Day approx 12 --I'm not sure exactly what day I finally ran out of this horrible medicine but we're going to use 4/13/07 as good approximation. My goal with this blog is to accurately track my symptoms & feelings as I embark on a dangerous and scary journey - COLD TURKEY stoppage of taking CYMBALTA antidepressant medicine.
First a brief history - I started taking CYMBALTA about 2 years ago as I was going through a particularly difficult period in my life. At that time Cymbalta was brand new and I don't believe there was any more documentation or expectations of this drug beyond the current SSRI's on the market. I had tried some other SSRI's, PROZAC, LEXAPRO, WELLBURTRIN without success - could not tolerate the side effects. Anyway, do think the CYMBALTA did help somewhat to stabilize my mood - but please note I tend to have a volatile personality as my natural state of being anyway. I took the medicine for about a year without question then in the second year my samples ran out so made the first attempt to quit as it's very expensive - $100 per month. Then at some point the psychiatrist I was seeing quit the business so I had to search out a new Doctor. I went to see this totally unqualified doctor who charged me $200 for first visit and said nothing!! She did however, give me a new prescription so I was on my way for the next 3 months. So now that prescription has run out and I am a very happy girl so no way am I going to waste my time and money going to another psychiatrist.
So here we are at my blog. I'm doing it this time -want to get off this crap for good and be my own person again.
So what are the symptoms??/
--HEAD BANGERS -- zaps, frizzles -what ever you call them - my head hurts all day lone
--DIARRHEA - self explanatory
--EXHAUSTION - well I can only be up for a few hours before I need a nap (in fact it's time now)
I will post every day I think of it my symptoms, home remedies and any thing else I can think of to share with the community and hopefully start a lobby for some REAL warning labels on these horrible drugs.