I was prescribed and started taking generic duloxetine 3 weeks ago. (initial prescription of 30 pills, I have 6 left after taking one this morning [20 March]). For some background: I'm 21, have had bad tinnitus and hyperacusis for about a year and a half now, and have been trying all sorts of helps and treatments, medical and natural, but nothing has helped so far. The hope of my doctor was/is that the duloxetine would help lessen stress and anxiety, which is what we think could be the underlying and contributing factors to the T. and HA, as well as target some affected nerves to try and calm them down. My doctor didn't mention it was an antidepressant, only described it as an anti-anxiety and pain control that he has successfully prescribed many times before. After trying all sorts of stuff that didn't work, I was ready for what finally sounded like something that could help.
3 weeks in, I have only really noticed negatives. I know I'm not alone here in saying that had I known that it was an antidepressant (something I swore I would never take) with a laundry list of side effects and horrible withdrawals, I would've never started it. Especially since it looks like it can cause/worsen tinnitus when you stop taking it! Lesson learned on doing more research on prescriptions. To be fair it may be too early to notice any positives from the duloxetine, but this stuff makes me too sick, sad, dull, and gray to want to continue. I missed a dose this week and boy, did I pay for that. I have a follow-up appointment with my doctor this coming Thursday [25 March] where I'll tell him I want off. I've worked hard all my life to not be dependent on anything (caffeine, sugar, other drugs, etc.) only to get hooked on this scary stuff.
So I guess my questions are, since I've been on a low dose for only a few weeks:
(Even though everyone reacts differently,)
1. if I quit cold turkey, what could possibly I expect and for how long withdrawal-wise from what you've seen with similar low lose, low time cases?
2. if I tapered, how long would you guesstimate it would take? Should I start counting beads tomorrow, or wait and talk to my doctor? Though I really dislike the thought of taking more of this (imagine that lol)