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I have finally decided to begin my taper off xanax and zoloft.  I have been on these meds due to panic attacks for 20 years.  After educating myself and taking care of myself holistically in every other way, but this one, over the last few years, I have found that my symptoms have become worse.  Then, in March, my now 7 year old started having panic attacks.  I knew that I never wanted her to suffer as I have and have been getting her through them with meditation and dietary changes.  Currently I take 1.5 mg of xanax nightly and anytime during the day when I need it.  That can be anywhere from 0-2.  I am on 100 mg of zoloft. I was on 50 up until my daughter experienced her attacks and her therapist suggested I up my dose to get through the stress.  My (somewhat) functional doctor agreed and upped my dosage.  So, here I am. Glad to have the support!

Zoloft free since 5-11-16 after 20 years.

1.5 mg xanax off and on (mostly on) for 20 years

Iodine protocol since June 2015

ADK10 since June 2015 (5000 iu A, 10000 iu D3, K2 500 mcg)

 

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Hello Ace,

I just wanted to welcome you to the site.

Someone else should be along shortly to help you.

Welcome,

Tgirl

April 2014 remeron 45mg.

June 2014 abilify 2.5 remeron wasn't working so abilify was then added

September 2014 woke up with anxiety x 100!!!!

Pdoc then took me from 45 to 7.5 within a month and took abilify from 2.5 to 0

Currently

Remeron 7.5

Vitamin d 5,000 iu taking for about 3 years

October 2014 added fish oil/omega 3 1000 mg per day

Levothyroxitine 100 10 years or so

Dec 2014 started tapering 10% every 10 days-no problems.

August 2015 down to 0.1 mg

Woke up with severe anxiety-sleep issues-racing thoughts-depression. 9/9/15 up dose 1 mg.

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Welcome, ace.

 

What are the symptoms you've been having while taking Xanax and Zoloft?

 

After 20 years, please be prepared for a very slow taper. Most likely, you will want to taper Zoloft first. See

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

Taking multiple psych drugs? Which drug to taper first?

 

Tips for tapering off Zoloft (sertraline)

 

benzo questions here http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/forum/29-members-only-benzo-tapering-discussion/

 

Are you taking any other drugs? Please put ALL the drugs you take in the Drug Interactions Checker http://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.html and copy and paste the results in this topic.

 

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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More anxiety and panic attacks for the past 8 years. Unable to get weight off until recently. Serious brain fog and memory problems. Irritability, slight depression and no energy.

Zoloft free since 5-11-16 after 20 years.

1.5 mg xanax off and on (mostly on) for 20 years

Iodine protocol since June 2015

ADK10 since June 2015 (5000 iu A, 10000 iu D3, K2 500 mcg)

 

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Yes, those would be about right for 1) rebound anxiety and depression from Xanax and 2) demotivation and sluggishness from Zoloft.

 

If I were you, I'd taper the Zoloft first. See  http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/forum/29-members-only-benzo-tapering-discussion/for advice about benzo rebound.
 

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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I read that before I posted. Benzo buddies actually sent me there first! This is all so helpful! How does one cut off 10% of a pill? ????

Zoloft free since 5-11-16 after 20 years.

1.5 mg xanax off and on (mostly on) for 20 years

Iodine protocol since June 2015

ADK10 since June 2015 (5000 iu A, 10000 iu D3, K2 500 mcg)

 

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Thank you so much!

Zoloft free since 5-11-16 after 20 years.

1.5 mg xanax off and on (mostly on) for 20 years

Iodine protocol since June 2015

ADK10 since June 2015 (5000 iu A, 10000 iu D3, K2 500 mcg)

 

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Hi ace , just wanted to welcome you to the site.

 

You'll probably find , like so many of us , you feel better as you lower the zoloft dose.   You're going to be fine , just be mindful of taking it

slowly.

 

Best wishes ,  Fresh

1987-1997 pertofran , prothiaden , Prozac 1997-2002 Zoloft 2002-2004 effexor 2004-2010 Lexapro 40mg

2010-2012Cymbalta 120mg

Sept. 2012 -decreased 90mg in 6months. Care taken over by Dr Lucire in March 2013 , decreased last 30mg at 2mg per week over 3 months. July 21 , 2013- last dose of Cymbalta

Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days. Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months.

July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying. Started pristiq 50mg. Felt improvement within days and continued to improve, so stayed on 50mg for 8 months.

Began taper 28 Feb. 2015. Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg. Had one month of w/d symptoms. Started CES therapy in March. No w/d symptoms down to 30mg.

October 2015 , taking 25mg Pristiq. Capsules compounded with slow-release additive.

March 2016 , 21mg

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Hi, everyone.

 

I've been zoloft free for nealy 3 months now.  I haven't started my xanax wean yet.  I was doing fine and then have had a few pretty bad panic attacks in the last month and also high sensations of anxiety.  

 

Has anyone else had this?  How long can I expect it to last?

 

Thank you!

Zoloft free since 5-11-16 after 20 years.

1.5 mg xanax off and on (mostly on) for 20 years

Iodine protocol since June 2015

ADK10 since June 2015 (5000 iu A, 10000 iu D3, K2 500 mcg)

 

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Hi Ace,

 

I've moved your question into your Intro/Update topic because it relates to your individual situation and will keep your history together for yourself and other members.

Please DO NOT TAG me - thank you

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions. 

  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

Post 0 updates start here    My tapering program     My Intro (goes to tapering graph)

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

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ace -- panic and anxiety are unfortunately common symptoms after stopping or tapering antidepressants and other psych drugs.
 
Some topics that have relevant information and may provide insights and helpful suggestions:

What is withdrawal syndrome

The Windows and Waves pattern of stabilization

Non-drug techniques to cope with emotional symptoms

Fear, terror, panic and anxiety

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results

Cymbalta 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 2016: 20 mg to 7 mg exact doses and dates in this post; 2017: 6.3 mg to  0.0 mg  Aug. 12; details here


scallywag's Introduction
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet

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