To stop taking Cymbalta safely, a person should first consult with a physician. MedlinePlus explains that the dosage of Cymbalta is generally decreased gradually when a person is trying to stop taking it. Stopping Cymbalta suddenly may produce withdrawal symptoms, which include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anxiety, dizziness, tiredness, headache, irritability, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, sweating, nightmares, and pain, burning, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.
Cymbalta, also called duloxetine, belongs to a class of medications identified as selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRIs. According to MedlinePlus, SNRIs work by increasing the availability of natural substances called serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. These two substances help maintain mental balance and stop the movement of pain signals.
Medical professionals use Cymbalta to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder, which is excessive worrying that interferes with daily life and lasts six months or longer. MedlinePlus also indicates that it is used to treat pain and tingling related to diabetic neuropathy and fibromyalgia or for the treatment of chronic bone or muscle pain, including lower back pain or osteoarthritis. Cymbalta should be taken exactly as directed by a doctor. Alcohol use while taking Cymbalta should be discussed with a doctor, as alcohol may increase the risk of serious side effects.