Have You Experienced Withdrawal Symptoms After Taking Cymbalta?
People with depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia or chronic pain take Cymbalta to treat their symptoms. However, most people don’t know how hard it is to stop taking it.
Withdrawal symptoms of Cymbalta may include irritability, insomnia, nightmares and “brain zaps” – the feeling that your head or brain has suddenly been jolted. In some people, these symptoms can impair mental clarity and cause suicidal thoughts and/or ideation.
Black Box Warning for Suicide Risk
The labeling of Cymbalta contains a black-box warning about suicidal thoughts and behavior. The warning is primarily directed toward users who are under age 24 or older than 65. Studies show these age groups are more likely to exhibit suicidal behavior/ideation.
Schilf Suicide Lawsuit
In August 2012, Paul and Cynthia Schilf filed a lawsuit against Eli Lilly after their 16-year-old son committed suicide after taking Cymbalta. Dr. Richard Briggs, the Schilfs’ family doctor, prescribed Cymbalta to the boy for depression in November 2004. A month later, he committed suicide. The event occurred prior to the FDA requiring a black-box warning with the drug.
Coping with Suicidal Thoughts
If you are depressed and having suicidal thoughts, understand that you are not alone and that many of us have these feelings at some time in our lives. Take the following steps to help the feelings pass:
- Promise not to do anything right now – Even though you’re in a lot of pain now, give yourself 24 hours to calm down and think things out.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs – Suicidal thoughts can become even stronger if you have taken drugs or alcohol.
- Make your home safe – Remove things you could use to hurt yourself (i.e. pills, knives, razors, guns). If you are unable to do so, go to a place where you can feel safe.
- Have Hope – Realize that you will make it through the hard times, no matter how bad things seem now. Give yourself some time and don’t try to go it alone.