I am currently trying to wean myself off Cymbalta. Has anyone had success with this? I have been off of it for 3 days and am having brain fog and terrible headaches. :confused:
23 May 2007
What was your dose before you stopped and how long had you been taking it ?
It's gonna be a bit of a rough ride for a bit more than a couple of weeks. Try Benadryl Nighttime to help you sleep, Dramamine or Gravol to help with the dizziness, drink lots of water, exercise as much as you can, eat fish or take Omega3 capsules.
If you start having gory nightmares... GO BACK ON THE DRUG !! That's not a good sign.
Watch out for suicidal/homicidal thoughts.
If it gets too hard, go back on the drug and plan out a tapering program with an intelligent doctor.
There's a lot of nasty side effects from quitting these drugs, but you're not going to get them all.
If you want, write to me and tell me all about it. A lot of people have. Keep a daily journal.
30 May 2007
I Was On This And I Was Told To Go Off It Slowly..
You Take One Every Other Day.. For A Couple Of Weeks Then Go Down In Mg. And Keep Taking One Every Other Day .. Then Go To Every 2 Days... For A Week Or So Then Every 3 Days For The Next Week ... And So On...
You Shouldnt Have Any Problems If The Dr. Would Have Done It This Way... I Didnt Get Any Problems With It..
The Ones I Had Were When I Was On It... Wanted To Sleep All The Time .. And Then The Weight Gain...
Write Me Back And Let Me Know How You Are Doing ...
8 Jun 2007
why would you wean yourself off it? You are not a doctor! or a pharmacist. call your doctor if you want to go off meds. IT is VERY VERY dangerous to wean any medicine off by yourself like it is dangerous to go on any medicine without a doctor prescribing it for you. Do NOT do this on your own... why oh why do people do this to themselves. Your doctor is there to help you. Call him/her!
25 Feb 2010
I take Cymbalta for chemo induced neuropathy pain. Tried to wean off with doctors instructions, however the pain was so bad I was unable to get out of bed. I do not take it for depression, however I might be depressed if I don't take it.
My doctor suggested stopping Cymbalta and taking Prozac every other day for a week and then every 2 days for a week, then 3 days... for a month. This idea might help someone.
11 Mar 2010
I am going to suggest you get to a doctor that can help you. I have been on 60 mg's for a few years. I get the same dizziness and "head nausea" after missing a pill for 1 day. I saw my pediatrician for help. She moved me to 30 mg. for thirty days and then 20 for three weeks, then one 20 mg. pill every other day.
Guess what? Every reduction in dose has resulted in the same dizziness, brain zaps loss of breath, etc. Look around. You'll find everyone has the same problem. My doctor said Cymbalta was "mild" at the levels she put me on. Not so. Coming off is a freaking nightmare. that should be the technical term. Benadryl at night. Lots of water and steam room. Sleep a lot.
25 May 2010
I am on 30mgs of Cymbalta. I take it for IBS it works! the worst side effect I get is sweating, it feels like a hot flash it only lasts for a matter of seconds but wow its a hot one! I decided to stop taking it about 2yrs ago. Dumb Move! I had that out of sorts feeling my hands went numb I was driving too. I came home and threw up and the other end was uncontrollable too.Went to the Dr got back on it. I will probably be on it until I cant afford it anymore.
31 May 2011
Good luck with weaning. I weaned with 1/2 doses for 2 weeks and have been off the med. for 2 weeks. The headache started within 24 hours of my last dose I still have terrible headaches, brain fog, nausea, dizziness and depression. Per my MD these are typical symptoms of cymbalta discontinuation and he said it could be a few more days before the symptoms subside. And, the discontinuation symptoms can occur within 24 hours of the last dose of the medication so they occur quickly. I don't have a magic solution for you other than waiting it out. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.
8 Aug 2011
I have been off for 10days. I have to say the first week was awful the brain zaps and crying spells were awful. But by day 9 I was able to focus a little more at work and day 10i have felt much better. I still get the zaps but they are way less often I think if u can get through the first week without just starting it again becuz ur desperate to feel better then ur on ur way. I did take benedril at night cause I couldn't sleep but for the most part my doc said it's something ur just going to have to make it through
26 Sep 2011
I started taking Cymbalta in 2005 - starting at 20mg/day and increasing to 60mg over the course of the year. In 2009, my psychiatrist told me that some people need to stay on the drug for life. In a nutshell, I am tired of this crutch, and know that there are natural alternatives... I've been doing my own research for a couple of years.
I started weaning in 2010 by reducing to 40mg, earlier this year I reduced to 30mg, and last week to 20mg. I am not doing this with a doctor - but have managed to get my Internist to continue my prescriptions when they run out. However after reading all these posts, I'm going to visit my Internist and talk about all this b/c I'm really scared about side effects.
In the meantime, I'm bolstering my reduction with nutrition. As I reduce, I am increasing my intake of vitamin B3 (Niacin) - I'm taking just over 1 gram a day, and will up that to 2 or 3 grams when I stop the 20mg Cymbalta. (And I swear by my Omega 3/Flax/Fish oil supplements, as well as the best multivitamin and B-complex on the market. I'm also eating for nutrition too - organic, lots of fish, leafy green veggies, etc. A spoonfull of chia-seeds a day, cacao nibs, green tea, etc.)
I have been getting the head-aches, severe, and I'm telling myself that things might be a little rocky or uncomfortable, but I desperately want to be completely OFF Cymbalta. Last week I had the oddest sensations - couldn't tell if they were my head or my chest or stomach - just very disorienting. And eye-crossing migraines. And I can't get enough sleep... literally in bed for 10 hours, 12 last night.
I am getting good exercise too, 5 days a week I practice yoga or ride my bike for 10+ miles.
PLEASE investigate - or just start taking - a good B vitamin, a good multi, and Omega. IT ALL HELPS! (They are not all created equal, so let me know if you'd like recommendations on which brands are best and most absorbed into your bloodstream.)
THANK YOU ALL FOR POSTING!
21 Jan 2012
I am pretty upset with my psychiatrist for even putting me on Cymbalta to begin with. I am a 32 year old female who has been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. For 11 years, I used methamphetamine to self-medicate until checking myself into inpatient treatment in June of 2010. I have now been sober for 19 months, but about 6 months ago my psychiatrist put me on Cymbalta for my anxiety and panic attacks. I told him I was very worried about taking any medications that I could become "addicted" to. He assured me that Cymbalta was non-addictive because it was a non-narcotic. He never explained to me what would happen if I tried to stop this medication. I have been pleased with the changes in myself while taking this medication. It did do everything he said it would do as far as relieving the symptoms of my disorder and eliminating my panic attacks.
Unfortunately, I have new insurance, and my insurance does not cover Cymbalta, and if you are not aware, the cost of Cymbalta is VERY expensive. Needless to say, I ran out of Cymbalta while on a 60mg/day dose and by day 3 my symptoms were so out of control, I thought I was coming down with the flu. Headaches, body aches, EXTREME dizziness and confusion, tremors, insomnia, horrible nightmares... I had no idea what was wrong with me until my husband suggested it could be a reaction from not taking the Cymbalta. I literally had to research on the internet before I realized that my symptoms were caused by withdrawal from Cymbalta. After realizing that these symptoms are caused by Cymbalta withdrawal, I became EXTREMELY angry with the psychiatrist. Obviously, a withdrawal from a drug to the magnitude people experience with Cymbalta is completely indicative of an ADDICTION to the drug. I don't care how good this drug makes me feel or what it eliminates, I feel like I have been lied to and thrown out the wolves. I have taken one 30mg pill for the past week (he gave me enough samples for a couple of weeks) and I took my last one today. I actually went a couple of days without taking any because I knew I had one left, and was scared of the withdrawal. I took my last pill today because I started experiencing the dizziness and confusion. I have no idea what I should do. I am a full-time college student (in my sophmore year striving for a bachelors in Psych with a minor in Drug and Alcohol Counseling, no less), a wife, and mother of 3 children. I cannot function when withdrawing from this drug and I have no way of paying for it. It is actually going to be another 2 weeks before I can see the Psychiatrist again. I think I am going to schedule an appointment with an MD and explain to him the problem. Hopefully, a medical doctor will have more concern and care than this Psychiatrist that I have been seeing. Good luck with weaning yourself off. I strongly suggest seeing a medical professional before doing this because the withdrawal can also get so severe that seizures and stroke could result. I sure don't want to die from NOT taking something that I was told was "NOT ADDICTIVE" in the first place. Anything that causes physical withdrawals such as this is considered addictive. Don't be fooled like I was.
1 May 2012
I've been on 30MGS of Cymbalta for 5yrs... I feel I'm good to go now... after going thru very early menopause over 20 yrs ago... I've been on many different antidepressants that weren't working... must say Cymbalta changed my life for the better... but I don't want to be on it or anything else anymore... so I decided 4 days ago to ween myself off by myself... every other day... so far - so good... BUT... I ran this plan by my primary DR... he was furious... & almost demanded I see him to do this HIS way ... my appt is today... but I'm hesitant ... I don't want to spend any more money on more meds or lower dosage... after reading all of your comments on this site... I'm so confused... anyone have any advice for me... I'd so appreciate it!
18 May 2012
I was diagnosed with MDD 10 years ago. Spent 6 weeks in a hospital which specializes in treatment for this disorder. I was started on Gabapentin, then neurotin. Neither helped. Now I take Cymbalta for the depression associated with terrific pain in my MID SPINE. MRI's finally found what I had been telling my Doctors for 5 years. My disks between T7,T8, and T9 are gone. Completely blown out. ps. During my stay in Vietnam, I was shot down twice and had to eject both times (rough on the spine). Now up to 60mg twice a day, also taking amitripline 20mg per day, clonazepam 2mg per day, and morphine twice a day 30.mg. I would truly love to wean myself off all of these drugs, but after attempting suicide 10 years ago, I am scared to try any changes. At one time, I could not stand at the kitchen counter long enough to make a peanut butter sandwich. Now I am able to function at a pretty good level, but I have to pull off when driving, because I become very sleepy and cannot concentrate.
What is one to do, when pain becomes unbearable? Doc has suggested Methadone. Not much of a choice. I live as far from California as one can, so pot is out.
22 Oct 2012
Im sorry but I need help too.
My 88year old mother who is NOT depressed but has a little arthritis, was put on this medicine. She only weighs 109lbs and takes 15 other pills for heart problems , which I just found out doesn't react well with Cymbalta. If there is anyone near this age that could tell me how to wean my mom off this awful drug, PLease let me know. She has been taking 60mg for about 4 months, and altogether 7 months. Its a shame but when your this old the doctors just give you anything, not caring what is does to you. no one should take this medicine, especially someone in this condition.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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