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I am sorry for your difficulty in controlling your anxiety. You mentioned that you had panic attacks which is a strong form of anxiety, but not one that is generally treated by Cymbalta or any of the other drugs you mentioned. You have said that you tried every other anxiety med on the market but there were none on your list, only antidepressants that are sometimes used for General Anxiety Disorder.
The most common side effects of Cymbalta (duloxetine) are: Nausea, somnolence, insomnia
, and dizziness
, said to affect about 10% to 20% of users. If you decide to wean off of it, do it slowly. Consult with your pharmacist or doctor for the best regimen.
The best medication for panic attacks is a true antianxiety medication, a benzodiazepine called alprazolam (Xanax), which can be used in low doses on an AS NEEDED basis to prevent any kind of addiction. This drug can stop a panic attack if you feel it coming on. Some people call it amazing.
Talk to your physician and ask him to try this.
I wish you great success in getting the relief you need and deserve, and which is quite obtainable.
Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC