Weaning off Zoloft

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   Posted 3/22/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Due to a serious accident my husband almost died.  He is now partially paralyzed and we had some challenges to work through.  4 years later he had a massive heart attack but survived that as well.  God indeed has a plan.  It left me with a great deal of responsibilty and depression.  I went on Zoloft which helped me get through some tough times.  But now, I am being weaned off with the help of my physician. It's been about a week now and I have more energy and don't feel like sleeping all the time. Even though it helped there were some downsides to this drug.  I gained weight, felt like sitting all the time, and lost my zest for life.  I think I am experiencing some withdraw symptoms.  The bottoms of my feet feel as though my nerves are jumping all around and it keeps me up at night.  Has anyone else out there experienced any of the side effects I have mentioned?

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   Posted 3/22/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kbaker,

Welcome to the depression forum. I am so glad that you are here.

When I went off of zoloft, I went on to effexor so I didn't have trouble weaning off. I don't remember having any withdrawals. Except depression in between one going out of my system and the other starting to work.

I hope that you get through this okay and that you do well med free. I take it that you are going med free. I don't tolerate anti depressants well when I take them, but have no trouble with the effexor.

Keep posting, as we are here for you.

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   Posted 3/23/2009 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome Kbaker,

I am so sorry to hear you and your husband have been through such tough times.

My best advice on the weaning off an SSRI medication such as  Zoloft is to go very slow as the medication leaves their system many people have tough side effects.

I know there are a lot of threads in the forum re going off of this category of medication so you may want to use our search feature above to look for other posts on Zoloft withdrawal.

Take care and again Welcome.



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