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My friend is writing this for me because I cannot. To anyone considering starting Duloxetine... Please take a moment to hear my story. I am in the midst of the most hellish period of my life EVER due to withdraw symptoms from Duloxetine. And I've been through quite a bit! I need to feel like somehow I can help save at least one person from this nightmare I'm going through. There are many other drugs with similar benefits and less likely hood of these serious issues. I realize some people have positive results, but the risk and chance of experiencing what I am is not worth it! From the deepest part of my heart and care for fellow human beings... Please research and talk extensively with your Dr before making such an important decision!!! You have other options. Please know I'm not overreacting when I say this drug has taken over my life... my mental, emotional and physically wellbeing have taken a huge hit for the worse and I'm terrified I will be stuck in this state for weeks, months or longer. I'm a very capable, independent and a roll with the punches kind of woman. For the last 3 weeks I have felt completely the opposite and my life is suffering for it. Im a single mom of a teenager and my daughter had has to suffer through watching me struggle through this. Im afraid I may lose my job because I can barely put a full complete thought together, or remember half of what is going on around me. All of the withdrawal stories you hear are basically what I'm experiencing... the physical discomfort, exhaustion, the severe emotional mood swings, the brain zaps (which I find the most horrific when they wake me up out of my sleep at night) the inability to think a normal daily though all the way through without confusion at some point, the dizziness, sweating, diarreah, and again more confusion etc etc etc. The list goes on and on. Seriously, this is all a million times worse than the issues I had to begin with when I decided to start taking Duloxetine. It was prescribed for depression, anxiety and ocular migraines. My Dr, my neurologist and even the emergency Drs don't know what to do to help me. One suggested that if I continue to feel worse, I should check myself into an inpatient psyc/detox facility so I can heal without so much struggle or pressure to function. If anyone wants to roll the dice and possibly sign up for this, read this post again and please reconsider. It could derail your entire life. I really and truly hope this helps someone. My heart goes out to everyone who has been through this or is going through this tight now. Thanks for reading.
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