I've taken 30mg, once a day for arond 8 months, then wenned myself off by taking one every other day, and maybe every third day after that. I was OK for around 8 months, then work, and some difficult times in my marriage and personal relationships caused me to give in and finally go back on it after trying hard not to take any for about two months (I had it in the medicine cabinet, but I was trying to be "strong"). I had been going to therapy over all these times, as I still do (when things were though, I'd go once every two weeks, and when more calm once a month as I do now). I've been married for 21 years, but never in love with her (long story), and that has caused me to pay a heavy price (and I know for her too). Anyway, I don't want to go into that right now, but I will straighten all that out in due time soon.
So, after going back on Cymbalta, it was an immediate great help to me. Same dose, 30mg once in the morning. I did have one little episode where I almost fainted in the evening, but that is it. I do have a lowered libido, but for me, that might be a good thing. I still desire sex or masterbating once a day (before it could be twice a day or more), and I figure for a guy 49 years hold that's pretty high libido.
I've been on it now for about 3 or more months. I can still get a little down, but not for very long. It is usually in the evenings when I am tired, and even when I was not taking it, I always knew I would be less depressed after a good night's sleep. Knowing that, makes it easier to cope with the down moments. Before the Cymbalta, I had a hard time concentrating on work. I would have obbsessive thoughts about my lover, or just a mind that travels a lot thoughts. Now, I am able to focus much better.
I asked my therapist, so am I going to have to be taking this shit forever. She said "Well, no, probably not. Only until you get your life straightened out." I really enjoy my therapy sessions, and I have told her this, and I've told her she has been a wonderful place for me to validate my feelings and thoughts and get honest feed back. I mean, where else can you get that type of non-biased information and feedback. I do a lot of reading of self-help books. I love Tao de Ching, Wayne dyer, Ekhart Tolle, and all those types of books, but also have read Victor Frankl, and some psychology books such as Fear of Intimacy. I listen to Love Line and these Mental Pod Podcast, to Arman Demill, but also other stuff that is non-mental. I feel like all of these information-feeds are my life-line to sanity also coorespond with other people, in anonymous social networks not in a sexual nature, but just sharing these same things I'm sharing here. Again, it has all been a great outlet for me.
So, besides my regular job, I am working on a side company, and I have some investment property I manage myself. I am a busy guy, but I love having places like this to share my feelings and I enjoy reading other peoples stories too. For anyone who has gotten this far, thanks for readying my post. Love to all