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Meggg: Withdrawal from Cymbalta

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I have been on antidepressants since the age of 12. Have tried nearly everyone out there with minimal success. Finding that they don't affect my mood/ overall general happiness anymore and want off. They make me feel numb and zombie like with little ability to enjoy life.


I've been on 30mg Cymbalta for the last few months and have been trying to tapper off. I knew the side effects of withdrawal can be horrendous as I've tried in the past with no success. This time I decided I would take 1/4 of the beads from the capsule a week and as long as I didn't feel too many intense effects I would continue until I was off them. I was doing great! 5 days in and I hadn't noticed a single side effect. Then at work last night on the 7th day it was like I was hit by a bus. Spinning, dizzy, headache, nauseated, strange strange sensations and ultimately sicker then a dog. I ended up having to have someone bring me gravol which I popped two in less than hr (usually only take a quarter if absolutely necessary). The nausea has subsided slightly but I'm still extremely dizzy with a pounding headache, with the lovely side effect of extreme drowsiness from the gravol.


I'm wondering if anyone knows what my next step should be and whether or not I need to increase the dose a bit. Yesterday I didn't take my dose until later in the day and I'm hoping this is the reason why I felt such extreme effects, as I hadn't been noticing anything at all prior. Looking for any helpful suggestions, tips, or support. Thank you! 

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Hi Meggg,


Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants (SA), am really glad that you found your way to the site.  


You are likely feeling the effects of tapering too quickly and by too large a dose.  When a drug is removed abruptly or reduced too quickly it throws our central nervous system into chaos and results in the withdrawal symptoms that you are now experiencing.  


At SA, it is recommended that a person taper by no more than 10% of their current dose with at least a four week hold in-between decreases.  


The 10% taper recommendation is a harm reduction approach to going off psychiatric drugs.  Some people may have to taper at a more conservative rate as they are sensitive to even the smallest drops.


We ask all of our members to fill out a signature so that all of your information can be read at a glance.  This helps moderators determine you current situation and we would ask that you follow the instructions at the link below.


Instructions:  Withdrawal History Signature


To get you started, and familiarized with the protocols followed by SA, I am linking a few topics so that you have a better understanding of what is recommended. 


What is Withdrawal Syndrome?

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms


You will find a wealth of information here as well as a supportive community that knows exactly what you are going through and everyone is here to help.  



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I stopped Cymbalta cold turkey several years ago.  I was on a SSRI as well and my doctor told me I could just stop the Cymbalta.  It was a rough 3 months.  I had serious brain zaps, lots of anger and general despair.  I later added Wellbutrin and that helped.  I don't know how I made it.  You have my sympathy and understanding.  I have no idea why I didn't tell the p-doc about my problems.  I suffered on my own.  

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There is a very important survey on drug WD at the moment. We might finally get some acknowledgement for all the suffering these drugs caused us.


Adding your experience would be very valuable. It only takes a few minutes. They extended it because they got so many replies after Alto mobilised our members here but the more people join, the more powerful we are.


I even invited my friends who are not on the forum and some of them were not even aware that what was happening to them was a WD... Every vote counts.




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