Reduce by 10% per month to start. A conservative taper is the safest way to go off Cymbalta. Some people find they can go faster and some people find they have to go slower. they can only tolerate decreases of a fraction of a milligram at a time.
(The amount of the reduction gets progressively smaller) Some people have tapered by opening the Cymbalta capsule and taking out the beads to gradually reduce the dosage.
You need to have your doctor help you as cymbalta can be difficult to get off of and can take many months.
I wish you the best of luck!
Take care and be safe.
Insist your doctor gets you to a psychiatrist. I'm going to my GP today to get him to refer me.
I tried to ween myself off from 30mg to zero as I had no idea of the effects. Buzzing arms, uncontrolled anger, dizziness, disturbed sleep , disturbing dreams and sweating at night were the side effects I wanted to rid my self from. Stopping simply doubled most of these effects. Then last night was the third night off and the effects were excruciating, spasms, anxiety, 'buzzing' arms and hands, itching legs and inability to sleep. Do not underestimate the task of coming off this medication. Also the big question is - how do you know that you will be as happy off the drug as you are on it? Yes your lifestyle has changed for the better, but it may be that the drug is the icing on the cake...
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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