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My 19 year old son just weaned himself off of Zoloft about 2 weeks ago.  The dr recommended that he cut his dose in half for a week then goncompletely off the following week.  He is now saying he feels super irritated and deep depression.  Does anyone have any encourageinf words or advice to lessen these feelings ?

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  • Songbird changed the title to Hollywood: Concerned about withdrawal symptoms
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Hi Hollywood, welcome to SA!  I have moved your topic to the Introductions forum - please keep posting your updates and questions here on this topic and we will reply here.


Unfortunately many doctors do not understand antidepressant withdrawal or know how to taper off safely. 

You may find the following links helpful - there is a lot of information here: 

what is withdrawal syndrome

why taper by 10% of my dosage


How long was your son taking Zoloft?  What dose was he taking before he cut it in half and then stopped? 


If he has only stopped two weeks ago, there is a good chance that reinstating it could alleviate his symptoms (and potentially prevent them becoming worse).  Reinstatement tends to work best when it is done sooner rather than later.  It's a good idea to restart less than a full dose, to see how the body handles the reinstatement of the drug (as some people experience adverse reactions).  Please read this topic for more information about reinstating:  about reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms


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2001–2002 paroxetine

2003  citalopram

2004-2008  paroxetine (various failed tapers) 
2008  paroxetine slow taper down to

2016  Aug off paroxetine
2016  citalopram May 20mg  Oct 15mg … slow taper down
2018  citalopram 13 Feb 4.6mg 15 Mar 4.4mg 29 Apr 4.2mg 6 Jul 4.1mg 17 Aug 4.0mg  18 Nov 3.8mg
2019  15 Mar 3.6mg  21 May 3.4mg  26 Dec 3.2mg 

2020  19 Feb 3.0mg 19 Jul 2.9mg 16 Sep 2.8mg 25 Oct 2.7mg 23 Oct 2.6mg 24 Dec 2.5mg

2021   29 Aug 2.4mg   15 Nov 2.3mg

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