How to Identify Symptoms of Cymbalta Withdrawal

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Written By: Jeffrey JohnsonUPDATED: Jul 16, 2021Fact Checked

Eli Lilly & Company’s anti-depressant drug Cymbalta carries potentially serious withdrawal symptoms, causing increased risk of physical and emotional pain for the drug’s users.  If you regularly use Cymbalta, and are concerned that you are unable to stop or are experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, read through the following article for information about the symptoms associated with Cymbalta use. 

FDA Studies on Cymbalta Reveal Withdrawal Symptoms

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released results of its study on Cymbalta which show:

  • Clinical studies of abrupt discontinuation of Cymbalta show that withdrawal occurred in 44 to 50% of patients
  • Of patients suffering withdrawal symptoms, 10% of those were severe
  • Half of the patients who reported Cymbalta withdrawal had not resolved the side effects at the end of the two week study

Patients in the FDA study displayed a wide array of physical and emotional side effects as a result of abrupt discontinuation of Cymbalta use, including:

  • Blackouts
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Tremors
  • Nausea
  • Appetite changes and weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures
  • Anger and frequent mood swings
  • Full body shaking
  • Tunnel vision

The degree to which Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms varied across patients, so if you notice any of these listed symptoms or changes to your physical and emotional health after ceasing the use of Cymbalta, contact a doctor immediately.  Slight side effects can give way to more serious symptoms if left untreated.

Resources for Users Affected by Cymbalta Withdrawal

There are a number of resources available should you be experiencing symptoms of Cymbalta withdrawal, or would like to know more about the potential side effects of Cymbalta.  The following internet links can help you get the information you need:

  • US Food and Drug Administration Medication Guide:  The FDA has provided an informational medication guide to Cymbalta users who are concerned about withdrawal symptoms that can be found by clicking here 
  • US FDA Med Watch: The FDA also maintains a regular review of medications on its Med Watch site, which can be found by clicking here
  • The Institute for Safe Medication Practices:  The ISMP released a quarterly report in late 2012 detailing the results of the FDA’s study.  The report can be found by clicking here

Side effects caused from Cymbalta withdrawal can have a serious impact on your life, and getting information about them is a good first step to getting the medical attention you need and pursuing legal damages you may be entitled to. 

What to Do When Experiencing Cymbalta Withdrawal Symptoms

First, and most important, you will need to consult a doctor to receive proper medical attention and diagnosis.  Go over your symptoms and your Cymbalta usage with a doctor to help determine if there is any connection, and get the treatment you need to improve your physical and emotional health.  Keep all records of your doctor consultations, your diagnosis, and the treatment that you need to combat the symptoms of Cymbalta withdrawal.

If you have suffered moderate or severe withdrawal symptoms after ceasing Cymbalta usage, you may be able to file legal action against the drug’s manufacturer, Eli Lilly and Company.  The FDA also noted in its study of Cymbalta, that there was “a serious breakdown at both the FDA and the manufacturer, Eli Lilly and Company, in providing adequate warning and instructions about how to manage this common adverse effect.”  This statement from the FDA reflects a growing interest in how much manufacturer Eli Lilly knew about Cymbalta’s effects when it marketed and sold the drugs without warning users of risks, and whether the company is legally liable to patients suffering from Cymbalta withdrawal.  Lawsuits against Lilly for deceptive marketing practices and failure to warn users of the effects of Cymbalta are being prepared and filed, giving users suffering from side effects an opportunity to pursue monetary damages.

Lawsuits against Eli Lilly for Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms must be filed within a specific time, typically starting at the date you first notice symptoms.  If you begin to notice any of the symptoms listed above after reducing or ceasing your use of Cymbalta, contact an attorney immediately and avoid missing deadlines to file legal action.

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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