First time posting, though I have spent quite a bit of time reading through all the great info this forum has to offer. Let me start out with a big THANK YOU to those that have dedicated so much of there time making this forum what it is.
From reading other posts I know it helps to give y'all some back story before you can offer the right advice. I started on 30mg of Cymbalta around March due to anxiety and milder depression. My recommended dose from my psych was 30mg's twice a day but I only did that (60mgs) for about a week or two because it was causing me side effects - full disclosure I probably only took cymbalta correctly for about a month maybe 3 weeks around april-may. The other times I'd skip a dose here and there and never take it at the same time. I just never felt like it did anything except give me side effects.
I've been tapering for probably a month or so now, and again, I didn't start out doing that correctly. Originally I was just dumping out a third of the capsule and taking that for a few days and then dumping out some more. I don't know if I experienced withdrawals from that or if the things that happen were just coincidence. Now I am down to between 15-20 beads. I give that range because I tried leveling at just 15 for a few days but I felt like it was messing with me a bit - very irritable that would quickly go to rage, dizziness, off and on nausea, so I took 20 yesterday and had the best day I've had in a while. I should also pause here to say, over the last two weeks I started noticing side effects going on with me that turned out to be from Losartan (blood pressure med), so I stopped that suddenly after being on it for two months solid - the things I was noticing left with that med. So, it's really hard to tell with me right now what is causing what.
Now getting on to the advice. I have only been on one other anti-depressant, lexapro, and that sucked so I only took it for a week or so before getting switched to the cymbalta. Going through all of this has brought to light that I have/have had untreated ADHD. From what I understand, the adhd is most likely the root of my anxiety/mild depression, so the goal is to get that under control and therefor take care of the other stuff at the same time. I am wanting to try Wellbutrin since it also works to help adhd. What I am hoping I can do is to stop the cymbalta where I am and start the Wellbutrin now. I am hoping that the wellbutrin will combat the irritability/rage and dizziness from discontinuing the other. Maybe supplement with some 5-htp or L-tyrosine to help my serotonin balance out while making the switch? Or do I have to spend months tapering down off of this stupid med before I can get my life back? Give it to me straight
To help through this process I have been taking omega-3's, magnesium, and just started Ashwaganda. The nights I cant sleep, I'll either have a drink or take some hydroxyzine.