an extremely tough, determined, driven individual. I've had 5 back surgery's over the past 15 years. I have taken every opiate there is. I quit Methadone cold turkey, only to have to go back on another pain med few months later just to function in my career. With the exception of going back to Cymbalta, IS THERE ANYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE MEDICALLY TO REDUCE THIS WITHDRAWL? Please spare me all the herbals, omegas 3's, St. John's Wort, plenty of water and exercise B.S. And No prayers. Just a viable option.
Thank you.
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Duloxetine-generic for Cymbalta- discontinue? lol got same symptoms taking it!!
Posted by: karolee
Sep 3, 2015
I was prescribed Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 8/5/15, for fibromyalgia. 30 mg 1 daily. It did not seem to take any of my fibro symtems away. But I did seem to be getting worse as far as dizziness,burning limbs,etc. Being a Sped. Teacher for 21+years, I found myself having unusual ticks, talking to myself outloud, cussing, almost like tourettes! Not even thinking the meds had anything to do with it, just knew pain and other fibro symptoms were not getting any better, I went back to Dr. So she doubled the dose to 60mg/day.which I started about a week ago.All of those crazy symptoms got even worse! DR.
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Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome
Posted by: MyPetDog
Sep 5, 2015
I have never publicly written on any topic, but I feel compelled after reading posts. In 1999, after years of reporting symptoms indicative of adrenal/hormonal issues to my doctor, I was sent to a psychiatrist who said I would need to take welbutrin for the rest of my life. Ongoing migraines greatly worsened. After an unidentified botched cervical spine surgery & years later a serious crushing blow to my neck, that my doctor called arthritis & old age, I asked to be put on Cymbalta to relieve unaddressed nerve pain. Headaches greatly improved. After over a decade of cervical spine issues & a few years on Cymbalta, I finally got X-rays & went to Mayo for major cervical repair to 8 levels of cracked vertabrae. During my recuperation, I ceased using Cymbalta for a few months & was diagnosed with PTSD, given the misunderstood withdrawal symptoms. When put on Welbutrin, migraines came back w/ a vengence. Switched to Cymbalta. Headaches greatly improved, but all other side effect symptoms became chronically more debilitating over the past 3 years. I realized that Welbutrin caused headaches & Cymbalta use led to symptoms I initially believed were due to cervical spine nerve damage. Since January, I too have been going through a living hell with attempts to cut down & eliminate Cymbalta (no thanks to big pharma & insurance companies). The brain & body "zaps" came w/ much pain & worse visual distortion & vertigo. Scary! I have been Cymbalta free for 4 weeks now. My only relief to being constantly electrocuted came 12 days ago after learning of The Road Home Program & beginning to use the recommended supplements (worked in less than 24 hours) I purchased from Neuro Genetic Solutions. While I am still experiencing tremendous anxiety & my brain cannot get off this carnival ride, at least the world quit spinning around me. I dare to drive to the grocery store from time to time again. I don't see the world through vibrating venetian blinds all the time, anymore. Certain neuropathic symptoms have improved. Finding this site & gaining insight from others posting comments has helped me to regain hope that I am not experiencing significant early Alzheimer's onset. I understand why anyone would prefer death to this & have had to rely heavily on my authentic spiritual self to get through each hour of each day. My heart goes out to those who have lost love ones due to this & other psychoactive drugs. I cannot imagine where I would be without the added help from supplements used in The Road Back to get through the worst of the worst symptoms. It felt like my tendons were actually tearing as muscles contracted in pain during electical surges. Although I have been blessed with improvement, yardwork will have to wait until next year due to other lingering symptoms. Unfortunately, the medical community has been of little help to me & has spent the past 3 years (decades, really) using shameful ways to cast blame & degrade my character rather than confront their lack of knowledge & understanding of medication induced symptoms. It seems I am expected to accept that my symptoms are no more than self induced anxiety & I would get better if I learned better anxiety reduction techniques. I wish! In the meantime, I rely greatly on trying to maintain a healthy diet & look forward to when basic daily exercise can be appreciated. So, to all of you in my position, I say, "Hang in there! It's not you, it's the meds!"
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Anxiety/Depression and weaning off cymbalta
Posted by: Msteelerod
Sep 7, 2015
About two years ago the panic attacks I was having were really getting out of control, I was in college so I was desperate to find a solution as to not compromise school and my job. I started at an MD who immediately put me on Zoloft and that was an awful experience, so I saw a psych doc instead and I got put on cymbalta and Xanax. I did no research before starting these drugs which was the biggest mistake.

Now I've decided I want to be free of big pharma and I've gone down to 30mg so far and it has been so difficult. Mood swings l, depression, and anger (people normally describe me as the most patient person they've ever met), I've been having awful nightmares, pretty bad headaches, I can only eat sporadically, and those old thoughts of suicide have been creeping back into my mind.

When I was combating Zoloft I was throwing up constantly and I lost ten pounds in a scary fast time I was shriveling up and too scared to leave my house. The thing that probably helped me most was smoking pot; it calmed my nerves, it helped me sleep, and it helped restore my appetite and ability to keep food down. Now smoking has been helpin with my weaning off of cymbalta but I'm definitely more interested now in more natural holistic remedies rather than being pumped full of pills. My first step I took is dedicating at least an hour almost (I can't drag myself out of bed somedays)!every day for working out and improving my diet, but I'm still in this rut and I know it takes time but anything to help ease the pain would be so appreciated. I've also decided to stop drinking completely which I think will help hugely.

Natural remedies interest me the most and methods to ease the tapering becaus I honestly don't know how to do it and I fear if my doctors plan of eventually doing one day on one day off doesn't work then it may affect my ability to go to work everyday. Also she seemed pretty keen on trying to convince me to stay on them even though I haven't had a panic attack in a year.

Pills were the worst thing that ever happened to me. I wish I took the time to understand my body rather than jumping to the quick solution.
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I had to stop cymbalta cold turkey
Posted by: Robinss67
Sep 8, 2015
I was on cymbalta for over eight years for the treatment of neuropathy and fibromyalgia. The "short" story is that I was taking one 60 mg capsule before bed each night. This seemed a better alternative to the Gabapenten/Neuronton that I was previously prescribed (now that one had me doing some very weird things). Anyway, I had no choice but to stop the cymbalta cold-turkey and that was over two weeks ago.
I anticipated some withdrawal symptoms but this is crazy. The only reason I started looking on-line was because I wanted to see how long the withdrawal symptoms last as I have no TV and wasn't aware of this issue. I'm still unable to keep food down, when I can sleep, my dreams are disturbing. I also have difficulty sleeping because I start itching or my stomach will hurt or the mind will start thinking too much. My house is a disaster and I actually want over a week without showering!! I recently lost my job of 25 years because I was taken from work by ambulance, then misdiagnosed (which almost killed me). By the time I was able to get a letter from my doc stating the true diagnosis, my employer had already made up their mind to fire me (and actually refused to believe what my primary care physician provided). So, lost my job, and of course my medical insurance. I get UI but I am supposed to be looking for work!!!! What the heck happens when the UI runs out in two more months and I'm still sick?? This withdrawal BS seems like it's just one more straw to break the camels back...how much abuse do we chronic pain patients have to put up with before someone finally stands up and helps? (Insert uncontrollable crying and vomiting here. Oh happy day"
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Buy Gelatin Capsules
Posted by: heythere
Sep 12, 2015
I purchased gelatin capsules. I opened the 60 mg caps and split them. I made a tiny "funnel" out of a teeny piece of paper. There are tiny plastic funnels on the Web. Also there are "at home" capsule machines. Yes this is tedious, but you are in control then to taper off as gradually as you need. If you have hand/ joint problems, find a dexterious friend or family member to help you. Good luck to all, depression is tough and so is geting off this drug. Take care of yourself!
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10 years of confusion
Posted by: Cymbalatahurts
Sep 14, 2015
I've been on cymbalata for 10 years. I want off these drugs period. Through all of the years that I have been taking them they just haven't helped me. My marriage has been under so much pressure over the years. I even had a hysterectomy to releive some of the side affects, that I just learned I really didn't need. All of the symptoms that I had thinking that it was because I needed the hysterectomy were side affects from cymbalata. Everytime I complained to my psych dr she increased the cymbalta and added more at antidepressants with them. I expected the drs to know what to do and I trusted them to help me. Now its 10 years later and I just want to feel normal again. Any success stories will be appreciated!
Thank you all for sharing!
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IN THE SAME CURSED BOAT
Posted by: cymbad
Sep 19, 2015
I've had Fibromyalgia for about 30 years, diagnosed about 8 years ago. I tried bupropion, which did nothing for pain, but helped me not obsess about it.
When Lyrica came on the scene I read the message boards, and realized it wasn't for me, as I had tried gabapentin, to which L. is related. It caused the suicidal thoughts you hear about.
So, on to Cymbalta (generic). Much like the bupropion, it kept me on an even keel but did nothing for pain. I decided to get off of it after a year and a half, having felt the horrible sensations if I missed a dose.
I've read about stepping down via reduced doses, but many report the same symptoms as stopping cold.
I tried a five day step down along with the bupropion and then stopped the Cymbalta.
I have auditory hallucinations--like someone's shaking a tambourine in my head/or a few short blasts of steam; constant tinnitus; feel like the ground is moving under my feet with each step; sudden moves cause the crazy dizziness and floating feeling. Nausea, tummy issues.
I hope people considering starting Cymbalta read these posts.
DO NOT START IT. TRUST US.
I came home from work early yesterday, felt too ill. It's Saturday, and as awful as I feel, I have to pull myself together and head out to my local ProHealth Pharm to buy Rescue Remedy, Omega 3, and liquid D3. Some say they help. They can't hurt.
Good thoughts to all experiencing this dreadful withdrawal. May we all make it through.
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getting off 20 MG of cymbalta
Posted by: mikadog1
Sep 20, 2015
I have been on 20 mg of cymbalta for 2 yrs and want to get off. My generic only contains 4 round pellets so not sure how the counting of pellets and reducing would work. Any suggestions greatly appreciated
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cymbalta withdrawal
Posted by: arlt
Sep 21, 2015
I was on Cymbalta 90mg/day for 2 years for depression and back pain. My 30 yr old son died Feb 6, 2015. I was/am barely surviving due to that. I have had sexual dysfunction so my dr put me back on Wellbutrin 300mg XR and I was not aware that I would have any problems. I calculated the half-life of Cymbalta and knew exactly the window of when it would have been out of my system. All of a sudden I felt awful like I was going to have a seizure and could hardly drive home. I started crying and could not stop, tried to eat a sandwich to feel better and went to bed. I had horrible nightmares and started crying and could not get out of bed the next day and had horrible neck pain. I felt like I couldn't move. I got up and fell down. I was so dizzy I had to hold on to everything to get somewhere. I was alone and panicked and just wanted to kill myself. Then I looked up Cymbalta withdrawal and there I saw what was happening to me, luckily, so far I don't have the more serious systemic syimptoms as of yet. The electrical and brain zaps and trouble with my photosensitivity is awful. I will order the special fish oil and liquid of D3 on Amazon to try and get some relief. I am glad I found this site and will never take another Cymbalta and will tell anyone who is on it or considering it the story about this drug.
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doctor advised to stop taking Cymbalta without.any advice or suggestions on withdrawls.
Posted by: kristinastevens
Oct 1, 2015
I am a 54 year old woman that has wide spread pain ,nerve pain and awaiting total hip replacement.(been waiting for that for two years).I also have osteoarthritis in my other hip,lumbar spine and cervical spine. All stemming from a fall 3 winters ago on my L hip down 6 icy concrete steps. Have had many cortisone injections in my joints and numerous trials on numerous meds.My doctor had suggested I try Cymbalta,in which I .did.Was on that 30mg for a month.I noticed that after awhile the affect of lowering my pain was less. After a month she increased it to 60mg. I was on that for 2 weeks and started feeling nauseous.I went to see my doctor on the 23 of Sept right after me cortisone injection in my Lhip and she said we should discontinue the 60mg Cymbalta.With no info on withdrawl symptoms or any other suggestions. Just like that. When I stopped taking it I felt so sick and nauseous and felt like I was and still losing my mind. I didn't realize what was going on with me.I was thinking maybe an infection from my cortisone injection???????Then I phoned my pharmacist and she said I was having withdrawl symptoms from the Cymbalta.I have been extremely aggitated,fatigued ,the sweats are absolutely horrible and mood swings horrible.Ive been crying when even talking to my kids on the phone. I have insomnia. I also take Morphine for my pain and was advised not to stop that because of those withdrawls.I Feel like I am on a collision course right now and so upset I was not informed of this info from my doctor about slowly coming off this. I also have been having chest tightenings and lots of anxiety. I feel totally screwed up.I am so disorganized right now. Absolutely no interest to see anyone or do anything. No energy and horrid. Absolutely not me at all. I feel so violated as a patient!!!!!The ringing in my ears and dizziness and tightening in my head is dreadful.
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Cymbalta withdrawal help
Posted by: bugsyboy
Oct 1, 2015
I was put on Cymbalta the 60 MG 9 months ago for a humiliating problem due to massive stress. For the first two months I worked wonderfully. I noticed that I was always exhausted, clenched my teeth and couldn't relax. I slept aside from night 3x a day for 1-2 hours. I couldn't concentrate and was just miserable. I stopped taking it 1 week ago yesterday. I have had extreme pain in my right arm and the chest pressure mentioned throughout. Until now I was unaware that cold turkey did this. While I have not had suicidal thoughts I have had thoughts like I don't care leave me alone as well as anger/rage. I started lifting weights on Monday nothing crazy. It had helped the arm pain as had stretching and rotation movements for about 5 minutes. I also took walks this week about 2 miles when the chest issue has come up. It also helped. The one thing I cannot figure out is the dizziness. There are certain foods like special k protein bars that have triggered it and or nauseau. I will post again. Hoping this helps someone.
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Yikes!
Posted by: Scott_McG
Oct 16, 2015
Wow...you are all scaring the crap out of me!
I have been on 60mg for about 2 years now.
I took it for relief of arthritic pain in my knee.
If I ever missed a dose, I had the electric zaps a lot. My wife would say I would "get dark" as well. I have developed tinitus in my left ear. Never thought that it may be due to the pill. Will be interesting if that clears up!

I had a total knee replacement a month ago and I am now looking to stop taking this pill.
I am not looking forward to it now. I have had a couple of suggestions from a pharmacist friend and a doctor friend.
I think the slow reduction method sounds best.
I will try and update as I go along.

God bless you all in this struggle.
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Alternate medications to step down with.
Posted by: thzim23
Oct 20, 2015
Due to the the fact the cymbalta is a wide acting SNRI not a SSRI one med may not work to get off it (as explained to me by my doctor). A combination of desipramine and venlafaxine worked for me the first time I got off cymbalta. Sadly I had to go back on it due to extreme pain coming back due to nerve damage and spinal stenosis. From what I can remember to get off of 60 mg of cymbalta I took 3 50 mg desipramine through out the day and one to two half 75 mg venlafaxine. had very minor side effects from the venlafaxine that compared to the getting off of cymbalta on your own are nothing. Good luck hope this info helps someone.
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Withdrawal symptoms
Posted by: SandyLanierRogers
Oct 25, 2015
Have been on 120 mgs for several years. I was on Cymbalta for depression. I started having cramps in my tongue at night. Looked up the side affects. Thinking it might be tartive dyskonesia. (spelling?). I decided to get off of it. Unfortunately, my regular doctor has retired. I'm just slowly cutting it down. I am spacing the doses further and further apart. I am having some sort of feelings of electric shocks every once and awhile. I'm also having weird dreams and stomach trouble. However, I think I'm going to be ok. Wondering what everyone else is going through.
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Withdrawal symptoms
Posted by: SandyLanierRogers
Oct 25, 2015
Have been on 120 mgs for several years. I was on Cymbalta for depression. I started having cramps in my tongue at night. Looked up the side affects. Thinking it might be tartive dyskonesia. (spelling?). I decided to get off of it. Unfortunately, my regular doctor has retired. I'm just slowly cutting it down. I am spacing the doses further and further apart. I am having some sort of feelings of electric shocks every once and awhile. I'm also having weird dreams and stomach trouble. However, I think I'm going to be ok. Wondering what everyone else is going through.
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Withdrawal symptoms
Posted by: SandyLanierRogers
Oct 25, 2015
Have been on 120 mgs for several years. I was on Cymbalta for depression. I started having cramps in my tongue at night. Looked up the side affects. Thinking it might be tartive dyskonesia. (spelling?). I decided to get off of it. Unfortunately, my regular doctor has retired. I'm just slowly cutting it down. I am spacing the doses further and further apart. I am having some sort of feelings of electric shocks every once and awhile. I'm also having weird dreams and stomach trouble. However, I think I'm going to be ok. Wondering what everyone else is going through.
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Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms are Hell!
Posted by: llkotara
Nov 8, 2015
I have been reading many of the posts and will say I have just gotten off the ganeric of cymbalta and it was done cold turkey, not by choice, and the side effects are pure hell. I have had all except the seizures. I would not wish this on my worst enemy. If you have the choice and or have just started this medication stop now. I have been taking 120mg daily for about 3years and although it worked wonders for my fiber, I ran out and my wonderful doctor and or nurse didn't seem to have the time to call the pharmacy back to get my refill done before the weekend. The first day I was without I started having withdrawal symptoms. They seem to get worse by the hour. The body zaps, I call them cause it was not just my head, are the worst. I also suffer from chronic migraines so with the zaps it of course triggers the migraines. I am scared to let my grand babies come to see me because I do not know how I will react if they get to loud or don't listen. I don't want to scare them by having a outburst of rage or a crying fit in front of them and yes I have had those also. It has been a week and 2 days without the mess and I am not sure how I am going to make it but I know I will not go back on this medication again. I will suffer with the pain and other symptoms of my fiber before I use cymbalta again. I just hope I can make it through with my marriage and family still intact. Prayers to all who are going through this.
I also was not told by my doctor how hard it would be if I ever did want to get off this medication.
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cymbalta
Posted by: shrry
Nov 10, 2015
I agree, I have been taking Cymbalta for the past year or longer, also for depression and pain, I switched insurances and I have been out of Cymbalta for the past 4 or 5 days and I am so sick, sick to my stomach, dizziness, crying all the time, my doctor is trying to fix the problem with the new insurance company, but I am afraid to start taking it again, I can't believe all the side effects I am having!!!
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I stopped taking Cymbalta 20 mgs 5 days ago
Posted by: Misty576
Nov 24, 2015
I stopped taking Cymbalta 20 mgs 5 days ago cold turkey and I have only had mild withdrawals. I wasn't sure that it would be a concern since it was such a low dose. Is there anyone else that has taken 20 mgs and stopped cold turkey? Do you think my withdrawals start getting worse as the days or weeks pass? I have read online that the withdrawals are bad from those who take 60 mgs or more but I can't seem to find anyone who has taken 20 mgs that has stopped cold turkey.
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30 mgs cold turkey
Posted by: Racerguy68
Nov 30, 2015
I've been on 30mgs for a few years and just hated the way it made me feel. I went cold turkey 3 weeks ago and I continue to suffer most of what everyone else is also experiencing with the added benefit (sarcasm) of my libido dropping to 0. This is ridiculous but I will grin and bear it.

 


Had to Stop Cymbalta
Posted by: manzimama
Dec 6, 2015
I've been struggling with depression for 21 years. I've tried many different medications on and off. Cymbalta seemed to work for me in the beginning, but I was still struggling so my doc increased my dosage. Recently I reapplied for medicaid and did not do a phone interview so my insurance was dropped. I asked the pharmacist for a few pills to get me through until my insurance can be reinstated. The price of each single pill is almost $10. In the mean time my the Medicaid office is taking forever to process my case. The first 5 days or so were OK, then on about the 6th day I started getting nauseous, my brain feels slushy and I'm experiencing constant nightmarish bizarre dreams every minute that I am asleep, and it is very hard to wake up from. Tonight I had a total meltdown, my agitation got out of control, screaming and crying, (my kids got to witness this). I feel horrible. I cannot believe so many other people are suffering so badly. I think I would like to stop taking this medication all together, but I don't want to completely crash and burn and screw up my whole life (job, marriage, kids). But I also don't know how long it is going to take before my insurance can cover the $250 that this medication costs per month, so I can't afford this even if I wanted to take it. What a major problem. I'm praying for all of you friends who are in the same boat as I am, please hang in there. :(
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Weight gain during withdrawal
Posted by: Ilovemykids4ever00
Dec 7, 2015
I was on cymbalta for 4 years. After learning about all the CRAP about this drug, I said NO more. Well I slowly stopped it. Two weeks off completely I have gained 12 pounds. I can't fit into any clothes. Someone please tell me this will eventually go away and I will get back to my regular weight......I'm more depressed now. I also have aching all through my body, like the flu,irritable,angry,tired but can't sleep.I can't be heavy it's just to depressing for me. Can someone tell me if they have went through this weight gain AFTER discontinuing.
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Weight gain during withdrawal
Posted by: Ilovemykids4ever00
Dec 7, 2015
I was on cymbalta for 4 years. After learning about all the CRAP about this drug, I said NO more. Well I slowly stopped it. Two weeks off completely I have gained 12 pounds. I can't fit into any clothes. Someone please tell me this will eventually go away and I will get back to my regular weight......I'm more depressed now. I also have aching all through my body, like the flu,irritable,angry,tired but can't sleep.I can't be heavy it's just to depressing for me. Can someone tell me if they have went through this weight gain AFTER discontinuing.
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Cymbalta withdrawl
Posted by: vjagasg2007@gmail.com
Dec 11, 2015
I have been on cymbalta 90mg for 6 months but have been using it for 4 years just gradually having my dosage upped. I have to go to a government clinic due to not being able to afford a doc, but it is always hard to get my need from them. Therefore I an going through withdrawals. I haven't had my med for a month. The symptoms are just getting worse. I had no idea that my depression and FM medication either be causing me to feel like I want to die. I am experiencing very bad vertigo to where I can barely make it to the bathroom. I'm dizzy, nauseous, have a headache, vertigo, no appetite, stiff neck, having that zapping sensation all over my body, I just want to sleep all this away but can't because I've got insomnia, and the extreme itching everywhere. I thought I was allergic to my dog but after reading up on the symptoms of Cymbalta withdrawal I now know it's the lack of medication. I've been calling this place to get to talk to the nurse so she could get to the doc to write me a Rx until my next apt which isn't until Jan 22,2016 for a month everyday and no one has called me back, and you can't just go in there you have trio have an apt to see or talk to anyone! Ughhhh! I can't take much more of this I need to function.
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Hope for withdrawal
Posted by: debbiekholmes
Dec 15, 2015
I am 65 and have been on antidepressants for 20 years - Effexor, then Cymbalta (60 mg) as soon as it was marketed as helping pain as well (back and joint issues). I actually was fairly pleased with Cymbalta, but I had been taking Juice Plus capsules for 2 months, was eating very nutritionally, and felt really good physically - so I decided to get off Cymbalta cold turkey 4 weeks ago, thinking better sooner than later. (I had tried 6 years earlier by tapering off but when I crashed depression-wise, was urged by friends to get back on, thinking I may be "genetically predisposed" and may need anti-depressants the rest of my life)

I began learning about nutrition 6 years ago when our first grandchild was 2 and started exhibiting neurological issues which probably would have been diagnosed as autism or autism spectrum. However, our daughter did extensive research on natural causes and helps and realized he was actually having reactions to certain foods. This began a journey of discovery for our whole family and we gradually began to focus on nutrition as our most important tool for overall health. (all 6 of our grandchildren, ages 4-8, have had food sensitivities).

The one hold-out on this nutrition focus was my 39 yr. old son, who had not eaten vegetables (and little fruit) since he was 2 - has a literal phobia. In my search to find something that would help him feel better and not die at an early age (he's a husband and father), I learned about Juice Plus, fruits and veggies in a capsule, and he agreed to take it. My husband and I decided to take it as well, even though we were already eating healthy - because there's no way we can eat enough quality, fresh, ripe, varied fruits and vegetables to counteract all that has happened to the food system of our country in the last 50 years. I also started doing intense research and found that our genes can be damaged or repaired by what we eat. That's when I decided that my genetic argument for being on anti-depressants was no longer viable, and went off Cymbalta for the FINAL time.

It has gone amazingly well, especially after being on it for so long - definite vertigo, which improved after 2 weeks, but I was still able to function and drive - just dizzy. Also hot flashes, (which is a pain since I already went through those with menopause), flashes of head pain, more emotional - both high and low - which is actually sort of nice since I cried very seldom on Cymbalta. However, I started having symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome (weakness, aches, cramps, jerks) about a week ago, which seems to be getting worse and drastically affects my sleep - and this led me to this site. It has helped me realize this withdrawal may take longer than I had hoped. I stayed up most of the nite reading this and other sites and wanted to post in hopes that someone might be helped by trying healthy nutrition and Juice Plus. I have prayed for each of you as I read, and hope for better days ahead for all of us.
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Cymbalta tapering off
Posted by: mimihanna
Dec 20, 2015
I have spent 4 months tapering off of Cymbalta...finally took my last dose around 4 weeks ago...
I am feeling miserable like I have the worst flu...and am excessively hot all the time..brain zaps
often...frequently....If it is this bad I would not consider going back on it to reduce my symptoms..
as I am afraid of what it has done to me...permanent damage...I took it for 11 years...but was so
hot all the time I decided to go off of it to reduce being so hot.....
what my options are...???????
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Cymbalta withdrawal
Posted by: mrsheath1130
Dec 21, 2015
I am currently in my 2nd month stopping this drug. Its been my 4th time. I am having ALL the withdrawals but the worse BY FAR is the mental aspects. Being "trapped in my mind" so to speak. There is a point where the withdrawals and all the cognitive issues involved with withdrawing from this drug cause you to really question your own sanity at times. I reduced my dosage by 10 mg for 2 weeks. Then when I got to 20 mg I began taking the 30 mg capsules and breaking them open and taking half of the beads so the dose was approx 15 mg. Now I am taking the 20 mg capsules and breaking those open and taking half of those for a 10 mg dosage for 2 weeks. After this I will be taking one third the capsule for 2 weeks...then one quarter of the capsule for 2 weeks. This has been the farthest I have gotten in getting off the drug by far and the very slow dosage decrease has really helped. But I won't tell you it will be easy so prepare yourself for the fight of your life with getting off this drug and be ready mentally more then anything else because that will be the hardest part. I am also under the direct supervision of a neurologist for this detox and have retain a lawyer (Gacovino, Lakes and Associates) for my injuries from this drug. But yes by all means break open the capsules and reduce the dosage this way if you have to. Also, do not detox by taking the drug every other day. It has a half life of 12 hours so you will literally be playing ping pong with your brain if you do this.
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Weening from Cymbalta
Posted by: Debbie432
Dec 29, 2015
Thanks for the advice on this will show my doctor your comment on the open the capsule part coming to that point soon!!

 

 
Weening from Cymbalta
Posted by: Debbie432
Dec 29, 2015
Thanks for the advice on this will show my doctor your comment on the open the capsule part coming to that point soon!!

 


OMG! Pain from withdrawl or something else.
Posted by: ayn327
Dec 22, 2015
I have the worst back pain I have ever had in my life. I cant sit, I cant stand, & laying down is the worst. Is this from Cymbalta withdrawl? 2 yrs of 90 mg, then 3 months on 60. Now the Dr. just stopped it. The pain and zaps are making me lose my mind!
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Withdrawals from Cymbalta weening
Posted by: Debbie432
Dec 29, 2015
I have been weening from Cymbalta first down from 60mg to 30mg and now on 20mg the side affects are awful not being able to lift my head without feeling like the room is spinning and the brain zaps as I now find out the name from here are crazy but I just keep focusing on being over it soon I hope my next coarse is the every other day thing and then every 3 days ect. Hope this ends soon it has put a hold on my life and I don't like it!!!
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Withdrawing from Cymbalta
Posted by: NanaTex
Jan 7, 2016
You are weaning off way too fast and can be very dangerous for you. Please read my post below on January 7 for weaning off safely. Hugz

 


trying yo discontinue use
Posted by: pruem
Jan 2, 2016
Thank you for your advice on spliting tablets i have gone from 60mg to 30 mg daily then 30 mg every second day but cant seem to get to every three days with feeling extremely dizzy and my brain not following where i am looking!!! I will try what you have done. Thanx
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Safer Method of Withdrawing from Cymbalta
Posted by: NanaTex
Jan 7, 2016
I "weaned" myself off this hateful drug last year, and still experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
I recently came across a group of people like us, and feel I need to post a file from that group. Many of the people have been able to make the process easier for themselves and others by following a type of bead counting, where you eliminate the drug very VERY gradually. It is very dangerous to wean off too fast. And it s also dangerous to try and wean off by alternating days, etc.
This is long, but hoping it will help someone who really wants to get past this without more harm to your health than necessary. Hugz


The Bead Method of Tapering off Cymbalta -
Digital Scale Info.
*At whatever dose you are, tapering is ideally done with a knowledgeable doctor but that rarely is the case. See if you can find a knowledgeable doctor (preferably a functional medical doctor to help).

1. If a doctor tells you that Cymbalta is not addictive or doesn't have a host of side effects, that is incorrect.

2. If a doctor tells you to skip days or go every other day, that is wrong.

3 If a doctor tells you to simply stop taking Cymbalta, that is not only wrong, but dangerous.

4 If a doctor tells you withdrawal only lasts two weeks and isn't that bad, s/he is misinformed.

5. Withdrawal can still occur if switched to another drug.

6. If a compounding pharmacist suggests liquefying Cymbalta read this: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/283-tips-for-tapering-off-cymbalta-duloxetine/


This is general taper information that has been gleaned from several sources but has seemed to bring the least amount of rebound or withdrawal side effects.


First, you have to establish whether you have the brand Cymbalta or a generic (there are several generic makers with slightly different formulas). If you have the brand Cymbalta or the generic with several hundred, same sized beads then you can do the bead method. Depending on an individual's metabolism, length of time on Cymbalta, other drugs involved, dose, etc. there will be some differences. Everyone is a bit different but there are some guidelines that will make tapering off easier. You should go slow. Those who are most successful take their time.


The maximum anyone should taper according to Dr. Peter Breggin and a lot of experts is 10% at a time. So, if you are taking 60 mgs. you should only remove at the max 6 mgs. You count all the beads (maybe around 450 or so in a 60 mg. caps) and remove 10%. For example: If there are 450 beads in a cap one would remove 45 beads. Put the remaining beads back in the gelatin capsule and take that. Take the capsule less 45 beads for a week or so, at the same time every day. Take note of any side effects. If you experience severe side effects such as brain zaps, irrational thoughts, rages, suicidal ideation, etc. Don't reduce any more until stabilized. It may also mean you should step back up a bit and only remove 5%. Some people are so sensitive they can only remove 1% or even just one bead. There has to be some room for adjustments depending on the individual.


NOTE: As you reduce down in dose you should maintain a ratio. So if you have gone from 60 mg. removing 6 mgs.once you are down to 30 mg. you should remove 3 mg. 20 mg. equals 2 mgs removed and so on. If you do it the other way you will be removing too much at a time. Always scale down the amount removed as you slowly drop down tapering. Always take the taper percentage from the last dose taken.


NAME BRAND CYMBALTA TAPERING

A general description for the bead method with name brand Cymbalta:

-Open a capsule and count the beads

-Remove 10% or less

-Put the remaining beads inside the capsule (or into another empty gel cap) and take that

-Keep removing the exact same amount each day (less than 10%) and do that for 1 - 3 weeks

-Once you have stabilized at that dose, repeat process removing 10% of the remaining beads

-If you observe any unusual effects then you should probably remove fewer beads. You could try removing 2.5 - 5% instead of 10% and see if that reduces symptoms.

-Once stabilized for 7 - 10 days, it is time to drop down and hold for another 1 - 3 weeks.

-Don't skip days or alternate days

-Save the excess beads for later use

-Put the capsules in the refrigerator before counting them to reduce static cling

-DO NOT ingest the beads without a capsule. Empty capsules can be purchased on line or at drug stores.


Again, if you are having any issues you should slow down the process. It may take several months and in some cases a year or longer to safely taper.

General rule of thumb is: 1 year of taper for every 5 years on Cymbalta.


Making lifestyle changes to help your body and brain adjust and recover from withdrawal is extremely important.

-Eat very healthy to minimize side effects and rebuild the brain and body. (Organic, no GMO, no processed foods, no dairy or sugars. Avoid caffeine and foods that stimulate or depress)

-Work on repairing gut health and flora.

-Drink a lot of filtered water.

-Aloe Vera for stomach upset (which often accompanies Cymbalta use).

-Light exercise, plenty of fresh air and sunshine.



GENERIC DULOXITINE TAPERING -All generics are not the same. Be sure to speak to your doctor and pharmacist about getting the same brand of generic each time. Generic variations:-large, possibly irregular beads or chunks (not good for the bead method, recommend compounding)-small beads (could possibly be used for bead counting if each bead is less than 10% of total)-powder (taper using a scale or compounding clinic) If the capsules are full of many tiny beads you might be able to use that particular brand for tapering. Count the beads and make sure each bead is less than 10% of the full volume. If the capsule contains dozens of large, possibly irregular beads or chunks, then the bead method WON'T work. If you have the capsules with the larger beads there are two things you can do:


1. contact a compounding pharmacist to work out a taper method or if in the U.S., contact pharmacist, Roy Katz at www.customrx.com. He will work with your doctor. http://www.pccarx.com/contact-us/find-a-compounder

2. ask your pharmacist to switch you to a generic (and stay with a generic) that has the smaller micro-beads suitable for bead counting.

As an addendum our own Ann Blake Tracy, an expert on ssri/snri taper says that 10% reduction is too fast and recommends a lower amount. The amount really depends on the person's tolerance to taper. Beware that often people cold turkey or fast taper not thinking they are having issues only for the side effects to show up later, sometimes months later. This is an inexact method. Rule of thumb though - slow taper -10% or less, is the best way to get off this drug. The longer on the drug, high dose amount and other psychotropic use will likely make it more complicated and thus a longer, slower process. Even those who have failed other attempts to discontinue Cymbalta have been successful when tapering down slowly, steadily and consistently. Don't give up. You can do this!



It's very important to keep a journal while tapering. It can even save your life in the event of emergency situation. Tell your spouse, significant other, a family member that you live with, or friend about your journal and where you keep it. Tell them to show it to paramedic or take it to the ER if you are not able to communicate the info about your taper. God forbid anything bad happens, however, it's better to be safe than sorry! In any case this will be a great method to keep track of the amount of number of beads to take, the percentage you are reducing and length of your taper. You can look back and see how you have improved through your journey. If you are tapering with your doctor's approval and knowledge, take your journal with you to your appointments so your doctor can see what and how you are doing as you taper. You can include anything that you want to keep track of. Here are some suggestions of what you may want to include in your journal.
?Week, day, date, % you are tapering - EX: Week 1, Day 1, Thursday Sept 24, 2015. Beginning taper from Cymbalta of 5%. Taking 332 beads in capsule (from average amount of 350 beads per capsule. Removing 18 beads and putting back 332 beads in capsule) The next day write Week 1 Day 2 Friday Sept 25, 2015. Continuing 5% taper. Taking 332 beads in capsule. And so on. When you are ready to drop/step down another percentage, write dropping down another 5% removing 17 beads and taking 315 beads in capsule. It really helps to only drop down on a specific day of the week. Just remember to go as slow as you need to.
?Weight-weigh in the morning when you first get up and record it in the journal. (This will help you keep track of weight loss or gain and make you conscious of it and help you make changes in your diet and exercise.).
?Blood pressure - if you self monitor, especially if you already have a problem with high/ low blood pressure.
?Blood sugar - If you self monitor, especially if you have diabetes or hypoglycemia.
?Write down everything you eat and drink and the amounts. (it's tempting to cheat on this but know you are not cheating anyone but yourself :) It will help you and your Dr. to know what foods or drinks (such as caffeinated or sugar or other ingredients in the foods/drinks may be helping or hurting you and causing any symptoms you may have, including weight gain/loss, blood pressure/sugar fluctuations. )
?Any other medications or supplements you takes and their dosage(s). (This can help show if anything is causing problems with interactions or improvements.
?Bowel movements and urine output - (I know this may sound gross, but it's important to know to help you and your Dr. know if you are having problems with constipation, diarrhea, dehydration, or fluid retention. They keep track of all that when you have a hospital stay because it is important to you health. You don't have to measure, just write how many times per day you voided (urinated), what color it was (dark, bloody, clear, cloudy etc. This can tell you and your Dr. if there are any problems such blood in your urine or cloudiness is caused by kidney infection or UTI or just that you are dehydrated making your urine dark or that the vitamins, especially B vitamins, you take are making your making the color change.) List if you didn't have a bowel movement that day, if you did how many times, the color and consistency. If hard and dry, it can tell you are dehydrated and need to increase your water and or fiber intake and whether you should be aware of hemorrhoids. If fresh blood is present it could indicate bleeding in the rectum, possibly from hemorrhoids. ( coconut oil, EVOO, and mineral oil can help with that, just be sure to consult your Dr. before trying it.) If if it is sticky looking or have the look of coffee grounds it could indicate old blood in in it. Or with diarrhea, how many times a day, the color and consistency. If it has blood or mucus or even the color of it it could indicate that you have an infection.
?Activity - Write down any physical, mental, emotional well being activity you did that day and how you feel it helped you or hurt you. (This helps you and your Dr. see how you are improving and how or what you may be over doing, causing your symptoms to increase or decrease and know what to you may need to add or avoid. For example if you have had trouble focusing on reading and now you are able to read and enjoy a good book again, religious study/prayer/meditation, exercise, shopping/socializing, classes you are taking, anxiety/coping skills/ deep breathing and other pain management exercises.
?Feel free to add anything you may feel is important to you and your Dr. to keep track of and tailor it for YOU.

 


Safer Method of Withdrawing from Cymbalta
Posted by: NanaTex
Jan 7, 2016
Also, I would like to say that if you've only recently taken yourself off this drug, it's not too late to wean off by the safer method I posted above. If at all possible, just put yourself back on your regular dose until you level out. Then you can start tapering gradually as described in my previous post. Even if you're two or three months out, if you're still suffering, this may be a better option for you.
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Withdrawal symptoms
Posted by: Cmdavis
Jan 11, 2016
I have been taking 30mg for anxiety, seasonal depression and severe arthritis. I missed it for two nights and had gut wrenching pain in my gut and diarrhea. Then I ran out two nights ago and the same thing happened again. That's why I am awake bc I'm trying to get my guts to quit cramping so bad so I can sleep. What sucks is I owe my Dr $300 from last year's visits and I can't pay it for another week and a half and he wrote me 24 refills but they expired after 12 months!?! He refuses to even call me in enough to last until I can see him and you know the drs all know the horrible side effects of these meds! Has anyone else had this side effect or similar issues with their physicians? I just don't think it should be legal to prescribe somebody something and not warn them of the horrible side effects when you can't take it and to let your patient go without a medication that cause such horrible side effects when they aren't able to afford the overpriced visits and won't even make sure you have enough until you can afford it! Hell I wouldn't be on it if I really didn't need it bc I really dislike antidepressants but this one doesn't change who I am and it really is the best thing I have found for my arthritis. Gonna eat another popsicle and try to go back to sleep. Any feedback will be very much appreciated!??appreciated
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Facebook help group
Posted by: ladybadone
Jan 16, 2016
Look for a group called Cymbalta Hurts worse. They will help you with tons of info and how to taper and everything. I started tapering Jan 1st from 60mg.
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Dosage correction or update
Posted by: Mtcowgirl
Jan 22, 2016
Cymbalta does come in a 10 mg. This article may have been written previous to the 10 mg being available or perhaps the makers listened to the need. I am currently tapering off and hope to be off it witin the next three weeks. So far no adverse effects.
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Cymbalta
Posted by: Rockhound1
Jan 23, 2016
I have been off of Cymbalta for 6 weeks after taking for 16 months. I feel like I have permanent brain damage. Please don't ever start taking this. The joint pain is worth feeling rather than the withdrawal. I had no idea the side effects after taking would be like this. After the nausea, brain zaps and shaking and vomiting my husband took me to urgent care. I could not drive or do my bookkeeping job. I still can't process and start many projects at once like going around in circles and can' finish any of them. Cry at the drop of a hat. I can not deal with people that I love and care about. The drug helped me with joint pain and anxiety for sure but I ran out after my PA moved to another state. I was never warned about the severe side effects other than the instructions with prescription. I was taking 60 mg generic. After 6 weeks there is no vomiting but mental confusion, anxiety attacks and hot flashes and a never ending headaches are still present. I feel like I will never get over this. Thankfully my children are grown because there is no way I could handle it. No body wants to be around me. I am scared to try anything else for anxiety now. So scary to not have control over my brain and my reactions. I think this drug ruined my life! Hope this is not permanent. I am not too trusting of Doctors just don't know what to do. I can't make decisions and nothing makes me happy! Do not go cold turkey for sure!
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Cymbalta
Posted by: Rockhound1
Jan 23, 2016
I have been off of Cymbalta for 6 weeks after taking for 16 months. I feel like I have permanent brain damage. Please don't ever start taking this. The joint pain is worth feeling rather than the withdrawal. I had no idea the side effects after taking would be like this. After the nausea, brain zaps and shaking and vomiting my husband took me to urgent care. I could not drive or do my bookkeeping job. I still can't process and start many projects at once like going around in circles and can' finish any of them. Cry at the drop of a hat. I can not deal with people that I love and care about. The drug helped me with joint pain and anxiety for sure but I ran out after my PA moved to another state. I was never warned about the severe side effects other than the instructions with prescription. I was taking 60 mg generic. After 6 weeks there is no vomiting but mental confusion, anxiety attacks and hot flashes and a never ending headaches are still present. I feel like I will never get over this. Thankfully my children are grown because there is no way I could handle it. No body wants to be around me. I am scared to try anything else for anxiety now. So scary to not have control over my brain and my reactions. I think this drug ruined my life! Hope this is not permanent. I am not too trusting of Doctors just don't know what to do. I can't make decisions and nothing makes me happy! Do not go cold turkey for sure!
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Positive words
Posted by: Ncrumpler
Jan 31, 2016
Thank you for your positive words. I have to get off this stuff.
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Oh my god. I had no idea
Posted by: Whaney0
Feb 4, 2016
Ran out of cymbalta 30mgs once a day for the last 4-5 years. 2 days after not taking it I started to feel very nauseous and almost dizzy like my head has tracers when I turn my neck. I got concerned, looked it up and found all this.

Day 3 today, I raced to the pharmacy to fill my script and took a dose an hour ago.

I don't give a crap about quitting the drug I just want this withdrawal to go away.

My question is, now that I took it today. How long before it kicks back in and this nausea goes away?

Should I take 2 to get it back up and running? Lol
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Going through hell
Posted by: nessam2
Feb 10, 2016
I was put on cymbalta during a recent stay in a behavioral health facility. I was withdrawing from opiates. After a restless night of sleep due to the woman housed in the same room as me, the doc standing in for my prescribing doc placed me on cymbalta and trazadone. After just one day of use i woke mid night extremely irritable, by the next day i was experiencing headaches, constant ringing in my ears and mild but constant nausea. I let the nurses know of my symptoms and was given Motrin for the headaches and zofran for my nausea. When i was released Monday i told my actual doctor what was happening and that I did not think the medication the other doc prescribed to me was good for me at which point he said it would be fine if i did not want to take it. I did not have the prescription filled and went home. By 8 that evening i was experiencing terrible side effects. Ways my body feels that I cannot even explain to the doctor. I felt as if my whole body was shaking but i was not moving at all, the ringing in my ears became worse and it still has not stopped. I went to the 're yesterday due to all the side effects including hallucinations, insomnia and just an overall feeling of confusion and fear. During my admission i was sweating extremely bad, blood pressure was 167/101, I could not quite crying and was very confused, ringing and buzzing in the ears, severe headache, still unable to sleep. Tests were ran on me physically and they found nothing wrong. I was then transported back to the behavior facility where i sat all day to see the doc to try to be readmitted to be observed due to symptoms i was having. I was seen by a woman for intake and turned away. At which point they said the symptoms that I was having were normal and that the doc seen me yesterday and i was fine then and there was nothing that they could do. I was told to get the prescription filled and continue taking the cymbalta and to follow up with a counseling facility down the road for further help. It is now Wednesday and i feel like I am losing my mind. I cannot get the ringing and sounds in my ears to go away, I have a constant headache, cannot eat or sleep, brain fog,blurred vision, confusion, my whole body feels like it's constantly shaking, I keep becoming agitated and confused and i don't know when this will stop. I am scared that it won't and from what i have read i do not understand why I was put on this medication to begin with. The doctors can't findanything wrong or say nothing is wrong. I want to go back to a different hospital but I'm scared they will tell me the same thing. How can I feel like this after only three days of actually taking this medication and will it ever go away? Has anyone else experienced this at all? The ringing in my earsis so look bad and i seriously feel crazy now after being completely normal before starting this medication. If someone could please give me some advice or information if they have had a similar experience i would really appreciate it. I don't feel like I will ever be normal again and this ringing is driving me crazy.
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Cymbalta side affects when I stopped using it.
Posted by: ReginaHill
Feb 10, 2016
I started Cymbalta my severe nerve pain in my feet. I ran out of Cymbalta and I had to wait for a doctor appointment to reorder it. In the ten days without Cymbalta I have experienced brain zaps, fatigue, massive sweats, dry mouth, and the worst side affect is the cramping and nerve pain in my back feet and hands. I can not grasp or hold anything with my hands and walking feels like the tops of my feet are broken. My hands are either locked in a single position or I am in excruciating pain. My back feels as though some one has hit me with a two by four and I can't stand to have my skin touched.
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Come on folks, we are all adults and need to take personal responsibility
Posted by: count2ten
Feb 20, 2016
Doctors always tell you not to suddenly stop taking any antidepressant, and, when you get you prescription filled, there are sheets of paper attached every time. It is always your responsibility to read the information EVERY TIME as there is new
information always. There is information on herbs and supplements that you may be taking that will interact badly. Always they tell you not to suddenly stop taking them and to contact your doctor to be weaned off gradually. These are wonderful drugs if taken properly and only you can be sure to do that.
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God dam Budwieser commercials...
Posted by: Holdonpainends
Feb 22, 2016
Was involved in heavy equipment accident back in late 2012, injured C5/C6 which resulted in discsectomy and insertion of Pro Disc C (artificial disc). Three months later was back to work for solid ten months with little to no side effects of surgery. Was workin the goon spoon (shovel) faster than our youngest labourers. Ended up injuring my neck thought I was fixed NOPE!! To topic at hand ole Cymbalta, that bitch of a horse that kicks yah in the crotch everytime. Currently taking 90mg daily to bring myself to a level so i can hide how much pain im actually in to my fiance of 5 years. (Three of them spent dealing with my f!#$! neck.)

Only way ive learnt to tell that pill to sit down is.....wait for it....Marijuana. Now I understand its illegal and in no way am I encouraging minors. But it works ive tried every thing from morphine to percocet to traumacet to gabapentin not sure what its called but topical creams from the vet for horses (*Note learn some shit bout horses before asking) The skookum part bout mari j is you can get it for longterm pain relief lil side effects, theres amazing thc/cbd creams and gels which provide numbing effect. I have even infused olive oil and use it in the bath. Amazing how much fun bath can be with airsoft gun and wine bottles *ting *ting!!

I especially notice the effects of cymbalta when I get worked up, for example upstairs neighbour deceided to do flooring at 9 PM oh ya I snapped thank god for my girl, i was shakin so dam hard. Which leads me to title of my post, were watching best of superbowl commercials and that dam one with the horse and the guy then the guy sees the horse ans like he didnt recognize me but then horse is like thats my buddy and the guy sees him and runs over..... Started crying in front of 4 of my best friends! Yah so im trying to get off cymbalta now!!

K it sucks but ya have to find something to fight for...my fiance is mine. I have found that eating healthy is also major ding ding! Get protein shake, greens, berry concentrate, omgegas, vitamins. Withdrawls are fuckin up your shit gotta help your system aint ole school days supplements are out there. Get daily exercise and in words of Terry and Deaner from Fubar F!#:=%in giver!!! Its amazing how better body feels with movement but proper movement, laid myself out for 3 weeks last month for doin somethin...dunno what one tho??

Not preaching but mabye instead of warning lets work together to find solutions! Just tried dry needling at physio WORST PAIN OF MY LIFE.....BUT IT WORKS!! Tried numerous treatments nothing worked.....this does!! The guy told me be in pain from fifteen min with me or all the time. Whats to lose?

Cymbalta does work for me for pain management but dam is it worth destroying my
5 year relationship.....literally feels like brain will explode but not in pain??
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Cymbalta Withdrawal
Posted by: sporter1018
Feb 22, 2016
Hello, to whomever may be reading this, but I would like to speak to someone about the withdrawal HELL from Cymbalta. I began taking Cymbalta a couple of years ago for neuropathy, This last week I stopped taking Cymbalta. Little did I know what I would go through! It was absolutely awful, and I'm sick about how a medication can have this effect on someone, but we don't realize it. I filled my prescription and am now taking it again and, although it's taken a few days, I feel a bit better. But I feel that I can not ever stop taking this medication without going through that hell! This is some serious, horrible real-life awfulness that EVERYONE needs to be aware of.
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Been trying for 2 months
Posted by: Danvike
Feb 24, 2016
I decided that I need to get off of Cymbalta for a number of quality of life reasons. So in December, I tried to go off on my own. Huge mistake! After 6 years on it, my body and mind failed me miserably. I didn't care how I felt, I was going off. After 5 days, I hadn't slept for 3 days, headache, brain zaps and finally my blood pressure went to 187/120. That was it. I called my doctor who immediately told me that I need to take a Cymbalta and if my BP wasn't down in an hour, ER. My BP came down. My headache went away. Brain zaps stopped and I slept. I am presently taking a pill every 3 days and have been for 2 weeks even though my doctor hoped I would be off by now but warned me it could take a year. Based on her instructions, it's time to try again. I am in day four and can not sleep and an anxious. But no brain zaps. I am not sure if the insomnia and anxiety is worth it to try to suck it up. We'll see. This has been the worse experience ever. Far worse than getting off of opiods, which I was taking 120 mg/day of Opana and percocet. The difference is opiods are easy to go back on but I will never be tempted to use this crap again. I don't care how much pain!
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Withdrawing methods and supplements
Posted by: charleneon2
Feb 24, 2016
I've been doing a lot of research on this because of a friend experiencing these side effects. I read that high doses of Omega 3's help. And second I found this:
What you will need:
Time
Patience
Empty Gelatin Capsules (search 'empty capsules' on google)
a small dark dish to pour the balls in
a pin or safety pin to help count
a chart to keep track of how many balls you're removing that week

How to do it:
Do not simply go from 60 mg to 30mg or 30 to 20, and do not just stop taking your 20 mg pills just because that is the smallest dose. It is a crime that they don't offer a smaller dose, but that is what we have to deal with, unfortunately. Also, do not simply pour out part of the balls in the capsule, because you will have erratic milligrams every day, and this will only make withdrawal worse.

Whatever dosage you are taking (60, 40, 30, 20), I recommend asking your doctor for the 20 mg. pills, this will make counting much easier! Using my method, you go down 20 'balls' it will take 8 weeks to completely withdraw from 20 mg, 16 weeks from 40, ect. Yes, it takes time, but I promise its worth it. Slow wins the race! If you find you're still having withdrawal symptoms, try reducing by only 15 or 10 balls instead of 20.

In the beginning, when you are keeping more balls in the capsule than removing, just pour some of the balls out and count. They stick to your fingers, so they are fairly easy to put back in if you miscount. If you have trouble, use the bigger gelatin capsules. Each week, remove 20 additional balls from the capsule. Once you are removing more balls than you are leaving in, pour the entire capsule out, and add the number of balls that you need to take back in. It helps to have a small square dish so you can pour them in using the corner. It is MUCH easier to work with the larger gelatin capsules. Also, using gelatin capsules, you can prepare your entire weeks worth of pills in one sitting.

Here is a sample schedule for going off the 20 mg. pills: (which have ~180 balls)

week 1 160
week 2 140
week 3 120
week 4 100
week 5 80
week 6 60
week 7 40
week 8 20
week 9 Off!! congrats :)
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Dulexotine Generic Cymbalta for Tapering.
Posted by: Parleportad
Mar 1, 2016
I had to swich to Generic Cymbalta due to my prescription plan.
The Generic is Dulexotine , not sure about the spelling though.
I am tapering down from 60 mg
I split the capsule and found 12 small pills inside
That would be 0.5 mg per pill.
If you dump one pill in the toilet ( wich is where this Med belongs)
You will have 55 mg
Im doing a 6 month taper , dumping 2 pills a month will bring me to 0 mg
In 6 months .
Considering i have taken Cymbalta for 6 years , my brain depends on it .
I have concluded that to be successful at stopping you have to give your body a chance to learn to live
Without it very slowly.
One could lose relationships, Jobs ,Friends etc.
My secret is to not tell my Doctor.
This way i can keep getting the 60 mg and reduce them as needed.
He helped me taper the last time , he nearly killed me.
There is a denial in the Medical community about the seriousness of Cymbalta withdrawals.
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Glad but horrified I'm not the only one....
Posted by: Feylin88
Mar 20, 2016
I've been on Cymbalta for 4 years now and getting off of it has been a nightmare.

I've tried about 7 different medications before I started Cymbalta and the first few years that I was on it was great, most of my Anxiety and Depression went away and I was able to manage day to day. I noticed it wasn't working as well after the end of a 3.5 year relationship but I continued on knowing I was going through a rough patch.

When I moved out on my own I was not able to afford my medication daily as I did not have coverage. One weeks worth of Cymbalta 60mg was around $75 so I decided to wean myself off slowly by taking it every other day to save money. This was 2 years ago.

Since then I would see how many days I could go without taking until I felt withdrawls and then I would take my med. I slowly weaned myself to 30 mg once a week. I've tried TWICE now to discontinue this medication and the withdrawls are horrifying to the point i've just continued.

I am now married and the thoughts of having children have made me decide that I should be off altogether as I would like to be off everything for at least a year to see how I manage.

The withdrawals this time around are even more than I experienced other times. I consulted my doctor and he just thinks I should continue to take it daily still. (Prescriptions are how they make their money in Canada no?)

So far three weeks (approx) have gone by and I have felt the following symptoms:
Brain Zaps (all the time, worse at night)
Extreme Mood swings
Dizziness
Nausea and Vomiting
Limb pain
Headaches
Fatigue
Insomnia
Nightmares
Diarrhea (TMI but I never get this so I know its due to withdrawl)
Anxiety
Agitation
Involuntary crying


I give kudos to my poor husband who has patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) supported me through this.
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Glad but horrified I'm not the only one....
Posted by: Feylin88
Mar 20, 2016
May I add that my weaning off process has been ONGOING FOR TWO YEARS not just suddenly.

 


This is Hell
Posted by: Amyesnipes
Mar 20, 2016
I have been on duloxetine for a few months. I have had to stop cold turkey because my insurance (united healthcare)won't cover it right now. I am currently in bed because if I stand up I get extremely dizzy. Even laying down I feel dizzy. I am getting the brain zaps (thought I was going crazy). I am nauseous. My Dr told me there might be side effects when I started the pill but when I told him I was having side effects from stopping it he was shocked. He said he had never heard of this. Smh I hope getting on a different medication will help. I need this to be over! I had friends drive 8 hours to visit and I can't even get out of bed to see them.
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drug from hell
Posted by: darajanan
Mar 29, 2016
I have been on Cymbalta for 15 years. I loathe the fact that the Drs put me on this without warning me of the withdrawal symptoms. I have tried to wean off and have been unsuccessful. I literally feel like I'm going crazy when I try to stop. Dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, depression with bursts of crying for no reason. I literally thought I was dying. I ended up back on it and I now have panic attacks if I accidentally run out of it or God forbid leave it at home when I go out of town. The Drs are so concerned about narcotics but should be equally concerned about giving out this medicine. I regret ever taking it. It's supposed to help with my fibro but I still have the pain. It numbs my emotions and changes who I really am. If you're considering taking this medicine, DONT!
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OMG
Posted by: Agrant83
Mar 30, 2016
I have been on the generic 30mg for three months now for fibromyalgia. I haven't taken any for a week because I kept forgetting to pick it up. I have been feeling very dizzy and experience vertigo.And my thoughts are all messed up sometimes. I decided to look it up because I also have a pace maker and am in the process of scheduling a battery change and needed to know if the way I feeling was because of pacemaker failure. I have also been experiencing a heavy heart beat at times. Is that also a withdrawal symptom. And I am definitely picking up my script tomorrow and going to give my Dr. An earful for prescribing this.






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PLEASE HELP ME
Posted by: Jolly1980
Apr 3, 2016
I was put on this tablet for ms pain 30mg once a day. I am worried because ive been on them for 5 weeks and forgot to get more, so will I go through withdrawal? I have arthritis and my dadsvin hospital, so ive been thinking that my symptoms were caused by that. Now after reading comments I now think its been side effects. I now dont know wither I should phone emergency doctor or not because I cant afford to go through withdrawal as im in more pain than normal. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Me vs Cymbalta vs insurance Co.
Posted by: Grandma_in_TX
Apr 4, 2016
I'm an active, vital 72 yr old female who has been on antidepressants. I have never been diagnosed with fibromyalgia but do suffer from minor arthritis. Since I can't tolerate large doses of IBP or acetaminophen I thought it would be a good move when my doctor recommended a change to Cymbalta/Duloxetine. After life altering events in my life the doctor increased my dose from 60mg to 90mg per day. This means I had to take a 60 + a 30 or 3 of the 30s. My insurance balked at that and refused to fill the prescript. They have demanded a written letter from the doctor who is now charging me >$25 for doing this. While all the red tape was being dealt with, I ran out of my supply. The pharmacy was more than happy to "sell" me a week's emergency supply, without insurance coverage, at over $125.00. On the upside we found a coupon that reduced that down to $50.00.

Now I'm suffering withdrawal symptoms and find out how deeply I have slipped into trouble. Besides experiencing the multitude of symptoms I may have to resign my current job, which I love.
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Effexor bs Cymbalta
Posted by: Cabsmome
Apr 6, 2016
I was on Effexor for almost three years and came off of it. It was awful. Took almost a year for me to feel I was normal again. Then the migraines hit about two years later. After much discussion with my dr he put me on Cymbalta because as a side effect it helps with migraines. I've been up as high as 90mg but couldn't tolerate it very well and slipped back down to 60mg with no problem. Going from 60 to 30 might just be the death of me though and I'm only a few days in. I've read a lot on this blog site and I know what I'm in for (it's sort of nice knowing I don't have the flu with extra funky side effects lol). I can't wait to be off of this stuff. It seems the taper off period for each change in mg is about 10-14 days. I'm pretty independent but don't mind calling my dr in if needed. He's just 5 hours away... I've been on 60mg for almost 4 years now. It's going to be a rough trip but I've got a lovely fiancé and a beach right outside. Salt water and sun cure everything right? Need and want. Want and need. How does one function through this??
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Cymbalta and Jesus saved my life
Posted by: Jewels3
Apr 13, 2016
Literally, I was not in a good place. I was already taking cymbalta, but my life circumstances were becoming so intolerable that my Dr, who's a Christian literally said to me "I'm going to be praying for you.... But I'll still up your cymbalta dosage"
I replied "so, Jesus and Cymbalta... "

Anyway, it's a good thing it happened when it did, because within a few months things got even worse. My mom became extremely ill and I cared for her until she died just last month. It all happened rather quickly....3 months

So now, I'm grieving her death and my 16 year marriage all at once.
To top it ALLLLL off, I was without my cymbalta for about a week. I won't get into that. Just had to do with my travels over the last few months and pharmacy confusion.

I was to the point I was barely able to function when I started back on yesterday. Now my ears feel plugged up and I feel..... "absent"
Less dizzy, less sad, but now... Just strange.

Is it all part of being off of it then back on? Do I need to call the Dr, or will this go away the more it gets back into my system?
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cymbalta withdrawal
Posted by: Abbey2
Apr 14, 2016
I had been taking Cymbalta 30mg for 4 years. I decided that I know longer needed it because my nerve pain was a lot better. My Dr. told me to take 1 pill every other day for about 45 days. I did and let me tell you it was awful. Brain fog was the worse. I have been Cymbalta free for 6 months and I am still feeling the side effects. I have not felt the same since I quit. My Dr. wants to put me on zoloft because now I have become depressed which I never was. Not sure what to do now.
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Cymbalta Withdrawls
Posted by: Lisa0hi0
Apr 17, 2016
Has anyone experienced Burning Mouth Syndrome and/or neuropathy pain when lowering the dose of Cymbalta? I am to the point I can't take this anymore!!! If you have had the above mentioned, please tell me what you done for relief!!!
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help with cymbalta
Posted by: mayz
Apr 18, 2016
i have been on this med for 12 yrs..it is no longer helping and have tried unsuccessfully to get off 3 times. I cannot find a suitable MD to help. Need help here!
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Your doc is not the best source.....sadly.
Posted by: LisaBP
Apr 18, 2016
I have found doctors are horribly uneducated regarding tapering off this medication. They refuse to believe the side effects are real.

I am now 3 weeks totally off Cymbalta after 11 years of use, 20 years on SSRI anti-depressants.

It took me 14 months to taper off. My doctor suggested I go from 60mg to 30mg for 2 weeks, then to 15mg for 2weeks and off. I experienced such horrendous knee pain after the first two weeks I could not straighten my legs, sleep peacefully or just lift my leg off the floor by bending my knee. My doctor refused to believe this was a side effect of the Cymbalta taper. I stayed at the 30mg for the next 6 months.

I found a group on Facebook that was very helpful with my taper. They are supportive and I could not have done it without them. I also found a generic version of Cymbalta sold in Mexico in tablet form that could be cut into quarters to make the taper easier than counting the beads.

The Facebook group helped me. I suggest you look them up and follow the taper they suggest. Be patient. Take it slow.

Good luck.

The Facebook Group is called "Cymbalta Hurts Worse"

 


Withdrawal
Posted by: Jancot
Apr 25, 2016
I was on 30mg of Cymbalta for about a year, I decided I wanted to come off it but was worried about the withdrawal symptoms.
How I did it was; I took 30mg one day then missed a day for a week, I then very carefully opened the capsule and counted out the little beads inside into six piles, it worked out about 48 beads per mg. I then removed 5mg of them and put them back into the capsule which snapped together again and did it as the week before took one 25mg then missed a day for a week.
I took out 5mg each week and followed the same routine of missing a day inbetween until I was down to just a 5mg dose.
After doing the week of 5mg taking one then missing one, I stopped altogether and to be honest the withdrawal symptoms were very mild and I've now been off them for just over three weeks and although I'm experiencing some symptoms still, they are very, very mild and not all the time so are tolerable.
It was time consuming counting out the little beads which I did with tweezers but it has been so worth it not to have the severe withdrawal symptoms that some I've known have.
I hope this is of some help to those wondering how they are going to get the dose really low. Good luck to you all and I hope your withdrawal is as easy as mine was....
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3rd day of withdrawal
Posted by: BarbInTexas
Apr 25, 2016
Just stopped taking 20 mg on Saturday. Was fine on Saturday and Sunday. Woke up today with crazy brain zaps, bad nausea, excessive sweating and diarrhea. Asked my neurologist who put me on this, how to come off. And she said to just stop taking it.should I take 1 now to feel better and just take one every 3rd day? Had bad insomnia last night too and was until 2. Any suggestions?
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Cymbalta 60mg use and withdrawal
Posted by: Chrissykeys
May 3, 2016
Hi,
Thank you so much to all those who have suggested to count the beads and/or get empty capsules to put them into.
I tried to wean off Cymbalta 60mg 2 years ago with devastating results. I gradually lessened the dose by having it every other day for about 3 months. This seemed ok for me with only minor headaches and a little dizziness for a week but nothing I couldn't handle. Then I gradually lessened it to every 3rd day while commencing supplements then finally after about 6 months total stopped the Cymbalta.

Was ok for about a month then started feeling suicidal very depressed and anxious even with supplements and alternative natural antidepressants. I just thought well this didn't work and I will now have to go back on to Cymbalta. I thought I was just getting depressed and anxious again because my serotonin levels had dropped back and I was just chemically imbalanced. But I now realise that it was the shocking "withdrawal symptoms" of coming off too quickly. I realise now that coming off much much slower is probably my only way of really kicking these drugs.

I have also read a lot about natural nutrition and the incredible benefits of this in preventing and helping mental illness as well as physical illness. I always knew a lot about healthy living in regard to nutrition but never really took it seriously enough. I have since researched this and with newfound knowledge hope to combine it with very slow withdrawal of the drug.
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Help
Posted by: Care74
May 6, 2016
I stopped my cymbalta I was taken 120mg and I was told I have diabetes and cymbalta was not good with it so I was scared and stopped that day now I am feeling so sick the doctor said there's nothing he can do for me so I am asking for your help my stomach is on fire I and throwing up and don't know what to do
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Duloxetine (HCL 30mg EC Cap) Withdrawl
Posted by: USMCMaDHatTeR
May 7, 2016
My name is Andrew. I am a United States Marine Coprs, Iraq war veteran. I took a very long time to realize all of my problems. As a Marine you live and breath the Corps. And one of the most tabo things about mental health is the usual hardcore motivated young man or woman's refusal to see their own problems. We are trained that everyone has problems, so get a big fat straw and suck it the fuck up. No one wants to hear about it. Well sadly enough and ironically enough I am no longer serving as an active duty Marine. I say ironically because I just stated how open we are to treat or even seek help for anything.

Moving on - I am sorry my brain isn't able to focus- I was prescribed Duloxetine only about a few months ago. Last month I ran out as well as this month prior to remembering to get them refilled. Yes I am trying my best to remember taking them, but with my PTSD I for some reason now, and tbh always have had problems with taking meds on time or as prescribed. I told my Dr. From the very start after a bad Withdrawl from oxycodone, that I never wanted to be on anything that I will need to take every day or anything that - should I run out and fail to refill- will result in any sort of withdrawl. I just don't understand why he would have gone against my specific guidelines. I hate pills I hate pills, and always forget to take them as directed. Meaning I will miss my time and then take hrs later, as well as timely refills. It's Friday and day 2 of being without my 2 pill per day. Already I am feeling everything listed above on the first page minus seizures and suicidal thoughts but the electric shooting feeling and dizziness, fatigue, confusion, headaches, overall down in the dumps, pressure bulled up mentally, and borderline panic attacks. I know I'm feeling more but that's enough. This is the second time I've been here. I hate it. The sleeplessness with that buzzing/ringing noise is driving me mad.

I told my doctor that what ever he prescribed me it needed to be something I can just take as need and to be something that when I forget to take them or run out of refills that I didn't want to have anything the has dependence building effects with Withdrawl symptoms. I made it very clear to him it was a concern because I hate taking pills and always forget. Yet he prescribed this. Which simply doesn't make sense because it goes against everything I told him about me and my concerns.

My question is this. How long does this take? I know it's probably going to be a while even though I've only been on them a few months. But still what's the timeline? And what more can I expect to go through. I do know that sleeplessness is next with an increase in current symptoms but maybe you guys can prepare me mentally or physically. .

Next question is this. Since I am a patient at the VA. Would you guys think I should switch Dr.s? I just don't appreciate having my dr disregard my concerns and for not listening to me when he knows my history with the oxy Withdrawl fears and my taking as prescribed issues. I'm just terrible at it tbh, but I'm open for all opinions and will not take any of them as a dr opinion. But you are all very real with experience in taking these and having gone through the agony. I would like to know any alternatives that perhaps I may be able to suggest, but again question changing drs. Thank you so much and God Bless. I love you all.

Sincerely,
Andrew
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Cymbalta Withdrawal Syndrome
Posted by: hope_ellen
May 7, 2016
I have been on many medications for eight years for fibromyalgia, herniated discs, back surgery, and nine other autoimmune disorders. About six weeks ago, my doctor told me that the CDC has proposed new prescribing guidelines, so he wanted me to try some new drugs: Cymbalta first, and then if that didn't work, I would go on Savella. I was on Cymbalta for one month and could not tolerate the side effects, so weaned off as best as I could. I tried Savella, but its side effects were ridiculous, too. Plus, neither one did a thing for my fibromyalgia symptoms (and if you read the stats about these drugs, they aren't very successful--they help very few people and hurt a lot more than they help). Six weeks later, I'm still having several side effects from Cymbalta, some of them from being on it and some of them are obviously part of the well-documented "Cymbalta Withdrawal Syndrome."

I am a very easy-going, loving, peaceful person, but since taking this
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Cymbalta Withdrawal Syndrome
Posted by: hope_ellen
May 7, 2016
...but since taking this drug, I have been feeling extremely short-tempered, irritable, anxious, sad, withdrawn, lethargic, have no appetite, I can't sleep, have nightmares when I do fall (sort of) asleep...the list goes on and on.

All it takes is a call to an attorney. Phone calls are free, and many attorneys will takes cases like this without money up front. This drug never should have passed the FDA's approval! Now it's being pushed on innocent, ill patients by doctors, the AMA, FDA, and the CDC, and they need to be held accountable. I'm making my phone call Monday morning.

My thoughts are with all of you who are suffering--we'll all get through this because we're strong!

 


Starting to worry about my sanity
Posted by: Cherbear78
May 21, 2016
I have ever been so scared and worried in my whole 37 years on this planet! I started taking cymbalta a year or so ago started at 20 mg and stopped at 60 mg. Need to quit taking it because have vowed to Sundance and this requires being clean of anything. Talked to my doctor about it three months ago and he said quitting would be no problem and that I could just stop two weeks before I needed to. Simple and easy...well guess what that jerk has no stinking clue. Thank God for how things work out. I ran out a month ago and went cold turkey...first day was fine but by the second day I was in complete and utter hell! No over exaggeration whatsoever. I have no words to explain how I felt....my husband was thankfully able to get my prescription filled and I took the freaking pills. Now I am well aware that there is no stopping this crap suddenly and speedily. Went to a different doctor and she helped me design a plan to wean off. I am now down to 30 mg...it is still hell but a manageable hell. I just want to get to that place where I can look back and call this a horrible nightmarish memory. I can handle all the physical pain in the world but this crap goes beyond physical it is attacking me mentally and emotionally also. I am starting to question my own existence and spirituality and especially my sanity! I am so scared that I may never be normal again! Please reconsider any other possible way to deal with pain and depression.
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Starting to worry about my sanity
Posted by: Cherbear78
May 21, 2016
I have ever been so scared and worried in my whole 37 years on this planet! I started taking cymbalta a year or so ago started at 20 mg and stopped at 60 mg. Need to quit taking it because have vowed to Sundance and this requires being clean of anything. Talked to my doctor about it three months ago and he said quitting would be no problem and that I could just stop two weeks before I needed to. Simple and easy...well guess what that jerk has no stinking clue. Thank God for how things work out. I ran out a month ago and went cold turkey...first day was fine but by the second day I was in complete and utter hell! No over exaggeration whatsoever. I have no words to explain how I felt....my husband was thankfully able to get my prescription filled and I took the freaking pills. Now I am well aware that there is no stopping this crap suddenly and speedily. Went to a different doctor and she helped me design a plan to wean off. I am now down to 30 mg...it is still hell but a manageable hell. I just want to get to that place where I can look back and call this a horrible nightmarish memory. I can handle all the physical pain in the world but this crap goes beyond physical it is attacking me mentally and emotionally also. I am starting to question my own existence and spirituality and especially my sanity! I am so scared that I may never be normal again! Please reconsider any other possible way to deal with pain and depression.
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, Withdrawal Hell
Posted by: Treadwell1952
May 24, 2016
I have been going through withdrawal hell. I have been vomiting, headaches, nausea, irritable one minute, ok the minute I have gone from zero to ten. I feel rage mean, and I am not this kind of person. I feel like the pain I'm in is unbearable, and on top of that my pain has worsened. My doctor has put me Wellbutrin 100mg, but my insurance company only allows me to have the generic version BUPROPION. It does not seem to be working. I also have Lupus. I had to go in the hospital for 2 nights because I had a very bad anxiety attack and I was in so much pain that I have been weak. I am at my wits end. I have had a CT scan of my stomach to see if I had any problems there because of the pain and discomfort. CT of my heart, etc well everything came back normal. My sinuses have been terrible. I just don't know what else to do at this point.
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, Withdrawal Hell
Posted by: Treadwell1952
May 24, 2016
I have been going through withdrawal hell. I have been vomiting, headaches, nausea, irritable one minute, ok the minute I have gone from zero to ten. I feel rage mean, and I am not this kind of person. I feel like the pain I'm in is unbearable, and on top of that my pain has worsened. My doctor has put me Wellbutrin 100mg, but my insurance company only allows me to have the generic version BUPROPION. It does not seem to be working. I also have Lupus. I had to go in the hospital for 2 nights because I had a very bad anxiety attack and I was in so much pain that I have been weak. I am at my wits end. I have had a CT scan of my stomach to see if I had any problems there because of the pain and discomfort. CT of my heart, etc well everything came back normal. My sinuses have been terrible. I just don't know what else to do at this point.
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Cymbalta withdrawl
Posted by: singapore
May 28, 2016
Hi, I'm new to this posting lark :-) so bare with me please.
I have lupus and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 4 years ago. I was put on Lyrica but to be honest I did not feel as though it helped at all. Approximately 2 years ago I have a really bad fibro attack and the Dr. Put me on Cymbalta, the side effects were awful, but the pain stopped almost immediately. I thought how wonderful! Anyway I was only meant to be on these tables for a few months to let things settle down. I was on 60mg daily. But whenever I mentioned this to the Dr. he said that as it was helping I should stay on it. I was not happy with this as I had started to read about the long term damage it may cause. I am now 7 months in, so I told him I wanted to come off it, I then went down to 30mg a day, which I could cope with. But then after several discussion with my Dr. I decided I wanted to come off them completely. He told me that as I was on the lowest dose to just stop!!! Well, what can I say, it was hell, I am quite happy to cope with all the side effect symptoms except the 'Zaps' they were just so bad. I went back on it. I was really not prepared for that. I told him about it and he didn't seem to understand, no matter how much I tried to explain what it was like he just kept telling me that I was on the lowest dose and it shouldn't make any difference if I just stop. As it was clear I was not going to get the help I wanted, I started to take the 30mg on alternative days. Did this for a few months, whilst my body got use to it and got it down to 2 X 30mg a week and then In January this year I read a post about opening up the capsule and taking some of the little pills out. So since then that's what I have been doing. It is now the end of May and I am on 1 X 30mg every 7days. I shall continue with this dose for a couple of weeks (as I still have the zapping, having said that it is not as loud as it use to be). I will then either try to stretch it to 1 X 8 or 9 days, or I may just start to take a few of the little beads out again (not sure yet). All of this I did without telling my Dr. Until my last visit with him a few days ago, all I said was I had cut my medication down to 1x 30 mg a week. Again he told me to just stop taking it, but when it comes up to the 7th day the zapping starts again, so really feel I should still be doing this very gradually. The nice Dr :-( has given me Lyrica to take with the cymbalta, Why!!! I don't want either one of these and I'm fed up with the weight gain! It's bad enough that I occasionally have to take the steroids (which we always argue about when he suggests it) don't get me wrong, if I feel I need them then fair enough, but when it is offered out like sweets I start to wonder what the drug company are offering him! Anyway, just wanted to let people know that I am convinced there is light at the end of the tunnel, it's just going to take a while to get there. Good luck everyone and will keep you posted as to how I am getting on.
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Cymbalta Withdrawal
Posted by: Bcarey8112
May 30, 2016
I recently changed jobs, and I won't have medical insurance with my new job for 50 more days. I take Cybalta 30mg for fibromyalgia and general anxiety. I ran out of Cymbalta about 6 days ago, and I'm pretty sure I'm dying, the withdrawals are so bad. I can't keep much of anything down, I get incredibly angry at literally nothing, then I can't stop laughing, then I start crying uncontrollably. And the pain is nearly unbearable. I wasn't trying to stop taking it, but now I can't afford it. Without insurance it will cost me almost $400. Is there anything at all that can help me through this? I feel helpless. I purchased St Johns Wort to help with serotonin and turmeric for pain because I can't take anything hard on my stomach, and I don't feel any change at all. I'm too young to feel this damn old.
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Late husband age 41 completed suicide during cymbalta discontinuation
Posted by: ncp99
Jun 4, 2016
This is the first chat I've responded to on this subject, because it's taken five years to gain the strength to confront the role of Cymbalta in my husband's death. He was hurting and in need of help, and Cymbalta made it much worse. He had all of the documented symptoms - brain zaps, confusion, headache, impaired vision, aches, swelling, irritability turned to rage, and though it wasn't clear at the time, suicidal ideation - during a time when these symptoms could have been passed off as part of his depression. After reading all the similar accounts (many, many) I have no doubt that physical and mental torture will push a person (any age) who is already in a compromised physical and mental state to the point of suicide, and that Eli-Lilly takes advantage of Cymbalta users' preexisting mental state to invalidate the claims of torturous and suicide-inducing effects. If the FDA is turning its cheek, we have to ask ourselves what kind of country we live in. My children and I miss my husband, but those words fall short of expressing the pain we'll live with for the rest of our lives. If others are going through this, perhaps it's time to stand up. I do feel the strength returning.
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Cymbalta withdrawal
Posted by: Medic251
Jun 7, 2016
I am 30 years old and have been on cymbalta 120mg for almost three years. Pain specialist recommendation is we start now coming off of the cymbalta as we are currently trying to come off of a bunch of meds gabapentin and cymbalta being the biggest ones. Both specialists I've seen in the past month have warned me that cymbalta awful to come off of... Looking for any info. I know 120 is a high dose. Anyone have experience attempting to come off this dose of who have been on it for around as long?
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Discontinuing starting now
Posted by: Aliyana
Jun 14, 2016
I have been taking generic cymbalta; duloxetine 30mg for 90 days in order to relieve chronic neck and back arthritis as well as bone spurs, herniated disc and cervical disc disease. It is a welcome change from periodic vicodin use. although I never got addicted to vicodin I did not want to run the risk. duloxetine did help tremendously with the pain and it virtually dissipated. However I keep gaining weight even though I exercise regularly (walk 3.5 miles per day in under 1 hour, and I golf as well) I count my calories and I am weighing more than I ever have in my life!! I also have severe indigestion and heartburn now and I am tired all the time. No sex drive...all gone. If that is not depressing I am willing to risk a little depression to get off this horrible drug. I decided today to just stop taking it. I see my doctor tomorrow and will let her know. I have read a lot of the comments here and I don't see anywhere that anyone just stopped cold turkey. The cymbalta site does say that there MAY be a difficult journey to stop, it does not say that it is absolute. wish me well....
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Withdrawal from Cymbalta AND alcohol What fun
Posted by: cjcs0313
Jun 18, 2016
I have been on Cymbalta and drinking heavily for the past 5 years. I have been withdrawing from both since 6/9,no Cymbalta and a drastic reduction in alcohol. I have Ativan to help but I'm really trying to get off all psychotropics and booze and try to give my liver a break. Anxiety, insomnia, nightmares when I do sleep, hostility or annoyingly maudlin - the incidents in Orlando sent me into near hysteria. I am to blame for my own behavior, but I do hold my psychologist accountable for just tossing drugs at me for so long. Anyone else relate?
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Cymbalta Withdrawal
Posted by: volfn4lf
Jun 22, 2016
I have taken Cymbalta off and on for approximately 8 years. Anytime my doctor and I have decided to take me off of the 60mg dosage, he has always given me 7 days worth of the 30 mg and then I would stop. The first time I was out on the medication, I had forgotten to take it for a couple of days and physically felt like I was dying. But Luckily my withdrawal symptoms when I've tapered from 60 to 30 were not that bad. I had to start taking the 60mg again last year because of depression and anxiety after a heart attack. I am now currently without insurance so I started weaning myself by taking one pill every other day for a couple of weeks and then stopping. Not the best way but without insurance, the meds are too expensive. The worst side effects I am experiencing are nausea and the light headedness or "brain-fog". While these withdrawal symptoms are bad, I feel lucky I haven't had experiences like some other people.
I will say that while taking Cymbalta it did help my depression and it also actually helped relieve horrible hot flashes. I did have bad ringing in the ears, especially at. Isn't that I've noticed have improved the last week or so.
I have taken many anti depressants over the years and found Cymbalta the best for me but getting off of them can be rough. I could not handle Effexor, I felt stoned all the time. If I ever need to start again, I will probably ask to try something else besides Cymbalta.

Good luck everyone.
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Cymbalta Withdrawal Horror Story
Posted by: cfstara
Jun 22, 2016
I was on Cymbalta for fibromyalgia for over four years and I slowly tapered over a year and a half. Since you can't cut the pills in half, I tapered down to the lowest dose then took it every other night for a couple weeks then every 3rd night then every 4th until I finally stopped taking it. I went through 4 months of withdrawal torture. I had extreme body pain, migraines, nightmares, brain zaps, depression, anxiety, night sweats, dizziness, nausea, vertigo, brain fog, constantly changing body temperature that I could never regulate, severe insomnia that still hasn't gone away two years later, mood swings, weight loss, loss of appetite, it threw my thyroid into thyroiditis, increased my heart rate, caused half of my hair to fall out ... it was harder to go through than my initial illness. My prescribing doctor actually told me that it wasn't withdrawal and going off cymbalta doesn't cause those symptoms. She has been trying to get me back on it ever since I went off of it, saying that's the only way to get rid of the symptoms. I obviously lost trust in her. I would never go back on it again, for fear of going through that hell again.
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not taking
Posted by: carlal
Jun 26, 2016
going crazy here crying 24/7 was on for many yrs
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