Cymbalta® Withdrawal Symptoms May Make Patients Dependent on the Drug
Clinical trials and medical studies show that when patients stop taking Cymbalta, a prescription medication used to treat depression and chronic pain, they may experience sudden and severe withdrawal symptoms. Cymbalta is prescribed for patients who suffer from depression, anxiety, diabetic kidney disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathic pain, and musculoskeletal pain.
Cymbalta withdrawal, clinically known as Cymbalta discontinuation syndrome, describes the side effects that can occur when a patient stops taking Cymbalta. Potentially serious withdrawal symptoms include:
- Electric shock sensations, or “brain zaps”
- Paresthesia — burning, numbness, tingling, or itching skin sensations
- Blurry vision
- Vertigo — a feeling of spinning or loss of balance
In many cases, these and other side effects are so severe that patients must continue taking Cymbalta simply to ease the withdrawal symptoms. It is a vicious cycle that can leave a patient dependent on the drug.
Cymbalta® is a registered trademark of Eli Lilly and Company.
Note: Do not change medications without first consulting your doctor.