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Chuluzoomom: Cymbalta for Pain


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I have been on 30mg of Cymbalta for about 4 months. It has been prescribed for chronic pain no depression or anxiety. It is NOT helping and I want to get off of it. I don't want to pay for another presciption  and have about a 40 day supply left. Can I ween myslef off by skipping days until i am out of days? or do I have to lower the dosage? I would not be able to count out the little beeds in the capsule.

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This post has been moved from the Tapering section.


In order to avoid going into withdrawal, it's necessary to gradually decrease your dose rather than alternate days with the medication.  Alternating days is the worst possible way to get off of an antidepressant.


Here is our topic on getting off of Cymbalta:


Tips for Tapering Cymbalta


Why are you not able to count out the beads? 


Welcome to the forum, Chuluzoomom.  You'll find lots of solid information and friendly support here.

Psychotropic drug history: Pristiq 50 mg. (mid-September 2010 through February 2011), Remeron (mid-September 2010 through January 2011), Lexapro 10 mg. (mid-February 2011 through mid-December 2011), Lorazepam (Ativan) 1 mg. as needed mid-September 2010 through early March 2012

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Introduction: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1588-introducing-jemima/


Success Story: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/6263-success-jemima-survives-lexapro-and-dr-dickhead-too/

Please note that I am not a medical professional and my advice is based on personal experience, reading, and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers.


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If this is your first and only time taking an AD, your chance of getting off and being able to stay off is good as long as you taper slowly. 


Unfortunately the typical course with ADs, no matter what condition they were originally prescribed for, is that people end up having what their doctors will call a "relapse" of depression as a result of quitting too fast. Then the docs put them back on that drug or on a new one and often that is the beginning of many years or a lifetime of dependence on psych meds. 


This is because the drug changes your brain chemistry and your brain tries to adapt to that and sort of remodels itself, and then when you remove the drug the brain has adapted to having it there and kind of crashes without it. That's why it's best to taper slowly and allow your brain to gradually readjust to its "factory settings" (as Alto calls it).


Cymbalta has the reputation for being one that's tricky to get off of quickly. But if you taper it you can do just fine and avoid future problems.


Also, I have to say, those Cymbalta for pain commercials always make me grind my teeth. Studies don't show it working very well at all for pain, just barely better than placebo, and it's such a dangerous, serious drug.  There are better options.

Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease". Long story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything. Amitryptiline, Prozac, bupropion, buspirone, flurazepam, diazepam, alprazolam, Paxil, citalopram, lamotrigine, gabapentin...probably more I've forgotten. 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.


Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

2/12/20             12                       0.045               0.007                   1 

May 2021            7                       0.01                  0.0037                1

Feb 2022            6                      0!!!                     0.00167               0.98                2.5 mg Ambien

Oct 2022       4.5 mg Lamictal    (off Celexa, off Xanax)   0.95 Valium    Ambien, 1/4 to 1/2 of a 5 mg tablet 


I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.

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