My Positive Experience Quitting Zoloft

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MotherofAZoloftUser
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   Posted 2/18/2013 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your concern. I am trying to get help. We made an appointment with a psychiatrist in the first week of January. The first appointment available was March 25th so we still have a long wait. I called them today and no luck getting anything earlier. His family doctor's nurse said she will have his doctor call me in the morning since he is out today. But we have discussed this in the past and he really wants a psychiatrist to make a recommendation. My son was in a psychiatric hospital in October for a week since we were having problems dealing with him. The psychiatrist took away all his meds from his original hospital stay, the one after his brain injury for vocational, occupational, and physical therapy. He put him on all vitamins, thinking the psychotic meds were doing more harm than good. But in late December we put him in a different psychiatric hospital because of his suicidal threats His wife left him when he was in a coma from the brain injury; they were both drug addicts and he OD'd out of despair of being unable to quit his addiction. He ended his addiction the hard way. Anyway, that doctor put him on the zoloft and zyprexa. He has been easier to live with as far as mood but he now has a very serious eating problem. He is always "starving" and swears he has not eaten anything all day even though he has been eating non-stop.
I've been researching all day and wondering about Abilify. Some people have said they even had a loss of appetite with it.
I will post again if things change.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 2/18/2013 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
This is indeed a tragic story, and again I offer my condolences.

You are a great mom for taking care and looking for the best help for your son.

I hope that your upcoming appointments will bring about answers for you. Is the psychiatrist that he will be seeing in March the same one that he saw in the psychiatric hospital?

I would just recommend that his regular doctor and the P-doc be in good communication since so many of his needs are probably both physical and mental/emotional...and they can all intersect, and need to be addressed as part of the big picture.

Please feel free to keep posting here...not only about this, but if you need an outlet as well, as cargiving can be its own source of stress and anxiety.

S.C.
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"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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Teach18
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   Posted 2/19/2013 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I am weaning off the generic form of Zoloft since Saturday with a doctor's supervision. I took it for one month starting at 50 mgs and then 100 mgs. Now I am on 12.5 mgs for one week.This weaning off went from 100 mgs to 50 mgs to 25 mgs and now 12.5 mgs. I lost 12 pounds and had extreme nausea during this time. Everyone keeps saying how they gained weight! I felt like I was dying! The nausea is gone and I can eat again!
The doctor also has me on Lamictal starting now on 25 mgs every other day. I hope this works for depression and anxiety!
Good luck to all of us trying to help ourselves! Life is not easy but we have to have hope!

Teach18
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   Posted 2/19/2013 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
To MotherofaZoloftUser
I hope that your situation with your son improves! Could it be that he was
given the wrong diagnosis? Abilify is a mood stabilizer. I was on it with Cymbalta and it seemed to work. Hope this helps and stay strong! 

MotherofAZoloftUser
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   Posted 2/19/2013 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Teach,
The only diagnosis we know for sure is my son's brain injury from lack of oxygen for an unknown length of time. He was found dead, resuscitated, and stayed in a coma for two months. The doctors said he would never have any function above automatic responses from the brain stem. We refused to believe them because we could see other signs that they kept claiming were only auto response. It's been a long road and the biggest hurdle now is getting his meds balanced. It is hard to do since he has no short term memory. We hope to find a good middle ground some day. Thanks for responding about Abilify. I'm going to ask his doctor about it when I get the chance to talk to him, hopefully tomorrow.

jxv171
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   Posted 2/20/2013 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I am one of millions of people taking this drug but only one of the few lucky enough to have stumbled upon this forum. Until today, I had no idea what was happening to me, why, and how I was going to deal with it. Today is a huge day for me- it's the day I start getting my life back and kicking Zoloft for GOOD!

I have been on Zoloft for approx. 1 year at 100 mg a day. I have tried to stop in the past but the brain zaps, dizziness, nausea, back pain and headaches made it impossible. I always crawled back. But the main reason I did was because my husband kept telling me my mood swings were intolerable if I stopped taking it. So for the sake of saving my marriage I would get back on it. As I write that, the sheer absurdity slaps me in the face. So it was divorce or medication. Medicating myself seemed easier.

Did I mention the weight gain? OMG the weight gain. I have never been thin to begin with, so adding pounds made me go ballistic. My doc NEVER warned me about the weight gain or headaches and so I had no idea this was going to happen! By accident, I slowly learned all that was in store for me with this drug through online research and forums. I kick myself that it took me this long.

I have read way more horror stories than success stories. But I refuse to let this thing beat me. I want more than anything to be happy and healthy and I want to rid myself of this awful drug. I wish doctors would warn people what the real price tag of this drug is, but until that happens, we can only rely on each other to spread the word and offer support when all else fails.

Thank you all for sharing your stories. I am truly inspired. And funny thing is that might be the first thing I have felt in a long time since starting this drug. Keeping my fingers crossed!!! Day 1 starts here....

jxv171
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   Posted 2/20/2013 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Also, reading your experiences of beating Zoloft is a HUGE motivator for my own journey. Keep the success stories coming! It's so important to get the message out that people who want to beat this CAN and DO!!!

MotherofAZoloftUser
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   Posted 2/20/2013 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jxv, I was also thrilled to find this website this week. I was telling my husband that I thought the medication was causing my son's extreme hunger and in turn his weight gain. My husband doubted me until I showed him stories from this website. I got a return call from my son's doctor's office today. I was instructed to cut his Zoloft in half. I told them I already did that on my own (after reading this website). I also cut his Olanzapine/Zyprexa in half which I found even more horror stories about. So we are going to see if the situation improves by next Tuesday and if not, try something else. So far, there has been no change in mood which is good but also no change in hunger. But there was one good outcome, if related to taking less medicine. Yesterday at the gym, my son came close to a run on the inside track. It was only a few seconds but it is the first time he has done that, or even wanted to try it, since his brain injury. Previously, he walked slowly, holding onto the railing.
Well, good luck to you and keep us posted!

MotherofAZoloftUser
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   Posted 2/25/2013 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats!!!!!!! That is so awesome!!!!!!

MotherofAZoloftUser
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   Posted 2/25/2013 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I cut my son's Zoloft in half a few days ago. So far, no bad reaction. I was expecting anger or bad behavior when I cut it down. He actually seems a little happier. The only new thing is that he takes 2 or 3 showers a day. (In case you don't know, he has brain damage resulting in no short term memory) Don't get it but that's OK. But he is still has a constant hunger. I might try to wean him further. It could be scarey so I'm nervous.

Jamonit
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   Posted 2/25/2013 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone!

I had to check in and let all of you know that I have been on ZERO milligrams of Zoloft for 4 days and am doing great! In case you haven't read the entire thread, I have been on 50 mg of Zoloft for over 10 years. I finally decided to try and get off of it, so I cut it down to 37.5 mg for a month, 25 mg for a month, 12.5 mg for a month, and then nothing for 4 days now. Throughout the process, I have gotten a few headaches (not sure it's because of the Zoloft, since I've certainly had headaches before), had some bad dreams for about a week (again, not the first time this has ever happened), and have been pretty tired (but I work a ton so this is not that strange). But that's it, thank God (literally, because I have prayed every single night during this process). No irritability, no brain zaps, no nausea, no mood swings, none of the horrific side effects that I have read about.

I want you guys to know that it CAN be done, but you just have to be PATIENT. I really think one of the key factors was that I did this *slowly*. Please hang in there, and don't try to rush off of this stuff. And blessings to all of you!!

begone
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   Posted 2/26/2013 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all! Im so glad i found this. I have been wanting to get off for awhile now. I have been on 25 mg for almost two years now. This is my second day off of it cold turkey. A little nervous but i think it will be well worth it over all. Im 5'2 and use to weigh 110 but now I weigh 125 and am always hungry!! I can't take it anymore. I do have anxiety and panic attacks sometimes but i dont want to rely on this drug anymore. nono I will keep you posted on how it goes. I hope I start to lose weight.

Jamonit
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   Posted 2/28/2013 3:13 AM (GMT -6)   
MotherofaZoloftUser, hang in there. Our prayers are with you!

lottiedee
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   Posted 3/23/2013 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone, I was put on sertraline about 10 weeks ago,50mg for 5 days then 100mg.
I was told that it would take 6 weeks for it to settle, 10 weeks later and i am coming off it,i have zero energy,zero sex drive and i have no time for anyone. I am still having days when i sit and cry and i thing the fatigue is making me more depressed than i was before.
My question is, with only being on this for such a short time, would i be able to go cold turkey or would i still have to taper off.
I am thrilled that i have found this thread as it seems the most honest one i have found and it feels good to know i am not alone in this situation.

simplify
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   Posted 3/28/2013 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
To all you "guardian angels"...  I sat at my computer this evening + decided that I need to make a doctor's appointment to see if she could INCREASE my zoloft.  So I just started researching + came across this truly ENLIGHTENING forum.  I thought my lack of engery, motivation to do ANYTHING was because I needed MORE drugs.  Ok.. let's not talk about the weight gain.  I moved to Florida about 7 years ago weighing in the mid 120's.  I am not the mid 170's.  It is like I don't even know who this fat person is!!  I thought is was just age (I am sure that is a factor, I am now 56) but I am certain the lack of energy to do anything, including exercise + eating like a truck driver have been the primary factors.  But I did not connect the dots that the Zoloft has been a huge culprit in my complete change.  I literally go to work (I own a business I love, thank goodness for THAT), come home, plop my butt in front of the computer + eat, work, drink (wine or martinis) REPEAT!!!  Rarely go out, just no interest.  Being fat makes me more depressed so I don't want to go out so, again, I think I need more drugs to make me feel better.  What the????   No doctor EVER told me that weight gain or lack of energy are primary side effects of zoloft.  It is just a vicious cycle!!!  Thank you.. thank you... thank you ALL for helping me understand that there is hope for me to feel like a "REAL" person, again.  I am so excited to start my journey to being well. 

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 3/29/2013 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to new members posting here!:)

I sincerely wish everyone the best in their journey! I do hope that you find the best possible management for your anxiety, suitable for your individual needs!

I do want to post a gentle reminder that we want to be careful not to generalize or make blanket statements about any medication...as it will affect any individual person differently.

One might have a positive experience, and get exactly what they need from their Rx...while another might have a miserable outcome.

It takes a bit of trial and error with meds to find what works for you.

...and don't forget using the other methods of treatment such as therapy and coping mechanisms such as breathing/relaxation/meditation and exercise/nutrition!

I hope that we can feel free to share our personal experiences, while at the same time be sensitive that anxiety treatment is both an individual and personal journey!

Scaredy Cat
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

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simplify
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   Posted 3/29/2013 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Agreed! We each need to ascertain what is right for us as individuals. But knowing that a lifetime of drugs may not be the answer + that there MAY be a time to try life on its own, again. I am ready, even more so, knowing there is such a wonderful suport system here.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 3/29/2013 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Awesome!!

I am glad that you are on your way:)

I wish you the best...and hope that this forum can be a part of your recovery. It has been a huge part of mine!

Please feel free to post with us anytime for support.:)

S.C.
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Wynnesmom
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   Posted 4/19/2013 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all...

I have just began to week myself off Zoloft. I started taking 50mg after I had my son. 8 years later I am now taking 200mg. Over the years I have had my ups and downs along with a ton of weight gain!! After having my baby I was back down to about 130lbs. I have topped out at 159!!! It really got worse for me as they upped my dosage. No matter what I do, I can not lose weight!! That in itself is making me crazy... Ha ha!! So the weight issue is a huge factor in my decision to ween off the Zoloft. I have often wondered if I still need it. I definitely get into a rut every now and then. But really, doesn't everyone?? I am so unhappy with myself because of my weight, it seems to me, that sort of defeats the whole purpose of being on an anti-depressant??!
So anyways, my plan is to drop from the 200mg to 100mg every other day and see how it goes. I am a little nervous to go "cold turkey"... This is what I am comfortable with for now. After a week or so~ I will see how I feel and decide what my next step will be!! This is my second night so I will not be taking one tonight... Wish me luck!! smilewinkgrin smilewinkgrin

Wynnesmom
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   Posted 4/22/2013 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok I am now on day 5. I am only taking 100mg every other day. My in between days I take nothing. So far so good. Now my husband would disagree... Ha ha. (PMSing) has nothing to do with the anti depressant!!! I can't help that... -_-
Just as a reminder I have been taking zoloft for 8 years. Started at 50mg and am maxed at 200mg!! 30-35lbs over weight, the constant ringing in my ears and the memory loss. Don't know if anyone else has a problem with memory?? Mine has been since they bumped me to 200 mg!! I am ready to get all this in the past !! :)

GLC123
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   Posted 4/27/2013 6:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I just want to thank you for your post. It has really helped me. I've been off of Zoloft for 5 days now. I expected the anxiety and irritability but did not expect the insomnia and it's just how you described it. I'm out cold until 2:30 am, then up and jittery as if I have had too much coffee until I pull myself out of bed at 6. Not fun. I am glad to hear that benedryl has helped. I'll be taking some before bed tonight.

Again, thank you.

Wynnesmom
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   Posted 4/28/2013 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
DAY 11: Well, if flu symptoms are a side effect... I got them bad!!!! I have been in bed miserably sick for days now. Today is the first day I have felt half way decent!! I don't know if it was coincidence or if it was indeed the "side effect" of abruptly stopping the 200mg dose of Zoloft?? Either way, if I am over the hump, I will be thrilled. But... Could it have been this easy?? I will post in a couple of days. **what I have been doing instead of 100mg every other day-- after taking nothing for 3 days and becoming sick as a dog-- I have been taking 50mg for the past 3 days. I think I am going to start doing the 50mg every other day and see how that goes. If I feel bad I will take the 50mg maybe 2 days then skip one day then take 2 more days and so... I am just doing what seems to work best for me. Since I am doing this by my own choice, I can do it however I want right??!! Last time I weighed I had lost 4lbs... Might of been the flu...?? Or was it the side effects...?? Oh I am so confused!! blush blush

jazziejen
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   Posted 5/1/2013 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been on 100mg of Zoloft for about one month.  My Dr wanted me to start slow; 25mg for 10 days, 50mg for 10 days & then 100mg for good.  He told me to go down to 50mg for 3 days and then stop completely.  Sounds odd to me, but I am following what he said.  Day 1 today of 50mg.  Since only being on it a short time, do you think I will experience many withdrawls?  1 side affect I have been having that has been driving me nuts is tremors; hands shaking.  I will be glad when that is done!

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   Posted 5/20/2013 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so thankful that I found this post! I have been on 25 mg of zoloft for about 2 months now for Postpartum Anxiety. The first few days were terrible but I stuck with it like everyone was telling me to do and I seemed to get better for a few weeks. I felt great, had energy and was enjoying my life with my 8 mo old baby and husband. All of a sudden, about a week ago, I have started feeling anxious and experiencing A lot of the physical anxiety symptoms that I was experiencing before like extreme muscle tension, hot flashes, and nausea. I was going to ask if I needed to up my dose, but I really don't want to be on this medicine, I never have wanted to be! I want to be healthy and happy in a natural way without having to take this medicine.

I am going to try and start my way off of this yucky medicine and am praying for only a positive outcome. Its so nice to be able to come here and read success stories and have such awesome support from people going through the same thing. Good luck to all!

ToGoodHealth
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   Posted 5/27/2013 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, firstly, thank you all for posting on this thread!
I went off zoloft accidently on Saturday as my script ran out, however I do not believe on staying on these drugs long term; so I decided to not buy more (now Tuesday). I was on 50mg and went to nothing. Yesterday I was emotional and dizzy; however I went to yoga and felt much more settled. (Doesnt help I am 1 week before my period is due). What I am suprised about is relating my blurred vision to the zoloft? It appears some others have had the blurred vision?? I did not relate it to now; however my eyesight has become considerably worse over the lsat few months! I will be interested to see the difference in this regard.
I do want to say to try help; one of the very best things I have done is take my son to a biomedical doctor. (After many trips to psychologists, paeditricians, regular doctors with no real helps; I took him to a biomedical dr and the changes are quite remarkable! He put him on GABA (which I am also taking) which is natural; B, magnesium, zinc etc and biotin (good for skin and nails too) He diagmosed him with Pyrolle disorder! (I had never heard of it and apparently 10% of the poulation have hit) As far as muscle aches goes, taurine has helped me dramatically; I researched this myself, and in passing the biomedical dr mentioned it to me (as I also have a heart condition where I react to msg 621 / glutamic acid and too much caffeine where I have had to be admitted to Emergency and given a drug called adenosine to bring it back to normal (after 238bpm) Any way I am other meds as this a real physical condition; - for interest, my neighbour has fybrymoalgia and she does now NOT have the muscle aches when taking taurine too! Taking taurine I have NO brainfog as well! However my point is; this biomedical dr really knows what he is talking about!! (Very excited about this) I am seeing him for myself next week; and I bet he continues GABA and other things. This is a real breakthrough. These dr's are in the background as the pharmaceutical co's stand to NOT MAKE their billions of $ when Dr's go to the source of our problems about bio balance, ensuring our bodies are getting what they need ie if we are not making the amino acids etc that we need!! Anyway I thought I should share; as it is making a life difference. My son is not having his emotional outburst; it does take a month for our bodies to absorb these vitamins, minerals and amino acids; it's been 3 weeks and the changes are remarkable. Of course I believe in GOOD Dr advise when weaning of drugs; however I hcan't recommend highly enough about going to a biomedical DR! I wish my mother would; as she has been on heavy drugs for years; and I also read that drugs like Zyprexa decrease the brain cortex :-( Please get Dr supervision before going off however. My advise, a Bio Dr!! All the best; I don't feel dizzy this morning; I expect a little more side effects; however I am sure they won't be long lived; I am going on more natural drugs, that is for sure. All the best with your endevours :-)
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