This varies from person to person. This is not an easy withdrawal. When your head is pounding so much and you feel you can not last stick with it. Try to keep your mind busy. I found the "brain zaps" to be worse when was not keeping busy. My doctor had me taper down some then we stopped. it took almost 2 weeks for the pounding to lessen and another couple weeks for the symptoms to go away. But it will get less. After awhile I only noticed on the way home for work and at dinner time. I really believe no matter what dose your own withdrawal is withdrawal and getting the medication out of your system just takes time and a lot of patience. Do not be discourage for this will not be easy but you will get better!!
The withdrawal symptoms will peak from 5 to 8 days off and stay steady at that level for 10 to 14 days off. By day 18 off you will notice some improvements and it will get better from there.
Make sure you drink plenty of water and try not to let yourself get overtired. Dehydration and fatigue will make the side effects worse.
Sheila is right about keeping yourself busy to distract yourself from the zaps and other side effects. Exercising helps too.
Some common withdrawal symptoms are: nausea -get something for that; itchiness - get an antihistamine for that; dizziness - take your time getting up.
Most people are okay in 3 to 6 weeks.
If it is bad then go online and find cymbaltawithdrawal dot com. It's a great support group with lots of information and everyone is getting off or are off the med.
Hope this helps
I’m coming off cymbalta from 60 mg to 30 mg to nothing! I have gone through vomiting, occasionally, but the worst is the vertigo! Everyday my head is pounding, not steady, thank goodness but enough to be annoying for most part of the day. I’ve only stopped it completely about two weeks now, can’t wait for this to be over!
I searched "How long do Cymbalta withdrawals last"? And found this site. While I was disappointed to read that it may take MANY weeks to get over the symptoms, it was reassuring to discover that I wasn't alone!! I abruptly stopped taking Cymbalta and switched to Wellbutrin because of the sexual side affects! I even started taking Viagra with no change in my ED problem while on Cymbalta so we're trying the Wellbutrin. However the Vertigo, Brain Zaps, nausea, head-aches and uncontrollable crying makes me wanna take the Cymbalta just to make the side affect STOP!! But I will take advise that I've read here and stick with it, live with the withdrawal effects and eventually feel better! (I hope!)
My doctor stopped my Cymbalta last week and tripled my Zoloft. I have no idea what he is thinking. I have been taking Cymbalta for my fibromyalgia, but today, I am feeling really bad - twitching, pains, exhaustion, nausea. I have an appointment on Saturday to follow up, but I really think I need to get a different doctor.
I'm on week 3 which is a lot better in most area's but my right arm feels so tight at times. I had serotonin syndrome so I had no choice but to come off 60mgs. Although I have went to the ER about shortness of breathe and the tightness in my left arm they said it wasn't my heart. Although it's hell it does get better. I'm still not myself whatever that is. I was on antidepressants for 20 yrs and 10 of those on cymbalta. Anyone else have tightness in any limbs? It's scary at times. I'm very irritable now, praying that it will all even out soon. I'm having a hard time finding decent doctors here... TIA for any info. For those who are feeling they can't handle it. It gets better hang in there and if it seems to be too much get help!!!
I am in the middle of week 3 and I feel like there is literally something wrong with my brain. I am either crying or extremely happy or extremely mad. There’s no in between. I hurt physically because I took Cymbalta for my fibro but I started trying to treat it differently and weaned down from 90mg to
30mg and then quit. Now I want to just crawl
In a hole somewhere. Please tell me it will get better soon.
I stopped 2 weeks ago and brain zaps are just beginning.
I took 60 mg for over 10 years to alleviate depression.
I am 60 now and also notice aches and pains I didn't have before.
I do not consider this to be a difficult withdrawal overall. No withdrawal has been as long as benzos.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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