I am currently trying to taper of duloxetine (Cymbalta). I was placed on the 30 mg dose and have been taking it for a few months. It hasn't helped me so I do not want to take it anymore. I have started to skip a day and think I taught my body to go without it (don't have any adverse effects) and now I have been taking the med every 2 days, so not take the med for 2 days and take it in the morning of the 3rd day. At the end of the 2nd day I do start having some fatigue and brain zaps but I take benadryl and it helps.
Im planning to increase the time by a day in January 21, if my body is able to adapt.
My question is whether this is effective and this is what I should continue to do if it's working for me? Please advise.
Can I take duloxetine every few days to taper off?
- 29 Nov 2020 by ThisisAlisa
- 30 November 2020 (8 weeks ago)
- cymbalta, duloxetine, dosage, taper
You should talk to your doctor about this. First of all, you're taking a very low initial dose that probably isn't therapeutic for you... a dosage adjustment might have given you better results. Secondly, if you really want to stop this medication it should be done by a tapering dosage schedule provided by your doctor.
Discontinuing Cymbalta (and other antidepressants) can be very difficult for some people so it shouldn't be attempted on your own.
I went through withdrawing off of Cymbalta just a few months ago. My doctor created the method for me, and it stretched out over 6 weeks. It began with decreasing the dose (from 60 mg to 30 mg.). Even with my doctor's guidance it was a rough withdrawal. I'm so glad to be off it though. I feel so much better!
I would recommend having your doctor develop a withdrawal method for you.
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