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psoup39

Tapering With Prozac

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I have been doing a VERY slow taper off of Cymbalta. I am finally down to 20mg a day from 60-90mg for the past 5 years. My doctor is following my progress but her weaning schedule was much too quick for me.

I also take Wellbutrin 400mg a day. I may use the Prozac long term in place of the Cymbalta but due to insurance and costs I need to get off the Cymbalta.

Has anyone successfully weaned off while cross tapering with Prozac?

If so, what was the dosage schedule that you followed?

Any help would be much appreciated.

TIA

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Hello, its good to slowly wean off one AD and start up another, some doctors dont even do that for their patients they just stop them cold turkey and switch them to the new AD, and thats never a good idea, I dont think there is any set or prescribed way to do the weaning off and on to another, its up to you to play with it a bit if you want, if you feel it should be done faster then I would okay it with the doctor, I dont think anyone here on DF would want to tell you something wrong because we would feel terrible if we did, so I guess its best to take the doctors advice, I do think the longer you take to wean off one and onto another is a good thing though, the withdrawal effects of any AD can be quite harsh as well as the start up side-effects also from the new AD so careful changing meds is often a good idea!

Hope this helps..

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Thank you for the response. I agree that sometimes the Dr's just have you start and stop without letting your body catch up. My Dr. thought that I should be able to wean quicker than I have been. I have been going SO slow to try and avoid some of the nasty side effects that I have experienced. Unfortunately those side effects are catching up to me now matter how slowly I have done this.

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psoup:

You are right to want to be careful. Slow is okay. And if you need to communicate this clearly to your doctor I encourage you too.

Also, the prozac does seem to help lots of people both with tapering off the Cymbalta and as an anti-depressant. It is a drug that is fairly tried and true by now.

Tim

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Thank you for the response. I agree that sometimes the Dr's just have you start and stop without letting your body catch up. My Dr. thought that I should be able to wean quicker than I have been. I have been going SO slow to try and avoid some of the nasty side effects that I have experienced. Unfortunately those side effects are catching up to me now matter how slowly I have done this.

Hi psoup39, I'm having trouble weaning off fluoxetine too. How long have you been taking fluoxetine and how slowly have you been weaning off? Also, what type of withdrawal symptoms have you experienced?

My own view about GPs/Drs is that most are not well informed about how to withdraw from SSRIs :(

Jon

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Thank you for the response. I agree that sometimes the Dr's just have you start and stop without letting your body catch up. My Dr. thought that I should be able to wean quicker than I have been. I have been going SO slow to try and avoid some of the nasty side effects that I have experienced. Unfortunately those side effects are catching up to me now matter how slowly I have done this.

Hi psoup39, I'm having trouble weaning off fluoxetine too. How long have you been taking fluoxetine and how slowly have you been weaning off? Also, what type of withdrawal symptoms have you experienced?

My own view about GPs/Drs is that most are not well informed about how to withdraw from SSRIs :(

Jon

Hey there my withdraw from 20 mg to 10mg has been sorta odd but mostly stomach issues but i take zantact 100 acid reflux to combat that till my tummy balances itself. I have zombie thoughts but just breath and heart does pulsate but im pushing over a month and i figure pretend its a boot camp and push mind over matter i can do it. but when i do 10mg down im having issues trying to figure how to go about thati might split my capsule then put it back together half the powder.

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