Weaning off Cymbalta -- help!

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Mersey
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   Posted 9/24/2012 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Ive been taking Cymbalta for 6 weeks for anxiety/depression. 4 weeks at 20 mgs, 1 week at 40 mgs, then decided with my pdoc that it wasn't the right med for me and dropped back to 20 mgs. 3 days ago, while starting Remeron at 15 mgs. I've heard horror stories about how difficult it can be to wean off of Cymbalta, and since 20 mgs is the lowest dose it comes in, I'm not sure what to do to wean down to zero. It's a capsule, not a tablet. I would appreciate advice from anyone who's managed to come off of Cymbalta without too much difficulty. Thank you!

SmileAgainKimmy
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   Posted 9/24/2012 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Understanding what depression is might help you because depression can be treated without meds. Depression is basically negative thoughts that feed on themselves and create this vicious cycle that is depression. The first thing I was told to do was to catch myself having a negative thought and ask myself how it made me feel, physically and emotionally. And then I had to ask myself how realistic that thought was. Sure enough, it never was. My therapist called these thoughts distorted thoughts. Things like “I’ll never be happy again,” or “Nobody cares,” or “Look at me now, I’m so worthless,” or finding all kinds of things to devalue myself or blaming myself for this or that, or thinking so and so was judging me badly. What I had to do next was to replace that negative thought with a POSITIVE one. So I turned “I’m such a failure” into something like “I’m doing my best and I should be rewarded for it” or when I felt sad or lonely, I’d say to myself, “Hey, it’s okay to feel sad. Whatever you feel is okay,” or turn “I’ll never get over this” into “I’ll take one challenge at a time. I know I’m strong enough to face them” or “I know I can overcome this” or “I trust myself to make the right decision.”

It took me discipline and practice to do this, but my life slowly turned around. Another thing that really helped me was to talk about the problems I had with my family and other people. If you can’t afford counseling, you can talk to friend or write it down on a journal. But get it out of your system.

Kimmy

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   Posted 9/24/2012 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Mersey,

Hello and welcome to the forum. Drink alot of water. 32oz or more a day.

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BnotAfraid
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   Posted 9/24/2012 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Also welcome to Smile!
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   Posted 9/24/2012 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
HI there,

I would trust the doctor to help you wean off of the cymbalta. Being that you are going onto another antidepressant, it will help with the withdrawal symptoms, if you even have any. Let your doctor guide you with this transition. I don't think you were on it that long and not at a really high dose, plus going onto another med, I think this will be fairly easy. Just do what your doctor advises. And make sure you let them know if you go through anything that you can't handle. They will be there to help you.

Kimmy,

I really appreciate your post about having a positive attitude and positive affirmations. But some people also have a chemical embalance and need help with medications too. But I agree with you about telling yourself good things and changing your way of thinking. I would like to thank you for sharing. I think it is really important to the healing process to change our way of thinking.

I hope everybody is having a good day...

Hugs, Karen
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Marthas Vineyard
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   Posted 9/25/2012 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Depression is a desease. And it is not something that you can control. It is a chemical embalance and it is not your fault. But you can help yourself in different ways. Cymbalta is not hard to come off of.
When I came off of it, I felt dizzy and had a head ache for a few days. Maybe 3 or so.
Drink lots of water and don't drink any alcohol while you are trying these different medications. Because it will make you more sad and sick.
The best thing that you can actually do for yourself is exercise. I am not trying to drag you to the gym...lol
But what really helped me was making a really great song list on my iPhone and putting my head phones on and working out. This actually does make your brain happy.
Hang in there!
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