I need assistance in weaning off cymbalta. I started 1-2 weeks ago to wean off. I started cymbalta about 10 years (?) ago. I stayed on 30 mgs although my doctor wanted me on 60. I didn't want any of the side effects including zoning out. I started taking it for fibromyalgia. Now I'm trying to get off of it because I've wanted to for a long time and I'm having surgery and won't be able to take pills anymore after the surgery. My doctor said open the capsule and then take out half the beads and then close it. He didn't say how long to do that so I did it at that amount of beads about 3 days. After that, I felt much clearer in my thoughts and was encouraged with the success. Then yesterday I tried taking out more. I was using a scale. But I must have taken out too much. I woke up feeling a little ill but by evening I was so sick feeling I started to cry. Not emotional from the medicine either. I just felt so bad and really felt like I might need to go to the ER. It started with a headache and then dizziness and then nausea. By the evening I felt as horrible as I remember ever feeling including having my chest feel like it was going to explode. Finally out of desperation I took another capsule and opened it and put enough only to bring me up to what I was approximately before when I felt better. Making sure what I took yesterday morning plus the additional amount was equal to or a little less than yesterday. After a couple of hours of laying down, the edge was starting to come off of how I felt. I felt ready for ER before the additional amount, then after a couple of hours I just felt horrible. So now where do I go from here? I was thinking I would keep the beads up to the level I ended up with by yesterday evening. This morning I still feel a little dizzy and all a little on all the above but not horrible. Just enough to be annoying.
So my questions:
1) Should I just try to stabilize on this level for a few more days? I get the half life of these pills but it certainly seems not completely relative to what I'm feeling and trying to wean off.
2) Here is my other issue. On feb 15th I can't take the capsule anymore. My doctor said to open it at that point and put it in pudding or applesauce. That seems to go against some of the readings I have read on the internet about keeping them in the capsule. But I can't do that. So do I have a week to get off this medicine?
Any help would be appreciated!