The concerns about Cymbalta withdrawal, Cymbalta addiction, and the drug in general cover a wide range of topics, which are addressed in the FAQ’s below. These discuss how to get off Cymbalta, the drug’s mechanics of action upon the brain and body, interactions with other substances that one should be aware of, Cymbalta side effects, pregnancy-specific data, and several other important health issues to be considered when seeking Cymbalta withdrawal treatment.
An SNRI type of antidepressant can often produce unexpected adverse effects, despite any failure on the part of the drug manufacturer to fully and clearly disclose these to the consumer. Anyone considering taking such a drug is well advised to research the matter thoroughly so that the most optimally informed decisions can be made. Perhaps Cymbalta alternative treatment should also be discussed, as well as drug-free remedies for mental unease.
If you are currently taking Cymbalta or a similar SNRI medication, are suffering from Cymbalta addiction or dependence, or Cymbalta side effects, and are considering tapering off Cymbalta or any similar antidepressant drug, please remember the strong FDA warning against abrupt Cymbalta cessation. Stopping cymbalta all at once is definitely a health risk and should not be done, except of course in the case of Serotonin Syndrome, a specialized case, which is outlined further below.
Please use the data here freely in coordination with your primary caregivers, to assist you in the information gathering phase, which is essential to successfully planning your Cymbalta withdrawal treatment. It is possible to stop taking Cymbalta with a minimum of discomfort. It can be easier to do once a person learns important details about how to get off Cymbalta, some of which information is below.
The SNRI antidepressant Cymbalta (duloxetine) is most widely used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, and certain types of pain. Following is a timeline showing when the FDA approval for these uses came into effect:
Some off-label uses for Cymbalta (duloxetine) in the USA include:
Speak to your caregiver, or ask us at the Alternative to Meds Center for alternative treatments that do not involve SNRI drugs. It is possible to attain natural mental health.
Duloxetine is the generic name for the brand or trade name Cymbalta. Other trade names include Yentreve, and the drug is sold in the EU as Xeristar and Ariclaim.
Care should be taken not to confuse Cymbalta or its generic name, duloxetine with “SALA” drugs, meaning drug names that sound alike or look alike. To avoid mistaking one drug for another, drug manufacturers often use specific colors, add markings, or use other distinctive features to help minimize this risk.
For example, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (4) lists Symbyax as a drug which is often confused with Cymbalta (duloxetine). Symbyax is an SSRI drug that compounds two drugs:
These similarities make Symbyax a drug which might be confused with Cymbalta, but are, in fact, much different from each other in how and when they would be prescribed, despite their similar sounding names.
Cymbalta (duloxetine) primarily targets the serotonin and norepinephrine neurotransmitters, and to a lesser extent, dopamine. Cymbalta has a blocking effect, so that these naturally occurring neurotransmitters are restrained from following their normal pathway, and remain suspended instead of being reabsorbed as they normally would be. The pooling or building up of these substances can result in a wide variety of effects such as mood brightening or feelings of euphoria that speak to its popularity in the treatment of depression and pain relief. These effects are temporary.
They are temporary because after the neurotransmitters have been suspended or pooled, they eventually degrade and become inactive. This can result in a deficit over time, as the drug does not create new stores of these naturally produced chemicals, but only purges and uses up existing resources in the body.
The result of this deficit might explain some of the more long-term negative Cymbalta side effects where an initial perceived benefit can often be overshadowed by other troubling side effects that begin to appear after weeks or months. There are hundreds of reported Cymbalta side effects but we will focus on the most common ones here (1%-10% or higher) and a number of less common reactions that would signal a high health risk and potentially require swift medical intervention, should they occur.
WARNING: While no one wants to suffer any longer than necessary, it is important to strongly reiterate that the process of Cymbalta withdrawal can be made more difficult if attempted too rapidly. Abrupt or “cold turkey” cessation from Cymbalta is NOT recommended, as it can actually lengthen recovery time greatly. There are many treatment methods that have been found to lessen the discomfort, and to help ease the process in a much gentler manner, and these can be found explained in further detail in the below section on “Treatment”. There are effective methods of Cymbalta withdrawal help that are surprisingly gentle and easy to tolerate when implemented with care and compassion.
There can be many adverse effects felt when coming off Cymbalta. Some of the more common ones that may present when stopping Cymbalta are listed here:
Because of the mechanics of SNRI antidepressants, there can be a significant measure of difficulty without comprehensive Cymbalta withdrawal help. Some of the side effects of Cymbalta while taking it can be hard to differentiate from those that can arise and even intensify when tapering off Cymbalta. Working with an experienced medical practitioner who can help monitor the process of Cymbalta cessation is recommended.
In addition to Cymbalta side effects and the adverse effects of Cymbalta withdrawal, a person may also be struggling with their initial symptoms that led to taking an antidepressant in the first place. This can be an overwhelming process to embark on alone, especially where such problems may have arisen.
There are holistic treatment methods that may prove beneficial in regaining natural mental health, especially during Cymbalta withdrawal and also recovery phases of treatment. This is a journey that may be best taken with caregivers who can provide encouragement and effective, compassionate care along the way.
Below are some of the most frequently requested points of information concerning Cymbalta (duloxetine).
Dr. Motl is currently certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, and Board eligible in Neurology and licensed in the state of Arizona. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and philosophy. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Motl has studied Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at U.C.L.A.