An Update: I have been off of Ambien a month-swapped for Lunesta. I have found my sleep is somewhat improved. My goal is to be free of all medications at some point in the next year.
Wondering If Anyone Here Withdrawing From Cymbalta Have Taken Ambien.
Posted 28 May 2014 - 08:32 AM
I came off Ambien 10mg 2 years ago after taking it for about 5 years. It was cold turkey because I went on vacation and forgot my pills. I am so thankful that happened. The withdrawal was uncomfortable, but nothing like tapering off of Cymbalta. I think Cymbalta is the devil.
Posted 15 July 2014 - 09:49 PM
Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:47 AM
I'm glad you're just going to give your brain and body a break and stay where you are with the ambien ...
And isn't it a pisser that these different mfrg cos all have their own shapes and sizes for the meds ... Cymbalta, ambien, all the generics may be "bio equivalent" (although now I even doubt that), but there's no consistency in pill shapes, number of beads inside, etc ...I hate the pharma industry ... (guess I can post this over in "negative events" ...
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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:43 PM
Your dose and dosing schedule is different, because you're on it to get stabilized so you can do the sensorimotor psychotherapy with your therapist ...
Posted 16 July 2014 - 08:01 PM
I think that if I can Stabalize a little & get out & about a bit more , than I will feel happier & won't need the Valium as much . This will allow me to then slowly cut back .
It saddens me a great deal when I think back to this time last year before I went off the Cymbalta ... What a different person I was .. Happy , could cope with almost everything including selling one home & buying & moving into another .
Mind you there was a drawback ... I was drinking wine almost every night & loving it ... I've been through alcohol withdrawal in the past 8 months also ...
I am PRAYING that this overpowering anxiety is a part of my discontinuation ( I can handle that thought ) but my therapist said NO .. it's due to other reasons ... Oh shit !!! .. " point the bone @ me & I will lie down & die ! ." Lol
Posted 16 July 2014 - 08:19 PM
I'm saying this only because I'm speaking from experience ... back in the 1980s I finally became so sick and tired of living frozen, with fear and constant anxiety, that I got a therapist ... I was blessed with one who did, indeed, use sensorimotor psychotherapy ... I made a conscious decision to trust her, and with her help I stopped running from the trauma I'd experienced, and turned to face it... I walked straight into the fire ... and I worked hard at the therapy ... it was hard, yes, very hard ... and yet each and every session I had left me feeling more free and alive than I'd ever felt... and I worked through every single bit of the trauma that had terrorized me since childhood ...
And low and behold, it was no longer trauma ... it was simply a chapter in my life ... that I no longer kept locked inside me, but can instead now talk about, tell funny stories about ... I forgave my parents, I forgave myself .... and I got my life back ...
Dearest Wagtail, don't you think it's time you stopped running away... let this therapist help you ... her approach is, I assure you, a wonderful and successful one .... it worked for/with/on me ... and I was a lost cause ;-)
Posted 17 July 2014 - 04:32 PM
I truly believe in therapy! We have so many things inside us, that we are not capable of handling or understanding. With therapy, we can understand ... see "it" coming and work through whatever a particular "it" is. It's a wonderful thing, therapy! A therapist with a goal of not having you be there perpetually is a good therapist...
As far as ambien. I've been taking it forever, probably always will. It allows me to go back to sleep when I wake up due to flopping around in bed because of pain or a simple bathroom break. I've always been able to GO to sleep, just couldn't stay there ...
Posted 17 July 2014 - 05:13 PM
Glad you are going for the MRI. Let us know your progress
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