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I stopped 25 mg sertraline cold turkey in early Feb. Four weeks later, the insomnia started. I would lie in bed and almost fall asleep, wake up and that cycle would continue for 2-3 hours until I fully slept. 

first, I was able to control it with melatonin. Then that stopped working. Second, I was able to control it with melatonin and edibles. Then that stopped working. I now take 75mg of trazodone and have been doing that for ~5 weeks. I’m hoping to taper to a much lower dose. 

my sleep hygiene is excellent. I get enough exercise. My doc thinks that insomnia started because the sertraline was covering up anxiety. I disagree as I think I’ve mastered my anxiety. 

I would love to hear stories from others. I’ve read a lot here but most seem to describe being in the middle of insomnia. Did you learn to sleep again without drugs?


(ps - mods let me know if this is the wrong way to ask this question, I am having a hard time figuring out where to post) 

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1) Sertraline:

50mg - Oct 2020, 100mg - Dec 2020, 50mg - April 2021, 75mg - May 2021, 50mg - Sep 2021; 55mg - 23 Feb 2024; 60mg - 20 March 2024; Start tapering - 24 April 2024

Current dose: 57.93mg  (15 May 2024)

2) Mirtazapine:

15mg - Nov 2020


Cod liver oil, Magnesium, Vitamin C

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