New here and very thankful to come across this community.
I was put on Cymbalta a year ago first at 60mg and then bumped up to 90mg for anxiety that I was having starting a new job. I was on Cymbalta for about a year.
It did the trick and made me feel better - but I just never felt 100% right on the drug. Almost like I was just masking my anxiety with this drug. I had been on Celexa before and it worked very well for about 4-5 years, and only switched due to the uptick in anxiety I had with the new job.
Feeling good on Cymbalta but wanting to come off, I talked to my doctor and she put me on a plan to ween off over several months. I went down from 90mg to 70mg, to 60mg, to 40mg, to 30mg, to 20mg - no issues. When I tried to stop after 20mg, I got brain zaps, dizziness, etc. I started breaking the capsules open and lowering the number of beads I took per day for a few weeks. This worked great and I eventually stopped taking any Cymbalta for about a week. Then, I got hit with severe depression to the point that any little thing would make me want to break down. Once I felt this, I called my doctor for a follow-up and went back on the 20mg for a week just hoping to combat the feelings I was having.
Went and saw a different doctor and she recommended that I switch to Zoloft as she felt it would better treat my anxiety and be a better fit for me. I felt really good talking with this doctor and felt really comfortable with her plan. Started taking 12.5mg 4 days ago and stopped Cymbalta completely at her recommendation.
Felt a little better each day and had a good Monday at work. Tuesday, today, started off well as I woke up with less anxiety than I have in a week. About 2-2.5 hours into work today, I started to feel very dizzy. Almost like I was going to fall when walking a few blocks. I ended up vomiting a small amount in the bathroom when I got back to work, and felt a little bit better after eating. Not sure if this was me psyching myself out in my head or dizziness from Cymbalta withdrawal - it was right after I drank a cup of coffee.
I assume it's probably a bit of each, and I took some CBD oil to help with the anxiety I was feeling. Really now I just feel some dizziness and more of an out-of-it feeling that is making it hard to concentrate on anything.
Any recommendations to deal with this or how long I can expect to deal with these withdrawal symptoms? I feel like since I had moderate success weening off Cymbalta with little dizziness 2 weeks ago that going back on it for 5-6 days should help limit the length of my withdrawal symptoms? Maybe I should bump up my Zoloft to 25mg, or should I give 12.5mg more time to work?
Thank you for any help or advice you can give. Just trying to push through every day at work and get home and rest at night currently.