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I was on Zoloft 50m for 10 years for anxiety and it worked well. Last September it stopped working! I started having panic attacks. My doctor upped the dose to 100m but it didn't help. So he switched me to Effexor 75 and didn't help made me feel worse switched again to celexa which made me feel drunk after 6 weeks. So we tried Prozac and had the same reaction. So I stopped taking anything and felt a little better for a few days. Then the withdraw symptoms came in brain zaps, extreme fatigue, memory problems, dizziness, anxiety ext. I fought it for nearly a month and decided to try going back on Zoloft 25m. Three days in the zaps stopped but I still feel terrible. Is this good idea or should I keep trying other meds? Just want to feel normal again.

Zoloft 50mg for 10 yearsfor anxiety. Stopped working 9/2/17. Doctor upped dose to 100mg but it didn't help. Switched to Effexor 75mg 10/5/17after a week of weaning down to 25mg. Switched to celexa 10mg 1/10/18 straight switch. Then switched to Prozac 4/2/18 another straight switch. Stopped taking Prozac 5/5/18. After withdrawing nearly a month I started on Zoloft 25m 5/30/18

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Hi Eric5, welcome to SA.  

 

It would be helpful if you could create a signature with your med history, including all drugs, doses and dates (starting and stopping).  You can edit your signature under your Account Settings.  See this topic for more info: Please put your withdrawal history in your signature

 

It sounds like after 10 years the Zoloft pooped out (stopped working).  Trying several other meds has not worked, so I don't think it is a good idea to keep trying other meds.  How long has it been since you reinstated 25mg Zoloft?

2001–2002 paroxetine

2003  citalopram

2004-2008  paroxetine (various failed tapers) 
2008  paroxetine slow taper down to

2016  Aug off paroxetine
2016  citalopram May 20mg  Oct 15mg … slow taper down
2018  citalopram 13 Feb 4.6mg 15 Mar 4.4mg 29 Apr 4.2mg 6 Jul 4.1mg 17 Aug 4.0mg  18 Nov 3.8mg
2019  15 Mar 3.6mg  21 May 3.4mg  26 Dec 3.2mg 

2020  19 Feb 3.0mg 19 Jul 2.9mg 16 Sep 2.8mg 25 Oct 2.7mg 23 Oct 2.6mg 24 Dec 2.5mg

2021   29 Aug 2.4mg   15 Nov 2.3mg

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I just started back on Zoloft 25mg four days ago in hopes it will at least make me feel normal and  then try to taper off the right way. I do wonder though if while I was trying low doses of other meds I was withdrawing from Zoloft also. Not sure if that's possible. I'm hoping the Zoloft will work again. Then taper off down the road I really want off antidepressants. It's scary how they can make you this sick!

Zoloft 50mg for 10 yearsfor anxiety. Stopped working 9/2/17. Doctor upped dose to 100mg but it didn't help. Switched to Effexor 75mg 10/5/17after a week of weaning down to 25mg. Switched to celexa 10mg 1/10/18 straight switch. Then switched to Prozac 4/2/18 another straight switch. Stopped taking Prozac 5/5/18. After withdrawing nearly a month I started on Zoloft 25m 5/30/18

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Yes, as you have found by trying various other meds, often these meds do not cover for each other very well at all.  Please can you create a signature showing all the meds you've taken with the doses you took and the dates you started and stopped.  Have you noticed any changes in your symptoms since reinstating Zoloft?

2001–2002 paroxetine

2003  citalopram

2004-2008  paroxetine (various failed tapers) 
2008  paroxetine slow taper down to

2016  Aug off paroxetine
2016  citalopram May 20mg  Oct 15mg … slow taper down
2018  citalopram 13 Feb 4.6mg 15 Mar 4.4mg 29 Apr 4.2mg 6 Jul 4.1mg 17 Aug 4.0mg  18 Nov 3.8mg
2019  15 Mar 3.6mg  21 May 3.4mg  26 Dec 3.2mg 

2020  19 Feb 3.0mg 19 Jul 2.9mg 16 Sep 2.8mg 25 Oct 2.7mg 23 Oct 2.6mg 24 Dec 2.5mg

2021   29 Aug 2.4mg   15 Nov 2.3mg

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Yes I'm feeling better slowly. Most of the really bad zaps and dizziness are calming down. Five days in still having brain fog and the feeling I can't breath.

Zoloft 50mg for 10 yearsfor anxiety. Stopped working 9/2/17. Doctor upped dose to 100mg but it didn't help. Switched to Effexor 75mg 10/5/17after a week of weaning down to 25mg. Switched to celexa 10mg 1/10/18 straight switch. Then switched to Prozac 4/2/18 another straight switch. Stopped taking Prozac 5/5/18. After withdrawing nearly a month I started on Zoloft 25m 5/30/18

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That is good news, Eric.  I hope you get more improvement soon.

2001–2002 paroxetine

2003  citalopram

2004-2008  paroxetine (various failed tapers) 
2008  paroxetine slow taper down to

2016  Aug off paroxetine
2016  citalopram May 20mg  Oct 15mg … slow taper down
2018  citalopram 13 Feb 4.6mg 15 Mar 4.4mg 29 Apr 4.2mg 6 Jul 4.1mg 17 Aug 4.0mg  18 Nov 3.8mg
2019  15 Mar 3.6mg  21 May 3.4mg  26 Dec 3.2mg 

2020  19 Feb 3.0mg 19 Jul 2.9mg 16 Sep 2.8mg 25 Oct 2.7mg 23 Oct 2.6mg 24 Dec 2.5mg

2021   29 Aug 2.4mg   15 Nov 2.3mg

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Two weeks in on Zoloft 25 feeling tired and drugged and sick if I do anything physical. I'm hoping it's just temporary. I never felt bad like this on Zoloft but I did on all the other drugs. Can you just build an intolerance to a drug you've been on for years? Not sure if I should stop or keep going and hope it goes away.

Zoloft 50mg for 10 yearsfor anxiety. Stopped working 9/2/17. Doctor upped dose to 100mg but it didn't help. Switched to Effexor 75mg 10/5/17after a week of weaning down to 25mg. Switched to celexa 10mg 1/10/18 straight switch. Then switched to Prozac 4/2/18 another straight switch. Stopped taking Prozac 5/5/18. After withdrawing nearly a month I started on Zoloft 25m 5/30/18

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Yes, it's possible once your med poops out that you can have withdrawal-like symptoms.  It's still best to taper very slowly to prevent worse withdrawal symptoms.  Bear in mind your system is likely still in a state of confusion from all the med switches.  It's usually best to stick with the same dose for a good long while, keeping things consistent so your body can work at sorting it all out.  It seems you have had some improvement since reinstating Zoloft, so that's a good sign.  It's normal for things to be up and down for a while.  Here is some more info:

 

the windows and waves pattern of stabilization

 

the rule of 3KIS keep it simple keep it slow keep it stable

2001–2002 paroxetine

2003  citalopram

2004-2008  paroxetine (various failed tapers) 
2008  paroxetine slow taper down to

2016  Aug off paroxetine
2016  citalopram May 20mg  Oct 15mg … slow taper down
2018  citalopram 13 Feb 4.6mg 15 Mar 4.4mg 29 Apr 4.2mg 6 Jul 4.1mg 17 Aug 4.0mg  18 Nov 3.8mg
2019  15 Mar 3.6mg  21 May 3.4mg  26 Dec 3.2mg 

2020  19 Feb 3.0mg 19 Jul 2.9mg 16 Sep 2.8mg 25 Oct 2.7mg 23 Oct 2.6mg 24 Dec 2.5mg

2021   29 Aug 2.4mg   15 Nov 2.3mg

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Hi Eric, 

 

How are you doing?💚

Been on APs, benzos, ADs and opiates, all for chronic pain. Had severe Akathisia in the past that made me suicidal. Still on Seroquel. 2019:➡️ March 10=7.25mg ✔️April 17=7.0✔️June 5th=6.75✔️ July 14th=6.50✔️Aug 28=6.25✔️Oct10=6.20 ✔️ Oct21=6.0✔️Dec16=5.80 ✔️  2020➡️Jan 21=5.60✔️April 2=5.40✔️May 29=5.20✔️Aug14= 5.0 ✔️Sep 29=4.80✔️2021➡️ Jan 31=4.60 mg✔️April 24=4.40mg✔️Jul17=4.30mg ✔️Aug 28=4.20✔️ Oct 11=4.15✔️Nov 1=4.10✔️ Nov 21= 4.05✔️ Dec 13= 4mg✔️  2022➡️Jan 8= 3.95 Jan 31=3.90✔️March 2=3.85✔️ April 4= 3.80✔️June 16=3.75✔️THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE, consult a doctor.

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