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Hi all. Just checking in to say hi and see how you are. I'm still doing well. Have had a couple of wobbles but nothing compared to the start of this year!!

50mg daily Zoloft (Sertraline) since March 2011 (For Panic Attacks/Anxiety)
25mg since Nov 2014
0mg since 21st Jan 2015 
Thurs 29th jan; took a one-off dose 20mg fluoxetine in an effort to get rid of withdrawal side effects
Sat 31st jan; in desperation took one off dose 50mg sertraline. Got very anxious and spiraled, so was given 5mg Valium to take every four hours for the weekend until psych appt mon
Mon 2nd feb; psych told me to take 75mg venlafaxine and 1mg lorazepam three times a day
Tuesday 3rd feb; took 12.5mg sertraline and 1mg lorazepam but couldn't take it the full day as instructed by doc.
Plan to follow advice from here and take 12.5mg sertraline daily. I also take b vitamin complex and omega fish oils daily (stopped fish oils and b vits 4th feb as advised. Continuing with 12.5mg sertraline)

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Yay yay, Zoloft!!!!!

January 2012 - Prescribed 900mg gabapentin and 30mg Norco for lower lumber spinal stenosis pain.

September 2013 - Spinal fusion surgery, 6 levels. Hospital ramped up meds 1500mg gabapentin, 100mg Norco, 80mg Oxycontin, 25mg Fentanyl patch.

January 2014 - Sever nausea daily and with back pain every 4 hours. 2 trips to ER. First endoscopy found ulcer. Treated with Sucralfate and PPI. Second endo in May found no ulcers. Doctors said it was the opiates causing the nausea. CT'd Oxycontin, Fentanyl patch.

July 2014 - Lost 48 lbs. due to not eating because of severe nausea. GP prescribed Prozac 20mg and Ativan 2mg prn. Tried for 4 days, quit. Two week followup GP said keep taking Prozac. 4 days, quit again. Ativan taken rarely prn for anxiety and appetite.

August 2014 - Went to detox. Off opiates. Still nauseous, helmet head, drugged feeling. Doctor CT'd gabapentin. Ended up in ER. Found 2 gallstones. Gabapentin reinstated at 900mg. Tried botched up and down taper to get off Gabapentin. No tapering advice from doctor. Said to just CT again.

September 2014 - Coded on table during gallbladder surgery. Developed liver biloma due to CPR by doctor. Had bile bulb inserted for 2 wks to drain.

October 2014 - Gallbladder removed. Still nauseous, 3am cortisol surging, drugged helmet head, vertigo, breathlessness, whooshing head, heart palps.

November 8th, 2014 - CT'd gabapentin suggested by family and 4 different doctors. Was told no withdrawal is associated with gabapentin. Have been in hell ever since. No windows, just one big tsunami every day with same symptoms for 4 months.

December 26, 2014 - Found SA. At least I know I'm not insane. My family thinks I'm doing this to myself. Akathesia has become unbearable.

March 10, 2015 - In absolute daily hell with no relief. Currently taking magnesium 200mg before bedtime.

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Morning!!!! I have just spend the morning reading through my thread. I can’t believe it was five years ago since I went through all that. 

I now have a one year old son (I wanted to come off the meds back then as I had gotten engaged and knew we wanted to start a family after we were married). Interestingly the first trimester of my pregnancy was hell because of the HCG hormone which sent my anxiety in to freefall. But like a light switch, shortly after I moved in to the second trimester it all went away. Hormones aren’t my friend when it comes to anxiety. I also had a panic attack at my sons first birthday (arranging everything, not sleeping as worrying and thinking at night); just standard me stuff really. BUT I am honestly much less anxious than I was when I had the withdrawal; that was a totally different feeling to my initial anxiety and panic attacks which caused me to go on Zoloft and to the anxiety I sometimes deal with now. 

I realise I am an anxious person who likes to be in control and thinks ahead to overcome possible issues and this has served me very well in my job managing projects! But not so well in my personal life worrying about things unnecessarily and kick starting my under developed “fight or flight” which hasn’t quite evolved for modern day living where we are constantly on the go and doing a hundred things at once. My body can’t decifer between real threats and my perceived ones in my thoughts... which is fair enough. 

So I continue to work on living in the moment for the most part and when I feel anxious I manage it much more easily with the skills learned over the years form therapy and reading books. I do worry about getting pregnant again (which I would love) because of the twelve weeks of anxiety but it is worth that short period to have such a long period with a lovely little being I created. 

I still think when I first started having panic attacks and anxiety nearly a decade ago, that medicine should not have been the go to; I should have been given the chance to try other therapies first but I’m not angry anymore about that. I am also so so pleased to be seeing more news stories about doctors realising about SSRI withdrawal which is a very very big step to helping a lot of people hopefully. 

 

Wishing everyone all the best on this site. I hope sharing my story may help in some or any way!!!! Hope 2019 is the year you find your way out whatever rabbit hole you may be in. 

50mg daily Zoloft (Sertraline) since March 2011 (For Panic Attacks/Anxiety)
25mg since Nov 2014
0mg since 21st Jan 2015 
Thurs 29th jan; took a one-off dose 20mg fluoxetine in an effort to get rid of withdrawal side effects
Sat 31st jan; in desperation took one off dose 50mg sertraline. Got very anxious and spiraled, so was given 5mg Valium to take every four hours for the weekend until psych appt mon
Mon 2nd feb; psych told me to take 75mg venlafaxine and 1mg lorazepam three times a day
Tuesday 3rd feb; took 12.5mg sertraline and 1mg lorazepam but couldn't take it the full day as instructed by doc.
Plan to follow advice from here and take 12.5mg sertraline daily. I also take b vitamin complex and omega fish oils daily (stopped fish oils and b vits 4th feb as advised. Continuing with 12.5mg sertraline)

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Thanks for that good news, 302. You've been off 5 years with no problems, while producing a new little citizen? Congratulations!

 

Please sum up what you've learned about tapering and recovery in a new Success Story topic here.

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Congratulations 302zoloft, 

 

That’s wonderful news💚

Seroquel. 2019:➡️ From 7.25mg to 5.80mg. 2020➡️5.60 to 4.80. 2021➡️4.60 to 4.0.  2022➡️3.95 to 3.55. 2023➡️ From 3.50 to 3.25.  2024➡️Jan15=3.20✔️ Feb19=3.15✔️ March26=3.10✔️May1=3.0✔️ June7=3mg✔️ July 15= 2.95✔️ This is NOT medical advice.Consult your doctor.

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On 1/10/2019 at 11:44 AM, 302zoloft said:

Morning!!!! I have just spend the morning reading through my thread. I can’t believe it was five years ago since I went through all that. 

I now have a one year old son (I wanted to come off the meds back then as I had gotten engaged and knew we wanted to start a family after we were married). Interestingly the first trimester of my pregnancy was hell because of the HCG hormone which sent my anxiety in to freefall. But like a light switch, shortly after I moved in to the second trimester it all went away. Hormones aren’t my friend when it comes to anxiety. I also had a panic attack at my sons first birthday (arranging everything, not sleeping as worrying and thinking at night); just standard me stuff really. BUT I am honestly much less anxious than I was when I had the withdrawal; that was a totally different feeling to my initial anxiety and panic attacks which caused me to go on Zoloft and to the anxiety I sometimes deal with now. 

I realise I am an anxious person who likes to be in control and thinks ahead to overcome possible issues and this has served me very well in my job managing projects! But not so well in my personal life worrying about things unnecessarily and kick starting my under developed “fight or flight” which hasn’t quite evolved for modern day living where we are constantly on the go and doing a hundred things at once. My body can’t decifer between real threats and my perceived ones in my thoughts... which is fair enough. 

So I continue to work on living in the moment for the most part and when I feel anxious I manage it much more easily with the skills learned over the years form therapy and reading books. I do worry about getting pregnant again (which I would love) because of the twelve weeks of anxiety but it is worth that short period to have such a long period with a lovely little being I created. 

I still think when I first started having panic attacks and anxiety nearly a decade ago, that medicine should not have been the go to; I should have been given the chance to try other therapies first but I’m not angry anymore about that. I am also so so pleased to be seeing more news stories about doctors realising about SSRI withdrawal which is a very very big step to helping a lot of people hopefully. 

 

Wishing everyone all the best on this site. I hope sharing my story may help in some or any way!!!! Hope 2019 is the year you find your way out whatever rabbit hole you may be in. 

Wow, please tell me more about pregnancy! 

I was just pregnant for 10 weeks. unfortunately had a miscarriage :( But now I'm kind of scared about pregnancy, because it made me very depressed, especially at the beginning. I think my brain does not handle hormones well at all. I'm very encouraged to hear that you also had a rough time in first trimester, but it got better. 

How about post partum for you? Did you have problems after your baby was born?

Congratulations by the way - on being drug free and on making a brand new human being! :) 

in 2002- 0,5 tablet cipramil for half a year, ended it uneventfully. in 2006 - citalopram for half a year, ended in horrific state, ditched the drugs CT. 2007-2008 not feeling well but drug free. in 2008 prozac 20mg + quetiapine 25mg. 2009 tried to stop, ended up in hole after couple of months, started zoloft. 2009-2011 zoloft 50mg. went to 25mg in 2011 summer, it resulted in half a year horrible suffering. reinstated, changed drugs, nothing happened. by 2012 beginning suddenly felt great and CT meds. after 4 months came suddenly most horrible human suffering that's possible. was started on prozac and questiapine. started tapering slowly, GFCF diet and Hardy Nutritionals vitamins in 2013 summer. 

current medications: 1) fluoxetine and quetiapine since Aug 2012; 2) Daily Essential Nutrients by Hardy Nutritionals 7 capsules / since May 2013 + omega3; 3) Gluten-free-casein-free diet since june 2013

Started withdrawing slowly since april 2013. Mostly around 10% cuts. 

April'13 - March'14: fluoxetine 40mg -> 19,5mg; quetiapine 50mg -> 40mg
April'14-March'15: fluoxetine 19,5mg -> 14,4mg; quetiapine 40mg -> 22mg

April'15-March'16: fluoxetine 14,4mg -> 7,4mg; quetiapine 22mg -> 15mg

April'16-March'17: fluoxetine 7,4mg -> 5,0mg; quetiapine 15mg -> 7,25mg

April'17-March'18: fluoxetine 5,0mg -> 4,0mg; quetiapine 7,25mg -> 0 (as of 1st Feb 2018)!!!!

April´18-March´19: fluoxetine 4,0mg - > 2,3mg. Jumped off fluoxetine 1,4mg due to pregnancy in July 2019. Oct 2019 severe withdrawal syndrome started.

Took mistakenly a complex for hormonal support that included pregnenolone dec2019-april2020. Stopped it april 2020 and immediately severe akathisia started. Have had life threatening akathisia since, 100% disabled, suicidal, very hard to hold on. 

 

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Introduction for the second time

 

I’ve been here before. About six of seven years ago after being on Zoloft for years and struggling withdrawing, but I did and have been drug free since. 
mum pregnant and was prescribed many anti emetics after losing a lot of weight being sick for weeks. The one which worked for me was prochloperazine (stemetil). 5mg three times a day. Well I’m twenty two weeks now and feel ready to stop taking them so I did, as advised by my doctor. Massive crash, vomiting, racing disjointed thoughts, low low mood, jaw tightening....so I halved it but same happened. Then I tried reducing one dose by half but same thing happened. So I found out this is also used as an antipsychotic and maybe on my anxious brain it’s doing things aside from just stopping my pregnancy nausea and vomiting. And the doctors of course don’t buy it qnd tell me to just come off. So I find myself back here trawling the search for anyone else who has been able to come off it. I’ve only been on it for about ten weeks. How is this possible? Didn’t sleep lastnight as freaking out I am stuck on a drug again after the hell of getting off sertraline!!!!! 
I have a gp consultation on Monday and am going to propose they prescribe the liquid form so I can reduce 1mg at a time for a week. Any suggestions? 

 

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50mg daily Zoloft (Sertraline) since March 2011 (For Panic Attacks/Anxiety)
25mg since Nov 2014
0mg since 21st Jan 2015 
Thurs 29th jan; took a one-off dose 20mg fluoxetine in an effort to get rid of withdrawal side effects
Sat 31st jan; in desperation took one off dose 50mg sertraline. Got very anxious and spiraled, so was given 5mg Valium to take every four hours for the weekend until psych appt mon
Mon 2nd feb; psych told me to take 75mg venlafaxine and 1mg lorazepam three times a day
Tuesday 3rd feb; took 12.5mg sertraline and 1mg lorazepam but couldn't take it the full day as instructed by doc.
Plan to follow advice from here and take 12.5mg sertraline daily. I also take b vitamin complex and omega fish oils daily (stopped fish oils and b vits 4th feb as advised. Continuing with 12.5mg sertraline)

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23 minutes ago, 302zoloft said:

I’ve only been on it for about ten weeks. How is this possible?

 

From https://www.drugs.com/mtm/prochlorperazine-oral-injection.html

 

Prochlorperazine is a phenothiazine (FEEN-oh-THYE-a-zeen) antipsychotic medicine

 

It can take as little as 4 weeks for the brain to fully adapt to a psychiatric drug.  That being the case, you will probably need to taper it just like any other psychiatric drugs.  However, you might be able to go a bit faster.  You will need to listen to your body/symptoms and taper accordingly.

 

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Hello, @302zoloft

 

If prochloperazine comes in liquid form, gettng the liquid is the easiest way to taper it. Be sure to tell the consultant the difficulties you've been having going off it.

 

Reducing each dose by 0.5mg every week might work, until you get down to 5mg total per day, then you're want to reduce slower. Please let us know how you're doing.

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I reduced by 1ml per week till on 1mg last week and stopped. Since then not been able to sleep, throwing up, lost appetite. Yesterday was in the hospital as advised by the gp for monitoring baby and getting fluids in me. Just had my second night in a row of no sleep and I want to die. I can’t do this

50mg daily Zoloft (Sertraline) since March 2011 (For Panic Attacks/Anxiety)
25mg since Nov 2014
0mg since 21st Jan 2015 
Thurs 29th jan; took a one-off dose 20mg fluoxetine in an effort to get rid of withdrawal side effects
Sat 31st jan; in desperation took one off dose 50mg sertraline. Got very anxious and spiraled, so was given 5mg Valium to take every four hours for the weekend until psych appt mon
Mon 2nd feb; psych told me to take 75mg venlafaxine and 1mg lorazepam three times a day
Tuesday 3rd feb; took 12.5mg sertraline and 1mg lorazepam but couldn't take it the full day as instructed by doc.
Plan to follow advice from here and take 12.5mg sertraline daily. I also take b vitamin complex and omega fish oils daily (stopped fish oils and b vits 4th feb as advised. Continuing with 12.5mg sertraline)

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On 10/16/2020 at 5:52 PM, Altostrata said:

Reducing each dose by 0.5mg every week might work, until you get down to 5mg total per day, then you're want to reduce slower.

Your signature does not have the med update but it seems you went from 15mgs a day to zero in 6 weeks?

You were already having symptoms before Alto suggested no more than 2mg a month?

Until you got to 5 mgs and then much slower?

Were you not able to get the medication from the doctor or did you decide to continue so fast?

Just trying to get a better picture.

Are you able to reinstate?

 

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 Starting ds 2 (12.5 CR'S) = 25 MG PAXIL CR 1/21/15: 1 Pill + 10mg liquid (2 weeks) 2/4: 1 Pill + 9mg Lq (3 weeks) 2/25: 1 Pill + 8 mg lq (1 week) 3/4: 1 Pill + 6 mg lq (2 weeks) 3/18/15 1 Pill + 4 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/1/15 1 Pill + 3 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/14/15 1 Pill + 2 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/29/15 1Pill + 1 mg lq (16 days) 5/15/15 1 12.5 mg Pill ONLY (9 days) 5/24/15 12 mgs liquid (8 days) 6/1/15 11mg lq (12 days) 6/13/15 10 mg.  12/3/15 Drop from 8mg to 7.6 (24 days to) 12/27/15 7.2mgs 8/4/16 6.8mgs,  11/1/16 6.4mgs, 2/5/17 6 mgs  4/3/17 5.6mgs, 4/24/17 5.2mg, 6/13/17 4.8mgs, 9/20/17 4.4mgS, 11/23/17 4 mgs, 1/1/18 3.6 mgs, 2/15/18 3.2 mgs. 4/13/18 2.8mgs, 5/11/18 2.4mgs, 6/10/18 2.0 mgs, 8/4/18 1.6mgs,  9/27/18 1.2mgs, 12/24/18 0.8mg, 3/24/19 0.64 mg,(syringe change issue date?) 4/22/19 0.60 mg, 5/24/19 0.60 mg, 7/7/19 0.52 mgs, 8/4/19 0.44mgs, 11/4/19 0.36mgs, 2/1/20 0.28mgs, 3/1/20 0.24mgs (crash April 6) Compound started 6/28/21: 0.24mgs, 8/29/21: 0.22mgs, 10/31/21: 0.20mgs, 1/03/22: 0.18mgs, 3/5/22: 0.16mgs, 5/5/22: 0.14mgs.

 

Original Wellbutrin Dose: 6 months from 9/14 to 3/2015, 300 XL 3/15/15: Half to 150 XL ( severe symptoms started on day 12) 4/16/15: 125mg   for 20 days to: 5/6/15:   100mg  for  15 days to: 5/21/15    75mg  for  10 days to: 6/1/15:  56.25mg      13 days to: 6/13/15: 37.25mg    7 days to: 6/20/15  28.12mg   14 days to: 7/4/15  18.75mg, 7 days to: 7/11/15; RAISE BACK TO: 28.12 to 8/14/15: 18.75mg  20 days to :9/3/15 : 12.5mg, 8/4/16 9mg 1/9/17: 8.5mg 2/8/17 8mg, 3/9/17: 7.6  4/9/17  7.2  5/27/17 6.4 6/24/17 5.8, 8/1/17 5.0, 8/29/17 4.2mgs, 10/2/17 3.5mgs, 12/28/17 2.5mgs, 2/27/18 1.7mgs,  4/19/18 0.8 mgs, LAST DOSE: 6/11/18:  3 YEARS, 2 MONTHS, 27 DAYS...

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On 12/2/2020 at 8:26 AM, Colonial said:

Your signature does not have the med update but it seems you went from 15mgs a day to zero in 6 weeks?

You were already having symptoms before Alto suggested no more than 2mg a month?

Until you got to 5 mgs and then much slower?

Were you not able to get the medication from the doctor or did you decide to continue so fast?

Just trying to get a better picture.

Are you able to reinstate?

 

I hadn’t had any symptoms until I stopped on 27th November having reduced to 1mg twice a day. I’m now over a week in to withdrawal and I’ve read that antipsychotic withdrawal lasts two weeks and this second week should be easier. I still can’t sleep and it’s not racing thoughts of anything, I just can’t make the crossover from relaxed to sleep. Doctors are no help at all. 
I’m pregnant and was prescribed this as an anti emetic for severe morning sickness. I had no idea it was an antipsychotic. Having had withdrawal from sertraline six years ago I would have been far less likely to try it if I had known. I can’t go back on it now I’m in mh third trimester as it can cause withdrawal and breathing issues with the baby. Also we are having a homembirth as we have no friends or family having relocated and my husband would have to stay with our son if I have to go to hospital if I stay on the prochloperazine as the baby would need 24 hour monitoring after birth. I’m kicking myself for ending up back in withdrawal again. I have just been sick again tonight. I’m facing another night of no sleep and I fainted yesterday whilst out and ended up in hospital to check on the baby. All’s fine. Just exhausted. 

50mg daily Zoloft (Sertraline) since March 2011 (For Panic Attacks/Anxiety)
25mg since Nov 2014
0mg since 21st Jan 2015 
Thurs 29th jan; took a one-off dose 20mg fluoxetine in an effort to get rid of withdrawal side effects
Sat 31st jan; in desperation took one off dose 50mg sertraline. Got very anxious and spiraled, so was given 5mg Valium to take every four hours for the weekend until psych appt mon
Mon 2nd feb; psych told me to take 75mg venlafaxine and 1mg lorazepam three times a day
Tuesday 3rd feb; took 12.5mg sertraline and 1mg lorazepam but couldn't take it the full day as instructed by doc.
Plan to follow advice from here and take 12.5mg sertraline daily. I also take b vitamin complex and omega fish oils daily (stopped fish oils and b vits 4th feb as advised. Continuing with 12.5mg sertraline)

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