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Hi All,


I have been on sertraline for over 3 years now, apart from the crazy dreams & night sweats I have been ok until now.


Recently I have been waking up in the morning so tired and have brain fog all day long, even thought I have had over 8 hours sleep.


When ever I collect my prescription the sertraline is a different brand, does a different brand afect you more?

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Hi Stuart, Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants.  I'm glad you found the site.  Am not sure if you are aware or not, but this is a site for tapering off and discontinuing antidepressants but am happy to give you the information that other members have shared regarding the differences between brand name and generics.  In our experience, a generic brand may not be entirely consistent with the name-brand drug.  Some generics may be equal while others have poor quality control and are not equal.  It is likely that you are sensitive to the differences in the formulation of generics and you might want to have your doctor prescribe you the brand name so you don't continue to experience discomfort with each new prescription.  Unfortunately antidepressants have many side effects and it appears as though you have been experiencing a few of them.


If at anytime you consider discontinuing sertraline, you will find a wealth of information on this site on how to safely discontinue antidepressants to minimize withdrawal symptoms and protect your central nervous system.   


Generic vs Brand Versions of Antidepressants

Report on Persistent Side Effects of Antidepressant Drugs


Brain Fog / Blank Mind / Comprehension / Cognitive and Memory Problems

Current Prescription Drugs for Hypothyroidism:  Synthroid 100mcg / Cytomel 5mcg (15 years Pristiq/Effexor)

Tapering Schedule
September 15, 2016 - switched from Pristiq 50mg to Effexor XR 75mg; November 10, 2016 - reduced to 67.5 Effexor XR
December 9, 2016 - reduced 60.75
January 5, 2017 - reduced 54.67
January 30, 2017 - reduced to 49.0
February 20, 2017 - reduced to 44.0 
May 20, 2017 - reduced to 40.25 (holding for additional month due to late onset of withdrawal symptoms after this taper)
July 17, 2017 - reduced to 38.24
August 15, 2017 - reduced to 37.5 (50% of my original dose)

October 15, 2017 - reduced to 35.6

November 12, 2017 - reduced to 33.8
December 15, 2017 - up-dose to 35.6
December 28, 2017 - up-dose to 37.5

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Stuart any update?

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.


Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017



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