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Cymbalta Tapering (Duloxetine)

Tapering off of antidepressants incorrectly is a living hell. Doing it properly requires substantial medical investigation, compassionate oversight, and testing to determine the cause(s) of the depression. Such is the case with Cymbalta tapering.

Depression can be the result of a host of factors (impaired hormonal states, nutrient deficiency, substandard diet, adrenal fatigue, lack of exercise, failed life aspirations, etc.) other than a supposed medication deficiency.

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One of the least understood processes in modern medical practice is how to do antidepressant tapering properly. Doctors prescribe drugs, millions upon millions of prescriptions every year, without being trained in how to get off Cymbalta without putting the patient through hell and introducing significant risk.

Imagine training airline pilots how to fuel up, check all the controls, and take off perfectly, but neglecting to teach them how to land the plane. Starting a patient on a drug without instructions on withdrawal from Cymbalta or other drugs is quite similar to not knowing how to land the plane. The consequences of lacking these skills, obviously, would result in a crash.

Some doctors are at least scrambling to voluntarily do non-certified courses and impromptu or weekend training sessions to try and get a handle on the problem of assisting their patients with how to get off Cymbalta safely. However, this problem cannot be laid entirely at the feet of medical doctors. It is not that reducing medication is an esoteric art. It is that today’s medical schools are simply not preparing physicians adequately. Adequate training on Cymbalta cessation help is glaringly absent from the current medical curricula.

Cymbalta Tapering Needs a Plan

The first goal might well be to find a caregiver that has expertise and knowledge in withdrawal from Cymbalta. You don’t want to fall into the still too-common situation of finding yourself in the care of a prescribing doctor or even a clinic without the know-how. A physician needs knowledge, experience, and background to guide their patients safely. 

Alternative to Meds Center is the world’s leading facility in drug tapering and has helped thousands of clients getting off Cymbalta and other meds for over 15 years. If you are someone who has tried to quit Cymbalta without success, let us help.

What Are Some Common Reasons for Stopping Cymbalta Treatment?

  • A very common reason for considering stopping Cymbalta or other antidepressant drugs is the lack of results from drug treatment. According to research studies done and published by the National Institute of Health,1 two-thirds of those suffering from major depressive disorders find the first medication prescribed has no effect on their symptoms and according to established protocols, the person would be taken off that antidepressant and put onto another.
    This can be disastrous if done without a gradual taper and a “wash-out” period between the first medication and the next. In the main, physicians do not receive training or guidance on such protocols. As a further note, about 75% of those who are switched to a second antidepressant also receive no benefit, and “standard” protocols would then suggest trying a third, fourth, etc. Any switch in medications must be done with care and oversight, as doing so carries significant risks. In fact, doing so may further complicate extant health issues. This is especially true where physical conditions and illnesses had not been fully investigated and treated before opting for treatment with medications.
  • Medications can produce intolerable side effects of some severity and may make continuing the medication unworkable. Known side effects of antidepressants may lead to the decision to begin tapering Cymbalta for relief.
  • After 6 weeks, or even less, stopping Cymbalta can produce Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms. This is true for any antidepressant medication and requires gradual dose reduction over time for safely administered Cymbalta tapering. It is important for caregivers to know that stopping Cymbalta or stopping any antidepressant medications, must be done gradually and should only be attempted with careful oversight and guidance.
  • Due to the effects that antidepressants have on neurochemicals, there are some undesirable outcomes that may lead to opt for emergency Cymbalta cessation. These can include too much serotonin in the system, or serotonin syndrome, which can be life-threatening, requiring immediately stopping Cymbalta.getting of cymbalta
    It is important to note that during switching antidepressants, the risk of serotonin syndrome is heightened significantly. Another outcome that SSRI type antidepressants can cause is too little serotonin, which can result in worsening depression and other symptoms, and may lead to seeking help with getting off Cymbalta.


If a woman becomes pregnant or feels it is possible that pregnancy may occur, she may want to consider Cymbalta cessation to prevent damage to the unborn child. Studies that were done from 2004 through 20112 showed that out of 233 pregnancies where the mothers were taking Cymbalta, 90 had negative outcomes involving birth defects or other complications. Some of these outcomes included but were not limited to the following abnormalities:  

  •  spontaneous miscarriages (41 of 233)
  •  premature births (19 of 233)
  •  still-births (3 of 233)
  •  congenital defects (6 of 233)
  •  ectopic pregnancies (3 of 233)

While more studies need to be done and the findings documented, these rates of abnormalities are higher in comparison to pregnancy statistics where the mothers were NOT on antidepressant medications.2

Considering these and other reasons one may conclude that trying to quit Cymbalta is a wise personal health choice. Be sure to seek competent help and guidance before stopping Cymbalta or other prescription medications.

Information Available on How to Get Off Cymbalta

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Please contact Alternative to Meds Center directly for information on withdrawal from Cymbalta. There is never going to be a one-size-fits-all when it comes to Cymbalta tapering that will be exactly right for each person. Instead, the best way is to carefully design a Cymbalta tapering program based on individual factors and the person’s health history. These factors are crucial in making a Cymbalta taper not only safe but surprisingly comfortable and tolerable when done properly.

The overall goal of Alternative to Meds Center is attaining mental health naturally. This means ultimately without the need to rely on harsh and toxic medications. They did not, and ultimately, could not solve the problems a person was experiencing. We offer better solutions. 

At Alternative to Meds Center, clients experience their individualized treatment program in a warm and nurturing in-patient setting. In fact, the whole program is designed for client comfort and wellness. Please ask us about the numerous holistic treatments that the program uses to soften discomforts that otherwise might interfere with an easy-to-tolerate Cymbalta tapering program.

1. Keks N, Hope J, Keogh S Switching and Stopping Antidepressants 2016 Jun, Australian Prescriber [cited 2019 Sep 5]

2. Hoog SL, Cheng Y, Elpers J, Dowsett SA Duloxetine and Pregnancy Outcomes: Safety Surveillance Findings 2013 Feb, International Journal of Medical Sciences [cited 2020 Apr 5]

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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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