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Surely medications can work very well for the right people...but for anyone considering anti-depressants, I will be sure to give persistent words of caution.

I was always a very passionate person. A lover of the arts and emotions. I was also always very anxious. Towards the end of my senior year of high school (2012), I decided that my anxiety was hindering my academic abilities more than it needed to. My mom, a nurse anesthetist, was very skeptical of medications (anti depressants, in particular). In hindsight, I wish I was able to share in her skepticism. Ultimately, the doctors put me on Sertrailne, or Zoloft. I began the med around May 2012, gradually working my way up from about 25 mg.

 

At the end of the summer, I believe I was on about 100 mg (this is for sure the highest dose that I've ever been on). It was a rainy afternoon in August 2012 at my grandparents cabin that I noticed was feeling very off. I didn't think much of it, but little did know, this was likely the beginnings of my brain accepting the med. Then college came, and the side effects worsened. I guess my anxiety was gone, but at what cost?. I was feeling emotionally numb and depersonalized.

 

Eventually, I opened up to my parents about how I had been feeling (over the phone, because I was away at college). They figured that I had been taking the med for a short enough period of time that I could quickly wean off of it with minimal side effects. But this made me feel significantly worse. My first experience with withdrawal led me to believe that I was better off on the med. Long story short, my parents encouraged me to come home once my first semester of college was done and register for some classes at a community college so I could live at home with them.

 

So, I went about two more years on the med before I decided I had enough. I wanted out. I did not want to be under the control of some pill, especially if it was going to make me feel the way that it did. I felt sort of like a zombie or robot. It was very hard to enjoy the simple things in life. I was having sexual problems, and I had a very annoying appetite (I always wanted to eat, despite not being truly hungry). In all of this, the real me was still inside, and it knew it didn't like the I was feeling. So in October 2015, under the instruction of a doctor, I began weaning off.

 

The weaning off process left me feeling very similar to how I felt while of the med. The last time I took the med was in early-mid January 2016. Since then, I've gradually felt some pretty horrifying side effects. In a nutshell, what I felt while on the med seemed to be amplified. I had a hard time enjoying all of the things that I once did. But it hasn't all been bad, as I have had some glorious days that left me feeling like my old self. I could sit down and watch a movie just like I used to. Colors seemed brighter and music sounded better. But this is only some of the time.

 

Starting last Tuesday, I truly felt like my old self. This led me to believe that the withdrawal side effects had finished, but then today, they gradually reintroduced themselves. I began feeling subtly nauseous and irritable. So in a desperate attempt for support, I searched the web for help groups. No matter how much or how hard you try to explain your situation to someone, they won't really understand unless they've experienced something similar. I just want someone to tell me that things will get better. The last week now seems like a cruel joke, because I truly thought that the withdrawal was over. Any words of encouragement would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

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  • Between 50mg and 100mg of Sertraline (Zoloft) for about 3 years (starting around June 2012).  

Gradually tapered off from 100 starting around October 2015.

Reduced dosage from 100 to 75 for approx. 2 weeks, 50 for approx. 2 weeks, 25 for approx. 4 weeks, 12.5 for approx. 4 weeks.

For the last 2 weeks or so I broke my 100mg tablets down to extremely small amounts.

Tapering process lasted about four months (around early Oct-early Jan).

Have been experiencing "waves and windows."

Reinstated approx 1-2 mg of Sertraline on March 19th, 2016.  My withdrawal seems to be dwindling.

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Hello Withrawalboy,

 

It's good to have you here - and things will get better ;)   There is a lot of info on this site, and plenty of support from people going through similar things.  No need to feel alone any longer :).

 

It is common to mistake withdrawal symptoms for ‘relapse’ and at this point that many people get drawn back into using drugs, believing they are not healed.  It happened to me, and it sounds like it happened to you too.  You'll still be able to get off the drugs though.  We recommend a gentle taper, reducing by no more than 10% of your current dose each month.  This allows your brain time to adjust as you go, and lessens any withdrawal. 

 

How did you go about that recent taper?  If it was faster than our recommendation, that would account for the symptoms you are now having. (Would you be able to fill out a signature – drugs/dates/dosages etc - so we can see your situation easily whenever you post, and help you more accurately?  Thanks.

 

Having a read about the Windows and Waves pattern of stabilisation will help you to understand what is happening to you, and why you felt better then worse again.  Once you've got that on board, you might like to consider reinstating a small amount in order to stabilise again.  The plan being that you could then taper off in a much gentler way next time.  No one ever wants to (and who can blame us?), but it really is the least painful option. 

 

Many people find Fish oil and Magnesium useful during withdrawal.  

 

Have a read of those and then you can come back to this thread to discuss things further.  This will be your journal to record your tapering and healing progress, and to ask questions. 

 

Welcome to s/a,

Karen

2010  Fluoxetine 20mg.  2011  Escitalopram 20mg.  2013 Tapered badly and destabilised CNS.  Effexor 150mg. 

2015 Begin using info at SurvivingAntidepressants.  Cut 10% - bad w/d 2 months, held 1 month. 

Micro-tapering: four weekly 0.4% cuts, hold 4 weeks (struggling with symptoms).

8 month hold.

2017 Micro-tapering: four weekly 1% cuts, hold 4 weeks (symptoms almost non-existent).

2020 Still micro-tapering. Just over 2/3 of the way off effexor. Minimal symptoms, - and sleeping well.
Supplements: Fish oil, vitamin C, iron, oat-straw tea, nettle tea.

My story of healing:ContinuedHealing

***I am not a doctor; please do your own research and be able to take responsibility for decisions you make.*** 

           'The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists.'  Dr Gabor Mate.

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Hi WDBoy,

 

Everyone here understands what you are going through and how scary and desparete when one is in this process. You will get tons best advice from knowledgable people like fresh did.

 

I just want to say I'm so sorry you were hit too. Once you get a chance to learn from others stories you will have a better idea as what it's is gonna to be like for most of us. The healing is unfortunately very long process but good news is with patience, endurance and constant learning to cope properly, we eventually will recover.

 

Hang in there,

Lex

Drug free Sep. 23 2017

2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.

2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg

2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain

2013 Jan-Mar: 10 mg generic. severe jaw and head pain;

2013 Mar--Aug. started tapering (liquid ever since) from 10 to 5 (one step) then gradually down to 2.25 mg by July. first ever panic attack, severe head/jaw pain

2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg,

2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on

2014 Aug--2015 Aug: Micro taper down to 3.2mg, .025mg (<1%) cut holding 2-3 weeks.

2015 Aug 15th, Accidental one dose of 4.2mg. worsening brain non-functional, swollen head, body, coma like, DR

2016 Feb., started dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday 2/13--3.2mg, 3/15-- 2.9mg, 4/19-- 2.6mg, 6/26--2.2mg, 7/22 --1.9mg, 8/16--1.8mg,8/31--1.7m g, 9/13--1.6mg, 9/27--1.5mg, 10/8--1.4mg, 10/14--1.3mg, 11/1--1.2mg, 11/29--1.1mg, 12/12--1mg, 12/22--0.9mg

2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, 2/13--0.13mg, 2/20--0.06mg, 3/18--0.13mg, 6/1--0.12mg, 7/6--0.1mg, 7/14--0.08mg, 8/17--0.04mg, 8/20--0.03mg, 8/28--0.02mg, 9/6--0.0205mg, 9/8--0.02mg, 9/17--0.015mg, 9/20--0.01mg, 9/21--0.0048mg, 9/22--0.0001mg,

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Hi WDBoy,

 

Welcome to SA.  It great that you found this site.  The voluntary staff are very knowledgeable and the members are very encouraging.  And the support comes from people who "get it".

 

I just wanted to share with you a couple of things which helped me to understand what has happened and how our brains have changed and how they need to adapt slowly back.  Deciding to reinstate is not because you are weak, it is because your brain still needs some of the drug that it is used to getting.

 

If you do decide to reinstate, I suggest you post your intention here and then someone will give you a suggested dose because take a small amount, you DO NOT take the last dose you were on because your brain has done some adapting during the 2 - 2.5 months you have been off it.

 

Anyway check these out:

 

Brain Remodelling

 

Video:  Healing from Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery (4 minutes)

 

Introduction to Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome

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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

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Thank you all so much for your helpful and encouraging words.  I just recently created a "signature" for myself.  According to the guidelines that you (KarenB) laid out, I tapered far more quickly than is recommended on this site. I was so eager to get off the meds that I figured the sooner the better.  Although I was aware that cold turkey was a bad option.  When I wanted to go off the meds, a doctor actually told me I could pretty much get off Sertraline cold turkey. But my parents and I did some online research that informed us that it best to wean. It upsets me greatly to know that some doctors have this mindset.  My original doctor seemed to have no qualms about putting me on the med.  I was informed that it was a pretty benign pill.  Maybe it is in the grand scheme of things, but I'm hating this withdrawal.  Anything that messes with who a person truly is should not be handled so lightly...

  • Between 50mg and 100mg of Sertraline (Zoloft) for about 3 years (starting around June 2012).  

Gradually tapered off from 100 starting around October 2015.

Reduced dosage from 100 to 75 for approx. 2 weeks, 50 for approx. 2 weeks, 25 for approx. 4 weeks, 12.5 for approx. 4 weeks.

For the last 2 weeks or so I broke my 100mg tablets down to extremely small amounts.

Tapering process lasted about four months (around early Oct-early Jan).

Have been experiencing "waves and windows."

Reinstated approx 1-2 mg of Sertraline on March 19th, 2016.  My withdrawal seems to be dwindling.

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Hi WDBoy,

 

Unfortunately this needs to be reworded:

 

It upsets me greatly to know that some MOST doctors have this mindset.

 

You might want to read these for future reference when dealing with doctors:

 

How do you talk to a doctor about tapering and withdrawal?

 

What should I expect from my doctor about withdrawal symptoms?

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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Hahaha I guess I was trying to be unnecessarily polite. But yes, most doctors are under the control of pharmaceutical companies. I wish I had been more wary going into this. My anxiety was initially bad, but not bad enough to warrant antidepressant withdrawal suffering. It's unfortunate that there's no real way of knowing who these meds will actually help. But at the end of the day, this world is over medicated. Pills don't fix everything, and sometimes they only make things worse! I've avoided alcohol and illicit drugs my whole life, but I feel like some of these antidepressants should be classified as illicit drugs. And my withdrawal isn't even as bad as some of the other stories I've read on here. It's absurd!

  • Between 50mg and 100mg of Sertraline (Zoloft) for about 3 years (starting around June 2012).  

Gradually tapered off from 100 starting around October 2015.

Reduced dosage from 100 to 75 for approx. 2 weeks, 50 for approx. 2 weeks, 25 for approx. 4 weeks, 12.5 for approx. 4 weeks.

For the last 2 weeks or so I broke my 100mg tablets down to extremely small amounts.

Tapering process lasted about four months (around early Oct-early Jan).

Have been experiencing "waves and windows."

Reinstated approx 1-2 mg of Sertraline on March 19th, 2016.  My withdrawal seems to be dwindling.

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Also, in regards to reinstating, I feel I'm way too scared to even think of putting any portion of Sertraline into my body again. I wonder if it's even been too long (since I've been off of it) to even try to reinstate. It's a terrifying concept for me....but then again, so is this waves and windows idea. The waves are not welcome in this brain! Pity they have little to no regard for what I want ????.

  • Between 50mg and 100mg of Sertraline (Zoloft) for about 3 years (starting around June 2012).  

Gradually tapered off from 100 starting around October 2015.

Reduced dosage from 100 to 75 for approx. 2 weeks, 50 for approx. 2 weeks, 25 for approx. 4 weeks, 12.5 for approx. 4 weeks.

For the last 2 weeks or so I broke my 100mg tablets down to extremely small amounts.

Tapering process lasted about four months (around early Oct-early Jan).

Have been experiencing "waves and windows."

Reinstated approx 1-2 mg of Sertraline on March 19th, 2016.  My withdrawal seems to be dwindling.

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Hi, 

 

Wish you are feeling better. Here you will find many people that could give you a better advice than me. My experience is horrible, no  matter what I did  or try for quitting the medication, I am still taking meds and no feeling well. I am gaining a lot of weight. No idea if any person here have been able to stop taking these medications without experience the original symptoms that put us on these medications. No idea if in the future a new medication will appear in the market, one with less undesirable side effects. 

 

I will tell you to always consult your doctors, and if need it, take the medication, sometimes is better to take the meds, that ending at a hospital. 

 

In my case I put a lot of effort, and refused to take many medications or cocktails of meds. Somedays I feel better than others. 

Zyprexa 15 mg  for 5 months  in 2010. I quit cold turkey /Zyprexa 5 mg from sept 2011 to sept 2012. I quit cold turkey

Lamictal and Geodon for around 6 months (from around sept 2012 to feb 2013)

Trazodone/ Klonopin 0.5 mg / 1 mg /Quetiapine  and gabapentin 600 mg/ Risperidone and gabapentin 600 mg

Gabapentin 1200 mg  around feb 2014 to  june 2014/ Gabapentin 900 mg july 2014 to December 2014

Invega 6 mg dec 2014 (for 8 days) / Gabapentin 600 mg

Invega 6 mg April 2015 / Gabapentin 900 mg

Invega 3 mg May 2015 / Gabapentin 600 mg

Since May 25th Gabapentin 600 mg

July 24 Gabapentin 400 mg August 18 Gabapentin 300 mg

Currently taking Invega 6 mg and Venlafaxine 150 mg. 2018

2019. I took invega 3 mg for two months. I stop taking medication two days ago (11/13) I am doing ok.

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.

 
 
 
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Hi WD.   Reinstatement is more likely to work , soon after stopping a drug while the nervous system is still  somewhat shaped around the drug that's been removed. The " window of opportunity " can vary  individually , but is best done sooner than later.  At   2 - 2.5 months , it is still possibly an option for you . There are no guarantees, but it might be worth considering. Only at a very small dose of 1- 2mg, perhaps.

 

It can be a difficult choice, but a low dose can often lessen withdrawal symptoms , and therefore make life a lot more tolerable and easier to navigate through this period of time.

Have a read around ( links & site) , and see what you think . Come back with any other questions , you might have. Please don't leave it too long , as this is a crucial time for you .

Ali

Many SSRI's and SSNRI's over 20 years. Zoloft for 7 years followed by Effexor, Lexapro, Prozac, Cymbalta, Celexa, Pristiq, Valdoxan, Mianserin and more - on and off. No tapering. Cold turkey off Valdoxan - end of May 2014

 

                                                  Psych Drug - free since May 2014
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I'm also noticing a trend in my days as of late.  It seems that I wake up feeling pretty good, and then continue to feel good for about the next several hours.  At around 4 or 5, I gradually start to feel a bit nauseous and irritable.  Eventually the nausea wears down and I start to feel more apathetic toward the end of my day.  For the last couple hours before I chose to go to bed I teeter among feeling pretty good, nauseous, and apathetic.  Within the hour before bed and/or as I am about to go to sleep, I start feeling anxious.  Is this normal?

  • Between 50mg and 100mg of Sertraline (Zoloft) for about 3 years (starting around June 2012).  

Gradually tapered off from 100 starting around October 2015.

Reduced dosage from 100 to 75 for approx. 2 weeks, 50 for approx. 2 weeks, 25 for approx. 4 weeks, 12.5 for approx. 4 weeks.

For the last 2 weeks or so I broke my 100mg tablets down to extremely small amounts.

Tapering process lasted about four months (around early Oct-early Jan).

Have been experiencing "waves and windows."

Reinstated approx 1-2 mg of Sertraline on March 19th, 2016.  My withdrawal seems to be dwindling.

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Anything can be " normal " , in withdrawal . Everyone is a little different , but there are basic underlying similarities & symptoms. It sounds familiar .

What have you decided ?  Re :  " Reinstatement " ?

How are you feeling , now ?

Many SSRI's and SSNRI's over 20 years. Zoloft for 7 years followed by Effexor, Lexapro, Prozac, Cymbalta, Celexa, Pristiq, Valdoxan, Mianserin and more - on and off. No tapering. Cold turkey off Valdoxan - end of May 2014

 

                                                  Psych Drug - free since May 2014
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Hi WDBoy,

 

There are a few other members who have joined recently who have had trouble deciding whether they should reinstate.  All of them have reinstated a small dose and are starting to feel improvement.

 

Just remember if you do reinstate start with a small dose 1 or 2 mg.  It takes 4 days for the drug to reach full state in the blood.  You may feel some improvement within a few hours or during the first day.

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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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Hey w/dboy,

 

I also think reinstatement is the way to go. 

 

AllDaisy - I hear how you really feel for people who have got stuck on ad's - you've been through such a lot yourself.  However I think we need to acknowledge that most people here have been harmed by advice from their doctors, and therefore consulting those doctors isn't logical.  What we recommend on s/a is that people build up their knowledge and self-confidence to take charge of their own healing. 

 

Best wishes,

Karen

2010  Fluoxetine 20mg.  2011  Escitalopram 20mg.  2013 Tapered badly and destabilised CNS.  Effexor 150mg. 

2015 Begin using info at SurvivingAntidepressants.  Cut 10% - bad w/d 2 months, held 1 month. 

Micro-tapering: four weekly 0.4% cuts, hold 4 weeks (struggling with symptoms).

8 month hold.

2017 Micro-tapering: four weekly 1% cuts, hold 4 weeks (symptoms almost non-existent).

2020 Still micro-tapering. Just over 2/3 of the way off effexor. Minimal symptoms, - and sleeping well.
Supplements: Fish oil, vitamin C, iron, oat-straw tea, nettle tea.

My story of healing:ContinuedHealing

***I am not a doctor; please do your own research and be able to take responsibility for decisions you make.*** 

           'The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists.'  Dr Gabor Mate.

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AllDaisy,

 

If your doctor is knowledgeable, you are lucky.  But for many of us, the doctors have very limited knowledge of these drugs and so many of us could not rely on advice from our doctors.  The doctor's advice is often wrong, drugs are prescribed carelessly, and most doctors have a very poor understanding of the side effects and withdrawal symptoms.  Suggesting that one rely on advice from a doctor for these drugs is not a good idea for many.

I do not have a medical background, any opinions are my own.

 

I took zopiclone ( z-drug) for situational insomnia. Three weeks later I was having panic attacks. I was given Benzos, A/D, anti-psychotics, "mood stabilizers" and I kept getting worse and worse. I got very sick.

 

I have been off all drugs now for over 5 years and I'm healing nicely.

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Hi Withdrawalboy , welcome to the site.

It's quite common to feel extra good after tapering too fast - the colors are brighter , thoughts clearer , music sounds

better , lots of inspired ideas and plans.  For me that lasted a couple of months before things started to turn ... I became more irritable , sleeping less , argumentative , crying , distressed.

And that's the nature of protracted withdrawal - it can continue to get worse for many many months before it gets better.

 

It's not too late too reinstate after approx.10 weeks , although the longer you wait the longer it will take you to recover.

 

If members honestly thought you would be better off suffering through this for a month or two and you'd be home free , we'd be the first to say "Stick it out and don't look back".     

 

If your symptoms are continuing to change and new ones are starting , please consider reinstating as the most sensible , least harmful way to move forward from here.

 

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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I've been feeling pretty good so far today.  A little nauseous after my workout, but overall a lot better than I have been this week.  For whatever reason, this week was particularly hard.  I'm also not sure if I have anymore meds.  I may have thrown it all away as an act of passion and celebration once I took my last dose in January.  But I will be sure to search around my parents' house for the containers.  

  • Between 50mg and 100mg of Sertraline (Zoloft) for about 3 years (starting around June 2012).  

Gradually tapered off from 100 starting around October 2015.

Reduced dosage from 100 to 75 for approx. 2 weeks, 50 for approx. 2 weeks, 25 for approx. 4 weeks, 12.5 for approx. 4 weeks.

For the last 2 weeks or so I broke my 100mg tablets down to extremely small amounts.

Tapering process lasted about four months (around early Oct-early Jan).

Have been experiencing "waves and windows."

Reinstated approx 1-2 mg of Sertraline on March 19th, 2016.  My withdrawal seems to be dwindling.

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Welcome, Withdrawalboy.

 

It sounds like you have had severe withdrawal symptoms, and they are starting to abate in a typical waves and windows pattern.

 

Because you're so young, you may heal faster rather than slower. Please be very careful not to overstress your fragile, healing nervous system for many months. It will heal very gradually.

 

If withdrawal symptoms get bad again, you may wish to try reinstating a very small amount of Zoloft, 1mg or 2mg, as KarenB, ChessieCat, and Fresh mentioned. Zoloft comes in a liquid to make this easier.

 

You'd take this for a while, then go off in very, very tiny steps. See Tips for tapering off Zoloft (sertraline)

 

In the meantime, many people do better with fish oil and magnesium supplements, see
http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/36-king-of-supplements-omega-3-fatty-acids-fish-oil/
http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1300-magnesium-natures-calcium-channel-blocker/

 

alldaisy, we would be delighted to refer people to doctors who know how to taper and deal with withdrawal symptoms. They are few and far between. If you know of any such doctors, please add them to Recommended doctors, therapists, or clinics

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

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Welcome, Withdrawalboy.

 

Glad you found us.

 

Without giving specifics, I see that I am not far from you at all. I hope the lovely first-day-of-spring weather we're heaving has lifted your spirits somewhat.

 

2020: After 18+ years (entire adult life) on Paxil, a dangerous doctor-led "taper" in 2015, and four years tapering off the last 1 mg thanks to SA and the Brassmonkey slide, 

I AM COMPLETELY FREE OF PAXIL! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Forever.

 

2021: Began conservative, proper, CNS-respecting taper of Zoloft, led by the only expert on me -- me. Making own liquid. 5-10% plus holds.

2022: Holding on Zoloft for now. Current dose 47 mg. Hanging in, hanging on. Severe protracted PAWS, windows and waves. While I may not be doing "a lot" by outside standards, things are graaaaadually getting better

 

Yoga (gentle to medium); walks; daily breath practice; nutrition, fruits/veg; nature; water; EastEnders (lol); practicing self-compassion, self-care; boundaries; connection; allowing feelings; t r u s t ing that I, too, will heal. (--> may need to be reminded of this.)

"You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story." - Baylissa

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Hey everyone!  So I've been taking a trivial amount of Sertraline for a couple of weeks now.  My withdrawal seems like it may gradually be dwindling.  Thank you all again for your support.  I'll be sure to keep you updated.

 

On a slightly different note, for one of my current college projects I am to propose a change to some health related system.  I was going to suggest that we increase public education in regards to antidepressants.  My thesis is "If society placed a greater emphasis on public education in regards to antidepressant medicine, experiences with harmful side effects would decrease, money spent on unnecessary medications would decrease, and safer alternatives could be discovered." I was wondering if anyone knew of any good places to look for reputable information. So far I have found a lot in regards to statistics related to the amount of americans using antidepressants as well as common side effects and what have you. I wanted to include more about doctors and pharmacies as well as what current standards are for medication education. Any tips would be very much appreciated! Thanks again!!

  • Between 50mg and 100mg of Sertraline (Zoloft) for about 3 years (starting around June 2012).  

Gradually tapered off from 100 starting around October 2015.

Reduced dosage from 100 to 75 for approx. 2 weeks, 50 for approx. 2 weeks, 25 for approx. 4 weeks, 12.5 for approx. 4 weeks.

For the last 2 weeks or so I broke my 100mg tablets down to extremely small amounts.

Tapering process lasted about four months (around early Oct-early Jan).

Have been experiencing "waves and windows."

Reinstated approx 1-2 mg of Sertraline on March 19th, 2016.  My withdrawal seems to be dwindling.

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Hi WB , please could you update your signature to show the date you reinstated , and what dose.

How are you measuring your dose?

 

The best member to point you in the right direction is probably "nz11" , his thread is largely a collection of interesting

articles related to medication issues. There must be some relevant stuff in there for you.

See http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/7571-☼-nz11-climbs-onboard/

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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Will do, and thank you!  I will be sure to check out his thread.

  • Between 50mg and 100mg of Sertraline (Zoloft) for about 3 years (starting around June 2012).  

Gradually tapered off from 100 starting around October 2015.

Reduced dosage from 100 to 75 for approx. 2 weeks, 50 for approx. 2 weeks, 25 for approx. 4 weeks, 12.5 for approx. 4 weeks.

For the last 2 weeks or so I broke my 100mg tablets down to extremely small amounts.

Tapering process lasted about four months (around early Oct-early Jan).

Have been experiencing "waves and windows."

Reinstated approx 1-2 mg of Sertraline on March 19th, 2016.  My withdrawal seems to be dwindling.

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Withdrawalboy13,

I reinstated, feel better and now we can work on doing it the right way, as others on here w much more experience at this than I have mentioned. I wish you the best and am in this with you! To freedom!!!!

On zoloft since 2000 for OCD/anxiety. Tapered off from 150mg to 100, 50, 25 over Dec/Jan 2015. After month n half off, began depression. Being terrified, as I never had depression before, after a few days, went back to 50mg, then five days later to 100mg. Now stable. I will stop this medication, with time and perseverance...my current taper level and timing are as follows, which includes No other Rx's, No alcohol, NEVER any illicit drugs:

84mg from October 2016

82mg from February 2017

79mg from April 2017

77mg from June 2017

75mg from July 2017

"Yesterday is History, Tomorrow a Mystery, Today is a Gift." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation." - Viktor Frankl

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