I took Prozac 30mg a day for depression for 3 years. Recently, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and my doctor switched me to Cymbalta, which she said would take care of both health issues. I was on the Cymbalta for 6 weeks. The depression worsened, and I felt the lowest I had in many years. However, the pain was completely gone. The side effects of the Cymbalta were awful. I felt like I had morning sickness all the time, my head felt like it was going to explode, the fatigue was unbearable, and I felt hot and was sweating all the time. I explained all of this to my doctor, and she has put me back on Prozac, and I will have to take a separate medication for the fibromyalgia. I have now been off the Cymbalta for 2 weeks, but the nausea, severe headaches and fatigue still continue. These withdrawal symptoms are the worse I have ever experienced. Does anyone know if this is normal after 2 weeks of stopping the Cymbalta?
I'm weaning off too so also having withdrawal symptoms. I'm confident it won't last forever but it sucks. Coming off 30mgs a day by breaking open a 60mg gradually having less and less and now just having a 6th of the contents every other day. Started reducing a week or so ago to this point so quite quick. I'm not under medical supervision which I know is not ideal but my husband is supporting me and I know how to reduce safely as I've done it before.
Been getting what I guess are brain zaps- intense light headed ness and dizziness lasting moments but making me think I'm going to fall. I've been clinging to furniture all week,must look like a right weirdo! I'm also suffering Intense fatigue, headaches, the urge to cry and some mild stomach issues. The worst is the dizziness and fatigue because it isn't helped by eating or resting, in fact I feel like I need to sleep but when I try I can't. I'm trying to work in a job that needs a switched on brain which is proving tricky but I am determined to get through this!! I haven't found anything that really helps withdrawal,I'm just taking fish oil and D3 which I normally take plus a liver detox drink from my naturopath. Can't say if its helped or not but can't do any harm.
I was prescribed cymbalta for depression and it has been a miracle cure however I want to try for a baby in 6 months so don't want it in my system.
Good luck to those also going through this. If anyone knows how long it will last that would be good to know. X
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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