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I have taken Cymbalta for depression...tried to go down1/2...with

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I have taken Cymbalta for depression...tried to go down1/2...with doctor's ok...no depression, but pain...now afraid to try again. My DIL also had trouble going off...what is the solution?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Bill replied 1 year ago.

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Hello- Thank you for asking the question. I have over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families & am happy to reply.

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I am sorry to hear about this problem.

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Weaning off of Cymbalta must be done slowly and with all due respect to your Doctor, cutting dosage in half is not the proper way to wean off. Too much, too soon will bring discontinuation symptoms which include:

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Type



Symptoms



Disequilibrium



Lightheadedness/dizziness, vertigo, ataxia



Sensory symptoms



Paraesthesia, numbness, electric shock-like sensations



General somatic symptoms



Lethargy, headache, tremor, sweating, anorexia



Sleep disturbance



Insomnia, nightmares, excessive dreaming



GI symptoms



Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea



Affective symptoms



Irritability, anxiety/agitation, low mood



SSRIs: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors


Bill :

Cymbalta is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SSNRI) however- rapid discontinuation can result in negative symptoms as listed above.

Bill :

It is best to decrease this medication by no more than 25 percent per week until off.

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If you respond with how much you have been taking and how much you are taking now, I would be most happy to help with proper withdrawal tapering information.

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Kindest regards, Bill

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Expert:  Bill replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I will take this to my doctor...my side effects were pain...especially hip, from any standing.
Expert:  Bill replied 1 year ago.

Rosalind-

Talk to your Doctor and if there is anything else I can help with - please let me know.

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