It has been a long time since I posted an update so I thought it was time. For those who are new I went through my Cymbalta suffering in early 2013. I bead counted over a 3 month period. After two months of the typical Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms I went into 24/7 fear. I laid in the corner of my bedroom with all the lights on screaming in fear for another 2 months while my drs tried 5 different meds to get me some relief. I was started on lorazepam at 1 mg 3 times per day and it had so little effect The dr slowly increased it to 6 mg a day with one day at 10 mg a day. Even at that dose it had absolutely no effect. I went on hydroxyzine which helped but was not enough by itself. I slowly started on Zoloft, 1 month at 50, one month at 75, etc until I hit 150 mg per day and got relief. 273 days of feeling nothing but fear. I hate to even think about it.
The first thing I did is to get off the meds they ordered that did not work. The last one, lorazepam, takes the longest. I have been weaning nearly 4 years (water titration, no withdrawal symptoms, yea!!!) and am now down to 2 mg per day. 18 to 24 months and I will be off of it also. In the meantime the clonidine, hydroxyzine and Zoloft are working fine. Looking forward to cutting back on the Zoloft.