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Bill, LCSW, Consultant, Expert Witness
Category: Mental Health
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Experience:  35 years treating individuals, couples, families with mental health and substance abuse prob's
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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 depression, but afraid to try again. My DIL also had trouble going off...what is the solution?

Bill :

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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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

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

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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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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I will take this to my side effects were pain...especially hip, from any standing.


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

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