Hi, I'm a new user. I found this forum while researching cymbalta (wish I had thought to do so before I started taking it) and I wanted to document what was happening with me, just in case.
My doc started me off with 20 mg of cymbalta and we increased the dose to 50mg two weeks later. I'm currently on a generic. In total, it's been 2 months. With cymbalta, I noticed many of my side effects vanished after a week, with the exception of 3 things; vivid dreams, sweaty hands and feet, and difficulty reaching orgasm. I didn't mind much because I find my typical libido distracting and I can offset the sweating by increasing my consumption of brown rice and bananas. The sleep was a little more troublesome but slow release tablets of 3mg of melatonin helped me rest less fitfully.
I was honestly over the moon with how well Duloxetine helped me at first; I had more energy, I was more eager to socialize, and it definitely helped with pain relief. Then I started looking into the medicine more and the horror stories I read about the withdrawal scared the skeleton out of me.
I figured that since it was pretty early on in my treatment, the best thing to do was to try to stop taking it asap and see how it affected me. If the withdrawal was painful, I wanted to ask my psych about switching to something else, like prozac. If I ended up feeling okay, my plan is to limit my intake of duloxetine to the winter months when I experience the worst of my seasonal depression.
Here's what I've been doing so far: I quit cold turkey on Sunday just to see how I'd end up feeling. My plan was to get back on it and do the classic wean if I felt like my brain was being flayed. It's been over 48 hours, and I mostly feel okay outside of a barely-noticeable headache and a slightly hoarse throat. My hands and feet are still sweaty (and a little shakey but to be fair I have not eaten enough today). I honestly do not know if the fact that I'm currently taking Strattera is helping me; I know it fiddles around with norepinephrine but I'm only taking 18mg and I just started on the 21st. I'll ask my psych about it during my next appointment and post an update.
I've been wondering if I've just been having an easy time of it because of how I've only taken duloxetine for two months. Is weaning different if it's 2 months vs 2 years? Should I expect more withdrawal effects if I continue cold turkey? Do you think the Strattera is helping even though I've only taken it for five days? (Strattera usually needs a month for noticeable results) If I'm one of the lucky folks who doesn't experience the worst of withdrawal, do you think it would be a good idea to only take it for the winter months? (I'm thinking 2-3 months at a time)
I've checked out the ebook and the general forums for tips and I admire all the work everyone has put in to help each other. I hope that by documenting my experience here I can also contribute!