My story of weaning
Posted 03 April 2008 - 08:04 PM
I was on 30's then 20's for over a year. I tried to just stop and I felt awful. Dizziness, sick and no energy. I then tried alternating days of the 20's. I just felt crummy on the days off the meds. Then I took my 20's, opened them, divided them into thirds, and put them into old 30 caps after discarding the innards. I didn't bother to count the little balls, just eyeball it and go for it. It will be close enough.
The 6's that I made were enough to keep me from feeling too bad. No dizzyness. After two weeks I stopped. There were the withdrawl symptoms again. Not as strong but still were present. I think its been about 3-4 weeks now and I'm still feeling them mildly once in a while.
I try to get lots of exercise, stay positive and that seems to help. On a good note, my sex drive is returning after almost vanishing while on Cymbalta. I'm feeling a bit blue / depressed at times but it is manageable.
I hope this helps someone. I really think Cymbalta should be provided in a ween off dosage. A week of 30, week of 20, week of 10, week of 5, week of 2.5. That might help. This drug has its good points but in my opinion it is addictive, unlike any other medication I've taken.
Posted 03 April 2008 - 08:28 PM
Posted 03 April 2008 - 08:46 PM
Posted 03 April 2008 - 09:05 PM
I'm sorry but how do you know that you have 6mg of cymbalta. Does 6 pellets=6mg? How are you people coming up with the knowledge of how many mg you have when the smallest available is 20mg? Please teach me this trick because I need to cut back on the 30's so today I just left a few pellets out but need a magnifying glass if I wanted to count them. I saved them in a small container so I can eyeball for tomorrow. I'd really like to know how to get the exact mg. dose??
check out the address and it tells how many pellets are in each capsule.......hope this helps....Shakey
Posted 17 April 2008 - 09:36 AM
Posted 17 April 2008 - 09:50 AM
Keep posting and let us know how you are doing -
Don't think that this might go on for months, the experience that everybody has with this is really individual. Your magic number of days will be different from all of us, because we all have different brain chemistry - knowing what may or may not happen is being prepared, you know what might happen, not what will! hope that every day brings a multitude of significant progress for you.
Lots of success stories are here from people who made it through on their own or with the help of another antidepressant. Some stories are pretty quick. It does not go on forever and does get better!
Posted 17 April 2008 - 11:20 AM
WHAT YOU TOLD ME IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED TO HEAR. I HAVE A COUPLE OTHER ILLNESSES BESIDE THE LACK OF SUNSHINE IN OHIO. I WASS DIAGNOSED BIPOLAR (MANIC DEPRESSIVE - DEPRESSED TYPE) 29 YEARS AGO SO,,,,I HAVE BEEN ON LITHIUM ALL THESE YEARS. THEN 4 YEARS AGO DOCTORS DIAGNOSED ME WITH COMMON VARIABLE IMMUNE DEFICIENCIES AND I'M CURRENTLY INFUSING MYSELF WITH HUMAN PLASMA TWICE A WEEK (SUB QUTANIOUS) THE CVID CAUSES ARTHRITIS AND THEREFORE I WASN'T SURE IF THE CVID WAS CAUSING THE TERRIBLE ACHES, FATIGUE, NAUSIA AND LACK OF SLEEP. A FEW WEEKS AGO I GOT TO TALKING TO A LADY AND SHE TOLD ME SHE HAD BEEN ON CYMBALTA, WENT OFF AND HAD TERRIBLE REACTIONS. SO I DECIDED TO LOOK IT UP ON THE INTERNET BEFORE GOING TO MY DOC, I AM SO GLAD I DID AND I APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR HELP. PLEASE FORGIVE MY SPELLING I'M LOST WITHOUT SPELL CHECKER AND MAYBE I AM JUST GETTING OLD (ER). WE PLAN TO MOVE TO FLORIDA BECAUSE OF MY HEALTH, OHIO IS ONE OF THE WORST CLIMATES IN WINTER.
THANKS SO MUCH AGAIN,,,,,,JOHN-OHIO
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