Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms can be both psychological and physical. They can include dizziness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, nightmares, irritability, and unpleasant symptoms such as burning or tingling. The symptoms are often described as ‘brain zaps’ or ‘head shocks’. The symptoms can begin up to a week after the medicine is stopped (or reduced) and last from a few days up to a few months.
Withdrawal symptoms are less severe and less common when the dosage is slowly decreased over time. This is because the central nervous system adapts to the presence of psychoactive drugs and the brain struggles to readjust to a sudden clearance. A gradual reduction gives the brain times to adjust. Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of Cymbalta, strongly warns against the abrupt discontinuation of the drug. It should never be stopped without medical advice, as patients should be monitored when discontinuing treatment with Cymbalta.
The symptoms of Cymbalta withdrawal are usually mild to moderate and improve over time, although they can be severe. Cymbalta is an antidepressant for the treatment of major depressive disorders and sometimes the withdrawal symptoms are actually symptoms of returning depression.
The treatment of withdrawal symptoms depends on the severity. The administration of a different drug in the same class often relieves severe withdrawal symptoms. Moderate symptoms may require symptom management, such as sleeping tablets for insomnia.
Consult your doctor for professional advice. Also, there is lots of information about Cymbalta at www.cymbalta.com