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I take a 30gram capsule of Cymbalta in the AM and one again

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I take a 30gram capsule of Cymbalta in the AM and one again in the PM.
I want to taper of this drug altogether.
Welcome to and thank you for your question.
I am going to assist you with your question.

Well, Cymbalta contains Duloxetine, and it has to be tapered to avoid the withdrawal effects. It belongs to group of selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor antidepressant (SSNRI).

If you abruptly stop taking this drug, then it can lead to SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome ( Withdrawl syndrome).
Some of the common symptoms with abrupt stoppage of this are-

Dizziness,Irritability, Lightheadedness, Fainting spells ,Sensory disturbances (e.g., paresthesias such as electric shock sensations), anxiety, confusion, headache, Insomnia.

I would suggest that you should not attempt to stop this drug without your doctor advice.

You can taper off Cymbalta with 40mg daily for a couple of weeks,
then 20mg daily for a couple of weeks then alternate days then stop.
It may take few weeks for complete withdrawal. You should not stop this drug all of a sudden.

Your doctor can help you to wean off this drug by obtaining lower strength medication.

I would suggest that you should please taper it off only under your doctor supervision.

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