I have been on Cymbalta for over 10 years now. I started at 30mg a day, then after a month, 60 mgs and 2 years later 120mg a day. 2 lots of 60 mg. I was prescribed this to help me with fibromyalgia and anxiety. Mild depression.
After 10 years, of living with horrible side effects, I noticed that the side effects were becoming stronger, plus the cymbalta was making me sweat so badly, I could not do a thing without the sweat pouring off me. Most unpleasant. I went onto the web to look at the long term use of this drug because my doctor did not seem to be taking me very seriously. I was told the pain I was experiencing was in my head.
- dry mouth
- difficulty swallowing
- decreased vision or blurring
- loss of appetite
- excessive sweating
I did not experience all, but in the last year I have had high blood pressure, even with medication, did not come down. I noticed when I stood up, I would get dizzy, this symptom got worse, even fainting. My doctor said my BP was dropping as I stood up, therefore I must stand up slowly. Some days I was unable to get out of bed due to the myalgia which you will see is not listed as one of the side effects.
- joint or muscle pain
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- general tiredness or weakness
These side effects only began about 5 years ago, weakness as in hardly able to climb up stairs. Yet my doctor still did not recommend I come off them. Now I realise, after joining this forum it could take up to 2 years.
I began last week pushing the boundaries to see how long I could go without taking my usual dose 120mg a day. It took 3 days before I crashed, woke up in the morning with a tight band around my chest, extremely anxious, shaking so badly. I immediately took my usual dosage.
I have tried it again, but this time I only took 60mg when I woke up. So it is with interest I read about the 'beads'. I am going to be retiring at the end of April, and feel that this would be a good time for me to begin the real taper off.
I hate these pills, and believe that Doctors should manage the dosage much better with constant follow up on the side effects.
Since I have reduced my cymbalta, I now wake up every morning with a migraine. I can't take any medication as it seems to push my blood pressure so sky high.
I will be counting the beads from the end of May as I will no longer be holding down a full time stressful job.
I was just wondering if anyone else noticed these 'long term' side effects that I am talking about.