Firstly I wanted to say thank you to the guys to helped create and maintain this group. It will be a lifeline for so many. I have yet to meet anyone, Drs included who understands what weaning off Cymbalta is like. So THANKYOU! I will redirect anyone I know being pushed Cymbalta during lockdown, in the hope they stay away from this horrific drug.
I will try and give my version of events in the shortest possible way.
Been on Cymbalta for over a decade @ 120mg. Diagnosed with depression back then, but I now know it to be more situational rather than a medical deficiency. Spend an insane amount of money on therapy (all sorts), medical tests, psychiatrists, therapists, acupuncture, herbal remedies, reiki and healing sessions, auyhausca retreats. You name it, I did it. All because I thought I was depressed (I was for the first year or so, after than it was extreme exhaustion). I spend all this time trying to figure why I felt so tired and unmotivated. I was depressed in this state, but rather Drs had me believe that I was in this state because I was depressed. Deep down I knew I wasn't.
After a number of failed attempts to wean down extremely slowly, I eventually have been free from Cymbalta completely for 3 weeks. I know I am going to get a slap on the wrist for this one but I was so sick of sleeping, I weaned from 120mg to nothing in 4 weeks.
So far, while is has been rough - I havent been sleeping properly, full of anxiety and restlessness, bowel trouble, nausea and being extremely irritable - I have gotten some energy back and am now able to function a little better, i.e. not need to sleep 12 hours a day. Even cleaning the house doesn't seem like the same struggle. That being said, I have literally launched a new business a week ago and in the third week of weaning has been the worst - crying at the drop of a hat. I am putting some of it down to the stress of launching a new business, or at least I hope that's what it is because I have suffered imposter syndrome for most part of my adult life.
Today has been the toughest - tired and wired, irritable and feel like my skin is crawling. Found myself taking a pillow to beat the life out of the bed to release the irritability in some way.
I have been taking a number of supplements (Cod liver Oil, thyroid supplements, Vit C and Ashwanghanda). I find Ashwanghanda really helps at times, until it wears off and then it doesn't.
Haven't seen it mentioned here, but I have ordered CBD Oil as another friend used it to manage anxiety and insomnia when weaning off another drug.
Having read many of the posts and after feeling the way I have felt the last week, I am now starting to really worry I may have gotten off light with withdrawals and it's going to hit me like a tonne of bricks. Having just launched a tech business with multiple investors, this is really worrying.
Is there anyone out there who has seen withdrawals last only a few months. I think I could survive a couple of months but the idea that I will be like this for years terrifies me.
I am currently caught between being on Cymbalta and sleeping my life away with little motivation to do anything or suffering the withdrawal and being anxious, nauseous, insomnia and few other common culprits.
Anyways, sorry for the vent. Hope everyone is doing as good as they can be during this crap time. My motto "whatever it takes to get you through"