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bubu1966
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   Posted 4/6/2011 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I want to get off Zoloft because I have gained so much weight but I'm afraid of the side effects. Has anyone ever tried to quit cold turkey?

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   Posted 4/6/2011 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't do it cold turkey. It is bad. Have your doctor help you taper down. And maybe try another med.

Welcome to the forum, others will chime in hopefully soon. We have had some technical difficulties, but administration is working on that as we speak.

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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 4/7/2011 1:51 AM (GMT -6)   
no to cold turkey!!!!!!!!!!! zoloft was the first anti-dep i was put on.........many moons ago. it is one that is difficult to wean off. yes has some nasty s/e for some, me incl. i had to wean of it very slowly. it was the first that i have weaned of, and since then i have weaned of quite a few. it rates highly as a difficult wean (for me) thus i recommend you talk to your dr. about doing it safely. all the best, keep safe, jamie.

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baroness
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   Posted 4/8/2011 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I just received a script for Zoloft, so I am reading as much information on the drug as I can. I stumbled upon this forum, so I thought I'd join and kinda just get some feedback. I start my dosing schedule tomorrow. I'm sensing many people are more or less indifferent to their prescriptions - or they simply hate the medication. What is the biggest challenge?

bubu1966
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   Posted 4/8/2011 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I remember when I started on Zoloft. The effect of the medication are not really noticeable until you are on it for at least one month. It made me clench my teeth a lot and it made me feel a little hazy and forgetful. I believe the benefits out way the cons. Good luck!

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   Posted 4/8/2011 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kayosphir,

Welcome to the HealingWell Depression forum. I think that everybody has different results with medications. The side effects are even different for different individuals. Most people say that they gain weight on zoloft, well I did just the opposite. I lost weight from having chronic diarrhea. So we all can react differently. There are some people who do good on it. I did well, but had to stop taking it. So I really am not a lot of help here. But I am sure that others will share their experiences with you.

Take care, I hope that you feel better soon.

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baroness
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   Posted 4/9/2011 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
In 2008, I was diagnosed with an undefined "mood disorder" at age 24, and as a result, I was run through a slough of medications within the first year of treatment. I've since been treated as if I have "bipolar 2", and I've been stablilized with lamotrogine, topiramate, and clonazepam (as needed with clonazepam). I'm recently divorced, dealing with a bankruptcy, engaged to be married in 2012 (which is exciting!), but I'm dealing with some harassment issues at work because (I think) I'm the youngest person there (by at least 12 years at a minimum), so we felt it was a good idea to treat me for depression. Knowing how drugs have affected me in the past, I wanted to get some feedback anyway, so I'm not as concerned about weight GAIN as weight LOSS because weight GAIN seems to be a side effect in only 1% of those treated with the drug, where weight loss was common in 7% of those treated with Zoloft. Topiramate casued me to lose 50 pounds - that was fabulous. But, I intend to become a certified personal trainer and Jazzercise instructor within the coming months. :) I see MANY troubling complaints of weight issues on this forum, and therefore I have some definite concerns with this. Many of you have struggled and complained about wanting to "wean" off of Zoloft as well, and trying to come down from the medication has been difficult. Other input?

Post Edited (kayosphir) : 4/9/2011 12:55:58 PM (GMT-6)


theHTreturns...
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   Posted 4/10/2011 5:19 AM (GMT -6)   
without breaking forum rules i become extremely unwell on zoloft. jamie. long time ago. long time ago though. jamie.

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vero00
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   Posted 5/11/2011 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Zoloft for nearly 3 months now and I cannot begin to explain the freedom I finally feel. Although I was a complete mess and felt worse than I had ever felt when I first started taking Zoloft, it was well worth it. I have not felt this way ever since I can remember first remembering. I struggled with severe anxiety my whole life that went undiagnosed until this year. My anxiety consisted mainly of obsessive thoughts I could not control, as hard as I tried. One thing I could not ever hide from were my thoughts. My main obsessions were things that bothered me; they would continuously run through my head, I couldn’t make them stop. It could be something as little as talking to a stranger and afterward feeling that maybe I came off rude or didn’t get my point across, I would think about why I said what I said and what I could have said differently. And that would run through my head all day, which made me more anxious, it was a vicious cycle. Or a fear of losing my family, friends, or boyfriend. I easily became jealous if I found something out about my boyfriends past, and that information would just run through my head obsessively. I know it sounds so silly, but this has been a lifelong struggle. It really took a toll on me this year when I finally crashed, mentally and physically, the obsessive thoughts became so severe that they destroyed my daily functioning; I stopped going to lecture, work, and quit leaving the house for any other reason, I became depressed. The thoughts shifted to guilt, it tore me into pieces, I thought I was going to lose it. When I began Zoloft I felt the lowest of the lowest, that I had ever felt, and trust me, I’ve had pretty bad anxiety. Not until the third or fourth week did I start feeling better, once my doctor increased my dosage and added a mood stabilizer. I also switched from xanax to klonopin because the xanax made me more depressed (which is common). I’m not promoting my combination of prescriptions, it is different for everybody. I just want to spread my story so that people don’t give up. We are blessed to live this day in age where have accessibility to medication so that we no longer have to suffer. Please don’t give up. I wanted to give up every day, I thought Zoloft was making me crazy, but I had a wonderful support system that kept reminding me of the light at the end of the dark tunnel. Today I still have thoughts, of course, but they are no longer fixations or obsessive, I can make myself stop, which is such a wonderful feeling. And I am no longer hypersensitive. I’m not anxiety free, but I finally feel at ease…something I never knew even existed.

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   Posted 5/11/2011 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your post Vero00,

And welcome to the depression forum. I am glad that your medications work for you, I am also on a mood stabilizer for obsessive thinking. I think it was the best move that I ever made. I feel freedom now instead of being caught up in my thoughts.

I am so happy that you are feeling better.

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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 5/11/2011 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
mood stabilisers are helping me, well at least 1 is. jamie.
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Lorgirl
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   Posted 5/12/2011 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
This is what I experienced on Zoloft.  I was only on a low dose (25 mg) for about 8 months.  I am very sensitive to drugs and side affects/withdrawals, etc, so 25 mg was plenty high for me to work.  I had trouble when I first went on it with side affects.  Couldn't sleep, increased anxiety, etc.  But after a couple weeks, those went away.  I honestly think the drug itself helped my problem immensely.  I too have anxiety issues and am an obsessive worrier.  It really took the edge off of that.  But, I think it made me too lazy and unmotivated.  I have always been someone that goes goes goes and I was content to just sit around and watch T.V. 
 
The side effects that I noticed after being on the drug for about 6 months were: night sweats, very vivid dreams, total lack of sex drive and weight gain.  I didn't put two and two together about the weight gain until a few weeks ago.  I have been someone that is very diligent about eating healthy and exercising hard 6 times a week.  I noticed I was gaining weight and thought maybe it was just "winter weight."  But, I started cutting back even farther on my calories and kept gaining.  I thought at the very least I should have stayed the same, but I kept gaining.  A pound here and there.  It got to the point that some pants I bought at Christmas do not fit.  I can't get them on.  I probably gained about 7-10 pounds, but it is enough that my clothes don't fit right.  I also felt like I gained it mostly in my middle. (stomach, hips, waist) and I have always been very thing through the middle. 
 
I know many people don't think you gain weight on Zoloft, but many people do.  My sister had been on 150 mg of Zoloft and didn't believe I could possibly have the side affects that I have had, but I honestly did.  I started tapering off Zoloft a couple weeks ago and went cold turkey after getting down to 12 1/2 mg.  I had severe headaches and dizziness for about a week.  I would get very carsick. One thing that helped me was to take dramamine.  My sister has tapered down from 150 to 50 in a two week period and has not had a single withdrawal symptom.  So, it proves everyone is different.
 
For me at this point, the weight gain wasn't worth it, so I went off Zoloft.  But I am noticing that I am starting to "dwell" on many things again.  So far I haven't lost any weight, but feel less bloated. 
 
Good luck.
 
 

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   Posted 5/12/2011 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Lorgirl for your post with your experiences on zoloft. I lost wieght, but it gave me severe diahrrea. I can't spell that word for the life of me.

Take care, keep posting,

Hugs, Karen
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