Tapering Zoloft

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Dudeinski
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   Posted 8/28/2017 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi...I'm new here. This is what I've been going thru tapering off this nasty med. Zoloft. I've been tapering off 200 mg Zoloft for about 2 and a half years,what a roller coaster. When I started I was cutting pills and from 1 day to the next the dosage was never the exact amount so I went to the liquid form of the med. I taper by drops not miligrams so each night it's drops into a cup of water and then when I do a taper it will b 1 or 2 less drops, depending on how I feel. I've been on this med. for 20 years so that's probably why it's taking forever to get off of it, but it still seems way too long. I wanted to get off this med cause I started having really bad side effects, anxiety, flushing confusion, irritable just to name what I can think of right now. It seems like when I do a taper it feels like a weight has been lifted off of my brain, I'll get more energy and can think more clearly I'll get some anxiety but all and all it's better then feeling the effects from this drug. After the new dosage starts settling in my body and brain I'll start getting those side effects I mentioned about the drug until my next taper and then I'll feel better again. My tapers were around every 2 weeks cause I would get those symptoms and then my tapers went to 1week and now it's around 5 days all cause now that's when I'll start getting those symptoms again, the same symptoms for what I wanted to get off the drug in the 1st place. I don't know what to make of it, is it my brain and body saying that it wants this drug outta my system ASAP. I'm down to 17 drops now which is around 15 mg. Any thoughts please.....Thanks!!

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   Posted 8/28/2017 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome.

I am sorry you are having a difficult time getting off your Rx. Discontinuations can be challenging...and confusing, since it is hard to differentiate between what may be a s/e of the med...and what may actually be anxiety causing physical symptoms.

A couple of questions:

Are you using your prescribing doctor's guidelines for your taper schedule? It does seem that you got a bit of an erratic start. Now that you are on the liquid drops, hopefully things will go more smoothly.

Second question, have you been able to learn tools through therapy and/or self help to replace the help the medication was providing for anxiety management? This should always be a goal IMO. smile

The last leg of a wean can often be really challenging...so if you want to the most gentle and gradual method of discontinuation, you can look into water titration. You are already doing this to some degree since you have your medication in drop form...

...but titration allows you to go down in dose to micro particle level, so this may be of interest to you?

See our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great self help suggestions to feel your best overall...and post with us anytime for sharing and support!

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Dudeinski
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   Posted 8/28/2017 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm taking Glutathione and a relax supp.and off and on taking a good quality fish oil. At times it seems like the fish oil makes my symptoms worse but I took 1 this morning and I feel better but I just started a new taper also. I might think the fish oil makes me feel worse when it's actually the medication and it seems to happen at the end of a taper period. I know fish oil is important for the brain so I'm thinking it's just the medication once the new dosage settles in. It's like I feel better with less of the medication then I do with more of the med. It's like if I would add a dose tonight it would make me feel worse tomorrow, very strange

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   Posted 8/28/2017 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh...a double discontinuation? That must be challenging!

Okay, for sure see our Resources (link below) for lots of great self help exercises!

www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=9&m=104206

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   Posted 8/28/2017 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh man...I'm so sorry to hear that.

I was actually pulled off Zoloft last year because the doc I was seeing thought it didn't help me any. That actually was the complete opposite of the reality, but oh well.

I had only been on Zoloft for about 5 years before I was pulled off and it SUCKED. It was ugly. The withdrawal symptoms are horrible.

17 drops however?! And having taken this for 20 years? YOU ARE DOING FANTASTIC!!!!!!
Keep it up. You will get there!!
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   Posted 8/28/2017 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Dude,

I am in the midst of tapering off too. 11 years on 11mg, and I am down to 25mg. However, I'm in the same boat as you with cutting the pills. I never really know how much I'm actually getting. The withdrawal symptoms are just horrible, so I definitely know and understand what you are going through.

You are ALMOST there, and you are doing so well. Do not give up, keep pushing forward, and soon you will be Zoloft Free.

Use some coping mechanisms, and be gentle with yourself. It will get better in time.
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Dudeinski
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   Posted 8/28/2017 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks eveyone

Dudeinski
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   Posted 8/28/2017 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
What I really don't understand though is why do I feel better at the beginning of a taper then later in a taper when I'm getting used to the new dosage, that's really what my biggest question is. It's like less of the med is better then more of the med. Can't figure that out, shouldn't it n the other way around. Feel like just stopping and deal with all the symptoms at once and then b all done

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   Posted 8/28/2017 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
D.,

Is the other Rx that you are weaning from also a psychotropic? If so, I suspect you may be experiencing breakthrough anxiety...but not fully knowing your situation, this is just a guess.

Do you currently see your GP for help with this, or a P-doc? If you don't have the latter, I think this might be a good step to consider looking into...at least as a consult for getting you through this time.

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Dudeinski
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   Posted 8/28/2017 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm just weaning off the zoloft...The other that I was talking about was a strong fish oil that when I take it, it will also give me those bad symptoms.I know that fish oil is supposed to help but with me it seems to work against my taper, confusing.....what p-doc do u mean?...my primary or psychiatrist, whom I do visit with

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 8/28/2017 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes...sorry...P-doc=psychiatrist.

Since this type of doctor has the best knowledge of psychotropics, I think this would be the best person to help you though this.

Does your psych know about your discontinuation...and has he/she offered any guidance?

S.C.
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"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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Dudeinski
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   Posted 8/28/2017 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes and she's helping the best she can. But it seems like these doctors don't know how to get people off meds, just my opinion and I don't mean any disrepect towards them. Maybe my primary woul know more about the brain chemistry part as to why this is happening. When I get these symptoms their the same symtoms I was getting when I wanted to get off the med, when I was still on my regular dosage before I started tapering.Its like serotonin syndrom, that's how it feels

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   Posted 8/28/2017 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
If the person you see is a psychiatrist...then you would be getting the best possible advice, because a psychiatrist is a medical doctor, specializing in disorders of the mind and the medications for management thereof...

...if however, you see a psychologist or therapist (not MD's) then yes, your GP would be the best person to help.smile

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Dudeinski
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   Posted 8/28/2017 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
ok...my next appt. is not till November with my psychiatrist but I guess I'll try and get an appointment this week....Thank You....I appreciate your help

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   Posted 8/28/2017 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Absolutely! Best wishes in getting the answers and relief you seek.

Post anytime!

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"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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super20dan
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   Posted 8/28/2017 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
i went tru the same thing with Zoloft. I actually felt worse after taking it. I was only on it for 6 years . yes it does feel like serotonin syndrome dosnt it. my withdrawls wernt that bad besides the brain zaps. when Zoloft goes bad on you -its awefull. I was able to get off Zoloft by switching to Prozac for 3 months. then I stopped the Prozac cold turkey. I was really puzzled as what was wrong withme. I had felt great for 6 years on Zoloft then it became a living hell. took a while to figure out it was the Zoloft making me ill

Dudeinski
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   Posted 8/28/2017 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
When you stopped cold turkey how long did it take for all the symptoms to stop? Too much up and down

Dudeinski
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   Posted 8/29/2017 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Their is 1 possibility as to what happened, a supplement that I just started taking again called colon care. I used to take it awhile ago and stopped cause of the tapering, wanted to stop taking supps. During the taper. Their's a possibility that it increased my serotonin levels so I definitely need to b smarter and not take anything until I'm done. It has gelatin in it and not 100% sure but it could b the culprit. Haven't taken it now in a few days and I definitely feel better today

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   Posted 8/29/2017 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I did not stop the Zoloft cold turkey but tapered it down for a week while I started Prozac. stopping Prozac is easy-just don't take anymore. no withdrawls from it. taking supplements can be risky with many ssri. I was taking ginsing with my Zoloft for extra energy sometimes and found out ginsing raises serentoian a no no.its hard to find good trustworthy info on supplemts on the internet. esp odscure suplements
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