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Lorinda I'm weaning off cymbalta at the direction of my

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Customer: Lorinda I'm weaning off cymbalta at the direction of my psychiatrist. He confirmed that I'm experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as a feeling of anxiety in my stomach and rapid heart beat. The last several days, my heart feels like it's beating extra hard. I tried to take my pulse, but to no avail. Is this something I need to ride out or do you have other advice?
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Customer: When I'm still and quiet, my heart feels like it's beating hard. Harder than usual.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

yes, tapering off of cymbalta can cause worse anxiety symptoms

did your doctor give you medications like xanax or ativan or valium to help decrease your anxiety symptoms?

yes, you need to try to ride this out

and take deep breaths

and use mental visualizations of calming areas to try to calm down your anxiety.

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Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

I would provide another opinion

While cymbalta may do this rarely it could be many other things

dehydration, thyroid, cardiac issues

You need a full exam and blood work by your primary care doctor to be sure this is nothing else

we cannot just assume

Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

are you still having anxiety symptoms?

are you sticking with your cymbalta taper schedule?

are you still having rapid heart beating?