Friday, January 27, 2012
I am at day 6 & 7. Other than the immense mood swings, nausea and diarrhea, I believe that I have gotten by rather unscathed. *** Knock on wood, lots of heavy duty wood!!! I can only hope that the worst of the symptoms would most likely have occurred in the first few days and that in the coming weeks I will not have to tolerate the more insane symptoms as time goes on.
Of course, as I do more research, the more upset I get. How on earth did this ever get passed by the FDA?? My latest research has found the following.
"Many patients on the drug longer than the Lilly test trials on discontinuation (which only studied patients after 9 weeks of exposure to Cymbalta), report anecdotal evidence of major withdrawals from Cymbalta lasting from weeks to many months. Since duloxetine is a newer drug (FDA-approval 2004), not many peer-reviewed articles have been published on its adverse effects or withdrawal phenomena, and effects of long term use is still unknown "
while also going on to explain the following regarding sexual dysfunction,
"While apparently uncommon, it can last for months, years, or sometimes indefinitely after the discontinuation of SSRIs. This condition has not been well-established or proven in the field of medicine, thus patients are not warned of the potential condition by their physicians and it is not listed in consumer information leaflets."
- and goes on to LIST sexual functions that may persist or BEGIN after discontinuation of the drug!!
Wow, nobody tells you that when it is suggested to you take this medication.
I will never again be so blind as to take a medication handed over to me without knowing ALL aspects of it First. What the side effects are while taking it, what the effects are coming off of it, and any lasting effects once I am off of it.
I will never again be so trusting to think that a doctor is looking out for my best interest when they probably do not even know all the information regarding the drug either. They just pass out what they get samples of or what they will get the biggest bonus for pushing. The doctor truly does not have our best interest in mind, not in the long run. Only we can be our best advocate.
It is time that I advocate for myself. I am taking charge of my life. One pill at a time.
Today Cymbalta, tomorrow - ?