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#1 Lynn155



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Posted 15 March 2017 - 12:39 PM

Last month I saw my Dr, the original Dr who put onto this drug, to get an idea of how to come off of Cymbalta.  She told me to come off of it over the course of 7 weeks by skipping a dose each week, so that by week 7, you were skipping 7 doses.  I was taking mostly Cymbalta 30mg for almost 14 years and at difficult times have gone up to 60mg.


As of today, I am off of Cymbalta.  On February 20, 2017, I started to wean off this drug as instructed by my Dr.  The week of Feb 20,  I skipped 1 pill. The week of Feb 27, I skipped two pills.   Then the week of March 6, I skipped 3 pills.  On Saturday, March 11, my partner and I saw our Homeopath.  One thing she gave me too take 3x daily was Dr Redwig R22 drops for mood.  I'll never know if this helped what happened next.  I started to be more aware of everything and feeling everything! It was during this tasty dinner party that I remember thinking that I couldn't possibly take my dinner dose of what I thought of as 'poison'.


I haven't taken anymore Cymbalta 30mg as of March 10 and I am starting to feel everything.  My motivation and my energy have both increased.  That extra weight, that I put on over the years is melting off. I feel alive.  I feel amazing.  Hallelujah!


But.... there always seems to be a BUT.....  I haven't been sleeping too well and last night, I felt like i was awake most of the night,  I had taken tryptophan, prescribed by my DR, along with Melotonin.  I also took some Benedryl in the middle of the night.  This morning I took a Gravol, which is good for 4 hours of sleep.  I'm open to suggestions.  Have others had this problem?   Will the insomnia go away?   



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Posted 15 March 2017 - 02:09 PM

First of all welcome Lynn.


The insomnia will pass. Slowly. 


Also I have never heard of the Dr. Redwig R22 (sounds like a name for a medicine you might hear in a cartoon   lol).

I will have to check it out. Do you think it helped a lot.


I must say that you were lucky. Most drs do NOT recommend skipping doses as it jerks your blood levels of Cymbalta up one day and drops the next leading to repeating your withdrawal over and over. I am so glad you have had such success. Thank you for sharing the story.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 02:52 PM

Hello Lynn,

Well, insomnia is part of the withdrawal. It will pass with time.

And if it's the only symptom, great for you. I hope that it continues this way. You may expect a few bumpy rides along the way.

Let us know the outcome, it's interesting. Will look up that product.
Regards from Quebec, snow town!

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 03:42 PM

Fishinghat, check Dr Reckeweg R22. Hope I got the spelling right.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 04:05 PM

WOW, WOW and WOW again. You guys have got to read the details at the end of this information about 2 of the ingredients.


R22 Reckeweg Nervous Disorders
Active ingredients:
Grindelia X4, Lachesis mutus X12, Naja tripudians X12, Ethanol, Aqua purificata.

Inactive ingredients:
36-37 vol.-% alcohol, distilled water.

Suggested Use:
Generally 10-15 drops in some water 3 times daily before meals. Reduce dosage gradually after improvement, but continue treatment for several months.

** Please read all label information on delivery.


DR. RECKEWEG R22 - Najasthen Drops for Nervous Disorder Anginous Condition 22 ml
Nervous disturbance, oppression and suffocation, also following flatulence.
Anginous condition of the heart.


Naja trip: Soreness at forehead and temples due to the anginous condition of the heart. Palpitations of the heart, oppression, general nervousness. Cardiac weakness and irritations caused by nervous coughing, acute condition.

Grindelia rob.: Feels as if heart were too large for thoracic cavity, cardiac and pulmonary weakness, sensation of suffocation in bed.

Lachesis: Nervousness, spiritual animosity, headaches especially above the left eye, palpitations with sensation of suffocation, symptoms worse at bed time and by warmth.

Same as above reference.


Dr.Roshanlal Aggarwal & Sons Pvt.Ltd. Representing Dr.Reckeweg in India, Nepal & Bangladesh
Pioneers in Homoeopathy for over 60 years


Dr. Reckeweg R22 Drops for nervous disorders (anginous condition of the heart) indicated for Chest pain that is typically described as heaviness, squeezing, pressure, tightness or pain (Anginous condition of the heart). R 21 treats nervous disturbances, headaches, rapid heartbeat due to exertion (oppression) and suffocation, also following flatulence. Sense of suffocation in bed due to pulmonary weakness

A search of the medical journals has shown no scientific research has been done on this specific product.

Ingredient review:

Naja tripudians X12 - An extract from the venom of The monocled cobra.

The major toxic components in cobra venoms are postsynaptic neurotoxins, which block the nerve transmission by binding specifically to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, leading to flaccid paralysis and even death by respiratory failure. The major α-neurotoxin in Naja kaouthia venom is a long neurotoxin, α-cobratoxin; the minor α-neurotoxin is different from cobrotoxin in one residue. The neurotoxins of this particular species are weak. The venom of this species also contains mtotoxins and cardiotoxins.
Purchase of cobra venom and its extracts require federal permits before the products can be marketed. Current permit limitations are very restrictive and do not include medicinal applications except for antivenom use.

No medical journal information on this material other than its toxic effects.

Grindelia Robusta -
Both Grindelia Robusta and Grindelia Robusta squarrosa have been used for the symptoms here recorded. There is practically no difference in their action, although the G. Squarrosa is credited with more SPLENIC symptoms, dull pains and fullness in left hypochondrium; chronic malaria; gastric pains associated with splenic congestion. Induces paralysis, beginning in extremities. Its action is shown on the heart first quickening, then retarding it.

Acts on the cardiopulmonary distribution of the pneumo gastric in dry catarrh (tart Emetic in muco-purulent). Produces a paresis of the pneumo-gastric, interfering with respiration. Smothering after falling asleep. Asthmatic conditions, chronic bronchitis. Bronchorrhea with tough mucus, difficult to detach. Raises the blood pressure. Nausea and retching of gastric ulcer. Sugar in urine An effective antidote to Rhus-poisoning, locally and internally; also for burns, blisters, vaginal catarrh and herpes zoster. Hyperchlorhydria when attended with asthmatic and other neurotic symptoms. Hyperaemia of gastric mucous membrane with difficult respiration.


"Since the health-promoting effects of natural phenolic compounds against brain disorders is of increasing interest, HT and HME were also tested against oxygen and nitrogen reactive species and against enzymes related with Alzheimer's disease and depression. Extracts displayed strong in vitro scavenging activity and monoamine oxidase-A (MAO-A) inhibitory activity. The anti-MAO-A capacity was observed at non-toxic concentrations for SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cell line, reinforcing the benefits of G. robusta HT."


The results suggest that G. robusta extract possesses an antiinflammatory therapeutic potential through its capacity to reduce the accumulation of inflammatory mediators and MMPs.


The flavonoid pattern of an acetonic extract of Grindelia robusta Nutt. was investigated in detail. The flavonoids were enriched by CC. In addition to twelve known methylated exudate flavonols four compounds were identified for the first time in G. robusta. Several substances of the flavonoid complex, among them the main compounds quercetin-3-methylether and 6-OH-kaempferol-3,6-dimethylether, were tested for their activity to inhibit neutrophil elastase. Quercetin-3-methylether was shown to be most active with an IC(50) of 19 microM, thus obviously contributing to the anti-inflammatory activity of the drug.


Certain components in the leaves break down red blood cells.

Lachesis mutus (The Bushmaster) - An extract of a venomous pit viper from South America.


The poison of the bushmaster, a greatly feared snake native to Central and South America, is deadly if it enters the human bloodstream. It can paralyze the heart and central nervous system and disrupt the blood-clotting process. If the poison is injected into a muscle, it can induce server swelling. These reactions are why many people find it surprising that this snake venom is used in homeopathic medicine to treat various circulatory and nervous-system disorders. But the remedy, Lachesis mutus, is so dilute that only almost undetectable amounts of the poison remain. Like other homeopathic remedies, it is considered most effective in people who have particular modes of behavior. Before prescribing Lachesis mutus, the homeopath will look for such personality traits as strong self-confidence and a tendency toward envy and vengefulness. In addition, the remedy is often prescribed when symptoms of any ailments start on the left side and worsen after waking.

Lachesis mutus type
Two types of people are most likely to benefit from Lachesis mutus: One is slim and pale but energetic; the other is somewhat obese with a blotchy, reddish, complexion. Both types share a strong dislike of tight cloths, particularly around the neck.
To determine if you're a Lachesis mutus type, Check those characteristics that apply to you.

⦁ You are afraid of water.
⦁ You are very jealous.
⦁ Your symptoms are aggravated by grief.
⦁ You act erratically, can't concentrate or lose your train of thought.
⦁ You sometimes feel as if you're suffocating or not getting enough air.
⦁ Your symptoms are worse on hot days or in stuffy rooms.
If you checked more than 3 times, turn to the back of the card for additional information about the benefits of Lachesis mutus.
Therapeutic effect

The most important effect of Lachesis mutus is its blood-thinning, or anticoagulant, function. This action enbances blood flow and facilitates the bealing process by bastening the removal of toxins from the blood. The remedy is effective against many bleeding disorders.


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