want to wean off zoloft, but scared

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litnut
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   Posted 9/20/2008 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
I am new to this forum and I look forward to hearing from you all.  I am a 35 yo female and I was diagnosed with panic disorder in 2003.  I tried Lexapro, but ended up taking Zoloft 200mg daily for last 4 yrs.  I am also on Xanax 1mg twice a day.  I have gained 60 lbs. in the last 4 yrs and it seems diet and exercise does not budge the scale.  I would really like to wean off Zoloft.  Has anyone had any experience with this and did you lose any weight?  I think I could handle weaning off slowly if it will improve my chances of losing weight.  Being so overweight keeps me from doing things I enjoy because I am so embarrassed by my weight.

stkitt
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   Posted 9/21/2008 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   

litnut

Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I identify with your issues as I am on Cymbalta and I have gained a lot of weight.  I am weaning off the Cymbalta but just started and am doing it with the help of my P-doc. 

When you stop Zoloft too rapidly a withdrawal syndrome may develop. Symptoms you may be experience are nausea, tremors, lightheadedness, muscle pains, weakness, insomnia, and anxiety. Most people coming off Zoloft have none of these symptoms, some people do have one or more. The symptoms may last 1-2 weeks but in some cases the symptoms gradually decrease over a period as long as a month. I would still recommend that you taper off this medication slowly under your doctor's supervision. Please talk with your own PCP for specific instructions.

Please remember I am not a professional. :-) Let us know how you are doing.

Again a warm welcome and know we care.

Hugs
Kitt


 

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sleepyzzz
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   Posted 9/22/2008 12:27 AM (GMT -7)   
hello, i thought i would offer some words of encouragement as i'm new here too and have just successfully come off zoloft. i was really scared too but the wierd thing is, i actually feel better for it. i do feel very fragile at the moment, but the zoloft kinda made me such a couch potato that i didnt feel like doing the things that inspired me. i also got a lot of side effects while i was on the tablets. have a good talk to your doctor about it, and weigh up the pros and cons. i feel better now that i am off them but everybody is different, especialy wih antidepressants.
hope all goes well!

litnut
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   Posted 9/22/2008 3:56 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks so much for your words of encouragement. congrats on succesfully coming off zoloft! it does make you feel like lounging all the time...I will discuss with my doctor, but I do not think he will be very encouraging.

dcoach76
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   Posted 9/23/2008 3:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I was on Zoloft 50mg-75mg for about 8 years, and it worked wonderfully for me. about 5 months ago, I started experiencing panic attacks and generalized anxiety for the first time in, literally, 8 years. I was very upset and curious as to why I, all of a sudden, started having these attacks again, so I went to my doctor and she told me that it might be time to either... 1. increase my Zoloft or 2. Try Lexapro (which is a newer, cleaner, and supposedly "better" drug). She definitely didn't want to increase my Zoloft because of the side effect risk, so I weened off of Zoloft and started Lexapro at the same time. This was about 8 weeks ago, and for about a month, as I weened off of the Zoloft and started the Lexapro...I definitely felt a bit off and sick at times, but it was a relatively painless experience...and...remember...I was on Zoloft for 8 years! I did have some Klonopin to get me through the rough spots, and I still have it for "when it's needed," but I'm feeling GREAT now on Lexapro...which I highly recommend...although all drugs work differently for different people...Zoloft was GREAT for me too...it was just time to switch after 8 long years. So, don't be afraid of weening off of Zoloft and possibly starting another SSRI...I did, and it's been great...I feel fantastic...because I feel normal.
 
All the best!
D

Aussieangel
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   Posted 9/23/2008 4:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I came off zoloft cold turkey by my old pscyhs orders......never do it that way. I'm currently just finishing coming off cymbalta i've tried most the new meds and am now being put onto prothiedon. I was the same with the wait gain on zoloft and cymbalta hopefully I'll start to lose some soon.

stkitt
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   Posted 9/23/2008 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

Great responses. I am doing a med switch right now and I am feeling some withdrawal from the Cymbalta but so far I can handle it.

I went into the med change knowing I might run into some brick walls.

Take care and I hope you wean off slowly.  I understand the wieght issue completely.  I had the same thing happen on Cymbalta.

Bless You
Kitt


 

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