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Hello everyone 


I'm sure this has been asked before but I'm struggling with severe insomnia and I don't know what to do.

i tapered off a low dose (20mg) of sertraline a few months ago now and I thought all withdrawal symptoms had gone but the last month I've been suffering insomnia. I can't sleep at all now without taking a sleeping tablet (zopiclone). I'm awake all night.


ive been on and off antidepressants since I was a teenager but never experienced this before. Could it still be withdrawal after all other symptoms have gone?


yesterday I went to the doctors but the only thing she could suggest was going back on the sertraline! I came off it because of weight gain, lack of sex drive and feeling numb so I don't want to go back on it but I'm at my wits end now.


i feel desperate and I don't know what to do now. Does anyone have any advice? 


Thank you.


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Here is a link which contains some non-drug ideas of how to manage insomnia, scroll down to get to the sleep problems section:




Some members have had success with Melatonin.  See Melatonin for sleep   It's best to start at a very low dosage, such as .25mg, and gradually increase if needed to the lowest effective dose.  


Gridley Introduction


Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.


Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper of 18.75mg Valium  

End 2021  year 1 of taper at 6mg

End 2022 year 2 of taper at 2.75mg 

Current dose as of Feb. 25, 2023 2mg

Taper is 89% complete.


Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 14.4mg  

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5mg and shift to Valium taper

Taper is 87% complete.  


Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg

I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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