HOW TO WEAN OFF CYMBALTA SUCCESSFULLY
Posted 02 July 2008 - 04:23 AM
Posted 12 July 2008 - 06:34 PM
I have seen her books online at Barnes & Noble. She's been on Joyce Meyer's show before also. I have started reading the Could It Be Vitamin B12 book and it is really an eye popper!
I'm late responding to your post but it's for a good cause. I'm now a four time granny! Our oldest son and his wife had a 9 lb 6 oz baby boy on July 2nd! That big boy was 22" long. We now have 2 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.
Thanks again, Lori. I appreciate your response!
Posted 12 July 2008 - 07:59 PM
Isn't that b12 book just wild? I just keep being amazed every time I pick it up and read it!
Posted 14 July 2008 - 08:21 AM
ENJOY THOSE GRANDBABIES!!!!!!!!
Posted 14 July 2008 - 11:11 PM
I am now an obnoxious pusher of vitamin B12! Do you have something wrong with you? Have your dr check your B12 level with the more sensitive test!! People will run when they see me coming! :oops:
Posted 15 July 2008 - 05:44 PM
I'm hoping we get to see our other two grandchildren before school starts. It's about a 9 hr drive from where they live.
Posted 18 July 2008 - 07:44 PM
Posted 18 July 2008 - 08:44 PM
I'm glad you found us, but I'm sorry you need us!! Most of us here found this site like you did, in our darkest hour! Your story sounds very similar to mine because I also took a 30mg Cymbalta minutes before finding this board. That was the last one I took and it has been 20 days. The first 6-7 days were really bad, but I started on Prozac on Day 4, which helped my symptoms within 36 hrs. Many people on here have been prescribed Prozac or Lexapro to allieviate the withdrawal symptoms.
I am not a doctor, but in my research I have learned that the official medical diagnosis for these symptoms is "Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome." That is just a fancy way of saying "drug withdrawal"!! As you have already discovered, it is not easy to stop taking Cymbalta! Some doctors (including my Primary Care Physician) do not even know this problem exists. Doctors who are aware of it (like my Psychiatrist) seem to think it is not that widespread. Only time will tell, but judging from the number of people joining this site, I think it is more widespread than anyone (except the FDA and Eli Lilly) realizes.
I encourage all new members on here to file a MedWatch report about Cymbalta through the FDA website.
Posted 19 July 2008 - 02:50 PM
Just starting reading this site yesterday and can't begin to tell you how much help you have been. I am almost 60 years old and have been taking Cymbalta 120 mg daily for several years. Prior to that was on Effexor and many others. Cymbalta was working well for me until about 2 weeks ago when I begin having headaches, night sweats and trouble sleeping. I did not know about the problems with Cymbalta and so thought menopause was lifting its ugly head again. So stupidly, I now realize I decided to stop the Cymbalta cold turkey thinking it was contributing to my meopause-based insomnia. Well this week has just been awful for me and really I would not be here not except that I went to my doctor yesterday and he said he thought my problem was Cymalta discontinuation symptoms. I am now taking 60mg of Cymbalta and I started to feel better in a few hours. So guess we know that Cymbalta, not menopause is the culprit. I just printed off your taper off suggestions and will be visiting with my doctor about that next Tuesday. In the mean time just wanted you to know how much better I feel emotionally just reading this site. I know that I am not going crazy or have some horrible brain tumor or other problem. I had the brain zaps but it was more of a continuouse buzz for me. Also terrible stomach cramps, diarrhea, chills, and leg cramps. Thanks for being there for me.
Posted 22 July 2008 - 10:11 PM
Well I went to the doctor today and he is fine with using the Prozac but not really enthused about opening the capsules. Anyway, I am not ready for that stage yet as I am now taking 60 mg instead of 120 mg. I am going to our cabin tomorrow as I need to get ready for a birthday party we are having for my father-in-law's 90th birthday. Will be 18 people there. So needless to say my doctor and I agreed that as long as I was getting along fairly well we wouldn't change any medications until after the party. Fortunately I have a very supportive husband who is helping and other family members who are helping as well. I will keep you posted about how it goes when we reduce the Cymbalta to 30mg and add the Prozac. Thanks for all of your help. Jean
Posted 24 July 2008 - 09:16 PM
Would you recommend Prozak or Lexapro? I've seen some discussions about both, but what would you recommend?
Can either pill be opened and taken that way? I cannot swallow even the tiniest pills and would need something I can open or can chew.
How are both medications price-wise? I have insurance, but it hardly touches my insurance costs. I pick up my prescriptions at Publix.
I do stand a chance of my doctor not prescribing either medication to me, in which case I was going to request that I please have some sort of anti-dizzy/anti-nausea medication to take to help balance out the withdrawal side effects. Have any of you tried anything like that? Any success stories?
I honestly feel lost right now, but I need to stay focused. I took my medication the last two days in a row and I feel fabulous. I hate that when I miss a dose I feel so lost, but I know I can get through this. Many of you come back and tell us how well you did and that's great, it gives us all a lot of hope. If anyone could answer the above questions for me I'd appreciate it! I'm going in tomorrow at 2:15pm and I really can't wait. I just want to get through this once and for all.
Posted 10 August 2008 - 09:58 PM
Posted 17 August 2008 - 12:02 PM
Thought I would give you an update and ask for some advice. I decreased my Cymbalta to 30mg on Aug. 7th and added Prozac 20 mg. Had one day of terrible chills but after that was doing well. Then several days after that (I have problems remembering which day) I began to have the usual--headaches, chills, fatigue and my pulse varied from 60 to 70. My normal pulse is in the 80's. I will say the symptoms are certainly less with the Prozac and I can manage. But I am fortunate to have a very supportive husband who will cook supper etc. Also, I do volunteer work instead of paid work so I can easily not go to work. My question is this. My prescription for Cymbalta runs out this Wednesday and I am supposed to call my MD on Tuesday. Should I continue reducing the Cymbalta down to 20 mg or wait another week? I know that someone said the longer you stay on the Cymbalta the harder it is to withdraw, but with my pulse symptoms I am a bit worried. My MD did check out my heart and it is OK but I certainly don't want it to get any lower as I worry about fainting. Maybe my body needs more time to adjust to the 30 before going to the 20. Any suggestions? Jean
Posted 17 August 2008 - 02:34 PM
You are the first person on here that I have read who's dr is having them take the Prozac while tapering down on Cymbalta. That is interesting...most of the drs seem to wean a patient down to 20mg Cymbalta (the lowest dose available) and then start the Prozac when they completely stop the Cymblata. I'm not sure why most drs do that, but my guess is that they do not want the patient to be at risk for Seratonin Syndrome (serious problems can occur when a person has too much Seratonin). You may want to do a little research on the symptoms of Seratonin Syndrome, to make sure you are not experiencing that problem (I experienced it when my Cymbalta dose was increased to 90mg). Then you will be a little better informed when you talk to your doctor.
Since you are already on the Prozac, you basically have two options: stop taking the Cymbalta now and let the Prozac take over; or taper down to 20mgs Cymbalta for a while and then stop and let the Prozac take over. I would suggest you disucss your options with your dr. If you or your dr feel that you are at risk of Seratonin Syndrome, then you will probably have to stop taking the Cymbalta immediately. Most people report withdrawal symptoms even when they wean down to 20mg. So, you may just be prolonging your problems by staying on the Cymbalta.
I stopped Cymbalta cold turkey from 60mgs. But, I took Prozac starting on Day 4 of withdrawal (I would have started it sooner, but I had to wait for a drs appt). My withdrawal symptoms were already pretty bad, but I felt a little better within 12-24 hrs of starting the Prozac. After 4 days on the Prozac, I was able to function at a pretty normal level. Since you are already on the Prozac, your "bounceback" time might be a lot shorter.
Please let us know what you end up doing...since your situation is a little different, it will be informative to see how your dr advises you. Good Luck...you will get through this!!
Posted 17 August 2008 - 08:41 PM
Thanks for the information. I am on the Prozac because I pretty much insisted on it. My doctor said that 20 mg was "a drop in the bucket" for me so it was not too much medication. I insisted because I was so afraid of withdrawal symptoms and in my confused mental state I thought that at the 30 mg dose it was time to add the Prozac. I will be calling my doc on Tue. as he is out of the office on Monday. These symptoms that I am having are the same I had when I was on 60 mg down from 120 mg of Cymbalta without the Prozac. So I suspect it is withdrawal. The only symptom I had when on 120 mg was not sleeping. Jean
Posted 20 August 2008 - 02:09 PM
Posted 21 August 2008 - 09:31 AM
I am indeed taking 20mg of cymbalta currently, but I'm not doing the every other day thing because I tried doing it long ago and the effects were worse!!! And then my doctor told me about the way that makes your body go through withdrawal symtoms all over again everytime you stop and take it, stop and take it....So i'm weaning off gradually. When I went from 60mg to 40mg that's when my doctor gave me the lexapro and after two days of taking it I had the terrible rage episode...I told my doctor about it and she said it had nothing to do with "serotonin syndrome" or anything like that because I was not taking much of either medicine (40mg cymbalta, 10mg lexapro), but I got soooo scared that i decided I wouldn't go into another antidepressant while weaning off the cymbalta. So I've been using the benadryl and it does work magic to take my withdrawal symptoms away....I guess I'm just eager to finish this process....I already feel more like myself and I want to get off medications that "numb me" asap.
Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:08 AM
I talked with my doc yesterday and I am now reduced from Cymbalta 30 to 20mg along with the Prozac 20mg. Last 2 days have been good no headaches. Hurray! My doc and his nurse did not know that Cymbalta came in 20mg caps so really appreciate this forum for the information. They said the drug reps only leave 30mg or higher. Hmmm wonder why that is. Anyway will keep you posted. Jean
Posted 25 August 2008 - 08:34 PM
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Posted 03 September 2008 - 01:45 PM
3 months of tourture I may as be in a coma for that period. See my GP tommorow. any suggestions?
Posted 12 September 2008 - 01:14 AM
my story: i have suffered from anxiety since the age of 17, (now 25). i was on prozac for quit a long time. the effects started to wear off and my anxiety became more and more frequent. the doc just wanted to keep increasing my doses and i didnt want that. last summer i got off prozac and each month i got worse and worse. so in november 2007 he put me on cymbalta. i started on 30 mgs, and thank god that was good enough for me. my anxiety was practically non-existant, but i felt like crap all the time anyway from all the side effects from the cymbalta. i feel i had more than the usual patient. ridiculous hot flashes, sweating, vertigo, constipation, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, agitation....you all get the point. i felt like crap! so recently i have decided i want to try a more natural approach(herbal supplements and healthy diet and exercise) to my anxiety issues.
currently: without consulting my doc (shame on me, im a nurse), i decided i was going to take myself off this drug the way i thought you take yourself off any antidepressant.....start taking it every other day. BIG MISTAKE! every other day i felt awful. nauseating vertigo that eventually turned into the "brain zaps". i figured i could handle it and wait it out. then i just stopped completely. after a few days i practically thought i was going to die. the "brain zaps" were the most unbearable withdrawal symptom i had. and strange bouts off crying. i had to leave my floor at work several times to do this so i wouldnt embarass myself. so by the 4th day i couldnt take it or function like a normal human. i took a 30mg cymbalta and went to bed. woke up the next day feeling great. scary, huh? then i found this website and decided i was going to try the prozac 20mg for the last four days of my cymbalta. i ghetto halved my doses to 15mg by opening the capsues and eyeing up half of the pellets and put that into empty capsules. so far im on day 2 of 15mg cymbalta, 20mg prozac. i plan to quarter the cymbalta to 7.5mg for the second two days. so far, i feel fine. im just worried about the next days after i stop everything. i will keep everyone updated.
im so glad i found this website and read about people suffering just like i have. if this works for me i will be so relieved to be off this poisonous drug. good luck to all!
-Stefanie, PA :?
Posted 14 September 2008 - 03:38 PM
Tomorow I am planing of invading (I have no appointment) my doctors office, he is a reumathologist, the one who gave me the Cymbalta in the first place. I been taking antidipresants for the last 10 years, first Sarafeem, same thing as Prosac, then Prosac, then Paxil, the Cymbalta and a while during the Cymbalta they even gave me Wellbutrim, which I quit rather easily, probably because the Cymbalta cover. The reason he recommended the Cymbalta was to help with my muscular and Fibromialgya symtoms (I also take Lirica, but left it because of its "printed" side effects, while I thouth Cymbalta was soooooo GREAT and with NO side effects at all (ha, ha, ha).
I am asking him about 20mg of Prosac for a while, but will not let him convince me of lower dossages of Cymbalta. Please, somebody let me know if I am doing right or what.
Desperatedly needing advice, Carmen
Posted 15 September 2008 - 03:02 PM
Today I had no itching, and no sensibility in my gums, yes I have terrible pains in my legs, but I can do this, I will do this, and as someone or even you said in one of the postings it WILL GET BETTER. What do you think about natural antidipressants? I am afraid of the mood swings, yesterday I started crying out of nowhere because I wanted my mother's chicken soup (sadly my mom died 5 years ago next month), then at night I started remembering some dumb story my husband told me and I could't stop laughing, is this "NORMAL". Well for me, knowing other peoples stories helps me deal with mine so I can control myself and keep reassuring me that this is not unique, I am not alone or going bunkers...... Thanks so much, Carmen
PS I will try to find the link for the Chelated Magnesium and its benefits...
Perseverance.... most of the time gets the job done
Posted 15 September 2008 - 11:42 PM
to carmen1965: i saw you mentioned that you starting laughing about a story you remembered. i had the same giggly feeling a few days ago and i thought everything was hilarious. i thought it was quit weird but i feel better to know someone else had this too. i also had the crying isuue , but at least that made some sense to me. i also am going the route of naturally trying to control my issues (anxiety and some depression). i've gotten a few things buti dont think i'll really be able to tell if it works until im off the meds. check out this website TRBHealth. theres some interesting supplements you may want to try.
ok thats all for now. i'll be updating my "condition" in a few days.
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