tapering off of Zoloft

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fruitgirl
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   Posted 8/10/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to see my primary care doc this morning about tapering off of Zoloft.  I started taking it in early December 2008, after I finally realized how much trouble I was having with post partum anxiety.  I decided that it was time to try to taper off of it, as my UC seems to be in a good, solid remission and things are calm (well, as calm as they can be with an almost 10-month-old!).  He said for me to cut my pills in half for a couple of weeks, then quit.  Hopefully it goes well!  And if any of you happen to notice a change in my mood or whatever (yeah, I know it's hard to determine that on-line) please let me know, ok?  I have a family history of anxiety disorders, so it may be that I just need to stay on Zoloft. 
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30586
   Posted 8/10/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...How much zoloft are you on at this time?
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


fruitgirl
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   Posted 8/10/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Just 25 mg. It's just about the lowest dose, I think.
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30586
   Posted 8/10/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Capsule or tablet?
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


fruitgirl
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7150
   Posted 8/10/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Tablet. Tiny, tiny tablets!
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30586
   Posted 8/10/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
oh wow...get a pill splitter..lol....I'd take only a quarter of each pill off for a week or so then another quarter off...etc.

q
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


fruitgirl
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7150
   Posted 8/10/2009 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I did.
Even with a pill splitter, there's no way I'll get them cut evenly into quarters. They're not much bigger than a grain of rice, and are shaped the same way...so you can see how they'd be hard to cut evenly into quarters.
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).


UC Dude
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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 438
   Posted 8/10/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
My wife had to get an rx for a liquid version to keep cutting the dose. It was tough on her. Google SSRi withdrawl. It can be a pretty bumpy ride. Best!
 


Chelsea
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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 8/11/2009 5:37 AM (GMT -6)   
If you can"t cut the tab any smaller than half try taking the half every other day for an additional week.

Best Wishes!
Age 34
Dx Ulcerative Proctitis July 2009
Gastritis March 2009
Gallbladder Removal December 2008
Meds:
Canasa Suppositories
Probiotic
Vitamin
Calcium with Vitamin D
Zofran as needed
Carafate as needed
Hormone Replacement Therapy (Total Hysterectomy 2006)


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30586
   Posted 8/11/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Liquid version seems a good idea..

fruitgirl, one tapering method popular for many meds is alternating.
Meaning....whole, half, whole, half, whole, half, whole, half, half, half, half.....

Then half, none, half, none, half, none, half, none, half, none.

You could also crush it and take a bit away I guess if the none isn't working and do the half, quarter, half, quarter...etc.

q
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 

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