What is Cymbalta used for?
Cymbalta is a prescription medication that is prescribed mainly to treat anxiety disorders and depression, but there are some physicians who prescribe Cymbalta to their patients who have fibromyalgia. It is believed that people who are suffering from fibromyalgia are suffering from depression due to the endless pain so Cymbalta is prescribed to treat their depression. It is also thought that Cymbalta helps with the pain of fibromyalgia but it is not an approved treatment for this medical condition. When a person has an anxiety disorder or depression these medical conditions are thought to be the result of having chemical imbalances inside your brain. When you take Cymbalta it works to try and restore the chemical imbalance in your brain to help overcome these two disorders.
When people take medication they either know or find out what the side effects might be of the medication but very seldom do they think of looking at the symptoms of withdrawal. The reason they do not look at these particular symptoms is that they feel that they will never go through the withdrawal period. Yes, when stopping Cymbalta you may be lucky and not have any Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms but most people will have some symptoms. You do not have to even stop the medicine completely to have withdrawal symptom. All you have to do is have the dosage reduce to trigger withdrawal symptoms. For example, if you are taking one hundred twenty milligrams of Cymbalta and the physician reduces it to thirty milligrams you can find yourself experiencing unpleasant Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms while your body adjusts itself to the lesser dosage.
Some of the withdrawal symptoms a person might experience can include:
- Headaches—this is one of the more common withdrawal symptoms. They can recur at different times or they can remain persistent. You may feel a sharp or dull pain in your head after stopping the medicine.
- Dizziness—this is often described as being light headed and can feel more or less like vertigo.
- Nausea—when you feel nauseous you may not have the desire to eat but most of the time the nauseous feeling is tolerable but it can be enough that you vomit.
- Nightmares—this is one of the nasty Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms and can be so bad at times that it will keep you awake for hours. These dreams or nightmares will disturb your sleep causing you to suddenly wake up feeling extremely upset and scared.
There are also some rare symptoms that a person may have with Cymbalta withdrawal:
- Problems with your speech
- Having blurred vision
- Cramps in your stomach
- Irritability or restlessness
- Having a tingling sensation on various parts of your body
- Involuntary muscle movements
The withdrawal symptoms of Cymbalta do not show up immediately, even if you stop taking it suddenly. It can take a few days before you start to see any Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms. The actual duration time will vary from person to person but generally speaking the symptoms can last for seven days but in some rare cases the symptoms may last for twenty-one to twenty-eight days.
Cymbalta withdrawal treatment
To minimize the withdrawal symptoms do not stop taking your medicine abruptly. Ask your physician for help in minimizing the dosage and reducing it on a regular interval until you get the dosage down to zero, which can take several weeks. It depends on what dosage you are originally talking. When gradually weaning yourself from Cymbalta your physician may have you take Cymbalta every other day for seven days, and then take it every three days until you are not relying on the medication. You may also have to deal with the depression and anxiety that you were taking the Cymbalta for originally. Your physician may have to prescribe a different anti-depression medication for you.
To raise your serotonin levels you should start exercising each day, especially when you start to lower your dosage of Cymbalta to help counteract the withdrawal symptoms. It can be swimming, jogging, yoga, walking, or whatever you like to do. Before taking any herbal medicine talk to your physician to see if it is okay. One over-the-counter herbal medication you can take is Kava Kava to help with your depression, anxiety, and insomnia.