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  1. Hi, After being on SSRI's since the early 2000s, I find myself at the end of an unplanned, too fast, taper from 100 mg Zoloft. I had been on 10 mg Lexapro for a number of years, but it wasn't really working well anymore. Had been in a major depression state for many months (Covid isolation, mother with advancing dementia, empty nest), so Psychiatrist upped the Lexapro, but it barely helped and he said we should try different SSRI because he said, over time, a particular drug can lose it's effectiveness, so we tried Zoloft. Again, it helped a little, but not much. So he wanted to
  2. This is Reagan's mom. Reagan is manic right now and can't post. We're in the process of going to our 3rd facility tomorrow so are trying to be better advocates for her success. Reagan is a sophomore in college and a server at a restaurant. She has always been high functioning (was the drum major at her HS and on the dean's list in college) with no history of anxiety, depression or drug use. In 2020, she said she would take 1/4th of an edible with her roommates about 1x a month when they were partying, then when she and her boyfriend broke up in December, that changed to 1x a week. She would
  3. I have been put on Escitaloprám ( 10 years) then stopped working, next day on Zoloft (7 weeks) made me terrible ill and stopped, put on Citalapram for 9 days and Dr said stop for 2 weeks and he will evaluate me. I didn't go back ro see my Dr and was clean for 3 months and I crashed. Went on Cymbalta for 1 day and was out cold for 2 days, Dr put me on prozac (2 days) made me sick, so I stopped, then put back on Zoloft for 2 days and became really ill and lost 8kg in 2 weeks. 23 days clean and I was going crazy. Went to my Dr and she put me on Mirtazapine 7.5mg, 11 days in and I don't want ro t
  4. This maybe long and confusing since I'm typing from my phone but I feel like I'm living in pure hell. Backstory- I'm a 30 year old single mother of two. I had my first anxiety attack when I was 11. Doctor prescribed me xanax as needed and I attended counseling on and off. I remember having panic attacks on and off my whole life. I honestly can't remember when I was first prescribed an antidepressant. Last year in july I decided I was done with the pills and the side effects so I did a taper and stopped, I was on lexapro. I remember coming on here when I was having a bad day and re
  5. Hello I was prescribed zoloft and invega sustenna for some problems that may have been misdiagnosed. I stopped both medications approx 78 days ago and I an starting to feel weirder and weirder as the days go by. I currently have some anxiety and I feel like I have emotions "trapped" or "stuck" physically inside my body. At times I can sort of feel anger and fear inside faintly. Also this is no the first time I've stopped taking a medication cold Turkey, after being on it for at least a few weeks/ months. I have stopped my medications cold turkey at least 5 times over the last two years.Bo
  6. Hello everyone, you all seem very knowledgeable on the dangers of using antidepressants and I would like for your insight. In February 2019 I was given Zoloft and for two days I took 2 pills of 50 mg each at night. They caused shivers down my spine (something I’ve never ever felt in my entire life), and a rapid heartbeat each time I drifted off to sleep. I stopped taking them after 2 days because of these effects but I went from sleeping 8-10 hours of deep uninterrupted sleep a night to lately 3-4 hours of sleep that is so incredibly light, I feel entirely awake, the sleep I do get is dreams o
  7. Hi there, Took zoloft for approximately 6 months in total. Since quitting I've dealt with complete lack of libido, and pleasureless orgasms, as well as anhedonia that is particularly pronounced when it comes to family and friends. I also have next to no anxiety which I suffered with my whole life prior to Zoloft. I was just wondering how stupid I was to taper as I did: 50mg for 10-12 weeks, 25mg for 4 weeks, 25 every other day for 3-4 weeks, and then 25mg twice a week for 6 weeks or so. After reading what I've read on forums I would imagine that the 6-8 weeks of zoloft
  8. Hello and thank you you to all the users, moderators and general community. My name is Andy and I'm from Seattle. I'm cold turkey of Sertraline going into week 7. I've done this before but all memory of the experience of doing it in the past eludes me. This process feels BRAND NEW and the regret of going CT is hitting me hard every few minutes, all day, everyday. I'm coping. Days feel like a war, a fight. I'm as fragile as glass or like skim ice on a puddle of water. I'm pushing SO hard through this while practicing mindfulness, meditating and researching. I'm a father of 13 and 4 yr
  9. I've been taking Zoloft for 3 and a half months. I was on 150mg and have begun tapering starting with 100mg 1st week, 50mg 2week, then 0mg as prescribed by my doc. I'm about to finish week 1 at 100mg and haven't had any noticeable side effects. Does this tapering schedule sound too quick or should I continue where I'm at and go to the 50mg in a few days? I'm very eager to explore alternatives like LSD and psilocybin once I'm off as well or towards the end of the taper.
  10. Had been on Zoloft for 12 years and felt great. Didn’t know anything about tapering off them and just decided to stop one day as I was feeling great with life. A week later I had a very stressful event at work happen and all of a sudden I started having massive panic attacks. Went to my Doctor and told him I thought i was going crazy as I’d never really had a panic attack like these. He said I should get back on the Zoloft and wrote me a couple of scripts for Valium to help. Was only suppose to have the Valium once a day for a week. Never had Valium before and after the first full
  11. I am 56 year-old male. I started 50mg of Zoloft on December 12,2020 and Ativan as needed when I went to the hospital for a panic attack. It has been 9 years since my last panic attack. I took .50 Ativan at night for 2 weeks, then .25 at night for 2 weeks. Down to .125 Ativan over the weekend. My experience with Zoloft has been a nightmare. Extreme anxiety everyday and didn’t have that in the past and terrible insomnia. Bad tremors at night, confusion, memory issues. I can’t imagine doing a 10% taper as my life is very miserable right now. Not really sure what to do. Slow taper is going to be p
  12. Hi! this is my first time writing on here and thought it would be important to start. No idea if anyone still even looks at this website, a lot of the posts seem to be very old. I was prescribed sertraline (Zoloft) by a doctor in the UK following a difficult period and PTSD. I was swiftly put up to the legal limit (200mg) for no reason other than my doctor thought it wasn’t working for me. I took this for 18months and then under the guidance of the same doctor came off the prescription in 6 weeks. Now for those people who know what they are talking about when it comes to tapering, that
  13. Emart

    Emart

    Good morning, wanted to introduce myself and reach out for some ideas/feedback. Been combing through the information here and it’s a lot to digest! My story with ADs begins when I was 15, and diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. I was prescribed sertraline by my family doctor and despite a few on & offs at the beginning have essentially been on 100mg of sertraline for the last decade. I tried briefly to wean off in 2016 and quickly went back on with the onset/return of anxiety/panic. Since that time I have been stable, feel “normal”, and experience basically no side effects from th
  14. Hi Everyone, im new here and looking for help and support on living without ADs. I never realized that 15 years ago when I was 18 and prescribed Paxil to deal with depression and anxiety that I would feel short term relief of my illness but forever changed and tied to a prescription drug. I have tried twice before to quit ADs and always had to get back on them. The first time it was because the discontinuation symptoms were so bad and not recognized by doctors I spent months in and out of hospitals for neurological evaluations and never receiving a diagnosis for my debilitating is
  15. Hi, I am new to this forum. I've joined as I am desperate for some help and advise on how to wean myself off Zoloft. I am a male in my 40s and I've been taking it for 6 years now after reluctantly agreeing to try it following a bout of depression & anxiety (have a family history of this illness) and unavailability of talking therapy at my foreign place of work at the time. It initially (100pmg) provided some relief but after 2 years I realized that it was doing more harm than good with its various side effects (fatigue, lethargic, slow mind, dulled/flat emotions, weight gain, lower libido)
  16. So I've been through the mill since May 2019.. Med free prior to this was put on and pulled off so many meds since then including zoloft ambien high dose, switched from klonopin to valium. Im currently on 9.5mg V and 900mg gabapentin.. In constant pain nerve and muscle. Severe abdominal pains DP and Dr.. Everything went raally badly when I was taken off 50mg zoloft in 2 weeks that was several months ago but I also abused ambien for about 3 months as was the only thing that could calm me down from having. Constant panic.. I now am left with severe pains and a host of neurological and mental sym
  17. So I dont know where to start, so i guess ill just jump right into it straight away. I'm a 21 year old guy and im in my 3rd year of university. I was prescribed Citalopram 10mg when i was 20 years old for anxiety. I never really had any depression or any other mental problem, apart from the anxiety, which kind of affected my life a bit. Nothing i couldnt manage, but still decided to try out SSRI's to see whether they would help. My doctor prescribed me 10mg Citalopram and it took a while for it to work, about 4 months. Honestly, i felt great after that period of time, i was still kinda myself,
  18. Hi everyone! I have been reading this forum for a while, and it has surely helped me a lot to recognize some off all my symptoms i have and had under and after tapering off Zoloft. I am 34 years old now, when i was around 20-21 years old (i dont have exact timeline) i suffered from some sudden major anxiety panic attacks. Under my first attack i was rushed to "life crisis emergency room" since nobody knew what happened to me. Here i talked to psychologist that helped me calm down and to a psychiatrist that gave me my first Zoloft pills. I took these without even thinking twice or k
  19. Hello. I am 55 and female. Firstly forgive me for my approximate dates in this timeline, I always have trouble remembering. I started taking Fluoxitine 40mg about 20 years ago when I became depressed after a bereavement and family hassle. Depression, anxiety and OCD affect(ed) three close members of my family. It helped but after a few years I felt numb and sleepy so with my GP’s blessing just stopped taking it. A year later I was back on it again, then off it after a few more years. This happened one more time and I stayed on it till 2018 when I asked if I could try something else
  20. Hello everyone. I’ve been lurking around this site since 2015 when my life came crashing down. I was close to joining last year (2019) to post a success story but unfortunately I am now here looking for some answers and help. Here is my history: 2007 - 2015 Zoloft 50mg for mild anxiety 2015 - ct. severe symptoms 6 weeks later reinstated, stabilized, began slow taper 2015 -2017 slow taper with window and wave patterns of stabilization Completed taper in March 2017 After completing my taper I began to slowly improve until tinnitus struck in May of 2
  21. I've read this forum for a little while but decided to join the conversation, as I don't have anyone in real life who fully understands. I started taking meds without doing much research or really understanding their appropriate usage, so I have to admit all of my medication-taking has been pretty haphazard, poorly managed, and minimally supervised. It was only within the past year or so that I have realized what a mess I've gotten myself into. I have struggled with depression & anxiety since childhood, but started with Zoloft in 2013 during an bad depressive episode that inter
  22. Hi there, I’m new to this site. But I wanted to share something regarding PSSD with you all. In 2007 I was out into Prozac for panic disorder and remained to the drug for 12 months. I experienced PSSD for roughly 4 years until things started to change and I started to notice some really strong “windows” where my sex life has come back in a very strong way. In fact, in mid-2013 I likely had one of the most intense orgasms I’d ever had in my life, even prior to taking Prozac. Gradually the windows stayed open longer... until I ended up again on antidepressant medication due to a return of t
  23. I have a 23 year old non-vocal child (autism, self-injury, mood disorder and agitated catatonia.) Since they cannot tell me about the withdrawal effects they are experiencing I'm reaching out for some help. They have been on 175mg of Zoloft for 3+ years, they have also been experiencing severe periodic limb movements of sleep which I've read can be a side effect of Zoloft. The doc recommended reducing Zoloft by 25mg every two weeks. Within 3 days of reducing the Zoloft my adult child starting have problems with falling asleep and staying asleep as well having short periods of unus
  24. Hello! I'm hopeful that this is the correct area to write an initial post! I'm Kikijade and believe to be kindled from Zoloft. I also hope that my signature has worked and that everyone can see my history. I think I'll just wait to hear back on this one then write in the correct forum! This looks like such a wonderful resource but there are so many different forums and I'm not really sure where to start! Thanks so much x
  25. Hi all, I'm new and needing assistance. I was on antidepressants/stimulants for years and have managed to quit the stimulants, but am living through the hell of withdrawal from my SSRI, Zoloft after tapering too fast as you'll see below. This nightmare started in late May of 2020. I have some physical symptoms besides extreme fatigue, and the withdrawal itself is extreme anxiety, panic, depression, brain fog, confusion, poor memory... most of what is on the list of typical symptoms, and what I have come to understand is OCD. The crushing, breathless feeling of just having to get by minute to m
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