Sertraline withdrawal after short term use

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Cattia
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   Posted 11/10/2017 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone. I posted this in the depression forum as well so I hope you don't mind reading and offering me some advice. I started taking sertraline for health anxiety and generalised anxiety disorder. The first two weeks I had horrendous side effects with panic and increased anxiety then after that I just felt more depressed. I built up to 50 mg over a couple of weeks then when I reached 5 weeks I decided it wasn't helping me at all. I know I probably should have given it longer but I just couldn't deal with the complete lack of motivation.

I then reduced my dose to 25mg for two days and then a further three or four days at 12 MG then 7 mg. A week later I noticed that I was feeling dizzy and flu like although no temperature full stop I have been experiencing a lot of fatigue but this seems to have got worse. Is it possible that I could be experiencing withdrawal after just 6 Weeks on sertraline? I tapered it down very quickly because I thought that after such a short time I didn't need to worry but now I am wondering if that was a mistake. I would be really grateful if anyone has any advice or experience that they can share with me. I am now at the point where I feel unwell every day and I don't know how much of it is down to the original anxiety and depression and how much has been caused by this medication.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 11/10/2017 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome to the A/P!

I am sorry to hear of all you have been going through. I am sure it has been a frustrating few weeks for you to say the least.

Although you were on your Rx for just a short time...it may have been just long enough to make your discontinuation a bit of a challenge. The starting and stopping specifically can be hard of some people's systems.

Your taper down was not that abrupt, really...but some just require a more gradual/gentle wean.

It is also entirely possible, like you said that you are now just having the anxiety symptoms returning...mudding the waters between what if the original problem...and the discontinuation effects.

Do you have another plan in the works as far as another Rx...or therapy/self help? Hopefully you have an upcoming appointment so you can talk with your doctor about your options.

For now, please see our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great material that you can get working with right away. Practicing the suggested exercises can really make a big difference in how you feel.

Post with us anytime for sharing and support...and update when you can. smile

Scaredy Cat
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

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Cattia
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   Posted 11/11/2017 12:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your reply. I do agree that what I'm experiencing now is a horrible mix of withdrawal effects plus my underlying anxiety which of course is still there. My doctor has suggested prozac which I've taken in the past. It worked for me back then and it didn't mess with me as badly as the Sertraline but the start up was brutal so I'm kind of nervous about adding that into the mix. I have started weekly therapy and I'm finding that helps a lot. I'm also going to see a natural doctor to get some advice about changing my diet and I'm going to start exercising. I will take the prozac if I feel like I'm spiralling further down but it's not my preferred option. I'll keep you updated, thanks for making me welcome.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 11/11/2017 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Absolutely!

It sounds like you have a good solid plan with the therapy...and the back up option of the Prozac...well done with that!

Keep us posted so we can keep you in support!

S.C.
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
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