Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms?

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   Posted 5/3/2012 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I took Cymbalta 30 mg for one month, had no side effects but no relief. My doc increased it to 60 mg but I wasn't able to fill the scrip for a few weeks, so I had a gap before starting the higher dose. I didn't tolerate the higher dosage well (horrid constipation, plus massive stomach pain no matter what I tried to to do prevent it) and had little if any relief. I took the last one a week ago and since then have had some weird symptoms. I don't really know how to describe them. My eyes feel weird, kind of burning and tired, and if I move them really quickly from one side to the other or up and down I get dizzy, plus feeling feverish but no elevated temp. It's akin to when I've got a really bad flu. Those symptoms go away after I take my pain meds, weirdly enough. I've had a lot more tinnitus, too, which is saying a lot considering I was very prone to it before. Something else that started while I was taking it is that my legs have become a lot more painful and weak and it's getting really hard to go up and down stairs. It hasn't gotten any better since I stopped it.

Does anyone know if these could be Cymbalta side effects or withdrawal symptoms? The flu-y crap gets so bad sometimes that I have to take my pain meds to make it go away even though I wouldn't take it otherwise, which I really don't want to continue to do. Help?

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   Posted 5/3/2012 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Often when we go off of meds like cymbalta, there are terrible withdrawal symptoms. What you are describing with your eyes, we call brain zaps. I have literally heard my eyes move from side to side. I suspect in a couple of weeks you are going to feel better. It takes time, so be patient. Cymbalta is one of the hardest drugs to come off of. It is used a lot for depression so I see that a lot on the depression forum. If it gets too bad, talk to your doctor about weaning off slowly.

I hope that you feel better soon.

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   Posted 5/3/2012 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen is so right that is one drug you want to wean off slowly. I still have night mares from that drug. I was given that while I was in the hospital and I got serotonin syndrom from it. It took a few days before my Dr. realized what was going on. I had those brain zaps and that is exactly how they felt. After that I was done with trying any new drugs. I went as much natural as I could. Hopefullly you will find some relief soon. I wouldn't try a drug that I cant afford. If a Dr. wants to put me on a drug for a health problem, it has to be cheap. Most of them work just as well. These Dr's get a kick back on pushing these new drugs.

Puzzled with Pain
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   Posted 5/4/2012 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I would have to agree. I was on this medication for two years and had to stop suddenly. I had several of the symptoms you are describing and also became confused and disoriented. It lasted about three weeks before I really felt better. Some people also experience a rebound effect where they become extremely depressed and/or suicidal. If possible, I would recommend you have someone near you who can keep an eye out for you until you start feeling better. If you don't start feeling better soon, I would call your doctor.
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