Going off of cymbalta? need help

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bellski
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 6/29/2008 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am usually on the Ulcerative Colitis site.  I have a question, hope some can give their opinions.  I want to go off of my cymbalta, I'm going to tell doc but wanted to know how you did it, how it went.  I mainly went on it to try no to be so anxious, as stress is a trigger for my UC.  I fugured it might help protect my colon.  I do have some depression too, but know I can manage without meds.  I don't even know if cymbalta helped.  My moods are either real high or very low now.  I think it makes me a little depressed.  I'm on other meds for the rest of my life for UC.  So, all of the sudden, I'm getting freaked out by this med. controlling my brain.  I'm on what I think is the lowest dose, 20mg a day, (one pill).  What do you think the doc will say.  I am not going in, I want him to tell me on phone, I hate going to doctors.  Any advice is appreciated. Thanks, Bellski
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1,         Canasax X 2 Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
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stkitt
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   Posted 6/29/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there,

This is Kitt and boy you have the wrong person helping you.  My Pdoc and I have been fighting about Cymbalta for months now.  I want off of it and she just tells me I need to increase my dose that is why I am being so anxious about wanting off of it...............I need more. confused

I am  to be on 120mg...............holey moley batman.  I tried it and had 5 episodes of severe dizziness and low BP.  I had to lay down on kitchen floor and call for my hubby.

I called Doc's office and they allowed me to drop down to 60 mg.  I have read the withdrawal from Cymbalta can be really tough and to go very very slow so please don't just go cold turkey.

I wish you luck but remember to go slow.  Some people at low dose do not have a lot of trouble coming off Cymbalta so I hope you are one of the lucky ones.  Bless you.

Kitt

 


 

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bellski
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 499
   Posted 6/29/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much Kitt, You're doctor should listen to you, that is frustrating. Have you tried other meds? My dad and husband have tried lexipro and it helped my husband but he went off 'cause he hates drugs. My dad is still on it and it works well for him. Anyhow, I want to try to go off Cymbalta, if the doc says no to me, I will do it on my own. I can't believe your dose was so high, no wonder it made you dizzy. I too have read about the withdrawl being very difficult, wish I would have read that before going on it. Good luck to you too. Life can be hard, keep on keeping on, Bellski
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1,         Canasax X 2 Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
"I thank God that  I found this website!"
 

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