Cymbalta is the brand name of duloxetine and is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). The medication is prescribed by a physician and is used to treat several medical conditions including anxiety and depression. If Cymbalta (duloxetine) is used as prescribed, the medication is safe. Failure to follow instructions on how to take the medication properly, however, can result in some serious complications. To quit Cymbalta safely, many people find it helpful to pursue one of several treatment options.
Discontinuing Cymbalta can result in side effects, particularly if a person stops the medication “cold turkey” rather than gradually weaning off the medication. Suicidal thoughts are one of the most serious side effects. Given these potential complications, during detox from Cymbalta, many people find it helpful to consult with a medical professional before transitioning off the medication.
There are several treatment options available for a person who wants to discontinue use of Cymbalta. Some of these options include inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment. One can also create an independent plan with the help of a physician to discontinue use of the medication gradually. To decide what the best treatment option is, it is wise to speak with a knowledgeable medical professional.
It can be difficult to determine if a person is addicted to Cymbalta or another type of SSRI because these drugs frequently do not result in cravings. Some groups are at a greater risk of facing addiction issues involving Cymbalta, including people with a history of severe depression. Some of the most common Cymbalta addiction symptoms include the following:
- Bloodshot eyes
- Diminished appearance
- Changes in appetite
- Financial difficulties
- Shifts in sleeping patterns
- Slurred speech
The best and safest way to discontinue use of Cymbalta is through a medical detox program, which focuses on a person’s nutritional needs as well as their overall health. These programs are frequently able to help people avoid the most serious symptoms associated with discontinuation of the medication. Many people who use inpatient medical detox for Cymbalta can proceed through the program in seven days. Outpatient medical detox often takes several weeks.
Many people who are interested in discontinuing Cymbalta are curious about what programs offered by treatment center entail. The staff at these programs are all dedicated to making sure that a person discontinues use of the medication in a safe manner. Staff help monitor and control side effects that a person experiences because of stopping Cymbalta. Staff can also provide help and advice to make sure that a person does not begin taking the medication again after leaving the program.
People who take larger doses of Cymbalta are advised to use an inpatient rehabilitation center, which offers intensive help. Inpatient programs offer constant access to physicians and medical professionals as well as a safe, clean setting where patient live as they wean off the medication.
Outpatient rehab is the most popular way that people seek help in discontinuing the use of Cymbalta. These programs often involve counseling sessions as well as medical treatment. Outpatient care is much less intensive than inpatient services. People who take lower doses of Cymbalta often decide to use these programs rather than inpatient services.
Successfully and safely discontinuing use of Cymbalta can make a positive impact in a person’s life. Fortunately, with the availability of several types of drug addiction treatment options, people who want to stop taking Cymbalta are often able to find help. There are some important decisions, however, to be made in deciding the best rehab center possible.
A few of the factors to consider when deciding on a treatment option include the amount of time that a person has taken Cymbalta, previous addiction history, and other personal details.
When deciding on a treatment facility, a person should consider whether the facility is properly licensed, the experience of staff, the center’s approach to addiction, whether the facility also treats mental health disorders, the center’s reputation, the cost of the program and whether a person’s insurance would cover the treatment, among other factors.
If you or a loved one would like to learn more about treatment options, please contact The Recovery Village. Our professional staff are here to answer any questions you may have.
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