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How Long Begore The Withdrawal Is Over?

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#1 lydia45



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Posted 27 August 2011 - 08:38 AM

My doctor started me on Cymbalta last November for SADD and pain. It helped some with the anxiety I have had in the past but the cost even with my co-payment was $160.00 for a 90 day supply. My husband and I are retirees who are loosing more and more of our health care and our income is dwindling. I tried coming off Cymbalta for that reason to begin with BUT when I started having withdrawal, which I have never had with other anti depressants before, I decided I wanted off because I thought I was addicted to it. But my husband decided I should stay on it because he thought it helped me. But I don't agree. So this is my 4th time trying to ween off and I think the worst part is over but still have brain zaps, which scared me horribly as I had never experienced that before, and I am weepy and sleepy but I do believe the end results have to be better than this. I have been weening off this time for 2 1/2 weeks and have not had any for about 4-5 days. I am just wondering how long before this is completely out of my system? And I will be back to, 'normal'.....whatever that is?????

#2 Wanttofeelbetter



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Posted 28 September 2011 - 12:53 AM

What do you guys think about this?

I have a question for you...I was on 90 mgs of cymbalta and I weaned myself off. I had been on it for over 3 yrs and I wanted to see how life would be without it (plus i saw a scary documentary about how anti-depressants can reduce your brain's ability to make serotonin-silly, i know =)
My withdraw symptoms were being nauseous-all the time and the worst thing was that I was more depressed than I already normally ~! I mean extremely depressed w/some angry nasty outbursts and sometimes suicidal-thinking I should be dead on a daily basis- (even on a 2 wk cruise!). This went on for 3-4 wks - then I couldn't do it anymore

I started taking 30 mgs again and, well, the suicidal depression and daily breakdowns stopped. I thought I was just one of those people that had to be on this stuff forever. But- now, out of no where I can't have an orgasm at all and this was NEVER EVER, never ever a problem in the past 3 yrs I was on it. But now, on a much lower dosage, this is what I get-no satisfaction. I cant understand it. So, I think I have to try and stop taking it again. I also gained 40-45 lbs when I started taking it and well, if I knew I would lose some weight just by stopping this med, that would be great incentive as well-how long does it actually take to lose the weight anyway?

Anyway, I am scared to feel that way again. It sucked. It was like having the worst PMS every f'in day. I wanted know if any of you felt extra depressed when you stopped, and if so, how long did it take ....b/c I am not sure I could handle another 3-4 wks of that - should I just keep taking it and have an orgasmless life?
Also, what the heck should I do now-any advice? Just leave well enough alone? switch to another one?
Any suggestions are so greatly appreciated~!! Nicole

#3 Beachbum



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Posted 29 September 2011 - 05:34 PM

How low did you get to before you stopped? I just got off it and you have to go very slow 60,30 2 weeks, 30mg one day and 20mg the next 2 weeks, 20mg a day for 2weeks, 20 every other day 2 weeks. Hope it helps

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