Zoloft withdrawl?

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 7/5/2007 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone. I was just wondering how many of you have been on Zoloft (sertraline) for years and then tried going off of it for a while. I've been taking between 25mg-100mg of setraline a day for about the past 7 years. In March '06 I had to start taking 175mg a day of Imuran which is an immunosuppresent drug used to treat ulcerative colitis. I found that with taking that medication as well, I felt really drousy and dizzy most days. Anyways I stopped taking the Sertraline in January '07 and had been doing farely well but I did feel a little more anxiety and I felt like my mind was more clouded than before. Then in the middle of June I went to stay at a friends cabin near a lake in B.C. with some friends and felt pretty anxious for most of the trip and I felt more depressed the week after. I'm sure the drinking that weekend didn't help either! Since that weekend though, I've noticed that I see these small micro fuzzy dots on a daily basis. Almost like what you see while in the dark only all the time I notice them. I had my eyes checked out and they were fine. So I'm wondering if it's my brain's way of adjusting without the Sertraline or something. I've been contemplating going back on it since I haven't really felt myself lately and I've been feeling more anxious at work and going out with friends. It's hard to organize my thoughts at times and concentrate on things too which are all things I've had before taking the Sertraline back when I was 16. Does anyone know if it's possible for it to take around 5 months before getting withdrawl symptoms from Sertraline? For some reason I fear that going back on it will only add to this dizzy sensation I've had as of late but I'm sure it would start feeling better after a few weeks. It'd be great to hear if any of you have noticed similar symptoms from trying to stop Zoloft treatment.

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   Posted 7/6/2007 2:23 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Kyle,

I did take Zoloft for a while, but not for the length of time you did, so this might have made a difference. I didnt get many withdrawl symptoms at all really. When I came off them I felt sick and got the "fuzzy head" feeling. But this was within weeks and stopped after about 2 months. I would say (IMO) 5 months is too long for withdrawl effects from the Zoloft. Have you stopped/started taking anything else? (Including Smoking, Alcohol, Herbal Remedies etc...) It sounds like you need to talk to the doctor about it sooner rather than later. This isnt something I would allow to go on to see if it will pass. Hopefully your doctor will be able to give you more information than I can, but it doesnt sound like the Zoloft.

Wishing you well


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   Posted 7/8/2007 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
DARIN... I have been on Zolof for many years.... in combination with Ativan... I don't think I will ever stop taking them..... I am sure they are addictive.... but for me. They have given me back my life... I feel more like myself..... and of course prayers. And help from my guardian angel

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