Hello I started tapering from June 2019 by removing granules from my 20mg capsules. At first it was very slow at 3 granules a month reduction.
I later read on here it was safe to reduce by 5% monthly so I began to remove approximately 5%. I realised that the balls (even with the same brand) were changing with a more or less 10 granule fluctuation and averaging about 180 granules per 20mg capsule.
I decided to continue with the percentage dose by reducing by 1.25% per week and counting the granules daily to find the right % (my partner does the maths). Anyway this became open to error as I was couting up to 180 balls, I would sometimes drop one of two, or want to count again and get a different number.
I decided to start taking the same amount of balls every day rather than removing an amount. Even though the capsules had different amounts, the alternative was open to too much error. I am also a teacher during the pandemic and I feel like counting those balls daily after work also probably didnt result in the exact right amout.
I got to 54 granules (taking) and stayed at my plan to reduce the 20mg dose by 5% monthly. So my reduction is 9 granules a month.
However, I went to see an herbal chemist due to bladder issues 2 months ago and he told me to take high doses of allicin which I did. After 6 weeks I started to notice I was feeling very unwell with what seemed like withdrawal issues; intrusive thoughts, anxiety, diorrhea, headache, nausea.
When I googled it, there is appaprently a drug interaction between garlic and cymbalta
I stopped it immediately after 6 weeks and it is now 3 weeks after my last dose of allicin (garlic). I am experiencing very strange symptoms still, I feel like I am withdrawing from my medication and my reductions since June 2019 have been positive.
Does anyone know what I should do? I am thinking I should stop reducing and stay on this dose until I level out.
Beyond all this, am I reducing correctly? Has anyone else experienced any interactions with herbal supplements? What can I do and how long will this take to settle?
Please help. I am due to go in work tomorrow to teach remotely and I am worried.