I thought I'd share my recent experience dealing with Cymbalta- something I'd never given a thought to.
Last week, Tuesday night is when it started, I came down with a stomach bug. It was bad; I couldn't keep water down and if I took my oral meds of course they came right back up. I'd start to feel a little better and then it would hit again. Thank God that I'm on the patch for pain because I don't know how I would have controlled my pain.
By Saturday night, although feeling a little better, I still hadn't ingested much more than water. I woke up with body wracking spasms, I mean my entire body would clench up and then relax again. I looked like Linda Blair in "The Exorsist". I had almost no control of my muscles. My husband took me to the ER- I thought I was low on potassium or just plain dehydrated.
Actually I was suffering from Seratonin Withdrawl Syndrome! Because of the stomach flu and the abrupt stopping of Cymbalta my body was completly devoid of seratonin. When you take Cymbalta your body can actually stop producing it's own seratonin. I had no idea that something like that, while it's rare, could happen.
I guess the moral of the story is "Don't be like Griff!" If you are sick for that long you should see a doctor, especially with the kinds of medications a lot of us are taking. I'm fine now but never, never again want to go through something like that. It almost makes me want to turn in my medication badge and go it solo......almost.