I have been on Cymbalta for approx. 3 years and have been tapering off for almost 6 months already. I was doing well on 30mg every other day for a few months but just recently went down to every 3rd day and have noticed significant changes suddenly. I have rage/anger issues, severe headaches/dizziness, a rash that has broken out on my face that no prescribed creams can help, irritable bowel issues and the most worrisome of all - suicidal thoughts. I have 2 young children and have been feeling such guilt that I'm almost ready to leave some days to spare them my moods and lack of interest in life. This all came on so suddenly, I was having a great summer, and now I'm cancelling plans and avoiding everything. I haven't gotten in to see my Dr. as she is off for a month - so I turned to the internet to research and had no idea Cymbalta withdrawal existed. I am seriously going crazy and can't believe such a dangerous drug was prescribed to me!!! I had been put on Cymbalta after the birth of my 2nd child when I had severe pain in my body that the Dr. diagnosed as Fibromyalgia - which I don't quite understand or believe since it came on suddenly after child birth. However with a history of anxiety and depression that was the route my Dr. prescribed and in all fairness it did end the pain and suffering, however I do not want to be on this drug forever and thought I could taper off, but boy was I wrong. I feel crazy... even in my most depressed states in the past before I was diagnosed - I never once had a suicidal thought, or the lack of will to keep going. But this withdrawal has left me feeling like a stranger in my own body. Praying that my Dr. can come up with some answers on how to get through this... does anyone have any suggestions? How can a drug company get away with selling drugs like this???
I know some how you feel. I get thoughts to of leaving but I am all my little girl has. Fibromylgia is the most ugliest disease or whatever you call it illness , it's just alwful and it has ruined my life and robbed me and my little one of having any kind of life. It causes pain and fatigue and I get down 3 days a week. ..it varies on how long and how long it keeps me down. The more I try to put in one day the worse and longer the flare up last. They say to not over do it, pace yourself. It's hard to do when you are laid up every week and have to play catch up I been trying to deal with it for 5 yes or more. It causes depression because it steels your life. Don't feel alone in this you have come to a good place... I find it helps to talk with others that are going thru the same thing and I hope I can help you feel better because us mom's have to stick together. Cymbalta! I never knew you could go thru withdrawals from something like that drug. Many Dr's don't know either. But it was just like coming off of narcotics! Once you get straightened out from this don't ever take it again. It is hard just keep tapering off and do you have anything else you can take? I forget exactly how I did it but I do remember I took something in its place for a week or so. And do you have anything for your nerves? And a antidepressant? I am not a Dr I am just saying from my experience. If you are really bad depressed like you seem to be maybe you should call for help. Do you have family to take care of your little ones? If so get help and go to the ER tell them you are going thru with drawl . And spread the word about Cymbalta so no one has to go thru this. Right now focus on you and your kids. You don't want to leave them without a mom and it's the withdrawal from the Cymbalta doing this I know it did me to. So please go to a Dr or hospital and tell them your going thru with drawl from Cymbalta and your Dr is out of town and you need something now to help calm you down and whatever else you need. I hope to hear from you again and talk more about Fibromylgia but first things first. ..you and your kids
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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