I had earlier posted that I felt Cymbalta wasn’t working for me as an antidepressant. Along with not working on many depression symptoms Cymbalta lowered my libido. Finally I had an appointment with a Psychiatrist and I was shocked at what she told me.
I had been having some lingering symptoms of what I thought was depression. I was unmotivated, everything seemed like a lot of work to me and like I had said before, I had zero libido. I thought that Cymbalta wasn’t working on my symptoms and that I would need to have a medication change. I was wrong.
After asking me a series of questions in which I answered as honestly as possible no matter how embarrassing it was, the psychiatrist told me something that I wasn’t expecting to hear. I was not having the symptoms that I am having due to being under medicated or being on the wrong medication. I was having these symptoms because I was over medicated.
Based on the fact that my daily dose of Cymbalta is relatively low, it appears that I don’t require an antidepressant. What? You mean that my medication which I thought was making my life a little better had actually been causing some of my most major problems? I couldn’t believe it. So what do I do now?
Cymbalta is not the type of medication that you should just stop taking all together. It can cause some withdrawal symptoms and frankly, I’m all set with going through another withdrawal. So the psychiatrist suggested that I ween myself off slowly…very slowly.
My daily dose of Cymbalta has been reduced by half and I am to take that for 3 months. After that time, I can either cut that dose in half or I can stop taking it all together. That is a pretty long weening time frame if you ask me, but then again I’m no doctor.
Today is the second day of taking 20mg of Cymbalta. I actually still am feeling some withdrawal symptoms. I have something going on that I can only describe as brain shivers. If you have never had this, be thankful. It is really a bad feeling. It doesn’t hurt or anything like that but every once in a while I get what feels like an electrical buzz inside my brain. I know that this is due to the decrease in Cymbalta because there was a time I went a week without taking the medication and I got the same sensation, although a lot more intense than what I am having now.
I’ll grab a saying out of the narcotics anonymous bag o’ sayings, ahh here we go…This too shall pass. Knowing that this withdrawal symptom will be short lived I am feeling pretty positive about weening off of Cymbalta.
It is great to feel that I don’t “need” to take some sort of drug to be a functioning human being. After all isn’t that why I stopped my substance abuse in the first place. I wanted to be free of “having” to take drugs to feel normal.
Today, although I have some weird feelings in my brain, I am proud of myself for taking steps towards becoming a better person on my own without the help of drugs. I’m also feeling good about myself for not caving in because of my “brain shivers” and taking my regular dose of Cymbalta. I never thought I would be weening myself off another drug in my lifetime but it is what it is I guess.