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Wow, this is really really hard to get off of. I have taken 60mg for 2 years for nerve damage to my left leg. It worked fairly well up till recently when the pain started creeping back and my Doctor prescribed Lyrica, which worked great for the pain. He never said to stop the Duloxetine but I did not want to take it anymore since it seemed to me that Lyrica was all I needed. I began to taper off...1st I went to 30mg and was just fine, a month later I decided to go down to 20mg. Than after 2 days it started. Felt like the Flu was coming on, cold sweats, nausea, diarrhea, and the worse insomnia in my life, when I did get some sleep it was terrible and filled with nightmares...really bad ones! I went on like this for 26 days...finally I decided to see if it was a sickness or if it was the lower dosage. I went back up to the 30 mg and within a day I was back to normal. I am afraid to go back to the 20 and they do not have a lower dose and you can't open the capsule. What can I do...just keep on taking the 30 forever or is there some way I could decrease it by 5 mg instead of the 10? Do I need to go to compound pharmacy and spend a fortune or can I just cut open capsule and weigh the powder on scale?
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