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   Posted 8/31/2010 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
 I have been on zoloft for over 6 years now. I started taking it after I lost my son.
I never really question not taking it, I just kept taking it everyday.
 I just moved and did not get a chance to go pick up my zoloft before the new pharmacy had closed, so the first time in six years I was unable to take my 100mg. I have not had a chance to go pick them up and it had been 3days.
 I feel a little dizzy but not to bad, and I actually have more energy then I have in along time.
 Has anyone else ever been on zoloft for this long and I wonder if the reason I have gained over 60 pounds in the last 6 years has anything to do with taking this? I eat right and always have, and am very active yet never questioned why I was always slowly gaining weight. If anyone can help me with some of these questions I would be much appreciated

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   Posted 8/31/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi nunya and welcome. I'm sorry for your loss. I'm not an expert on Zoloft, but there are a number of different psychotropic meds that do have weight gain as a side effect -- so it could be possible or at least a partial explanation.

I could understand having more energy in the last three days since Zoloft helps to calm and relax you. But I would also caution you not to stop taking it abruptly either. You didn't say that you were planning to stop taking it, but of course if you do you should do so gradually and with consultation from a doctor. Again, I'm not a doctor but if you suddenly cut yourself off after six years the dizziness might not be the only thing you'll be dealing with. Good luck!

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   Posted 8/31/2010 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   

I was on Zoloft for about 5 years. Then I came off it for a couple of months and now I'm back on it again. I tapered down gradually from 100 mg per day to 50 mg per day to 25 mg per day to 25 mg every other day. I didn't have too many withdrawal symptoms until after I was off it completely and then one of the first things I noticed was that my sleep pattern was really screwed up. Zoloft had helped me sleep pretty well and once I stopped taking it I had bad insomnia. I also got those "brain zap" things, where it feels like you get an electric shock in your body. And I had some nausea and dizziness. None of this was really acute, but I guess I'm just wanting to say that it is really wise to taper down slowly from these types of meds, rather than quitting cold turkey.

Taking Zoloft does not effect my weight, but I know it does for some people. It's great you are feeling more energy though, but my worry would be that you might get some withdrawal symptoms in a few days or so. So it might be well worth picking up the prescription so you have it to hand should you start experiencing any unpleasant withdrawal effects. It would be a good idea to check in with your doctor too....

At any rate, good luck to you!!
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