Weaning Off Zoloft after 3.5 Weeks

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KB69
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   Posted 12/7/2017 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm new to this forum. I have Lyme related anxiety and my MD put me on Zoloft (50 mg). I started at 25 mg, and over the course of a week moved up to 50 mg. I've been on 50 mg for the last 2 weeks and am having horrible dizziness and GI upset.

I've had gastritis in the past, and I think the SSRI is exacerbating that. So, I would like to stop Zoloft. I'm waiting to hear from my MD, but what is the common practice in weaning from SSRI's after less than a month? Is there always a tapering that has to occur.

Thanks for any thoughts.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 12/7/2017 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
KB69,

Welcome to the A/P! We are glad you've posted with us, though sorry it is due to anxiety and Rx trouble. :/..It is frustrating to need help, and be sidelined by s/e's

Hopefully you'll hear from your doctor soon...but for now, you could either go back to your 25 mg...or if you have 50 mg tablets now, take one every other day.

I hope that you and your doctor can come up a good plan B for your anxiety management...

...and for now, please check out our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great self help material to work with right away.

Post with us anytime for support and encouragement!

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KB69
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   Posted 12/7/2017 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Scaredy, for your response.

I've never had anxiety before contracting Lyme Disease. It's a whole new world for me. And, having to manage Lyme and anxiety at the same time is in-and-of-itself anxiety causing.

I appreciate your support.

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   Posted 12/7/2017 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi

Welcome to the anxiety/panic forum you will find good support here from others who can relate to what you are going through.

You should not have to many problems discontinuing your Zoloft as you have not been on it for long so I imagine your doctor will tell you to drop to 25mg for a week and then stop.

If you are finding that medication is not helping have a look at our resources for some good links to self help sites on the web I can recommend the Mindfulness ones.

Keep us posted

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KB69
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   Posted 12/7/2017 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hibee -- thanks for your reassurance and support. My MD just got back to me and did indeed recommended 25 mg for a week to 10 days to wean off.

I haven't had to manage anxiety in the past, but can say that it's the hardest thing I've done. I had cancer 6 years ago, and as dire a diagnosis as that was initially, the path to a cure was clear cut. With this, there are so many variables.

I don't know a lot about anxiety. But, when it's induced by Lyme (I also have a co-infection, Bartonella, that causes anxiety, and treated a third infection as the tick carried 3 diseases.) it's caused by the disease itself (disrupting the CNS), the treatment (killing the bacteria releases a toxic die-off that makes symptoms worse) and the situation (how long before I get better?).

I will look the resources you have cited, and I am seeing a counselor next week. When anxiety is biologically induced, however, can it be treated without medication? I know I need to heal from these infections, but figuring out how to manage symptoms in the meantime is a challenge.

Thanks again, very much.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 12/7/2017 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Everyone is different...some need medication for management...some are fortunate to be able to maintain with the use of coping skills...

I believe there is no difference how the anxiety is triggered...it basically comes down to the chemical balance in the brain...so whether you are simply wired up naturally to be anxious...or like you, it was brought on by Lyme...the treatment approach is the same.

Stay hopeful...I am sure you'll learn a lot at your upcoming therapy appointment...goo job on setting that up!

S.C
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"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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KB69
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   Posted 12/7/2017 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, SC. Therapy feels indulgent, but I think I've kept a lot bottled up over the last year in not wanting to burden friends with concerns about this protracted health battle.

I know I need to talk this out regularly, and my husband has been bearing the brunt of that (and probably doesn't know what else to say at this point).

You're great, and I appreciate being able to come here to ask questions and seek guidance.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 12/7/2017 11:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think it's indulgent at all...and I hope no one is making you feel that way.

After all...if you needed costly medicine for a physical issue...would anyone call that a splurge? If course not...and this is no different!!

Feel good about getting the help that you need!

Peace and progress and let us know how it goes. 😊

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."
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Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
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