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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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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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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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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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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.

 


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 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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To Andrew
Posted by: Jewelz55
Aug 27, 2017
Andrew, could you please tell me if you were able to successfully quit Cymbalta? I have been going through the withdrawals for over a week and was wondering how long it too for your ear ringing to go away. Thanks

 


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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Eli-Lilly Class Action Lawsuit
Posted by: dbsdibs17
Oct 5, 2016
I'm so sorry about your husband. It's not his fault. As a Cymbalta user since 2004 for chronic pain re: nerve damage from an auto accident & detoxing now 60 days, I know too well the torture this posting inflicts. I'm praying that God pulls me out of this. I'm praying He pulls all of us out of this. I pray it helps someone to know that I have -several times- stared at myself in the mirror with the gun to my head--just sobbing. I thought I was losing my mind. But thank God the lawsuit against Eli-Lilly is being pursued by the FDA & that this information has been made public. It hasnt helped the avalanche of Cymbalta Withdrawal Syndrome or the years of going thru nightmares, anger, palpitation, constant metallic/bitter taste, skin itching & rashes, increased pain, nausea-vomitting-constipation-diarrhea-can't eat-dizzy-weak-shortness of breath, insomnia, water retention, dermatitis manifestations, hyperhidrosis, zombie-paranoia-isolated states, tinnitus, migraines, loss of vision, low self esteem, brain fogs-can't focus at all, a total inability to function. But-I now know it's not me--it's not my state of mind. All of this is what a billion dollar Pharmecuetical & politicians who accepted their lobbying bucks did to me & all of you. Eli-Lilly (with malicious intent) did not give full disclosure of negative side effects or severity off withdrawal systems. I believe God answers pray. I'm praying for all of us. God bless & keep us.

 


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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Withdraw result
Posted by: Withdrawnow
Jul 14, 2016
I started taking duloxetine 4 months ago and I take 20mg once a day, I want to stop them now since I feel much better with no more anxiety episodes. Today my doctor said to go cold turkey on them. She said since I was on them for just a short time and small doses. I should be fine. Have anyone been in this same doses and time frame and are you gone through withdraw systems? Please let me know so I can be ready for it. Thanks
Withdraw Now
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Cymbalta withdrawal
Posted by: Divergirl
Jul 14, 2016
I have been taking Cymbalta for about 8 months for Fibromyalgia. I found that it was about 60% helpful. Recently, my doctor told me to go off Cymbalta because it was affecting my liver. I stopped taking Cymbalta last Thursday and the past week I feel like I have been going through hell. I am normally a very even keeled person, but right now, I feel like I could yell at anyone who looks at me the wrong way. My headaches are so bad that I feel like my head might explode. I hate lights, sound, smells etc. I get instances where I feel like there electric shocks going through my head and it is pretty scary. Because of my liver issues, I always feel dizzy, nauseaus, vomitting and diarrhea (fun life I know). Now these symptoms have increased. I thought I had been managing all of my symptoms pretty good since I did not have to deal with the joint pain as much. Now I am in a complete conundrum because I have all of the joint pain, symptoms mentioned above and I have become so irritable, that my family is afraid of me (not to mention my clients at work -poor them). My doctor now wants me to try Gabapentin again (did not work last trial), but I don't know what to do. Anybody have suggestions??

Sincerely
Can't live like this - want my life back.
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Cymbalta support
Posted by: Florriesolano
Jul 27, 2016
You can't go cold turkey with this med as it is dangerous to do this. Tapering very slowly is recommended to avoid long lasting withdrawal symptoms. Try fb site cymbalta hurts worse for more help.

 


Weaning off Cymbalta , having very difficult time.
Posted by: RPT16
Jul 16, 2016
Hello, I have been reading al the various comments about weaning off Cymbalta and I' m trying to figure out answers to many of the questions. My story is that I had been on Cymbalta and Klonopin and small dose of seroquel for sleep for about 9 months due to anxiety/depression ( before the Cymbalta I was on other anti-depressants) but they weren't working well for me as I had terrible reactions to them. My dr finally put me on the Cymbalta which appeared to work somewhat for the anxiety/Depression. So as I mentioned earlier I was on the Cymbalta /klonopin cocktail for the last 9 months . A couple months ago my PSYCH and I decided to start the weaning off process due to the fact that it appeared I was coping quite well but also because my Husband and I are looking to try to conceive within a year . We started with the Klonopin firstly which i thought was pretty bad but was able to get through it . Then we started weaning off Cymbalta. I went down from 90-60 mgs in April ...then was told to go from the 60-30 about two weeks ago and then from then 30-0 after a week . I have been on 0 for about a week and 1/2 now and cannot even explain how unbarable it's been . Besides experiencing the physiological Syptoms ... (Vertigo , dizziness , Nausea, upset stomach and all of the above ) I'm experiencing extremely bad irritability/ moodiness/ depression ... I want to yell, scream and throw things all the time . I sometimes experience extreme irrational thoughts that don't make sense and scare me . Sometimes I feel very hostile . I'm trying to deal with it being in my home but I'm getting very hopeless and agitated . I'm afraid of being around people because I don't want them to see me this way . I have become a person that I am not even close to being like in real life . Can someone please tell me/ shed any light on this situation ? does this get better ? Could I have permanent brain damage ? How long does this last ? I tried talking to my psych and she suggested starting another med but the point was trying to stay weaned off so I could get ready for a pregnancy . Please help !!
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RPT16
Posted by: hdmcfamily
Jul 23, 2016
I am with you all the way on your feeling. I posted today cause I have never been through this before. I wish I could say it gets better but I don't know. What I will see is this website seems to have the best information. Just need a way to group of us so we can discuss our feelings when things are going south.

 

 
Rpt16
Posted by: Florriesolano
Jul 27, 2016
Is there any way you could go back to your last dose and wean yourself off that more slowly. 10% less each week or longer if necessary. I got off cymbalta but was only on it 2 months @ 60mg. Even coming off that was difficult. It does get better but only if you take it slowly. I finished it almost 10 months ago. There is a fb support group as well as here called cymbalta hurts worse. Good luck with getting off this poison.

 


SUICIDE AND DEPRESSED THOUGHTS
Posted by: RADICAL
Jul 20, 2016
Use great care during Cymbalta treatment. Be sure that your scripts are renewed or cold turkey will make you think you are losing your mind. Predisone blister packs have a built in weaning off dosage as should this two edged sword. God bless that it helps you, just be aware. I had no knowledge and thought I was going crazy. peace---RAD
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CYMBALTA is insane.
Posted by: hdmcfamily
Jul 23, 2016
I have taken 60mg of the generic version of this for about 5 years. The VA is now trying me on something different for helping with PTSD and allow me to lose weight. This has been the hardest thing I have ever been through in a long time. Brain zapping, rage, crying. I would like everyone to know that if you get on this and want to stop you need support. I don't think that my body should feel out of controline which at this point it is. I know what everyone has said in other posts and I feel all their pains.
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Generic Withdrawal
Posted by: MommaNature
Jul 23, 2016
My MD prescribed Cymbalta for my fibro. and back injury pains. I have noticed no difference in my pain level even with a increase to 60 mg. I'm so glad I found this forum because I want to wean myself off. I am going to try the 30 mg again for a few days and then I plan the open capsule and take half out idea. I dread the side effects I've read about. I'm praying I won't have the same results. Prayers for those of us out there suffering.
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cymbalta zaps in brain from withdrawal
Posted by: sij4
Jul 24, 2016
Huge thankyou to the person who put the zap into her comment. I have been trying to wean off of this and having that and also fighting blood sugar problems and sinus problems and having such a hard time figuring out which is the problem. The comment with the brain zap exactly describes what is happening and the tingling in the hands and feet also from others.
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Nightmares
Posted by: Jesika85
Jul 25, 2016
I have been on cymbalta since mid 2008. At first I was on 30mg.I complained to my Dr. Abt gaining weight. He told me cymbalta would not cause weight gain,that I was still depressed, so he upped the dosage to 60mg. I have been at 60mg for abt 6 years. I have tried stopping several different ways only to have same w/d symptoms as everyone else. Now, I went to a different Dr abt weaning me off this medicine. I went from 60mg to 30mg and now to 20mg, a month on each one. It has been 3 days at 20mg and I've been having really bad, gory dreams. Has anyone else had bad dreams from weaning off this med? I have also been moody, irritable, and angry since I started this whole process. I don't have the brain zaps,fogginess, being lightheaded and nausea, which helps. I would not recommend this medicine to anyone.
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Nightmares
Posted by: Jesika85
Jul 25, 2016
I have been on cymbalta since mid 2008. At first I was on 30mg.I complained to my Dr. Abt gaining weight. He told me cymbalta would not cause weight gain,that I was still depressed, so he upped the dosage to 60mg. I have been at 60mg for abt 6 years. I have tried stopping several different ways only to have same w/d symptoms as everyone else. Now, I went to a different Dr abt weaning me off this medicine. I went from 60mg to 30mg and now to 20mg, a month on each one. It has been 3 days at 20mg and I've been having really bad, gory dreams. Has anyone else had bad dreams from weaning off this med? I have also been moody, irritable, and angry since I started this whole process. I don't have the brain zaps,fogginess, being lightheaded and nausea, which helps. I would not recommend this medicine to anyone.
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Cymbalta and Duloxetine
Posted by: junei
Jul 25, 2016
I have been on Cymbalta now for 6 months after 3 years on Zoloft which i did attempt suicide on..these last two months for insurance purposes I have been taking the generic….I have done nothing but cry my eyes out while on the generic form. I’ve had numerous night terrors, suicide idealizations, uncontrollable urges of hurting myself and fears coming from nowhere, thinking people are trying to kill me, and so paranoid i can not even go to work …after talking with my GP today and possible suicide idealizations, I was forced to the stress unit to have another evaul done…I am very suicidal but refused to go to the mental health unit since my family and I understand where they (suicidal thoughts) are coming from… I am under 24/7 suicide watch now at home…I was told to stop taking the drug and to never take it again. The fear of not taking them due to the side effects of the withdrawals is greater than taking the side effects taking the drug…I have decided not to take it again, hence why the suicide watch…now just waiting to see what side effects will happen and how long to wear off… for I do not want to be like this anymore…having family watch every move I make is not fun but also knowing they are trying to help keep me safe…stopping this drug cold turkey after this long 6 months total scares the crap out of me…hoping I can stay alive long enough to make it through….for I do not want to hurt myself but this drug has put me in an abyss that i cant seem to get out of …Now what to do?
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Junei
Posted by: Florriesolano
Jul 27, 2016
Lots of people have great difficulty with cymbalta Vs the generic form. They do not seem to be the same at all. Can you switch back to the real cymbalta and wean off it. Coming off cymbalta needs to be done very slowly at a reduction rate of no more than 10% or even less. When stabilised on new dosage then reduce again. This is to avoid long term side effects and withdrawal symptoms. The Facebook site cymbalta hurts worse is another site like this for support. I wish you well with getting off this. Thank G you are in the heart of a family who will help you.

 


Killing me
Posted by: Mistylue
Jul 27, 2016
I look generic Cymbalta for a year.... it was all ok... till a mess up with the RX by mail company that our insurance makes us use. Did not think that a withdraw would be bad ... OMG.. I thought I was going to die !!! My Dr called in a a refill to my local phar... It was Cymbalta not the generic.... Well the mail order kicked back in with the generic and it no longer worked well with me at all ... Almost like after my body started to get off of it ... I could no longer process it.... Was never the same... I finally decided to just get off of it all together .... It truly is horrible.. I am at day 28 and it is not better.... If anything I felt that I should go to the ER just yesterday due to the pains in my head and light black outs !!!
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Cymbalta support
Posted by: Florriesolano
Jul 27, 2016
I spent the worst two months of my life on cymbalta last year. I was ridiculously happy so much so that I was laughing going to bed at night for no reason. I couldn't think or analyse or do my job as normal but because of drug didn't care. My cycle went crazy and had really severe pain in my side. I had severe sweating day and night but particularly at night I would wake up soaking. I asked my doc about coming off it but she said usually one would be on it for longer eventually I begged and said I couldn't take it any more. So she prescribed 30 mg pills instead of 60. Withdrawal is very difficult. I cried at everything for about 2/3 weeks. Was depressed when I had never been before. Every thing seemed to hurt me emotionally. I did know that I would probably be affected emotionally since I was crazy and abnormally happy on them and that was the only thing that got me through those weeks. Telling myself that the way I felt was chemically induced and not real. I did get back to normal after 3/4 weeks. I am so angry at being put on them without any mention of the side effects. I found a really good support site online on fb called cymbalta hurts worse. I think anyone on this drug should join there as well as they offer very good advice on tapering at 10% or less as well as nutritional advice to help with symptoms of withdrawal.
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W/D cymbalta
Posted by: Dorothy858
Jul 29, 2016
Medical marijuana helps!
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Cymbalta
Posted by: Tinkerbell2016
Jul 31, 2016
I have been on Cymbalta for 4 months . This is A horrible drug. It has almost distoyed my life. This is my second day of not taking it, so far only nauausa and slight headache . I'm going cold turkey. I have to get off of this medicine. How can Droctors prescribe this Horriable Drug? Any one reading this: Do Not Take It!!!
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Cymbalta. Quit cold turkey 12 days ago.
Posted by: denovo07
Aug 5, 2016
I am very angry a lot of the time. I needed to quit because I can no longer afford the medication. I had been tapering some. I was on 90 mg and then went back to 60 mg and the last one I took was just 30 mg.

I've been on it about 10 years. I started when going through bi-lateral mastectomy, chemo and treatment for stage 3 breast cancer. I had a lot of residual pain from reconstruction surgeries.

How long do the symptoms last? I get the brain zaps. I was so dizzy a couple of times I almost fell down.

Please respond if you have any information as to how long this might last.

thanks
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I understand
Posted by: Larena
Sep 1, 2016
I have been on cymbalta for years 20mg for anxiety and I come to find out it causes and. So my dr told me to stop cold turkey. No way I said I get sick for days if I miss one dose. I actually have been opening the capsule and taking out 5 balls every 2 days. This is a new dr who said cymbalta is not for anxiety he would not give me anymore so I had one month left and lowering dose fast. The side effects are not as bad. I do sweat a lot. My right arm aches all the time. I get headaches and smells bother me but not quite as bad as just stopping. I get panic attacks from being sick so I can't go cold turkey. I am now taking 50 balls out of the capsule and that about half. It's horrible that they would put something like his on the market. It's been compared to getting off of heroine. Good luck.
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Sevre withdrawal
Posted by: Rykinshin
Sep 17, 2016
I got on 30mg of Cymbalta a few years ago for 4 months, to treat chronic upper back pain that my doctors couldnt diagnose. It amazingly helped more than anything else I had taken but it made tired all the time so I just took it every other day for a week and stopped. I did not experience any withdrawal.
My back pain came back after a few months of stopping and got worse and worse so 2 years later I got back on Cymbalta and my doctor gave me 60mg.
and boy did that wreck me. My brain was in a fog, I couldn't wake up I could barely focus on anything I was afraid to even drive.
So I took 60mg every other day for two weeks then stopped. I didn't expect anything to happen but I've had the worst head ache, dizziness, and nausea for 6 straight days.
On the bright side the fog/sleepiness has mostly faded but I don't know how much longer I can endure these symptoms, it feels like my brain is on fire. How long do they last? everywhere I read is suppose to be a week but it's showing no signs of easing up going into day 7.

Does anyone have any tips to ease the symptoms? Or how long they can linger? Thank you, and I advise anyone suffering from pain to avoid this drug, it's not worth it.
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Cymbalta , 10 years
Posted by: lynnbg09
Sep 28, 2016
I've been on Cymbalta for at least 10 years. I believe this drug has caused more harm than good. Started the drug when it first became available. After reading other comments associated with withdrawal symptoms, its truly a nightmare. After helping my depression after the birth of my daughter, and a series of deaths including ,both parents, and four siblings, I continued to take the drug, realizing my symptoms associated with depression was better, but anxiety, out bursts of anger, sleep issues, itching, night sweats , dizziness, unbecoming behaviors developed, with my DR. only increasing the dosage of the drug over a period of time to 120mg per day. I was just fed up with being on meds for so long and just wanted to see how I would feel drug free. Wow I've been a mess since my Dr. changed my meds to a different drug all together over a period of just a couple of weeks. Thinking the side effects from the new drug we're worse, which now included vomiting , and other flu like symptoms, I had to call the pharmacists (my dr out of town) and with his guidance started tapering myself of the new drug until I could reach my doctor. After reading other stories on this blog, I realize these symptoms could have been from the withdrawals of the Cymbalta. After about three months off of all meds, withdrawal symptoms still continue from the Cymbalta, out bursts of anger, crying, moment by moment of despair then calm, extreme fatigue, disinterest in most activity, suicidal thoughts, random thoughts of doom, worrying about everything. Dr. now wants me to take Prozac to help with my symptoms, I'm sacred t take anymore antidepressants. They have ruined my family life, I can't believe my husband and children have been able to stick by me over the past ten years. I hope someone sees this post. Any suggestions for all natural treatments to get me through this withdrawal period I would greatly appreciate. I have read people who have been on this drug for as long as I have , has taken up to two years to finally return to a normal state of wellness
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Cymbalta and/OT Cymbalta Generic-DULOXETIENE DONT TAKE IT?? DETOX ONLY UNDER DR CARE??
Posted by: dbsdibs17
Oct 5, 2016
Eli-Lilly should pay to the point of bankruptcy for failing disclose this misery. Praying for all dealing with Cymbalta Withdrawal Syndrome
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Cymbals withdrawal
Posted by: firelover14
Oct 29, 2016
I was on 120mg of cymbalta. It was no longer working. I loved being on it and had few to no side effects. However after four years my depression was getting worse and I needed to come off. My Dr did a reduction of 90 for two weeks, than 60 for two weeks than 30 for two weeks, then off. Also she put me on Trentellix 10 mg during this. Trentellix is another SSRI like cymbals. Even with all of this my withdrawals have been a nightmare. The body pain has been unreal. I vomit daily along with diarrhea. I'm fatigued and do very little. My brain feels all jumbled and I cry often. I get very irritated fast for no reason. Problem is, these type of antidepressants are the only ones that have worked well for me. I feel my Dr did it the right way tapering me off. There's no easy way coming off of these type of meds. Since Trentellix is in the same category, I imagine someday I will go through this again. Remember, no matter what med you take, it's poison. Plain and simple. Weigh the pros and cons prior to taking any med. I knew this would happen four years ago. I still chose to try it. I have no regrets. It's been tough but will end soon.
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Living in a complete nightmare!
Posted by: Meeeg123
Dec 9, 2016
What can I say?! I am literally living in a nightmare. I stopped taking Cymbalta 30mg four days ago. I've been on it for the past 3 years. My doctor at the time suggested it, never mentioning any side effect nor any withdrawal symptoms. I recall happily accepting to take this drug to treat my anxiety, depression and panic attacks. Well had I known coming off this drug was this horrible;I would've never started it in the first place.

I am currently experiencing hallucinations, severe panic, shaking, sweating, confusion.
I am honestly contemplating going to Emerge as I am afraid of passing out or seziures. I have NEVER, and let me reiterate EVER in my 33 of life felt this awful. I have had alcohol poisoning, gall stones, appendix burst and this is 100 times worse. I am so sick I don't even know what to do with myself. Being a non drinker I've actually had to self medicate with alcohol just to calm me down.

Does anyone have any suggestions to help me cope? I don't know what to do? I've taken gravol, drank alcohol, High doses of vitamin C, fish oils, Epsom salt baths.

I am in a state of panic. Please if you know anything to help I would appreciate it.
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Cymbalta withdraws
Posted by: Kelseyw2
Jan 2, 2017
I was given a prescription for cymbalta.I was anorexic and weighed 87 pounds,had a serious life changing event and along with PTSD severe anxiety extreme depression OCD Agrophobia I can no longer drive go to church with my husband and 1 a week Dr's appointment I can not cook , clean take showers sleep on the couch cause I get severe anxiety when I try to go in my room or try to take showers I take extremely fast baths my daughter and family moved in to help she's a nurseMy therapist and I text each other daily She is my main source of support my husband gives me my medicine I was taken 60 mg and when mental symptoms got worse pysciatrist doubled my dose to 120 mg I gained 55 pounds and now my eating disorder is back weaning off cymbalta I get. Angry can't sleep crave sweets in the middddle of the night am manic joint pain and extreme sweats PCp is working with me to get off cymbalta and get me on Topomax and help me get to a healthy weight freaked out cause everybody is looking at me cause I feel I am extremely fat Dr ,therapist ,and phsciatrost and lawyers trying to get me S/A disability since I can't work I need to get off cymbalta generic I am also menapause I am now down to 30 mg every other day and then nothing What should I do? Have terrible memory and do stupid things
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Cymbalta withdraws
Posted by: Kelseyw2
Jan 2, 2017
I was given a prescription for cymbalta.I was anorexic and weighed 87 pounds,had a serious life changing event and along with PTSD severe anxiety extreme depression OCD Agrophobia I can no longer drive go to church with my husband and 1 a week Dr's appointment I can not cook , clean take showers sleep on the couch cause I get severe anxiety when I try to go in my room or try to take showers I take extremely fast baths my daughter and family moved in to help she's a nurseMy therapist and I text each other daily She is my main source of support my husband gives me my medicine I was taken 60 mg and when mental symptoms got worse pysciatrist doubled my dose to 120 mg I gained 55 pounds and now my eating disorder is back weaning off cymbalta I get. Angry can't sleep crave sweets in the middddle of the night am manic joint pain and extreme sweats PCp is working with me to get off cymbalta and get me on Topomax and help me get to a healthy weight freaked out cause everybody is looking at me cause I feel I am extremely fat Dr ,therapist ,and phsciatrost and lawyers trying to get me S/A disability since I can't work I need to get off cymbalta generic I am also menapause I am now down to 30 mg every other day and then nothing What should I do? Have terrible memory and do stupid things
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cybalta withdrawl
Posted by: bdorf12
Jan 16, 2017
Some of the things that aren't listed in the list of possible problems is a change in taste buds, hyppersensitivty to sound and light and being too hot and too cold at the same time.
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Cymbalta and zoloft
Posted by: sbcsbc1
Jan 21, 2017
I took Zoloft for many years and never had a problem. My dr. suggested Cymbalta for lower back pain 6 months ago. After having a couple of panic attacks, he suggested I taper off the cym by going to 30. Same old story. On the fourth day I cried all day and the fifth also. Now I am back on 60 cym. Meanwhile, I had been working up to 50 and then 100 Zoloft as that might reduce the withdrawal. I've been up to 100 for a week now. I guess I will try it again. I am a biologist and feel real stupid about being duped about this as I am super conscious about my health and what I eat. Have any of you had experiences with using Zoloft like this? I pray for all of you. This is a disgrace that the pharm industry is getting away with this. Have hope.
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WoW
Posted by: Sofaki1964
Jan 31, 2017
I didn't know about the withdrawals and moved to a new state, because I missed my doctor apt for a new job, the doctor wouldn't re-prescribe the Cymbalta. I ended up in the ER with what I thought was a heart attack. Again I didn't think about missing one does until I read this article. I recently skipped a couple of doses and I didn't realize all my symptoms are withdrawals!! I have them all except seizures!
I was able to successfully wean off of clozapine with no issues at all.....I'm totally floored that I'm now dependent on Cymbalta whether I like it or not. what a horrible way to live.
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Cymbalta Warning
Posted by: JannaL
Feb 11, 2017
OMG so that's what's going on. I ran out 3 days ago and decided to wait until my GP appointment in another 4 days as a pain specialist has recommended I up the dose from 60mg to 90mg and my Dr is away. Well after years and years on this stuff and reading this column it suddenly all makes sense - tinnitus, dreams I can't even write about they are so gross, developing neuropathies, turning back to alcohol I feel so confused, can't control weight, sleeplesness, can't get out of bed, can't remember how to use my sewing machine any more, don't want to go out, and so it goes on. I have been "forgetting" to take it every 2nd day or so for a while as I somehow feel all the drugs are getting the better of me - on Gabapentin, blood pressure & cholesterol meds as well. Eating a very healthy diet but feel very out of control and crappy and sicker and sicker. Pain Specialist recommends I see Psychologist - maybe I should ask a Psychologist why I have been taking various anti-depressants since I was about 25, now 67 while past doctors experimented with my life. My most recent Dr has said she is not keen on Cymbalta and now I know why. It's Sunday in Australia but I am going to find a doctor today and get a lower (not higher dose) and aim to get off all this stuff as safely as I can. And thankyou to all those who have shared - through your experiences the light has finally come on.
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Cymbalta causes severe nausa
Posted by: shabbychic
Apr 6, 2017
I took this drug for about three weeks after the first week I had zero appetite and then the nausua kicked in along with dizziness and has been going on everyday for about a month- how long before this poison is out of my system? One of the WORST anti-depressants out there- in fact there are too many drugs on the market and its usually too late after you've been on the shit for it to take a day or two to cleanse out of the body.
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Withdrawal effects are as bad as everyone says
Posted by: Username43215
Apr 8, 2017
I have been on antidepressants for literally half my life. I was trying to switch from cymbalta to Prozac. My doctor set a plan for me to titrat down for three weeks to stop cymbalta. Upson starting the new medication I thought the awful side effects were from the new drug. TURNS OUT ITS BEEN THE DISCONTINUATION SYNDROME FROM CYMBALTA. it's AWFUL!!!!! I've tried every, well, a loooot of the drugs on the market in the SSRI or SNRI market and NOTHING. Has been THIS terrible.

Suicidal thoughts
Twitching
Insomnia
Worsened depression
Skin fees like it's on fire
Ringing in the ears
Paranoia
Emotional outbursts (sobbed in my boss' office yesterday randomly-yay.)

I don't know if it's better to go back on and reduce over a period of months or just keep powering through the effects since I've already been off it 3-4 weeks????

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What do you recommend?
Posted by: Username43215
Apr 8, 2017
What do you recommend?

I was given a plan to taper off 60 mg of Cymbalta over a period of three weeks.
Three weeks has not been enough time and I am suffering the worst effects of the discontinuation syndrome.

At this point do you recommend going back on the lowest dose of Cymbalta and just removing the beads maybe one or two at a time or just sticking out the symptoms since I'm already four or five weeks into the withdrawl?

I have an appointment to see my doctor on Monday morning but considering they are the one that said I could come off his drug in three weeks I'm not trusting their judgment moving forward and looking to people in the community Who have successfully come down off this drug.
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Severe? How about intolerable?
Posted by: 14yrson120mg
Apr 21, 2017
I participated in a duloxetine? trial a year before it was FDA approved, and was put on 120 mg right away. About five years ago my Internist tried to cut my dose in half cold turkey. Within a week I was close to being committed to a psych ward. He put me back on the full dose and I "divorced" him.
About three weeks ago my mental health nurse practitioner started to wean me again, but this time we reduced it by 10 mg a week but also added Wellbutrin slowly. I have every symptom but paranoia.
I share your misery.
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Prescribed Cymbalta after withdrawal symptoms of weaning off Zoloft (Sertraline)
Posted by: schweeSu
Apr 22, 2017
I had taken Zoloft for about 25 years. I tried unsuccessfully to wean myself off several times. The withdrawal symptoms made me believe I had a biological weakness, which required me to keep taking it. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia one year ago. After struggling to even walk I researched and found a naturopathic doctor who prescribed raw food diet (mostly fruit). I felt awesome after only about 1 month exclusively eating fruit. The pain diminished. After 2 months on the diet I wondered if I could now try weaning myself off Zoloft. It worked. I slowly weaned myself off in less than one year. The winter and holidays brought challenges when trying to stay on mostly fruit, salads, and steamed veggies. I craved warm, comforting foods. I started to slip off my raw diet here and there. Within two months withdrawal symptoms showed up, (or was it Fibro, ?? I couldn't know). I began experiencing "Fibro-fog" (or withdrawal symptoms?), severe depression, and all new symptoms including rage, anxiety attacks, and severe suicidal ideation. I broke down and went to my regular doc who prescribed Cymbalta. I was desperate since I was in a hopeless state. I have been on Cymbalta for two weeks. This forum helped me understand what was really going on with my Zoloft withdrawal. But now, I am scared. I am going off the Cymbalta...slowly.... starting today. I'll keep you posted. (I am also going back to fruit. It's the body's natural cleanser and rehabilitator).
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Cymbalta withdrawal
Posted by: paxrail
Apr 27, 2017
Every patient needs to be sure that his or her THYROID profile is normal. Low thyroid function can make you feel like HELL and for those of you trying to ditch the Cymbalta, make sure your thyroid function isn't contributing to the symptoms.
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Cymbalta withdrawal
Posted by: paxrail
Apr 27, 2017
This paragraph is copied from an article on on the Internet about Cymbalta withdrawal.


"Other investigators have theorized that brain zaps are connected to antidepressants’ effect on norepinephrine (also called noradrenaline), arguing that brain zaps are “similar to pre-seizure symptoms in epilepsy, and there is now evidence of the relevant role of the noradrenergic system in modulating seizures.” They also offer evidence that the WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS MAY NOT BE DOSE DEPENDENT. The persistence of withdrawal effects, which can continue for over a year, indicates that CYMBALTA AND SIMILAR DRUGS MAY CAUSE ALTERATIONS IN THE BRAIN THAT HAVE A DEGREE OF PERMANENCE THAT IS NOT EASILY REVERSED."

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re:
Posted by: mdegon
May 13, 2017
Oh, Jesus :(

 


Discontinuing Cymbalta
Posted by: canadiancaro
Apr 27, 2017
I've been weaned off Cymbalta for a few months and wanted to share how my doctor and I got me off without too much damage. I've been on medication trials for the past 2 years so have had to titrate on and off many medications. Whenever the side effects going on or off any medication is too bothersome, my doctor (psychiatrist) gets my medication compounded. To get off Cymbalta, I went down 5 mg at a time from 60mg to 20mg, then once I hit 20mg, I went down by 1mg. Coming off was a slow process, the dosage would decrease every 5-10 days depending on how I fared. If the side effects were too severe, I would go back to my previous dose and stayed there til the side effects ceased. Once I was alright, I would go down to a lower dosage. Please, instead of counting every little bead, ask your doctor to get your medication compounded. It is much easier and much safer. There should be a pharmacy in your area, or not too far that offers compounding. Good luck everyone,and please remember if something doesn't feel right speak up until you are heard and if your doctor won't listen, find yourself a new one.
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cymbalta (duloxetine)
Posted by: look99
May 10, 2017
I stopped using generic cymbalta cold turkey and so far so good. I was on 60 mg a day and then was on 90 mg for a short time. I was taking it for pain relief and it used to work but did not any longer. I cannot take Aleve (cardiologist says no) which works wonders for my pain (just taking one Aleve every 12 hours) and that is the reason I was on cymbalta. I do experience some imaginative dreams occasionally but already have tinnitus and hoping it is due to Cymbalta and it goes away. Haven't experienced any zaps, seizures, nightmares, etc. and hope I do not. Hope this helps someone.
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re:
Posted by: mdegon
May 13, 2017
How are you doing now??? I'm only a few days in, and not doing so well. I want to hear that you're ok!!!

 


Cold Turkey 3 Days Ago
Posted by: mdegon
May 13, 2017
I stopped taking Cymbalta 60mg 4 days ago, cold turkey. I have Lupus, Fibromyalgia, IBS, and Peripheral Neuropathy. I was originally looking up the "electrical shock sensation" today and ended up on "Cymbalta withdrawal". (I had the "shocks" long before I was diagnosed with anything/on any meds, but they are much more common yesterday and today, which I guess is due to stopping the Cymbalta.

I have had a terrible 3-wk flare which, according to my Rheumatologist, was triggered by my recent kidney infection, along with a virus that caused a terrible sore throat, and severe poison oak rash (which I was previously not sensitive to.) Previous to all these ailments happening almost simultaneously, I hadn't been "sick" outside of my chronic ailments. When everyone around me had a bad cold, I would suffer a minor flare but would NOT catch the cold. Now, I am getting everything and cannot get rid of any of it. I can't function like this, but I'm told I just have to go through it- nothing the doc can do. So, maybe unwisely, I decided to just stop taking all the crap- Cymbalta, Plaquenil, Mobic

I just now realized that I'd accidentally been taking my old dose of Cymbalta 20mg for two weeks or so- I got the wrong prescription filled and just didn't notice it.

So, my question is this- Has ANYONE been ok with just quitting this stuff? Has anybody HEARD OF anyone being ok???

I'm being shocked every few minutes in my head and arms. Sweating profusely and just feel spacey and weird. How long might this last?

Please don't call me stupid. I'm really at the end of my rope with all of this. Thanks
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Withdraw
Posted by: Dee177
Jun 2, 2017
Today I make two weeks not taking cymbalta I just stopped instead of get an weaved off my doctor said since I haven't had any severe side effects that he doesn't have to weave me off . I was only on 20 mg. I am just having the crying spells depression anger mood swings n headaches. I felt great on the Cymbalta the reason I stopped taking it because I wanted to see how I felt not being on it I was on it for about for five years but also I fell I couldn't gain any weight because of it and my appetite was different when I'm not on it I feel I can eat more so I'm going to see if I can gain weight if I can once I get in the way that I want I will go on Cymbalta I think it's a great antidepressant when I was on it I had more patience and wasn't emotional or crying alot
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Cymbalta redraws
Posted by: Dixie45
Jun 2, 2017
Living night of hell.
I was on it fifteen years...
I was losing my vision! I suffer from brain zaps....
Being so mad I want to hurt my self!
I had bronchitis for three months it hurt to breath!
I had high anxiety attack my hurt pound so hard it felt like a sledge hammer in my chest I have been off cymbalta for over two months!
The nightmare isn't over yet!,.
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Oh boy//////help
Posted by: fiddle456
Jun 15, 2017
Quit cold june 3 2017.......am ready to die......poison it is.....
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Quitting......
Posted by: fiddle456
Jun 15, 2017
No way is it easy or anything......worst drug in the world.....pure poison......don't know if I'll ever be ok again.......
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withdrawal nightmare
Posted by: debd628
Jun 20, 2017
I've been on Cymbalta, 30mg., then generic for over 10 years. I also take gabapentin.
Recently I was involved in a car accident in which I lost consciousness due to dehydration and low potassium. My Dr my blood pressure meds in half, because it is a diuretic and contributes to dehydration.
Before and after the accident I felt very fatigued and sluggish often. My work is very physical, and at 55, I chalked it up to age.
After the meds change, and a high-potassium diet, I wasn't feeling better.

But in the past month, I hadn't been taking my cymbalta/gabapentin every day. I missed a couple of days, and a week ago had the brilliant notion that I should just stop taking them. Low potassium symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, cramps, weakness, and nausea. Do those symptoms sound familiar?

Thank God I found your site today. I was thinking that my symptoms were still from that. But I've been so depressed. I cry at the drop of a hat, and feel that my life is hopeless and at an end. I have hot flashes, confusion, and no desire to move.

I took a cymbalta and a gabapentin today, because if I don't I'm sure that I will off myself. I know I need to stay on these meds, because ending them will be the end of me.

I wish I had never started on them, but I don't ever want to feel like this again!

Thanks for reading this. Sending good thoughts to all who are also going through this.
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Tapering in a different way might work
Posted by: tensjok
Jul 1, 2017
Hi all!

I was on Cymbalta for depression for the last 8 years or so. I tried to get off of it twice by cutting down from 60 to 30 mg, but found that the drastic cut just didn't work for me. After talking to a new doctor, she recommended tapering over a two YEAR period. I stopped taking my 60 mg capsule one day a week. After 4 months, I dropped another day. After another 3 or 4 months I dropped an additional day. Eventually I was taking it only 2x a week and then went "cold turkey". I still have "brain zaps" 3 weeks later but they are manageable. I think changing my exercise routine to a strenuous boot camp six days a week has also helped tremendously. Had I done some research and known how difficult this drug was to get off of I NEVER would have started taking it. Unfortunately, we rely too much on our professionals and trust them too much.

Take your time tapering. It will be much easier. And consider upping your exercise - definitely helpful!
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Cymbalta withdraws
Posted by: bpatrick
Jul 8, 2017
Can someone please tell me their experience on how long it took them to stop having the withdraws after you suddenly stop taking this drug?
I stopped about a week ago my symptoms are horrible as I'm reading from most.

Any advice is welcomed

Thanks
Brenda
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Cymbalta withdrawal
Posted by: KathiJP
Jul 9, 2017
Hello,
I am new here and I just was taken off of Cymbalta a month ago. I was put on Adderall and Zanax. I was doing what I thought was better. But now I am so nauseated and sweating more than usual. I cannot really sleep. Even when I take my sleeping medication. I just can't think really straight and I have been having fainting spells. I am going to call my Dr on Monday and tell him what is going on. I just don't know what I can do right now.
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Run out of Cymbalta: bad withdrawals
Posted by: rcarden
Jul 10, 2017
I've been on 120mg of Cymbalta for years. VA sends it by mail. However, I forgot to order, assuming it was already coming on time. Bad assumption. My last dose was Thursday. Friday I felt a little tired. I went to bed Friday night at 9pm and slept until 6pm Saturday evening because my wife kept trying to get me up and I forced myself to stand after 21 hours of straight sleep. When I got up, my brain was "buzzing" like electricity in my brain firing. No amount of caffeine or sugar can give you energy. I was able to force myself to stay up until 10pm and slept with ease for 12 1/2 hours and awoke naturally. By midnight Sunday, my entire body felt very Manic and almost euphoric with energy but I needed sleep now for work Monday morning. No sleep all night. Monday morning, I am very emotional and could cry about any thought (not me at all). I'm a 45 y/o man and Soldier of 22 years. The hardest thing mentally and physically on your body. I take it for PTSD and chronic pain. The pain is really amplified to every joint in my body. The depression is setting in. Gotta make it until the med arrives.
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Cymbalta withdrawal
Posted by: teena6522
Jul 10, 2017
How long from the last dose until symptoms start to ease up
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3 weeks without Cymbalta
Posted by: wokenup
Jul 10, 2017
Hi
I was on Cymbalta 30mg for 7 years for fibromyalgia, until 3 weeks ago. In the beginning (when first diagnosed) I took 90mg but had to discontinue due to side effects of weight gain, confusion and tiredness. When tapering off this high dose I experienced the most horrific nightmares of my life, truly frightening unlike the worst horror imaginable; others have mentioned this and it seems to be common symptom
I managed to control the fibro since then with 30mg but 2 months ago was diagnosed with hypertension so decided to come off Cymbalta and try to control the pain with cbd oil. I was willing to endure anything rather than continue this medication which I have also heard causes high cholesterol.
My doctor said that Cymbalta doesn't cause hypertension problems, but as a non smoker, non drinker and aged 49, with no family history, I knew something was wrong.
7 weeks ago I started taking 30mg on alternate days but could not have managed even that without cbd oil, drinking gallons of pure water and fruit juice and taking supplements especially Vit B, Magnesium, Omega 3 and Vit C. I also included high protein as this is what I started to crave after a few days..

For the first week I had disturbing dreams and nightmares, constant dizziness and a detached feeling as if I wasn't in the world, so to speak. Also sudden anger and then crying- this is not my personality as I usually operate on a fairly even keel. I had distorted thoughts and semi hallucinations up to week 2 of alternate days.
Only now, after 3 weeks of total abstention, am I starting to feel normal. I had taken cbd oil before to help when pain was intense, but regular dosage over the last 7 weeks has I'm sure, also improved my mood. Am just putting it out there as I don't think I could have coped otherwise. I don't have access to medical marijuana..
Most doctors are in denial about the side effects of this medication so I would say as others here have said, do your own research, be gentle with yourself and most of all we need patience and determination,as if recovering from a serious illness. Thanks for all your insights - it's been hugely supportive
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Cannot reach the big "O"
Posted by: Hienergygirl
Jul 13, 2017
Ever since my doctor put me on this medication I have not been able to achieve an orgasm. When I read the side effects that is not mentioned so I decided to do a test. I took myself off this medication "cold turkey" and I have never felt worse. I have been off for 6 days and am experiencing severe dizziness. So now the question is do I continue or do I go back on it? I am a middle aged woman but my sex life is still important to me. I have pretty much experienced all of the withdrawal symptoms except seizure. Also in reality if I'm not going to be on this medication for the rest of my life I will at some point have to go through this, so is it better now or 1, 2, 10 years from now? My fear is I could not handle this if I was older or in poor health. Have any other women had sexual side effects?
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Withdraw symptoms
Posted by: Aliedswan
Jul 14, 2017
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and was given Duloxetine (Cymbalta)30mg and Celecoxib (Celebrex) 200mg (which made my muscles tighten and hurt all the time) by the second pain management doctor since the first one gave me Topamax (spelling?) when I was first diagnosed in 2014, that was a different kind of hell that only let me exist and not have a life. I had to change doctors yet again and the third one gave me Lyrica (which had it's own obsessive hell). I was still feeling pain and decided to see a forth specialist for the same issue and he upped my Duloxetine to 60mg and continue with Celecoxib 200mg, he also put me on Naltrexone 0.5mg, which I have stoped taking, it still didn't help, nothing's seems to help just makes thing worst. My muscle pain was so intense that I had to look up the side effects of the medicines i was taking and found out that the Celecoxib had all my symptoms on the list and stop taking it when I confirmed that it was making my back muscles tighten and hurt intensely. I still had some Duloxetine 30mg and decided to tapper down on the milligrams of this medicine and used it for about seven day, the first week of July. Now it's the second week of July and I have stoped taking it and here is where my story begins. I have been having horrible head aches, nausea, and light sensitivity. It was so bad on day two that I had to put on a sleeping mask to over my eyes during the day. My bowels are messed up and my brain and eyes feel like I'm constantly under water. I feel like I'm suffering from vertigo and there is nothing I can do to help my brain feel better, I also have a terrible muscle pain on my neck that doesn't help matters either. As I am typing this I have to re-enter corrections so that my words make sence since I keep hitting the wrong keys due to my lack of coordination. I trusted all these doctors to help me feel better and instead I feel betrayed by the lack of compassion and allowing me to take drugs that were worst for me than my actual problem of Fibromyalgia. I feel betrayed and used.
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Update
Posted by: Aliedswan
Jul 25, 2017
It has been 11 days since I started tapering down on the Cymbalta and it is working so well I would absolutely recommend it. This week I am doing 182 pellets and hope to be clear of the drug in my body in a few weeks. Than you for allowing this type of comments to help me out.

 

 
Tapering down
Posted by: Aliedswan
Jul 15, 2017
I started the tapering down process yesterday 7/14/2017, as I had read on one of the comments from January, 2016. Today is my second day and I can feel the difference in my brain and eyes. My stomach is still feeling nauseous but I am able to walk better. I read in the comments about avoiding sugars but it seems that that is the one thing that is keeping my stomach settled. I am constantly eating iced popsicle and Ginger Ale or Sprite. Once this ordeal is over I can take better care of what I eat, at this moment all I want to do is get to where I can walk without feeling like I am going to pass out or throw up.

 


withdrawl
Posted by: Allieenatasha1
Jul 15, 2017
I have been taking Cymbalta for 2 1/2 years and the withdrawal symptoms are so severe I can barely think clearly. the brain zaps are non stop, I have trouble speaking and forget words, the pain came back a million times worse. it is true what some people say stay busy, it lessens the symptoms , but once you stop the activity its like a freight train hits you all at once. at times I just sit and cry because the symptoms are so bad. it has been a month and the withdrawal symptoms are just as bad as the first couple of days since I stopped taking the meds..
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Quitting cold turkey!
Posted by: KimberlyJS
Jul 23, 2017
Oh my....the headache,nausea, vertigo,and inability to sleep is dreadful. I didn't intend on going cold turkey,I actually could not find my prescription that I picked up the other day at the drug store. I know how can you lose a prescription? Well I did! I got thinking to myself maybe it's time to get off this medicine. I have gained over 30 pounds. All I wanted to do was eat! So here I am on day 3 without Cymbalta. I noticed I wasn't feeling to so good. So I began to think there must be withdrawal symptoms and it lead me here. If I had known the withdrawal would be this bad,I would've never gone on Cymbalta. I'm hoping that the withdrawal symptoms get better sooner then later. I need to be able to function. I feel every ache and I'm not sure I like it. I have hypothyroidism and I have had constant leg aches. Being on Cymbalta has helped, but I want to try a more natural approach. I am taking charge of my health and making better choices. I sure hope it works! I hope these withdrawal symptoms go away soon.
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Good luck
Posted by: Aliedswan
Jul 25, 2017
Hope you will contact your insurance and ask for a few pills since you lost your refill. I was off the medication for a week and felt horrible with the side effects. Good luck.

 

 
Cynbalta Withdraws day 2
Posted by: TLowman
Aug 1, 2017
I was told it doesn't cause weight gain, I call BS I have gained 35 lbs. This medication is poison to the body. I am 2 days cold turkey.

 

 
Cynbalta Withdraws day 2
Posted by: TLowman
Aug 1, 2017
I was told it doesn't cause weight gain, I call BS I have gained 35 lbs. This medication is poison to the body. I am 2 days cold turkey.

 


CBD alternative
Posted by: StevieH
Jul 28, 2017
My wife had been on cymbalta for a number of years starting the low dosage and ended up having to take the 60mg dosage to deal with the pain of fibromyalgia. I'm posting this to let all users of this drug know that there is a safe alternative to take, I'm sure many of yous suffering from fibromyalgia have maybe heard of CBD, CBD oil or whole plant extract paste is a safe why to treat fibromyalgia and my wife is proof of that. Although it's only been 2 weeks since she stopped her cymbalta and been on CBD she feels great, I know first hand what coming off this drug can do as there was a time when her prescription got messed up at the chemist and she had none for 2 days, those 2 days were the worst i had ever seen her, so depressed and sore she stayed in bed the whole time crying, she was very down. Back then we hadn't heard of CBD so we had to just ride it out, it was pretty rough, but now after serious research I can safely say that CBD is a fantastic way to treat this condition, and 100% safe and legal, no side effects. I could talk for hours about the amazing benefits of this stuff but I'll not bore yous with it, just take it from me, get off these man made chemical downers and get something natural and herbal. Visit CBD brothers website were we purchase our CBD products and read the reviews for yourselves, plenty of people on there taking it for fibromyalgia, PTSD, anxiety and cancer. Please feel free to contact me on Th3-GINJANINJA@HOTMAIL.COM and I'll advise you in any way I can, I'm not a doctor or anything but do know that CBD works.
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Tapering Cymbalta
Posted by: Bolindley
Jul 28, 2017
Never would I have taken this horrible drug had I been aware of all the adverse side effects. The pain, depression, and nausea can be overwelming.
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Tapering Cymbalta
Posted by: Bolindley
Jul 28, 2017
Never would I have taken this horrible drug had I been aware of all the adverse side effects. The pain, depression, and nausea can be overwelming. I will be so thankful when my body is finally rid of this poison.
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I wish I had known
Posted by: KyEmGrandma
Jul 30, 2017
I've been on Cymbalta 60mg for years. I take it to help with my Neuropathy pain and if definitely has helped.
I had to make an emergency visit out of town and ran out of my Cymbalta. I was expecting a mail order refill but due to red tape it was delayed. So I had no choice but to be off cold turkey. I'm in day 8 now and this has been so very difficult. I'm now experiencing the nausea and diarrhea which is horrible in addition to most of the other withdrawal symptoms. Any suggestions for the awful stomach cramps? Or how to stop the nausea and diarrhea? Finding this page has been so very helpful. I hate what we are all going through but with this we know we are not alone. God Bless!
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Cynbalta Withdraws day 2
Posted by: TLowman
Jul 31, 2017
I am experiencing insomnia, Night sweats, rapid painful eye movement, Fatigue, and today uncontrollable crying.
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Cynbalta Withdraws day 2
Posted by: TLowman
Aug 1, 2017
I am experiencing insomnia, Night sweats, rapid painful eye movement, Fatigue, and today uncontrollable crying.
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Cymbalta
Posted by: Jd2003usc
Aug 7, 2017
Been on 60 mgs for 10 years. I want to be off because it costs way too much and the generic doesn't work for me. Is there hope?
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Quit Cold Turkey
Posted by: Cyndee73
Aug 7, 2017
I was taking cymbalta & also lyrica for 3 years. I quit both cold turkey on the 23rd of July 2017. I'm not 100% but,I'm better than I was the first week. Hang in there. Just take it day by day & if that doesn't work, just try hour by hour or even minute by minute. I promise you it will get better with time...
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Quit Cold Turkey
Posted by: Cyndee73
Aug 7, 2017
I was taking cymbalta & also lyrica for 3 years for extreme upper back pain from a work injury. I've experienced a lot of weight gain since I started taking the medications & I felt the extra weight was just causing me more pain so I quit both cold turkey on the 23rd of July 2017. I'm not 100% but,I'm better than I was the first week. Hang in there. Just take it day by day & if that doesn't work, just try hour by hour or even minute by minute. I promise you it will get better with time...
The diarrhea has decreased to only once to twice a day. Nausea is only in the mornings. Still having trouble sleeping or staying asleep. I'm still extremely moody. I cry for no reason at all & then I get angry about it. I'm glad I found this site. Thank you all for sharing your experiences with the rest of us. I know it's helping me a lot...
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CYMBALTA HELL
Posted by: cmd
Aug 17, 2017
It truly is hell. I've had all the side effects and more trying to work and look after my family. I did what many have said and bought empty capsules and split them. It's still hell but way better than skipping days and cold turkey which I've tried. I didn't actually count individual pellets but just split them up by eyeballing it. I did the following once I got down to 30.

1. 30mg - split in half and took 15mg for 2 weeks
2. 30mg - split into quarters and took 7.5 for 1 week
3. 30mg - split into eighths and took 3.75 for 1 week

I've just finished the 3.75 and I'm still dizzy, nauseous and terrible headaches but it's been way easier than cold turkey and every other day. The reason I went on the drug in the first place was migraines but I was still getting them daily.

I've been meeting with a naturopath and Chinese doctor/acupuncturists for about a month and also reading about Chinese medicine and diet.

Beyond tired of all these drugs and excited to take a more natural approach to chronic pain.



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Severe withdrawal is hell
Posted by: Tlynnc78
Aug 24, 2017
I ran out of duloxetine last Sunday. I had called the doctor last friday because I didn't have any left for this week and I left a message. Apparently, they had returned my call within a few minutes of my initial call but I didn't see the call or their message until early this morning. It has been 5 days without duloxetine now. I am going through severe withdrawals. Crying for no reason and every reason,anxiety, severe depression, diarrhea, nauseousness, severe pain and weakness, suicidal thoughts (I refuse to give in to this but this is not easy to deal with!), severe headache, and the list goes on. I can barely read this as I go on. I really don't want to go through this again. I have been off of this cold turkey twice before this because of similar issues with doctor communication, affordability and all that. I want to stay off of it now. I don't want to even restart it to wean off of it. The only plus to all of this is that the ringing in my ears have quieted considerably for the first time in 3 years.
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What can I do if
Posted by: Ajbottorff
Aug 28, 2017
I only have so many. I started taking it every other day but I am having with draws. I was going to start every 3 days but the last 3 weeks have just about killed me. Shocked doctors give this out.
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cymbalta
Posted by: snookie2017
Sep 7, 2017
I was put on cymbalta 13 years ago.Was never told of the dangers of this drug. I have tried to wean off it, but impossible. I felt like I was literally dying. I have depression, fibromyalgia and spondylosis. I sympathize with everyone on this site. We put our trust in our doctors . Why aren't we told of the dangers when being prescribed a medication so we can weigh the pros and cons? I'm 65 and know I will have to stay on this destructive medication the rest of my life..
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Tinnitus
Posted by: Cwhit
Sep 8, 2017
I have been on SRRI drugs for 15 years to treat anxiety, panic attacks and severe anger. After years of therapy I no longer have panic attacks but only recently started to reduce my intake of cymbalta with the goal of quitting completely in a year or less. I'm on 30 mg and started having mild tinnitus in one ear as soon as I began taking cymbalta years ago. I then cut my intake down to four days a week and the tinnitus got worse and affected both ears. When I went cold turkey for 10 days the ringing tripled in volume. Has anyone else and tinnitus related issues with cymbalta?

P.S. Screw the American Pharmaceutical industry

Thanks.
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Ear issues, ringing,etc.
Posted by: hillbillygirl
Sep 23, 2017
Absolutely along with a swishing sound along with dizziness and disorientation,??...I really hate all the symptoms that I have especially the anger, I think I could bear all the rest,but the anger and rage is unbearable to me!!!

 


Feeling so much better.
Posted by: Aliedswan
Sep 8, 2017
It has been 2 months now and I'm down to 20 beeds, I am feeling so much better and I have discovered essential oils. These oils are my saving grace and have aided me with the pains that come from the Fibromyalgia. I refuse to become a statistic to this illness.
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Cymbalta withdrawal - post 3 months
Posted by: kathy11
Sep 10, 2017
I was put on Cymbalta 8 years ago by a specialist to control fibromylgia and autoimmune, hashimotos - 60 mgs to start with. After a few months, the dosage was increased to 120 mgs - 60 mgs/2/day. While Cymbalta seemed to help me with fibromylgia; what I did not realize is how taking it at maximum dosage, for 8 years consecutively would absolutely ruin my life and health. Not only has it financially crippled me, it has literally robbed me of quality of health, life, family and friends. My Dr. never once indicated the severity of going off it or worse yet, the effects of being on it. My body and mind were disconnected and shutting down. My specialist was away for 6 days and I was unable to get a refill the script; let's just say, it was pure hell. What was even more frightening is when I discussed going off this medication with my Dr. he was not supportive at all. Between the sweats, shaking, brain irrationality, dizziness, inability to speak coherently, only to list a few of the major symptoms. To be honest, I vaguely even remember what was going on. I finally saw a specialist who took the time, care and concern to go through my medical file to say to me the medication I was taking is what was killing me. He explained the dangers of having been prescribed this medication at maximum dose, for 8 years- and the tough challenge that lay ahead of me to wean off of it. I would never, ever have anticipated the pure hell that I have gone through over the past 3 months. Stopping the medication was easy. Living through the withdrawals - absolutely beyond brutal. As I have numerous sensitivities to medications, I have not been able to take an anti depressant or anything to bridge the transition. This is where I would like to share my story, in hopes that it helps someone else out. I did stop taking Cymbalta a month ahead of schedule - would not recommend it to anyone. Definitely if you have the patience and the brain/body ability to count the beads, it may be worth doing. What I did was put my faith 100 per cent into Wholistic Medicine - acupuncture, body talk, vitamin iv therapy (as I do not absorb any nutrients - thanks to the medication), hynotherapy, ozone therapy & various forms of energy healing. Thank goodness I was able to find the proper team of therapists who have so willingly gone through this with me to get to where I am today - alive! I do not know today if I will ever be the same or be able resume my normal pace of life or what lies ahead over the next year+. I am told by my new specialist that this is long term, and there is not a day that goes by that I am reminded of this. I have had to reach to the depths I did not think were possible. Thank goodness I have a supportive family - they too have gone through hell seeing how this medication turned me into a stranger, and watched my health fail year, after year. Not only did the medicine itself financially cripple us, the alternative therapies needed to save me, have equalled just about the same amount. Having said that, at least with the natural therapies, I can see myself moving forward, not backward. Please, please, please ask the physicians as many questions possible about forms of treatment/medication they are putting you on - it's your right - it's their obligation. And just say no to medication if you feel it is wrong for you. You are the keeper of your body - and most likely, like me, know your body best! Shame on these pharmaceutical companies and physicians who are in bed with them. Shameful!
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Cymbalta
Posted by: Barkles
Sep 14, 2017
Has anyone experienced dizzy spells followed by or preceded by a drop in blood pressure?
I take 60 mg Cymbalta and for the past six months I have been experiencing the above symptoms.
I have been undergoing testing to try to determine the cause of this. Everyone seems to be at a loss as to what my problem is.
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Cymbalta
Posted by: Rose2731
Sep 19, 2017
I too have had severe stomache cramps and confusion, fogg like systoms,
and the pain hasnt really gone away. I cold turkey and this is what happened. Severe stomache aches at night, dirahea, lots of crazy dreams one after another. I never dreamed so much. My mood is great, my depression is gone, and I dont have the energy I use too. They prescribed it for fimilayia and joint pain. Though I wasnt aware of my severity of depression. I feel like a new person, more outgoing and confident which is the opposite of all the complaints. Though everything I take does work the opposite, when it says dirahea, I get constipation, when it says depression it works for me. I did feel some dizziness and vertigo like symtoms when I work up this morning. I may be a chatter box but I dont have the energy to do much like before I am 59 years old and still try to do what a 30 year old does and do. I try to eat salad's everyday which may make my dirahea symstoms worse. I dont drink enough water which I think it may help some of the symtoms and dillute the medicine some. Well I will do the regement like everyone is saying because I have only been off of it a week cold turkey. I hope this does help someone out there and myself included. Thank You for your advice.
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on Cymbalta for 3 months
Posted by: Smokey1!
Sep 19, 2017
reduced amount taken from 60 to 30 to 20, all for one week each and took final dose September 14, 2017. Feel like I am losing my mind!! Sick to my stomach all the time and so depressed. Any suggestions? I am not going back on it no matter what! Are these symptoms normal for quitting it? Chirping in my ears too and bad dreams and wake up anxious and it lasts all day long.
Thank you,
Bev
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Withdrawal HORROR
Posted by: hillbillygirl
Sep 23, 2017
I have been on both forms of Cymbalta,name brand and generic Duloxetine both 60mg,but because of insurance had to go to the generic, however due to financial issues after retirement 2015 it became an even greater financial strain so in July of 2017 I discussed going off of the Duloxetine with my physician and following his instructions of how to do this to the letter, I am now beginning to experience the HORROR of the withdrawals. I am having every symptom listed with the exception of being suicidal, thank God!!! I have never had any issues such as these are doing to me. I am 71 and in my life I have just like anyone else experienced my share of being sad, happy, angry,etc. but in the last month I have turned into a person I DO NOT KNOW and that's very disturbing to me. I have went from mad to being so enraged that I have done and said things that I absolutely cannot stop nor do I want to, I just go from normal to a maniac I don't know. I feel like I am standing and watching this woman having a total meltdown and the sad part is that once it's over I am having trouble justifying the action of this person ??. I have gone so far as to tell my husband of nearly 32 yrs that I am going to leave so I won't hurt him anymore with my actions. This man has gone through so much with me over the years, helping me take care of my elderly parents in our home until they passed away both in 1993,six months apart, multiple surgeries,some very serious and took care of me without a moment of hesitation and may I say at this point, he is a paraplegic. I will cry uncontrollably for no reason. I have discussed this with my pharmacist and he said that the symptoms should subside in about a month or so, but I have read some of the others say they have been going through the "hell" that is the withdrawals of this "wonderful drug" from hell??. I pray from the depths of my heart this is not the case, I honestly don't think I can do it until it is over and out of my system without causing major destruction to what is left of my life. My husband tells me that we'll be OK and he will stand by my side, but how much is a person able to take no matter how wonderfully kind and understanding he is. I will say to anyone who is prescribed or is thinking about taking this drug, PLEASE THINK HARD about it before doing it. Oh by the way I was taking it first for depression and then for fibromyalgia, not just because!!! My life use to be happy and I was a nice person to be around and I loved to laugh but since this drug came into my life sadly that person doesn't seem to exist anymore. I will pray for all of y'all that are in this pit of despair, that your battle will end soon and life will be all you want and need it to be...God bless you all??
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Cymbalta
Posted by: Linda1942
Sep 23, 2017
I was placed on cymbalta generic for fibromyalgia. I had been taking tramadol 50 mg for several years which had worked well for me. When it was changed to a controlled substance my doctor no longer wanted to prescribe it for me,thus, he decided to put me on generic for cymbalta. Much to my dismay I did not do sufficient research prior to going on it.

He prescribed 60 mg which I took for a while and did not tolerate it well. So he said let's take 30 mg which I have done for about 5 months. I I have been having some health issues so my Gastro Dr wants to run some tests and wanted me to discontinue all meds at least five to 7 days days prior to the test . So obviously I went cold turkey. First day not to bad second day not too good. Today is my fifth day not taking the drug. I am experiencing all previously mentioned withdrawals with the exception of suicidal thoughts. My sinuses have gone crazy my eyes are swollen from watering I am going through a living hell. I have two more Days before my test but I have decided I do not want to start taking this drug again.

My question is can anyone tell me ( assuming I can make it two more days ) have I gone far enough that it would be better to stay cold turkey or should I go back on the drug and start a tapering process. I don't know if the withdrawals are worse or the thought of swallowing another one of the pills is worse . Help!

I experienced WD coming off the tramadol but nothing compared to this. If I can only get through this, I will cross off the drug companies and go holistic! Glad I found this site even though it scares me to death. It is good to know I am not alone plus I have a husband that is very supportive!
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Side effects of quitting
Posted by: Beckett1
Sep 23, 2017
I have been on Cymbalta for MANY years, too many to remember. I started taking it for depression and when I felt the turmoil in my life was no longer an issue I requested to be taken off, but... my doctor thought I should stay on it for my nephropathy I have in my legs due to my Type 1 diabetes. That was several years ago. I think it may have been new on the market at the time I first started it, because I believe its been at least 18 years ago that I started it. Just about 3 months ago I requested again to be taken off of it and my doctor reduced it from 60mg to 30mg and had me take a 30 every other day until done. Did it and still suffering bad withdrawals and almost seems to be getting worse. I have finally shared these symptoms with my husband and we are really concerned now. I don't trust my doctor to have her help me now! As I have just tonight read some withdrawal symptoms I am really scared! I am having moments of rage, suicidal thoughts, headaches, nausea, vomiting... the list goes on. So now what? I sometimes feel ok, often,feel I am just flat out losing my mind!!!
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Rose update please
Posted by: Linda1942
Sep 26, 2017
Rose I to came off cymbalta/generic the same day you did. Please give an update as to how you are doing! About the time I think I am home free something else happens. I am still light headed, not sleeping well and coughing a lot which I have not seen as a side affect. Things seem to change for me daily!
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Cymbalta
Posted by: Bella2017
Oct 5, 2017
I have been on Cymbalta 120mg for a couple of years now for depression. Ironically my neuropathy pain due to bulging discs has gotten worse on this med. I suffer from most of the withdrawal symptoms whilst taking this med and as a result have failed miserably to taper due to worsening of symptoms. The Cymbalta Hurts More group on Facebook has been a God send to many people, however I just can't do it. This drug has ruined friendships, made my depression and anxiety worse and has added a whole range of physical, hormonal and visual problems into the mix. This drug should be taken off the market, however if that does happen I can honestly say I would not survive the withdrawals. This drug is hell to live with
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6 or 7 weeks later
Posted by: michaelamadio
Oct 6, 2017
The wonderful workers comp insurance denied my last refill about 7 weeks ago. They seem to do this every six to nine months mostly regarding the opiates and it's never any fun. I've been taking duloxetine @ 60mgs daily for depression and some of the nerve pain issues for a few years, mentioned here and other sites. Yesterday while driving started having this altered state of almost being hallucinatory issues. Scared the hell out of me and it lasted throughout the rest of the day. Made an appointment with the local clinic to see their psychiatrist to see what this is about. He poopoo'd my claims that this was from having my meds cut off without being weaned. Next he tried suggesting because I'm an occasional pot smoker that he believed this was due to the pot which I don't smoke daily and haven't had any on a bout a week! I feel he is biased against pot regardless and very pro pharmaceutical medications such as cymbalta. After looking this up on Google and finding these sites such as this one here I'm thoroughly amazed that the insurance industry can get away with this. I feel I'm a danger out there the way my head feels! I was told by the QME that this could take 8 weeks to see if I need to go back to these meds or not while the psychiatrist is claiming I should have been having problems resolved by the second week! What the hell!
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Forgot to add
Posted by: michaelamadio
Oct 6, 2017
Yesterday's weird issue was only the latest in everything I've been experiencing since the medication was first denied. Mainly in a constant state of wanting to cry, headaches, feeling detached, floating. Squished brain feeling, extreme anger, sadness, depression the whole enchilada! Each day either a new experience or a continuation of what's transpired since a few weeks ago.

 


withdrawl
Posted by: royalred40
Oct 8, 2017
Hi I am so glad to read all comments as I now know I was right and I was having withdrawls, but again am not 100^ sure. I have been on cymbalt for three years for anxiety and i have found this drug wonderful and compatable for me,,,,, that is until I decided to quit it . I feel I am in the clutches of this monster and if the mild symptoms I have encontered over the past few weeks are due to withdrawl then I am anxious to consider what life will be like when I get down to really kicking it. I am on 60mg and thank God I have felt great the past three years but feel I no longer need to take it and do not like the idea of putting this in my body for rest of life as i am non smoker and drinker who is healty and happy physically and what I THOUGH up to a few weeks go mentally, I have had stomach upset and diharea on an off a mild ringing in ears , and a whoosing sound or feeling. I suspected a bug that ws doing the rounds but after four weeks of it coming an goin I not sure. I had started to reduce the tablet very very slowly by missing a dose one or two nigths a week so that left me with at least five days I was taking it I felt fine up to four weeks ago when i returned from spain and was puttign my stomach upset of nausea which has gone but cramps and dihera do you think this could be withdrawls considering i am still tecnically on this medication as only miss one or two doses a week or is it the stomach bug that is doing the rounds here in Ireland at the moment, or would a stomach virus come an go for four weeks I am confused I also have had two panic attacks in past week which I have not had in three years, can i ask advice on this and also should i start to take a 30mg tablet every day instead so i will be in my system regular but at lower dose has anybody expereinced withdrawl effect from going to 30mg from 60 mg
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HOW LONG
Posted by: JKLJ
Oct 9, 2017
I started taking Cymbalta a month ago and kept getting sicker and sicker. I looked like I had sunburn and a chemical peel. As well as the other bad side effects you can imagine. Doc said get off. Had to go cold turkey because I was told point blank stop now. Doctor told me he was concerned about Stevens Johnson Syndrome. Bottom line I am wondering how long withdrawal lasts. It has been almost two weeks now and I only took it for a month.
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Cymbalta 60 mg - withdrawal after tapering down
Posted by: bjohnson0525
Oct 9, 2017
I was hoping someone could help me navigate this horrible tapering down path that I have been on for weeks now. I had been taking 60mg a day or a little over 4 years - I took it for myofacial pain syndrome in my back - I was told it would help with the inflammation, which it did for a little while but then the pain came back so I decided it was time to come off this medication. NO ONE WARNED ME OF THE SIDE EFFECTS! My doctor had me taper down by taking 30mg for two weeks, 20 mg for two weeks and then 20 mg every other day for two weeks. I am now 72 hours from all of that and feel like complete crap. My joints ache, I can't stop sweating, I feel sick to my stomach, I have nightmares, horrible anxiety and feel over all down right depressed. My poor family and co workers are trying to be understanding but I need to know - how long is this withdrawal going to last? I honestly feel crazy and have considered just going back on the damn pill to get over this crap. Can someone maybe share how long until the felt some relief or at least like a normal human being? Thank you!
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bjohnson0525
Posted by: Cymbaltasurvivor
Oct 28, 2017
The length and severity of the withdrawal symptoms are directly related to the dose you were on, and for how long. Ask your Doc for a two week supply of Prozac...after you quit taking the Prozac for two weeks, it will be in your blood for three weeks...slowly decreasing over time...and banishing the duloxetine/Cymbalta side effects along the way.

 


Weaning my daughter of Cymbalta
Posted by: Melissa74
Oct 18, 2017
My daughter was on this for less than two weeks. Only 30mg before she started suffering side effects. Insomnia and bad muscle cramps, increased sweating that continued after she got over a sinus infection. She was told to start weaning herself off it on Monday and she's just feeling worse! Still can't sleep, dizziness, dry mouth, cramping, nauseousness, headaches, diarrhea and loss of appetite. She was supposed to see her doctor on Monday but he has to reschedule because of a family emergency so now she has to wait another week. In the meantime she's missing school and completely miserable. I don't know what to even do for her. Nothing seems to help and it's scaring me.
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discontinuing 30 mg of Cymbalta after being on it for over 10 years
Posted by: mindcontrol
Oct 19, 2017
When I discovered that Cymbalta was the main trigger for bringing on my very intense Restless Leg Syndrome, I decided that I could no longer take it. I did a lot of praying and I exercised a lot of mind control and meditation.
Perhaps I am one of the lucky ones because I did "cold turkey" cymbalta. I just stopped taking it and my RLS went away immediately.
I know that it is not advised to do this so I am telling you this with caution. I do believe however, that enough emphasis is not put on the mind's ability to control the body. I am a very strong willed person and when I decide to do something I can do it. The only thing that I experienced with suddenly withdrawing from cymbals was some mild headaches which only lasted for 2 weeks.
I hope that all of you out there who are desperately trying to get off of cymbalta will have the success that I have had with mind control, and don't forget prayer. Those who ask for help from God or the Universe or whatever you believe in, will get that help.
This all may seem far fetched to many of you. But I am proof that the above can and will work for some of you.
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EASY way to quit Cymbalta
Posted by: Cymbaltasurvivor
Oct 28, 2017
I was on 120 mg. of Cymbalta each day for 18+ years. While on it, I was also prescribed Aricept, 10 mg., (an Alzheimers drug), 240 mg. of Oxy, 350 mg. of Soma, 75 mg. Topomax, Fioricet (350/40/25 mg.)...EACH and every day for 18+ years. Then Trump got elected...he decided that to curb heroin use in the USA the obvious move was to ban all states from prescribing strong opiods (Fentanyl, Oxy, etc.) I was on this cocktail because it was what WORKED to control my pain to a point of tolerance (I took a header nine feet to a hardwood floor when a staircase collapsed back in July of '98...greenstick fractured my spine from C3-T1...set off a cascade effect called RSD or now called CRPS). Being the rational and intelligent person I am, I tapered off ALL my drugs in one month...I'd show them! Then the brain and eye zaps started, electrical shocks in every finger and toe, uncontrollable mood swings, etc. Pain management doctor said: Easy way off Cymbalta is to take Prozac for two weeks...then STOP. The levels of Prozac in the blood will SLOWLY drop over a three week period...completely AVOIDING having to taper down the Cymbalta and completely avoiding the side effects. Just finished Prozac regimen...Feel fine...will report back if the side effects return after three weeks (or before!)
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Burning mouth syndrome
Posted by: phombar1
Oct 30, 2017
Patricia
Cymbalta caused my burning mouth syndrome. In 2004 I was given Cymbalta and 2 days later my tongue swelled up, I had blisters all over my mouth. My primary physician immediately sent me to an Ears Nose and Throat doctor for treatment The doctor knew exactly what the cause of the swelling tongue and blisters was. He said the Cymbalta killed some nerves in my mouth. The ENT gave me Colnzepam to treat the burning mouth syndrome and I have been taking Colnzepam from 2004 to 2017. I have been told this is a life long condition by both of my doctors who concluded that Cymbalta cause it.
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Withdrawl
Posted by: Smb0801
Nov 2, 2017
I've been on cymbalta since July and recently stopped because we are trying for a baby and have been getting the brain zaps which I thought was something else. Thankfully I haven't had any other symptoms and I stopped it about 2 weeks ago by myself. Will the brain zaps go away or do I have to he through the taper? I was taking the 30mg caps..
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Withdrawl
Posted by: Smb0801
Nov 2, 2017
I've been on cymbalta since July and recently stopped because we are trying for a baby and have been getting the brain zaps which I thought was something else. Thankfully I haven't had any other symptoms and I stopped it about 2 weeks ago by myself. Will the brain zaps go away or do I have to he through the taper? I was taking the 30mg caps..
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Drug waa nightmare withdrawal bigger nightmare
Posted by: Yackez
Nov 9, 2017
I had been on Cymbalta for at least 8 yrs for severe fibromyalgia. I...yes I requested this because Effexor gave me severe head zaps
I transitioned with a little difficulty and it took 6 mos for Effexor head zaps to go away.
Just recently I read about Cymbalta side effects and decided to take myself off this drug as it did nothing to help me or my pain anymore.
I was shaky sweating had tinnitus and head zaps and minor body jolts for about 5 days. Then severe sweating and depersonalization . Yesterday was really bad. At first I thought I had food poisoning and I was seeing double off and on.
My sinuses were and continue to be completely out of whack and I keep sneezing. Sweating profusely 24 hrs a day. The only relief is when I can actually sleep. I wake up feeling so relaxed. I'm also coming off a huge dose of Clonazepam.
I also entertained the thought that I was getting a very bad flu virus or some type of an infection. I had a fever over 102F yesterday also. I just would pass out from extreme fatigue. Crying spells and rage spells. I finally looked up CymBalta withdrawal! Bingo! Now I now what I'm up against.
I dosed down frim 60 mg for a week to start withdrawing. As noted abover I'm on day 5 or 6 and having severe withdrawal symptoms. I slept for about one hour and I'm writing this at 5 a.m..
No one seems to write back as to their progress when doing the cold turkey route. I'm hoping they just got better and don't want to have anyhinh to do with this poison anymore. The physicians should be be sued for prescribing this drug. If they do not know about Cymbalta Withdrawal Syndrome they need to be barred from practising.
Also the makers of this drug...something Lily (sorry my mind isn't working) need to gracefully take this drug off the market.
I have no idea how long this withdrawal will take. A few above have successcfully by counting needs, come off this poison with little to no side effects. Personally I believe that this counting beads is the best route and I will resort to this if my withdrawals become any more severe.
I forgot to mention the sexual problems I felt whilst on this drug. I also am in hydron or phone 24 mgs 12 mg twice in 24 hrs. I cannot say of this drug also affects me sexually.
To any of the newly anniciated - do NOT start taking this drug. I'm hearing and reading that zplot is a much better drug.
All u can say at this point is that I'm using meditation and mind control to help with these withdrawals. No suicidal ideation thank god.
Some double vision still persists. I am not afraid but I am damn mad about this. This angER os separate from the occasional rage I feel. So far I'm aware of the mental side effects so I can therefor control tgem somewhat and I know why they are occurring so they don't bother my as much.

Some zaps, sweating profusely, tinnitus, hot mouth syndrome ( I believe that's what ot's called) , insomnia, atitle restress leg syndrome, sneezing, high back pain from anxiety as clenching my back muscles, ridiculous dreams,dry mouth, inability to fully concentrate - exist right now.
I'm not looking forward to what tomorrow brings. I sincerely hope I do not have to start taking this poison again to titrated and come down from this poison. n
NEVER EVER will I take this drug again. I am going to have a long talk with my very stupid doctor.
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CBD oil to reduce symptoms of Cymbalta withdrawl
Posted by: prinxx
Nov 11, 2017
CBD oil has been mentioned to alleviate the withdrwal of cymbalta.
Please discuss more the dose of CBD oil and frequncy was used.I have developed hyponatremia a kidney condition. whereby my serum sodium is very low. I have only been on Cymbalta 2 weeks. 1st week 20mg/day and the next week 40 mg and now back to 20mg inan attempt to withdraw. I am scared stiff about the with drawal. I probably will count beads.
I would appreciate comments on awithdrawal technique and CBD
prinxx
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CBD oil to reduce symptoms of Cymbalta withdrawl
Posted by: prinxx
Nov 11, 2017
CBD oil has been mentioned to alleviate the withdrwal of cymbalta.
Please discuss more the dose of CBD oil and frequncy was used.I have developed hyponatremia a kidney condition. whereby my serum sodium is very low. I have only been on Cymbalta 2 weeks. 1st week 20mg/day and the next week 40 mg and now back to 20mg inan attempt to withdraw. I am scared stiff about the with drawal. I probably will count beads.
I would appreciate comments on awithdrawal technique and CBD
prinxx
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Quite evil
Posted by: Bonji
Nov 16, 2017
I am reading these comments with sadness at the suffering being experienced by folk suffering from CDS. I am on a withdrawal pathway of my own management. Most GP's are clueless with this problem so you have to work this out for yourself. I'm am in the early days of withdrawal and so far I have been OK with occasional vertigo and nausea, both manageable. It wont kill me. I was prescribed this abomination for neuropathic pain and in the early days if actually helped enormously and I regained a quality of life. For the last two years I had taken it not because it was helping any more; I had lost the benefit, but because I was afraid of the withdrawal.

To anyone taking this stuff, get off it, get off it, get off it. Get your GP to script an alternative and dovetail over, then much later ween off the substitute. I think this is probably the best option. Also, like all allopathic so called "medicine", drugs only mask symptoms, until you withdraw. So whatever the reason for you taking it, will resurface as your dosage reduces. Be prepared for that too. For those taking it as a psychological intervention, you need a good diet - anything mankind has modified is OUT, exercise and a good therapist.

I now use MST/morphine for pain management but by far the best improvements come from meditation - yes it's hard work to start with, then you get to love it. Nothing is easy. Get used to it. I wish every single one of you folks success and future health.
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