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Debbi: Intro & horrible sertraline withdrawal


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Hi there, first time post :) I came across this site searching about side effect withdrawal systems.


As of 11 days ago, I was taking 50 mg of sertraline. At my Dr.'s appointment he said I could just stop taking the 50 mg (I have been coming off that medicine for approx 6 months or so...I was originally on 150 mg).

At each dose decrease (150, 125, 100, 75, 50) I would have a few days to a week of uncomfortable withdrawal side effects. Since just stopping the 50 mg, I am beyond uncomfortable. My headaches are bad and I feel horrible! (just to name a few things). Things were so bad yesterday, that I caved and took 50 mg of sertraline. My headache improved slightly and I felt less irritable. Only thing is, I started some sertraline side effects yesterday (nausea, crazy dreams). left a message at my Dr.'s office to see if he would call in a prescription for 25 mg.


Has anyone here had to restart (after already stopping) a lower dose of their meds due to withdrawal side effects?



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Hi Debbi and welcome to SA,


45 minutes ago, Debbi said:

Has anyone here had to restart (after already stopping) a lower dose of their meds due to withdrawal side effects?


Yes!!!  I tried to reduce my Pristiq from 100mg to 50mg and suffered extreme cog fog for 3 weeks, which is when I researched withdrawal and found SA.  It's really good that you have found SA.  There is a wealth of excellent information on this site and the community is very supportive.  Once you've got your own withdrawal situation sorted out it can be helpful to visit other members in their Intro to see how they are doing and maybe support and encourage them.  If you click the drug tag (top left) it will list the other members who have the same tag.


We ask all members to create a drug signature so that we can see your history at a glance whenever you post:


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  • Please leave out symptoms and diagnoses.
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I'll give you some links to check out.  This is your own Introduction topic where you can ask questions and journal your progress.


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist


About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms

Healing isn't linear.  It's a good idea to keep notes on paper so you can see any improvements which you may not notice:


Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization


This topic explains how to get your dose for tapering:


Tips for tapering off Zoloft (sertraline)


These topics have some helpful suggestions on talking to medical professionals:


How do you talk to a doctor about tapering and withdrawal?

What should I expect from my doctor about withdrawal symptoms?


These helped me to understand SA's recommendations:


Brain Remodelling

Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery


MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:  (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq  on 13th November 2021

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

Post 0 updates start here    My tapering program     My Intro (goes to tapering graph)

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

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