... 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.
Just wondering why you increased to 120mg? I have been on Cymbalta 60mg for about 8 years, trialled a random generic and within 2 weeks withdrawals came on with avengence. Now taking 90mg for 3 weeks, irritability gone but sadness still there. Will be going back to ask for 120mg. Hence my query... thanks
Recently I was put on 120mg of cymbalta I too have been on it for 8 years I have mania and the second tablet just made it worst I went back to taking 60mg and have to go back to the doctor on Monday. I recently tried Avanza for sleep and that was horrible for me made my left eye twitch and slept all day in the day time.
Hi. I can completely relate to all your questions and answers I have read regarding cymbalta, side effects, etc. I was diagnosed with manic depressive disorder. I was on fluorine for many years but after a while, it didn't work so well. I was very depressed and found it hard to function. So, the Nurse Practitioner switched me over to Lexapro, which made me feel agitated and my heart race. Then, I was switched to cymbalta 30 mg. I didn't feel much different. Then my dosage went up to 60 mg daily and I started to have more good days than bad. Then, it went up to 90 mg daily. I still had bad days but a lot of good days too. (It's just life and brain chemistry I believe, that's why all of us do have some bad days.) But, my dosage to 120 mg started a couple of weeks ago and since then, I'm having issues! I feel panicked a lot, as if I'm on the verge of nervous breakdown. I cry at the drop of a hat. Getting bad headaches and vertigo.
Has anyone experienced this in cymbalta 120 mg? I'm going back down to 90 mg Today. My appointment with my nurse is next week. I also take Trazodone at night, 1 to 2 tabs 50 mg each. Any advice is helpful. Thanks.
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