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Rdamron: I am starting my Journey off Cymbalta.....


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I am starting my journey off Cymbalta tomorrow. I went to the dr today and he is dropping me from 60mg to 30mg. I tried this last summer, but couldn't deal with the withdrawls. This time he is giving me Ativan for the withdrawl symptoms. Has anyone else tried this?

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Hi Rdamron,

 

Welcome to the community.  I moved your post to introductions because your question is really more about your situation than it is about overall tapering.  Please use this thread to post your questions and updates. 

 

Your doctor has recommended a 50% taper and we don't recommend tapering that quickly. Ativan may help with the anxiety, but the problem is that you will then have to taper off of Ativan.  You might also have other symptoms that Ativan cannot help with.  Ativan is a benzodiazepine and they are addictive.

 

Here is our topic on tapering Cymbalta: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/283-tapering-off-cymbalta-duloxetine/.  Some folks have been successful in opening the capsules and counting out a number of beads to reduce the dosage on a more gradual basis.  We recommend that you start with no more than a 10% dosage reduction and then monitor your symptoms to see if you can go more quickly or need to go more slowly.

 

When you get a chance, please add your withdrawal history to your signature.  Your signature posts with each question or update you post and provides a ready reference to moderators and members who will respond to you in the forum.  http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/893-please-put-your-withdrawal-history-in-your-signature/

 

Karma

2007 @ 375 mg Effexor - 11/29/2011 - 43.75 mg Effexor (regular) & .625 mg Xanax

200 mg Gabapentin 2/27/21 - 194.5 mg, 5/28/21 - 183 mg, 8/2/21 - 170 mg, 11/28/21 - 150 mg, 4/19/22 - 122 mg; 8//7/22 - 100 mg
Xanax taper: 3/11/12 - 0.9375 mg, 3/25/12 - 0.875 mg, 4/6/12 - 0.8125 mg, 4/18/12 - 0.75 mg; 1/16 0.6875 mg; at some point 0.625 mg
Effexor taper: 1/29/12 - 40.625 mg, 4/29/12 - 39.875 mg, 5/11/12 - Switched to liquid Effexor, 5/25/12 - 38 mg, 7/6/12 - 35 mg, 8/17/12 - 32 mg, 9/14/12 - 30 mg, 10/19/12 - 28 mg, 11/9/12 - 26 mg, 11/30/12 - 24 mg, 01/14/13 - 22 mg. 02/25/13 - 20.8 mg, 03/18/13 - 19.2 mg, 4/15/13 - 17.6 mg, 8/10/13 - 16.4 mg, 9/7/13 - 15.2 mg, 10/19/13 - 14 mg, 1/15/14 - 13.2 mg, 3/1/2014 - 12.6 mg, 5/4/14 - 12 mg, 8/1/14 - 11.4 mg, 8/29/14 - 10.8 mg; 10/14/14 - 10.2 mg; 12/15/14 - 10 mg, 1/11/15 - 9.5 mg, 2/8/15 - 9 mg, 3/21/15 - 8.5 mg, 5/1/15 - 8 mg, 6/9/15 - 7.5 mg, 7/8/15 - 7 mg, 8/22/15 - 6.5 mg, 10/4/15 - 6 mg; 1/1/16 - 5.6 mg; 2/6/16 - 5.2 mg; 4/9 - 4.8 mg; 7/7 4.5 mg; 10/7 4.25 mg; 11/4 4.0 mg; 11/25 3.8 mg; 4/24 3.6 mg; 5/27 3.4 mg; 7/8 3.2 mg ... 10/18 2.8 mg; 1/18 2.6 mg; 4/7 2.4 mg; 5/26 2.15mg; 8/18 1.85 mg; 10/7 1.7 mg; 12/1 1.45 mg; 3/2 1.2 mg; 5/4 0.90 mg; 6/1 0.80 mg; 6/22 0.65 mg; 08/03 0.50 mg, 08/10 0.45 mg, 10/05 0.325 mg, 11/23 0.2 mg, 12/14 0.15 mg, 12/21 0.125 mg, 02/28 0.03125 mg, 2/15 0.015625 mg, 2/29/20 0.00 mg - OFF Effexor


I am not a medical professional - this is not medical advice. My suggestions are based on personal experience, reading, observation and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers

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Welcome, Rdamron.

 

Tapering slowly is preferable to taking a benzo for withdrawal symptoms. Try not to take a benzo at all -- they have serious side effects and, as Karma said, can incur dependency.

 

Please read the topic on tapering Cymbalta.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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Hi Rdamron, any luck with tapering? I've just posted an intro that may help. Good luck :-)

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/5096-tapering-off-cymbalta-my-positive-experience/#entry64945

Currently tapering off Cymbalta 30mg.  Adding 4 to 6 x 1000mg Omega3 Flax Oil Capsules per day, 2 to 3 litres of water and regular exercise (cycle/walk/yoga).

 

Have been on and off medication and in therapy for the past 10 years to deal with my inability to understand and react appropriately to "life" and other people. I am currently in the process of removing myself from this stressful city based corporate life and head out to a relaxed paced life in a more tranquil setting (Daintree, Far North QLD, Australia). I hope one day to work with animals in a wildlife park or in the field of marine life conservation  :)

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