Getting off Zoloft, any recommendations to ease withdrawal symptoms?

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   Posted 4/6/2008 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on 100mg of zoloft, been on everything from effexor, prozac, paxil and buspar in the last 8 years.  I want off after reading how very bad antidepressants are and how the more u take the worse you feel, my experience anyway.
started in Dec on 50mg, didn't feel so hot, gave me 100mg where I am now.  I want to sleep all the time, depressed more, very very anxious and no sex drive but love chocolate lol.
I own a small biz, going into busy season and have no desire to work...aaggghhhh I hate this soooo much.  My life is perfect other wise, not being a smarta** either, have a new home, great boyfriend, great friends, great biz, great foster son...just feel hopeless.
Read in a previous forum, omega 3 and 6, fish oil calcium etc.  Anyone out there have any sucess please help, and yes I will contact my doc to help me decrease dosage and go off.  Oh btw I've been experiencing vertigo for over a year now too...sigh. lol
Thank you.

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   Posted 4/6/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
You may not have come across the right medication yet. I had to take a lot before something finally helped me. So don't give up. When I went off zoloft, I went on to prozac at that time. Didn't have any problems. I take effexor and xanax and abilify now and am doing a lot better. You need something stimulating I do believe, hopefully your doctor can help you. It is sad when you don't feel like doing what you love, your business.

Good luck,
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Oh yes, the omega fatty acids do help a lot. So if you aren't taking them, try them. You will notice a difference in the way that you feel and your thinking abilities.
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   Posted 4/6/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Monkeyboo and welcome to HW, it's great to have you here!  Maybe you haven't found the right ant-depressent yet (or like me) they just aren't for you..
They can have negative effects on sexual drive and can make you feel a little bit sleepy, but it depends on the individual..
I agree, that chocolate rocks!! lol
Do you think the vertigo is linked with anxiety or medication???
I'm glad everything else is going well for's nice to hear about happiness!!!  I would suggest you don't stop the meds without seeing your doc and proposing some alternatives or a plan to cut the zoloft down gradually.  I wish you all the best of luck and look forward to hearing more from you :-)

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   Posted 4/7/2008 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Monkeyboo,
Welcome to Healing Well, it's great to have you here.  This is a wonderful community where you will find the members to be very supportive, caring, and helpful.  Feel free to come here any time for support, answers (the best we can any way) or to help support others.  Don't forget to check out some old posts as you may find some useful information in them that will help you.  Also, take a look at the resources that are listed in the yellow section to the right - another great place for information.
When I went off Zoloft, I was weaned off gradually per my doc's instructions and I had very minimal side effects from this.  Please make sure to follow what your doc says to do, as that is the best advice you can receive.  It can take several tries before you find the right medication; everyone reacts differently to them and some may not work for you but will for others.  As far as the fatty acids, omega 3, etc. I can't help you with that, as I don't know about any of those.  I'm sorry I can't be of more help to you with this.
By the way, I totally agree with Meg - chocolate rocks!!!  LOL  Please keep posting to let us know how you are doing.  We look forward to getting to know you better.
Again, welcome to the Healing Well family!!
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   Posted 4/7/2008 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
i'm trying to wean off zoloft now (worried about unknown long-term dangers, weight gain, sexual side-effects, etc.). i have been taking 200mg for basically 11  years. i've gone down to 150 for the last week and a half and haven't had any issues yet (or at least nothing really noticeable). i am reading a great book called "The Anti-Depressant Solution" by Joseph Glenmullen. It's a very moderate book - he points out some of the controversy surrounding anti-depressants and the whole "withdrawal or discontinuation syndrome" debate, but also still prescribes them to some of his patients because he recognizes there are benefits for many people. The book is essentially a step-by-step guide to stopping SSRI's safely and a discussion about all the things one should consider before starting the process and what happens during the process. He also discusses the whole biology of SSRIs. It's a very honest and informative book. Might want to check it out.
the zoloft was great for me for many years - i had issues with OCD and related social anxiety and general anxiety. the zoloft pretty much made them non-issues. but in the last couple years it's not been working so well, primarily i think because i've just been overwhelmed by certain things in my life. but i have been doing better lately and feel like i should get off the meds because i think that they are limited in their helpfullness and i feel like i didn't give myself enough credit for the early improvements. i think the zoloft provided a good crutch when i was limping but i healed and have learned a lot and i feel like i can do things on my own now, with the help of a good diet and exercise and positive thinking. too many studies suggesting the SSRI's are limited in their effect (even some saying no more than a placebo - though i disagree with this), not enough studies on long-term effects, many people with side-effects, weight gain (not particularly healthy when it's 60 pounds), etc. My doctor always told me i could and should stay on the zoloft indefinitely and that it was mild enough not to be dangerous. but i think he was speaking about the liver and things like that and not about brain changes.
anyway, i think you may be someone who is very sensitive to SSRIs and may have trouble finding one that helps you without causing intolerable side-effects. when you find the right one it's wonderful. but there will probably be a time down the road when you'll want to get off them. if you can stay strong you may want to consider trying to go the natural route and avoid the SSRIs altogether. i have been taking omega 3 supplements and a multi-vitamin for several months now and feel very good. the natural stuff takes longer to show results (months) but it's obviously the safest way to go. but if things get too rough there is no harm or shame in continuing to try and find the right SSRI. most people do eventually find one that is helpful and can give you the boost you need to get to a point where you can start to think about helping yourself. because sometimes life gets you down the point where you don't have the energy to pick yourself up on your own. that's when medication can be most helpful.
good luck on whatever you do. as most here have said, if you tape gradually you should be just fine. and if you have any troubles, just taper even more slowly.

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   Posted 9/23/2009 1:48 AM (GMT -7)   
hi monkeyboo,

i am a new member also and understand your concerns re zoloft withdrawal. i am currently tapering off zoloft myself after being on it for post natal depression. for me the zoloft worked really well for my sleep issues and depression but never quite kicked the anxiety. everytime i got anxiety my dr upped my dose till i got to 150 mg. this was terrible for me as it caused me serotonin syndrome. i changed my dr ( great move) and we both agreed that i would taper down as i seemed to do better on a low dose. i tapered down 25 mg at a time which is not as slow as some experts are now recommending - but i had no problems with this at all. in fact i felt better and better with each decrease so decided to come off altogether. i went slow - i think i stayed on 50 mg for 6 weeks . it wasn't till i hit 25 mg ( which is not a therapeutic dose) a few days ago that i started to experience mild symptoms - mainly nausea, occasional dizziness, mild anxiety and sleep disturbances. i was expecting it so i wasn't too surprised!!

i am taking the fish oil and i do believe in the science behind this. but the thing i have found most useful for controlling my anxiety and for tapering off the zoloft is an electrical device called alphastim. i dont fully understand how it works but it is a safe and effective treatment specifically for depression, anxiety and insomnia. you attach these little clips to your ears and use it for 20 mins a day. i know it sounds like a strange thing but all i can say is i have had better results with this than anything else i have ever tried. this morning when i had some anxiety ( day 4 of only 25mg) i used the alpha stim and it went away. i am australian and got it over the net but if you are in the US i think you need a prescription from a dr or psychiatrist.

i wish you the best of luck in your journey to come off zoloft and hope the support here gives you some reassurance. i personally have found it no where near as bad as i thought i would - altho this could be because i am using the alphastim daily. good luck! xo

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   Posted 9/23/2009 4:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning and welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum.  Thank you for sharing your experience re Zoloft with all of us.
You have posted to an old thread as the original poster has not been seen 4/6/2008.
We would love to have you start a thread of your own if you would like to.  Just click on New Topic and feel comfortable talking with the members.
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   Posted 9/23/2009 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt,

thank you! that was dumb of me - i didn't even look at the date! i am new to internet forums and was wandering around the site looking at topics of interest and not even thinking they may be well dated. am glad you let me know. i think this is a great forum and will resubmit my post as a new thread. cheers

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