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Less Time On/easier To Get Off?

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#1 Skittles



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Posted 12 October 2016 - 10:51 AM

Hi Everyone:


Great site lots of good information here. It seems some people have been on this drug for anywhere from a few months to many years. I know that everyone will respond to getting off differently but have there been any findings in the less time you have taken it, the easier it is to get off? For instance easier to get off after 3 months as opposed to 18 months? Or doesn't it matter at that point?


The reason I am asking is, if this drug is sort of working, is it worth staying on it to see what happens as far as side effects returning when back on it.  (I stopped cold turkey due to side effects for 7 days, thinking I was clear with withdrawal effects and then it hit me hard. After researching it was clearly this drug causing the WD issues and then I read how horrible this drug was to get off).


My intention after finding out about the withdrawal syndrome was to get off ASAP and if needed use something else. But after reading of others who have been on long term - they seem to have the same side effects when they decide to get off.


Finally,  if you go off more quickly I know you will have more side effects initially but overall will you be through the bad effects faster in the long run than tapering slowly ala bead count method and still have residual side effects for a time?


Thank you for any advice you can offer.  




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Posted 12 October 2016 - 02:24 PM

Hi Skittles


Cymbalta reaches it maximum blood concentration in 6 to 8 weeks. Once you pass that point you are at risk of full withdrawal when stopping BUT it seems to depend a lot on the person. Cymbalta is fat soluble and can be stored in fat tissue in the body so if you are overweight that can be a drawback and if you are young then that is in your favor. My sister-in-law was on it 7 years and had no withdrawal which is rare. Go figure. Some are just lucky. No set rules I am afraid.

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Posted 14 October 2016 - 11:51 AM

Hello Skittles,


I know someone who is around 55 yo. she started taking cymbalta for a few weeks (a month or a bit less) and then decided to change to another AD. she did not report any withdrawal symptoms....but as fishinghat said, each person reacts differently. 

on my opinion, the faster you realized you dont want to continue with cymbalta - the better.


Good luck :)

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