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I have been on cymbalta for 9 years 60 mg. For anxiety. I

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I have been on cymbalta for 9 years 60 mg. For anxiety. I decided that I don't want to take it anymore, so I called my doctor and she said that I should go down to 30 mg for awhile and slowly stop. I am a 37 year old female and I lead a pretty successful life. I told my doc that my plan was to wait and see how I felt on march 1, and she said I could try that but to call her if I wanted to give the 30 mg a try. I am constantly verifying things in my head like "I am happy, right, I know God is real, right?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  MN Psychiatrist replied 5 years ago.
Hello, I am a psychiatrist.
To answer your question, when people have recurrent depression that significantly affects their ability to function and/or their quality of life, they often benefit from lifetime treatment with an antidepressant.

If you have been on 60mg of Cymbalta daily for 9 years, I suspect that you will have some unpleasant withdrawal symptoms (dizziness and nausea, especially) by decreasing the Cymbalta from 60mg daily to 30mg daily. It would be better to decrease it to 50mg daily (using a 20mg capsule and a 30mg capsule) for a month, then decrease it to 40mg daily for a month (using two 20mg capsules), then decrease it to 30mg daily for a month, then decrease it to 20mg daily for a month, after which point you should be able to just stop it.

If you are still crying for little or no apparent reason, though, it would be a bad idea to decrease it; in that case, you might talk to your doctor about increasing it.

Does this make sense?
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
thank you so much.
Expert:  MN Psychiatrist replied 5 years ago.
I'm glad that I could be of help.