More than 2 1/2 years ago, brc329 asked how to get off Cymbalta safely. At that time, I was still in the middle of taking 60Mg per day which I have been prescribed since 2011. Since then, I have found this same article more than once while thinking about getting off of it.
This year, I chose to taper off of Cymbalta because the idea of taking an SSNRI seems to me like putting hand-cuffs on your brain and your emotional response. I do not any longer wish to have an inorganic life experience. It has been more than 5 years since I have felt any anger. It has been more than 5 years since I have been the occasionally manic, naturally high person who I am. For example, I used to get really angry when some debt collector would call about student loans and tell me I will face wage garnishment. I used to be very social, enjoyed being with friends and new people and would get involved in group activities. I used to be *that guy* who would have a ball at karaoke night or on the dance floor. I haven't seen *that guy* in years.
Before choosing to quit Cymbalta, I was afraid the success I have come to know professionally would come to an abrupt end. I thought my career advancement could be attributed to the sterile, static and and flat emotional responses I had come to rely upon for years.
... the affects of Cymbalta are not a good trade. Essentially, I have stopped maturing and am literally a half-retard with arrested development. This ends _now_.
My approach has been to open the capsule and count the beads, removing them.
I started by removing 36 beads and setting them aside in an empty prescription bottle. For six weeks, with the 36 beads removed, there were no perceivable negative side-effects. Next, I began removing just a little bit less than double and am now removing 64 beads. With the 64 beads removed, which I have been doing for more than two weeks there still have been no negative side-effects.
After another month, I plan to remove 100 beads and keep it up for six weeks. With the lower dosage, I will continue removing the beads until I'm down to maybe just 16 or 32 and will continue with those until I am completely weaned from Cymbalta.
Probably, the extended duration of weaning myself from Cymbalta is a bit more conservative than most people would choose or would like due to their desire to quit more quickly. But, unknown withdrawal symptoms and side-effects of post-accute withdrawal are no mans friend. The above seems to me the most reasonable way to safely, slowly and successfully quit Cymbalta.
Be yourself and don't do drugs like Cymbalta.