I'm five weeks out from the last dose after tapering from 60mg to 15mg over about a month. I am 50 and have been struggling with bad anxiety and depression for 2.5 years. I was on 60mg cymbalta for about half of that. I guess I was doing relatively OK now that I compare it to where I am. I started getting erratic mood changes so decided to stop it without knowing the possible severity of symptoms. Was stably depressed for a few weeks. Then over the past 2 weeks started having crazy rapid mood swings from happiness to extreme despair and anxiety. During one, it's as if the other didnt just happen. I desperately want to think this is from cymbalta withdrawal rather than rapid cycling bipolar as my doctor says. He had previously put me on the bipolar spectrum due to my trouble getting on ADs so I take lamictal which he now wants to increase.
I've never posted anything about my struggles so I guess I'm looking for some support. I've nearly given in twice and popped a cymbalta, but something stops me and I wait it out. When can expect the crazy mood swings to settle down a little so I'll know when to accept that I may have bipolar. I do have skin tingling/burning across chest and back that give me hope this is withdrawal.