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Cymbalta 10 Years And Counting Down

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#1 sodonewiththis61



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Posted 18 September 2018 - 12:11 PM

I was researching weaning off of cymbalta, thanks for this site.


I must say... I never ever knew how bad this was... as I try yet again to get off of the Cymbalta or Duloxetine the molecular name  It has been 10 years, I have been on it since the drug came out.  I am not interested in being on this drug any longer for multiple reasons, it numbs me out and steals my life, my joy, the same joy I started it for... I have suffered with depression and anxiety most of my life, and even younger if I think hard.  It runs in my family, my brother is on 120mg too and says he will never stop it.  I started having more health issues, and felt numb, not enjoying life, so I decided to get off or at least come down off the 120mg.  My situation includes a lot of stress.. last year loosing a brother, a son with cancer since 2015, a new job, a daughter that moved away (left the children here),  all of these things and I am managing.. as of today anyway.  I believed the drug was causing me liver issues, since reducing it the swelling in my abdominal area has gone down, but I must say I am also fighting candida which I believe is connected.


So two months now from 120mg  to 60mg... two weeks now I am down to 30mg and NOT doing well.  So reading some of your posts have helped and I will go back to the drawing board.  Wean slower and add in some supplements.  I am on a restrictive diet for the candida and I am a new diabetic on metformin, I take blood pressure meds and protonix.  I also have fibromialgia, yes its real, and I have pain.  I feel so discombobulated if you will.  Got to get the system back in order...  my symptoms seem endless, fatigue, foggy, tingling in odd places.. feet, finger, feel like a zombie at times and I am .. itchy itchy itchy... ughhh!  Brain zaps, dizziness, bowel issues... crazy stuff!  Then I have moments of happiness and have a real laugh, really enjoy something.  So I will keep going...


Take Care.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 05:41 PM

Hang in there... Just remember to go very slowly.
I made the mistake of going cold turkey and was in withdrawal hell for a year. I definitely do not recommend cold turkey.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 05:44 PM

Welcome sdwt

Good luck on your effort to wean. Be aware that as you drop below 10 mg or so the withdrawal can get bad. Hopefully you will be one of the lucky ones. Have you considered bead counting?

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