Hi All, I'm new here but have been reading a lot of the forum posts. I really like how supportive and open you all are. I belong to a couple of Facebook groups that are very militant and rigid about tapering, supplementation, bridging, etc so I don't dare post or ask questions there!
I've been on 60 mg of cymbalta for 3 years and want to get off. I am also on Lexapro 20 mg (15 years!), but I want to start with the cymbalta and then proceed to the lexapro. I see a GP who will prescribe medications for me but will not help with any changes of medication. In the past I have seen a very uncooperative, authoritarian psychiatrist for these meds. I am on them for anxiety and depression.
I'm on the generic duloxetine which, at 60 mg, has 12 beads in it. I am removing 1 bead every 7 days provided withdrawal symptoms are low/manageable. I suspect that when I get to the lower doses I will likely need to hold for longer than 7 days.
I am supplementing with great results with l-theanine, l-tyrosine, sam-e and cbd oil. I am currently at 7 beads or 35mg.
I suspect many would say removing one bead every 7 days is too fast and that when I get to lower doses it will be harder to safely slow taper, given the large beads. My issue is that my insurance covers very few psychiatrists (and very few in this city are even accepting new patients) so I don't know that I will be able to get a new/diff. prescription. I want to keep tapering with the current script I have and not say anything to my GP nor my (former) psychiatrist.
Any suggestions, comments or ideas about tapering on the 12 bead duloxetine given that I'm having very few withdrawal symptoms and I'm on lexapro too?