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I am a mother of 2. I have been on anti-depressants for 10 years, first 8 on Cipralex and changed to Cymbalta 2 years ago.
Now that my life situation is more stable and my kids a little older( 6 and 10), I have
Decided to start and stay in therapynand also see a
Naturopath to help me. I never thought Cymbalta would be so horrible to taper: horrible migraines that won't go away with Advil, caffeine, water or rest, nausea, diZziness, brain
Zaps, pain in my arm, tiredness.
My doctor has no clue about any of the withdrawal effects. I am going extremely slow
As I have to work and take care of my kids. I now take off 8 beads per day. I have try to reduce
More but the side effects were horrible... It may take me years
Going this way
But I don't care...

Cymbalta for 2 years, and Celexa for 8 years prior to that. I am trying to taper off, 1 bead at a time. I have been having extreme nausea, headaches and tiredness.
I began my tapering on February 1st, 2016. It took me until October 2016 to reduce to 30 mg.

June 3rd: I am now at 20 mg.

August 1st 2017: I decided I was going to go down to 10 mg. It is not going well. Barely no physical side effects, except for insomnia. I am feeling really down. I am debating whether or not I should go back on 20mg....

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Hi! I am removing 1 bead a day for a week, then 2 beads a day for a week, etc. I am now removing 8 beads a day. It's slow and steady. Some weeks are okay, some weeks I have headaches, nausea and pain in my hands. I know it will be very long. My question is: will I suffer longer this way? Should I remove More every week and suffer more for less time?

Thanks for letting me know.

Cymbalta for 2 years, and Celexa for 8 years prior to that. I am trying to taper off, 1 bead at a time. I have been having extreme nausea, headaches and tiredness.
I began my tapering on February 1st, 2016. It took me until October 2016 to reduce to 30 mg.

June 3rd: I am now at 20 mg.

August 1st 2017: I decided I was going to go down to 10 mg. It is not going well. Barely no physical side effects, except for insomnia. I am feeling really down. I am debating whether or not I should go back on 20mg....

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I'm just going to ask what medication?  Because I am here right now and saw this.

 

I think that will help you get some input that might be more helpful.  As well as suggesting you do a signature........that involves your history.  I think that is explained right on the main page........up at the top........in the read this section.

 

But.........good that you are here.  Welcome.

 

My opinion......from what I have seen here or read here with people reducing beaded medication is...........they seem to do pretty well with the ultra slow route........sure, some suffering.........but not the prolonged intense kind that can come with way rapid and greater than 10 percent reductions.  So think positive..........it helps......it really does.

 

And someone should be by to get some more details from you or go ahead and offer some up in the meantime.  You can even edit your post above if still here and add more.  Just hit the edit button on the lower right side of your post.  You can edit for up to an hour after posting.

2022 May- continuing with limited activity on site, just something I need to do right now

Started with psycho meds/psychiatric care circa 1988.  In retrospect, and on contemplation, situational overwhelm.

Rounding up to 30 years of medications(30 medication trials, poly-pharmacy maximum was 3 at one time).

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!  Tapered @ 10% every 4 weeks, sometimes 2 weeks to

2016 Dec 16 medication free!!

Longer signature post here, with current supplements.

Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.  And.....I quit smoking 11/2021.  Can you say Hallelujah?(took me long enough)💜

None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

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Thank you

For taking the time. I need to learn how to work this site out. I did an introduction and

Will try to link it to my signature.

The medication is Cymbalta.

 

Thank you!

Cymbalta for 2 years, and Celexa for 8 years prior to that. I am trying to taper off, 1 bead at a time. I have been having extreme nausea, headaches and tiredness.
I began my tapering on February 1st, 2016. It took me until October 2016 to reduce to 30 mg.

June 3rd: I am now at 20 mg.

August 1st 2017: I decided I was going to go down to 10 mg. It is not going well. Barely no physical side effects, except for insomnia. I am feeling really down. I am debating whether or not I should go back on 20mg....

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Main forum page.  Go to read this first.  And then to how to start an introduction. 

 

If you are feeling up to it.  We all come here in all kinds of shape so don't worry.  Moderators come along and give you easy links to just click too.  And then other Cymbalta taperers.  It's great.

 

You're welcome.

2022 May- continuing with limited activity on site, just something I need to do right now

Started with psycho meds/psychiatric care circa 1988.  In retrospect, and on contemplation, situational overwhelm.

Rounding up to 30 years of medications(30 medication trials, poly-pharmacy maximum was 3 at one time).

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!  Tapered @ 10% every 4 weeks, sometimes 2 weeks to

2016 Dec 16 medication free!!

Longer signature post here, with current supplements.

Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.  And.....I quit smoking 11/2021.  Can you say Hallelujah?(took me long enough)💜

None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

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Let's see if the signature appears...

Cymbalta for 2 years, and Celexa for 8 years prior to that. I am trying to taper off, 1 bead at a time. I have been having extreme nausea, headaches and tiredness.
I began my tapering on February 1st, 2016. It took me until October 2016 to reduce to 30 mg.

June 3rd: I am now at 20 mg.

August 1st 2017: I decided I was going to go down to 10 mg. It is not going well. Barely no physical side effects, except for insomnia. I am feeling really down. I am debating whether or not I should go back on 20mg....

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Hi Oneday77 , welcome to the site and well done on your signature.  Thanks MMT for the guidance.

 

It sounds like it's been a pretty difficult 8 weeks since you started tapering.  We have all the information here to help you taper off cymbalta , so get ready for lots of new information and some reading.

 

Firstly , by increasing the amount of beads you take out each week , you're keeping your brain and central nervous system in a constant state of flux , which is why you're getting so many symptoms.

 

We recommend doing a decrease of no more than 10% at a time , then holding for 4 to 6 weeks for the withdrawal symptoms to resolve , and your cns to recover.  Some people find this too much , and do 5% cuts.

 

See "Why Taper 10% of my Dosage"  here http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1024-why-taper-by-10-of-my-dosage/

Also "Tips for Tapering Cymbalta"  here http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/283-tips-for-tapering-off-cymbalta-duloxetine/

and "Counting Beads in a Capsule versus Weighing"  here

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1461-counting-beads-in-a-capsule-versus-weighing/

 

This is your thread to use as a journal and ask questions.

At this point I'd be inclined to go back to the dose you were on 4 weeks ago (yup , increase by 4 beads) and wait for your symptoms to settle completely before starting tapering again.

 

Best wishes ,  Fresh

1987-1997 pertofran , prothiaden , Prozac 1997-2002 Zoloft 2002-2004 effexor 2004-2010 Lexapro 40mg

2010-2012Cymbalta 120mg

Sept. 2012 -decreased 90mg in 6months. Care taken over by Dr Lucire in March 2013 , decreased last 30mg at 2mg per week over 3 months. July 21 , 2013- last dose of Cymbalta

Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days. Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months.

July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying. Started pristiq 50mg. Felt improvement within days and continued to improve, so stayed on 50mg for 8 months.

Began taper 28 Feb. 2015. Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg. Had one month of w/d symptoms. Started CES therapy in March. No w/d symptoms down to 30mg.

October 2015 , taking 25mg Pristiq. Capsules compounded with slow-release additive.

March 2016 , 21mg

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Thank you! This makes more sense!

Cymbalta for 2 years, and Celexa for 8 years prior to that. I am trying to taper off, 1 bead at a time. I have been having extreme nausea, headaches and tiredness.
I began my tapering on February 1st, 2016. It took me until October 2016 to reduce to 30 mg.

June 3rd: I am now at 20 mg.

August 1st 2017: I decided I was going to go down to 10 mg. It is not going well. Barely no physical side effects, except for insomnia. I am feeling really down. I am debating whether or not I should go back on 20mg....

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Hi,

 

I have been following your advice of staying on the same dosage for a month. It's been 3 weeks and I feel so much better. I will continue for another week, and then drop by 1%. It's what I can handle.  There are 280 beads in a 30 mg capsule of Cymbalta. I take two.

 

Thank you, thank you!

Cymbalta for 2 years, and Celexa for 8 years prior to that. I am trying to taper off, 1 bead at a time. I have been having extreme nausea, headaches and tiredness.
I began my tapering on February 1st, 2016. It took me until October 2016 to reduce to 30 mg.

June 3rd: I am now at 20 mg.

August 1st 2017: I decided I was going to go down to 10 mg. It is not going well. Barely no physical side effects, except for insomnia. I am feeling really down. I am debating whether or not I should go back on 20mg....

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Hello Oneday,

 

Really glad to hear you've been stabilising.  Also good to hear you are listening closely to what your body is telling you about how much you can handle.  I am another snail-taperer, and find it works much better for me. 

 

Have you seen these links? 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/2878-micro-taper-instead-of-10-or-5-decreases/

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/2364-the-slowness-of-slow-tapers/

2010  Fluoxetine 20mg.  2011  Escitalopram 20mg.  2013 Tapered badly and destabilised CNS.  Effexor 150mg. 

2015 Begin using info at SurvivingAntidepressants.  Cut 10% - bad w/d 2 months, held 1 month. 

Micro-tapering: four weekly 0.4% cuts, hold 4 weeks (struggling with symptoms).

8 month hold.

2017 Micro-tapering: four weekly 1% cuts, hold 4 weeks (symptoms almost non-existent).

2020 Still micro-tapering. Just over 2/3 of the way off effexor. Minimal symptoms, - and sleeping well.
Supplements: Fish oil, vitamin C, iron, oat-straw tea, nettle tea.

My story of healing:ContinuedHealing

***I am not a doctor; please do your own research and be able to take responsibility for decisions you make.*** 

           'The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists.'  Dr Gabor Mate.

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I am back on the tapering wagon. :) I slowly went down from 60 mg to 30 mg in the course of 8 months. After that, I was so done with withdrawal symptoms that I decided to stay at 30 mg for another 8 months. I was really worried about the side effects. Finally, on June 3rd, I decided I was ready for the next jump. It was not as bad as I thought. I knew what to expect, so I was prepared. First week, I had a very bad headache every night. My head and neck hurt. I took Advil right away as I knew it wouldn't go away. Second week, nausea, headaches and insomnia, always around 9 pm and I can fall asleep around midnight. It sucks, but it is the same every day. The good part, I guess, is that I am not too tired in the morning. 60 mg of Cymbalta used to make me very sleepy.

 

Third week, I am having pain in my knee and left arm. Same as I had a year ago during withdrawal. It makes a big difference when you know what to expect, and you know it will go away. First time around was so scary. I sometimes get dizzy, feeling like my eyes are separated from the rest of my head. SO weird. I almost loose balance when this happen.I get very impatient, especially in the morning. I am frustrated. I stay away from unnecessary stress and people I don't need to see. It helps. I can't avoid it at work, but I can try. I feel calmer now that I am taking a lower dose. I feel things and I seem to be able to separate what is important from what is not. I don't sweat the small stuff as much as I used to. I see the bigger picture, which I couldn't see when I was on medication. I was on surviving mode.

 

I wonder if I should change the time I take my Cymbalta. I take it at 6am, and have most side effects from 9 to 12pm, so 15 hours after I take it. If I took it at 4 in the morning, I would be wide awake from 7 to 10pm, and might be able to sleep after that. I am counting beads, which is hard, but it makes me feel in control. 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

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Cymbalta for 2 years, and Celexa for 8 years prior to that. I am trying to taper off, 1 bead at a time. I have been having extreme nausea, headaches and tiredness.
I began my tapering on February 1st, 2016. It took me until October 2016 to reduce to 30 mg.

June 3rd: I am now at 20 mg.

August 1st 2017: I decided I was going to go down to 10 mg. It is not going well. Barely no physical side effects, except for insomnia. I am feeling really down. I am debating whether or not I should go back on 20mg....

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Nice to hear from you Oneday,

 

If you want to shift the time you take it, try bringing it back by an hour each day so it's a gradual shift rather than a sudden one.  Will you be awake at 4am?  Wow!

 

Also, you are probably aware that was a fairly big reduction - from 30mg to 20mg.  10% drops are much easier for your brain to handle.  Maybe next time?

 

See how it goes, it's always an option (if things get unbearable) to up-dose a little.  Sounds like you are coping fairly well. 

 

Karen 

2010  Fluoxetine 20mg.  2011  Escitalopram 20mg.  2013 Tapered badly and destabilised CNS.  Effexor 150mg. 

2015 Begin using info at SurvivingAntidepressants.  Cut 10% - bad w/d 2 months, held 1 month. 

Micro-tapering: four weekly 0.4% cuts, hold 4 weeks (struggling with symptoms).

8 month hold.

2017 Micro-tapering: four weekly 1% cuts, hold 4 weeks (symptoms almost non-existent).

2020 Still micro-tapering. Just over 2/3 of the way off effexor. Minimal symptoms, - and sleeping well.
Supplements: Fish oil, vitamin C, iron, oat-straw tea, nettle tea.

My story of healing:ContinuedHealing

***I am not a doctor; please do your own research and be able to take responsibility for decisions you make.*** 

           'The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists.'  Dr Gabor Mate.

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