Too Slow Wean Off Cymbalta
Posted 25 August 2017 - 04:39 PM
Posted 25 August 2017 - 05:14 PM
Tough story. You certainly are coming off the Cymbalta slowly and if you are having trouble at that speed then you need some other help. I personally don't recommend benzos as they have there own terrible withdrawal. Some of the things I would start looking at is clonidine and/or hydroxyzine. Both are very effective against anxiety and withdrawal symptoms (except for stomach problems). They helped me tremendously. Both are prescription, they go into effect within an hour and have np withdrawal.
Another very effective supplement is L-Theanine (in the suntheanine form). It can be very easy to take too much of this so start at a very low dosage and work your way up until you experience relief. Some members have also taken it on an as needed basis. If you can find something that will off set the withdrawal symptoms then maybe you can gain some speed in recovering. Please let us know what you think about this and how you are doing.
You might consider doing an advanced search on this site for L-theanine and 'posts only'. This should give you some good information on how others handled it. Just some suggestions. I hope it helps.
Posted 26 August 2017 - 03:11 PM
Posted 26 August 2017 - 03:46 PM
"Taking it off of each lowered dose it just seems like you would never be off of it! "
You are right moejoe. It is slower but there is typically less withdrawal. Even with something like taking a set number of beads out each time you still have to pause fairly often and give yourself a chance to stabilize. From what I have seen here it doesn't really matter, both wind up taking about the same amount of time.
I hope this helps and keep us posted on how you are doing.
Posted 27 August 2017 - 07:32 AM
Ever thought of cross tapering with something like Zoloft or Prozac?
Both have long half lives, easier to get off. We have a few members here that have cross tapered with success.
Trazodone is a good sleep aid. I use it for a few months then stop then go back on. My experience is that the 50mg dosage has no withdrawal.
Since you already feel like **** on the shitbalta, I would definitely consider cross tapering.
Should I have known about this four years ago, I would have jumped on it.
I was on 30 for five months, month four and five were a nightmare. Went to 15 then stopped. The two months that followed were also a nightmare. That cymbalta is what hell is made of.
I know that it helps some people, we don't seem to fit in that category.
Come back anytime you feel like it, we are listening and want to help as much as we can!
Posted 28 August 2017 - 04:18 PM
Posted 29 August 2017 - 10:16 AM
Most cross tapering I am familiar with is from a higher dose than 20 mg. They slowly cut your dose of Cymbalta while slowly raising your dose of say Lexapro. I could see the dr going ahead and putting you on Lexapro WHILE still taking the Cymbalta. At that low diose (30 mg Cymbalta) there would be little chance of serotonin syndrome and this would by you time until the Lexapro kicks in (about 4 weeks). The way your dr did it you would have a lot of withdrawal symptoms cold turkey from the Cymbalta before the Lexapro does its thing. 4 or 5 weeks is a long time to suffer.
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