Hi Fishinghat -
I need some advice. I am finally ready to wean Cymbalta. I am on 60 mgs a day and working with a new psych who specializes in Functional Psych. She has also put me on SAM-e and amino acids, with the hope of that helping while and post-wean. I weaned from 120mgs to 60 mgs. last summer over about 2 months, 20 mgs at a time, with few to no physical side effects. I continue to have anxiety and depression, but also now that it is very tied to a work situation. I am also on 8mg Valium, 200mg Wellbutrin and 600 mg Gaba (which was prescribed for my Valium withdrawal as I came down from 18mg). And I am taking 300 mg Lithium with no intention to increase/decrease that. Ultimately, I would like to get off of the Cymbalta, Valium, Wellbutrin and Gaba, but one at a time and getting off Cymbalta now is the priority. So my questions are:
Can I try dropping to 40 from 60 initially and staying there for a couple of weeks to see how I'm doing before starting bead counting of 1% a day?
If I did ok with that, would you suggest doing another 20mg drop and then bead counting of 1% a day, or is it best to just start the bead counting at 40 (or even 60?)
We have a compounding pharmacy that, alternatively, can do drops of 2.5, 5, 10%, although they are strong advocates of no more than 5% (preferably 2.5% drops) every 10-14 days. would that be a better route to take?
I am just trying to understand how to do this efficiently to avoid withdrawal symptoms and post-withdrawal symptoms. Thanks for any advice.