Posted 20 August 2019 - 10:36 PM
I'm a 30 year old male, and I've been on Cymbalta off-and-on for about 13 years. I've tried many times to come off of it, but I never realized how carefully you need to wean yourself off of it. I've always chalked it up to on-going depression and anxiety that is just inherently part of mw.
My dosage has been 60mg
I have been using a small scale to weigh out the approximate dosages. This is a bit of a hand waving approach, but I just didn't want to count beads. My reduction schedule has been:
50mg June 4th
40mg June 11th
30mg July 11th
25mg August 5th
23.75mg August 28th
So I realize now that I have been dropping dosages in too large of increments. Basically every reduction (except for the first) was followed by about 1.5 weeks of feeling a greatly reduced mood and just feeling angry and negative all of the time. Then things stabilize for a couple of weeks and so I reduce again.
I'm going to stay on 25mg for a couple more weeks, but I will start bead counting after I start to feel better. I have entirely missed dosages 3 times in the last week and so I have been feeling pretty bad as a result.
Fingers crossed things keep going fairly well. I'll keep checking in here on my progress or lack thereof.
Posted 21 August 2019 - 06:55 AM
Hi MakeAnimeIllegal and welcome...
That is quite a fast taper you have undertaken there and I strongly suggest you do indeed stay at 25mg for a while longer. Bead counting thereafter will be the best way forward, as much of a pain as it will be. Missing doses even without being on a withdrawal can be tough, so yes, this will hit quite hard.
If you would like advice on how to proceed or help with any particular symptoms, please let us know - and please keep us informed of your progress.
Posted 09 September 2019 - 08:00 PM
Small update: dropped down to 23.75mg on August 28th (5% drop). Felt fine. I've been pretty frustrated with work, but I don’t necessarily think they're related.
Trying to get regular exercise, eating a little better, etc. I won't be denied. Screw you, Eli Lilly.
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Posted 10 September 2019 - 06:20 AM
I won't be denied. Screw you, Eli Lilly.
Absolutely. That's the way to go!
Glad you opted for the 5% from this point - it will serve you well to go a little slower as difficult as it might be to add those extra days to your taper.
Thanks for the update.
Posted 16 February 2020 - 02:46 PM
It's been a long time since I updated this, but I just wanted to give me current progress. I am now down to 24 beads per day (~4.27 mg). I'm starting to feel kind of down, depressed and irritable. So I'm going to stay at 24 beads for about a week, and then I'm going to lower a bead every other day. At that rate I will be off the drug in about mid April.
Posted 16 February 2020 - 03:43 PM
Hi and thanks for the update.
Good choice to remain as you are, but don't put a time limit on it. Wait for a week and see how you are - if you need another few days, then take them. It is fine that the finish line is a bit foggy at the moment. I know it is frustrating, but the point is to focus on the fact that it is there - it won't go away.
Take your time and you will feel better for it.
Keep in touch.
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