I have been on 60mg of Cymbalta for the past year due to Severe Depressive Dissorder and have recently felt like I was ready and in a much better state of mind to get off it as I feel I am ready and also sick of the side effects (It definently helped when I needed it). I taped my doses down from 60 to 30, then 30 every second day over the course of 2 months. It has now been 11 days since I last had it and the only way I can describe it is living hell! Some of the horrible effects I've been experiencing have been: Massive brain zaps (feeling like an electric shock charging through your skull), headaches which come and go all too regularly, extreme mood swings (feeling like smashing everything/everyone around you at the slightest annoyance), lots of frustration, loss of coordination and cognitive ability( to the point where it's scary even just trying to cross the road), feeling of utter uselessness and that nothing will change, dizziness, complete inability to feel/express any happiness, feeling completly vacant, memory troubles, getting caught up on all the bad decisions that I've ever made (sounds a bit stupid but all the crap keeps coming back), very vivid dreams (usually consisting of ultra realistic nightmares thus making it feel like I haven't slept), absolutely no motivation or energy, occasional muscle pains, perceiving things that aren't actually there, shortness of breath, irregular heart beat and what seems like mild panic attack just being in public places..The list goes on and I know there are people out there a lot worse off then me and I'm hoping that by posting this it might help other people too. I know this isn't going to last forever but all I want is for some sort of relief until these symptoms subside. The docs have put me on valiums which don't really seem to have much of an effect apart from making it easier to get to sleep at night (yay.. More time for nightmares :/ ). I have heard that Prozac is meant to make it a little more bearable. I am willing to try anthing at this point as I've had enough of it! I havent been able to work for a week( let alone leave the house) and I know it's only going to get harder to return the longer I have off. So if anyone has any advice that can help it would be greatly appreciated. Everyone feel free to comment with your experiences on getting through Cymbalta withdrawal. Thank you
Reading these type of articles and hearing of others experiences have put my mind at ease a little and at least stopped me thinking I was going to die