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Here’s What You Need to Know about Fibromyalgia Pain and Abruptly Stopping Cymbalta

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In the last decade since its introduction, millions of patients have been prescribed Cymbalta for fibromyalgia (FM). However, a large percentage of those who subsequently attempted to stop taking it quickly discovered that their fibromyalgia pain was nothing compared to the severe withdrawal symptoms they experienced.

In 2008, Cymbalta (duloxetine) 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 fibromyalgia pain for at least some patients. Little did any of us 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 should be strongly urged not to suddenly quit taking an antidepressant, but to talk with their doctor about gradually tapering off the medication. Sadly, most patients reported receiving no such warning when they were given a prescription for Cymbalta.

Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome

However, neither physicians nor patients expected how severe the symptoms of withdrawal from Cymbalta would be. In fact, it was bad enough to warrant its own diagnosis – Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome. An FDA advisory committee report about Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome (which currently seems to have disappeared from the FDA website) originally stated, “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.”

Neither did anyone expect how many people might be affected. A 2005 study on duloxetine (the generic name for Cymbalta) discontinuation, found that 44% of users experienced withdrawal symptoms. Subsequent clinical trials reported that number to be as high as 50%.

Cymbalta Withdrawal Symptoms

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 thoughtsParanoia
Nausea and VomitingLimb pain
Excessive sweatingAgitation
Involuntary crying or laughingHypomania

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 withdrawal 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.

Although not recommended by the manufacturer, some patients report successfully weaning off of Cymbalta by opening the capsules and removing a few of the tiny beads inside––sometimes as few as one or two––very gradually reducing the dose over a period of months.

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 chronic pain and other fibromyalgia symptoms you’re trying to relieve. Thoroughly discuss the pros and cons with your doctor before making a decision.

Update: Lawsuits Against Cymbalta Manufacturer

Since this article was first published, there have been numerous lawsuits brought against Eli Lily over the severe symptoms caused by discontinuing Cymbalta. Lily won the first few cases, but was facing hundreds more when it was reported in late 2016 that they had quietly settled the remaining cases “to avoid continued legal costs.” Details of the settlement were not disclosed.

This article was first published on ProHealth.com on March 10, 2014 and was updated on April 4, 2019.

Karen Lee Richards is ProHealth’s Editor-in-Chief. A fibromyalgia patient herself, she co-founded the nonprofit organization now known as the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) in 1997 and served as its vice-president for eight years. She was also the executive editor of Fibromyalgia AWARE magazine. After leaving the NFA, Karen served as the Guide to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for the New York Times website About.com, then worked for eight years as the Chronic Pain Health Guide for The HealthCentral Network before coming to ProHealth. To learn more about Karen, see “Meet Karen Lee Richards.”


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Perahia DG, et al. Symptoms following abrupt discontinuation of duloxetine treatment in patients with major depressive disorder. J Affect Disord. 2005 Dec;89(1-3):207-12. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2005.09.003

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  1. Altostrata says:

    Also make a complaint to Pfizer, Pristiq’s manufacturer: (800) 438-1985 in the US.

    Rxisk.org is also collecting complaints about Pristiq.

    If you think your doctor has been remiss, file a complaint with your state medical board if you’re in the US.

  2. Juloo says:

    I’m in the process of going from Effexor (venlafaxine) to Welbutrin (bupropion). While ramping up with the new med, the doctor had me slowly reducing the Effexor from 150 to 73 to 37.5, then opening the capsules and using half the grains, a quarter, etc.

    After a couple of weeks of the last step, I stopped all Effexor. I was relieved to have weathered the switch so smoothly.

    Then about a week later, ‘discontinuation symptoms’ like those listed above set in. Within a few days, I was very emotionally changeable (so not me) running between anger and tears daily. And the brain zaps! It was no different than the weekend I was traveling and had forgotten to bring my meds…from 150 to 0. Awful! Except that this time the jump had been from about 15 mg to 0 – and with support from another med!

    Suspecting this might be the case, I counted out a few grains – I figure altogether under 1/10 of the 37.7 capsule, so under 4 mg – and after fits and starts, take this daily until I can see my doctor. I may need to be in this holding pattern a little longer and taper grain by grain. Even several months!

    After reading this article, I did more research online and found a study that suggested those tapering off Cymbalta are about 3 times more likely to experience this sitation than Effexor users. My most sincere sympathies to all here undergoing this transition with this reaction. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

    Effexor was a god-send

    1. aryiella says:

      I am on Pristiq 50mg once a day and have been for a few years. I take it for depression and fibro. It is not helping my depression anymore but there is no way to get off of it! And so I am stuck on this stuff and cannot try any other meds until I am off this one! There is no smaller dose than 50mg and the tablet is time-released and cannot be cut or it will not release the medicine in the proper way. I would prefer to not switch to Effexor as a replacement due to the additional side effects I had when on that previously. Pfizer is extremely irresponsible for putting a drug out like this that CANNOT be properly tapered without EXTREME discontinuation symptoms. I have been contacting attorneys, but nobody is interested.

    2. tbrhslp says:

      I can attest to SEVERE withdrawl symptoms with Cymbalta. Without going into detail, please know that one should absolutely consult their physician before discontinuing and be prepared to have family or friends able and willing to help keep an eye on you during the discontinuation.

    3. Altostrata says:

      You can indeed open the Cymbalta capsules and count out the beads, but you cannot dissolve Cymbalta in anything.

      The gelatin capsule doesn’t do anything. The coating on each bead protects it from being dissolved in your stomach. This destroys the drug. Cymbalta is absorbed further down in your intestines.

      Many, many patients have found this is the way to taper off Cymbalta. Some people are so sensitive to dosage reductions, they can reduce only a bead at a time, by week or even by month.

      You can search the Web and find many, many reports of severe Cymbalta withdrawal syndrome, and many people tapering by the bead-counting method because it’s the only way to go off gradually enough.

    4. catz902001 says:

      I was on 60mg twice a day for 7 yrs along with blood pressure meds and sleeping pills. One day I just decided that I was sick of taking all the meds and I stopped cold turkey. It was hell for a few weeks and my husband and family really suffered with me. But I did it and by adding a few supplements I did really good for about a year. But we had a death in the family and all the stress set off a horrible flare. Now I am back on all of them again. I have been in a bad flare for 2 months but as soon as it breaks, I am going to try again

    5. Juloo says:

      I don’t know why that ‘Effexor was a god-send was dangling there…although it was true when I began and for the 7 years I took it until it gradually stopped working. But it isn’t giving up the ghost quietly!

      Edit…150 to -75- to…

      I’m posting from an iPad, so entering text is sometomes hit and miss…

    6. Zachary1018 says:

      So I go to the Lily website because I could swear they tout that it isn’t a narcotic. If you go to the products page you can click on every product. Except Cymbalta. Try it and tell me whether or not I’m crazy. If it is blocked out, then why?

    7. katkar says:

      You’re right. I couldn’t click on Cymbalta either. You can still click on the Prescribing Information and the Patient Information but not on the product name. I”m not sure what that’s about.

      I can tell you, however, that Cymbalta is not a narcotic; it’s an antidepressant. Most of us tend to think of withdrawal as only happening when someone stops taking narcotics (opioids). But there are a number of other drugs that result in withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking them abruptly. That’s true of most antidepressants. Judging from what many patients and some doctors have said, though, SNRI antidepressants in general and Cymbalta in particular seem to have more severe withdrawal symptoms than some other types of antidepressants. So it’s important to taper off of those medications as gradually as possible. – Karen

    8. Drifter110 says:

      I went to my rheumatologist today to discuss the next steps as in the past 4 months I have weaned off of 100mg Pristiq and was switched to 60 of Cymbalta for my fibromyalgia. After two weeks on Cymbalta I did not like the side effects and she had me wean off by taking every other day then every two days then three days then none. In speaking with her of the terrible side effects, suicidal thoughts, extreme anger and stomach issues etc she told me I needed a psychologist as I have sever mental issues and NEVER had she EVER heard anyone have these symptoms and that I was probably Bi-Polar and should switch from my shitty therapist to a psychologist immediately. She suggested I find a psychologist immediately as must have a sever imbalance in my brain that would cause these side effects and there was no way these drugs caused me to feel that way.
      Needless to say, I am not going back there. So happy I found this page as I know I am not bi-polar or insane and think my doctor was way out of line. Thoughts?

    9. ProHealth-Editor says:

      Drifter110 – Although Cymbalta has been on the market for 10 years, I’m finding many doctors are just beginning to learn that it can have such severe withdrawal symptoms. However, that is no excuse for the way your doctor treated you. All she would have had to do is Google ‘Cymbalta withdrawal’ to discover your experience is not that unusual. In fact, one of the top links that shows up is a document issued by the FDA because of all the complaints they received. They even gave what you experienced an official name – Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome. You can read and download a copy of the FDA document at http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Advisor…/UCM172866.pdf I hope you’re able to find a more understanding doctor.

    10. judimld says:

      Any drug that will interfere with serotonin or norepinephrine activity will cause your body to stop making them naturally. Therefore you will be completely dependent on the drug to regulate those two important elements. Once you stop taking the drug, of course, your body will take awhile to secrete those elements again and you will experience these terrible drug withdrawal symptoms. This is when the so called medical experts, who have created this synthetic chemical imbalance in your body will go a step further and diagnose you with the second most serious psychiatric disorder next to Schizophrenia, BIPOLAR Disorder.. and then God help you to get out of this psychiatric trap and get living on your own energy again. These drugs are dangerous and have ruined many people’s lives. I managed to survive this entrapment almost twenty years ago and have written my story in a book called Judging Judi.

    11. LadyConstance says:

      I am a 62 yr old female and this is my experience:
      I see others had been on Effexor as was I. I guess it stopped working? I can’t quite say but I never had problems with Effexor. New Doctor switched me to Cymbalta a few years ago. I too was on Welbutrin with the Cymbalta. I also, since I have no thyroid, that came out earlier this year with a cancer scare, take Synthroid and Caduet for high blood pressure AND cholesterol. Add to these Adderal for ADHD. Absurd, too much!

      Then I developed a disgusting skin thing, they called it nummular eczema/dermatitis. So I was put on Dapsone AND Cyclosporine. Insanity! So all by myself, in an effort to heal my skin, I decided to go gluten free and to get off some of these meds. I was convinced one of them was causing my skin issue which by the way, is the worst itch I have ever, ever, experienced, absolutely no relief, and so repulsive…you have no idea, all over my legs, arms, hands, looks like boils, so I have that going for me!:( Yuk.

      For about a week all seemed to be going fine as I got off Welbutrin and reduced Adderal and Cymbalta. I guess they hang out in your body for a good long while because the poop finally hit the fan a few days ago and I was sure I had MS! Nausea, weakness, aches in muscles, esp. legs and glutes. Couldn’t walk the dog. Couldn’t feed the dog w/o barfing. Sweating, shaking, major brain fog, words escaped me every time I tried to make sense, sounded like an idiot. I was also manic! Crazy talk happened and I was like OMG what did I just say? Shut up! Shut up! I own a vintage furniture store and also a design biz and I can’t believe I have gotten this far w/o making a complete fool of myself. It has been about 2 weeks and as I was driving home today from meeting with a design client I said aloud, “here come the tears” because it was 4 PM and they always come at that time. Got home and immediately called my long time family doctor, a female, who has always helped me get right with such kindness and compassion. It was after hours but I got her via her service and she took charge, called in RX for my nausea and instructed me to get into her office in the AM with all my meds and we would figure it out. I feel hopeful. Just bracing for the dreams…

    12. unclejames says:

      I was taking Cymbalta and Welbutrin too..after the nightmare with Cymbalta I would be terrified to try and stop the Welbutrin. I will never take another medication without researching it first. Doctors should research medications before prescibing.

    13. YearoftheHorse says:

      My heart goes out to you. I too have had FM for 15 years, am your age and also have many side effects and other problems leading me to take many, many drugs, both prescibed and OTC in a day. I will say that 1) you should be careful taking yourself off any drug w/o consulting your Dr – but you know that now and 2) When I had Wellbutrin, alone, w/o Cymbalta I too had strange skin reactions, welt like things that didnt erupt into boils but looked like they wanted to. I might suggest it is the Wellbutrin you may have been “allergic” to and /or the combination of both, and not just the Cymbalta. Maybe. I’m not an MD but I know my body,or try to, and am doing the best I can. ANd I know you are too. Its frustrating isn’t it? Hang in there and work with your Dr who hopefully knows these side effects and containdications etc. Good luck!

  3. mrswoody says:

    I took Effexor for years too. I started on it right after it came out when they were still figuring out the dosage. I was on 450mg a day for 4 years when I decided I wanted to stop it. I tried telling my doctors that I had “electric head”(my name for the brain zaps)and horrible anxiety, nausea, etc. but they just didn’t believe me. My doctor said to me “you are the only person I know who could get addicted to an antidepressant”. After the DSM finally listed the withdrawal symptoms and I showed it to my doc, he started tapering me off. It didn’t come in a capsule then so I had to cut up the pills once I got to the lowest dose pill which was 37.5. I got all the way down to a little crumb and I just could not get completely off. It took a full year of reducing it by one a week, then every 5 days, 4 days, etc. before I was finally able to get off it. That was 10 years ago and I still have “electric head”.

    I recently went on Cymbalta for depression and fibromyalgia but after reading this I am not taking it anymore.

  4. JanisMarie says:

    I was on Cymbalta for fibro for 18 months, and it gradually became ineffective. It took MONTHS to get off, which I did very gradually. The brain zaps drove me crazy and frightened me. Then I developed Periphial,neuropathy, since my B12 was extremely low. I’m missing the intrinsic factor in my gut which breaks down the B12 from food. Causes pernicious anemia, which used to be fatal, until B12 shots could be given.
    Well, the neuropathy was absolutely horrible…made fibro seem like a walk in the park! Of course, guess what relieved the neuropathy? Yep! Cymbalta. It has now been over 18 months and once again losing it’s effectiveness. Now I’m going to go through the misery of withdrawal all over again.
    I used to be such a healthy person:(

    1. LadyConstance says:

      Hey, I don’t have B12 either. Every time I get blood work they say, “no B12 and dehydrated”. I drink tons of water all day and night. Not sure what any of this means but there it is. I guess I wonder what anyone can do diet-wise to help with whatever Cymbalta is suppose to cure!? I am now gluten free and ready to try anything natural to feel better damnit!

  5. hermeneutic123 says:


    You are absolutely correct. I had severe irritability and suicidal thoughts every time I tried to taper off of Cymbalta and with no history of these symptoms in 35 years my doctor prescribed me Lithium for being bipolar. No one ever informed me about this including my psychiatrist or that this was even a possibility. My side effects were so pronounced when trying to stop the drug that in 2012 the State of South Carolina adjudicated me a mental defective and they ignored the fact that this syndrome existed. Prior to this I was a successful academic and corporate executive with no history of mental illness. I was prescribed Cymbalta for depression I was experiencing while going through a nasty divorce. Though I was discharged by my psychiatrist a year ago and only have the diagnosis of ADD I am now labeled and slandered all over the internet. I continue to excel at work but lose one management position after another when my name is Googled. I lost my home, cars, and filed bankruptcy all because Eli Lilly hid the effects of coming off this drug.


    1. dgj123 says:

      OMG…someone help I have just gone off 90 mg cymbalta cold turkey on my 5day nausea isn’t in it ,stomach pains,crying all the time,nightmares,excessive sweating at night,I can hear my eyelashes moving when I blink,headaches.i was giving this instead of armpitripline a year ago and went cold turkey off them after being on a 150mg for 6 years but the withdrawal from them was severe headaches and moody and lasted about 2 weeks how long is this withdrawal gonna last I really don’t want to restart them I’ve got through 5 days but feel all in …..how long does the withdrawal last and why are these drugs being perscribed in the uk when there are even lawsuits going on in the USA and why aren’t we told about the possible withdrawal side effects when given these drugs it hasn’t help my back pain at all and I’m never gonna take any pills for pain again or for depression which I have suffered from for 30 yrs cos nothing has really helped …help

    2. cymbalta1 says:

      Tony, thanks for sharing. I tried 4 or 5 times to come off the drug but it made me so unstable I would start taking it again. Finally, I thought hell if I can get myself off Oxocodone after 5 years I cn surely get off this.

      I literally feel like I am out of my body, I am confused, suffer from insomnia, and just don’t feel normal.

      I had not suffered a panic attack in years as I was prescribed Zoloft and it worked well. Then Cymbalta has taken me to a place I don’t like being and I don’t know what to do I am afraid to take any other medication. I have tried gabapentin, Lyrica, Prestique, but they all had bad side effect but I got off them and still felt like myself no so much anymore it scary will I ever go back to feeling normal…

    3. cymbalta43 says:

      I have been on Cymbalta 120mg for about 5 years. Inow have insomnia for which I have been prescribed zoplicone 10mg. It does not always work. I also suffer from a phantom itch that can strike anypart of my body and have gained weight. My knees and feet still experience pain at times. I was put on the medication for osteoarthritis and then depression when going through a tough relationship time. My daughter is an BScN and was horrified to see the drugs and dosage I am on. I am going to see my doctor for help with discontinuing cymbalta and the zoplicone. I will let the blog know how my journey progresses as it is frightening that there are no ‘good’ ending stories here to give hope for a drug free future.

    4. vickiede52 says:

      I have been trying to stop taking this because it’s not helping my pain. I started experiencing headaches, a blackout, brain zaps, weakness, nightmares, insomnia, dizziness, lightheadedness, extreme nausea and loss of muscle control. I have been sent for CAT scans, MRI, ultrasound and blood work just trying to figure out what is wrong with me. I took one pill and bam, all my symptoms went away like they were never there. That’s when I Googled withdrawal symptoms. I want to get off this med. I have nightmares with it and without it. I can’t sleep at night and can’t hardly stay away in the daytime. I’m tired all the time like I’ve been fighting in my sleep. HELP!!!!

    5. greeneyes48 says:

      I totally understand the way you have to be taken off the med bc I tried to take myself off the med an I had so many other problems with it I went back on the med and my doctor said to me you just take your self off without wenso I recommend for anybody else that is on sub Alta to please to please wean yourself off with doctors watching over you because the symptoms are severe and really can hurt you in worse conditionning

    6. frankilee says:

      I have reead alot of comments about withdrawl symptoms, well my doctor did not get a PA from ins. Co. And i had been on cymbalta for 7 years and taking 60 mg. A day well i ran out waiting for pa cause once a year my ins. Require it, well then i started feeling funny i was having nightmares ever night and i was having trouble with chest pains my memory was not so good my eyes was blury and so on and on i was not feeling like my self ,then it hit me i had no cymbalta to take well i called the doctors office i think they thought it was a joke, well it aint no joke then i called px and the told me yes i was having withdrawl ,so the px her self is going to see about it going thru to my ins.co. cause she agreed it could do alot to a person to just cold turkry.i know cause its happing to me ,so i hope no one goes thru what everone else oe my self is goung thru.please dont ever stop nothing like this cold turkey.

    7. RainboJacson says:

      If you run out of Cymbalta and need to wait to get in to see your doctor, ask them for some sample packets that you can use while waiting for a perscription refill. I had to do this once while changing jobs and waiting for the new insurance to kick in. Any doc worth their diploma should know how bad it is to just stop taking it and should help you out. If they don’t, go to another dr office and tell them what is going on. I had to visit a few to get enough to last until my new insurance kicked in. Thankfully they all helped me.

    8. Ncrumpler says:

      Thank you for your positive words. I have to get off this stuff.

    9. EdwinaEarthshine says:

      I was put on Cymbalta for Fibro as soon as it started being marketed for that specific illness. It did allow me to work full time for two years, but then it quit working and so did I. My illness came back with a vengeance and then I tried to get off of the Cymbalta which turned into a months long nightmare. My doctor thought all of my symptoms were from my illness so at first didn’t know about this syndrome. I found out about it because I googled “brain zapping” which was my worst symptom. I found a wikipedia article about SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome at that time and shared it with my doctor. At first I was decreased to the lowest dose and told to take it every other day, but that did not stop the symptoms I was having (many on this list). What I had to do was to, literally, empty each capsule out onto a plate, count out the little balls. Then put 3/4 of the little balls into empty capsules I purchased separately from a supplement store, and take that 3/4 amount for a week. Then do the same thing, decreasing another 25% for another week, then decrease another 25% and so on. If the symptoms returned I had to add back in more little balls. It took me a good 6 weeks to two months to finally get off of that drug. I know the method goes against the manufacturers advise, but it worked for me and there are no meds we were aware of to treat things like brain zapping so I was forced to try this. I’m glad my doctor supported me.

  6. lwspeer says:

    I took pristiq and had to start taking effexor for insurances purposes. I took the extended release for abut two years and soon realized I must get off of this drug. I was losing my hair, having wieght gain, had terrible headaches, asthma symptoms as well as sever dizziness from which I had to go to bed. I went to a new doctor and she tapered me off by adding 1 Prozac plus the 1 Effexor I was taking daily. AT the end of 5 days I was to stop Effexor, and I am doing fine. Neither Pristiq and Effexor helped my depression and the side effects were terrible. When I stopped it I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks, and everyone in my family has noticed a change in me. I no longer have these dangerous symptoms and feel a great deal better.

  7. eguillot says:

    I have been on Cymbalta for Fibromyalgia for several years now. I also have epilepsy, and I can tell you that the “brain zaps” are EXACTLY the same feeling that I get right before I have a grand mal seizure. My neurologist calls them partial seizures. So probably those “brain zaps” that everyone is getting from withdrawal are actually partial seizures.

  8. roberthilley says:

    The manufacturer of Cymbalta is facing a number of lawsuits from people who experienced withdrawal symptoms after stopping Cymbalta (duloxetine).

    The label states that withdrawal occurs in at least 1% of patients, but studies have found that at least 50% of patients experience withdrawal and 10% of the cases are severe.

    If you or somebody you know has taken Cymbalta and suffered from severe withdrawl symptoms, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You can learn more by visiting http://www.schmidtlaw.com/cymbalta-withdrawal-lawsuit/ or you can contact the law firm for a free case review by dialing (866) 920-0753.

  9. LadyConstance says:

    I don’t understand. If someone needs medicine for an affliction and goes to a doctor and gets medication who is to blame? Are you saying we should have been given a disclaimer to sign? Come on, I am in the throws of Cymbalta withdrawal and if I had to point a finger at who put me here…I couldn’t. I mean if there is one sure thing to know about any drug is IT’S A DRUG. Some provide real, life saving results and even those can have sketchy side effects. It’s about balance and choice, our own choice, no? If we keep suing the drug companies we will NEVER get a cure for cancer! Now I’m not saying these guys are always good guys but if you have ever suffered a disease so horrible that you would take snake venom to feel better you would know that worrying about the backside is not even in the realm of “what if’s” because if tomorrow and for a year or 2 your life would include joy, laughter and health you might just take that snake venom, it’s up to you.

  10. kattails says:

    I stopped my Cymbalta (90mg daily) about 2 months ago cold turkey and I still have excessive sweating. Does anyone know how long this will last. Thank you

    1. notwinning says:

      Dear Eli Lilly,

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


    2. washk says:

      I have been on Cymbalta (currently 60 mg) for almost 10 years now. I was originally prescribed it for depression but it did not work for that at all. Most other anti-depressants I had tried prior made me suffer very severe side effects. What kept me on the Cymbalta was I also had endometriosis and after my 4th surgery was still suffering severe pelvic pain and doctors could not figure out the cause. Surprisingly, I noticed that the Cymbalta completely stopped my daily pelvic pain. So I decided to stay on it. Fast forward a few years, I tried to stop taking it and got all the symptoms of withdrawal I’ve read about. I couldn’t handle it so I stayed on it.

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

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

      And I love how there is a generic version of Cymbalta but it is not a preferred drug by most insurance companies and still costs as much as the brand name. This is ridiculous. And if I stop taking it, will my pelvic pain come back?

    3. nancydolores says:

      I started reducing cymbalta intake in August and with the support of Chinese medicine, completely stopped taking it by November. It’s late February now, and I sense that my symptoms of insomnia, night sweats, depression, crying-at-the-drop-of-a-hat, broiling abdominal and chest sensations just might be discontiuation syndrome. Aargh!

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

    4. petie1999 says:

      I’m really glad I found this board and all of the information out there about weaning myself off Cymbalta and transitioning to a new anti-depressant. I’ve been taking Cymbalta since about 2008 for depression after I had a back surgery and my other medicine was no longer effective. I originally started at 30mg, but over the years it stopped working and last year my dr moved me to 120mg. Over all these years NO ONE has ever explained the severity of withdrawl symptoms that I could experience. All I knew was that if I missed even 1 dose I would live in a fog, 2 days left me physically ill, and 3 days had me crying hysterically. Now that I HAVE to get off of it b/c it absolutely no longer worked for me, I have felt like I’m living with the flu – all the same symptoms, but in combination with brain fog, hysterical crying or maniacal laughter, and weird feelings in my brain. I’m trying to combat it all with lots of water, green tea, multi vitamins, and eating right. I also shared the info with my husband, kids, and friends – so if something happens to me they know what to tell the doctors. Thank you to everyone for sharing your experiences b/c I know that I’m not alone in this.

    5. Brainzap85 says:

      Hey guys, I’m so happy I found this message board.

      I was prescribed cymbalta for my anxiety and avoidant personality.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      I really feel for you all. Thank you for sharing and I wish us all the best of luck… Something tells me we are gonna need it.

    6. unclejames says:

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

    7. unclejames says:

      I was taking Cymbalta 60mg once a day. I have been in withdrawals for a little over a month now. I am angry with my pain doctor for not taking me off slowly. I will be calling her tomorrow to discuss this. I cannot believe she did not know about just taking me off without weening me off. She has caused me major problems.

    8. Bamboohut says:

      Hello unclejames,

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

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

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

      May God bless you and all the others who are suffering because of this poison.

    9. beechgirl says:

      I have taken 6 pills prescribed by pain management. My first reaction was that it was wonderful. After the first dose my pain level was noticably less. Then the palpittions, dry mouth, nauseau and lightheadedness started. I googled it and found out about Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome. I specifically asked this dr who was new to me what the side effects were. His answer was something like nothing to worry about. I put a call into.him first thing this morning, it’s evening and I haven’t heard back from he yet. I am thankful that I did the research myself before I found myself stuck on this medication. I’m looking to tesolve a pain issue. I have never been disgnosed with depression. The pharmaceutical company should be taken to task,as well as the FDA. I am furious with this dr for not giving me full disclosure about this medication. I try to be an informed consumer when it comes to my medical care as I am a long time hospitsl worker. Shame on me too for not researchinh before taking the first pill.

    10. Bamboohut says:

      Beechgirl, please do not let your doctor talk you into continuing with this drug. I beg you DO NOT take a single dose more. I took the last 60mg pill on 11/22/14 and I am still living a nightmare. Nothing helps. I’m on the 4th week of taking 20mg of Prozac for the debilitating depression – no improvement, not even a little bit. I want to die. That is NO EXAGGERATION. Tomorrow, with my husband’s help, I will be looking into checking myself in to a psychiatric facility if we can find one in this area. The doctor who prescribed the Cymbalta and who has been my GP for almost 20 yrs referred me to a psychiatric – that was the best he could do for me? Really? Saw the one psychiatrist in our town last a Friday who said, ” don’t worry. This is temporary. You will definitely get better.” I wanted so badly to believe him, but today I’m still on the verge of suicide. I will never be the same. I give up. I want to die. I can’t take this torture any more. I have a husband and two grown children. All are healthy – I love them – they love me. We are financially secure, have a vacation home by the bay – I want for NOTHING – but this drug has ruined my life. I can’t face another day like this. I know it would hurt my family but it’s so bad, I’m so deeply in despair that even my love for them doesn’t matter – I jusr want to die and be left in peace from this horrific drug. Pleasea, Cymbalta, I’m begging you, LEAVE ME ALONE. IM BEGGING YOU. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE.

    11. curley81 says:

      I feel so much for you. You took the words out of my mouth. Is there any update? How are you doing?

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

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

      God bless you.

    12. addmetothelist says:

      I feel like I am reading my own diary while reading everyone’s comments regarding Cymbalta withdrawal. My withdrawal symptoms began when I ran out of my meds and was told I needed to see my doctor for bloodwork before getting a new prescription. By time I had my bloodwork done, saw my doctor for results, I had been off my 60 mg Cymbalta for 7 days. I felt horrible. I went back on the minute my prescription was filled. That same week I went on I did research and saw what everyone had posted and decided, I cannot take being on something like this. I have Fibromyalgia and minor anxiety. I immediately started decreasing my dose by taking 3 of the small pellets out of the capsules. I did this for 2 weeks. Next I took out 6 pellets for 2 weeks. I then started taking the capsules with 6 pellets removed every other day. I did that for another two weeks. I am now taking one capsule every 2 days (less the 6 pellets). I will start taking one tablet every 3 days in the next couple of weeks then hopefully one a week. I am still having vertigo, brain zaps, nausea, not so much nightmares but extremely vivid realistic, detailed dreams. No wonder I am tired. I actually had to leave work one day from Vertigo. I had thought for the past couple years that my menopause had ramped up a level because what were previously night sweats and an occasional hot flash developed into numerous hot flashes all day, I have a fan by my recliner at home and one by my computer at work. I take something into every meeting to fan myself with in the event I start sweating. I am a month shy of 59 yrs old, I feel 80. I took this week off from work to be able to focus on “getting off it”. I previously took Tramadol for pain associated with my fibromyalgia and Lexapro for my anxiety. I have both standing by to take the minute I have not taken Cymbalta, at all, for at least 5 days. I cannot wait for that day. I am in constant touch with my physician while I am doing this. I am sure the reason she did not feel compelled to just refill my prescription initially was that she was under the Eli Lilly, 1% spell. If I had it all to do over, I would never had taken Cymbalta in the first place which would have meant living with some bad days with my fibromyalgia and stayed on my Lexapro which I never had any side effects from and it worked to ease my anxiety well. The whole reason was to limit the use of Tramadol and kill two birds with one stone by attempting to give me more relief for my fibromyalgia and taking one pill for that and my anxiety. I encourage everyone experiencing these issues to try and hang in there, talk to your doctor while attempting to decrease your dose, and hopefully we will make it through. Just get off of it no matter what.

    13. monkeybrain says:

      I am a recovering alcoholic haven’t drank for many years. This Cymbalta withdrawal is worse than a 5 day Whiskey binge only when you wake up it still there. Just like DT’s nausea vomiting joint and muscle pain headache from hell nothing touches it!!!! I plan to get off it one way or the other I have tried and had to get back on cuz I couldn’t take the WD’s I was prescribed it for depression because of my horrible back pain I take an Hydro or Oxy every 4 hours but 6 weeks ago I fell down and it actually fixed my back a little and now I want to stop taking Lyrica and Cymbalta. Why it is prescribed surely they didn’t study the withdrawal in the drug trials of these drugs If anyone knows of any thing helpful write in here and to cymbaltawithdrawal.com we must work together for change what is this Lily 1% spell the Dr. gets do they get money for prescribing it??

    14. AndrewJohnson says:

      First I want to say that I am not a small guy,6ft 3in. And 235 lbs,and this little pill is causing me all kinds of trouble.I am also by no means the type to write or comment on a message board, I don’t even have a Facebook account/profile but if my comments can somehow help with the problems some are having with cymbalta, it will be worth it. I was taking it for a lot of the same reasons many have mentioned and it didn’t seem to help at all. I then decided to quit, the first time it was awful, severe dizziness, headaches and nausea. None of which was mentioned before starting the medication. I had to take it again just to be able to function. I did some research and tried the “taper off” method with almost the same results. The “brain zaps” is definitely a real thing for me, the biggest problem really. I notice them the most when changing the focus of my eyes. For example, looking up from your phone to look at someone, any rapid movement of my eyes from one side to another, or closing your eyes for a few seconds then opening them. I also had some vertigo but not sure it’s related. I am currently in day 10 of not taking it at all, the first few were tough, had to take three days off work, but the “zaps” are becoming less frequent. I am feeling irritable and still having headaches. My question is how long will this last? I mean how long does it take to get out of your system? Hopefully not long term! Hearing that someone else had these problems made me feel a little better that I wasn’t the only one. The scary thing is that none of the doctors I have talked to have any answers. (3 by the way) I am a real person with a real job and have learned a valuable lesson about looking into medications before I start taking them. It has been tough on my family too, they have to put up with me!! I hope that our comments and discussion may be able to somehow help each other get through this and move on. thanks for those courageous enough to post comments you never know who it could help. -AJBean

    15. gemar69 says:

      How did you try to “taper”? I have using the bead method since November with much success. I tried a year and a half ago to drop from 60mg down to 30mg with HORRIBLE results. Using the bead method and incorporating supplements and eating healthier has been helping greatly and the withdrawal symptoms are very minimal.

    16. LeeW says:

      After being on Cymbalta for about 5 years, I accidentally missed 3 days of doses and didn’t realize it. I thought I was dying. I have never felt so bad! It’s now been 10 years, and the thought of having to stop it abruptly really frightens me. I even get anxious at the thought of tapering.

    17. LeeW says:

      What is the bead method?

    18. debbisutton1955 says:

      While I was on Cymbalta the first year was really great, it helped me by managing my pain & depression. After 1 year I started hearing a strange woosh woosh sound in my head when I blinked or shut my eyes. I seriously thought I was going crazy, so I went off the Cymbalta cold turkey…I do not advise this as I had nightmares, and I cried all the time. I finally got in to see my Dr & she put me on a new antidepressant but I dont feel less pain like I did on Cymbalta…..my next visit to the Dr I will definitely ask for something else for the pain! I hope this comment helps someone out there.
      Heres to light or painfree days!
      Debbi Sutton

    19. SandyLanierRogers says:

      I have the woosh woosh sensation or feeling to. I have some sort of static or shocking feelings too. I’m just going to keep tapering off it. I figure, I know why this is happening and I just have to deal with it. Yuck

    20. debbiekholmes says:

      I am 65 and have been on antidepressants for 20 years – Effexor, then Cymbalta (60 mg) as soon as it was marketed as helping pain as well (back and joint issues). I actually was fairly pleased with Cymbalta, but I had been taking Juice Plus capsules for 2 months, was eating very nutritionally, and felt really good physically – so I decided to get off Cymbalta cold turkey 4 weeks ago, thinking better sooner than later. (I had tried 6 years earlier by tapering off but when I crashed depression-wise, was urged by friends to get back on, thinking I may be “genetically predisposed” and may need anti-depressants the rest of my life)

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

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

      It has gone amazingly well, especially after being on it for so long – definite vertigo, which improved after 2 weeks, but I was still able to function and drive – just dizzy. Also hot flashes, (which is a pain since I already went through those with menopause), flashes of head pain, more emotional – both high and low – which is actually sort of nice since I cried very seldom on Cymbalta. However, I started having symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome (weakness, aches, cramps, jerks) about a week ago, which seems to be getting worse and drastically affects my sleep – and this led me to this site. It has helped me realize this withdrawal may take longer than I had hoped. I stayed up most of the nite reading this and other sites and wanted to post in hopes that someone might be helped by trying healthy nutrition and Juice Plus. I have prayed for each of you as I read, and hope for better days ahead for all of us.

    21. WendellE says:

      Debbiek – you give me hope. I just stopped taking the generic for Cymbalta a few days ago. I never dreamed it would be so hard. I’m so thankful for my dear husband of 50 years – he’s my rock. As I was crying through the fireworks, he asked why I wanted to stop taking it. I said I just wanted my emotions back. To read your statement saying essentially the same thing helped me know I am on the right thing no matter how hard it is. Thank you! I’ll be praying for you.

    22. bpatrick says:

      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


    23. KathiJP says:

      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.

    24. teena6522 says:

      on day 5 of withdrawal. I have to read these post so I don’t loose it. Knowing my symptoms are not imaginary helps.

    25. wokenup says:

      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

    26. mimihanna says:

      the whoosh-whoosh sensation is called brain zaps…I have them all the time….have weaned off of
      Cymbalta…taking 4 months…now completely off of it…hoping to get better!!!

    27. nessam2 says:

      I was put on cymbalta during a recent stay in a behavioral health facility. I was withdrawing from opiates. After a restless night of sleep due to the woman housed in the same room as me, the doc standing in for my prescribing doc placed me on cymbalta and trazadone. After just one day of use i woke mid night extremely irritable, by the next day i was experiencing headaches, constant ringing in my ears and mild but constant nausea. I let the nurses know of my symptoms and was given Motrin for the headaches and zofran for my nausea. When i was released Monday i told my actual doctor what was happening and that I did not think the medication the other doc prescribed to me was good for me at which point he said it would be fine if i did not want to take it. I did not have the prescription filled and went home. By 8 that evening i was experiencing terrible side effects. Ways my body feels that I cannot even explain to the doctor. I felt as if my whole body was shaking but i was not moving at all, the ringing in my ears became worse and it still has not stopped. I went to the ‘re yesterday due to all the side effects including hallucinations, insomnia and just an overall feeling of confusion and fear. During my admission i was sweating extremely bad, blood pressure was 167/101, I could not quite crying and was very confused, ringing and buzzing in the ears, severe headache, still unable to sleep. Tests were ran on me physically and they found nothing wrong. I was then transported back to the behavior facility where i sat all day to see the doc to try to be readmitted to be observed due to symptoms i was having. I was seen by a woman for intake and turned away. At which point they said the symptoms that I was having were normal and that the doc seen me yesterday and i was fine then and there was nothing that they could do. I was told to get the prescription filled and continue taking the cymbalta and to follow up with a counseling facility down the road for further help. It is now Wednesday and i feel like I am losing my mind. I cannot get the ringing and sounds in my ears to go away, I have a constant headache, cannot eat or sleep, brain fog,blurred vision, confusion, my whole body feels like it’s constantly shaking, I keep becoming agitated and confused and i don’t know when this will stop. I am scared that it won’t and from what i have read i do not understand why I was put on this medication to begin with. The doctors can’t findanything wrong or say nothing is wrong. I want to go back to a different hospital but I’m scared they will tell me the same thing. How can I feel like this after only three days of actually taking this medication and will it ever go away? Has anyone else experienced this at all? The ringing in my earsis so look bad and i seriously feel crazy now after being completely normal before starting this medication. If someone could please give me some advice or information if they have had a similar experience i would really appreciate it. I don’t feel like I will ever be normal again and this ringing is driving me crazy.

    28. Feylin88 says:

      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
      Nausea and Vomiting
      Limb pain
      Diarrhea (TMI but I never get this so I know its due to withdrawl)
      Involuntary crying

      I give kudos to my poor husband who has patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) supported me through this.

    29. Lkr64 says:

      Hi- I just found this site. I really thought something was drastically wrong w me(not that this isn’t -just thought I had a disease or something)! Have been on 90mg of cymbalta for aprox 12 years( or as long as the drug has been around) . Have recently. Been diagnosed w an autoimmune disease that is affecting my liver. I therefore decided I needed to come off the cymbalta…….and you all seem to know what happened next! My question is-has anyone experienced vertigo so bad they can’t walk? My head literally feels like it’s going one way and my brain the other! I almost totally passed out today just standing at my counter-not moving too fast or doing anything crazy. Thanks to this site I have been made aware that cymbalta comes in 20mg-I’m Down to 30. Have been trying to do a pill for two days then no pill and so on-but I think maybe it would be better to go down to the 20 and then try the skipping a day . My heart and prayers go out to you all. No one can fully understand the hell you all have been through unless they have spent a few minutes in your shoes. If anyone could comment on the horrendous vertigo/dizziness I would be most grateful! Thank you so much.

    30. Milung says:

      I was put on Cymbalta for nerve pain in 2013. The pain stopped after two weeks of taking the drug. In November 2014 I lost my insurance and decided to take myself off of it. Other than the nerve pain I am health. In the year of taking it I gained 45lbs in that year and started sweating like crazy especially at night. The was a walk in the park as far as whats going on now. Stopped it in November, missed my menstrual cycle in December (I am and always have been like clockclockwork every 28 days) then in January my cycle lasted 6 weeks, all along I had the brain zaps and bronchial issues. Doc put me on 14 days of some type of inhauler in February and in March I had pneumonia, after finishing my antibiotics, steroids and albuterol I was still sick. Did xrays again and pneumonia was gone, but my bronchial issues still stayed. Blood work came back showing inflammation and doc said it would pass in time. Since January when my bronchial issues started I have passed out 5 times while laughing hard. I’m 39 and have always been healthy besides my lower back issues. I am beside myself with what is going on with me. I’m just wonderi6how long the withdrawal symptoms last.

    31. Plethora91 says:

      Tony, can you sue Eli Lilly on this? Contact a lawyer, get your status on the internet retracted? Just throwing out ideas, what do I know.

    32. llkotara says:

      I have been reading many of the posts and will say I have just gotten off the ganeric of cymbalta and it was done cold turkey, not by choice, and the side effects are pure hell. I have had all except the seizures. I would not wish this on my worst enemy. If you have the choice and or have just started this medication stop now. I have been taking 120mg daily for about 3years and although it worked wonders for my fiber, I ran out and my wonderful doctor and or nurse didn’t seem to have the time to call the pharmacy back to get my refill done before the weekend. The first day I was without I started having withdrawal symptoms. They seem to get worse by the hour. The body zaps, I call them cause it was not just my head, are the worst. I also suffer from chronic migraines so with the zaps it of course triggers the migraines. I am scared to let my grand babies come to see me because I do not know how I will react if they get to loud or don’t listen. I don’t want to scare them by having a outburst of rage or a crying fit in front of them and yes I have had those also. It has been a week and 2 days without the mess and I am not sure how I am going to make it but I know I will not go back on this medication again. I will suffer with the pain and other symptoms of my fiber before I use cymbalta again. I just hope I can make it through with my marriage and family still intact. Prayers to all who are going through this.
      I also was not told by my doctor how hard it would be if I ever did want to get off this medication.

    33. Juliejean17 says:

      Ive gone cold turkey and am on day 5 without meds. Not only that a month ago my doc stopped bisiprolol meds for blood pressure.i thought my heads were from BP but reading these messages its clearly from the cymbalta meds withdrawal. I stopped cymbalta myself as i wanted to see whay my body is really upto. Didnt know about withdrawal symptoms or even think about it. But the headaches have been really bad and affecting my sleep. I was on 60mg.

    34. Feylin88 says:

      May I add that my weaning off process has been ONGOING FOR TWO YEARS not just suddenly.

    35. darajanan says:

      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!

    36. Lisa0hi0 says:

      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!!!

    37. mayz says:

      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!

    38. LisaBP says:

      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”

    39. Jancot says:

      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….

    40. BarbInTexas says:

      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?

    41. Care74 says:

      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

    42. RobertMajor says:

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

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


    43. ttammaro68 says:

      You should be able to just stop this med after being on it only 3 days. Your body had not had time to acclimate to the drug…with any antidepressant, narcotic, etc, that takes about 4-6 weeks. You should be fine. I know you asked the question a while back but here is the answer in case someone else is in your shoes.

    44. dbranson59 says:

      I am now on a generic version, and since being on it, brain zaps are worse than when I first tried to stop, I have loud ringing, etc. Anyone out there on the Generic, and if so are you having withdrawal symptoms? I may as well stop taking it. I feel miserable.

    45. happydose says:

      i am on generic one Duloxetine since beginning. I have super good medical insurance unfortunately, the policy says the pharmacy can’t give me the one with brand name unless there is no generic form.

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

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

    46. Chrissykeys says:

      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.

    47. USMCMaDHatTeR says:

      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.


    48. Jewelz55 says:

      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

    49. Barkles says:

      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.

    50. Linda1942 says:

      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!

    51. michaelamadio says:

      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!

    52. michaelamadio says:

      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.

    53. royalred40 says:

      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

    54. JKLJ says:

      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.

    55. bjohnson0525 says:

      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!

    56. Tlynnc78 says:

      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.

    57. Cymbaltasurvivor says:

      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.

    58. Smb0801 says:

      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..

    59. Hope81 says:

      I’ve been on Cymbalta for 10 years, 20mg. I tried to get off 6 years ago and it almost killed me. My doctor was clueless and said I could just stop. I’ve mustered the courage again and hope to do it right this time with success. The Road Back is a decent source of info. I’m not taking all their supplements though. I’m going to try the Optimum Solace and see if it helps. I’m going to eat well and supplement with Omega 3s and Siberian ginseng when symptoms hit. I talked with a pharmacist who stated Lilly did a study with applesauce and pouring the pellets in that. I’ve done that for 9 days now with my full dose to see if it would work. So far no problems at all. I’m going to continue the applesauce method for at least another week on full dose. Also, I’m taking applesauce at ROOM TEMP! No dairy and no other food an hour before or after. The pH of the applesauce doesn’t breakdown the enteric coating on the pellets but other foods do. I used cold applesauce today and it looked like the pellets were disolving. That made me nervous. I can’t find online anywhere where it states the temp matters. So I’m just going with room temp and buying those little cups of Motts applesauce, unsweetened. The study Lilly did used Motts. So after I see how the next few weeks go with mixing the pellets in the applesauce with my full dose, I’m going to start with a 5% reduction of the pellets for 14 days. If all goes well I will decrease another 5% for 14 days. If that goes well I may try a 10%. But most likely I won’t chance the potential for all hell to break loose and keep it at 5%. It’s VERY IMPORTANT TO TAKE THE DOSE AT SAME TIME EACH DAY!!! ****If you take generic Cymbalta, make sure you check with your pharmacist regarding manufacturer. Not all generics are the same as I understand so the pellet amounts could be different depending on manufacturer. Lilly brand will all be the same so that helps!! I wish you all the best. This is a horrible drug. I pray we all can successfully wean off if it! God bless!!

    60. T606 says:

      After quiting Cymbalta I have had problems with food and smells. Can’t stand to smell food cooking or perfumie smells. Example shampoo, body wash, air fresheners, etc.. My taste has also changed and there are very few foods I can eat. Even drinking water or taking Tylenol burns my stomach. I’ve had several tests and a scope done so stomach problems are not the cause of burning. I also have ringing in ears, mood swings and more. I’ve been off Cymbalta going on 5 months after taking since 2005. HAS ANYONE HAD STOMACH PROBLEMS????

    61. Frankfft says:

      I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and took around 80mg at most at one point. Read about the eventual side effects and knew I was going to eventually face them, since taking the Cymbalta didn’t help my anxiety, depression and heavy feelings of guilt that I have.

      Currently going through withdrawal symptoms now that I’m off, which are headaches, fatigue to the extent I have to take naps daily, diarrhea, and mood swings. I would get mad at my psychologist, but thats a pointless effort as I had the power to figure out this information on my own. But it’s unusual that in order to get off the drug, you can only lower your dosage to the extent of what’s available commercially.

    62. Narcolepsy says:

      My insurance co. Decided to no longer pay for my monthly Cymbalta Prescription.
      Even though, I won, at trial, over 10 years ago, an “Award” and penalties against the Ins. Co. This was from a head injury from a severe fall at work. Thus a “Workmen’s Compensation” case, subject to the California Sfate “Work-Comp” Statutes. Which via political
      Contributions from the INSURANCE INTERESTS… Stack the “odds”
      against the injured individual !!!! I won specific awards for the head injury, (took 4 1/2 years for an accurate and correct diagnosis of “Post-Traumatic-Narcolepsy” and in addition to
      “A compressed Renal-Artery” which blocked
      any blood from leavin my right Kidney. Very painful ! Inoperable, in the least VERY DANGEROUS SURGERY !!! I was fortunate to be treated by the best, most experienced sleep disorder Nuerologist in California ! Point is, I moved to Arizona ( Love it here in Bisbee founded 1880 !). So I was denied payment
      From a technical CA. law allowing a “utilization review”. The in’s. Co retained a 3rd party, who in turn retained thier subsidiary to require my prescribing Dr.
      to fill out forms and send to “Utilizationreview”
      NietherthePilic my Attorney nor me, are allowed to suggest ANYTHING to the Doctors ! !!!
      We complied. The “job” of filling out forms got delegated and again delegated to an iffice assistant
      I am glad for the article ! I thought I was going crazy !!! The worst mental and physical experience I’ve ever gone through. HORRIBLE — battery low must submit

    63. Micweathers says:

      I have been on cymbalta for going on two months. I was on this medication before, and when i went off of them; the last time, I went through the worst pain ever, and did not even though it was withdrawal until I read all of these different people up here that went through the same thing that I went through. I live with fibromyalgia everyday I have PTSD psychosis and I am on this Cymbalta which is not helping to me no medication helps sometimes I feel as if I’m displaced this medicine does not help no medicine does and I am tired of taking the Cymbalta it has kept me constipated which I already stay that way it just made it worse I have chills headaches my fibromyalgia seems like it’s not getting any better and worse than that the side effects from discontinuing this drug is just ridiculous. Today will be the day I will not take this medicine I will go cold turkey because rather you go cold turkey or not you’re still going to go through withdrawal. Nothing helps my fibromyalgia and nothing helps my mental illnesses nothing but if people just leave me alone that would sure help me but I refuse to keep being used as a medical guinea pig for all of this medication. They definitely need to pull Cymbalta off of the market and that is for Real along with some of the other medications that they have out there why don’t they tell you about if you stop taking his medication what will happen.

    64. snriDear says:

      Has anyone else tried switching from Cymbalta to another antidepressant as a withdrawal strategy?

      I withdrew from Cymbalta 60mg twice ( !! ) in one year. The first time I was feeling really normal and dropped to 30mg for a few months then tapered off that. It ruined my budding career. I couldn’t function – I was completely impaired, having problems thinking, sleeping, brutal physical symptoms – unable to work and barely able to take care of myself. I went back on the 60mg even though I could barely afford it. Bad decisions led to a $40,000 fraud that wiped out my savings, so I had to switch to another drug. The switch to sertraline was a quick – 3 weeks from 60mg Cymbalta to full dose of sertraline. Of course there was withdrawal but not nearly so debilitating.

      After several antidepressants that didn’t work I’m back on 60mg generic Cymbalta (duloxetine).

      So my strategy for next time I switch/withdraw from Cymbalta: switch to another antidepressant that has much easier withdrawal. Not ideal, but better than the Withdrawal Syndrome.

      Has anyone had similar experience?

    65. Dralice78 says:

      When I had severe fibromyalgia pain I sometimes needed up to 800 mg 3x a day (1/2 life is 5-7 hours). That broke the pain cycle. Perhaps you did not respond to a much lower dose (doctors can be chicken about larger doses if they are not a Rheumatologist or Neurologist.) Those folks are very accustomed to pushing the dose to effect. It really helps me to sleep. Good luck. God bless you. You really need Jesus to help you. He is the only healer Who has been successful in helping me through these miseries. Tune in Kenneth Hagin on YouTube for good help. He always inspires me because God saved him through several episodes of near death when he had a terminal illness in childhood and adolescence.

    66. sperkinssmith says:

      This article was extremely helpful. I have been taking Cymbalta for many years now. One time I had to go off of it (cold turkey) for 7 days for a round of antibiotics that do not work with Cymbalta. That was the worst 5 days of my life as I cried for no reason, was cranky, had terrible nightmares and wanted to die. After the 7 days, I stopped taking the antibiotic and went back to the Cymbalta. The bad part was that my doctor said I should stop cold turkey to take these antibiotics. This tells me that doctors are no where close to learning the downfalls of taking this medication. I was put on it for fibromyalgia. It does help the pain but I’m starting to wonder if I would rather endure the pain then to continue taking this.
      Please educate our doctors on this horrible medication.

    67. Melissa74 says:

      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.

    68. mindcontrol says:

      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.

    69. hope_ellen says:

      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

    70. hope_ellen says:

      …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!

    71. Aliyana says:

      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….

    72. cjcs0313 says:

      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?

    73. volfn4lf says:

      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.

    74. carlal says:

      going crazy here crying 24/7 was on for many yrs

    75. Peony16 says:

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

    76. sunnyaswell says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    77. LisaBP says:

      “After reading most of the comments on this forum, I believe that being angry and frustrated with your situation, and blaming Doctors, and drug companies for the Cymbalta side effects will only increase the sickly feelings that you will have as you are trying to come off the Cymbalta.”

      Do you also blame rape victims for being raped?

      It is fabulous you have not had to endure the severe side effects thousands and thousands of patients have reported while attempting to taper off Cymbalta, but that in no way makes them the fault of poor attitude.

      Blaming those going through a difficult time is cruel and cold hearted. Please don’t.

    78. 4today says:

      I have been on Cymbalta for over 7 years .. and with support .. and a plan .. starting going off .. at the end of Jan 2015 ..
      I went from 60 to 45 .. 30 15 to Zero
      By far .. going from 15 mgs to zero has been the hardest
      I opened up capsules .. to go from 60 to 45 etc
      Going from 60 and down .. I spent 10 days on each new level
      Full blown anxiety/rage ..
      I have been at zero now for over a month .. I have HUGE support which makes it worthwhile
      I am now doing visualization .. to help .. breathing exercises ..
      I also experienced headaches .. waking up for over a month .. those were tough
      My support person .. BIG on Stretching to release the anxiety .. it helps ..
      Also .. this sounds weird .. but just hanging .. with your arms from a pull up bar
      It is a HUGE relief ..
      … Also my support person recommended .. DEEP tissue massage every 2 weeks …
      That has also been good
      I will continue .. and feel like I can make it ..
      Hope this helps someone

    79. Activia says:

      How did you go from 30 mg to 15 to zero? Did you open the capsule and count the beads, splitting them in half?

    80. denovo07 says:

      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.


    81. dbsdibs17 says:

      Eli-Lilly should pay to the point of bankruptcy for failing disclose this misery. Praying for all dealing with Cymbalta Withdrawal Syndrome

    82. Kelseyw2 says:

      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

    83. Kelseyw2 says:

      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

    84. Sofaki1964 says:

      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.

    85. JannaL says:

      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.

    86. Username43215 says:

      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
      Worsened depression
      Skin fees like it’s on fire
      Ringing in the ears
      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????

    87. winter72 says:

      Can someone tell me: Do withdrawal symptoms from Cymbalta do permanent damage? My brain is so out of order after 3 weeks off this evil drug, I’m terrified it is permanently damaged.

    88. happydose says:

      Please please keep us posted. “permanent brain damage”, this thought scared the hell out of me!

    89. maryhelen23 says:

      I was put on Cymbalta while coming off of Effexor for a couple of weeks. I have been off of Cymbalta for about 2 weeks. I am also taking Wellbutrin. I am experiencing moodiness, crying spells, stomach upset, some brain zaps, foot & ankle swelling. For those who have stopped taking Cymbalta, how long did it take for withdrawal symptoms to go away?

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

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

      I have heard that Powerade/Gatorade helps with brain zaps.

    90. MaizelGM says:

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

    91. thzim23 says:

      Due to the the fact the cymbalta is a wide acting SNRI not a SSRI one med may not work to get off it (as explained to me by my doctor). A combination of desipramine and venlafaxine worked for me the first time I got off cymbalta. Sadly I had to go back on it due to extreme pain coming back due to nerve damage and spinal stenosis. From what I can remember to get off of 60 mg of cymbalta I took 3 50 mg desipramine through out the day and one to two half 75 mg venlafaxine. had very minor side effects from the venlafaxine that compared to the getting off of cymbalta on your own are nothing. Good luck hope this info helps someone.

    92. SandyLanierRogers says:

      Have been on 120 mgs for several years. I was on Cymbalta for depression. I started having cramps in my tongue at night. Looked up the side affects. Thinking it might be tartive dyskonesia. (spelling?). I decided to get off of it. Unfortunately, my regular doctor has retired. I’m just slowly cutting it down. I am spacing the doses further and further apart. I am having some sort of feelings of electric shocks every once and awhile. I’m also having weird dreams and stomach trouble. However, I think I’m going to be ok. Wondering what everyone else is going through.

    93. ttammaro68 says:

      Too fast!

    94. ttammaro68 says:

      Please slow down your weaning! 20mg every 4 days is WATCHING TOO MUCH!

    95. ladybadone says:

      Look for a group called Cymbalta Hurts worse. They will help you with tons of info and how to taper and everything. I started tapering Jan 1st from 60mg.

    96. Holdonpainends says:

      Was involved in heavy equipment accident back in late 2012, injured C5/C6 which resulted in discsectomy and insertion of Pro Disc C (artificial disc). Three months later was back to work for solid ten months with little to no side effects of surgery. Was workin the goon spoon (shovel) faster than our youngest labourers. Ended up injuring my neck thought I was fixed NOPE!! To topic at hand ole Cymbalta, that bitch of a horse that kicks yah in the crotch everytime. Currently taking 90mg daily to bring myself to a level so i can hide how much pain im actually in to my fiance of 5 years. (Three of them spent dealing with my f!#$! neck.)

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

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

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

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

      Cymbalta does work for me for pain management but dam is it worth destroying my
      5 year relationship…..literally feels like brain will explode but not in pain??

    97. mdegon says:

      How is it going??? I’m just beginning this journey of getting off the stuff. Hope you’re doing much better!!! Loved your post— but I cried at the Bud commercial in a drug-free state… of course, I am a girl 🙂

    98. Agrant83 says:

      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.

    99. Jewels3 says:

      Literally, I was not in a good place. I was already taking cymbalta, but my life circumstances were becoming so intolerable that my Dr, who’s a Christian literally said to me “I’m going to be praying for you…. But I’ll still up your cymbalta dosage”
      I replied “so, Jesus and Cymbalta… “

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

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

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

      Is it all part of being off of it then back on? Do I need to call the Dr, or will this go away the more it gets back into my system?

    100. Cherbear78 says:

      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.

    101. Cherbear78 says:

      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.

    102. Treadwell1952 says:

      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.

    103. Treadwell1952 says:

      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.

    104. singapore says:

      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.

    105. Bcarey8112 says:

      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.

    106. ncp99 says:

      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.

    107. cfstara says:

      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.

    108. RADICAL says:

      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

    109. Rykinshin says:

      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.

    110. dbsdibs17 says:

      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.

    111. firelover14 says:

      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.

    112. Meeeg123 says:

      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.

    113. Medic251 says:

      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?

    114. MaizelGM says:

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

    115. Bxgrl says:

      I also went up to 120 mg. Worked for my arthritis pain for a while and gave me some more energy so I could get through my last two years as a teacher. After changing my eating habits from good to fantastic, organic and raw foods, I decided to get off the cymbalta. I did ok until the last few weeks where I got down to counting beads of 10. Out of the approx 160 that are in a capsule. Having a hard time with anger issues, but I think I can do it. Completely stopped for two days now. You can do it if you count the beads.

    116. BettyClark says:

      I have been on Cymbalta for 2 years prescribed by my doctor for mild depression and chronic pain in my back. Oh, it helped and my pain was improved. As time went by my back pain became an issue once again. I was also having sweats where the sweat would drip onto my body from my hair. I decided to come off —piece of cake I thought. I was wrong. Even with my doctor telling me to taper off which I did. Fourteen days later and now off Cymbalta completely for six days, I have felt awful, having a bout of arthritis or bad flu symptoms all over my body. Sweats are a problem still and I have not slept in 2 nights. I have had GI symptoms, bad headaches, feelings of being very jittery. My head has come into play now with strange feelings, dizziness, making me fearful to try and drive. My eyes have had some type of fluttering in my eye lids. I returned to my doctor and was given a prescription for Effexor XR 75 Mg. I am too afraid to try this drug. I just want to get back to normal. I would never have taken this drug IF I was told of the above. Good luck and God be with you as you leave Cymbalta behind.

    117. brightsocks says:

      Hi all, these comments (and the article) are really helping me. I am in the same boat as you right now. I am currently on 50mg Cymbalta. I tapered down VERY slowly from 60 to 50 since January. During this tapering period, I would cry all the time for no reason, have night sweats, joint&muscle pain, headaches, fogginess/zombie-feeling, depression, and brain zaps. These symptoms have finally become “stable”-ish on the 50mg as I have been on 50mg for about 3 weeks with no more tapering. I am terrified to even begin to try going to 40mg and continue on this path of tapering because it was so hard to only go the 10 mg down from 60 to 50. It took 3-4 months to feel ok at 50mg and who knows how it’s going to be as I taper to 40mg.

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

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

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

      Love, Alex

    118. Dorothy858 says:

      Medical marijuana really helps!

    119. colokaren says:

      This is for everyone who is going through the terrible symptoms of going off of Cymbalta. Years ago I was on Effexor and when I was going off of it, life just got worse than ever before. I will NEVER take Effexor again, and now that I have just come off of Cymbalta I know that I will NEVER take it again either. But there is a helpful remedy while you are coming off the drug if you are having Cymbalta withdrawal syndrome, that worked for me when I came off of Effexor as well as Cymbalta. I had all the symptoms: Dizzy, headache, nightmares, confusion, insomnia, brain zaps, irritability that turned to rage, anxiety, sad and crying all the time, suicidal thoughts. These are just some of the symptoms I had. Both times my doctor would prescribe PROZAC to get me through the withdrawal of Cymbalta as well as Effexor.
      Taking the Prozac takes the withdrawal effects virtually away, or at least lessons them. You need to ask your doctor to prescribe a short period use of Prozac, it worked wonders!! I actually was so much in a rage in the middle of the withdrawal, that I threw my phone across the room and it hit the glass portion of a curio cabinet I have, which I now need to replace. I just sat on the floor and sobbed and sobbed, and kept thinking to myself why has this happened to me for so many years? I was picking up the glass and cut my finger. On the way to the trash I looked at the shards of glass in my hands, and thought to myself how easy it would be to just use one of them and end all of this agony I was going through. I didn’t go that route though. That same night I took some Prozac that I had left over and that did the trick, it doesn’t make the withdrawal go away completely, but it lessens the symptoms so that you don’t feel as horrible as before. I sincerely hope that this helps people in the same situation, you are not alone in this!!

    120. jensenm says:

      i started taking Cymbalta for nerve pain in my neck – it is amazing. Now I know why
      When I missed a couple days of my meds I turned into a
      Horrible angry person. I never want to be like that again! Just wanted to reply about ‘meds are cheaper in Canada. I take 180mg/day and my monthly cost is $380-$400 soo…. Not always cheaper up here :p good luck weaning off. Sometimes the pain
      Relief is worth the side effects – or future effects

    121. jensenm says:

      i started taking Cymbalta for nerve pain in my neck – it is amazing. Now I know why
      When I missed a couple days of my meds I turned into a
      Horrible angry person. I never want to be like that again! Just wanted to reply about ‘meds are cheaper in Canada. I take 180mg/day and my monthly cost is $380-$400 soo…. Not always cheaper up here :p good luck weaning off. Sometimes the pain
      Relief is worth the side effects – or future effects

    122. jbirx720 says:

      I also gained a lot of weight taking cymbalta. My doctor is anything but helpful. I’m slowly weening myself off of this dreaded drug for fibromyalgia pain

    123. Emum says:

      I had been on 60 mg for quite a while. Can’t remember how many years. I could tell when I missed doses by the bad headaches I had. I went off the 60 mg cold turkey, not thinking about tapering because I was switching to Wellbutrin (not in the same class). Let me tell you it has been a nightmare. Sweating, bad headaches, vertigo, nausea, feeling like someone is holding my neck and squeezing. This is going on week 5 of being off of this. I have no energy and am only comfortable lying down. This is awful. I am glad to know that I am not alone in the ways that I feel. I pray that this won’t last much longer, but it is hard to tell.

    124. sshaver58 says:

      I stopped my cymbalta due to pharm not having a refill for me and drs being gone for the long weekend.
      I am in the midst of the withdrawals, the dizziness and brain zps are the worst! I feel as if my brain is moving in slow motion! ugh…i have to work today and am looking forward to going to the office and hibernating in my office.
      I am afraid to drive! I will call dr today..but dont want anymore ..might as well ride it out!
      severe sweats and back pain! ugh hard to sleep.
      going to try St Johns Wort

    125. BNicole7 says:

      I also have run out of cymbalta before before I could get to the dr. FYI – if you tell the pharmacist that you will suffer from these withdrawal symptoms, they might be able to give you one or two pills to hold you over. Just something to remember!

    126. VNGRDNG says:

      I am one week away from retirement (have had Fibro since 1995 diagnosis, worked full time until now). 3 Weeks ago, I ran out of Cymbalta (Dulexotine) 40 mg. and just prior to running out, I called CVS to refill. Doctor denied refill stating I had to come in — NOTE: I was just into the DR 1 month ago! I only had 4-5 Capsules left, so tried to wean off 1 cap every other day. HORRID Withdrawal symptoms! Have been on Cymbalta for 1.5 years, and started getting severe liver pain back in March 2015 (MAYO Clinic in Phx discovered I have several large, benign liver cysts, just monitoring). The Hepatology Dr @ MAYO said nothing about possibly Cymbalta causing those cysts. I now have read recently about possible bad liver damage, so was wanting to get off Cymbalta anyway.

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

      Since I have no more Cymbalta (and today is Sunday), should I go get more of it from CVS Pharmacist, or just push through the final cold turkey withdrawal???

    127. heythere says:

      If you are in the US, it is legal for a pharmacist to approve say, 2 or 3 pills to get you through the weekend. Did you explain your situation to the pharmacist? If they knew you were completely out and made no offer to help, they are not doing their job. Try again if they are open. Unplanned withdrawl from your prescription is NOT acceptable.

    128. Scott_McG says:

      Wow…you are all scaring the crap out of me!
      I have been on 60mg for about 2 years now.
      I took it for relief of arthritic pain in my knee.
      If I ever missed a dose, I had the electric zaps a lot. My wife would say I would “get dark” as well. I have developed tinitus in my left ear. Never thought that it may be due to the pill. Will be interesting if that clears up!

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

      God bless you all in this struggle.

    129. SandyLanierRogers says:

      Have been on 120 mgs for several years. I was on Cymbalta for depression. I started having cramps in my tongue at night. Looked up the side affects. Thinking it might be tartive dyskonesia. (spelling?). I decided to get off of it. Unfortunately, my regular doctor has retired. I’m just slowly cutting it down. I am spacing the doses further and further apart. I am having some sort of feelings of electric shocks every once and awhile. I’m also having weird dreams and stomach trouble. However, I think I’m going to be ok. Wondering what everyone else is going through.

    130. SandyLanierRogers says:

      Have been on 120 mgs for several years. I was on Cymbalta for depression. I started having cramps in my tongue at night. Looked up the side affects. Thinking it might be tartive dyskonesia. (spelling?). I decided to get off of it. Unfortunately, my regular doctor has retired. I’m just slowly cutting it down. I am spacing the doses further and further apart. I am having some sort of feelings of electric shocks every once and awhile. I’m also having weird dreams and stomach trouble. However, I think I’m going to be ok. Wondering what everyone else is going through.

    131. Kar74 says:

      I just found this site, thankfully.
      I’ve been on this junk 60mgs a day for two months.
      My doctor put me on it for my MS that I was recently diagnosed with. Said it would help my back pain.
      I’ve been in constant pain for four weeks. So I’ve been on the MS sites looking for info. I didn’t see this drug used, so I started weening off it days ago so that I can get it out of my system.
      I have PTSD so I always have nightmares, but the past few nights have been miserable.
      The thing that gets me is this stuff mirrors MS symptoms, and it also decreased my bodies ability to heal. I got a small scrape two weeks ago, and it has ulcerated.
      My doctor is getting a call from me tomorrow and I’m calling the MS Foundation tonight. I can’t imagine the hell each of you are going through. I send prayers for strength, courage and healing hope.
      Thank you for sharing your stories, you’ve helped myself and my husband today.

    132. JustMe15 says:

      i have been reading others comments but none of them are like my situation. I was put on Cymbalta after having a bad experience with Lyrica and hydrocodone.the combo was given after back surgery. Made me very suicidal. My doctor then put me on Cymbalta 60mg. Now I take 30mg. I WANT off this drug. There should be a way to discontinue it. There has to be a way.

    133. firefusion says:

      Until 3wks ago I had taken 120mg each am for depression,for the last 5yrs. Over the last 6 Mos it became less and less effective.The doctor added 300mg of wellbutrin. No change. Tapered me off duloxetine and added fetzima. Last 30mg of duloxetine was 5 days ago. Since then depression has not changed but I have terrible nightmares, shock feelings in my head, I sweat so bad my hair is plastered to my head, so I can’t leave my house, irritability, and I feel like crying. This is a nightmare! Is there anything out there to relieve these symptoms?

    134. Bxgrl says:

      I have been on cymbalta for almost 2 years. I wanted to stop taking it and discovered that if you open the capsule you can separate the beads and lower the dosage. I started by cutting the 30 mg pill by 1/4 th. After about 5 weeks of doing this I am down to 8 beads. The withdrawel is still bad. I have not taken any for two days and I feel very agitated and angry. Flew off the handle yesterday and directed it toward my family. Every little thing gets me upset. I refuse to take any more though. How long can this last? Oh yes,weird flashing and some brain zips too. I will report back in a few weeks to see if I make it.

    135. ry92696 says:

      I have a damaged autonomic nervous system from a different class of drugs (Fluoroquinolones) and what helped me quite a lot was Idebenone. It cut the anxiety enough that I went from needing to crawl out of my own skin to functional within fifteen minutes after the first pill. It was not placebo– I was afraid to take it since the side effects can be insomnia and anxiety for some people. I wanted the antioxidant effect from it though, as fluoroquinolones increase oxidative stress, so I took it anyway and braced for the worst. Instead I not only found relief from the crushing Cipro anxiety, the depression I’d had pretty much my whole life just went away and other than a couple of bad, dark days in those initial post flox months, it has not returned. Idebenone does everything Prozac did for me (I was on it briefly years ago) but without side effects.

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

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

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

    136. clairebart says:

      Hi everyone,
      I have been reading your posts and thought it would be useful to let you know how i got off cymbalta. I have been on it for 5 years and had tried a few times but always went back because of the w/ds. They dont do lower than 30mg and stopping those cold turkey was death.I used to try and divide the powder up into smaller doses and put it into empty capsules (available on ebay) but it was so hard to get even doses that it often made it worse.

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

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

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

      i also saw a good natural medicine guy who gave me some stuff to deal with this symdrome. dont know what its called, plain bottle with no name on it. so far so good. If i find out what its called i will post.
      Good luck, its def worth rining out if a brand substitute is avaiable in pellet form.

    137. bhusebye says:

      I went off cold turkey. I used a Vitamin store GABA brand one with a yellow and white label 🙂 to get rid of the brain zaps that were annoying me. What happened to me to begin with is the jump from 30mg to 60 was crushing my soul. These time released drugs are very powerful and need some come in SMALLER increments. If a little works a lot could do better.
      I tried to get some help and my Rheumatologist was not in so their nurse sent me to my general doctor. The place where my normal PN I see didn’t have her listed. Some other doctor was in and I wanted some help if another SSRI was available. I was screamed at that Cymbalta is the only SSRI approved for Fibromyalgia, and I had been going through withdrawals. This doctor I had never seen before was watching me, my heart was taching because I took my OTC asthma medication before I came in. She asked me if the withdrawals made me sweat then held out her hand to put a pulse ox on my finger. Then she asked why my heartbeat was so fast and I told her I took my asthma medicine before I came in and then I was screamed at again that asthma medication doesn’t cause a fast heartbeat and she screamed for an EKG. I sat in the room for 10 minutes and I got up and said something to the nurse, I told her I am tired of coming in here and people not believing me when I say something. I wont take an EKG and I am leaving. Needless to say I have a new doctor’s appointment soon and asked for someone understanding who could talk with someone with Fibromyalgia. Fibro has always affected my speech I have difficulty having conversations. I have had it all my life and only in the past 4 months at 47 was I diagnosed. I can remember having either Migraines or seizures at 1 or 2. Seeing kaleidoscope colors with my eyes closed and pain, and having issues studying in high school and keeping things in my mind. I had 140 plus IQ at 9 years old but the fibro has held me hostage in my own body let alone my other genetic issues, Polands Syndrome and so forth.

    138. stateless says:

      Have major depression following Breast Ca.Major complications all the way- radical mastectomy-chemo-radiation.Went to Psychiarist for help and put on 120mg . Since then I have been suicidal-one attempt and still regret getting found.I have left my job my husband my children my home-EVERYTHING!! Running very low on money
      And with massive lymphoedema that requires 24hr compression no way to get a job.Have most of side effects.Insomnia then nightmares are a shocker. Heart racing-Massive feelings of anxiety-sweating.
      I now drink way to much alcholol to numb these dreadful feelings but untill today never knew this was the duloxetine.Have not had any for 2days as ran out and cannot afford it any more.
      When I run out of money I run out of time.

    139. Msteelerod says:

      About two years ago the panic attacks I was having were really getting out of control, I was in college so I was desperate to find a solution as to not compromise school and my job. I started at an MD who immediately put me on Zoloft and that was an awful experience, so I saw a psych doc instead and I got put on cymbalta and Xanax. I did no research before starting these drugs which was the biggest mistake.

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

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

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

      Pills were the worst thing that ever happened to me. I wish I took the time to understand my body rather than jumping to the quick solution.

    140. Robinss67 says:

      I was on cymbalta for over eight years for the treatment of neuropathy and fibromyalgia. The “short” story is that I was taking one 60 mg capsule before bed each night. This seemed a better alternative to the Gabapenten/Neuronton that I was previously prescribed (now that one had me doing some very weird things). Anyway, I had no choice but to stop the cymbalta cold-turkey and that was over two weeks ago.
      I anticipated some withdrawal symptoms but this is crazy. The only reason I started looking on-line was because I wanted to see how long the withdrawal symptoms last as I have no TV and wasn’t aware of this issue. I’m still unable to keep food down, when I can sleep, my dreams are disturbing. I also have difficulty sleeping because I start itching or my stomach will hurt or the mind will start thinking too much. My house is a disaster and I actually want over a week without showering!! I recently lost my job of 25 years because I was taken from work by ambulance, then misdiagnosed (which almost killed me). By the time I was able to get a letter from my doc stating the true diagnosis, my employer had already made up their mind to fire me (and actually refused to believe what my primary care physician provided). So, lost my job, and of course my medical insurance. I get UI but I am supposed to be looking for work!!!! What the heck happens when the UI runs out in two more months and I’m still sick?? This withdrawal BS seems like it’s just one more straw to break the camels back…how much abuse do we chronic pain patients have to put up with before someone finally stands up and helps? (Insert uncontrollable crying and vomiting here. Oh happy day”

    141. cymbad says:

      I’ve had Fibromyalgia for about 30 years, diagnosed about 8 years ago. I tried bupropion, which did nothing for pain, but helped me not obsess about it.
      When Lyrica came on the scene I read the message boards, and realized it wasn’t for me, as I had tried gabapentin, to which L. is related. It caused the suicidal thoughts you hear about.
      So, on to Cymbalta (generic). Much like the bupropion, it kept me on an even keel but did nothing for pain. I decided to get off of it after a year and a half, having felt the horrible sensations if I missed a dose.
      I’ve read about stepping down via reduced doses, but many report the same symptoms as stopping cold.
      I tried a five day step down along with the bupropion and then stopped the Cymbalta.
      I have auditory hallucinations–like someone’s shaking a tambourine in my head/or a few short blasts of steam; constant tinnitus; feel like the ground is moving under my feet with each step; sudden moves cause the crazy dizziness and floating feeling. Nausea, tummy issues.
      I hope people considering starting Cymbalta read these posts.
      I came home from work early yesterday, felt too ill. It’s Saturday, and as awful as I feel, I have to pull myself together and head out to my local ProHealth Pharm to buy Rescue Remedy, Omega 3, and liquid D3. Some say they help. They can’t hurt.
      Good thoughts to all experiencing this dreadful withdrawal. May we all make it through.

    142. moonleaf57 says:

      i have the same exact symptoms as you all ,ive been on the generic form for about 5 yrs my tinnitus is so bad that its a high pitched tuning fork sound all the time ,my spelling has always been good now i have to look up words i forget what im talking about and cry when i get up in the morning,i also have places on my body that look like little whit moles i never had before and severe leg pain never in a million yrs did i realize duloxetine was causing all this and the brain zaps well they are out of this world , i also thought i was falling in an elevator shaft feeling at Walmart and was hitting the ground then falling again all in my head ,i had to leave i dont know what to do but im taking the pellets out of the 60mg capsules and dividing them to lower my dosage of 60mg to 30 mg til i can get a new plan of attack to get off this terrible drug that Pharma knows what its doing to us all to make more money those bastards

    143. schweeSu says:

      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).

    144. mdegon says:

      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

    145. mikadog1 says:

      I have been on 20 mg of cymbalta for 2 yrs and want to get off. My generic only contains 4 round pellets so not sure how the counting of pellets and reducing would work. Any suggestions greatly appreciated

    146. arlt says:

      I was on Cymbalta 90mg/day for 2 years for depression and back pain. My 30 yr old son died Feb 6, 2015. I was/am barely surviving due to that. I have had sexual dysfunction so my dr put me back on Wellbutrin 300mg XR and I was not aware that I would have any problems. I calculated the half-life of Cymbalta and knew exactly the window of when it would have been out of my system. All of a sudden I felt awful like I was going to have a seizure and could hardly drive home. I started crying and could not stop, tried to eat a sandwich to feel better and went to bed. I had horrible nightmares and started crying and could not get out of bed the next day and had horrible neck pain. I felt like I couldn’t move. I got up and fell down. I was so dizzy I had to hold on to everything to get somewhere. I was alone and panicked and just wanted to kill myself. Then I looked up Cymbalta withdrawal and there I saw what was happening to me, luckily, so far I don’t have the more serious systemic syimptoms as of yet. The electrical and brain zaps and trouble with my photosensitivity is awful. I will order the special fish oil and liquid of D3 on Amazon to try and get some relief. I am glad I found this site and will never take another Cymbalta and will tell anyone who is on it or considering it the story about this drug.

    147. Bxgrl says:

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

    148. Bxgrl says:

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

    149. karolee says:

      I was prescribed Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 8/5/15, for fibromyalgia. 30 mg 1 daily. It did not seem to take any of my fibro symtems away. But I did seem to be getting worse as far as dizziness,burning limbs,etc. Being a Sped. Teacher for 21+years, I found myself having unusual ticks, talking to myself outloud, cussing, almost like tourettes! Not even thinking the meds had anything to do with it, just knew pain and other fibro symptoms were not getting any better, I went back to Dr. So she doubled the dose to 60mg/day.which I started about a week ago.All of those crazy symptoms got even worse! DR.

    150. MyPetDog says:

      I have never publicly written on any topic, but I feel compelled after reading posts. In 1999, after years of reporting symptoms indicative of adrenal/hormonal issues to my doctor, I was sent to a psychiatrist who said I would need to take welbutrin for the rest of my life. Ongoing migraines greatly worsened. After an unidentified botched cervical spine surgery & years later a serious crushing blow to my neck, that my doctor called arthritis & old age, I asked to be put on Cymbalta to relieve unaddressed nerve pain. Headaches greatly improved. After over a decade of cervical spine issues & a few years on Cymbalta, I finally got X-rays & went to Mayo for major cervical repair to 8 levels of cracked vertabrae. During my recuperation, I ceased using Cymbalta for a few months & was diagnosed with PTSD, given the misunderstood withdrawal symptoms. When put on Welbutrin, migraines came back w/ a vengence. Switched to Cymbalta. Headaches greatly improved, but all other side effect symptoms became chronically more debilitating over the past 3 years. I realized that Welbutrin caused headaches & Cymbalta use led to symptoms I initially believed were due to cervical spine nerve damage. Since January, I too have been going through a living hell with attempts to cut down & eliminate Cymbalta (no thanks to big pharma & insurance companies). The brain & body “zaps” came w/ much pain & worse visual distortion & vertigo. Scary! I have been Cymbalta free for 4 weeks now. My only relief to being constantly electrocuted came 12 days ago after learning of The Road Home Program & beginning to use the recommended supplements (worked in less than 24 hours) I purchased from Neuro Genetic Solutions. While I am still experiencing tremendous anxiety & my brain cannot get off this carnival ride, at least the world quit spinning around me. I dare to drive to the grocery store from time to time again. I don’t see the world through vibrating venetian blinds all the time, anymore. Certain neuropathic symptoms have improved. Finding this site & gaining insight from others posting comments has helped me to regain hope that I am not experiencing significant early Alzheimer’s onset. I understand why anyone would prefer death to this & have had to rely heavily on my authentic spiritual self to get through each hour of each day. My heart goes out to those who have lost love ones due to this & other psychoactive drugs. I cannot imagine where I would be without the added help from supplements used in The Road Back to get through the worst of the worst symptoms. It felt like my tendons were actually tearing as muscles contracted in pain during electical surges. Although I have been blessed with improvement, yardwork will have to wait until next year due to other lingering symptoms. Unfortunately, the medical community has been of little help to me & has spent the past 3 years (decades, really) using shameful ways to cast blame & degrade my character rather than confront their lack of knowledge & understanding of medication induced symptoms. It seems I am expected to accept that my symptoms are no more than self induced anxiety & I would get better if I learned better anxiety reduction techniques. I wish! In the meantime, I rely greatly on trying to maintain a healthy diet & look forward to when basic daily exercise can be appreciated. So, to all of you in my position, I say, “Hang in there! It’s not you, it’s the meds!”

    151. heythere says:

      I purchased gelatin capsules. I opened the 60 mg caps and split them. I made a tiny “funnel” out of a teeny piece of paper. There are tiny plastic funnels on the Web. Also there are “at home” capsule machines. Yes this is tedious, but you are in control then to taper off as gradually as you need. If you have hand/ joint problems, find a dexterious friend or family member to help you. Good luck to all, depression is tough and so is geting off this drug. Take care of yourself!

    152. Dorothy858 says:

      Medical marijuana helps!

    153. Tinkerbell2016 says:

      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!!!

    154. blondiegirl2287 says:

      This was comforting to see that someone else has experienced this. A couple of months ago my psychiatrist and I decided to work on getting me off of Cymbalta so my husband and I can start trying for a baby. I had take 60 mg daily for almost 8 years to treat anxiety and depression. We jumped down to 30 mg for one month and during the first couple weeks I felt extremely fatigued and emotionally reactive, bursting into tears for no reason, but this subsided. Then we stopped Cymbalta completely and added Prozac temporarily. The first day of no Cymbalta, I collapsed while walking to my car in the parking lot at work, twisting my ankle. I knew I has felt foggy and like my equilibrium has been off but didn’t realize there was a name for my legs just buckling the way they did! Thank you for sharing. I’ve been without any Cymbalta for 2 and a half weeks now and I’ve had high anxiety, my jaw is clenching involuntarily so badly it is sore. I get extremely angry about things I used to just let roll off my back. My head has felt in a fog and my equilibrium has been very off, but those thinga are better today. What I am struggling most with now are terrible muscle soreness and body aches.. I feel like a big lump of knotted muscle now.

    155. Withdrawnow says:

      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

    156. StevieH says:

      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.

    157. KyEmGrandma says:

      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!

    158. Cyndee73 says:

      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…

    159. Cyndee73 says:

      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…

    160. Tonic123 says:

      Hi, I am in exactly the same position as you were last year and I am curious to know how you got on. I have come off them 5 days ago and have experienced electric shocks, hot sweats, insomnia, nightmares, irritability, headaches and dizziness. I didn’t understand what it was until I went on google and found this information. At least I know what it is, but I would like to know how long it lasts for because it really is awful. What a terrible medication this is. I chose to come off them as I had a permanent headache from clamping my jaw together, disturbed sleep, constipation and lack of appetite which resulted in me loosing a stone in weight.
      Any advise would help
      Many thanks

    161. sammyboy13 says:

      Just came to the hospital withdrawals so bad

    162. Divergirl says:

      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??

      Can’t live like this – want my life back.

    163. Florriesolano says:

      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.

    164. RPT16 says:

      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 !!

    165. hdmcfamily says:

      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.

    166. MommaNature says:

      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.

    167. Bonji says:

      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.

    168. boverst says:

      I only took Cymbalta 60 mg for about 2 months. Excessive sweats were more than I could handle. Quit cold turkey I have been in misery for over a month now I was taking it for Fibromyalgia and PMR I was surprised how hard it hits. I wanted pain relief. Dr. prescribe a med that is basically used for something else and the consequences can be terrible. I did not need the chemicals in my brain rearranged and that is what causes all the terrible with drawl sx. I needed pain relief. So be careful. I am still having terrible with drawls from weird dreams, insomnia, anxiety, and numerous others. This med is terrible.

    169. JSLK53 says:

      I was on Duloxetin 60mg for 10 years. When I decided to stop taking them I enlisted the help of my GP and we did it in gradual steps. Firstly, I went down to 30mg for 1 month, then to 20mg for 1 month. Then on to 1 every 36 hours for 1 month, then 1 every other day for 1 month and then 1 every two days for 1 month and then stopped completely at the end of December 2017. Now, in the 1st week February 2018, the brain zaps have ceased and am feeling much better. It’s been tough going, but I think I’m getting there. Good luck to everyone going through this experience.

    170. Alyx says:

      I am on Cymbalta for nerve pain. It’s been less than one year. After accidentally forgetting to take it for 4 days I ended up in the ER for 7 hrs. Many test were done and I was trying to describe rain shocks not evened knowing what they were. I figured it out the next day. That us when I decided to get off of it. That was early Nov 2017. I joined the FB group but as my paranoia grew I could not deal with all the people talking about their symptoms so I left. Neither could I count balls. Some are medicine and some are filler so I got bad again. Was lucky to see a military Dr that has a daughter that went through it. I did 50 mg, 40 and now 30. I tried to do 2 weeks and failed. He did tell me I could do 50 and occasionally 60 if I needed to. I have done a month on each. I just started 30 a week ago and of course I have symptoms but not bad enough to increase. My BP is sky high with no other factors, that is concerning. I am afraid of the day I stop the 20’s but hopeful. I warn everyone to never take cymbalta.

    171. Clanci45 says:

      Oh, my gosh. I have been on 90 mg of Cymbalta and my Dr just discontinued it without a taper. Does ANYONE have any ideas of anything that helps!!!

    172. Florriesolano says:

      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.

    173. Jesika85 says:

      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.

    174. junei says:

      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?

    175. Florriesolano says:

      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.

    176. Dorothy858 says:

      Medical marijuana helps!

    177. Mistylue says:

      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 !!!

    178. Florriesolano says:

      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.

    179. Felin says:

      I am so angry about what I’ve learned about tapering off of Cymbalta which I intend to begin soon.

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

      It’s survivingantidepressants dot org

      May God see us all through this!

    180. bugman62 says:

      I was on Cymbalta 20mg for depression for a week while in the hospital. After talking to my phyc Dr he said I could stop taking it, i am on Kolonapin. But I am feeling down again and bad thought. is this part of thee withdrawl? I was on this only 7 day. But the Doctor’s have changed meds on me so many times the past three months sometimes I dont know if I am coming or going..

    181. ttammaro68 says:

      It should not cause withdrawl when stopping cold turkey after only being on it for a week. I have been doing so much studying on this drug and the best I can come up with concerning your question is that it takes 4-6 weeks for a drug to acclimate to the body therefore causing withdrawl after stopping 4 weeks or longer into taking the drug.

    182. maijaFM says:

      i refused Cymbalta due to seeing my psych patients go through terrible side effects. I tried Savella and it was wonderful except for one thing. My BP went up to 220/120! It is listed as a warning on this drug so beware!

    183. keepingpositive says:

      I’m very grateful for finding this site. I have only been on 30mg for 4 months at most. Am weaning off 30 mg every other day. Side effects started last week with nausea, slight brain zaps. Today, when watching the news started crying because of the suffering in India due to the earthquake. Here’s the deal, I’m very grateful for this information, and I appreciate all the information and replies. I will hydrate, be vigilante with my weaning and recovery and make sure that this drug is in the ‘do not disturb’ category.

    184. sij4 says:

      Thank you so much for saying brain zap…that is exactly what is happening to me as I try and cut this med down.

    185. bdorf12 says:

      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.

    186. sbcsbc1 says:

      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.

    187. nagasvini says:

      I am 48 years old. I have been on 120mg for 5 years. I gained so much weight and was so tired all the time , I asked my doctor if I could discontinue this medication. I was on for fibromyalgia and ocd. I am down to 30 mg now. I can’t move I hurt so bad, it hurts to touch any part of my body, I cry all the time, I can’t think. I am so full of hate for no reason. I’m sweating one minute and the next freezing. I have four PhD’s and a career that I can’t begin to function in. I am so scared. ..

    188. swishywishy says:

      I was on Cymbalta for 5 years; first 30mg/day, then in June 2014 it was upped to 60mg/day. And then in April of this year, I had to have emergency surgery, and ended up in the hospital for 6 days, and due to my antibiotics, was unable to take Cymbalta. It’s been almost 4 weeks now, and I’m still getting the brain zaps, the vertigo, and the over all feeling of general wonkiness – oh, and *everything* makes me cry. I never intended to go off cold turkey, and the reason I was on it was more situational than anything else – I was in a cruddy job, and needed the help to deal with people on a regular basis. Now I’m not so much in the cruddy job, but I have cruddy insurance, and I can’t afford the prescription.

      I came across this site while looking for some guidance as to how long I’m going to have to deal with these withdrawal symptoms. I just want to feel … human again. I keep trying to tell myself that it’s going to get better, the withdrawal is really getting me.

    189. Ciaobella72 says:

      I was taking 120 mg a day for almost 7 yrs for severe back problems–I’ve had 5 spinal fusions. Finally decided to wean off the stuff to see if I still needed it. Wow! Really tough! I’m a 72 yr old female. I got down to 60 mg after 1 month of weaning but the withdrawal symptoms were too much–headache, itching (crazy!), nausea, insomnia–that I went back up to 75 mg so I could run a full 26.2 mile marathon last week. In spite still having w/d symptoms I came in 3rd. So I’m starting the weaning again…now my breathing is so difficult-as if I have asthma. Plus, the itching–my skin is broken in places–& headaches! Has anyone ever come up with any supplements or other more benign drugs to get through this? I just can’t see myself going through 2-3 months more! Thanks!

    190. hdmcfamily says:

      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.

    191. sij4 says:

      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.

    192. Jesika85 says:

      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.

    193. Larena says:

      I have read you are not supposed to take any herbal supplements with this. I have been opening the capsule and taking balls out. Still have a lot of withdrawal symptoms but not as bad.

    194. Jakethesaurus says:

      As I read your account all I could think of was my poor boyfriend of 11 yrs who was weaning off of Cymbalta and took his life by hanging 2 weeks after the wean began. All I can think of is how he must have felt just like you did. He never told me me how he was feeling, but rather kept up a brave face. Never mentioned suicide to me……I came home from running errands one Saturday morning, called him at his home when I returned…..and he was gone. I had sent him to a Psychologist the week he passed, the Psychologist recommended hospitalization, he did not tell me that despite my asking how the appointment went…..he took his life 3 days after the appointment. I hope you find relief, enter a hospital if you can. I know he did not tell me about the hospital because he did not want to go to it and knew I would insist on it. It was a nightmare we shared and I am going through to this day. After his death the thought of taking anything to help me through was unthinkable. I cry when I need to and try to keep myself busy. And I will be honest right here….the thing that helped me through my feeling bad…believe it or not was some good old fashioned marijuana. Gives you the feeling of calm, helps you sleep, increases your appetite and in general relaxed me. He has been gone for 2.5 yrs, I have not taken one pill to deal with the sadness and depression of his death. I am not advocating the use of marijuana…..I am simply saying the despised herb was the most helpful thing in getting me through his suicide.

    195. Penelope650 says:

      I started taking it for fibromyalgia and depression. My primary Dr. Didn’t want me to take cymbalta and welbutrin so he decided I should stop cymbalta since it had stopped working. I tried to stop it before and got horrible brain zaps. What I did was buy small empty gelatin capsules to split doses. I started at 60mg and am ready to drop to 10mg. This has taken me several months to get here. My Dr isn’t happy about how long its taking, but it’s MY body, my side effects, and my choice to take it slow. There is hope.

    196. Ashen says:

      So how do you know that you’re getting 10mg? Is that just a guesstimate?

    197. Penelope650 says:

      I started taking it for fibromyalgia and depression. My primary Dr. Didn’t want me to take cymbalta and welbutrin so he decided I should stop cymbalta since it had stopped working. I tried to stop it before and got horrible brain zaps. What I did was buy small empty gelatin capsules to split doses. I started at 60mg and am ready to drop to 10mg. This has taken me several months to get here. My Dr isn’t happy about how long its taking, but it’s MY body, my side effects, and my choice to take it slow. There is hope.

    198. oneofus says:

      My Dr. Persecuted me 20 mg of Cymbalta just 2 weeks ago. The first 3 days were horrific as I adjusted to it and I experienced many of the same symptoms people have described with withdrawal. It me me so tired at first that I was taking it at night but then earlier this week (only my second week on it) I missed my evening pill and took it first thing in the am when Id realized I’d missed it. This time I felt wired but almost drunk at the same time and had extreme nausea and was bouncing on a whim between crying and exploding with anger. And some how I’m exhaused during latter parts of the day but unable to sleep at night. My anxiety has lessened a little but I feel like it’s not enough but I’m very reluctant to increase the dose after reading about the difficulty weaning off this medication. I want to stop taking it now before I’m up to 60 or 90 mg as it appears that’s how most people are treated on this. Starting low and gradually increasing their dose. Should I stick with it in hopes that it will continue to improve my anxiety and old or stop now before it’s too late and try something else? Any advice or recommendations will be helpful.

    199. 3-dee says:

      Came off cymbalta after about 15 years or more. Side effects were many and almost unbearble. I had brain tremors anxiety sweats emotional numbness except for rage that i am to this day (2 years later) still battling! I had so many side effects i can’t remember them all.I was told it would take at least 2 years for my brain to heal from the cymbalta, being on it so long! My daughter was on it for a shorter time and had no side effects. Everyone reacts dofferently.

    200. Teropher says:

      It’s impossible for you to have been on Cymbalta for 15yrs unless you were in fda trials or something since the fda did not officially approve Cymbalta until August 3rd, 2004, 11yrs ago.

    201. Debbie432 says:

      I have been weening from Cymbalta first down from 60mg to 30mg and now on 20mg the side affects are awful not being able to lift my head without feeling like the room is spinning and the brain zaps as I now find out the name from here are crazy but I just keep focusing on being over it soon I hope my next coarse is the every other day thing and then every 3 days ect. Hope this ends soon it has put a hold on my life and I don’t like it!!!

    202. NanaTex says:

      You are weaning off way too fast and can be very dangerous for you. Please read my post below on January 7 for weaning off safely. Hugz

    203. Cmdavis says:

      I have been taking 30mg for anxiety, seasonal depression and severe arthritis. I missed it for two nights and had gut wrenching pain in my gut and diarrhea. Then I ran out two nights ago and the same thing happened again. That’s why I am awake bc I’m trying to get my guts to quit cramping so bad so I can sleep. What sucks is I owe my Dr $300 from last year’s visits and I can’t pay it for another week and a half and he wrote me 24 refills but they expired after 12 months!?! He refuses to even call me in enough to last until I can see him and you know the drs all know the horrible side effects of these meds! Has anyone else had this side effect or similar issues with their physicians? I just don’t think it should be legal to prescribe somebody something and not warn them of the horrible side effects when you can’t take it and to let your patient go without a medication that cause such horrible side effects when they aren’t able to afford the overpriced visits and won’t even make sure you have enough until you can afford it! Hell I wouldn’t be on it if I really didn’t need it bc I really dislike antidepressants but this one doesn’t change who I am and it really is the best thing I have found for my arthritis. Gonna eat another popsicle and try to go back to sleep. Any feedback will be very much appreciated!??appreciated

    204. Mtcowgirl says:

      Cymbalta does come in a 10 mg. This article may have been written previous to the 10 mg being available or perhaps the makers listened to the need. I am currently tapering off and hope to be off it witin the next three weeks. So far no adverse effects.

    205. drozgirl says:

      I began weaning myself slowly off Cymbalta in June of 2014 after having been on it for about seven years. It has been 14 months now. I gradually decreased the dosage until I was completely off the drug as of two months ago. It has been a nightmare! I am still experiencing the brain zaps DAILY. I’ve suffered from insomnia. I have huge mood swings, severe anxiety and depression and, just as other people have commented, irritability that quickly turns to rage. I have to fight thoughts of suicide every day even though I have a great life. This drug should be outlawed.

    206. cwcymbalta says:

      Just started experiencing the Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms a few days ago. Been on the generic form of the drug for about 1 year, hated the numbness and apathy. Was prescribed by my Dr for chronic back pain and anxiety. Helped with the back pain, but not so much the anxiety. Now, about 2 weeks after carefully tapering off the drug, I’m dizzy, vision is blurred, angry, hurt all over. I’ve developed an odd cough. Really glad I found this site. I didn’t know what was wrong with me, but on a hunch I googled Cymbalta withdrawal, and voila. At least I’m not crazy.

    207. Wea1th2erby says:

      I have been on cymbalta for 4or5years .i started out on 30 mg. and then Dr. Decided that I needed60 mg. never did seem to help for depression or back pain . So I wanted off of it but Dr. Insisted it was helping me alot. Now I realize it is making me like a zombie moving and talking real slow and moving real slow. I have no energy and don’t feel like doing anything. I cannot remember things like names Fidel like I have alshamer I was always great speller but can’t remember how to spell. My Dr. will not help me get off so I am doing what a lot of you are. Dividing the caps up half for about 2weeks and then divid e again. I am having insomnia real bad 1 and a half hrs. To 3 hours a night . I have excessive sweating all energy has left my bodÿ and a lot of other problems. In another week I am going to stop it all to gather. How long will withdrawals last?

    208. llkotara says:

      In several articles I have found our symptoms could last weeks or months or longer. I the way I understood what I have read is it depends on the amount taken, how long it was taken, and the individual persons body’s ability to recover.
      Sorry there is not a more direct answer. Trust me I have been looking. ????????????

    209. paxrail says:

      Maybe the secret is to cut back on the drug incrementally over MONTHS instead of weeks. Cut back VERY slowly. Each time the dose is even slightly reduced, take THAT dose for a couple months instead of only a few weeks.

    210. paxrail says:

      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.

    211. paxrail says:

      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.”

    212. mdegon says:

      Oh, Jesus 🙁

    213. canadiancaro says:

      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.

    214. debd628 says:

      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.

    215. tensjok says:

      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!

    216. rcarden says:

      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.

    217. teena6522 says:

      How long from the last dose until symptoms start to ease up

    218. jecca80 says:

      I have been taking Cymbalta 60mg for almost 11 months now. For post traumatic stress/aniexty. I am lucky and do have insurance that helps to cover the costs, however even a $50 copay is very hard to swing, right now. I haven’t taken a dose in 2 days. I have started having numbness and tingling in my hands. My head feels foggy and I’m extremely emotional. I know these symptoms are my own fault. But I had no idea before starting this medication how bad it would be if, I had to wean myself off. I haven’t told my husband I wish my doctor would have given me better feedback about this drug.
      Any suggestions for managing this would be greatly appreciated. Cymbalta 🙁

    219. 54donis says:

      Going cold turkey off. Accident that has happened three times, so this time I said enough. Everything they are listing is exactly what I am going through. Thought my body was dying on me. I have a sign up that says not to make any major decisions until I have a clean head, if that ever happens. No extra depression, but act like I am. Anyone have any idea on how this lasts??? I need my head.

    220. BNicole7 says:

      Hi All,
      I am so sorry to hear of everything that you are all experiencing. I weaned myself off of cymbalta because my husband and I hope to be getting pregnant. Different doctors and different pharmacists all told me to do it differently. I took it into my own hands and have now completely been off of it for 3 weeks.

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

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

      Thanks for the input

    221. screwed says:

      On week 7 of a cold turkey discontinuation of 90mg’s Cymbalta after taking it of 7 years. Also, I am on my second week of reducing my Morphine intake from 120mg ER, to 90mg’s ER. I am an extremely tough, determined, driven individual. I’ve had 5 back surgery’s over the past 15 years. I have taken every opiate there is. I quit Methadone cold turkey, only to have to go back on another pain med few months later just to function in my career. With the exception of going back to Cymbalta, IS THERE ANYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE MEDICALLY TO REDUCE THIS WITHDRAWL? Please spare me all the herbals, omegas 3’s, St. John’s Wort, plenty of water and exercise B.S. And No prayers. Just a viable option.
      Thank you.

    222. saynotopharma says:

      Please taper slowly off the Cymbalta. Discontinuation Syndrome is nothing to sneeze at. A 2.5 to 5% taper is often the sweet spot. Make sure your doctor knows what he/she is doing. If not find one who does or get to a forum where they know what they are doing. There is Facebook group called Cymbalta Hurts Worse with very good advice and a document detailing the bead method. Yes, you need to open up the capsule. Or find a good compounding pharmacist who can make the taper capsules for you.

    223. saynotopharma says:

      I have 5 years on you having lost my close family member to Cymbalta. Not sure of course about your friend but I will share with you my experience and what I have learned in the subsequent years of research. Your friend may not have even thought of suicide until the moment he took his life. My family member went to the grocery store, filled up the fridge, booked an airline flight and then took his life. That is the scary thing about these psyche drugs; they are woefully unpredictable. Also, the hospital you were hoping he would have gone to could have been as detrimental to his health. With rare exception a lot of these hospital pile on the drugs. Rehab can be dangerous in and of itself and some of these rehab centers can exacerbate the problem. Think Robin Williams who went to rehab and was given a couple drugs, one known to paradoxically cause suicidality. You are 100% correct about the marijuana. If my family member had taken the less toxic route he would still probably be among us. His complaint before the mass drugging (Cymbalta and 9 other drugs to offset the side effects) was a backache. The drugging of America is the biggest silent epidemic which has killed/maimed/destroyed marriages and relationships.

    224. Cymbalatahurts says:

      I’ve been on cymbalata for 10 years. I want off these drugs period. Through all of the years that I have been taking them they just haven’t helped me. My marriage has been under so much pressure over the years. I even had a hysterectomy to releive some of the side affects, that I just learned I really didn’t need. All of the symptoms that I had thinking that it was because I needed the hysterectomy were side affects from cymbalata. Everytime I complained to my psych dr she increased the cymbalta and added more at antidepressants with them. I expected the drs to know what to do and I trusted them to help me. Now its 10 years later and I just want to feel normal again. Any success stories will be appreciated!
      Thank you all for sharing!

    225. RobertaSchlater says:

      I went on cymbalta in 2000 with samples after having had a nervous breakdown with paxil now I’m going off the duloxitin due to insurance not paying for cymbalta. I was on this for 15 years I was fine then I couldn’t back in to the Dr till Dec. Well I’m going off cold Turkey. I don’t wish this on anyone.The sweats r horrible you think your losing your mind,panic attack’s, can’t sleep ,headaches,dizziness, essive crying,anxiety.Its horrible I would not wish this on my worst enemy. Please if a Doctor or physiatrist wants you to go on this don’t you will regret it Ravin.

    226. shrry says:

      I agree, I have been taking Cymbalta for the past year or longer, also for depression and pain, I switched insurances and I have been out of Cymbalta for the past 4 or 5 days and I am so sick, sick to my stomach, dizziness, crying all the time, my doctor is trying to fix the problem with the new insurance company, but I am afraid to start taking it again, I can’t believe all the side effects I am having!!!

    227. BarbRishaw says:

      I’ve taken Cymbalta for several years (for depression and muscle aches associated with me/cfs) and it’s a fairly effective drug.

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

      Cymbalta isn’t an evil drug. It can be an effective weapon against anxiety, depression and pain. But using it comes at a price.

    228. oneofakind503 says:

      I had a very similar experience getting off Savella. My doctor says they are similar meds. Anyone else have that happen? It was horrible. I reduced very slowly and it was excruciating each time. A year later I finally stopped the last dose and still spent months with agonizing symptoms including came close to trying suicide. Never again will I try these fibro meds. Lyrica was horrible too.

    229. SailorGirl says:

      I decided to go off Cymbalta last April. It wasn’t really doing that much for me, and I was constantly tired to the point of no quality of life whatsoever. Being who I am, I researched what was out there about tapering off of Cymbalta. I lost my doctor a year ago, so I was doing this alone. The descriptions of the possible side effects were tame if anything. I opened the capsules and took out a few every day, then a few more, then a few more. I took three full months to taper off completely and gradually.

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

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

      My advise? Looking back, I tried to get off antidepressants so many times. I can’t say why this time I was finally successful, but I went through hell, and I will never, ever allow myself back into that cycle again. If you can’t do it this time, regroup and try again make lifestyle changes — diet, exercise, sleep, stress — to make success more likely. And good luck.

    230. tearydawn says:

      I was only on it for a few months. Getting off led to the worst side effects I have ever experienced, so much so, that I will NEVER take it again and warn others about it as well. I couldn’t turn my head without the whole room following slowly after. I felt drunk with no ability to sober up. I was raging. I was severely depressed and wanted to lash out at those around me. That is no who I am. It was the worst experience EVER and this drug should not be on the market. The side effects lasted for a couple months, not a few days and I DID taper off very slowly.

    231. butterfly_hearts says:

      Hello, I have been on Cymbalta now for about 2 years. last week I decided enough was enough they were making me feel like a zombie, so I made the decision to stop taking them and I was taking a high dose of 120mg. I just stopped cold turkey along with a few other pain killers like Junsita and Endone. I know it was now the wrong way to go about it but I am feeling a lot better by not taking them. just getting a few symptoms but nothing too bad as yet. but wanted to thank you for writing the article about going off them . I will keep you informed on how I am going .cheers Pamela

    232. mhreyes says:

      Its not working quite anymore as it was with pain from FM. May have to discontinue it. It makes me very uptight. I bite down a lot when I’m on it. Can seem to relax. I’m not looking forward to having to get off. I know it will be real hard but I will have to have something to replace it. My pain gets chronic when I try to get off. Will be seeing Dr. in February. God be with all of you. Its bad enough we are in pain and discomfort with illness more or less with all the meds we have to take. Lots of grace and strength. Mary Helen

    233. suebee_64@hotmail.com says:

      Horrific is the correct word for Cymbalta withdrawal. I ran out over the weekend and couldn’t afford to fill my script. I had every symptom described in this article except for the seizures. Between Cymbalta and Lyrica I don’t know which withdrawal is worse and unfortunately I don’t think either are helping my Fibromyalgia but I’m just too damned scared to give them up. I now know why it’s so hard for a junkie to give up drugs

    234. ladybadone says:

      look for a facebook group called cymbalta hurts worse. very supportive.

    235. waterdipper says:

      Since Cymbalta, I have daily morning nightmares.

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

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

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

      Need Congress to revamp of our health system and FDA and better regulation . Pharmaceutical industry enjoys exorbitant growth rate of up to 24% compared to the US economy (2%?).
      Put first common people who are suffering in so many ways each tied to the other: financially, emotionally, physically, happiness and well-being!

  11. LadyConstance says:

    I am in week 2 1/2 of withdrawal. I have been reading so many blogs I can’t keep them straight, and my w/d ain’t helpin’! But has anyone considered the possibility that some of our neuropathic issues may remain forever? What if our brains are permanently scarred in some way? How will we ever know except to keep talking? I have seen some absurd entries in some blogs like the woman who wrote in (…oh!…there went a brain zap…) and said she quick cold turkey without symptoms. I don’t believe her. For one, I don’t have time to waste, who does? I run a business, own a home, have children, dogs, you get the picture, I am just like most of you guys writing in. Would I even think to bother to research, find and write in a blog on Cymbalta withdrawal if I had no issues? No, no I would not, so I don’t get the point of some of these folks mudding up the waters. Maybe they work for Lilly, who knows. I believe via my reading and personal exp. that everybody is going to have some kind of symptoms withdrawing from this drug, period. My point is, to those of us who are writing for help and TO HELP let’s keep going until the fat lady sings; when we find out if any of us are permanently scarred by Cymbalta and I guess, together, we will figure out what to do then.
    PS: I don’t think the term “brain zap” is a good description of what is happening in my head but it’s there whatever it is, a quick ZOOOOM! and gone. Any thoughts?

    1. unclejames says:

      Lady Constance I am with you. I hope there is no personal scarring from the Cymbalta. I know not being weened off of properly by my pain doctor has messed me up. I want the chance to ask her was she aware of the Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome. She had her medical assistant call me to come off of it. I was taking Wellbutrin and Cymbalta and said I had to choose one or the other. When I asked the MA why she said something like the drug store said something about it cost effectiveness. I did not really believe that. Or if my doctor did tell her to tell me how to ween off and she failed to do so. Either way I want the truth. I may make the dr mad or get someone in trouble either way but this should not have happened. I have been in these withdrawals for over a month now. I have never felt this bad when my Fibro flared at its worst. But my point is my brain has felt foggy at times. Sometimes I go to say something and my words come out screwy. I feel anxious and agitated at times. My vision was even affected for a little while. When I first wake up and try to read anything like on TV or computer I could not focus very easy. Now I am into some more symptoms. My lower back has been hurting so bad now for 3 weeks nonstop. I have a female condition because of the Fibro called Intertistial Cystitis. It was under control and now this past week I have suffered horrible with it and the back pain. I am still trying to decide which doctor to call tomorrow because I have to find some relief. I have typed up all my symptoms and dates to take with me to whomever I try to see. I will be printing the articles I have found also. This has been H%$#!

    2. BarbRishaw says:

      I’ve taken Cymbalta for several years (for depression and muscle aches associated with me/cfs) and it’s a fairly effective drug.

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

      Cymbalta isn’t an evil drug. It can be an effective weapon against anxiety, depression and pain. But using it comes at a price.

    3. BarbRishaw says:

      Hi LadyConstance,

      I’ve withdrawn from Cymbalta a few times (various reasons) and while the discontinuation symptoms can be grueling, they do eventually stop. I don’t believe there’s any permanent neurological damage.

      Hope that helps,


    4. JolietGirl says:

      I was not feeling well one morning. Severe chest pain, nausea, vomitting. I got checked in, blood work revealed the Cymbalta raised my liver enzymes to over 700. Normal value should have been 35 to 40. Doctors said I was a verysick lady. So anyone taking this, and have these symptoms, please get checked. Be safe, be aware my dear friends.

    5. Passoverman says:

      I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia for over 10 years & lived with it for many years before. My Dr. thought he was doing me a favor by putting me on Cymbalta. He was continually working with me to get me help….but Cymbalta was the worst. I started gaining weight, with little help or benefit. He asked me to hold on in case the help kicked in after being on it a while. At six months, I had gained 60 lbs. We began to lower the dosage, with an alternate antidepressant introduced. Nothing changed, so we lowered it more. Horrible head zaps, messed up sleep, my bones even hurt. It was 3 months of hell. When I was finally off it, I lost 35 lbs in 4 months. Then it leveled out, and I was stuck with an extra 25 lbs. This is one messed up drug. So many people I know have had many adverse affects, on it, or coming off it!

    6. egonona says:

      Because Cymbalta make me sleep too much,( it indeed changed my life) I have tried few times even with my doctor to reduce the amount but it didn’t work. At the beginning I started with 60 mg, but I didn’t feel well because I started to sleep all day; I could not have a normal life.I reduced the amount from 60 mg to 50 and I started to feel better, but I still feel tired and I want to sleep. Then, I tried to change from 50 mg to 40, but I was going through the nightmare described in this article. I am depressed, I have pain all over in my body and all the symptoms related to Withdrawal Syndrome.I don’t know what to do, and I am afraid that I will never be the person that I was one year ago.

    7. pattymetz says:

      My doctor kept insisting that I be on both. I suffer from Migraines and I have Small Vessel Disease in my heart. Well at one time she had me on 300mg of Wellbutrin and increased me to 60mg of Cymbalta. My migraines increased immediately, my regular doctor increased my Topamax right away. It wasn’t long before I had my Physch put me back down to 30mg Cymbalta. To make a long story short I finally convinced her to take me off the Cymbalta. I’d still like to be on less Wellbutrin because I think I felt better at 150mg. I understand the withdrawal symptoms, if you don’t do it slowly, it will really mess you up.

    8. Figgy says:

      I took Cymbalta for a bit more than 3 years. It did reduce my FMS pain, it helped with interstitial cystitis, reduced my lower back pain and reduced anxiety. However, I started at 30mg and went to 60mg and ended up at 90mg. When I decided it was not helping as much I wanted to switch to Savella. My rheumatology office swore the weaning off was not as bad as I’d read online. She thought I could get off within a month. I made the transition to 60mg with little problems except headaches. The transition to 30mg was more difficult. Nausea, dizziness, headaches, ringing in the ears, more pain returning. My colon started freaking out. IBS for sure. I have ulcerative colitis that had been in remission for years which returned slowly. By the time I had to reduce from 30mg to nothing (skipped one day every 3 days, then every 2 days, etc..), the colitis was really bad. Abdominal pain was constant. It was hard to determine if it was my bladder (IC) or colon .. My dr insisted I be all the way off before starting Savella. I got off and the symptoms all listed here got worse. My back was so sore and my muscles that it was hard to sleep, everything ached, I hated life. I hated everyone. It was miserable. It took 5 days to get the Savella (problems with pharmacy) and it was hell. I started on Savella which took a month to titrate up and now worry about getting off of that. It is helping the FMS though. But my colon has not recovered. Full ulcerative colitis flare up and not really getting better. I would advise NOT TO START and if you do, wean VERY SLOWLY. My primary care dr (more informed)tells me she has patients who are trying to wean and it’s been more than 6 months and they cannot make the final drop in dosage. I am thankful I switched to Savella but wonder now if I’m just delaying the inevitable… my HR is VERY HIGH on Savella – up to 140 bpm and that’s resting rate. I need to figure something else out soon. HELP.

    9. mssjenny says:

      I will never take Cymbalta again. It took me 6 months to get off the drug. I had to do bead counting and slowly go down. If it wasn’t for my daughter, she is an RN researching Cymbalta and coming up with a withdrawal plan, I would probably still be on it.
      My Doctor at the time told me to do cold turkey, I got so sick. I had the brain zaps, sweating like you wouldn’t believe, and I actually lost some sight in my left eye. All I can say is, you have to reduce slowly, bead count, to get off it. It’s the worst drug out there.
      I am now taking St John’s wort for my fibro pain. So much better! I also take black cohosh and evening primrose for menopause. They are helping.
      Doctors should research Cymbalta before prescribing it to people, and have a plan to help them get off.

    10. Morningstarr says:

      Please, Please , Please, anyone who is thinking of taking this medication, please reconsider. I have FM and took it. It was terrible. Yes, a real nightmare! However, nothing could prepare me for the next round with this unsafe drug. A family member who was taking it, passed away last year from taking her own life while on this medication. It was totally unexpected and I was unaware she was prescribed this medication. It is very dangerous!!! DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG!!!!

    11. waterdipper says:

      Hang in there. We know not all (many) drs are up-to-date, knowledgeable about all the variable symptoms we patients share with each other and know are real, not our normal before FM.

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

      Sometimes psychiatrists can know more about the meds.

    12. pjnalty says:

      I had to fight for 8 days to try and get my pharmacy benefits turned on even though I signed up by the Dec 15 deadline. Needless to say I never expected to run out and not be able to get a refill for 8 VERY long and uncomfortable days. I even broke my phone in a fit of rage, which is VERY VERY unlike me….a very expensive mistake. And did the insurance carrier care about my withdrawal at all? Nope. They told me I could pay out of pocket and get reimbursed. Um, it costs about $700 for 30 days worth, and that was simply NOT doable. Makes me want to stop taking it just so this never happens again.

    13. pbefumo says:

      I recently had to withdraw from Cymbalta, cold turkey, because I lost prescription coverage and couldn’t afford the cash price for the generic. I discovered two things:

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

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

      I don’t really blame the medication for this. It’s doing what it’s supposed to do, and dropping it most assuredly showed me, and my rheumatologist, just how bad my FM was.

    14. clbeall says:

      ” PS: I don’t think the term “brain zap” is a good description of what is happening in my head but it’s there whatever it is, a quick ZOOOOM! and gone. Any thoughts?”

      In regards to what I copied from the last part of your post (above):

      Thank you so much for clarifying the term “brain zap” for me. I had no idea what people were referring to when they used that term.

      I absolutely agree with you in your description of thoughts being there and then instantaneously being gone in the same second – and not having a clue of what the thoughts were about. I really though I may have been getting the beginnings of alzheimers. I was a little scared until I read what you had written.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write what you did. You helped me tremendously and I really do appreciate it!

    15. Gibby1960 says:

      I stopped taking Cymbalta 90mg, Wellbutrin 300 and 150mg, and Amitriptyline 25mg. I didn’t know about the severe withdrawal symptoms of these supposedly helpful medications. I have been so ill. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fatigue, dizziness, crying, headaches, flu like symptoms, severe itching, rash, muscle pain, unbelievable sweating like hot flashes on steroids, and insomnia to mention a few. I could not figure out why I was not getting better from what I thought was the flu or other such virus. Now that I know I need advise on how to push through this? I am NEVER letting this happen again. I will never take a medication that I do not research first. This is unreal!! Any help?

    16. shrry says:

      I stopped taking Cymbalta 90 cold turkey because I switched insurances and the new insurance had to put out all the hoops to jump, needless to say I have been without if for 5 days and I am so sick, I have never felt this way in my life, nausea, headaches, brain fog, crying all the time, I can’t believe all of this is from side effects of not having Cymbalta, my dr is trying to fix the problem, but I am sure that I am not going to start taking it again.

    17. Misty576 says:

      I stopped taking Cymbalta 20 mgs 5 days ago cold turkey and I have only had mild withdrawals. I wasn’t sure that it would be a concern since it was such a low dose. Is there anyone else that has taken 20 mgs and stopped cold turkey? Do you think my withdrawals start getting worse as the days or weeks pass? I have read online that the withdrawals are bad from those who take 60 mgs or more but I can’t seem to find anyone who has taken 20 mgs that has stopped cold turkey.

    18. Racerguy68 says:

      I’ve been on 30mgs for a few years and just hated the way it made me feel. I went cold turkey 3 weeks ago and I continue to suffer most of what everyone else is also experiencing with the added benefit (sarcasm) of my libido dropping to 0. This is ridiculous but I will grin and bear it.

    19. ladybadone says:

      There is a great help group on facebook called cymbalta hurts worse. They will tell you how to taper off this poison and help you however they can

    20. I_HAVE_A_RASH says:

      I had been on Cymbalta since 2007 – then generic form for the past year or so. I had to come off because my co-payment was too much since generic drugs seemed to skyrocket. I was taking 90mg per day a few years back and felt totally emotionless; couldnt enjoy anything, never felt like laughing, etc. I asked the Dr. to decrease to 60mg/day and decreasing wasnt bad. Finally I said I just cant afford it any more. My dose was dropped from 60mg for one week them 30mg for a week and then discontinue. I thought I was having a stroke literally. My eyeballs fluttered, felt dizzy and sick, high and very low moments. Now that I am off (approx. 1-1/2 weeks) I have developed a rash of sorts out of the blue. Has anyone else developed a red flat spotty non-itching rash? I still feel like crap, many brain zaps and zooms so I avoid driving because usually my eyes start to flutter. I go back to see the Dr. in a few weeks and I really dont want to try anything else. I cant stand it! All of these psyche meds are so expensive. The only benefit I got from Cymbalta is it controlled my body pain -fibromyalgia. I also had colon cancer and now have severe IBS and the Cymbalta did assist in helping with bowel pain in addition to Nortriptyline. All other meds have not caused a rash but was wondering if by chance Cymbalta was suppressing it. Any ideas???

    21. Lahomaviv says:

      Well I can’t decide if I feel better after reading these comments or worse. Without giving the long back story, I will tell you I have been on Cymbalta 120 mg and Zoloft 200 mg for about 10 years. It has worked pretty well. A year ago I began to have extreme difficulty with memory. I really believed that I had early onset Alzheimer’s disease at 51 years old. I was terrified to say the least. I could no longer think well enough to continue working in my profession in accounting and business management. Fast forward a year, a lot of reading about the medicine I was on, drug interactions, homeopathic medicine, etc. and I am now off Cymbalta 100% as of 3 weeks ago. I first cut my dosage in half to 60 mg for about 3 weeks and then to taking no Cymbalta. The withdrawal, physically, was not too extreme, but……..now the withdrawal is extreme. The mood swings, wanting to die, fights with my husband, crying fits, blurred vision, stiff neck, diarrhea, headaches, and just general pain is miserable and does feel like I am in HELL! At least now after reading these posts, I now know I am not crazy. This sucks. I see my doctor next week and I will be filling him in on what has been going on. I have talked many times with him about being on both of these drugs, and I have never heard until today in reading these posts that there was something called Cymbalta withdrawal syndrome. It really makes me wonder about my Psychiatrist, how could he not know this. I am so scared that my life will just be this way forever and at 52 my life feels like it is over.

    22. ladybadone says:

      There is a great help group on facebook called cymbalta hurts worse. They will tell you how to taper off this poison and help you however they can
      Cant believe they had you on 2 at the same time. geez.

    23. Rockhound1 says:

      I have been off of Cymbalta for 6 weeks after taking for 16 months. I feel like I have permanent brain damage. Please don’t ever start taking this. The joint pain is worth feeling rather than the withdrawal. I had no idea the side effects after taking would be like this. After the nausea, brain zaps and shaking and vomiting my husband took me to urgent care. I could not drive or do my bookkeeping job. I still can’t process and start many projects at once like going around in circles and can’ finish any of them. Cry at the drop of a hat. I can not deal with people that I love and care about. The drug helped me with joint pain and anxiety for sure but I ran out after my PA moved to another state. I was never warned about the severe side effects other than the instructions with prescription. I was taking 60 mg generic. After 6 weeks there is no vomiting but mental confusion, anxiety attacks and hot flashes and a never ending headaches are still present. I feel like I will never get over this. Thankfully my children are grown because there is no way I could handle it. No body wants to be around me. I am scared to try anything else for anxiety now. So scary to not have control over my brain and my reactions. I think this drug ruined my life! Hope this is not permanent. I am not too trusting of Doctors just don’t know what to do. I can’t make decisions and nothing makes me happy! Do not go cold turkey for sure!

    24. Rockhound1 says:

      I have been off of Cymbalta for 6 weeks after taking for 16 months. I feel like I have permanent brain damage. Please don’t ever start taking this. The joint pain is worth feeling rather than the withdrawal. I had no idea the side effects after taking would be like this. After the nausea, brain zaps and shaking and vomiting my husband took me to urgent care. I could not drive or do my bookkeeping job. I still can’t process and start many projects at once like going around in circles and can’ finish any of them. Cry at the drop of a hat. I can not deal with people that I love and care about. The drug helped me with joint pain and anxiety for sure but I ran out after my PA moved to another state. I was never warned about the severe side effects other than the instructions with prescription. I was taking 60 mg generic. After 6 weeks there is no vomiting but mental confusion, anxiety attacks and hot flashes and a never ending headaches are still present. I feel like I will never get over this. Thankfully my children are grown because there is no way I could handle it. No body wants to be around me. I am scared to try anything else for anxiety now. So scary to not have control over my brain and my reactions. I think this drug ruined my life! Hope this is not permanent. I am not too trusting of Doctors just don’t know what to do. I can’t make decisions and nothing makes me happy! Do not go cold turkey for sure!

    25. Juliejean17 says:

      Me too, be good to have update

    26. Hienergygirl says:

      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?

    27. Aliedswan says:

      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.

    28. Aliedswan says:

      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.

    29. Allieenatasha1 says:

      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..

    30. KimberlyJS says:

      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.

    31. Aliedswan says:

      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.

    32. Ajbottorff says:

      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.

    33. kathy11 says:

      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!

    34. Bella2017 says:

      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

    35. Cymbaltasurvivor says:

      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!)

    36. phombar1 says:

      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.

    37. Hope81 says:

      Use 1TBS or less of applesauce with the pellets-!!! Good luck!!

    38. MzPurple says:

      I started Duloxetine 6/30/17 30mg for MDD (major depressive disorder). About 2 days later, I was a whole different new and improved person. 2 weeks later, my psych wanted me to increase to 60mg (this was a Friday) – I had the script filled – and thought seriously about it over the weekend. On Monday, I sent him an email and told him I was not going to increase at this time as it was working. About the 3rd week of July, I had a major IBS attack (which I now know was duloxetine induced). From there it was downhill all the way. Fast forward a few weeks… I happened on the open letter to Eli Lilly about Cymbalta and commenced a project of in-depth research. After I had printed out all my research (including the lawsuit) – about 4-5″ of documentation, I took it to my psych on Sep 8 and told him I wanted off (by this time I was experiencing severe life-threatening side effects). He wouldn’t even look at all the information I had. Said he’s known the drug since it came out. Told me all the symptoms I’m having were because I was depressed. At that time, I wasn’t (I’ve been a victim of mental illness for 40 years, so I know what my symptoms are for my various diagnoses). I’ve only been seeing him since May. He told me how to go about getting off: cold turkey. I didn’t do anything about it till I saw him again 2 weeks later. By this time I was demanding to have him help me get off it the right way. He refused and again told me to cold turkey so I bucked and he insisted I could open the capsule, dump the beads on a plate then eyeball 50%. Put that 1/2 in pudding because the only reason they’re in a capsule is because the beads have a bitter taste to them. Told me to do that for a week and then stop. He also put me on Trintellix (also known as ‘bridging’). I was terrified of how he was telling me to do it. He was adamant that he’s never seen or heard what I was telling him would most likely happen doing it this way. Again, this was a Friday. For five days I took 50%. I now know that by putting them in pudding completely deactivates them. So, I ended up going cold turkey after all. 5 days later, I happened to have an appt. w/ my PCP for my 6-month physical. During those 5 days, I was in the ER 3 times via ambulance because I went into severe life-threatening withdrawals. When I saw my PCP, she reinstated me to 30mg and had me stop the Trintellix. I, too, happened upon a couple FB groups (Cymbalta Hurts Worse and Cymbalta Survivors Support Group), which I had joined. After I reinstated, I was not only experiencing the same side effects of being on it, but now the withdrawal effects were still present. I bought all the supplies to weigh and taper the right way. But, because of severe cognitive and motor dysfunction, I found I wasn’t able to weigh or count. Fast forward to today. I’m very, very ill… I can feel myself dying; I’m progressively getting worse. The psych was fired. I have zero quality of life and I’m non-functional. All told I have about 300 different symptoms going on. My PCP tried to get me into Mayo Clinic back in September and I was denied because I’m not a Minnesota resident and due to the lack of available psych care in that state. Funny, 10 years ago, my dad’s doctor tried to get him into Mayo (non-psych) and was told the same thing. All that is to say is I cannot get the help I need. I’ve exhausted all potential resources. I’m just waiting to die. I know with everything about me that is the prognosis. I’ve discontinued seeking medical intervention. Just a matter of time…. DO NOT TAKE THIS POISON!!! DO NOT COLD TURKEY IF YOU ARE TAKING IT!!! Do serious, in-depth research. I know my body best – no doctor knows you better than you. Listen to your body and heed what it’s telling you. You’re welcome to reach out to me; I have personally experienced a vast array of effects from this. No text book and no pharmaceutical rep will properly educated doctors. And the doctors don’t do any of their own research. They are naive and misinformed and they don’t care. Please, please join these groups for support, guidance, education, etc. You’re more than welcome to reach out to me at: dog8bugs@aol.com – in the subject line, put POISON. That’s the only way I’ll know your email isn’t spam.

    39. Alexa777 says:

      Hi, I’m 48 years old & have been on anti-anxiety medicine for 15 years with the last 5 on Cymbalta. I went from 60 mg to 30 mg with no problems. Then went from 30 mg to 20 mg again with no problems. I finally continued to wean off of it per my pharmacists instructions. Once I finished my last dose I started getting ear ringing & brain zaps that were horrible. I decided to go to a store & try a natural remedy as I couldn’t stand the withdrawals. 2 products was suggested to me & being they were natural I had nothing to lose. I’ve taken these 2 products for one week now & I have no more ear ringing & very little to almost no brain zaps. One product is activated charcoal that helps with detoxification. And the other is L-tryptophan that helps with serotonin naturally. I decided to come on here because if I can help anyone else get through these horrible withdrawals it would be great.

    40. Dan1421 says:

      I whent to the chemist to get a script of cymbalta and the told me there discontinued. What the f.ck, no one warned me.
      So havnt had any since Friday.bad brain zaps. Cant drive had to take the day off work.Im on 60 mg for anxiety and depression. Went to the doctor today and she doesnt know anything about it. She rang around and no pharmacy has them. Now have to go cold turky off of them. She told me the first 2 weeks will be the worst and than it should start getting better.I hope.so disappointed in the doctor’s for not telling me this was about to happen.
      I’ll let you guys know if the withdrall symptoms get wors
      Any tips would be good. Oh and i cry at night. I never cry?
      Thanks for reading. Dan.Australia

    41. ronik says:

      Down to 60mg from 120mg in 5 days feel nauseous my mouth is dry my eyes are dry and i am forgetting words but other than that nothing too major and i’m powering through. I’ll be off of cymbalta completely by friday the 22 of december so that means only 5 more days of taking this awful drug. Hope i don’t get any worse symptoms considering i am coming off it at such a fast rate.

    42. Lilly007 says:

      I have had to stop generic Cymbalta abruptly due to the price tripling since last month. Going through hell. Can’t sleep more than a couple hours, and then having jumbled up dreams. Constant headache and nausea. Eyes are burning. No one at the pharmacy told me this would happen when I told them I could not afford the excessive price increase. Doctor never told me of effects if stopping this drug.

    43. Diamond1977 says:

      So for the last five days I have not been able to sleep, thought I had the flu, but no fever. I have been going crazy. Physical pain unbearable and then mental fog. So I checked my pharmacy app and realized I forgot to refill Cymbalta for six days now. The FDA says this is better than Oxy? Really, the withdrawal from this makes me want to go nuts! I’ve trying to figure out why I am so ill. I have had for five days all the symptoms minus the seizures. I will update once I get my prescription TODAY and see how it goes and if my “side effects” wear off. Ugh, this is insane. How the FDA passed this crap and my doctor did not warn me about the side effects makes me very upset.

    44. Rsm7777 says:

      Discontinued Cymbalta almost 2 weeks ago. Plan was to go from 90 to 60 for 1 week then down to 30 for a week then I’m not sure what tapering is planned next. At the same time I was put on 50mg of Luvox to replace Cymbalta. Luvox is a SSRI for OCD and anxiety. Well withdrawal from Cymbalta is causing increased anxiety, over eating, constant headache, my hip nerve pain has returned and worsening tinnitus. I just don’t feel like myself.

      BEWARE OF WITHDRAWING. I THINK IT WAS DONE TO QUICKLY FOR ME. I suspect it’s an individual thing. I would say don’t start and if you must start, don’t stop.

    45. lumbkoz says:

      I have taken Duloxetine for nealy 3 months and could no longer deal with its side effects which were mainly intestinal but also reinforced the burning mouth syndrome with dry mouth etc and didn’t do much for the pain which was the reason it was prescribed in the first place. Swoping one syndrome for another is not much use. I believe it did reduce the frequency of the neuralgia pain but made me suffer in other ways.
      Anyway, I decided to stop it. I was on 120mg a day and started one week on 60mg a day. I didn’t seem to have any withdrawal symptoms but the second week I decided to take 60mg every other day and that’s when the severe symptoms began.
      My symptoms were nausea, dizziness to the point of not being able to drive and not being steady on my feet, fuzzy head and excruciating pain in the lower back which is currently being investigated. Nausea and dizziness are being treated by my acupunturist and so far quite successfully. The pain can be either due to the drug as it can affects limbs, but can also be muscular and just a coincidence. I am hoping that it doesn’t refer to the kidneys. In any case I am being treated by an acupuncturist and an osteopath and will discuss it with my GP soon. I hope this can be of interest to other people.

    46. sammyboy13 says:

      I have been put on cymbalta a year ago 60 mg I recently noticed that I have become very irritable on it. I am also on Wellbutrin. The dr said I was on too much and lowered cymbalta down to 30 mg. I have been vomiting had a headache but most of all I have been soooo anxious, hours at a time I talked to the dr and she added some more klonopin and added risperdal I won’t continue the risperdal because she said I was on too many meds. She said if I don’t improve I need to go to the hospital I don’t know what they will do for me but this anxiety is horrendous. I feel like it’s a heart attack and feel so bad I couldn’t even sleep alone last night I made my husband stay awake for awhile. Has anyone had this much anxiety ? Not an anxiety attack just hrs of anxiety and afraid of dying. I have been only able to eat soup and saltines this has been happening since Saturday and today is Thursday. I also started a blood pressure med because my bp has been high and never was they think that was the cymbalta too. All these changes at once I’m scared and klonopin doesn’t help this anxiety. Help anyone please I’m afraid I’m going to die ugh and this headache that won’t go away with any pain meds. HELP

    47. Whaney0 says:

      Ran out of cymbalta 30mgs once a day for the last 4-5 years. 2 days after not taking it I started to feel very nauseous and almost dizzy like my head has tracers when I turn my neck. I got concerned, looked it up and found all this.

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

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

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

      Should I take 2 to get it back up and running? Lol

    48. sporter1018 says:

      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.

    49. Danvike says:

      I decided that I need to get off of Cymbalta for a number of quality of life reasons. So in December, I tried to go off on my own. Huge mistake! After 6 years on it, my body and mind failed me miserably. I didn’t care how I felt, I was going off. After 5 days, I hadn’t slept for 3 days, headache, brain zaps and finally my blood pressure went to 187/120. That was it. I called my doctor who immediately told me that I need to take a Cymbalta and if my BP wasn’t down in an hour, ER. My BP came down. My headache went away. Brain zaps stopped and I slept. I am presently taking a pill every 3 days and have been for 2 weeks even though my doctor hoped I would be off by now but warned me it could take a year. Based on her instructions, it’s time to try again. I am in day four and can not sleep and an anxious. But no brain zaps. I am not sure if the insomnia and anxiety is worth it to try to suck it up. We’ll see. This has been the worse experience ever. Far worse than getting off of opiods, which I was taking 120 mg/day of Opana and percocet. The difference is opiods are easy to go back on but I will never be tempted to use this crap again. I don’t care how much pain!

    50. Amyesnipes says:

      I have been on duloxetine for a few months. I have had to stop cold turkey because my insurance (united healthcare)won’t cover it right now. I am currently in bed because if I stand up I get extremely dizzy. Even laying down I feel dizzy. I am getting the brain zaps (thought I was going crazy). I am nauseous. My Dr told me there might be side effects when I started the pill but when I told him I was having side effects from stopping it he was shocked. He said he had never heard of this. Smh I hope getting on a different medication will help. I need this to be over! I had friends drive 8 hours to visit and I can’t even get out of bed to see them.

    51. Nana401 says:

      I’ve only been on cymbals 2 months. Wasn’t sick till now. Nausea anxiety headache and want to get off on 30mg what did your doctor tell you ?

    52. Nana401 says:

      I’ve only been on cymbals 2 months. Wasn’t sick till now. Nausea anxiety headache and want to get off on 30mg what did your doctor tell you ?

    53. Jolly1980 says:

      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?

    54. Cabsmome says:

      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??

    55. Larena says:

      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.

    56. lynnbg09 says:

      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

    57. cymbalta1 says:

      I weined myself off Cymbalta about a month ago. The side effects are still just a real as when I was on the med. I am having the withdrawal symptoms even after being off the med for a month. I have nightmares, I become agitated, my panic attacks have come back with a vengeance as well as my depression.

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

      I am afraid to go on anyting else to fix this problem I have with the withdrawl symptoms or my biggest fear is they won’t be able to fix it.

    58. kristinastevens says:

      I am a 54 year old woman that has wide spread pain ,nerve pain and awaiting total hip replacement.(been waiting for that for two years).I also have osteoarthritis in my other hip,lumbar spine and cervical spine. All stemming from a fall 3 winters ago on my L hip down 6 icy concrete steps. Have had many cortisone injections in my joints and numerous trials on numerous meds.My doctor had suggested I try Cymbalta,in which I .did.Was on that 30mg for a month.I noticed that after awhile the affect of lowering my pain was less. After a month she increased it to 60mg. I was on that for 2 weeks and started feeling nauseous.I went to see my doctor on the 23 of Sept right after me cortisone injection in my Lhip and she said we should discontinue the 60mg Cymbalta.With no info on withdrawl symptoms or any other suggestions. Just like that. When I stopped taking it I felt so sick and nauseous and felt like I was and still losing my mind. I didn’t realize what was going on with me.I was thinking maybe an infection from my cortisone injection???????Then I phoned my pharmacist and she said I was having withdrawl symptoms from the Cymbalta.I have been extremely aggitated,fatigued ,the sweats are absolutely horrible and mood swings horrible.Ive been crying when even talking to my kids on the phone. I have insomnia. I also take Morphine for my pain and was advised not to stop that because of those withdrawls.I Feel like I am on a collision course right now and so upset I was not informed of this info from my doctor about slowly coming off this. I also have been having chest tightenings and lots of anxiety. I feel totally screwed up.I am so disorganized right now. Absolutely no interest to see anyone or do anything. No energy and horrid. Absolutely not me at all. I feel so violated as a patient!!!!!The ringing in my ears and dizziness and tightening in my head is dreadful.

    59. manzimama says:

      I’ve been struggling with depression for 21 years. I’ve tried many different medications on and off. Cymbalta seemed to work for me in the beginning, but I was still struggling so my doc increased my dosage. Recently I reapplied for medicaid and did not do a phone interview so my insurance was dropped. I asked the pharmacist for a few pills to get me through until my insurance can be reinstated. The price of each single pill is almost $10. In the mean time my the Medicaid office is taking forever to process my case. The first 5 days or so were OK, then on about the 6th day I started getting nauseous, my brain feels slushy and I’m experiencing constant nightmarish bizarre dreams every minute that I am asleep, and it is very hard to wake up from. Tonight I had a total meltdown, my agitation got out of control, screaming and crying, (my kids got to witness this). I feel horrible. I cannot believe so many other people are suffering so badly. I think I would like to stop taking this medication all together, but I don’t want to completely crash and burn and screw up my whole life (job, marriage, kids). But I also don’t know how long it is going to take before my insurance can cover the $250 that this medication costs per month, so I can’t afford this even if I wanted to take it. What a major problem. I’m praying for all of you friends who are in the same boat as I am, please hang in there. 🙁

    60. Ilovemykids4ever00 says:

      I was on cymbalta for 4 years. After learning about all the CRAP about this drug, I said NO more. Well I slowly stopped it. Two weeks off completely I have gained 12 pounds. I can’t fit into any clothes. Someone please tell me this will eventually go away and I will get back to my regular weight……I’m more depressed now. I also have aching all through my body, like the flu,irritable,angry,tired but can’t sleep.I can’t be heavy it’s just to depressing for me. Can someone tell me if they have went through this weight gain AFTER discontinuing.

    61. Ilovemykids4ever00 says:

      I was on cymbalta for 4 years. After learning about all the CRAP about this drug, I said NO more. Well I slowly stopped it. Two weeks off completely I have gained 12 pounds. I can’t fit into any clothes. Someone please tell me this will eventually go away and I will get back to my regular weight……I’m more depressed now. I also have aching all through my body, like the flu,irritable,angry,tired but can’t sleep.I can’t be heavy it’s just to depressing for me. Can someone tell me if they have went through this weight gain AFTER discontinuing.

    62. mimihanna says:

      your comments are almost exactly what I experienced and I too feel as if the Dr. should have
      warned me of side effects…however while on it…I did feel better…less anxiety…mood swings, but eventually could not stand being hot all the time.I have been off of it for about a month…
      spent 4 months tapering off. Not sure what to do next..

    63. ayn327 says:

      I have the worst back pain I have ever had in my life. I cant sit, I cant stand, & laying down is the worst. Is this from Cymbalta withdrawl? 2 yrs of 90 mg, then 3 months on 60. Now the Dr. just stopped it. The pain and zaps are making me lose my mind!

    64. teena6522 says:

      You are not alone

    65. Mahigan says:

      I’m on Cymbalta for my Degenerative Disc Disease, Nerve Compression/Damage and resultant symptoms, and Fibromyalgia. I had a failed Cervical 5 Level Lammectomy (5 levels of vertebrae cut away and rebuilt) Surgery last year, which unfortunately was a failed operation. As a result, since the surgery, I am completely unable to hold my head up. Not even with the aid of a collar. The pain is hellacious, just excruciating; to the point where muscles have torn and ripped along my collar bone in the front from the strain of trying to hold the back of my heck up.
      But anyway, I couldn’t come off any of the meds as a result, as now I require a second surgery. The first surgeon, a neurologist, said there was “far too much damage in the foramens for him to fix the problem”. And that I need to see an Orthopaedic Surgeon.

      While I wait for this to happen, I continue to take all my meds, and often get really discouraged having to wait so long for my doctor to make all the necessary appointments and referrals for me to get that cherished appt with the 0rtho Surgeon. Our Medical System can move so SLOW, while all we patients are waiting at home (in pain) for our doctors to help us.

      Taking so many meds, for me, gets really frustrating, and I find I often forget either a morning or evening dose. Or more often, bc of the pain, my daily schedule is anything BUT normal or regular, and it’s very hard to keep to the same “scheduled” dose every day.

      Before I relay my experience I want to note that I possess a reasonably high IQ, am fairly well-educated and level-headed, and certainly not prone to bursts or spells of any sort of “manic” activity, which is one of the symptoms reported with Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome. I didnt exactly experience any “manic” activity, but I really wasn’t myself either, and I’ll tell you … it was scary!

      Just a few days ago I went through a few days of HELL, and actually told my partner, (and called my brother just sobbing and crying) that I thought I was going to die. I was truly fearful that I might die.

      My “symptoms” began with:
      ? Just a general feeling of “wrongness” that is hard to describe, (you’re just not yourself – you don’t know what is happening to you);
      ? A general feeling of illness, sickness, like a flu, or a really horrible hangover; with nausea and vomiting;
      ? This includes an abominable headache, whereby I thought a vein in my head was truly going to burst;
      ? Nightmares so incredibly disturbing I just could not shake the horrible feeling they stirred up in me along with the terrible images that were invoked as a result: I was left feeling as if these nightmares were real memories of actual events from both my life, and even another life;






  12. GratefulDoctor says:

    I had a friend, an MSW clinical psychotherapist, who seemed the picture of emotional balance and good sense. I had not seen her in a long time, but had heard that she’d found relief from her fibromyalgia by taking Cymbalta. She posted on her website that she’d been enjoying her dog and looking forward to visiting friends in another city. Two days later she was dead at 58 years of age. I heard that it was a suicide. I do not know if she’d stopped her Cymbalta. The possibility that the medication contributed to her death haunts me.

  13. sledford says:

    I had been taking a 30mg capsule since the beginning of April. Getting on this medicine was absolutely horrifying. I had every side effect listed …and some! If it weren’t for the many blogs I had read online, I wouldn’t have pushed through in the beginning. I just thought I had to do it to get to a better place. I was taking it for horrible mood swings and irritability. It worked extremely well for those problems. I felt so much better mentally. My only issue was the constant fatigue I felt. It caused me to gain weight, because of my lack of energy. I decided I should quit taking it. I did the removing of the little balls in the capsule. I started on September 24th and was completely off by October 6th. The first two days of no meds was fine. However, I am now feeling the constant motion sickness, dizziness, nausea. I can’t believe that a medication that causes so many people such extreme side effects is even available. I am just going to push through and hope it gets better soon!

  14. LJHM says:

    I think Lily doesn’t list Cymbalta because of all the issues ppl are having with withdrawal symptoms, and that they did not have a plan for tapering ppl off of the med, and they were not upfront with doctors or patients when they came out big time with cymbalta. There are no ads on TV any more like they had been advertising.
    I think they’re afraid of law suits. I know I went thru a horrible year of withdrawal symptoms and am still having side effects..

  15. LJHM says:

    Hi! I had a horrendous time getting off cymbalta. I had been taking 60 mg (for nerve pain – did NOTHING for it) for many years. However, when I wanted to try to get off of it, I had the worst depression and weepiness of my life and thought, wow! I must be really depressed. That’s what kept me on it for so long – after realizing that 1 1/2 years into taking it, it was not helping for the specific nerve pain it was prescribed for. I had in the past been on an antidepressant for nerve pain – amitryptiline which helped very much. However, it changed so much about me – my taste in food, desire to go out walking like I had been doing daily, made me sluggish and bc of all this actually caused depression but the reason I could not take it any longer was bc by month 12, I realize it was the med that caused me to go from my lowest weight in over 20 years to my highest weight ever, by far – I gained 70 pounds in one year! I am 5′ 9″ tall, but it was horrible. I had to get off of it. So the pain did come back but I had no withdrawals -a nd I was never the same person.
    Found a dr – expert in this type of pain who would answer emails- he recommended cymbalta since amitryptiline had worked.. Cymbalta did nothing as I said. I did not have issues starting it.
    A year ago, I tried to quit cold turkey. I was on 60 mg. Bad move. I was SO sick – general malaise, myalgia, internal body tremors, high blood pressure (despite being on BP meds and a diuretic 2 times a day!), strong palpitations, nausea, horrible head aches, severe weepiness and depression – back on cymbalta. Figured I was now too depressed a person, plus the high blood pressure and palpitations were scaring me. Ran out of the meds a month later on a vaca and decided to hold out till home to refill. Not a good choice – felt so horrible again.
    Finally consulted with the dr. who had me go from 60 to 30mg. I had no reaction. Stayed on this about 4 months, then she had me down to 20 mg. She told me in a few weeks or a month or so, I could try taking every other day. I decided to give myself time and stayed on it for about 4 months then tried to go every other day. I went right back to daily I started being so sick..After a few months I was determined to get off of this toxin and I just started adding hours between the daily doses. So instead of 24 hours, the next time say it was 28 hours between, I didn’t have any specific time schedule. My goal was to make sure I always stayed off of it longer than they time before. I was gradually able to increase the hours between dosages until I was finally taking it every other day, then 2 1/2 days. This was not too long ago. I have about 5 pills left and I am OFF of them! I do not and have not had the zaps ever. Thank God. But I am not the same person either. I feel it permanently changed my disposition and I become agitated very easily and react much more strongly to things than I should be or ever used to. I am hoping and praying in time, this too will subside, or else I will have to go on some type of med – that’s not TOXIC like cymbalta and has a long half life, unlike cymbalta which has a short half life.
    Lily IMO, has much blame and shame putting out a drug that they have no protocol for terminating use. They should have a dosage smaller than 20 mg. And they should have informed the medical practitioners prescribing it about how difficult it would be to come off of. I think they should be sued, for the pain and suffering so many of us have gone thru. I was given no warnings and when I tell the dr all the withdrawal symptoms she looks at me like I’m half crazy or exaggerating. ..not at all. Horrible, horrible drug. Shame on Lily

    1. unclejames says:

      Lily should be held responsible. I don’t know whether she knew to ween me off or not. But if she did shame on her

    2. wonderlik says:

      Living in the country where there are not a choice of psychiatrists I have also been put on Cymbalta. A Dopamine tablet was also added. My fybromyalgia was never very severe. In fact I wasn’t aware I had ituntil my dr. diagnosed me with it.

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

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

      Should I rather see a psychiatrist in the city??
      I hope there are some one who could give me answers.
      Thank you.

  16. EdG says:

    I have suffered from major anxiety and depression and have taken every antidepressant out along with Xanax for 15 years.
    I started taking GABA supplement and feel better than I have for as long as I can remember, and have cut the meds to a fraction of what I was taking. Believe me try it!

  17. rulupa says:

    I was started on cymbalta 60 mg while in hospital. I was quite ill after having 14 admissions in 2 years and being told I just had chronic pain syndrome when in fact I had multiple abdominal abscesses that required surgery to fix. At any rate I was never told what I was taking or given any information about cymbalta. I do have a form of myalgia, although not fibromyalgia, but depending on who I asked no one seemed certain if I was started on cymbalta due to pain or the idiot doctors insistence that I must be depressed since they couldn’t justify my pain complaints.
    Because I was also put on a number of other medications at the same time that have similar side effects it took me 2 years to realize my complaints were actually related to cymbalta. I was going thru both side effects and withdrawal on a daily basis. I have had all of my large intestine removed so these slow release medications don’t stay in my system long enough to fully absorb. But I didn’t even know cymbalta was a slow release drug until recently. I get everything from extremely excessive sweating to the point where I can’t work because I actually drip sweat of patients, muscle fatigue where I don’t think I’ll make it home from a walk, a feeling that my chest is constricting, have had seizures – one of which resulted in a brain injury because I fell and hit my head. The mood swings and serious suicidal thoughts as well as at times uncontrollable rage. Because of other health problems all medical personnel are so quick to blame it on other things and not one ever suggested cymbalta could be to blame. I’ve seen endocrinilogists, psychiatrists, internal medicine specialists, neurologists, cardiologists but once I read this site everything fit perfectly. This drug is dangerous!!!!!! If you need it fine but patients should make the choice going in with their eyes open. It has almost cost me my life and the fight is far from over. I was switched over to liquid effexor which my pharmacist told me I would only need to take for a week and would prevent withdrawal symptoms. Wrong! but hopefully they will not be a severe or last a long as when I tried to stop cold turkey. Good luck to others.

  18. chrismay says:

    I have been on Cymbalta for over 14 years at 120 mg It took me over a year to ween down to 90 very smoothly. But when I reached 60 mg. All hell broke loose . With all the hellish symptoms , massive beaches, palpations , deep depression, dizziness , confusion , agitation, nervousness . throwing up, fever, and than to top it all off I developed persistent arousal disorder. I couldn’t take it. I wanted to kill myself. There was no where to turn. I couldn’t go to the ER. There was nothing they could do for me. I called my doctor whom I pay 400.00 dollars a visit. I told her I couldn’t take it. I was in deep in a hellish pit that I want to kill myself. She gave me no answer …. I told her to call me in a prescription for 10 mg of Paxil. cause I had taken that years ago and had no problem with it. She did.. after about 4 days I started to feel some of the symptoms dying down. After being on the Paxil for 3 weeks most of all the symptoms are gone except my depression. I am now on 30 mg . I am going to start weening myself off of the Paxil in a month or so. I figured it would be easier with the Paxil because it comes in a tablet form and I get cut them in little pieces until I am weened off. It’s a try. I hope maybe this can help someone who is experiencing being in torture. This might be way out. I will keep everyone posted.

    1. Activia says:

      did you continue to wean down on the Cymbalta while taking Paxil? If so, did you do it by taking 1 Cymbalta every other day or by counting down with the little beads and putting them in another container and taking them every day?

  19. mondragon04 says:

    I was on 60 mg of Cymbalta for only 6 months….6 very long months of weight gaining, sweating, memory fog and severe mood swings. I too have had several fusions with allografting from my pelvic, front and back. I deal with nerve damage as a result of two ruptured discs in my nect and one in my lower back. My family Dr. felt I was starting to show signs of depression from dealing with the pain and daily issues associated with nerve damage, my pain Dr. agreed and I was put on Cymbalta. I had taken Lyrica almost two years earlier and I made the horrible mistake of weaning myself off of it way to fast and probably should have been hosptilized. Lyrica is twice as bad as Cymbalta, whatever you do NEVER take it, It is 100 times worse than Cymbalta!!! I was assured that this would not happen again if I decided to not continue taking the
    Cymbalta, they of course were very wrong. I was super lucky, my family Dr. believed me and did his research. He had me stop taking the Cymbalta and immediately replace it with 10 mg’s of Prozak, yes, Prozac for seven days only. It took the edge off, the withdrawal symptoms were very mild and by the 7th day I was well on my way being over The hard part. It might not work for everyone, the Prozac was not addictive for me and I believe that it had a lot to do with the fact that I wasn’t really depressed in a chemical way just a little down and frustrated on learning how to deal with chronic pain. Hope this helps. ??

  20. bugsyboy says:

    I was put on Cymbalta the 60 MG 9 months ago for a humiliating problem due to massive stress. For the first two months I worked wonderfully. I noticed that I was always exhausted, clenched my teeth and couldn’t relax. I slept aside from night 3x a day for 1-2 hours. I couldn’t concentrate and was just miserable. I stopped taking it 1 week ago yesterday. I have had extreme pain in my right arm and the chest pressure mentioned throughout. Until now I was unaware that cold turkey did this. While I have not had suicidal thoughts I have had thoughts like I don’t care leave me alone as well as anger/rage. I started lifting weights on Monday nothing crazy. It had helped the arm pain as had stretching and rotation movements for about 5 minutes. I also took walks this week about 2 miles when the chest issue has come up. It also helped. The one thing I cannot figure out is the dizziness. There are certain foods like special k protein bars that have triggered it and or nauseau. I will post again. Hoping this helps someone.

  21. vjagasg2007@gmail.com says:

    I have been on cymbalta 90mg for 6 months but have been using it for 4 years just gradually having my dosage upped. I have to go to a government clinic due to not being able to afford a doc, but it is always hard to get my need from them. Therefore I an going through withdrawals. I haven’t had my med for a month. The symptoms are just getting worse. I had no idea that my depression and FM medication either be causing me to feel like I want to die. I am experiencing very bad vertigo to where I can barely make it to the bathroom. I’m dizzy, nauseous, have a headache, vertigo, no appetite, stiff neck, having that zapping sensation all over my body, I just want to sleep all this away but can’t because I’ve got insomnia, and the extreme itching everywhere. I thought I was allergic to my dog but after reading up on the symptoms of Cymbalta withdrawal I now know it’s the lack of medication. I’ve been calling this place to get to talk to the nurse so she could get to the doc to write me a Rx until my next apt which isn’t until Jan 22,2016 for a month everyday and no one has called me back, and you can’t just go in there you have trio have an apt to see or talk to anyone! Ughhhh! I can’t take much more of this I need to function.

  22. mimihanna says:

    I have spent 4 months tapering off of Cymbalta…finally took my last dose around 4 weeks ago…
    I am feeling miserable like I have the worst flu…and am excessively hot all the time..brain zaps
    often…frequently….If it is this bad I would not consider going back on it to reduce my symptoms..
    as I am afraid of what it has done to me…permanent damage…I took it for 11 years…but was so
    hot all the time I decided to go off of it to reduce being so hot…..
    what my options are…???????

  23. mrsheath1130 says:

    I am currently in my 2nd month stopping this drug. Its been my 4th time. I am having ALL the withdrawals but the worse BY FAR is the mental aspects. Being “trapped in my mind” so to speak. There is a point where the withdrawals and all the cognitive issues involved with withdrawing from this drug cause you to really question your own sanity at times. I reduced my dosage by 10 mg for 2 weeks. Then when I got to 20 mg I began taking the 30 mg capsules and breaking them open and taking half of the beads so the dose was approx 15 mg. Now I am taking the 20 mg capsules and breaking those open and taking half of those for a 10 mg dosage for 2 weeks. After this I will be taking one third the capsule for 2 weeks…then one quarter of the capsule for 2 weeks. This has been the farthest I have gotten in getting off the drug by far and the very slow dosage decrease has really helped. But I won’t tell you it will be easy so prepare yourself for the fight of your life with getting off this drug and be ready mentally more then anything else because that will be the hardest part. I am also under the direct supervision of a neurologist for this detox and have retain a lawyer (Gacovino, Lakes and Associates) for my injuries from this drug. But yes by all means break open the capsules and reduce the dosage this way if you have to. Also, do not detox by taking the drug every other day. It has a half life of 12 hours so you will literally be playing ping pong with your brain if you do this.

  24. Debbie432 says:

    Thanks for the advice on this will show my doctor your comment on the open the capsule part coming to that point soon!!

  25. Debbie432 says:

    Thanks for the advice on this will show my doctor your comment on the open the capsule part coming to that point soon!!

  26. pruem says:

    Thank you for your advice on spliting tablets i have gone from 60mg to 30 mg daily then 30 mg every second day but cant seem to get to every three days with feeling extremely dizzy and my brain not following where i am looking!!! I will try what you have done. Thanx

    1. NanaTex says:

      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.

  27. cooper16 says:

    I have been off cymbalta for about 4weeks. Cold turkey After2week I became so dizzy. I thought my pressure was up, that was not case. Felt nauseated and dizzy every day. When I got in car wild get so dizzy and nauseated and throw up when car starts to move. Ears popping head hurt like bad sinus infection. Nose bleed and very agitated . Been married for 10 yrs husband says he never say be so mean. Even to kids and grandkids for the least little thing Ii go into a rage. I am thinking about getting back on can’t take acting feeling like anymore

  28. ReginaHill says:

    I started Cymbalta my severe nerve pain in my feet. I ran out of Cymbalta and I had to wait for a doctor appointment to reorder it. In the ten days without Cymbalta I have experienced brain zaps, fatigue, massive sweats, dry mouth, and the worst side affect is the cramping and nerve pain in my back feet and hands. I can not grasp or hold anything with my hands and walking feels like the tops of my feet are broken. My hands are either locked in a single position or I am in excruciating pain. My back feels as though some one has hit me with a two by four and I can’t stand to have my skin touched.

  29. count2ten says:

    Doctors always tell you not to suddenly stop taking any antidepressant, and, when you get you prescription filled, there are sheets of paper attached every time. It is always your responsibility to read the information EVERY TIME as there is new
    information always. There is information on herbs and supplements that you may be taking that will interact badly. Always they tell you not to suddenly stop taking them and to contact your doctor to be weaned off gradually. These are wonderful drugs if taken properly and only you can be sure to do that.

    1. shabbychic says:

      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.

    2. Username43215 says:

      For those of us that do read that paper that are stapled to the prescription when you pick it up, the severity of the withdrawl is not present on the sheet which is the point that I think a lot of people are trying to make.

    3. Username43215 says:

      For those of us that do read that paper that are stapled to the prescription when you pick it up, the severity of the withdrawl is not present on the sheet which is the point that I think a lot of people are trying to make.

    4. Username43215 says:

      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.

    5. 14yrson120mg says:

      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.

    6. hostefer says:

      Well here is the rub – My doctor looked up the MIMS and decided, that given Cymbalta only has about a 12 hour half life, that a 2 day “weaning off” period (i.e. just stop taking it) would be a good enough gap before going onto another antidepressant, albeit that instead of an SSNRI it would now be a newer type which is an melatonergic, so of course there is no link between the two which might alleviate withdrawal symptoms and the anti-depressant methodology is fundamentally different. No problem…… in theory

      I was on 60mg of Cymbalta a day and essentially went off cold turkey…..under doctor’s instructions – no the sheet of paper in the box didn’t indicate the types, amount or severity of side effects that not taking this horrendous “medicine” would cause. If I HAD known what the withdrawal symptoms would put me through, I definitely would not have taken the poison in the first place!!!

      I don’t think it is helpful to blame the individual for not taking responsibility for taking this drug, particularly given the depressive nature of the conditions being “treated” here (& despite the fact I am usually the first to complain of people not taking responsibility for their actions). We go to the doctor for advice AND direction because they have the “knowledge”. We “trust” that they have our interests at heart and for the vast majority of cases, I think they do. That said, in some cases (mine included) the doctors can also be hoodwinked by big Pharma, so it’s no good putting the blame on all doctors either.

      With a scientific background I can even reconcile that it is not possible for the pharmaceutical companies to have tested every possible interaction, every patient type/chemical make up or every combination of conditions and treatments, however given the number of people on this forum who have experienced very similar symptoms and apparently with little or no forewarning, I think it is obvious that there is a real (& unacknowledged) problem with this drug which could do with some very serious investigation.
      I think you should wind your neck in, stop blaming patients and realise that the solution, in the first place at least, is providing as much information of others experiences to as many patients as possible to allow them to make an informed decision……preferably prior to taking this drug.

      I would also add that knowing information about drugs or conditions, doesn’t always help in your own treatment. Even after researching extensively about an unrelated condition in the past, I was unable to convince the medical profession of the implications of their proposed treatment – have you ever tried arguing with the medical profession?! I was subsequently told by a new medical team in another state, that my treatment had been virtually pointless ….who should you trust
      All I can say is read, read, read and listen to as many points of view as possible and include as many patients views, as well as as many doctors views, as is practical. Even then life isn’t meant to be perfect I guess.

    7. look99 says:

      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.

    8. mdegon says:

      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!!!

    9. Dee177 says:

      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

    10. Dixie45 says:

      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!,.

  30. charleneon2 says:

    I’ve been doing a lot of research on this because of a friend experiencing these side effects. I read that high doses of Omega 3’s help. And second I found this:
    What you will need:
    Empty Gelatin Capsules (search ’empty capsules’ on google)
    a small dark dish to pour the balls in
    a pin or safety pin to help count
    a chart to keep track of how many balls you’re removing that week

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

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

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

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

    week 1 160
    week 2 140
    week 3 120
    week 4 100
    week 5 80
    week 6 60
    week 7 40
    week 8 20
    week 9 Off!! congrats 🙂

  31. Parleportad says:

    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.

  32. Grandma_in_TX says:

    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.

  33. Abbey2 says:

    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.

  34. fiddle456 says:

    Quit cold june 3 2017…….am ready to die……poison it is…..

  35. fiddle456 says:

    No way is it easy or anything……worst drug in the world…..pure poison……don’t know if I’ll ever be ok again…….

  36. teena6522 says:

    I would love to hear an update from you now that it has been a few months.

  37. Aliedswan says:

    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.

  38. Bolindley says:

    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.

  39. Bolindley says:

    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.

  40. TLowman says:

    I am experiencing insomnia, Night sweats, rapid painful eye movement, Fatigue, and today uncontrollable crying.

  41. TLowman says:

    I am experiencing insomnia, Night sweats, rapid painful eye movement, Fatigue, and today uncontrollable crying.

  42. TLowman says:

    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.

  43. TLowman says:

    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.

  44. Jd2003usc says:

    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?

  45. Cyndee73 says:

    Would absolutely love to hear how you’re doing with all of this & possible how long it took to get back to being you again… Thank you & best wishes.

  46. cmd says:

    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.

  47. snookie2017 says:

    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..

  48. Cwhit says:

    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


    1. hillbillygirl says:

      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!!!

    2. Beckett1 says:

      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!!!

    3. prinxx says:

      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

    4. prinxx says:

      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

    5. ronik says:

      I was put on 30mg of Cymbalta and have been increasing to 120mg since june. before i was put on it and increased to the 120mg i asked my doctor about the side effects and he never mentioned the withdrawals. I’m currently weening of 120mg and it’s my first day on 90mg. my doc also put me on Topamax when i was 15-16 and i currently take 300mg at 19 years old and he never told me that had bad withdrawals or side effects either.Do i just have the worst doctor ever or??????? has anyone else experienced this.

  49. Aliedswan says:

    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.

  50. Rose2731 says:

    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.

  51. Smokey1! says:

    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,

  52. hillbillygirl says:

    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??

  53. Linda1942 says:

    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!

  54. Smb0801 says:

    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..

  55. Yackez says:

    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.

  56. ronik says:

    I’m also experiencing nausea already after only one day of 90mg

  57. Narcolepsy says:

    My insurance co. Decided to no longer pay for my monthly Cymbalta Prescription.
    Even though, I won, at trial, over 10 years ago, an “Award” and penalties against the Ins. Co. This was from a head injury from a severe fall at work. Thus a “Workmen’s Compensation” case, subject to the California Sfate “Work-Comp” Statutes. Which via political
    Contributions from the INSURANCE INTERESTS… Stack the “odds”
    against the injured individual !!!! I won specific awards for the head injury, (took 4 1/2 years for an accurate and correct diagnosis of “Post-Traumatic-Narcolepsy” and in addition to
    “A compressed Renal-Artery” which blocked
    any blood from leavin my right Kidney. Very painful ! Inoperable, in the least VERY DANGEROUS SURGERY !!! I was fortunate to be treated by the best, most experienced sleep disorder Nuerologist in California ! Point is, I moved to Arizona ( Love it here in Bisbee founded 1880 !). So I was denied payment
    From a technical CA. law allowing a “utilization review”. The in’s. Co retained a 3rd party, who in turn retained thier subsidiary to require my prescribing Dr.
    to fill out forms and send to “Utilizationreview”
    NietherthePilic my Attorney nor me, are allowed to suggest ANYTHING to the Doctors ! !!!
    We complied. The “job” of filling out forms got delegated and again delegated to an iffice assistant
    I am glad for the article ! I thought I was going crazy !!! The worst mental and physical experience I’ve ever gone through. HORRIBLE — battery low must submit

  58. Mel89 says:

    Hi, I don’t know if this is possible but at this moment I just realized that I haven’t taking Cymbalta in two days accidentally. I have been feeling really strange today like my body is electric and I’ve been getting these like shocks to my body with dizziness sensations and just feeling out of funk. I have heard through the great vine after I have already been on the medication that there a withdrawal symptoms associated with this medication. So I decide to look up symptoms and sure enough they match how I feel. Is it possible to really feel this way after missing two doses?

  59. Jesgnau says:

    I’ve been on Cymbalta (I believe the highest dose twice daily) for the last 8 months-ish. I completely quit taking it cold turkey last week. I think it was 5 days ago. Forgive me if I don’t make sense, I can’t think straight and feel like I’m going insane. I’ve had all the withdrawal symptoms. Headaches, upset/sick stomach, no sleep, nightmares when I do sleep, night sweats, ringing in my ears, my vision is messed up, and the very very worst symptom- the brain fog, brain zaps, feeling like I have a head rush 24/7. If you’re going through it, you know. If not, there is no way to explain it. I’ve been bursting into tears. My emotional state is horrible. I wasn’t taking this for depression, I was on it for anxiety. But these withdrawals are showing me what depression is really like. I know I should have tapered after doing my own research, but I’m terrified of taking it ever again and prolonging any of the symptoms. Has anyone gotten any relief? What can I do before I go completely insane? Had I had any clue about these side effects, I never would’ve touched this medication. Thanks, doc. ??????

  60. Jesgnau says:

    I’ve been on Cymbalta (I believe the highest dose twice daily) for the last 8 months-ish. I completely quit taking it cold turkey last week. I think it was 5 days ago. Forgive me if I don’t make sense, I can’t think straight and feel like I’m going insane. I’ve had all the withdrawal symptoms. Headaches, upset/sick stomach, no sleep, nightmares when I do sleep, night sweats, ringing in my ears, my vision is messed up, and the very very worst symptom- the brain fog, brain zaps, feeling like I have a head rush 24/7. If you’re going through it, you know. If not, there is no way to explain it. I’ve been bursting into tears. My emotional state is horrible. I wasn’t taking this for depression, I was on it for anxiety. But these withdrawals are showing me what depression is really like. I know I should have tapered after doing my own research, but I’m terrified of taking it ever again and prolonging any of the symptoms. Has anyone gotten any relief? What can I do before I go completely insane? Had I had any clue about these side effects, I never would’ve touched this medication. Thanks, doc. ??????

  61. Toys says:

    I have been on Cymbalta for about 5 years, it works great for my depression and anxiety! But never ever ever run out of Cymbalta! I have even taken OxyContin and Morphine and never have the withdrawls I have had with Cymbalta! Cold sweats, anxiety, rage, laughing, uncontrollably crying, vomiting and nauseous, foggy brain feeling and many more symptoms. Please do not stop taking this medicine cold turkey! I’m in the hospital typing this because I was afraid of killing myself…. they need to find a way to stop this!

  62. akexis18 says:

    Begin to feel like cymbalta wasn’t helping me after 7 yrs. talked to my dr. she set me up with a plan to back off and at the end I felt as if I was having the symptoms bad, started taking them again,then ate something and was very sick and didn’t take my synthroid, cymbalta or any of my supplements for three days and started taking having the brain zaps and lots of the symptoms and again and then decided to try getting of on my own taking it every other day and a natural stress supplement, still feeling like I am losing it, am doing the things I have read others share and taking the 20 mg every other day and am having about all the symptoms others are sharing about. Am so glad I found this website. please keep posting.

    thank you

  63. hughes12 says:

    My wife was on 30mg of Cymbalta for depression starting in 1st November 2017 and was increased to 60mg on 1st December 2017.

    Gave up cold turkey on the 31.1.2018 so did not use it for very long at all. She stopped as she hated the feeling of feeling like a lump of meat watching tv all day.
    She never suffered from the following sleep loss, constipation, loss of appetite{quite the opposite}, sweating, brain zaps …

    She does from about 2 days after stopping suffered the following
    Extreme memory loss, does not know her name, no idea that she has two children, She can remember my name{stange}, cannot repeat anything that you ask her to repeat, cannot read, cannot understand numbers ie tell the time, cannot talk properly basically l can never understand what she wants and then she starts getting angry at me, all her words are just gibberish..
    I have read a lot but not many people seem this bad.
    Basically l need advise on what to do… Put her back on this stuff at a lower dosage or just keep riding through this.What is the point of going to doctors they put her on the stuff in the first place.

  64. Susanna Esposito says:

    I stopped taking Cymbalta suddenly for three days already. Are the effects usually gradual? Or right away?

    1. Kimberley Ray says:

      Mine took a few days to start but we’re extremely bad when they did

    2. Jack D says:

      I experienced very bad withdrawals within 48 hours of last dose, I started sweating, felt shaky, my nerves felt like they were on fire, and my muscles were twitching to the point I shouldn’t have driven myself to the pharmacy. I was on 60 mg twice daily and had run out. Always ask your doc for an emergency stash in case you run out or go to a pharmacy for an emergency refill immediately.

    3. Anita says:

      I am on day 6. Already having some minor side effects. Last time I stopped taking it I made it a week and was miserable. But I had a lot of stress in my life. I’ve taken time off work to detox. My suggestion is do things that make you happy and don’t allow yourself to be too anxious. This helps. And I have taken ibuprofen to help alleviate some of the discomfort. Fortunately, I was on the lowest dose. I feel that so far I am experiencing a lot of the withdrawal symptoms but I am utilizing empowering and positive self therapy. I am a bit hypersensitive and just working through the feelings reminding myself that this discomfort is from the medicine and it won’t last forever. Drink lots of water and aim to eat a really healthy diet to help the body find homeostasis, again, naturally.

    4. Jen Alexander says:

      How are you feeling? My daughter didn’t take her cymbalta for 3 days and is having severe withdrawals. I had to take her to ER for anti nausea meds, she was throwing up uncontrollably. Sweats, fatigue, racing thoughts. She said she thought she would go insane.
      Hope you are doing ok!

  65. Marcia Benson says:

    Try a smaller dosage unless you were taking 20 mg already. I had to drop from 60 to 30mg. It has not been pleasant. Crying gigs and rage persist after 3 months. Good luck to you.

  66. Emily says:

    Right away if you decrease a lot suddenly. What you can do is open the capsules, buy empty capsules, and divide the little beads into smaller doses allowing a much more gradual weaning process.

  67. Phayes111 says:

    Experiencing brain zaps aming other withdrawal symptoms now.

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