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Detox Lion Needs Rehab

Well, for once, summer's not the culprit, or at least not the only culprit, that's been giving me insomnia and messing with my head generally. This time, the culprit seems to be cymbalta. :P

Long-time readers may recall that last year I started trying various different medicines for nerve pain in my left leg; the one I ended up on was cymbalta, which is primarily an antidepressant but also mitigates nerve pain as a side-effect. However, as time has gone on, it's seemed to have less and less effect. The nerve pain itself has become less intense as the nerves rewire themselves into a new configuration, and cymbalta has a few other side-effects that I don't wish to describe here but are less than pleasant, so I decided the time was ripe to wean myself off of it.

Apparently, I didn't wean enough. ¬.¬ I started while I was sick last week by taking the pills every other day instead of every day, and a lot of what I thought was my cold (especially the weird throbby headaches) I have since discovered match classic cymbalta withdrawal symptoms. As of this past weekend I haven't taken any for several days, and last night and the night before my sleep was a disaster, where my body fell asleep but my brain didn't (a.k.a. sleep paralysis).

Unfortunately, there's not a lot of useful info about cymbalta withdrawal on teh intarwebs ... most sites on the subject being an ad for a particular book about it. Also unfortunately, getting an appointment with my doctor anything closer than two weeks out is practically impossible, so I have to decide if I am going to switch back to taking the crap, or toughing it out for two weeks and possibly having it solve itself by the time the appointment actually rolls around.

Bah! Not to mention feh. Of all the things I expected to happen to me, detox was not one of them. :P

-The Gneech


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Jul. 30th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
Sounds like my experience when I stopped taking Ambien (except mine didn't last as long)!
Jul. 30th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
oh, ick. do the intarwebs tell you anything about how long to expect withdrawal symptoms to last? my vague impression from stuff i've read in the popular media comparing caffeine and recreational drugs was that a lot of things were on the order of "a couple days to maybe a week at the outside"; but then the things my doctors have told me about prednisone made me think that wasn't a guarantee (they usually have me taper off of it for weeks; though that's not *withdrawal* exactly).
Jul. 30th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
It can be weeks or months. Oy!

Jul. 30th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
Huh, I never would've guessed. You big druggie you. Didn't Nancy tell you to Just Say No?

:::Hugs::: Sorry to hear it, though. Glad to hear at least the nerve problem is nearly gone then.

And I can't help it...I'm just having evil thoughts of what it'd be like if you had sleep paralysis while we were splitting a con room ^ ^;;
Jul. 30th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
You wouldn't know I had it -- I look asleep!

Jul. 30th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the getting off the meds problems. :P
Jul. 30th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
Did you try the WebMD page? I find it generally helpful.


It has the very helpful advice of:
You should not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Doing so may cause unpleasant side effects, including nausea and headache. If you wish or need to stop taking Cymbalta, your doctor will tell you how to reduce your dose gradually over time.
Jul. 31st, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)
GACK! Wishing you a swift path past this!
Jul. 31st, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Oh the joys of meds, side effects and withdrawal. 9 months of taking 'necessary' drugs on deployment has made me well aware of the issues you're going through. Do the best you can with it and spend some time doing a bit of web searching at least so you know what size hammer you're going to be hit with. Good luck with it all.
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