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  1. I’m really really struggling lately. Suffering akathesia. Depression. Suicidal thoughts. It’s overwhelming and horrific. It’s been 13 months since this started and it doesn’t seem to be improving. My mind just won’t shut off with the negative ruminating. I feel there isn’t any way out of this. And it kills me this is my life. Just needed a place to vent my thoughts. Thank you for listening
  2. In August of 2021 will be a four-year ordeal that began with a breaking through (tolerance) of the SSRI medication (Celexa) I was on for 20 years. During this four-year period, I experienced over 75 symptoms associated with psychotropic medication withdrawal and at two different times was at zero quality of life. Once for five months (within the first year) and the once for four months (in year two) three months after my last dose of medication. I have been treated by a Psychiatrist, several counselors, two functional medicine doctors, two nutritionist, two specialists with psychotropic med
  3. Hi all. Found this site by accident but glad I did. I’m struggling a lot after recently stopping AD’s and so trying to educate myself, encourage a semblance of kindness towards myself 🙄and get a bit of support and a more objective perspective on this bloody difficult journey. Been on Prozac for 25 years and then replaced with Duloxetine/Cymbalta in 2014 (after failed attempts to come off Prozac). During the majority of this time I have had no psych service input other than putting me on and leaving me on AD’s. At present - Was on 60mg Duloxetine which I tapered over the last 2 mo
  4. Hi everyone, this is my first post. Just want to say thank you so much to Altostrata for creating this website and spending so much time over the years to develop this as a resource. I am a 26 year old with ADHD and I take dexamphetamine 2.5mg up to three times daily so that I can manage my focus and concentration on tasks throughout the day. I am also prescribed Cymbalta 30mg. I take this every evening for anxiety. Over the years since I started it in 2015 it has helped me along in life rather well. I am in a stable job in the IT sector and have had a reasonable social life
  5. Hi! I’m losing hope. I need to hear at least ONE story of someone who has been in my situation and recovered … I can’t locate any. Was bridged from Lexapro to Cymbalta due to poop out. Crashed into withdrawal from Lexapro. One month later, stopped Cymbalta and reinstated full dose Lexapro. Didn’t know of site at time and listened to dr. It has been a year. Do feel some improvement but still bad brain fog and derealization (disassociation to world around me). Tried to cut Lexapro by 1mg and had severe reaction. Feel trapped.
  6. Hi. I started Lexapro roughly 15 years ago, 20mg, for anxiety/panic attacks. I did fine on it (although I experience emotional numbness). Toward the beginning of this year, the Lexapro seemed to stop being effective/stopped working, as I was experiencing some depression. The psychiatrist (assistant) added Abilify toward the end of May. It didn't seem to work, so I was advised to stop it at end of June. He then told me to stop my Lexapro all together and start Cymbalta 30mg immediately. I listened and did this on 7/4/2020. I plummeted into withdrawal hell (unable to function/bedridden)
  7. I have spent hours looking through all of the information here. The more I read, the more confused I become. So I have decided to ask for help. I have been on different medications since 2008 for pain, depression, anxiety, bi-polar. My life over those years until now have been a roller coaster. Lost jobs, loss of friends, divorce. blah blah blah. I've become pretty much a dead soul with a brain that seems to be disintegrating. I don't care much about anything except family. I just stay at home and sleep- 15 hours, 16, 18 hours a day. I had no feelings. Just cold and empty. I decide
  8. I have a huge distended abdomen. I was on Cymbalta for over ten years. I developed microscopic colitis from the Cymbalta. I weaned off the cymbalta at the first of the year and my colitis improved. But I now have a distended abdomen, I look like I'm 8 month pregnant. I am so uncomfortable that I have to spend my day laying down. I have lost all quality of life, I cannot sit more than a few minutes, or even ride in a car. My ribs are sore from the pressure. I have lost 20 pounds but my belly has not changed. I have had multiple blood tests, ct scans and ultrasounds. The Dr's now say they thi
  9. Hi, So I finally understood that it is strongly recommended to write a little something about my experiences here. I will just copy some parts of my posts I have shared in this forum to sum up. Recent developments: I myself have intolerable withdrawal symptoms even reducing 5% of the drug. They are unbearable, both physically and mentally. They totally incapacitate me for weeks (I sleep up to 15h a day, terrible brain fog and dizziness up to the point where I cannot walk, of course the brain zaps and lots of pains in different parts of the body etc) (I will not mention the mental e
  10. Hi everyone! Hope you guys are keeping your chins up I finally took the time off work last July to diagnose and treat my PMDD. I'd have MDD since 18, diagnosed and on cymbalta at 27 and was working well on it until my PMDD developed. I remember cymbalta fixing me within 2 hours, and I cried because it had filled this struggle inside me that had hurt me for so long. My PMDD symptoms developed and for a few years I honestly couldn't tell (neither could my...admittedly male GPs) whether my immune system sucked, low iron, or was just one of those people who w
  11. Hello everyone. I'll try to organize this as best as I can. There is a lot going on. I was on benzos from age 17 to 36 and on Cymbalta from age 35 to 36. Went off both together for a 2 year nightmare. Absolute pure hell. I wont get into the details and symptoms of that withdrawal in this post as it is it's own little novel. Some things improved during those 2 years and I feel I've beat the benzo part of the nightmare even still, but at age 38 I was still suffering enough that I agreed to go on Lexapro to see if I'd improve. I did improve hugely but it stopped working as wel
  12. After over 20 years of taking different SSRI and SNRI medications for anxiety and depression, in average or low doses I am since 6 months down to 15 mg of Cymbalta. I would really like to come off it but I have not been stable in my mood and have had plenty of problems with sleep (waking up early), stomach (diarrhea) and now the last couple of months with persistent muscular tension and increasing pain in my left shoulder (nothing is mechanically wrong with it, I have checked). I wonder so much if others have had the same problem when withdrawing, especially the muscular pain, which makes me t
  13. Hi, I'm 20 years old male from Canada, and I was prescribed Cymbalta for depression back in November of 2019. I took Cymbalta on and off and didn't like it at all, it made me feel really dumb, I could stare at simple math questions and nothing would come to my mind for 5 minutes straight, I felt jittery and anxious, numbing in genital and it just wasn't helping at all, so I didn't stay on it for longer than 1-2 weeks max, and whenever I quit it, my old self would always return to normal, however Lexapro is a different story. Later down the road when my anxiety got really bad, and I was de
  14. Hi, I've been on 24 different antidepressants (TCAs, MAOIs, SSRIs, SNRIs, NDRIs), benzos, anti-psycotic (Seroquel) over the past 30 years for Major Depression, OCD, General and Social Anxiety. Effexor, Zoloft, and clonazepam have given me the worst withdrawals in the past. I have a public sector psychiatrist who I see 20 minutes every 6 weeks, she and the system are really overworked here in NZ. I'm concerned because I still get suicidal ideation, libido disappeared 18 years ago, vertigo, headaches, extreme tinnitus, and now Ive been unemployed 8 months.
  15. Hello, my name is Manny. I was diagnosed 0CD and schizophrenic in 2008, but I been taking benzos and amiptriptiline since 2005. Currently,taking abilify 20mg,risperidone 2mg,cymbalta 60mg,biperiden 4mg. I am tapering klonopin down to 0,27mg from a dose of 1,25mg. I went to see my doctor this week because a blood test that I did. He said my hepatic transaminases are high because of the medication that I take. I am assuming the APs that I take. What can I do to get my liver function well? I know, quitting the APs, but I can t cold turkey. Any advice,please.
  16. Until July 2017 I was an active, healthy female (58). I'd been extremely fortunate in that, the only health problem I'd ever encountered had been anxiety/low grade depression. At least that's what the doctors diagnosed 20 years ago. I was put on Effexor 75mg and then, some years later, reduced the dosage to 37.5mg. In January 2017 I started tapering off my medication and by July was off Effexor. I did experience the odd brain zap but could easily go about my daily business. Suddenly at the end of July, I started having what I thought to be panic attacks (but which were, in actual fact, heart a
  17. Hi, Read an article in the New Yorker called The Challenge of Going off Psychiatric Drugs. The story of tons of medication combos with hospitalizations and withdrawal over years resonated with me. This forum was mentioned and honestly a relief because there hasn't been a ton of help with withdrawal. With insurance/doctor issues ive stopped cold turkey off Cymbalta multiple times throughout the past year but recently tapered off with help of my doctor. (lowering by 35 mg a week). In the month of coming off I've had severe tremors, crying spells, hypersensitivity, and bi
  18. I have been on duloxetine since middle of January, first 20mg for three weeks, then 30mg for a few days and then back to 20mg. Doc said continue for one week than stop but after seeing some of the issues people are having I was afraid to just stop. I have been opening the 20mg capsule and am now down to 55 beads, can I simple stop.
  19. Hi everyone, thank you for reading this. I have been on Cymbalta for a few years now. I use med trays because I take many supplements for Hashimoto’s and other autoimmune conditions. I guess I didn’t realize my bottle had rolled away in the drawer, and neglected to refill my Cymbalta in the medicine tray. I had gone almost 2 full weeks off of it before noticing it was missing. I had begun crashing emotionally, crying constantly and losing coping skills, but it wasn’t until some very dark thoughts came that I considered I might be missing the medication. As soon as I realized it, I
  20. This is my first posting here and I apologize in advance if the topic of LDN is well known. LDN is the acronymn for Low Dose Naltrexone. Naltrexone has been used for many years to help treat opiate and alcohol addictions. I was put on Cymbalta in 2010 after the death of my 21 year old son in a car crash. I was in shock (still am) but I also felt like my body weighed 3000 lbs. The Cymbalta DID help relieve me of that unbearable heaviness. I did eventually reach the max dose of 120mg. I had run out of my prescription a couple of times, due to forgetting to pick it up etc. I do recall becom
  21. Hello, im new here from Ontario, Canada and I was on the apo-dulexitine that has the small flakes/chunks. I was successfully tapering until I switched to bead counting 2.5 weeks ago. I switched to brand name cymbalta and having a lot of issues. I know it’s not recommended to switch brands, now I know why. However since I’ve been on generic for so long, I’m wondering if anyone who is on here from Ontario could tell me what they use for bead tapering? My stomach is constantly upset, nausea, pooping all the time, lethargy. I was doing fine on the apo-duloxetine until I switched. Please anyo
  22. I have been lurking on this site now for about 2 months. I find myself coming here for reassurance in my darkest moments. Today, I am suffering so badly and I finally have the courage to share my story. I suppose this is my way of saying “I’m desperate”. It is it so hard to admit this – that things have gotten so out of control and I am legitimately afraid. I’ll do my best to recount my story but there is much that I don’t remember, the reason for my poor memory may become clear as I tell my story. Apologies for the length. After the birth of my second child in ’99, I was diagnose
  23. Amira

    ☼ Amira

    Hi all, P.s english is not my first language I started taking 30 mg cymbalta back in june 2016 due to having panic attacks, OCD and depression. During the past 2.4 years things have been really amazing and i got so much better. in june 2018, i broke up with my fiancee, and in october i decided that i will stop the Medicine. I stopped in october 2018. And at the same time i left my job and become unemployed since then. I did not slow taper, took a 30 mg pill each two days for two weeks and then stopped completely under the super
  24. Hi all, I've just signed up, have been a member of benzo buddies for last few months as I thought my problems were from benzos, but as I'm improving I've realized it's more antidepressants. Long story short I've been on and off Citalopram for past 15 years, each time reached tolerance and came off, only to have what I now know to be withdrawal and reinstated. I can't believe nobody tells you this. Got diagnosed with fibromyalgia (withdrawal), tried Valium, Xanax, ativan, cymbalta, Prozac all stopped CT. Final wammy was stopping Valium for the 3rd time and
  25. I have been put on Escitaloprám ( 10 years) then stopped working, next day on Zoloft (7 weeks) made me terrible ill and stopped, put on Citalapram for 9 days and Dr said stop for 2 weeks and he will evaluate me. I didn't go back ro see my Dr and was clean for 3 months and I crashed. Went on Cymbalta for 1 day and was out cold for 2 days, Dr put me on prozac (2 days) made me sick, so I stopped, then put back on Zoloft for 2 days and became really ill and lost 8kg in 2 weeks. 23 days clean and I was going crazy. Went to my Dr and she put me on Mirtazapine 7.5mg, 11 days in and I don't want ro t
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