Howard, what you are doing is commendable. I assume there is a reason you do not want to continue taking Zoloft. I am new to anti-depressants and just started taking Effexor last week, because I could not longer take the mood swings, especially now that I am on hormone blockade for cancer. After reading the experiences of others in this forum I realize this means that I may be on some form of anti-d for the rest of my life, but at least I can tell family members that I am doing something about
my moods and hopefully I won't have to apologize to them quite so often
Before starting Effexor it was necessary that I stop taking the narcotic Tramadol that I had been taking daily for over a decade. That wasn't easy, but tapered off as you are doing. I understand that anti-d's may be even more difficult. I wish you luck in getting back to your "old self", but it is possible that you may not recognize him any longer.
2014-15: PSA 9,12,20,25 Neg DRE, Neg TRUS biopsy
2016: MRI Fusion biopsy, Rt Base, 2x 100% G8 (4+4)
8/16: DaVinci RP, PNE, 6mm EPE, 2xSVI, pT3b
2017: Lupron ADT, AMS800 AUS scheduled 5/15/2017
IMRT SRT postponed til that heals, PSA's ~.03
Age 66, recently retired to Florida 'just in time'