Hi, I'm new here. Skip to the last paragraph if you're short on time! I've been on 3 different antidepressants for 24 years, Cymbalta starting about 13 years ago. (I'm not sure the meds were really necessary all that time, or that it was even really working much. I'd tried several times to get off but didn't know about tapering and never succeeded.) I think I'm in a really stable place right now, have some good strategies, and think I can do just as well without antidepressants.
After reading about tapering I started 16 weeks ago. I went from 90 to 65 mg with no symptoms. But a few days into 65 mg I suddenly couldn't sleep. There's no physical or psychological reason for this, but it's continued for 14 nights now. I've done different things different nights to help get SOME sleep since then, including from 1-3 mg. melatonin, ativan, clonazepam, and some nights nothing. Being sleep deprived all the time is beginning to wear me down.
I have a big vacation coming up in 6 weeks. I'm now concerned that the effects of withdrawal might worsen. So I'm thinking of dosing back up a little for the time being. The duloxetine instructions say if withdrawal symptoms continue, increase back up to the original dosage. I hate to go back to 90 mg after all this time. I'm thinking maybe I could go up to 70, 75 or so because everything was fine there. I also read something about a 3 week rule... that if you go back up within 3 weeks it shouldn't take long to reverse symptoms. Does anyone have any experience going up just a little, but not all the way? I wonder if it would work. After vacation I'll work on getting off again, I'm determined.
Thank you for any insight.
PS, have people really been able to get off it for good???