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Hi Everyone!   I was started on duloxetine 60 mg for idiopathic foot neuropathy or pins and needles feelings in my feet about 1.5years ago.   After 6 months with no relief my neurologist upped the dosage to 120 mg per day.  After 6 months at the 120 mg and no impact to the pins and needles feelings, I asked him to taper me off of duloxetine.  The schedule provided was a 6 week taper.  The first 4 weeks went okay.  I had some nausea, dizziness and insomnia but overall not bad. When I got to the 5th week, I was supposed to take 60 mg every other day.  On the days that I didn’t take duloxetine, I noticed a significant increase in the pins and needles feeling in my feet.  My neurologist said this was an indication that duloxetine was working and started me back on 120 mg per day.  I have now read that tingling in the hands or feet can be a withdrawal symptom.   How does one that is taking duloxetine for neuropathy know which it is while tapering off of the drug?   I am now skeptical of this doctor since he doesn’t seem to know much about withdrawal difficulties.  I would like to get off of duloxetine as I have had many side effects such as fatigue, general malaise, sexual dysfunction and extreme weight gain.  The weight gain has been so bad that my primary care doctor has me on Ozempic now.  Thanks!  Stephanie 

Stephanie

Duloxetine 60 mg day1/23-6/23

Duloxetine 120 mg day 7/23-12/23

Tapered to 60 mg every other day 8/23-9/23

Reinstated to 120 mg 10/23

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Hello, and welcome to Surviving Antidepressants. We are a peer support forum to assist in tapering off psychiatric drugs safely, or recovering from psychiatric drug withdrawal.

 

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Firstly, please read the thread on Tips for tapering off duloxetine (Cymbalta) if you haven't already. Duloxetine is slightly different in the sense that it does not come in a liquid form, and cannot be compounded into a liquid. The method for tapering involves slowly reducing the number of beads you take. You would need to open 5-10 capsules, and note down the number of beads in each one. Then produce an average number of beads per 120mg.

 

Now that you have been back on 120mg since 23rd Oct last year, it would be a good point to begin a more gradual taper. Do you feel the same each day? No extra symptoms that you might attribute to withdrawal?

 

The reason you felt so unusual was due to taking different doses every day. Duloxetine has an extremely short half-life of ~12 hours, so you were sending yourself into withdrawal every other day.

 

16 hours ago, Stephanie389 said:

How does one that is taking duloxetine for neuropathy know which it is while tapering off of the drug?

If you taper safely and slowly, with a consistent dose each day, you shouldn't experience such fluctuations in the neuropathy symptoms. The increase in tingling was likely due to skipping doses.

 

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Erimus

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Taper calculator spreadsheet

 

MEDICATION:

1) Sertraline:

50mg - Oct 2020, 100mg - Dec 2020, 50mg - April 2021, 75mg - May 2021, 50mg - Sep 2021, 55mg - 23 Feb 2024, 60mg - 20 March 2024, Start tapering - 24 April 2024

Current dose: 55.09mg  (1 July 2024)

2) Mirtazapine:

15mg - Nov 2020

SUPPLEMENTS:

Cod liver oil, Magnesium, Vitamin C

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Thanks Erimus!  No new symptoms at 120 mg.  I don’t feel any relief from the neuropathy that doctors are now telling me is related to type 2 diabetes.  I definitely felt an increase on the days I was not taking any duloxetine.  It just seems like my neurologist should know these things?  No one mentioned a slow taper or how hard it might be to stop the meditation when they prescribed it for me.  

Stephanie

Duloxetine 60 mg day1/23-6/23

Duloxetine 120 mg day 7/23-12/23

Tapered to 60 mg every other day 8/23-9/23

Reinstated to 120 mg 10/23

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9 hours ago, Stephanie389 said:

 I don’t feel any relief from the neuropathy that doctors are now telling me is related to type 2 diabetes.

That is a common symptom of diabetes. It's very important that you get your blood sugar levels under control, it can cause all sorts of unpleasant symptoms.

 

9 hours ago, Stephanie389 said:

No one mentioned a slow taper or how hard it might be to stop the meditation when they prescribed it for me.

Unfortunately this is often the case. Most of us would never have taken the medication if we knew what would happen to us. Try to think of the fact that you have the right information to safely taper off.

Active Monday-Friday UK time

 

Taper calculator spreadsheet

 

MEDICATION:

1) Sertraline:

50mg - Oct 2020, 100mg - Dec 2020, 50mg - April 2021, 75mg - May 2021, 50mg - Sep 2021, 55mg - 23 Feb 2024, 60mg - 20 March 2024, Start tapering - 24 April 2024

Current dose: 55.09mg  (1 July 2024)

2) Mirtazapine:

15mg - Nov 2020

SUPPLEMENTS:

Cod liver oil, Magnesium, Vitamin C

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Hello @Stephanie389

It's been a while since your last post. 

How are you doing?

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

August 2021 - 2mg melatonin   August 1, 2022 - 1mg melatonin   March 31, 2023 - 0mg melatonin

2024 supplements update: electrolyte blend in water sipped throughout the day; 1 tsp cod liver oil blend (incl. vit. A+D+E) w/ breakfast; calcium; vitamin C+zinc

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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Hi Ariel,   I am sort of okay.  I have been holding at 120 mg of duloxetine for now.   The oxempic has helped with my weight.  I have lost 30 pounds but suffering a lot of diarrhea on it.  I would like to start the duloxetine taper again soon.  I miss having sex!  The few weeks that I did taper in 2023, I felt more like myself emotionally.  My neurologist has not been supportive.  He feels duloxetine is the BEST drug for neuropathy.  He said only a very few people get withdrawal if any.  I am really starting to question this guy more but my family doctor says he is the best in the state.  Passing healing thoughts on to everyone!   

Stephanie

Duloxetine 60 mg day1/23-6/23

Duloxetine 120 mg day 7/23-12/23

Tapered to 60 mg every other day 8/23-9/23

Reinstated to 120 mg 10/23

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