How to recognize Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms


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  • Journal
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Cymbalta, also known as duloxetine, is a medication used to treat symptoms of fibromyalgia, as well as depression and generalized anxiety. Cymbalta boosts both serotonin and nor-epinephrine which makes it effective for severe cases of these illnesses. Withdrawal from Cymbalta can be difficult and uncomfortable. The withdrawal symptoms can be so intense that some people are not able to stop taking the medication entirely. Some common Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms include dizziness, brain zaps, nausea, headaches, nightmares and extreme irritability. Learn how to recognize Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms and make yourself as comfortable as possible.

Step 1

Pay attention to how often you are experiencing nausea and vomiting. Approximately 6 percent of people experience these particular Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms.

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Step 2

Think about how alert you are feeling. Part of discontinuing use of Cymbalta is brain zaps which feel like electric shocks in your head. This can interfere with even basic functions in daily life.

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Step 3

Get your blood-pressure taken. Withdrawal can cause an increase in blood pressure and in your heart rate.

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Step 4

Keep track of your moods in a journal. One of the most disconcerting aspects of Cymbalta withdrawal is the mental issues that can go along with it. You may experience worsening anxiety, depression and emotions. Write down how you feel each day.

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Step 5

Examine your skin and determine whether you are having rashes, irritations, itching or burning. Sensitivity to the sun and odd sensations in the skin are also common symptoms.

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