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Hi everyone this site is like home. 

I wanna share my experience with everyone else here, cuz sometimes it can be hard to tell love ones, friends, gf. I was on zoloft for 2 months, 25mg. I had to quit it cuz of side effects, i was put on for my panic attacks and depression. Now the zoloft did wonders for that but deep inside i knew i could get the same effect with naturally meds like st John worth for an example. Also reason why i quit was cause my mom was on zoloft to for about 9 years, she was the reason why i quit besides the side effects. Now the reason am here is cuz of my withdrawal symptoms. It's been only 16 days off Zoloft, but my mind it's all over the place, allot of mental confusion, depernolization, mood swings. Now i know being on zoloft for only 2 months it's not allot, but it has been he'll dealing with these wd. 

Anyone out there that would be nice to get one minute of your time to tell me these wd will go, will i be back to my old me, happy and out going? My depernolization has gotten the best of me. Please some advice don't wanna think am going crazy

God bless y'all. 

My first antidepressant ever.

Zoloft September 12, 2017.

First 3, 4 days on 50 mg. 

My doctor lower my dose to 25 mg later that week. September 19.

From September 19 till November 14 taking 25 mg.

September 14 started to taper of 25 mg to half the pill.

Did that for a week only

September 14 is when i decided to quit completely.

December 2 marks 18 days off Zoloft.

Zyprexa for one week, November 

Ativan 1mg for one week, December 

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Hi jorge and welcome to SA,

 

We ask all members to create a drug signature.  Please follow this format:

 

A request: Would you summarize your history in a signature - ALL drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly?

  • Please leave out symptoms and diagnoses.
  • A list is easier to understand than one or multiple paragraphs. 
  • Any drugs prior to 24 months ago can just be listed with start and stop years.
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Q:  Did you take any psychiatric drug/s before you started Zoloft?

 

You might want to consider reinstating.  Two months is long enough for the brain to became physiologically dependent upon the drug.  It's not physically dependence link alcohol or nicotine.  The drug changes the brain and when we take the drug away too quickly we experience withdrawal symptoms.

 

Please read Post #1 of this topic:  About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist

 

Tips for tapering off Zoloft (sertraline)

 

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


What should I expect from my doctor about withdrawal symptoms?

 

Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization

 

Brain Remodelling


Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery

 

This is your own Introduction topic where you can ask questions and journal your progress.

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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Hey Jorge,

 

Thanks for sharing your story. I'm new here too. Withdrawal doesn't last forever, and people here are finding that it's much less painful too if you do it more slowly! Like CC wrote, it's not too late to reinstate a small amount and then taper properly. You mentioned that you stopped it because your mom was taking it too, what do you mean by that? 

 

Cheers,

Marmot

2004: Clonazepam and Celexa. 2005 - 2006: Effexor, then increased to high dose, then switched to Valproate and Seroquel. 2007: Wellbutrin + Strattera + Celexa. 2007 - 2008: Wellbutrin + Adderall + Paxil. 2008 - 2012: Wellbutrin + occasional SSRIs when I had worsened "depression", which happened around 4 times, usually after CT of WB. 2012 - 2014: WB + Sertraline, then WB + Pristiq (awful W/D) then WB + rTMS, then ketamine. 2014 - 2016: Wellbutrin 200 mg + Abilify 4 mg + Adderall 20-40 mg + Cipralex 20 mg. Oct 2016: "Tapered" Cipralex, felt outrageously anxious, irritable. Dec 2016: "Tapered" Adderall, then felt depressed, hopeless, fatigued.  Feb 6 2017: reinstated 20 mg Adderall. Mar 2017: switched to Vyvanse, upped to 30 mg. May - Aug 2017: "Tapered" Vyvanse + Abilify to zero. Oct 25, 2017: Wellbutrin from 200 to 100 mg. Sep 10, 2018:  Wellbutrin from 90 to 60 mg. Oct 29, 2018: WB from 60 to 50 mg. Dec 19, 2018: WB from 50 to 45 mg. Apr 15, 2019: WB 41 mg. May 14, 2019: WB 37 mg. Jun 8, 2019: WB 33 mg. Jul 22: WB 30 mg, then down by around 10% per month. Aug 2020: 0

 

Working hard to take my life back. Anything I say here is as a friend or peer supporter; it is not medical advice.

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22 hours ago, Marmot said:

Hey Jorge,

 

Thanks for sharing your story. I'm new here too. Withdrawal doesn't last forever, and people here are finding that it's much less painful too if you do it more slowly! Like CC wrote, it's not too late to reinstate a small amount and then taper properly. You mentioned that you stopped it because your mom was taking it too, what do you mean by that? 

 

Cheers,

Marmot

Thanks Marmot for the reply.

I did taper off, i taper off on my 9 week i cut the pill half, 25mg for a week then completely stop. Today will be my 17 day off Zoloft, but i still have allot of mental confusion, a litle of depersonilazation,head, mind feels heavy like if it's in a cotton ball ifthat makes any sense?

Yes she told me to stop, or used it short term which i did for 2 month's. She was on it for 9 years i think, don't know if she taper off or cold turker but she did, Why? Cuz she find out about st John wort. Since then she havent been on no antidepressants. So thankfully i was only on em for 2 months, but would lie if i had no wd symptoms that's the reason am here today. Thanks for listening.

My first antidepressant ever.

Zoloft September 12, 2017.

First 3, 4 days on 50 mg. 

My doctor lower my dose to 25 mg later that week. September 19.

From September 19 till November 14 taking 25 mg.

September 14 started to taper of 25 mg to half the pill.

Did that for a week only

September 14 is when i decided to quit completely.

December 2 marks 18 days off Zoloft.

Zyprexa for one week, November 

Ativan 1mg for one week, December 

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Hey Jorge,

 

Oh, I get it now. Sorry to hear that you're still having the depersonalization and confusion and stuff. That's really tough. It can take a long time to feel better, but it will happen. Did you check out any of ChessieCat's links?

 

Cheers,

Marmot

2004: Clonazepam and Celexa. 2005 - 2006: Effexor, then increased to high dose, then switched to Valproate and Seroquel. 2007: Wellbutrin + Strattera + Celexa. 2007 - 2008: Wellbutrin + Adderall + Paxil. 2008 - 2012: Wellbutrin + occasional SSRIs when I had worsened "depression", which happened around 4 times, usually after CT of WB. 2012 - 2014: WB + Sertraline, then WB + Pristiq (awful W/D) then WB + rTMS, then ketamine. 2014 - 2016: Wellbutrin 200 mg + Abilify 4 mg + Adderall 20-40 mg + Cipralex 20 mg. Oct 2016: "Tapered" Cipralex, felt outrageously anxious, irritable. Dec 2016: "Tapered" Adderall, then felt depressed, hopeless, fatigued.  Feb 6 2017: reinstated 20 mg Adderall. Mar 2017: switched to Vyvanse, upped to 30 mg. May - Aug 2017: "Tapered" Vyvanse + Abilify to zero. Oct 25, 2017: Wellbutrin from 200 to 100 mg. Sep 10, 2018:  Wellbutrin from 90 to 60 mg. Oct 29, 2018: WB from 60 to 50 mg. Dec 19, 2018: WB from 50 to 45 mg. Apr 15, 2019: WB 41 mg. May 14, 2019: WB 37 mg. Jun 8, 2019: WB 33 mg. Jul 22: WB 30 mg, then down by around 10% per month. Aug 2020: 0

 

Working hard to take my life back. Anything I say here is as a friend or peer supporter; it is not medical advice.

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16 minutes ago, Marmot said:

Hey Jorge,

 

Oh, I get it now. Sorry to hear that you're still having the depersonalization and confusion and stuff. That's really tough. It can take a long time to feel better, but it will happen. Did you check out any of ChessieCat's links?

 

Cheers,

Marmot

Thanks again!

Quick question for someone that's been only on any antidepressants for 2 months, 9 weeks to be exact. Is it normal, possible to have withdrawals? 

No but am bout to. 

God bless

My first antidepressant ever.

Zoloft September 12, 2017.

First 3, 4 days on 50 mg. 

My doctor lower my dose to 25 mg later that week. September 19.

From September 19 till November 14 taking 25 mg.

September 14 started to taper of 25 mg to half the pill.

Did that for a week only

September 14 is when i decided to quit completely.

December 2 marks 18 days off Zoloft.

Zyprexa for one week, November 

Ativan 1mg for one week, December 

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Have anyone try to detox from zoloft?  Did it help to reduce or got rid of wd? Am thinking of detoxing my body Friday due that i had a psychotic episode last night at the ER. Have anyone else experience that as a withdrawal symptom?

Please help a brotha out and God bless.

My first antidepressant ever.

Zoloft September 12, 2017.

First 3, 4 days on 50 mg. 

My doctor lower my dose to 25 mg later that week. September 19.

From September 19 till November 14 taking 25 mg.

September 14 started to taper of 25 mg to half the pill.

Did that for a week only

September 14 is when i decided to quit completely.

December 2 marks 18 days off Zoloft.

Zyprexa for one week, November 

Ativan 1mg for one week, December 

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