So happy to have found this forum to confirm I am not going insane! I am experiencing terrible dizziness and brain zaps as I see are very common after coming off of cymbalta. I was only on cymbalta (the generic form though)for about 6 weeks, 20mg a day. I felt great the first month, but then I started to have the worst nightmares and night sweats. I could not handle it and I felt the efffectivness of the drug was wearing off anyway. My DR told me to wein myself off to 10 mg a day and then after a week go down to 10mg every other day. Its been about a week now not taking Cymbalta at all and I don't know how much longer I can handle these symptoms! But, I refuse to put more of that poison back into my system. I have heard allot of people say they are afraid it has caused them permanent brain damage.
Can anyone give me an idea when these symptoms may stop? or anything I can do to remedy my dizziness? Thank you so much in advance.
Thinking of Cymbalta as poison is not going to help, because it's not the Cymbalta causing the symptoms now, it's the lack of it in your system, which has become used to it. The only way to avoid the symptoms is to recommence taking the amount you were last feeling o.k. and continuing to taper down.
I was also only on it for a few months, and was doing an 'ineffective' every second day of 30mg and getting lots of symptoms. I was able to start taking 20mg per day, then tapered down in about 20 'steps' over 10 weeks, so it took me longer to get off (without minimal symptoms) than I was ever on it.