... Cymbalta for 8 yrs? I have been on it since 2005..and on 120 mg for the last 4 years. I'm having some new and severe side effects now and need to get off if it. But, I've tried I can't take the withdrawal and have to go back on it. HELP
Actup I was on 90mgs Cymbalta for over 8yrs. I started having major side effects(sweating like a pig, increased pain, increased depression, brain zaps,short term memory loss, bladder issues, brain just quit working, suicidal thoughts, mania, etc). I had no idea after taking Cymbalta for as long as I did, that it was causing the majority of my problems. Never had these problems prior, it was as if my body told Cymbalta to get out of town & my body reacted by having worse withdrawal.
Please please please trust me I know how bad the withdrawals are. I'm on my 3rd day of transitioning to Lexapro-only 5mgs for another day then finally 10mgs after a week. I've been feeling so out of sorts I've been passing out sitting straight up, roaming around the house at all hrs ranging from 1-4am & walking into walls, not eating meals but rather grabbing on to anything sweet & eating it. I've taken just about every high powered narcotic on the market, & I can honestly say Cymbalta is the 100% worse drug Ive EVER taken.
There are a number of ways to get off Cymbalta. For you I would recommend a very gradual reduction in dose. You would need to go down by 30mg a month to start. If that is too hard then there is a slower way which I could explain to you in a PM.
JenJen has it right it is a very hard med to get off of and I recommend a SSRI with a long half life to ease the side effects.
Find a support group online like cymbaltawithdrawal dot com as I found it really helped to have others who understand how you are feeling when you go through it. Their support really made a difference for me.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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