Moderator's note: Link to gardenlady's benzo thread
I would like to taper off of 60 mg Cymbalta. However, I am in the middle of a taper off of Valium and am now at 11 mg/day. The horror stories I have heard about Cymbalta withdrawal terrify me. Should I cross over from Cymbalta to another AD and then taper off? And, should I wait until I finish my Valium taper? I cross tapered from 1.75 mg Ativan to 13 mg Valium and am now down to 11 mg. It's going to be a long time until I'm o
Those people must be guessing. I can't find any substantiation of that equivalence between fluoxetine and duloxetine. None of the studies available have included duloxetine.
As Cymbalta is an SNRI and Prozac is an SSRI, you run the risk of serotonin syndrome, as their effects on serotonin can be additive. This makes it tricky to switch from Cymbalta to Prozac.
Guides like this one advise tapering off the SNRI first, then adding the fluoxetine https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/