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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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Cymbalta Withdrawal Symptons
Posted by: kattails
Sep 25, 2014
I stopped my Cymbalta (90mg daily) about 2 months ago cold turkey and I still have excessive sweating. Does anyone know how long this will last. Thank you
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Cymbalta Withdrawals
Posted by: unclejames
Jan 4, 2015
I was taking Cymbalta 60mg once a day. I have been in withdrawals for a little over a month now. I am angry with my pain doctor for not taking me off slowly. I will be calling her tomorrow to discuss this. I cannot believe she did not know about just taking me off without weening me off. She has caused me major problems.

 


Zachary1018
Posted by: LJHM
Oct 14, 2014
I think Lily doesn't list Cymbalta because of all the issues ppl are having with withdrawal symptoms, and that they did not have a plan for tapering ppl off of the med, and they were not upfront with doctors or patients when they came out big time with cymbalta. There are no ads on TV any more like they had been advertising.
I think they're afraid of law suits. I know I went thru a horrible year of withdrawal symptoms and am still having side effects..
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Make it stop.
Posted by: notwinning
Oct 21, 2014
Dear Eli Lilly,

You win! Although crying while writing this concession, I'm not a sore loser. I am a nauseous, disoriented, fatigued, anxious and emotionally distraught loser, but after only 6 days of attempting to discontinue use of Cymbalta (at 30mgs) I'm throwing up, and throwing in the towel. As a consumer that has 2 jobs, a household to run and yet can now barely drive, look at a computer or move my head from side-to-side due to dizziness and nausea, I remain your loyal customer. Your total lack of any manageable discontinuation options and standard of care for someone who would actually like to stop taking your drug, ensures this.

Congratulations.
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Cymbalta and other antidepressants/anxiety meds
Posted by: EdG
Nov 14, 2014
I have suffered from major anxiety and depression and have taken every antidepressant out along with Xanax for 15 years.
I started taking GABA supplement and feel better than I have for as long as I can remember, and have cut the meds to a fraction of what I was taking. Believe me try it!
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cymbalta side effects and withdrawal
Posted by: rulupa
Dec 5, 2014
I was started on cymbalta 60 mg while in hospital. I was quite ill after having 14 admissions in 2 years and being told I just had chronic pain syndrome when in fact I had multiple abdominal abscesses that required surgery to fix. At any rate I was never told what I was taking or given any information about cymbalta. I do have a form of myalgia, although not fibromyalgia, but depending on who I asked no one seemed certain if I was started on cymbalta due to pain or the idiot doctors insistence that I must be depressed since they couldn't justify my pain complaints.
Because I was also put on a number of other medications at the same time that have similar side effects it took me 2 years to realize my complaints were actually related to cymbalta. I was going thru both side effects and withdrawal on a daily basis. I have had all of my large intestine removed so these slow release medications don't stay in my system long enough to fully absorb. But I didn't even know cymbalta was a slow release drug until recently. I get everything from extremely excessive sweating to the point where I can't work because I actually drip sweat of patients, muscle fatigue where I don't think I'll make it home from a walk, a feeling that my chest is constricting, have had seizures - one of which resulted in a brain injury because I fell and hit my head. The mood swings and serious suicidal thoughts as well as at times uncontrollable rage. Because of other health problems all medical personnel are so quick to blame it on other things and not one ever suggested cymbalta could be to blame. I've seen endocrinilogists, psychiatrists, internal medicine specialists, neurologists, cardiologists but once I read this site everything fit perfectly. This drug is dangerous!!!!!! If you need it fine but patients should make the choice going in with their eyes open. It has almost cost me my life and the fight is far from over. I was switched over to liquid effexor which my pharmacist told me I would only need to take for a week and would prevent withdrawal symptoms. Wrong! but hopefully they will not be a severe or last a long as when I tried to stop cold turkey. Good luck to others.
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Frustration
Posted by: washk
Dec 11, 2014
I have been on Cymbalta (currently 60 mg) for almost 10 years now. I was originally prescribed it for depression but it did not work for that at all. Most other anti-depressants I had tried prior made me suffer very severe side effects. What kept me on the Cymbalta was I also had endometriosis and after my 4th surgery was still suffering severe pelvic pain and doctors could not figure out the cause. Surprisingly, I noticed that the Cymbalta completely stopped my daily pelvic pain. So I decided to stay on it. Fast forward a few years, I tried to stop taking it and got all the symptoms of withdrawal I've read about. I couldn't handle it so I stayed on it.

Now for the past two years, my insurance companies refuse to pay for it. It is not prescribed for the FDA approved conditions, therefore they will not cover it as a benefit. Since I can't stop taking it, I've had to apply to Eli Lilly for patient assistance, which luckily I have been approved for because who can pay the $400/month for a medication.

I feel trapped. I'm trying to sign up for insurance for next year right now and again it is not covered by any of the providers. I am thinking I will try to taper off this year with the guidance of my doctor and keep track of my withdrawal symptoms. I will ask if I can get a low dose of prozac added to my daily regimen to see if it helps with the brain zaps.

And I love how there is a generic version of Cymbalta but it is not a preferred drug by most insurance companies and still costs as much as the brand name. This is ridiculous. And if I stop taking it, will my pelvic pain come back?
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much more affordable through Canadian Pharmacies
Posted by: nancydolores
Feb 21, 2015
I started reducing cymbalta intake in August and with the support of Chinese medicine, completely stopped taking it by November. It's late February now, and I sense that my symptoms of insomnia, night sweats, depression, crying-at-the-drop-of-a-hat, broiling abdominal and chest sensations just might be discontiuation syndrome. Aargh!

So while I STILL wish to stay off cymbalta,I understand your position of needing to continue yet struggling with the cost. I founded sources of Cymbalta for about $1.10 a pill through online pharmacies in Canada. You might give that a try.

 


Cymbalta Withdrawals
Posted by: unclejames
Jan 3, 2015
I just found this site tonight. My pain doctor right before Thanksgiving had her medical assistant call me and tell me I could no longer take Cymbalta and Welbutrin which was her idea. The Cymbalta was for my Fibro and the other for mild depression. My doctor was already out of town and would be gone until after Thanksgiving. I was told to choose which one to stay on. I chose the generic Welbutrin as it was much cheaper. She did not bother to tell me I should ween myself off. But I had a feeling it should not be stopped cold turkey so I tried taking it every other day for a week or so. Then came the nightmare. Nauseated every day, headaches off and on each day, neck pain,upset stomach.I went to primary doctor thinking I had some sinus issues. Nope! My friend is a RN and we decided it was the withdrawals. those symptoms lasted 2 weeks. I ate Phenegan to stop nausea. well then comes lower back pain I cannot get relief from. so back to primary for xray, no new issues. She gave me some naproxen but it keeps my stomach upset. I also have Interstitial Cystitis which has reared it's ugly head all week long. I have periods of feeling like I am in a fog and cannot think clearly. My vision was blurry at times. After reading this article, I do not think I can go through this for several months. My husband passed away 2 years ago and I have done fairly well but now I cry everyday over him and depression is setting in. So now I don't know who to turn to. I wonder if my doctor had any idea about these withdrawals. I am quite pissed with her. Any suggestions on who to see or go see her and tell her what she has done. I am miserable. And upset.
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Cymbalta nightmare
Posted by: Bamboohut
Jan 5, 2015
Hello unclejames,

I typed out a detailed post about my Cymbalta withdrawal nightmare but my iPad shut down because of a low battery and my post was erased.

It's late and I'm too tired to type it all again so I'll just sat this - my w/d story is similar to yours and it has been SEVERE and UGLY. Your posts caught my attention because they are very recent and my horrible journey started in late November of 2014. It's been over a month since I took the last 60mg capsule and I am still living a day-to-day hell on earth.

Please let me know how you're doing. I will pray for us both because I truly believe it will take divine intervention to reverse the devastating side effects that cymbalta has caused.

May God bless you and all the others who are suffering because of this poison.
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Cymbalta
Posted by: beechgirl
Jan 12, 2015
I have taken 6 pills prescribed by pain management. My first reaction was that it was wonderful. After the first dose my pain level was noticably less. Then the palpittions, dry mouth, nauseau and lightheadedness started. I googled it and found out about Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome. I specifically asked this dr who was new to me what the side effects were. His answer was something like nothing to worry about. I put a call into.him first thing this morning, it's evening and I haven't heard back from he yet. I am thankful that I did the research myself before I found myself stuck on this medication. I'm looking to tesolve a pain issue. I have never been disgnosed with depression. The pharmaceutical company should be taken to task,as well as the FDA. I am furious with this dr for not giving me full disclosure about this medication. I try to be an informed consumer when it comes to my medical care as I am a long time hospitsl worker. Shame on me too for not researchinh before taking the first pill.
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Don't take anymore Cymbalta
Posted by: Bamboohut
Jan 15, 2015
Beechgirl, please do not let your doctor talk you into continuing with this drug. I beg you DO NOT take a single dose more. I took the last 60mg pill on 11/22/14 and I am still living a nightmare. Nothing helps. I'm on the 4th week of taking 20mg of Prozac for the debilitating depression - no improvement, not even a little bit. I want to die. That is NO EXAGGERATION. Tomorrow, with my husband's help, I will be looking into checking myself in to a psychiatric facility if we can find one in this area. The doctor who prescribed the Cymbalta and who has been my GP for almost 20 yrs referred me to a psychiatric - that was the best he could do for me? Really? Saw the one psychiatrist in our town last a Friday who said, " don't worry. This is temporary. You will definitely get better." I wanted so badly to believe him, but today I'm still on the verge of suicide. I will never be the same. I give up. I want to die. I can't take this torture any more. I have a husband and two grown children. All are healthy - I love them - they love me. We are financially secure, have a vacation home by the bay - I want for NOTHING - but this drug has ruined my life. I can't face another day like this. I know it would hurt my family but it's so bad, I'm so deeply in despair that even my love for them doesn't matter - I jusr want to die and be left in peace from this horrific drug. Pleasea, Cymbalta, I'm begging you, LEAVE ME ALONE. IM BEGGING YOU. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE.
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bamboohut
Posted by: curley81
Mar 17, 2015
I feel so much for you. You took the words out of my mouth. Is there any update? How are you doing?

A couple things that have helped me: 3-4 oz of salmon twice per day. You could use a high quality fish oil (high EPA/DHA)and B vitamins also...B12 for sure.

Stay away from folic acid and calcium carbonate. Eat brain foods and monitor your feels from them. Try to change one variable at a time in case you fall back from something.

God bless you.

 


Boy---You Ain't Kidding!
Posted by: BarbRishaw
Jan 18, 2015
I've taken Cymbalta for several years (for depression and muscle aches associated with me/cfs) and it's a fairly effective drug.

However, readers should take the discontinuation symptoms described in this article VERY seriously. It's no exaggeration. Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome (CDS) can be extremely uncomfortable, both physically and emotionally. And a mild case of CDS on one occasion is no guarantee your next time will similar---it could easily be quite severe.

Cymbalta isn't an evil drug. It can be an effective weapon against anxiety, depression and pain. But using it comes at a price.
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Boy---You Ain't Kidding!
Posted by: BarbRishaw
Jan 18, 2015
I've taken Cymbalta for several years (for depression and muscle aches associated with me/cfs) and it's a fairly effective drug.

However, readers should take the discontinuation symptoms described in this article VERY seriously. It's no exaggeration. Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome (CDS) can be extremely uncomfortable, both physically and emotionally. And a mild case of CDS on one occasion is no guarantee your next time will similar---it could easily be quite severe.

Cymbalta isn't an evil drug. It can be an effective weapon against anxiety, depression and pain. But using it comes at a price.
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Cymbalta
Posted by: JolietGirl
Jan 21, 2015
I was not feeling well one morning. Severe chest pain, nausea, vomitting. I got checked in, blood work revealed the Cymbalta raised my liver enzymes to over 700. Normal value should have been 35 to 40. Doctors said I was a verysick lady. So anyone taking this, and have these symptoms, please get checked. Be safe, be aware my dear friends.
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Cymbalta Disfunction
Posted by: Passoverman
Jan 21, 2015
I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia for over 10 years & lived with it for many years before. My Dr. thought he was doing me a favor by putting me on Cymbalta. He was continually working with me to get me help....but Cymbalta was the worst. I started gaining weight, with little help or benefit. He asked me to hold on in case the help kicked in after being on it a while. At six months, I had gained 60 lbs. We began to lower the dosage, with an alternate antidepressant introduced. Nothing changed, so we lowered it more. Horrible head zaps, messed up sleep, my bones even hurt. It was 3 months of hell. When I was finally off it, I lost 35 lbs in 4 months. Then it leveled out, and I was stuck with an extra 25 lbs. This is one messed up drug. So many people I know have had many adverse affects, on it, or coming off it!
David
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Savella does too
Posted by: oneofakind503
Jan 21, 2015
I had a very similar experience getting off Savella. My doctor says they are similar meds. Anyone else have that happen? It was horrible. I reduced very slowly and it was excruciating each time. A year later I finally stopped the last dose and still spent months with agonizing symptoms including came close to trying suicide. Never again will I try these fibro meds. Lyrica was horrible too.
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It's all true
Posted by: SailorGirl
Jan 21, 2015
I decided to go off Cymbalta last April. It wasn't really doing that much for me, and I was constantly tired to the point of no quality of life whatsoever. Being who I am, I researched what was out there about tapering off of Cymbalta. I lost my doctor a year ago, so I was doing this alone. The descriptions of the possible side effects were tame if anything. I opened the capsules and took out a few every day, then a few more, then a few more. I took three full months to taper off completely and gradually.

After the first three weeks, I learned about brain zaps. Good name for them. They suck. My Fibro fog got so bad I was really phoning it in at work, and I was really concerned about driving. Hot flashes, dizziness, pain, IBS. All the things you love about Fibromyalgia on steroids. I really pissed off the monster! I used Ginkco Biloba to help with the fog. I weaned myself off coffee, which was much easier, and started drinking green tea. I started getting my energy back. I no longer needed naps after work. My pain level increased, but not so much it wasn't manageable. I had been on one antidepressant or another for Fibromyalgia for 15 years.

Flash forward 9 months, and I'm doing much better. My pain is starting to do that weird Fibro thing where it wanders, and my shoulder pain is intense. But I think that's going to be a job for an ortho surgeon.

My advise? Looking back, I tried to get off antidepressants so many times. I can't say why this time I was finally successful, but I went through hell, and I will never, ever allow myself back into that cycle again. If you can't do it this time, regroup and try again make lifestyle changes -- diet, exercise, sleep, stress -- to make success more likely. And good luck.
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Been there done that!!!
Posted by: tearydawn
Jan 21, 2015
I was only on it for a few months. Getting off led to the worst side effects I have ever experienced, so much so, that I will NEVER take it again and warn others about it as well. I couldn't turn my head without the whole room following slowly after. I felt drunk with no ability to sober up. I was raging. I was severely depressed and wanted to lash out at those around me. That is no who I am. It was the worst experience EVER and this drug should not be on the market. The side effects lasted for a couple months, not a few days and I DID taper off very slowly.
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cymbalta and wellbutrin
Posted by: pattymetz
Jan 21, 2015
My doctor kept insisting that I be on both. I suffer from Migraines and I have Small Vessel Disease in my heart. Well at one time she had me on 300mg of Wellbutrin and increased me to 60mg of Cymbalta. My migraines increased immediately, my regular doctor increased my Topamax right away. It wasn't long before I had my Physch put me back down to 30mg Cymbalta. To make a long story short I finally convinced her to take me off the Cymbalta. I'd still like to be on less Wellbutrin because I think I felt better at 150mg. I understand the withdrawal symptoms, if you don't do it slowly, it will really mess you up.
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Cymbalta for 3 years... now Savella
Posted by: Figgy
Jan 21, 2015
I took Cymbalta for a bit more than 3 years. It did reduce my FMS pain, it helped with interstitial cystitis, reduced my lower back pain and reduced anxiety. However, I started at 30mg and went to 60mg and ended up at 90mg. When I decided it was not helping as much I wanted to switch to Savella. My rheumatology office swore the weaning off was not as bad as I'd read online. She thought I could get off within a month. I made the transition to 60mg with little problems except headaches. The transition to 30mg was more difficult. Nausea, dizziness, headaches, ringing in the ears, more pain returning. My colon started freaking out. IBS for sure. I have ulcerative colitis that had been in remission for years which returned slowly. By the time I had to reduce from 30mg to nothing (skipped one day every 3 days, then every 2 days, etc..), the colitis was really bad. Abdominal pain was constant. It was hard to determine if it was my bladder (IC) or colon .. My dr insisted I be all the way off before starting Savella. I got off and the symptoms all listed here got worse. My back was so sore and my muscles that it was hard to sleep, everything ached, I hated life. I hated everyone. It was miserable. It took 5 days to get the Savella (problems with pharmacy) and it was hell. I started on Savella which took a month to titrate up and now worry about getting off of that. It is helping the FMS though. But my colon has not recovered. Full ulcerative colitis flare up and not really getting better. I would advise NOT TO START and if you do, wean VERY SLOWLY. My primary care dr (more informed)tells me she has patients who are trying to wean and it's been more than 6 months and they cannot make the final drop in dosage. I am thankful I switched to Savella but wonder now if I'm just delaying the inevitable... my HR is VERY HIGH on Savella - up to 140 bpm and that's resting rate. I need to figure something else out soon. HELP.
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Cymbalta Discontinuing
Posted by: butterfly_hearts
Jan 21, 2015
Hello, I have been on Cymbalta now for about 2 years. last week I decided enough was enough they were making me feel like a zombie, so I made the decision to stop taking them and I was taking a high dose of 120mg. I just stopped cold turkey along with a few other pain killers like Junsita and Endone. I know it was now the wrong way to go about it but I am feeling a lot better by not taking them. just getting a few symptoms but nothing too bad as yet. but wanted to thank you for writing the article about going off them . I will keep you informed on how I am going .cheers Pamela
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Cymbalta withdrawl
Posted by: mssjenny
Jan 21, 2015
I will never take Cymbalta again. It took me 6 months to get off the drug. I had to do bead counting and slowly go down. If it wasn't for my daughter, she is an RN researching Cymbalta and coming up with a withdrawal plan, I would probably still be on it.
My Doctor at the time told me to do cold turkey, I got so sick. I had the brain zaps, sweating like you wouldn't believe, and I actually lost some sight in my left eye. All I can say is, you have to reduce slowly, bead count, to get off it. It's the worst drug out there.
I am now taking St John's wort for my fibro pain. So much better! I also take black cohosh and evening primrose for menopause. They are helping.
Doctors should research Cymbalta before prescribing it to people, and have a plan to help them get off.
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Cymbalta
Posted by: mhreyes
Jan 21, 2015
Its not working quite anymore as it was with pain from FM. May have to discontinue it. It makes me very uptight. I bite down a lot when I'm on it. Can seem to relax. I'm not looking forward to having to get off. I know it will be real hard but I will have to have something to replace it. My pain gets chronic when I try to get off. Will be seeing Dr. in February. God be with all of you. Its bad enough we are in pain and discomfort with illness more or less with all the meds we have to take. Lots of grace and strength. Mary Helen
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Cymbalta withdrawal
Posted by: suebee_64@hotmail.com
Jan 22, 2015
Horrific is the correct word for Cymbalta withdrawal. I ran out over the weekend and couldn't afford to fill my script. I had every symptom described in this article except for the seizures. Between Cymbalta and Lyrica I don't know which withdrawal is worse and unfortunately I don't think either are helping my Fibromyalgia but I'm just too damned scared to give them up. I now know why it's so hard for a junkie to give up drugs
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Discontinueing Cymbalta
Posted by: Morningstarr
Jan 22, 2015
Please, Please , Please, anyone who is thinking of taking this medication, please reconsider. I have FM and took it. It was terrible. Yes, a real nightmare! However, nothing could prepare me for the next round with this unsafe drug. A family member who was taking it, passed away last year from taking her own life while on this medication. It was totally unexpected and I was unaware she was prescribed this medication. It is very dangerous!!! DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG!!!!
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Reply
Posted by: waterdipper
Jan 22, 2015
Hang in there. We know not all (many) drs are up-to-date, knowledgeable about all the variable symptoms we patients share with each other and know are real, not our normal before FM.

Individual variability to each medication is an important factor.
I pray for a resolution to your symptoms and
guidance to a better health guiding doctor.

Sometimes psychiatrists can know more about the meds.
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Nightmares
Posted by: waterdipper
Jan 22, 2015
Since Cymbalta, I have daily morning nightmares.

Re-tried Cymbalta over a two-year period 3 different times.
Same thing. Nightmares.

Dr (rheum) response: Class I, II, and III FM patients.
and Class II get Cymbalta and Lyrica.

After reading this article, a the class action lawsuit?, will consider discontinuance. Now, how, Lily?-generic manufacturer?

Need Congress to revamp of our health system and FDA and better regulation . Pharmaceutical industry enjoys exorbitant growth rate of up to 24% compared to the US economy (2%?).
Put first common people who are suffering in so many ways each tied to the other: financially, emotionally, physically, happiness and well-being!
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I was forced to abruptly stop due to insurance not being in place when it was supposed to be.
Posted by: pjnalty
Jan 22, 2015
I had to fight for 8 days to try and get my pharmacy benefits turned on even though I signed up by the Dec 15 deadline. Needless to say I never expected to run out and not be able to get a refill for 8 VERY long and uncomfortable days. I even broke my phone in a fit of rage, which is VERY VERY unlike me....a very expensive mistake. And did the insurance carrier care about my withdrawal at all? Nope. They told me I could pay out of pocket and get reimbursed. Um, it costs about $700 for 30 days worth, and that was simply NOT doable. Makes me want to stop taking it just so this never happens again.
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Question.
Posted by: wonderlik
Jan 25, 2015
Living in the country where there are not a choice of psychiatrists I have also been put on Cymbalta. A Dopamine tablet was also added. My fybromyalgia was never very severe. In fact I wasn't aware I had ituntil my dr. diagnosed me with it.

I am taking the Cymbalta for depression - that's why I went to the dr. - a GP.

My Question is now: Is there a certain time that I must stop taking Cymbalta or for how many years can I take it.
Why should I stop taking it? Why do others stop taking it?

Should I rather see a psychiatrist in the city??
I hope there are some one who could give me answers.
Thank you.
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FM and Cymbalta
Posted by: pbefumo
Feb 4, 2015
I recently had to withdraw from Cymbalta, cold turkey, because I lost prescription coverage and couldn't afford the cash price for the generic. I discovered two things:

1) I experienced depression for the first time in my life, but I honestly wasn't surprised since I had been taking what was effectively an antidepressant, even if I was taking it for the side effect - reduced pain from Fibromyalgia. My doctor was able to get me past this particular side effect by putting me on an interim dose of Prozac. It worked.

2) I discovered just how bad my Fibromyalgia was - it was virtually incapacitating, and had - over the years I'd taken Cymbalta - become far worse. I finally found the cash to pay for it out of pocket, and within a week the pain was reduced to what it had been before I dropped the med.

I don't really blame the medication for this. It's doing what it's supposed to do, and dropping it most assuredly showed me, and my rheumatologist, just how bad my FM was.
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Stopping Cymbalta, etc.
Posted by: Gibby1960
Feb 5, 2015
I stopped taking Cymbalta 90mg, Wellbutrin 300 and 150mg, and Amitriptyline 25mg. I didn't know about the severe withdrawal symptoms of these supposedly helpful medications. I have been so ill. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fatigue, dizziness, crying, headaches, flu like symptoms, severe itching, rash, muscle pain, unbelievable sweating like hot flashes on steroids, and insomnia to mention a few. I could not figure out why I was not getting better from what I thought was the flu or other such virus. Now that I know I need advise on how to push through this? I am NEVER letting this happen again. I will never take a medication that I do not research first. This is unreal!! Any help?
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Cymbalta Withdrawal
Posted by: I_HAVE_A_RASH
Feb 9, 2015
I had been on Cymbalta since 2007 - then generic form for the past year or so. I had to come off because my co-payment was too much since generic drugs seemed to skyrocket. I was taking 90mg per day a few years back and felt totally emotionless; couldnt enjoy anything, never felt like laughing, etc. I asked the Dr. to decrease to 60mg/day and decreasing wasnt bad. Finally I said I just cant afford it any more. My dose was dropped from 60mg for one week them 30mg for a week and then discontinue. I thought I was having a stroke literally. My eyeballs fluttered, felt dizzy and sick, high and very low moments. Now that I am off (approx. 1-1/2 weeks) I have developed a rash of sorts out of the blue. Has anyone else developed a red flat spotty non-itching rash? I still feel like crap, many brain zaps and zooms so I avoid driving because usually my eyes start to flutter. I go back to see the Dr. in a few weeks and I really dont want to try anything else. I cant stand it! All of these psyche meds are so expensive. The only benefit I got from Cymbalta is it controlled my body pain -fibromyalgia. I also had colon cancer and now have severe IBS and the Cymbalta did assist in helping with bowel pain in addition to Nortriptyline. All other meds have not caused a rash but was wondering if by chance Cymbalta was suppressing it. Any ideas???
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Cymbalta withdrawal
Posted by: Lahomaviv
Feb 17, 2015
Well I can't decide if I feel better after reading these comments or worse. Without giving the long back story, I will tell you I have been on Cymbalta 120 mg and Zoloft 200 mg for about 10 years. It has worked pretty well. A year ago I began to have extreme difficulty with memory. I really believed that I had early onset Alzheimer's disease at 51 years old. I was terrified to say the least. I could no longer think well enough to continue working in my profession in accounting and business management. Fast forward a year, a lot of reading about the medicine I was on, drug interactions, homeopathic medicine, etc. and I am now off Cymbalta 100% as of 3 weeks ago. I first cut my dosage in half to 60 mg for about 3 weeks and then to taking no Cymbalta. The withdrawal, physically, was not too extreme, but........now the withdrawal is extreme. The mood swings, wanting to die, fights with my husband, crying fits, blurred vision, stiff neck, diarrhea, headaches, and just general pain is miserable and does feel like I am in HELL! At least now after reading these posts, I now know I am not crazy. This sucks. I see my doctor next week and I will be filling him in on what has been going on. I have talked many times with him about being on both of these drugs, and I have never heard until today in reading these posts that there was something called Cymbalta withdrawal syndrome. It really makes me wonder about my Psychiatrist, how could he not know this. I am so scared that my life will just be this way forever and at 52 my life feels like it is over.
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Just happy to know I'm not crazy
Posted by: petie1999
Feb 23, 2015
I'm really glad I found this board and all of the information out there about weaning myself off Cymbalta and transitioning to a new anti-depressant. I've been taking Cymbalta since about 2008 for depression after I had a back surgery and my other medicine was no longer effective. I originally started at 30mg, but over the years it stopped working and last year my dr moved me to 120mg. Over all these years NO ONE has ever explained the severity of withdrawl symptoms that I could experience. All I knew was that if I missed even 1 dose I would live in a fog, 2 days left me physically ill, and 3 days had me crying hysterically. Now that I HAVE to get off of it b/c it absolutely no longer worked for me, I have felt like I'm living with the flu - all the same symptoms, but in combination with brain fog, hysterical crying or maniacal laughter, and weird feelings in my brain. I'm trying to combat it all with lots of water, green tea, multi vitamins, and eating right. I also shared the info with my husband, kids, and friends - so if something happens to me they know what to tell the doctors. Thank you to everyone for sharing your experiences b/c I know that I'm not alone in this.
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Cymbalta withdrawals
Posted by: Brainzap85
Feb 25, 2015
Hey guys, I'm so happy I found this message board.

I was prescribed cymbalta for my anxiety and avoidant personality.

It was magic, I felt amazing, best I've felt in years. It really worked wonders for me.
I was away camping blissfully having a good time. It got to Sunday afternoon and I realised
Hey now I haven't taken my tablet in two days. Must remember to take it when I get home.

Enter "whoa what's that" turns out my first brain zaps were happening.
I googled it, I panicked, I want off this crazy medication.

I took my last tablet on Thursday last week after almost a year and a bit on it, 30mg then up to 60mg for a couple of months and then down to 30mg again for around a month. Yeah it was a fun year. Laziest year of my life. But anyway.

The withdrawals are strong, it sucks, I have the inner shivers and kinda like vertigo.
Luckily I haven't had much nausea or vomiting. My guts are going crazy though.

So is my heart. The thing that scares me most is that out of all of the posts there is not one here that says, "hey don't worry guys. Symptoms last two months and then you're golden. All good"

Why? I don't think you'd forget to Inform other people suffering with the same afflictions you are that you're all better. Out of this whole process thank goodness I actually feel like I am keeping my mind. No real deep depression or eratic thoughts yet. Here's hoping I won't get too emotional.

I really feel for you all. Thank you for sharing and I wish us all the best of luck... Something tells me we are gonna need it.
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Withdrawal
Posted by: dgj123
Feb 27, 2015
OMG...someone help I have just gone off 90 mg cymbalta cold turkey on my 5day nausea isn't in it ,stomach pains,crying all the time,nightmares,excessive sweating at night,I can hear my eyelashes moving when I blink,headaches.i was giving this instead of armpitripline a year ago and went cold turkey off them after being on a 150mg for 6 years but the withdrawal from them was severe headaches and moody and lasted about 2 weeks how long is this withdrawal gonna last I really don't want to restart them I've got through 5 days but feel all in .....how long does the withdrawal last and why are these drugs being perscribed in the uk when there are even lawsuits going on in the USA and why aren't we told about the possible withdrawal side effects when given these drugs it hasn't help my back pain at all and I'm never gonna take any pills for pain again or for depression which I have suffered from for 30 yrs cos nothing has really helped ...help
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At a loss
Posted by: cymbalta1
Mar 3, 2015
I weined myself off Cymbalta about a month ago. The side effects are still just a real as when I was on the med. I am having the withdrawal symptoms even after being off the med for a month. I have nightmares, I become agitated, my panic attacks have come back with a vengeance as well as my depression.

I can't remember things, I feel angry and just down right afraid. What I don't understand is why was the public not notified of this medication. My doctor never said anything about this shit.

I am afraid to go on anyting else to fix this problem I have with the withdrawl symptoms or my biggest fear is they won't be able to fix it.
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cymbalta withdrawal syndrome
Posted by: cymbalta43
Mar 7, 2015
I have been on Cymbalta 120mg for about 5 years. Inow have insomnia for which I have been prescribed zoplicone 10mg. It does not always work. I also suffer from a phantom itch that can strike anypart of my body and have gained weight. My knees and feet still experience pain at times. I was put on the medication for osteoarthritis and then depression when going through a tough relationship time. My daughter is an BScN and was horrified to see the drugs and dosage I am on. I am going to see my doctor for help with discontinuing cymbalta and the zoplicone. I will let the blog know how my journey progresses as it is frightening that there are no 'good' ending stories here to give hope for a drug free future.
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Cymbalta withdrawal
Posted by: Lkr64
Mar 14, 2015
Hi- I just found this site. I really thought something was drastically wrong w me(not that this isn't -just thought I had a disease or something)! Have been on 90mg of cymbalta for aprox 12 years( or as long as the drug has been around) . Have recently. Been diagnosed w an autoimmune disease that is affecting my liver. I therefore decided I needed to come off the cymbalta.......and you all seem to know what happened next! My question is-has anyone experienced vertigo so bad they can't walk? My head literally feels like it's going one way and my brain the other! I almost totally passed out today just standing at my counter-not moving too fast or doing anything crazy. Thanks to this site I have been made aware that cymbalta comes in 20mg-I'm Down to 30. Have been trying to do a pill for two days then no pill and so on-but I think maybe it would be better to go down to the 20 and then try the skipping a day . My heart and prayers go out to you all. No one can fully understand the hell you all have been through unless they have spent a few minutes in your shoes. If anyone could comment on the horrendous vertigo/dizziness I would be most grateful! Thank you so much.
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Withdrawal from Cymbalta
Posted by: addmetothelist
Mar 18, 2015
I feel like I am reading my own diary while reading everyone's comments regarding Cymbalta withdrawal. My withdrawal symptoms began when I ran out of my meds and was told I needed to see my doctor for bloodwork before getting a new prescription. By time I had my bloodwork done, saw my doctor for results, I had been off my 60 mg Cymbalta for 7 days. I felt horrible. I went back on the minute my prescription was filled. That same week I went on I did research and saw what everyone had posted and decided, I cannot take being on something like this. I have Fibromyalgia and minor anxiety. I immediately started decreasing my dose by taking 3 of the small pellets out of the capsules. I did this for 2 weeks. Next I took out 6 pellets for 2 weeks. I then started taking the capsules with 6 pellets removed every other day. I did that for another two weeks. I am now taking one capsule every 2 days (less the 6 pellets). I will start taking one tablet every 3 days in the next couple of weeks then hopefully one a week. I am still having vertigo, brain zaps, nausea, not so much nightmares but extremely vivid realistic, detailed dreams. No wonder I am tired. I actually had to leave work one day from Vertigo. I had thought for the past couple years that my menopause had ramped up a level because what were previously night sweats and an occasional hot flash developed into numerous hot flashes all day, I have a fan by my recliner at home and one by my computer at work. I take something into every meeting to fan myself with in the event I start sweating. I am a month shy of 59 yrs old, I feel 80. I took this week off from work to be able to focus on "getting off it". I previously took Tramadol for pain associated with my fibromyalgia and Lexapro for my anxiety. I have both standing by to take the minute I have not taken Cymbalta, at all, for at least 5 days. I cannot wait for that day. I am in constant touch with my physician while I am doing this. I am sure the reason she did not feel compelled to just refill my prescription initially was that she was under the Eli Lilly, 1% spell. If I had it all to do over, I would never had taken Cymbalta in the first place which would have meant living with some bad days with my fibromyalgia and stayed on my Lexapro which I never had any side effects from and it worked to ease my anxiety well. The whole reason was to limit the use of Tramadol and kill two birds with one stone by attempting to give me more relief for my fibromyalgia and taking one pill for that and my anxiety. I encourage everyone experiencing these issues to try and hang in there, talk to your doctor while attempting to decrease your dose, and hopefully we will make it through. Just get off of it no matter what.
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Withdrawals
Posted by: vickiede52
Mar 19, 2015
I have been trying to stop taking this because it's not helping my pain. I started experiencing headaches, a blackout, brain zaps, weakness, nightmares, insomnia, dizziness, lightheadedness, extreme nausea and loss of muscle control. I have been sent for CAT scans, MRI, ultrasound and blood work just trying to figure out what is wrong with me. I took one pill and bam, all my symptoms went away like they were never there. That's when I Googled withdrawal symptoms. I want to get off this med. I have nightmares with it and without it. I can't sleep at night and can't hardly stay away in the daytime. I'm tired all the time like I've been fighting in my sleep. HELP!!!!
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withdrawals awful
Posted by: monkeybrain
Mar 20, 2015
I am a recovering alcoholic haven't drank for many years. This Cymbalta withdrawal is worse than a 5 day Whiskey binge only when you wake up it still there. Just like DT's nausea vomiting joint and muscle pain headache from hell nothing touches it!!!! I plan to get off it one way or the other I have tried and had to get back on cuz I couldn't take the WD's I was prescribed it for depression because of my horrible back pain I take an Hydro or Oxy every 4 hours but 6 weeks ago I fell down and it actually fixed my back a little and now I want to stop taking Lyrica and Cymbalta. Why it is prescribed surely they didn't study the withdrawal in the drug trials of these drugs If anyone knows of any thing helpful write in here and to cymbaltawithdrawal.com we must work together for change what is this Lily 1% spell the Dr. gets do they get money for prescribing it??
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cymbalta brain zaps
Posted by: AndrewJohnson
Mar 24, 2015
First I want to say that I am not a small guy,6ft 3in. And 235 lbs,and this little pill is causing me all kinds of trouble.I am also by no means the type to write or comment on a message board, I don't even have a Facebook account/profile but if my comments can somehow help with the problems some are having with cymbalta, it will be worth it. I was taking it for a lot of the same reasons many have mentioned and it didn't seem to help at all. I then decided to quit, the first time it was awful, severe dizziness, headaches and nausea. None of which was mentioned before starting the medication. I had to take it again just to be able to function. I did some research and tried the "taper off" method with almost the same results. The "brain zaps" is definitely a real thing for me, the biggest problem really. I notice them the most when changing the focus of my eyes. For example, looking up from your phone to look at someone, any rapid movement of my eyes from one side to another, or closing your eyes for a few seconds then opening them. I also had some vertigo but not sure it's related. I am currently in day 10 of not taking it at all, the first few were tough, had to take three days off work, but the "zaps" are becoming less frequent. I am feeling irritable and still having headaches. My question is how long will this last? I mean how long does it take to get out of your system? Hopefully not long term! Hearing that someone else had these problems made me feel a little better that I wasn't the only one. The scary thing is that none of the doctors I have talked to have any answers. (3 by the way) I am a real person with a real job and have learned a valuable lesson about looking into medications before I start taking them. It has been tough on my family too, they have to put up with me!! I hope that our comments and discussion may be able to somehow help each other get through this and move on. thanks for those courageous enough to post comments you never know who it could help. -AJBean
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cymbalta
Posted by: gemar69
Mar 25, 2015
How did you try to "taper"? I have using the bead method since November with much success. I tried a year and a half ago to drop from 60mg down to 30mg with HORRIBLE results. Using the bead method and incorporating supplements and eating healthier has been helping greatly and the withdrawal symptoms are very minimal.

 

 
Withdrawal
Posted by: LeeW
Mar 25, 2015
What is the bead method?

 


Withdrawal
Posted by: LeeW
Mar 25, 2015
After being on Cymbalta for about 5 years, I accidentally missed 3 days of doses and didn't realize it. I thought I was dying. I have never felt so bad! It's now been 10 years, and the thought of having to stop it abruptly really frightens me. I even get anxious at the thought of tapering.
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cymbalta
Posted by: greeneyes48
Mar 26, 2015
I totally understand the way you have to be taken off the med bc I tried to take myself off the med an I had so many other problems with it I went back on the med and my doctor said to me you just take your self off without wenso I recommend for anybody else that is on sub Alta to please to please wean yourself off with doctors watching over you because the symptoms are severe and really can hurt you in worse conditionning
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My symptoms
Posted by: debbisutton1955
Mar 26, 2015
While I was on Cymbalta the first year was really great, it helped me by managing my pain & depression. After 1 year I started hearing a strange woosh woosh sound in my head when I blinked or shut my eyes. I seriously thought I was going crazy, so I went off the Cymbalta cold turkey...I do not advise this as I had nightmares, and I cried all the time. I finally got in to see my Dr & she put me on a new antidepressant but I dont feel less pain like I did on Cymbalta.....my next visit to the Dr I will definitely ask for something else for the pain! I hope this comment helps someone out there.
Heres to light or painfree days!
Debbi Sutton
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withdrawel from cymbalta
Posted by: frankilee
Mar 27, 2015
I have reead alot of comments about withdrawl symptoms, well my doctor did not get a PA from ins. Co. And i had been on cymbalta for 7 years and taking 60 mg. A day well i ran out waiting for pa cause once a year my ins. Require it, well then i started feeling funny i was having nightmares ever night and i was having trouble with chest pains my memory was not so good my eyes was blury and so on and on i was not feeling like my self ,then it hit me i had no cymbalta to take well i called the doctors office i think they thought it was a joke, well it aint no joke then i called px and the told me yes i was having withdrawl ,so the px her self is going to see about it going thru to my ins.co. cause she agreed it could do alot to a person to just cold turkry.i know cause its happing to me ,so i hope no one goes thru what everone else oe my self is goung thru.please dont ever stop nothing like this cold turkey.
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Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome
Posted by: EdwinaEarthshine
Mar 27, 2015
I was put on Cymbalta for Fibro as soon as it started being marketed for that specific illness. It did allow me to work full time for two years, but then it quit working and so did I. My illness came back with a vengeance and then I tried to get off of the Cymbalta which turned into a months long nightmare. My doctor thought all of my symptoms were from my illness so at first didn't know about this syndrome. I found out about it because I googled "brain zapping" which was my worst symptom. I found a wikipedia article about SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome at that time and shared it with my doctor. At first I was decreased to the lowest dose and told to take it every other day, but that did not stop the symptoms I was having (many on this list). What I had to do was to, literally, empty each capsule out onto a plate, count out the little balls. Then put 3/4 of the little balls into empty capsules I purchased separately from a supplement store, and take that 3/4 amount for a week. Then do the same thing, decreasing another 25% for another week, then decrease another 25% and so on. If the symptoms returned I had to add back in more little balls. It took me a good 6 weeks to two months to finally get off of that drug. I know the method goes against the manufacturers advise, but it worked for me and there are no meds we were aware of to treat things like brain zapping so I was forced to try this. I'm glad my doctor supported me.
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Furious about this whole Cymbalta tapering thing!
Posted by: Felin
Mar 30, 2015
I am so angry about what I've learned about tapering off of Cymbalta which I intend to begin soon.

I have found a really fantastic website that gives super advice on how to taper and how critical it is to go ultra slow.

It's survivingantidepressants dot org

May God see us all through this!
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OK to stop cold after 3 Days on????
Posted by: RobertMajor
Apr 1, 2015
OK, I've been reading and reading and reading hundreds of comments about this drug. I'm on my second attempt at taking it, 3 days in. The first time I made it only two days in and then quit (and didn't have any w/d that I remember).
If there are THIS many people having these kinds of issues with this drug, why the hell is it still being so carelessly prescribed?
I was terrified when I started it, but after today, I feel more anxious because I DO NOT want to get stuck on a drug like this. I have some chronic pain, and have had panic attacks and depression stemming from the pain and it's location. But I guess I don't see how my Dr. thinks being on this is really going to help anything in the long run. Eventually he'd probably keep increasing my dose over time, and then in a year or two or so, switch me to something else, at which time, I'd have to pay the piper.
I feel for anyone who has to deal with getting off this drug, probably on top of other issues you already have. But thanks for speaking out.

Can anyone tell me if I'm OK to stop taking this after three days on it, without hurting myself? Do I need to taper at all?

Thanks.
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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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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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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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How I stopped taking Cymbalta
Posted by: sunnyaswell
Apr 10, 2015
I started taking Cymbalta (60 mg) as an anti-depressant back in 2012. At first this drug helped to make me feel better mentally. However, one of the negative side effects of taking Cymbalta, is severe fatigue. I felt tired most of the times, and lacked the energy that I previously had. Not having the energy to exercise, play and live was in turn making me feel "depressed" (my depression didn't make me feel tired, I just didn't feel like doing anything) I therefore felt that this drug is useless, and wasn't really adding any benefit to my life.

In October 2014, after a visit to a Doctor, I reduced my dosage to 30 mg's. I continued to take this dosage until February 2015. (4 months) I experienced mild brain zap, but I noticed less fatigue and an increase in energy levels.

During March 2015 I further reduced my dosage to a non prescribed 15 mg by very carefully pulling the capsule apart and tipping the granules from one half of the capsule into the second half, until both capsules had roughly the same amount. Place a tiny amount of butter or margarine onto the ends of the capsule halves to prevent the granules from coming out. Take one half of the capsules that has been sealed with a tiny amount of butter, with a full glass of water, and with food, and do not lay down for some time after taking capsule to ensure that the capsule passes through to the stomach before the granules are released. Place the second half of the capsule in a container, which will be ready to take the next day.
I continued to pull the capsules apart for a further month to have the 15 mg dose. I noticed very slight side effects such as the brain zap that they mention a lot on this forum. It was however very slight.

During April 2015 I stopped taking Cymbalta altogether. After two days the side effects did increase. I felt sick in the stomach, and like I wanted to vomit, brain zap, confusion, and slightly irritated and agitated.

However, after 6 days I noticed the side effects did reduce to a very mild level.
What helped me was drinking plenty of water, at least 10 glasses a day to flush the system and re-hydrate, paracetamol twice per day, being patient with my situation, having support from loved one's, and laughing, yes, laughing.

After reading most of the comments on this forum, I believe that being angry and frustrated with your situation, and blaming Doctors, and drug companies for the Cymbalta side effects will only increase the sickly feelings that you will have as you are trying to come off the Cymbalta. Remaining calm and patient will help greatly with the side effects, so BE PATIENT with yourself.
Don't go cold turkey from 60 or even 30 mg's as the intensity of the side effects will be much greater than if you were to split the capsules and take a smaller dose for a short period.

So beside the slight, but manageable brain zap after 6 days of cold turkey, I feel fantastic and have so much energy and zest for living.

Good luck, be happy and patient with yourself. It worked for me.



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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 Withdrawal Syndrome Class Action Lawsuit
Posted by: CelticGoddess
Apr 18, 2015
When I found this Cymbalta Withdrawal article on 4/18/2015, there are 94 comments and 407 votes showing over-whelming approval of the content. I've detailed here how I tapered down my dosage of Cymbalta. If that doesn't interest you PLEASE scroll past this and click on the link to the Class Action Lawsuit.

I'm lucky. Despite my doctor's urging I refused to go beyond the 20 mg dose. The doctor was D.O. I was already taking 50mg of Zoloft. At the time I was under tremendous stress dealing with my teenaged daughter's autism. My gut knew I shouldn't follow the advise of a D.O. on these matters. But I was vulnerable. And it seemed to help. After 2 years I went to a psycho-pharmacologist MD who was disturbed to find me taking 2 anti-depressants. She decided,- I know you know what's coming - yes, that I should discontinue the Cymbalta/Duloxetine. She was however, aware of the withdrawal syndrome and advised me to taper it down slowly.
Let's add "painstakingly." Over 4 weeks I opened the capsules and literally counted out the "tiny time pills" inside. Working on chamois cloth used to clean eyeglasses, (the TTPs bounce and cling to everything) I lined up the "tiny time pills"(TTPs) to a ruler so they formed a straight rectangle. (The line was not a single line, the TTPs were stacked) I removed 1/4 of the (TTPs) with a fine sharp knive. Painstaking? Yes. But I was terrified of withdrawal symptoms. I counted how many TTPs were in the 1/4 section. I removed the 1/4 group OFF of the chamois. The remaining TTPS were carefully "pushed" back into the capsule. I proceeded, in the same fashion, to remove this # of TTPs from six more Duloxetine capsules. The following week, I removed 1/2 the TTPs, counted the # of TTPs, etc. etc. After four weeks - I was now counting how many TTPs were in 1/4 of an inch. Then I stopped. Now, 5 days later - despite that painstaking process - I stll have withdrawal symptoms!! My heart goes out to you who are on 60/mg daily for years and are now trying to get off it.

PLEASE - check out this Class Action lawsuit against the makers of Cymbalta specifically for their deception on this issue of withdrawal.

http://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/40648-cymbalta-withdrawal-side-effects-class-action-lawsuit-investigation/

Don't doubt for a second that the pharmaceutical companies are doing everything in their power (and they have A LOT of power) to hide this syndrome from the public. Beautiful sunny day outside, and I'm sitting here feeling nauseous and achey. Not fair. Good luck to every one here.
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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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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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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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Weight gain/cymbalta
Posted by: jbirx720
May 13, 2015
I also gained a lot of weight taking cymbalta. My doctor is anything but helpful. I'm slowly weening myself off of this dreaded drug for fibromyalgia pain
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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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