My Positive Experience Quitting Zoloft

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ZolOFF
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   Posted 6/5/2012 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
~This is a post about a 27 year-old woman who is ALMOST done weaning herself off of Zoloft!~

Come this September, 2012, I would have been on Zoloft for 3 years to treat my (mostly) Social Anxiety Disorder, General Anxiety, and the occasional panic attack. I really was not a mess--just unreasonably worked up in normal situations (you know. I don't even have to explain this). I had just finished with several big life transitions at once, and entered into several more right away. I was very unstable for a few years.

I asked my doctor if I could go off my Zoloft over a year ago, because I said I was feeling really good. He told me if I quit, I'd feel terrible, and advised me to stay on it. So I did. Something inside of me kept telling me it's time to stop the Zoloft. My eyes were starting to get blurry, I had gained a TON of weight quite coincidentally after starting Zoloft, developed a ravenous appetite, and ya know what? My daily, general anxiety seemed to have increased. I also had a very strange "neck twitch" going on, where when I was holding my head still, my head would shake a little on its own, and sometimes, I would even get a big shake. I was starting to get very worried, and even saw a massage therapist and chiropractor for it!

I also saw the commercials about birth defects, and being a young woman with a ticking biological clock, I decided this was it. My life transitions were over, I felt like I had used Zoloft (along with .5 mg of Xanax 1x day, if needed...and no, I don't abuse them) enough as a crutch to "retrain" me to act "normal" in social/professional situations.

I decided to quit without telling my doctor. I know, I know. Insert disclaimer here: I guess you shouldn't do this without your doctor's help. I researched the crap out of it, and I've been keeping a daily journal of my feelings, physical habits, any changes for the worse I notice in myself, etc. I also told my mother I was quitting the Zoloft, and asked her to watch out for me and tell me any negative changes she may see in me. She knew I was doing this without my doctor.

So, here it goes.
Week 1 of weaning: Took only 3/4 of my 50 mg daily dosage (37.5 mg). I cut it with a sharp knife, carefully. Nothing fancy.
I was going to do a second week of 3/4, but I was feeling super and guess what?

My neck and head shaking had already stopped. Um, really?

Week 2 of weaning: Took only 1/2 of my 50 mg daily dosage (.25 mg)
Again, I was going to do a second week of 1/2, but again...I was feeling great.

No head shaking, general mood is much better, and appetite has decreased so much that other people have noticed (this is a good thing, as I was a ravenous pig who became overweight on this drug).

Week 3 of weaning: Today is my first day of taking 1/4 of a 50 mg daily dosage (12.5 mg). Again, cut with a knife. I don't care that it makes me sound like a barbarian. It's working for me.

How do I feel so far? Freakin' awesome. I am much happier today with myself than I was 3 weeks ago.

I will respost again in 1 week at the start of my "no Zoloft" week, and then several times after that, to let you know how it's going without any Zoloft in my system.

I hope this helps anyone out there.

ZolOFF
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   Posted 6/5/2012 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Forgot to mention:

Week 2: Vision started to clear up a little bit. For real.

stkitt
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   Posted 6/6/2012 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  Thank you for posting your experience with your weaning from Zoloft and also thank you for mentioning that weaning under the supervision of a medical professional is usually the safest way to discontinue taking Zoloft.
 
I know many members will find your success story to be an inspiration to them as most stories re weaning are scary to read. 
 
Do post the rest of your experience when you are ready.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
 
 
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ZolOFF
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   Posted 6/12/2012 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Kitt!

Time for an update.

I felt very good on only 1/4 of Zoloft. So good, that I skipped the last two days of taking 1/4 and went down to 0 Zoloft. So, I am on my third day of zero Zoloft.

Week 4 - No Zoloft - This is the first time in this whole process that I have felt any withdrawal symptoms. If I had to use a word to sum up these side effects, I'd call them ANNOYING. They are not painful, and I am going to push through this. The fact that I am having side effects tells me that this drug is not something my body wants in it, anyway, IMHO.

The side effects I am currently having are: the occasional brain zap, a little general anxiety, and insomnia that doesn't kick in until about 1 - 2 am. It's so weird, because I am tired and go to bed around 11pm-12am, and then my energy/side effects kick in. How do I know these are side effects and not a regression to what I went on Zoloft for? Well, I never suffered insomnia. I never had brain zaps. Haha. And my anxiety has almost always been situational. The times I have had generalized anxiety has stemmed from "situational leftovers," if you will.

How have I been dealing with my side effects? I read online in several places that taking Benedryl can help with side effects. Guess what? It does. It actually helps so much that I haven't taken more than 1 1/2 doses in a 24 hr time period. So, there's one trick for you.

I've also been taking a very good Nordic Naturals Omega-3 twice daily, TwinLab Stress B Complex, as well as a regular multivitamin, daily.

One glass of wine before bed helps.

I've also just been keeping quiet and being gentle with myself. I'm also starting cardio exercising today, as I read that really helps (and I need it, anyway!)

However, I have noticed more positives: NO HEAD SHAKING, appetite significantly decreased (I'm eating like a human again), clearer thoughts, way more energy (not insane energy...the energy I used to have).

I am not going to lie; I am not comfortable this week.

But, from what I've read online, in 1-2 weeks, this should stop. I am being good to myself, not expecting too much, and just letting the Zoloft leave my system. I will update again, soon.

stkitt
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   Posted 6/12/2012 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to read you are doing well.  I have never had brain zaps but have had the brain shivers and have not found those so bad when weaning off of several of the SSRIs over the years.
 
Believe that your sharing here is helping many members and remember we have lots of non-members that read our forum so you are touching many lives by taking the time to share.
 
Kudos to you.
 
Kitt
 
 
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Fox7
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   Posted 6/12/2012 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing your story ZolOFF, and welcome to HealingWell!

I can honestly vouch for the Benadryl thing myself. That's what I used when I weaned off of Zoloft the last 3 times I was on it. I will more than likely use it again IF I'm good enough to come off of it for a fourth time. Highly doubtful, but still. I recommend it to a lot of people who are having trouble coming off of ANY antidepressant.

It does help tremendously with the light headed, anxious feelings, and also with the sleep issue. I have to say that Zoloft was the easiest AD to come off of for me personally.

Wishing you the best!

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Carrie48
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   Posted 6/13/2012 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats ZoLof. I am about almost 1.5 months off Cymbalta and doing well. I still am dealing with occasional anxiety but overall, doing well. Keep it up!
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ZolOFF
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   Posted 6/16/2012 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Carrie48 said...
Congrats ZoLof. I am about almost 1.5 months off Cymbalta and doing well. I still am dealing with occasional anxiety but overall, doing well. Keep it up!


Congrats to you, too! It's good to hear from someone else who is pushing on through!!!

ZolOFF
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   Posted 6/16/2012 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to post a quick little update while I could think of it.

My withdrawal side effects lasted *uncomfortably* for 3 days. I am still having a LITTLE withdrawal, but I feel sooo good. Other people have been pointing out to me (people that don't know I was ever even on Zoloft, EVER!...I was very secretive about it), that I seem very positive, etc.

The energy keeps on coming. I washed all my shoes in the washing machine the other day. I know that sounds crazy, but that's something I would have felt inspired to do a few years ago, before I ever went on Zoloft. It was like, "oh, hi old quirky me!!!" lol!

Now, I feel what I have to say here is positively important:

There is a side effect to the Zoloft that was bothering me SO MUCH all these years, but only realized it was a side effect, because it is NOW GONE.

I am both: a teacher and until recently, I was also moonlighting as a Call Center Customer Service representative. Both of these jobs, as you know, require constant, constant talking, projecting your voice, enunciating, etc.

Ever since I stopped the Zoloft--no, ever since I started weaning myself off the Zoloft--a side effect I was having, some stuttering, slurring my words, and having to really *look* for the right word, which forced me to speak more slowly, is gone.

Besides the horrid head shaking I experienced on Zoloft, this side effect is one I thought was really me. But, when I look at my life BEFORE Zoloft, I was always a great speaker. It only started when I was on the Zoloft, and quickly vanished as I weaned off of it.

I have been afraid to get off my Zoloft for almost 2 years now, because of all of the horror people talk about with withdrawal..even doctors.

I feel that you...YOU...really know your body and soul, and if your body and soul says stop ingesting something, you should stop ingesting it. (MY PERSONAL FEELINGS. I'M NOT A DOCTOR.)

This has been a decision I am so happy that I've made. I can't wait to see what the next few weeks bring.

Again...I believe in Benedryl! I've hardly had to take any, but they stop withdrawal side effects in a super, amazingly effective way!!!!

I hope this helps!

ZolOFF
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   Posted 6/23/2012 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Tomorrow will be 2 full weeks off of my Zoloft.

Yesterday, I had the faintest, littlest brain zaps. I took a Benedryl, and they were gone.

As I've been progressing over this 6 week journey, I have finally realized this is one of the best health decisions I have ever made for myself.

I am so much more positive, relaxed, and in control.

Please do not let people scare you if you feel Zoloft or SSRI's in general aren't right for you. You have to be ready for a little discomfort when you go off them, but if you do it really slowly, it's discomfort--not pain.

I've been eating healthily all week, my jeans are looser on me, and people have been commenting on how much more balanced my emotions have appeared to them.

I guess I was right when I felt Zoloft wasn't right for me. Trust yourself!

Sunshine29
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   Posted 6/24/2012 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I started on Zoloft 3 years ago, and I feel like it saved my life. I was having terrible panic attacks and was down to 94lbs. I wasnt sleeping, developed terrible stomach issues and feared life. I was on 100mg and now weened down to 25mg. I tried to ween off the 25 by taking it every other day. On the days w/o the pill I would have major anxiety ( which could of been all brought on from my own thoughts). So, I went back to taking it daliy. I feel great on it..I did gain weight..up to 125lbs, which isnt that bad..Im just so afraid to go off it totally. I feel safe on this small dose. The thought of getting panic attacks again scares me terribly. So I guess I'll be on 25mg for awhile...

ZolOFF
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   Posted 6/24/2012 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Sunshine29 said...
I started on Zoloft 3 years ago, and I feel like it saved my life. I was having terrible panic attacks and was down to 94lbs. I wasnt sleeping, developed terrible stomach issues and feared life. I was on 100mg and now weened down to 25mg. I tried to ween off the 25 by taking it every other day. On the days w/o the pill I would have major anxiety ( which could of been all brought on from my own thoughts). So, I went back to taking it daliy. I feel great on it..I did gain weight..up to 125lbs, which isnt that bad..Im just so afraid to go off it totally. I feel safe on this small dose. The thought of getting panic attacks again scares me terribly. So I guess I'll be on 25mg for awhile...


I think it's great that you found what works for you, because I know how painful anxiety is. Zoloft did help me, quickly and effectively for the first year and a half I was on it. So I know it can help people. I don't know why, but for some reason I started to change, and I feel a lot better without it. If I stayed on Zoloft, it would have been 3 years of taking it for me, too. I made this thread for people who wanted to get off of Zoloft, but were afraid, because of all of the withdrawal stories they hear from people or read on the internet.

But if it's working for you, then good for you! The only thing that matters is that you're happy and comfortable. :-)

ashbo0o
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   Posted 8/4/2012 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Sertraline (generic brand of Zoloft) definitely made me gain weight. I started on 50mg in January 2012 and my relationship with my family, friends and long-term boyfriend increased SIGNIFICANTLY. Almost like a miracle.

However, the 50mg didn't seem to be quite enough for me and I upped the dose to 100mg in March. As soon as summer started I went to the beach and gained a significant amount of weight (for me).

Mind you, I am 21 years old, 5'1. All of high school I was 110, all of college was 115 and very recently 118. After the beach I was 125.

Now I have reached points where I am 135lbs. WHAT?!?!! My metabolism is crazy awesome and since being on Sertraline for 6 months its been horrid, obviously. I quit cold turkey 2.5 weeks ago and experienced the extremes of all of the side effects when stopping an anxiety medication.

I am 133lbs now but I understand it is probably still in my system. I have experienced 1 panic attack and definitely been fightings often with a lot of people. No suicidal thoughts; but it is clear I need a medication. I am currently on Bupropian (a generic brand) that is supposed to help with maintaining weight/dropping it. I started it 2 days after I dropped Sertraline.

My doctor said it was fine to quit cold turkey. It really was. I survived without benadryl, wine or anything. Brain zaps were new to me and pretty scary though.

ANYWAY, I just wanted to brief you on my experience so far, ZoLoff and would love to hear about any weight loss/gain you experience with your new life off of ZoLoft. Thanks for your posts. I literally registered for this website because I wanted to see your blog.

Thanks again!

ZolOFF
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   Posted 8/5/2012 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
ashbo0o said...
Sertraline (generic brand of Zoloft) definitely made me gain weight. I started on 50mg in January 2012 and my relationship with my family, friends and long-term boyfriend increased SIGNIFICANTLY. Almost like a miracle.

However, the 50mg didn't seem to be quite enough for me and I upped the dose to 100mg in March. As soon as summer started I went to the beach and gained a significant amount of weight (for me).

Mind you, I am 21 years old, 5'1. All of high school I was 110, all of college was 115 and very recently 118. After the beach I was 125.

Now I have reached points where I am 135lbs. WHAT?!?!! My metabolism is crazy awesome and since being on Sertraline for 6 months its been horrid, obviously. I quit cold turkey 2.5 weeks ago and experienced the extremes of all of the side effects when stopping an anxiety medication.

I am 133lbs now but I understand it is probably still in my system. I have experienced 1 panic attack and definitely been fightings often with a lot of people. No suicidal thoughts; but it is clear I need a medication. I am currently on Bupropian (a generic brand) that is supposed to help with maintaining weight/dropping it. I started it 2 days after I dropped Sertraline.

My doctor said it was fine to quit cold turkey. It really was. I survived without benadryl, wine or anything. Brain zaps were new to me and pretty scary though.

ANYWAY, I just wanted to brief you on my experience so far, ZoLoff and would love to hear about any weight loss/gain you experience with your new life off of ZoLoft. Thanks for your posts. I literally registered for this website because I wanted to see your blog.

Thanks again!


Hi, Ashbo0o!

I'm glad that you enjoyed reading my post, and I'm happy that you feel like you made the right decision for you and are doing well! You are def brave to have quit cold turkey, but it's reassuring for you to share that on this forum.

I'd also like to add for other people reading this, that I haven't had to supplement with benedryl or wine or anything like that in a month. I'm completely *free* at this point now.

I feel as though the most noticeable thing that has happened for me since I quit Zoloft has been weight loss and decreased (AKA back to normal person's) appetite. Zoloft made me eat like a football player. I was 24 years old, 5'4" and a size 6 or 8 when I went on Zoloft. It made me go up to a size 16, within a mere 2 1/2 years. It made me lazy. I didn't care about dieting or exercising at all, and I was a fitness fanatic before I went on Zoloft.

Since I've quit, I'm almost back into a size 12. My jeans are falling off of me. That's pretty quick, considering it's only been out of my system for maybe 2 months. I'm running a 5k, and I'm doing the "Insanity" fitness program. I feel like the positive aspects of my health came right back. People are noticing and commenting on my almost-effortless weight loss.

When I was on Zoloft, I was doing Weight Watchers AND P90x AND very intense spinning and I kept gaining weight (Had to will myself through all of that very, very much, and couldn't sustain it. Don't have to do that these days; naturally want to be healthy.) My sugar cravings were absolutely through the roof on Zoloft. I couldn't stop thinking about cake, and cookies, and ice cream and...you name it!!! It was ridiculous. So, I know my positive changes are coming from being Zoloft-free right now.

I'm sorry to hear you put on weight so fast, and as a young woman, it's very discouraging. I've never been on a different antidepressant for an extended period time, so I don't know if a different antidepressant would do this to me, but right now, I'm trying to explore natural options. However, I obviously have nothing against pharmaceuticals when needed. I hope that your new medication is working out for you and that your weight continues to come off.

What really matters is that you're happy, but I know that you can't feel happy unless you feel healthy and beautiful, too! Good luck w/ everything and post any updates!

justonmote
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   Posted 8/14/2012 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for posting your positive posting on quitting zoloft. I, too, reduced, then weened myself off of 100 mg/4yrs of taking. I don't recommend doing so without your doctors guidance my I stay in quarterly follow-ups so I'm sure he will be fine with my decesion.

I started by reducing to 75 mg for two weeks. Then 50mg, for two weeks, then 25 mg for two weeks, then alternating 25mg every other day for two weeks. As I got to the lower dosages, I found myself dizzy and difficulty with sleeping. I simply took one Benadryl tablet at night and I was able to sleep comfortably. I have been completing off the Zoloft for two weeks now and feel SUPER! I believe my body stored up what was lost.

I do take 1000mg of fish oil, Women's multi-vitamin, liquid B12, and Vit. E. I believe these help with my mood balance.

CONCERN THOUGH; I gained twenty pounds while taking Zoloft and it came on the first six months. My doctor kept assuring me the weight gain was better than the anxiety I was experiencing. True, at the time. Today, my anxiety is basically diminished but the weight, UGH, still 20 lbs. My appetite is back to normal (no more needed to eat constantly). When will the weight drop????

smhair Please respond to concern and give me hope and experiences of weight loss after Zoloft.

Zol-off-it78
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   Posted 10/15/2012 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey All!

 

I really appreciate that I've found this blog as it's inspired me to scratch that itch I've been having for the last several months, if not more!  The itch, of course, is to get off Zoloft!  I've been on it now for four years now (started with 50mg and have done 100mg over the last year+). 

 

The "bad" that I'm agreeing with everyone on is the weight gain!  Uhg!? I'm 34, 6'1" and was around 178 when I started on it four years ago.  Now...*big sigh,* I'm at about 210!?  My doctor even told me that I'm on the edge of being "overweight" for my height, etc.  I guess I was always thinking it was just my body "getting old" and my metabolism slowing down, but I now see that I'm not alone in this battle!  Years ago I was on Celexa and I too had gained about 20 lbs on that within a year or two and dropped the weight once I took myself off.  I have to agree with others on here where I feel my body is telling me to stop, pick myself up, and dust off the Zoloft dust that feels more like it's dragging me down than picking me up!  Oh!? And has anyone experienced night-sweats with this drug??  Holy crap!  It's not every night, but almost!  I asked my doctor about it and she did say that is a possible side effect of the drug.  That, and I seem to sweat at the drop of a hat!?  Uhg...It's annoying and embarrassing!

 

So here I am!  I want to join the forum in the hopes of being Zoloft free as well!  In the last several months I've felt as though I don't have much energy and am a garbage disposal for any and all foods!?  I've gone from a 32' waist up to a 36!! Even as a guy it's embarrassing to not have that confidence in myself to be out with friends or in public and feel good about myself!  I'm getting back in to the gym, and have been taking B12 in the hopes of aiding in the weaning process.  I'm glad that there are a couple other antidotes that I can take part in (Benadryl, fish oils and exercise). 

 

I'm not looking forward to the withdrawal as I had all of the same symptoms going off Celexa that a lot of you have encountered going off Zoloft (brain zaps, head aches, insomnia, etc, etc...), but I guess it will be chatting with you folks on here and keeping that light at the end of the tunnel in sight! 

 

Anyway, I appreciate all the feedback you all have put on here and I'll be starting the tapering off tomorrow...the suggested 75mg for two weeks, then 50mg...etc..etc... This is actually what doctors prescribe anyway.  They advised me to do that for Celexa years back.

 

So,...here goes!!!  I'll keep checking the post and will update as well!

 


stkitt
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   Posted 10/15/2012 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to Healing well and the A & P Forum. This is the place to come if you have questions or concerns about anxiety/panic, related medications and their side effects and recovery. Some of our members have been living with anxiety and related disorders for years, while others are new to this disorder.  I was dx 30 years ago and most of the time I manage very well.  I tried Zoloft just this past winter and it was not the drug for me as my body really did not like it. 

I am back on Effexor XR and do well with this medication.  I had the night sweats with Zoloft and I do have night sweats with Effexor but not every night. 

The medication that I gained the most weight from was Cymbalta and that was the one that also caused my BP to run low.  Everyone reacts differently to the meds and I always try to give any new med a chance as I know it takes 6-8 weeks for the medication to be at it's peak.  With Zoloft, the Dr. kept wanting me to increase the dose as she did not feel my dose was high enough but the medication made me feel nasty so I finally put the brakes on and we agreed that I would restart the Effexor.

I strongly agree that weaning off of any of the antidepressants needs to be down under the direct supervision of your Dr. and do not go to fast.  You have been on it this long so take your time weaning from Zoloft. 

I wish you luck and be well,

Kitt

 








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SunShine78
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   Posted 10/21/2012 3:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello,

I stumbled across this post while doing some online research on lowering my dose of Zoloft.

First off, I wanted to thank you for posting your experience with weaning yourself off the drug. And a big congrats on your weight loss and success so far! :-)

I've been taking 100mg of sertraline for a year now for anxiety and depression. Before zoloft I enjoyed my workouts and considered myself extremely fit (worked out 5/6 days a week) and watched what I ate with a passion. I lost about 112lbs 8 yrs ago and was able to keep that weight loss off with success.

But all that slowly changed when I started taking zoloft. For the past year I have gained 35lbs and it takes a huge effort from me to workout (2/3 days a week now instead of the 5/6 days before). I just have no energy sad

For the past month or so I've had a continuous thought of weaning myself off of it, mostly because of the weight gain. But I'm just not 100% positive that I'm emotionally ready just yet? On my recent doctors visit I got the go-ahead to start reducing my dose by 25mg every 7-10 days. ( and he wasn't crazy about the idea either) Well, That was two weeks ago and I have yet had the courage to start that journey. Im scared. I'm scared that my anxiety & depression will come back.

Reading your post has given me hope that as long as I do it slowly - I may be free of this drug.

thank you again:)

louie1234
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   Posted 10/27/2012 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
This post has helped me alot. i was afraid to come off Zoloft from all you read on internet. I asked my doctor when i could get off zoloft, he said some people stay on it for life.
Zoloft helped me, but i have been on it for 6 years (100mg) and i felt it was enough. It was scary making the decision to come off, my doctor gave me a weaning process like 3 years ago when i wanted to get off zoloft, so i decided to try.
I told everyone close to me what i was doing. I asked my wife to let me know if i acted out of sorts. I also have been keeping a journal of my thoughts.
Thank you for this post. I am proud to say i am down to 25mg from 100mg :-) I have been doing this for 75 days, going real slow with it. I have been taking Omega 3 to prevent brain zaps. I never had a brain zap, the only thing i have had close to a brain zap is vertigo.
I have ups and downs but nothing out of the norm. I am glad this site is here it has givin me confidence to do what i have wanted to do for a LONG time.

Post Edited (louie1234) : 10/27/2012 8:43:25 PM (GMT-6)


John247
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   Posted 10/27/2012 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on zoloft cor many years and notice my hand shaking at times. I am 39....iam on .50 once a day. Kind of scared to get off of it my doc said it helps with anxiety.

Post Edited (John247) : 10/27/2012 10:16:06 PM (GMT-6)


SAKOSF
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   Posted 10/29/2012 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear that Zoloft helped you and that after 3 years you were able to taper off it. From my own reading, the difficulty in getting off a antidepressant varies quite a bit from person to person. Some can rather quickly taper off as you did, with mild to moderate discontinuance syndrome symptoms and others it can be a ordeal that takes a few months.

chuck a
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   Posted 11/10/2012 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
i just got on it, hoping it will help me, in fact PRAYING it will

Tambo2053
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   Posted 11/14/2012 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking 25mg of Zoloft almost a year now just for hotflashes. Although it reduced my hotflashes it did not take them away completely. I am now going to wean myself off Zoloft because the side effects are greater than the relief I was getting from hotflashes. I will take the hotflashes instead.
I have gained weight...I have no energy....occasional insomnia. I am a menopausal woman who's sex drive is diminishing with age as it is, Zoloft completely took away any I had left.
I am thinking about going cold turkey because I was not taking it for depression. I plan to have some Benedryl and a good bottle of wine (or two) ready if I start experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
I will keep you posted! Today is day one of no Zoloft....

zoloft-rob45
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   Posted 11/15/2012 5:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks ZolOFF for sharing your story with us. I have been on Zoloft then Prozac then back to Zoloft for about 2 years now. I feel at times that the Zoloft is actually causing minor anxiety and feel that I need to wean off. I will talk to my doctor and see what she thinks about starting me on a withdrawal regiment...

Tambo2053
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   Posted 11/15/2012 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Day two....cold turkey...no symptoms yet. Keeping fingers crossed. :-)
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