In 2011 I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and Panic Disorder and after a couple of failed medications, I ended up on Cymbalta, 30MG twice per day. One in the morning and one at night pulled me out of my zombie state and over the years, has helped me come out of my shell and face my biggest fears (going to a store alone, ordering in a drive-thru, talking on the phone for work, being yelled at or treated poorly). I am a whole new person at 23 than I was at 14. Now that I'm older, growing, and looking at my life, I know that I need to change my medication to something less severe than Cymbalta. I hope to have a family someday. I hope to lose the weight that Cymbalta made me gain, say goodbye to withdrawals from waiting just an hour too long to take my night dose, and take my life back.
Now, I got the go-ahead from my doctor to start tapering. My normal dose was 30mg in the morning and 30mg at night, as 60mg at once was too much when I tried. I noticed my withdrawals feel worse if I miss my night dose vs my morning dose. For the next week, I will be taking 30mg before bed and after a week of doing that, I'll be starting Viibryd, 20mg at night, My fingers and toes are crossed that this SSRI will work for me and help, at least a little, with the emotional side while I deal with the physical side. After that, I'll talk to my doctor again.
The big reason for my first post is... how do you open the dumb little capsules?? I tried the other day, just to see, and the capsule just bends but stays together. Any advice?
Also, I plan on posting more as time goes on. Today is my 2nd day without the morning dose and I feel decent! Fatigued and a little dizzy and small headache.. but decent. I know it's only the beginning.. but let's do this!