Off cymbalta cold turkey

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charityluv
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   Posted 4/28/2008 12:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I went off cymbalta cold turkey mainly due to insurance. I feel like my brain is electrically charged and im truly nauseated.
How long does this last?

wen4003
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   Posted 4/28/2008 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Charityluv,

First, I would like to welcome you to Healing Well, we are very happy that you have found us. You should find this to be a considerate and caring group of people who are willing to help and support you. Be sure to check out the Anxiety-Panic resources link to the right as there is a wealth of information there. Also be sure to check out old posts as there may be something of use to you there as well.

I am very sorry that you are going through this and I understand how awful it is to go off meds cold turkey, I've had to do it in the very recent past and it's no fun. I have no idea what the withdrawal symptoms are from this medication or how long they will last - I have never used this med. Have you checked with your doctor about this or asked if your doctor may have samples of this medication in order to wean you off the med? Has your doctor contacted the insurance company to explain why you need this med or maybe find another med that will work and they will accept? Maybe other members can tell you about the withdrawal symptoms, as I just have no idea about this particular drug. Please make sure to keep your doctor up to date on any withdrawal symptoms you experience. At the top of this page in the Anxiety-Resources area is a link to a Relaxtion Techniques thread that may be useful to you - many members use them, myself included and they work well.

Also, this won't help immediately, but you may qualify for help from the pharmaceutical company that makes this drug. I have done a search online and Lily Pharmaceutical appears to make this medication and may very well have a program that can help you get this medication either free or for a low co-payment. Please feel free to email me if you would like more information about this (just click in the little blue box to the left and you can get my email address from my profile).

In the meantime, try to keep yourself occupied as much as you can - hobbies, work, etc. in order to help keep your mind off how you are feeling. I know this is much easier said than done. Please feel free to come here to vent, tell us how you are doing, ask questions, etc. Although we cannot give medical advice, we can certainly give suggestions and tell you about our own experiences. I just wish I could have been of more help to you.

Again, welcome to HW - keep posting to let us know how you are and so we can get to know you better.

Take care,
Wen

stkitt
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   Posted 4/28/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
charityluv
Cymbalta is not the type of medication that you should just stop taking all together. Please call your physician and see if he has access to any samples as you should wean off slowly. You are having all the nasty effects going cold turkey and I honestly do not know how long this will last.

Please check with your doctor as I hate to hear your so ill and also it may be unsafe going cold turkey.
Gentle Hugs,
Kitt

charityluv
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   Posted 4/28/2008 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   

im so annoyed i just wrote a freaking essay on here and i went to copy it to my notepad incase i needed it again and somehow this stupid computer just erased it all. mad confused

It went pretty much thanks for the replys, no medicaid, stupid doctors and all my health issues , gotta find new dr and cymbalta withdrawl sucks.

But i had wrote it in about 2million detailed words lol


wen4003
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   Posted 4/28/2008 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Charityluv,
 
Just so that you know, you don't need to be on Medicaid to receive help from the pharmaceutical companies - it goes by your income.  Give it a shot, the worst they can do is say no, but my gut says you will qualify (don't quote me on that though).
 
Good luck and keep posting (hopefully next time it will be saved - I've done that too and it's so darn annoying).
 
Take care,
Wen

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stkitt
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   Posted 4/28/2008 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Wen and it is truly worth talking to the company about. Get the info from Wen. We must advocate for ourselves. I hate to see you suffer.

Regarding your Brain zaps

Brain zaps, also known as "brain shocks," "brain shivers" or "head shocks" are a fairly common withdrawal symptom experienced during discontinuation (or reduction of dose) of SSRI and SNRI antidepressant drugs. The symptom is described as brief but repeated electric shock-like sensations in the brain and head. The effect is not only confined to withdrawal periods for all sufferers, but also are experienced while actually taking the prescribed medication (although less commonly), and have been known to continue for years after withdrawal from the associated medication.

The phenomenon is most commonly associated with Paxil, Prozac, Effexor, Zoloft Cymbalta, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro and Ultram. Reference: The PDR Pocket guide to Prescription Drugs, 7th Edition

Take care and keep posting.
Hugs

Kitt

percycat
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   Posted 4/28/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Charityluv,

I'm sorry to hear that you're having to go through these withdrawal symptoms through no choice of your own. I really hope your doctors or the drug companies can help you out, but I know how rough the symptoms can be. I've never taken Cymbalta, but I have been off and on Paxil a couple of times, and the withdrawal was not something I could deal with.

You've gotten a lot of good advice from some of the other folks. Try your best to hang in there, and check out some of the relaxation techniques. They may not make the symptoms go away, but they might help you to deal with them a little better while you have to.

Keep posting, even if you just need to vent. This a great place for all kinds of support.

percycat

charityluv
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   Posted 4/28/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   

 I do really appreciate the help here this is a great place. I tried another site and no one even reallized i existed i dont think. Well i been going to the same dr for over 2yrs whom i liked. i seen a nurse prac. one day and she claimed that i just wanted meds. I have fibro. anxiety, hypermobility syndrome( lower form of ehlors-danlos) just had a hysterectomy in jan. at 26. Its ok i have 5 kids though dont think i could handle another one if i tried. Love the kids but after 5 its more a daycare then anything lol. Anywho the stupid nurse prac. banned me and since its a joint practice or whatever its called my dr couldnt do nothing at the nurses decision even after telling her im not a drug addict.

I just got married so i lost the medicaid didnt want to start over with another dr simply cause the embarrasment of being disregarded as some sort of medhead i just decided to quit all meds.IM sure not the best thing for me but it beats peoples misjudgment plus being dependent on meds was never me.

I was on cymbalta, lyrica, estrotest hs, fentynal patches, xanax and phenergan. The pain meds wasnt a big deal cause i didnt have withdrawal oddly. I had become medication immune. Try having a hysterectomy and no iv meds doing jack and drs looking at you like your crazy. I was screaming my head off in the hospital. I had one of those push button med dispenser dealies and it wasnt helping. |When i went off the pain meds im hoping if i ever need to get help again i will be less tolerant andthey might actually do something.  I hope i wont need them though. The estrogen kinda worries me being off it im not sure whats going to happen. I do know that no one kids when they say hot and cold flashes. im freezing and burning up at the same time and sweating.

I feel better since i went off medications in general. The lyrica made me gain weight and i dont think the cymbalta helped with anxiety anyways. Im not depressed so im actually ok with qyuitting it. I just hate the brain zapping.

 I NOW FEEL BAD FOR FLIES IN THOSE ZAPPY THINGS LOL.


charityluv
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   Posted 4/28/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   

I think i will try to see about the estrogen from whatever company estrotest hs comes from. As for as the cymbalta i think ill just try to hold out. Nothing comes easy right. Except the good advice and help ive found here.

OK ESSAY COMPLETE. YOU MAY NOW TUNE BACK INTO YOU NORMAL INTERNET STATION!!! tongue


stkitt
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   Posted 4/28/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
chairty

Please do check on the medication, you do have to have a physician involved when getting med from the Pharm Companies as they have to write the RX. Wen really has great info on that. Keep us up to date on how your doing. You are family here and we do care about you.

Hugs
Kitt
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