Hi Gardenlady, welcome to SA. Can you tell us how long you have been tapering valium, and how you are doing it? ( How often are you dropping doses and by how much, and how are you making up the dose )
We usually recommend tapering the AD first, as the valium can help to buffer some of the withdrawal. We find that it is usually better to taper from the original drug because switching can cause more problems. If it is done very slowly the withdrawals can be kept to a minimum. We don't recommend tapering more than one drug at a time because it would be impossible to tell which one was causing any problems that may arise. Some people do successfully do multiple tapers but it takes a lot of time and patience, cutting by miniscule amounts and need very careful records to keep them on track. If you've been tapering the benzo for a while you would be best to hold and stabilise then think about tapering cymbalta.
Here are some links to topics for you to read through.
Tapering cymbalta http://survivinganti...lta-duloxetine/
Tapering more than one drug..
Here is my benzo history:
May 2014-Tapered off of 2 mgs K via 6 wk fast taper
Protracted acute withdrawal for 7 months.
10 month window
Protracted withdrawal reappeared as PTSD with akathisia after personal trauma in March 2016.
Aug/29/16 - Reinstated 2 mg Ativan & 10 mg Ambien
Oct/16-Tapered Ativan down to 1.75 mg & crossed from 20 mg Lexapro to 60 mg duloxetine
Nov-Dec 2016-Tapered off of 10 mg Ambien
Jan-Feb 2017-c/o from 1.75 mg Ativan to 13 mg Valium
Feb/26/17-12 mg V
Mar/6/17-11 mg V (4 mg morning, 2 mg afternoon, 5 mg night)
I am using 5 mg and 2 mg Valium tablets and splitting as needed. The taper plan for Valium is 1 mg cut every 1 - 2 wks or more (depending on wd sx) until I get to 10 mg and then I'll slow to .5 mg cut every 2 - 4 weeks or as symptoms allow, then decrease to .25 mg cut depending on symptoms. If necessary, I'll go to a daily liquid micro taper.
The problem is that I am SO very depressed on the Valium that I'm concerned that stopping that taper and then tapering the Cymbalta (which could take months or a year) will only add to the depression.
1. I can't open the 60 mg duloxetine capsules. I've tried several and they won't come apart.
2. They are generic made by Citron in India. I've investigated online and found that the beads in Citron duloxetine are irregular and in pieces, so I cannot use the bead counting method.
3. My 2 Gemini scales are inaccurate, weigh differently each time and won't calibrate. I used them when tapering off of Ambien where the accuracy wasn't that important. However, with duloxetine, it's crucial.
Thanks for your help.