Tapering off Zoloft and feeling better? Why?

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Smily
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   Posted 5/5/2011 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I am so confused, have anyone experienced the same thing?

I started Zoloft six weeks ago (from 25 mg to 50 mg). My initial side effects were intensely horrible nausea, exhaustion, loss of appetite, and with (expected) sexual side effects. There were days that I missed work for not being able to get out of bed. I lost about 10 pounds in 4 weeks, and that's a lot because I am only 5'1 and originally 108 pounds, and I was fairly active (I swim 3-4 times a week) until I started feeling down about a month ago.

So, at the end of 4 weeks of trial stage, my doc told me to taper off so that I can switch to Wellbutrin.

Guess what? I started tapering off to 25 mg and I somehow feel much better, like myself again. I started exercising again, no problem getting up in the morning, and not feeling like disconnected or emotionless.

Does this mean that med is finally working and that I should be on 25 mg instead of 50 mg? Or, I am feeling better from not having Zoloft zombie effect?

Should I stay on it just to be on the safe side? I could be getting energy from getting back to my exercise routine (which I was able to do BECAUSE I didn't feel the effect of Zoloft). Please help me decide to completely come off of Zoloft or stay on it.


Thank you all!

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   Posted 5/5/2011 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
It does sound like the medication was starting to work as it takes six to eight weeks. But wellbutrin is a good medication too. Give it a try. If it doesn't work out, you can always go back to the other.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 5/6/2011 4:10 AM (GMT -6)   
agree with karen smily, she makes good sense. welcome to the forum. take care of you. with healing compassion, jamie
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Smily
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   Posted 5/9/2011 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much, Karen and jamie. How nice to hear from someone about such a personal issue. Until yesterday, I didn't even tell my mom about it. Though this isn't my first time (it's been about five years). I felt that it is better to tell her after I started feeling better than when I was in the black hole and worry her.

I've decided to stay on Zoloft 25 mg and see if my mood stays where it is. It's been four days since I wrote. I felt anxious and I had to take Ativan this morning, however, both anxiety and depression are not manageable and I am not sleepy, so I feel I am on the road to recovery.


Thanks again for being compassionate to someone like me, complete stranger!


Smily

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   Posted 5/9/2011 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Smily,

I think HealingWell was developed with just that intention. To bring people together. So you can talk to somebody who understands you. We are so similar in so many respects. But we are all unique individuals.

Keep posting and let us know how you are doing. It sounds like you are doing well and I am so happy for you. Keep up the good work. And it is work. But so rewarding.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 5/10/2011 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
good on ya smily!!!!!!!!!! keep moving forward my friend, well done. jamie. we are here for you. with compassion.
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