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#751 mjudit

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 06:23 PM

I guess you have covered all of these symptoms but I am writing them down for confirmation :)

 

side effects - negative:

 

- weight gain - always been skinny, only dreaming of putting on just a bit

- extreme tiredness, sleepiness -- in some cases I could not even stand on my feet, and get out of bed!

- more than 10 hours of sleep per day - about 12-14 hours in general, 2-4 hours afternoon naps

- laziness, do not feel like doing anything, no motivation

- mood swings

- thinking too much, swinging thoughts

- insomnia

- I heard my thoughts, they were like shouting in my head

- could not find my real self, questioning my id, who is the real me?

- to many philosophical thoughts, they were driving me crazy

- energy level/motivation swings similar to bipolar depression

- stomach pain

- numb, indifferent feelings

 

side effects - positive:

 

- less anxiety

- less stressful

- no more suicidal thoughts

- sometimes felt satisfied

- became more patient

- more sociable

- laughed more

 

withdrawal:

 

- dizziness

- digestion problem

- gastric acid

- diarrhea

- nausea

- headache

- eye ache

- getting cold twice within one month

- slower recovery from cold ( the second cold lasted two weeks)

- low blood sugar level (?)

- changes in appetite

- anxiety

- nightmares

- suicidal thoughts

- bad memories from the past come back more often

- live through past traumas again

- raising thoughts

- voices in my head

- I can hear my thoughts

- irritability

- hostility

- sensitivity

- crying a lot

- brain zaps

- tiredness

- no motivation

- memory loss, short term memory problems

- concentration problems

- itchy skin

- no self-esteem

- not being communicative

- vision blurriness

- hard to formulate sentences

- being critical

- sadness- I wish I could laugh again!!!


#752 LisaMichele

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 11:28 PM

Hi god like
My pain is from fibromyalgia.
L.

#753 siggyd17

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 03:33 PM

Ugh..I have been so sick the past couple of mornings. I'm going to throw allergies under the bus because..well it is allergy season. lol! But I've been getting sick (vomiting) after going almost 2 weeks now without the cymbalta, and last week was good, no sickness or anything. :( I hate the up and downs. 


#754 siggyd17

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 04:34 PM

Today, it's more pain in my shoulder, neck, and back. Oh, my tremors are back as well. :( Just gotta keep going. I know this can and will be conquered! I cannot wait to see my doctor December 1! I hope she has some solutions as well. This really sucks.


#755 fishinghat

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 06:32 PM

Hey Sig, have you tried the cold meds like Sudafed PE or Mucinex D? They have helped a lot of members with their withdrawal. Be sure they are compatible with any other meds you are taking.


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 10:01 PM

I'm sure all of these have been posted, but I just wanted to post mine as well.  I was switched to cymbalta from zoloft because my doctor thought it would help my fatigue.  It just made me feel sick all the time.  When I couldn't take it anymore I tried to contact my doctor to get tapered off, after a week of unreturned phone calls and emails I stopped taking it cold turkey.  I thought I could handle it, boy was I wrong.  Day three of no cymbalta and I basically feel like I'm walking around drunk and on the verge of throwing up.

 

- dizziness

- gassy 

- diarrhea

- nausea

- headache

- eyes itchy (maybe allergies but started at the same time)

- excessive sweating (I'm covered in sweat doing nothing and can't wear a coat outside even though it's in the 30's)

- anxiety

- nightmares/extremely vivid dreams (like waking up not knowing if I'm remembering something that happened the night before or a dream)

- irritability

- sensitivity

- random bursts of crying

- tiredness

- concentration problems

- not being communicative

- vision blurriness


#757 fishinghat

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 08:48 AM

GET BACK ON THE CYMBALTA. The FDA has a warning against stopping Cymbalta cold turkey. It can cause not only the symptoms you have but seizures, suicidal thoughts and much more. Once back on and stable we can teach you to bead count and reduce in a slower more controlled manner.


#758 gail

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    5 months on cymbalta, scary side effects, never felt good.
    Needed understanding and support, and a place where I was not alone. To read others stories and realizing that I was not the only one going through all that crap.
    In hope that one day, I can return the favors in some kind of way.

Posted 21 November 2017 - 09:53 AM

Hi Bluejay,

Fishinghat is right, get back on Cymbalta now. All of your symptoms will be brought to a halt rapidly.

If you were on 60mg, you might try to go down to 30mg. Many have done this with no side effects. Cold turkey is asking for a trip to hell, but many have done it just the same and not one of them would recommend this. Keep us posted, always here for you!

#759 siggyd17

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 11:48 AM

It almost feels like a possible heart attack, in my opinion. I mean, the hot/cold sweats, nausea, I even had vomiting, headache/migraine, mood swings for me were huge and still are...it's apparent these affects could last a while. I really will go ahead and compare this sickness/withdrawal to an opioid withdrawal. It felt the exact same way when I had hydrocodone, or whatever that stuff is they give you at the dentist's office after you get a tooth pulled. I remember being so sick, like dope sick. For two weeks, I was vomiting, hot/cold sweats, couldn't sleep, couldn't eat, couldn't use the bathroom. I was irritable, moody, and all I wanted was more of my pain medication. This is what scares me. I know my body wants the cymbalta, even after a month and a half of being off of it. I was only on it for a couple of months, but that's all it took. I really hope the nerve pain in my left side goes away soon. :( 


#760 fishinghat

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 03:01 PM

Off 5 weeks, so I would say in about 2 to 4 weeks you should start seeing little breaks in the symptoms. Just small times a first and then they will come and go. Staying a little longer each time and the bad ones will be a little shorter each time. When you do get those breaks in symptoms do NOT overdo it as you will have a relapse. Time and patience.


#761 siggyd17

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 03:53 PM

I found that out the hard way. :( I am now having some issues with my left side going weak, but I know that's from the accident. I didn't bend my left arm, just straightened it and didn't let it bend when I had my accident. My door wasn't broken or anything, but I remember not being able to open the door. I also have reoccurring memories of when it happened. Still. 


#762 gail

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    5 months on cymbalta, scary side effects, never felt good.
    Needed understanding and support, and a place where I was not alone. To read others stories and realizing that I was not the only one going through all that crap.
    In hope that one day, I can return the favors in some kind of way.

Posted 02 December 2017 - 09:01 AM

Hello Sig,

When did the accident occur? Would you say that you suffer from PTSD? Just curious here.
How are you feeling at this point? Thanks!

#763 KateD

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 08:18 PM

Despair. I can't sleep, I cry spontaneously. I've been off for about a month. When will this get better? I'm on Prozac to try to stem the tide but it's not really doing the job.

#764 disneygeek87

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:43 PM

I'm on day 11 of quitting cold turkey after going from 60, to 3o, then to 20.

Right now I keep having obsessive thoughts, uncontrollable crying, terrible headaches and frequent diarrhea. I have that feeling of things not being real, which is bizarre. Also, I have crazy chills throughout the day where I can't get warm, even under a bunch of heavy blankets and a robe.

Please someone tell me this gets better soon. I don't want to go back on the drug, but this is miserable.

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 09:51 AM

Hi Kate D

 

Prozac usually helps but not always. How long you been on the Prozac? Are you aware it takes 4 to 8 weeks to fully kick in?

 

 

Welcome DG87

 

The manufacturer and FDA warns against cold turkey from Cymbalta. It an cause seizures, suicidal thoughts, and much more. I would recommend getting back on the 20 mg, stabilize and then wean slowly. These symptoms usually last 4 to 8 weeks before you start to see breaks and 8 to 12 months to begin to feel half way normal. Having said that some only experience 4 to 8 weeks and they are better and some as long as 1 or 2 years. Something you might consider is talking to your dr about a prescription for clonidine and/or hydroxyzine to help with the withdrawal symptoms. Also you might read the thread called "and the answer to your question is..." in the Medical Support section. It is a sort of summary of what members have tried and their successes and failures.

 

Keep us informed on how you are both doing. We are here for you when you need us.

 

God Bless


#766 gail

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 10:25 AM

Welcome Kate to the forum,

May I ask if you cold turkeyed Cymbalta? Your dosage? When did you start Prozac? Dosage?

These questions are important for us to help you. Thank you!

#767 gail

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 10:30 AM

Welcome DG87,

I'm with Fishinghat here, do yourself a favor by reinstating at 20mg or 30mg. This will take effect real fast, within a day.

Wait till you are stable before bead counting. Post anytime, we are here for you.

#768 disneygeek87

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 09:09 PM

Hi all,

I went back on my 20 mg as recommended. Can someone help me through the bead counting process? I'm not sure how many or how often to take out.

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 09:36 AM

Be glad to help DG. The first step would be to carefully open one of the capsules and count the tiny beads inside. Once you know how many beads there are let us know and we will calculate from there and set you up with a procedure.





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