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searchingforanswers
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   Posted 7/18/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Hi everyone,
 
Have any of you been on Cymbalta for a length of time and then quit taking it? If so, what dosage were you on? Did you go through many side effects?
bev
 
mother of four sons, grandma to five, wife to one wonderful husband
 
fibromyalgia since 1993
Cymbalta, Trammadol, Lyrica, Xanex


Sera Smiles
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   Posted 7/18/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there- I was on cymbalta for about 3 years and then had to go off for a couple of months- not a health issue, I just lost my insurance duie to being laid off from work. I did have some issues while being off it, depression returned and anxiety as well, also pain felt more intense- even tho I was on generic prozac during the two months. Cymbalta does decrease the severity of pain and my outlook is more positive. Glad to be back on it.
"Its never too late to be who you might have been" George Eliot


searchingforanswers
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   Posted 7/19/2008 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Dear Sera Smiles,
 
I am so glad that you said what you did. I've been on Cymbalta for about a year now along with Lyrica. When I feel good, I feel very good. When I overdo, I get sooooo sick that I would be happy to cease existance.
 
All I have read lately is what a bad drug Cymbalta is...very addictive and terrible to try to quit. I hate to become addicted to drugs, but my doctors don't seem to be concerned about how long I take it. I think that somewhere in my mind, I think that I can beat this disease. Everytime I feel a little better, I feel that I should be able to quit taking something until I quit all the drugs and am the person that I used to be. I guess that my real problem is that even after fifteen years of dealing with this...I still haven't accepted my inability to cure myself.
 
I've been awake on and off all night thinking about this problem...trying to dissect every feeling that I have, examining why I feel the way I do and I kept coming back to the part of the AA code that talks about accepting the things that you cannot change. Maybe this is the part I need to accept "the things I cannot change". I don't know. My sister says I think about everything too much, but I only want to understand WHY.
 
Thanks for the conversation. 
bev
 
mother of four sons, grandma to five, wife to one wonderful husband
 
fibromyalgia since 1993
Cymbalta, Trammadol, Lyrica, Xanex


Dagger
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   Posted 7/19/2008 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
My mom was on Cymbalta for a few years then started having a problem (reckless spending) and had to go off it. It was VERY rough for her. Even though she tapered down slowly, it took months. She had neurological problems, mood swings, pain, insomnia, nausea. My mom's been on many differnent meds over the years, she said this was the hardest to come off of. That said, everyone is different, your experience will be different.

I wouldn't worry about what MAY happen if you ever have to stop taking it, you may be perfectly fine. You've been on it for a year and it seems to help you. I wouldn't go off it just because you fear addiction or you are worried about how hard it will be to quit. I think addiction is the wrong word for a med like Cymbalta. Dependent would be a better word and what's so bad about being dependent on a medication that helps you. I know you'd like to be healthy and not have to take any medicines but that's not the way it is right now.

In my opinion, accepting your disease doesn't mean giving up on looking for ways to feel better. It means living the best life you can today, not putting off life until you feel better. Unless you are having a problem with side effects or money, accept that these meds allow you to live a better life than if you didn't take them.

I have also had fibro symptoms for over 15 years and I also want to be the person I used to be. But, I am 15 years older so I wouldn't be that person even if I hadn't gotten sick. I'm not sure if that made sense. I got sick in my late 20's, now I'm in my late 40's. What am I supposed to feel like, how does a normal, relatively healthy person my age feel? This is what I've been thinking about lately.

searchingforanswers
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   Posted 7/19/2008 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Dagger,

Thanks for the information. The only problem that I have with money is never having enough! It is stupid to worry about what may happen...I have enough problems that do happen. Today I feel good. that is what's important?
bev
 
mother of four sons, grandma to five, wife to one wonderful husband
 
fibromyalgia since 1993
Cymbalta, Trammadol, Lyrica, Xanex


Sera Smiles
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   Posted 7/19/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey again- I have never had any problems with addiction, when I went off of it I didn't feel anything negative except that it stopped working! :) You and I are similar- I am a "thinker" as opposed to a "feeler". I over think everything. I just want to know WHY about everything. I have let this health issue teach me how to let go of so many crazy negative things that I used to think were good- like analyzing so many things and trying to figure it all out. Now I am happier since I have more room in my life, my head, AND my heart for positive changes. I wish you teh best!
Peace!
"Its never too late to be who you might have been" George Eliot


gmaA
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   Posted 7/19/2008 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Cymbalta and have for about 2 yrs now I think, round about anyway, and it works well for me for my depression and helps my pain I am sure. I have had to stop my cymbalta relatively suddenly twice since I started it due to financial reasons. I am on 60mg daily and when I say relatively suddenly I mean I knew I wasn't going to be able to buy it, so I would skip a day or 2 for about a week. I don't recommend it, you are not supose to stop cymbalta suddenly or without doctor's recommendation and then you taper off it; When I had been off of it for about 3-4 days, I got really, really sick. I have severe depression anyway and I have a lot of pain with my ibs, I mean severe pain abdominally and lets not even forget the fibromyalgia pain. So, when it got out of my system, I was extremely fatiqued, had heart palpitations, was dizzy and sweaty off / on, had horrible pain and was so sick I really thought something elese was wrong, but my Mama got my prescription filled on that 3rd or 4th day and I got right back on it and got better the next day. I hope I never have to go without it like that again. I could be wrong about what was wrong with me, it may not have been withdrawals, but I feel pretty certain that it was.
As far as being worried about taking it, I am not...i have a low seretonin level and will have to take something for depression for the rest of my life, I have been told that more than once and the few times over the years that I haven't been on an antidepressant, I didn't like myself very much and I don't ever plan on not taking one. If the time comes that I need to stop cymbalta and take something elese, I feel confident my physician can switch it without complications. I have been on many different anti-depressants over the years making transitions from one to the next without problems from the help of my doctors.
I really haven't heard any bad things about it, but i haven't researched it lately either though.

Have a wonderful pain free day, Anne.

IBS, fibromyalgia,arthritis, depression, anxiety, PTSD, GERD, migraines, past endometriosis, ovarian cysts, polyps in uterus = hysterectomy, gallbladder removal; liver resection

cymbalta, amitza, vivelle patch, fentanyl patch, oxycodone, levisyn, restoril, xanax, phenergan, mobic, fioracett, skelaxin


summerct
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   Posted 7/20/2008 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on cymbalta and it works for me. My brother was on it for a few years and just weaned himself off. He was on 60 mg. He said he did it gradually. Even so the first few days with no meds was hard.
 
Lisa in CT
 


chiquitab
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   Posted 7/21/2008 1:48 AM (GMT -7)   

It will be two weeks ago tomorrow that I stopped taking Cymbalta.  I had been on 30 mgs. for fibro and depression after my brother took his own life in May.  I did very well on the 30 mgs., but PCP thought I would feel even better on 60 mgs.  Within days my fibro pain was worse and I had extreme insomnia and restlessness, so I went back down to the 30 mgs.  I had such severe withdrawal symptoms just from going from 60 to 30 mgs. like extreme sweating,, nausea and dizziness.  I stayed on the 30 mgs. for five days but still had the symptoms so took my last Cymbalta.  It has pretty much a roller coaster ride with the withdrawal with nausea, head zaps, ringing in ears, crying jags, anger, anxiety, you name it.  Plus, my blood glucose readings have spiked the past few days (I'm diabetic).  My husband went on line and said all those symptoms are pretty much common.  I nearly went back on the med when I became frustrated, but after researching the pill more, I have decided that being off the med is the best thing for me.

Just remember that we are all different and what works for one, may not be right for another.  I just know that I will never take another medicaiton without first researching all the side effects.  I have felt that I slipped into a big hole after stopping this medication and I am slowly digging myself out.

My best to you in whatever you do with this medication.

Love and blessings to all.

Bonnie

 


anstar
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   Posted 7/31/2008 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Late to the party, but I take 300mgs of Lyrica and 60 of Cymbalta. So far (knock wood) the combination is working wonders. I have almost no pain (except for the shoulder pain from a fall, but that's not the meds fault). Sleep is still a problem for me but I no longer wake up feeling like someone beat me with a baseball bat in my sleep.

twinsugarplum
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   Posted 8/16/2008 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Lyrica didnt work for me.. Thanks to Cymbalta Iam walking again..So If I have a choice of walking or worrying about the side effects when I have to go off of it ..I choose to walk and deal with that later when it happens if it does....When you are on a scale of 1 to 10 for pain you have to choose what works..Now my pain is about a 3...thanks for hearing me out.....
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