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Has anyone crossed from Cymbalta to another AD to taper off of?


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#1 gardenlady

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 07:32 AM

I am on 60 mg of duloxetine (generic Cymbalta) and want to cross to another AD that is more feasible to taper off of.  Cymbalta requires either bead counting or weighing.  My duloxetine is made by Citron from India and the beads are irregularly shaped and even some in pieces, so that eliminates bead counting.  

 

I have purchased 2 Gemini scales from Amazon, neither of which is accurate or will even calibrate accurately.  So, that eliminates weighing beads.

 

I want to cross from Cymbalta to another AD and then taper off.  Has anyone done this successfully and which AD did you cross to?  Since Cymbalta is a SNRI, there is a risk of serotonin syndrome in crossing to a SSRI.  So, it's very tricky.  I hope to hear from someone who had done this.  Thanks in advance for your help!


Oct 2016 - crossed over from 20 mg Lexapro to generic Cymbalta 60 mg.  Long history of other ADs.

Mar 13 2017-Tapering 10 mg Valium

Mar 20  - 9 mg V

Mar 27 - 8 mg V

Apr 3 - 7mg V

Apr 10 - 6 mg V

Apr 17 - 5 mg V - Bad symptoms.  Hold V & start Cymbalta taper

May 11 - 54 mg Cymbalta

 

 

 


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:40 AM

Have you spoken to the pharmacist about what other generic versions of Cymbalta are available.  You may need to try different pharmacies to find out what they supply.

 

See at the bottom of Post #1 under the heading Switch to Prozac in this topic:  Tips for tapering off Cymbalta (duloxetine)


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#3 gardenlady

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 06:58 PM

Have you spoken to the pharmacist about what other generic versions of Cymbalta are available.  You may need to try different pharmacies to find out what they supply.

 

See at the bottom of Post #1 under the heading Switch to Prozac in this topic:  Tips for tapering off Cymbalta (duloxetine)

 

Haven't done that yet.  Still hoping to find another AD to cross to and if not, then I may use various doses to slowly wean down, but it won't be accurate enough for a 10% rate.  I'm feeling very scared and discouraged.  This is starting to look as bad as benzo withdrawal. 


Oct 2016 - crossed over from 20 mg Lexapro to generic Cymbalta 60 mg.  Long history of other ADs.

Mar 13 2017-Tapering 10 mg Valium

Mar 20  - 9 mg V

Mar 27 - 8 mg V

Apr 3 - 7mg V

Apr 10 - 6 mg V

Apr 17 - 5 mg V - Bad symptoms.  Hold V & start Cymbalta taper

May 11 - 54 mg Cymbalta

 

 

 


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 12:27 PM

I was on Cymbalta and crossed over to Prozac to help with the WD. I stopped CT from it too. Its been a long hard 3 years. I'm still suffering from tension headaches and an unbalanced feeling almost like I'm buzzed. You can read my story if you'd like. 


2009 - Took Paxil, first antidepressant every. Horrible shocking feelings and depression

2010 - Switched to Cymbalta 30 mg

2013 - upped to 60mg at the horrible advice of a doctor who then said quit cold turkey

2013 - Started prozac 20mg

 

*I have always been low in Vitamin B and around this time learned of Vitamin D deficiency

 

2014 - Horrible withdrawal symptoms....shocking feelings, pressure in head/tension headache almost

Had multiple tests and scans (MRI MRA CT - all normal)

Between end of 2014 to present off an on I still have symptoms. Mostly head pressure, pins and needles, sometimes shocking feelings. 


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Posted 16 March 2017 - 01:01 PM

I am so sorry for all of your troubles and pain caused by these hideous drugs.  Did you CT off of Cymbalta before you started the Prozac?  I hope you will start to have more and longer windows than waves.  Thanks for your kind reply to my post. 


Oct 2016 - crossed over from 20 mg Lexapro to generic Cymbalta 60 mg.  Long history of other ADs.

Mar 13 2017-Tapering 10 mg Valium

Mar 20  - 9 mg V

Mar 27 - 8 mg V

Apr 3 - 7mg V

Apr 10 - 6 mg V

Apr 17 - 5 mg V - Bad symptoms.  Hold V & start Cymbalta taper

May 11 - 54 mg Cymbalta