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Cymbalta Alternatives

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Alternatives to Cymbalta are available but generally ignored as first-line treatments. Antidepressant medications are typically prescribed prior to any substantial medical investigations or lifestyle interventions. We are changing that on a daily basis at Alternative to Meds Center. 

There are many possible causes of depression. Below we discuss a number of these, such as impaired hormonal states, deficiency of vitamin D, substandard diet, adrenal fatigue, lack of exercise, failed life aspirations, and others. Non-drug-based treatments provide safe and effective alternatives to Cymbalta or other drugs to effectively resolve psychiatric symptoms.

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Alternative to Meds has been the expert on Abilify withdrawal for over 15 years. We would like you to read our published evidence regarding the remarkable successes of our clients. In most cases, 87.5%, long term relief is achieved. We understand the importance of addressing underlying causes or contributing factors that may be in play during a time of stress or crisis. But these can change, and alternatives to medication can provide higher levels of health and wellness that you can depend on for the rest of your life.

Why Choose Cymbalta Alternatives?

alternative natural medicineA host of Cymbalta alternatives can provide better solutions than struggling with Cymbalta side effects and ineffectiveness We are aware of Cymbalta substitutes that yield better answers than living the rest of life medicated on antidepressants. Do you want a loved one or yourself to live life without drugs and return to feeling well? Alternative to Meds Center can custom-design effective Cymbalta alternatives that simplify the process and alleviate medication-associated problems.

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What Is Cymbalta (Duloxetine)?

Cymbalta, AKA duloxetine falls under the classification of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Cymbalta is prescribed to treat several conditions, namely, depression (also known as clinical or major depression), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), chronic musculoskeletal pain (including back pain and arthritis), fibromyalgia, and peripheral diabetic neuropathy pain (hand, feet, arm, or leg nerve pain due to diabetes).

cymbalta alternativesDepression is one of the most common conditions for which duloxetine is prescribed. However, individuals may find great relief by opting for Cymbalta natural alternatives.

Side effects or an insufficient response to treatment is possible with all prescription medications. Antidepressant side effects, intolerability, ineffectiveness, Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms (if the drug is discontinued), and the potential of developing dependency after long-term use are very real concerns patients may have during treatment with duloxetine.

Hamster-Wheel Effect of Antidepressant Drugs

neurotransmitters and antidepressantsTraditional doctors prescribe the bulk of antidepressants. When an individual seeks alternatives to Cymbalta their prescribing doctor’s first recommendation will likely be other antidepressants. There are many problems associated with using other drugs as an alternative to duloxetine, especially for individuals trying to avoid Cymbalta side effects. All antidepressant drugs have side-effect risks, the possibility of being ineffective, and cause physical dependence or withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation.

Rather than fall into the trap of multiple medications, or shocking the body with switching from one drug to another and even others, we advise looking carefully at natural alternatives that do not generate harm in the name of help.

Antidepressant Cymbalta Alternatives

Fortunately, there are very effective natural Cymbalta alternatives for depression or other conditions. Researchers are always on the lookout for natural, non-drug-based therapeutics for psychiatric conditions, such as SAM-e 1, St. John’s Wort 2,  exercise 4,  exposure to sunlight 5, and many others. 

Natural Cymbalta alternatives include:

  • Talk therapy such as CBT or DBT.
  • Change of diet.
  • Cleansing toxins from workplace or in-home exposure, pesticides, past drug use, etc.
  • Exercise*
  • Exposure to sunlight or light therapy.
  • Supplements such as SAMe, St. John’s Wort, 5-HTP.
  • Get tested for food allergies, nutritional deficiencies.

*Studies such as Craft & Perna’s “Benefits of exercise for the clinically depressed.” have shown promising results regarding the therapeutic benefits of exercise in the treatment of clinical depression.

The Causes of Depression Can Be Uncovered

testing for causes of depressionPhysicians, in an effort to help their patients, often prescribe an antidepressant prior to any significant investigative efforts into why the person is actually depressed. Is a depressed individual really just lacking serotonin? What about food allergies in which internal swelling causes the metabolism to slow down? What about a low thyroid? Or what about an accumulation of neurotoxins like heavy metal toxins that abolish energy metabolism? These are some of the underlying potential causes of depression and can lead to procuring natural treatments.

The low-serotonin theory has been in the spotlight for some time, discussing whether or not serotonin deficiency is a prime factor in clinical depression. Pharmaceutical companies have touted this theory that has made SSRI drugs some of the best-sellers on the market. While some are serotonin-deficient, not every depressed person shares that profile. And even if the individual was not deficient in serotonin prior to taking an antidepressant, the medication may cause a serotonin deficiency to develop. Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Cymbalta don’t produce serotonin, they stop the reuptake. Serotonin is meant for reuptake in order for the nerve cell to reuse it. It is a process of conservation. When serotonin is kept by force of the drug, out in nerve space (the synapse), it degrades into unusable metabolites and there is no serotonin left for reuptake.

This is similar to how one could say that cocaine combats depression — but only for a short time. Cocaine uses up all available dopamine rather than creating more of it. Dopamine functions as our reward neurochemical. When an individual consumes cocaine, the ensuing dopamine purge makes everything seems rewarding. However, after all the dopamine is spent, this leaves nothing to hold reward or value to the individual.

The mechanics are similar to SSRI drugs, but focusing on serotonin instead of dopamine. Serotonin is an inhibitory neurotransmitter – it inhibits stimulus from the environment and additionally decreases compulsive thinking and behaviors. It also helps to create sleep neurohormones. With that much profit to our health, no wonder the body is set up to conserve and not exhaust this valuable neurotransmitter!

Alternative to Meds Center Multifaceted Protocol

getting off cymbaltaAlternative to Meds Center provides medical supervision to help individuals reduce dependence and withdrawal from psychiatric medications. We discover the medical reasons that may contribute to a person’s depression or anxiety. Our program employs lab testing to determine underlying causal factors, natural substances to create neurochemistry stabilization, cleansing to remove environmentally accumulated toxins,3 careful withdrawal techniques, targeted nutritional therapies such as amino treatment, massage, peer support, exercise, personal training, yoga, and many other natural Cymbalta alternatives that combat depression.

Success with Alternatives to Cymbalta

Environmental Medicine - Alternative To MedsWe find success each and every day at Alternative to Meds Center. In celebration of our participants’ successful achievements, we have weekly graduations. There are up to 50 people who attend each event, including friends and family of the participant, and fellow residents. A number of unbelievable stories have been heard at these events, some of them recount decades spent in absurd suffering, spoken now with extraordinary clarity.

This is an inspiration to us when we get to see this, knowing they have all the tools to preserve a healthy way of life and continue to be a beacon for other people. We invite you to give us a call to learn more about the kind of Cymbalta alternatives help that is available for yourself or a loved one.


1. Sharma A, et al., “S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) for Neuropsychiatric Disorders: A Clinician Oriented Review of Research.” J Clinic Psychiatry Jun 2017 [Internet] PMID28682528 [cited 2020 Nov 23]

2. Cui Y, Zheng Y, “A meta-analysis on the efficacy and safety of St John’s Wort extract in depression therapy in comparison with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in adults.” Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2016 [Internet] PMID 27468236 [cited 2020 Nov 23]

3. Editor NDNR, “Toxicity and Depression“, Naturopathic Doctor News and Review 2012 Mar 23 [Internet] [cited 2020 Nov 23]

4. Craft L, Perna F, “The Benefits of Exercise for the Clinically Depressed’ Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2004 [Internet] PMID15361924 [cited 2020 Nov 23]

5. Kent S, et al., “Effect of sunlight exposure on cognitive function among depressed and non-depressed participants: a REGARDS cross-sectional study.” Environ Health 2009 July 09 [Internet] PMID 19638105 [cited 2020 Nov 23]



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Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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