I was put on Cymbalta about 6 years ago to replace Gabapentin for neuropathy. In addition to the neuropathy I also have Chronic Dry Eye due to the same Bone Marrow Transplant 17 years ago.
My Dry Eye Specialist recommended coming off of the Cymbalta as it is known to worsen dry eye symptoms.
When I discussed this with my Primary, she recommended going from the current 60mg dosage, down to 30mg/day for a month and then discontinuing completely. The first few days were rough after stopping completely, but now I just get occasional anxiety attacks, am slightly depressed and have a hard time going back to sleep when I awaken in the middle of the night.
I've used some of my wife's Xanax and that helps with the anxiety.
I really do not want to go back on the Cymbalta as my dry eye symptoms have been greatly reduced by not being on Cymbalta.
I just reached out to my Primary just to get my own prescription of Xanax so I'm not stealing my wife's. My doctor said "just go back on Cymbalta." I'm supposed to discuss this with her tomorrow. I know she is going to tell me to just try the 30mg/day and see how it goes, but I'd rather not have to go through the pain of stopping again if I don't have to.
Not sure if I came here just to vent, or to get some type of help. On top of all of this I have CPAP machine I'm supposed to start using tonight causing it's own anxiety issues.