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Hello...I have been tapering now for 4 months...and seem I have a “normal taper”...up and down...symptoms occasionally....I quit because of I ceased digestive problems,  my biggest problem is to know what illness is causing symptoms...


I have Fibromyalgia, post-polio syndrome, hypo thyroid, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, spinal stenosis, depression, arthritis, ...there are a couple more, but can’t think of them...


i am using a scale to count, divided to 2 doses daily @2.5 % of Cymbalta...been on for 5+ years...I also take meds for hypo thyroid, blood pressure, and the Cymbalta


i am a great Grandma at 78 y.o. Have a cheery personality despite the conditions I have...

use mindfulness, prayer, meditation to help me cope...plus do a lot of reading art, crafts,drawing...the other symptoms I have are fatigue...difficulty sleeping, falling...full body pain, changing double vision, lots of digestive problems...brain fog,...etc,etc...


i have joined another group also...and my husband helps weighing the beads...I have supportive family behind me...and are my biggest blessing...looking forward to being in this group...now...




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Hi, Lesara.


Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants.


Please note I removed the photo you placed in your post. We recommend not using personal photos that could identify you. Not only could someone you know recognize you, but Google Images has a search feature that lets Google scan images. So if you have that image anywhere on the internet, such as on a personal FaceBook or other website, you could be located. We recommend you stay as anonymous as possible in this online environment. 


Since you are already tapering, you may already have read this information, but just in case, here are some helpful links:


Tips for tapering off Cymbalta (duloxetine)


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


How psychiatric drugs remodel your brain


Healing from antidepressants. Patterns of recovery video (4 minutes)


The Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization


You may find some helpful information to handle your symptoms here: 


Non-drug techniques to cope with emotional symptoms


We don't recommend a lot of supplements, as many members report their nervous systems are simply too fragile to handle them. However, magnesium and fish oil tend to be calming to the nervous system and many people report they do help. Please only add in one supplement at a time and at a small dose. For more, please see:


 King of supplements: Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil)


Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker


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Hi Lesara, 


How are you doing?💚

Seroquel. 2019:➡️ From 7.25mg to 5.80mg. 2020➡️5.60 to 4.80. 2021➡️4.60 to 4.0.  2022➡️3.95 to 3.55. 2023➡️ From 3.50 to 3.25.  2024➡️Jan15=3.20✔️ Feb19=3.15✔️ March26=3.10✔️May1=3.05✔️This is NOT medical advice.Consult your doctor.

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