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so i am 53 years old had a serious stroke in 2015 i could not talk, walk right,drooling out of mouth, operate cell phone ect it took me around seven months to heal from this devastation.i had my own demolition co i was always active no matter what .after seven months i new i could not work yet my right arm and leg were not cooperating fully at this time i applied for disability did not get get it had to get a lawyer and then i got it around a year later .the finacial stuff i wont even get into but i was hurting in that regard .

 

So I  knew something was not right after the stroke i could not sleep, had anxiety, depression,  real bad when i got home from hospital ,went to doctor he prescribed klonopin 2mg i was on and ambien 10 mg and the zoloft i was already on 75mg of it it got moved up to 150 mg .

 

The klonopin was okay but then i went from 2mg to 3 mg  daily  for 2.5 years same with the ambien and zoloft then i hit hit me i realized i was a zombie from all the meds i started tapering the klonopin and got off of it in 6 months ,the ambien in 3 months , and i just weaned off the zoloft  im 5 weeks out on the zoloft.

 

I’m  not feeling that well anxiety ,deppression,intrusive thoughts ect so basically i really screwed up on things my doctor never told me it was addictive i did not know .so now i am 11 months off the klonopin around 6 months off ambien and 5 weeks off zoloft.

 

I had bad withdrawalers all the way through it .so hopefully i heal from it its the first time i have been drug free in a long time this stroke and stuff  put me in a bad position and i did not know about these meds till i got online and learned about tapering ect .

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2000 to 2019  zoloft 150 mg tapered off/reinstating

2016 to 2018  klonopin  3 mg tapered off

2016 to 2019  Ambien 10 mg tapered off

 

 

 

 

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Topic title:  zoloft

 

so i  weaned off zoloft 150mg everything was smooth and of a sudden in week four after getting off it  i had anxiety ,depression, and a slew of wd so i going to have to reinstate and i cant function  what dose should reinstate at i was at 0.15  when i came off of it .the bottom line is i went to fast  if there is anyone out there that can help me try and reinstate.i was on the meds for twenty three years at .75 a dose for years than at 150mg for last three years

 

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demoone1999

2000 to 2019  zoloft 150 mg tapered off/reinstating

2016 to 2018  klonopin  3 mg tapered off

2016 to 2019  Ambien 10 mg tapered off

 

 

 

 

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Welcome, demo.

 

You had withdrawal symptoms while you were tapering Zoloft? Has your symptom pattern changed in the last month, since you've been off the drug? How has it changed?

 

If your post-acute withdrawal symptoms are bad, you might try reinstate 0.10mg Zoloft or Prozac. Were you using liquid Zoloft? If you have any left, check the expiration date on the bottle, if it's very old, it may have gotten weaker. If you need a new prescription, I would reinstate liquid Prozac instead, you might find it easier to taper.

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so i reinstated zoloft to 0.10 like you had mentioned to me how long with it take till it feel it couple days or more .i am drycutting right now no liquid . the changes were i was very angry all the time anxiety was like i was coming out skin  ,deppresion ect .so if 0.10 does not get me to stabilize do i go up more.

 

 

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demoone1999

2000 to 2019  zoloft 150 mg tapered off/reinstating

2016 to 2018  klonopin  3 mg tapered off

2016 to 2019  Ambien 10 mg tapered off

 

 

 

 

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How did you measure 0.10mg? It will take at least 4 days to ramp up.

 

You can make your own liquid, see Tips for tapering off Zoloft (sertraline)

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i crushed the pill  got  0.10 on my scale a little water thats how i took it .so you sayin four days to ramp up if its enough will i feel stabil after 4 days .i know what you mean we want to use a lowest dose as possible, if not should i go up after 4 days .thanks

demoone1999

2000 to 2019  zoloft 150 mg tapered off/reinstating

2016 to 2018  klonopin  3 mg tapered off

2016 to 2019  Ambien 10 mg tapered off

 

 

 

 

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another thing i noticed im not sleeping  much at all  is this the zoloft causing this problem i did not sleep to well after i tapered originally but now its like a hour a night .

demoone1999

2000 to 2019  zoloft 150 mg tapered off/reinstating

2016 to 2018  klonopin  3 mg tapered off

2016 to 2019  Ambien 10 mg tapered off

 

 

 

 

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What times of day are you taking your drugs?

 

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i am taking the drugs in the morning .

demoone1999

2000 to 2019  zoloft 150 mg tapered off/reinstating

2016 to 2018  klonopin  3 mg tapered off

2016 to 2019  Ambien 10 mg tapered off

 

 

 

 

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Hey, when I ask for time of day, what I mean is what o'clock. I need these details. How do you feel before taking the drug and after taking the drug?

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oh sorry six in morning on the 0.10 that im taking now i notice no difference before of after taking the drug .

demoone1999

2000 to 2019  zoloft 150 mg tapered off/reinstating

2016 to 2018  klonopin  3 mg tapered off

2016 to 2019  Ambien 10 mg tapered off

 

 

 

 

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i still have  tons anxiety right now its like the drug is not working but you said to give it four days so thats what i am doing .its no better at this point .

demoone1999

2000 to 2019  zoloft 150 mg tapered off/reinstating

2016 to 2018  klonopin  3 mg tapered off

2016 to 2019  Ambien 10 mg tapered off

 

 

 

 

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regarding the sleep when try to get some sleep i feel really warm that comes from no where and have to turn fan on even though i already have th ac on it can last a few hours i am not sweating but i have that warm feeling in my skin i can get comfortable ,i ve had insomia before but never like this is this anxiety coming out  of the skin its almost like a hot flash but it lasts way longer .

demoone1999

2000 to 2019  zoloft 150 mg tapered off/reinstating

2016 to 2018  klonopin  3 mg tapered off

2016 to 2019  Ambien 10 mg tapered off

 

 

 

 

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On 7/16/2019 at 9:37 PM, demoone1999 said:

Topic title:  zoloft

 

so i  weaned off zoloft 150mg everything was smooth and of a sudden in week four after getting off it  i had anxiety ,depression, and a slew of wd so i going to have to reinstate and i cant function  what dose should reinstate at i was at 0.15  when i came off of it .the bottom line is i went to fast  if there is anyone out there that can help me try and reinstate.i was on the meds for twenty three years at .75 a dose for years than at 150mg for last three years

 

This happened to me and many others. A delayed reaction to the withdrawal. In my case 3.5-4weeks.

1999:  Paroxetine (20mg). Age 16. 2007-2008: Fluoxetine (Prozac) for 1.5 years (age 25) Citalopram 20mg 2002-2005, 2009: Escitalopram (20mg), 2 weeks, (age 26) (adverse manic reaction)/*Valium 5mg/Temazepam 10mg 2010: Mirtazipine (Remeron)( do not remember dosage) 2010, 5 months.                     

2010-2017: Citalopram (20mg) (age 27 to 34) 2016: i.1st Sept- 31st Oct Citalopram 10mg , ii.1st November 2017-30th November 2017, Citalopram 5mg iii.1st December 2017- 4th February 2018, Citalopram 0mg, iv.5th February 2018- March 2018 Citalopram 5mg (10mg every other day) 28th February- tried titration of 5mg ( some adverse effects)

2018: 1st March 2018- 1st June Citalopram 10 mg (tablet form) /started titration 8mg , then 7 mg.2018: June 15th- 10th July Citalopram 10 mg pill every other day 2018: 10th July - 13th Sept Citalopram- 0mg  (CBD oil first month of 0mg, passiflora on and off) 2018 13th Sept Citalopram  2mg ,  approx 16th Sept 4mg , approx 25th Sept 6mg held.  2019: 11 Feb 19: 7mg (instant bad rxn) 12 Feb 19 6mg held 1 May 19 5.4mg held 5 Oct 19 5.36mg 22 Oct 19 5.29mg 30 Oct 19 5.23mg 4/NOV/19 5.18mg 12 Nov 19 5.08mg 20 Nov 19 4.77mg 7 May 22 2.31mg

(Herbal/Supplements since 1st September: Omega Fish Oil 1200mg, 663mg of EPA- 2 tablets a day, magnesium and magnesium bath salts)

I did not die, and yet I lost life’s breath
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Hi demoone,

 

I have seen you asking questions of another member, Yogagirl38.

 

What you may not realise is that Altostrata, who has provided already responded to you and suggested a reinstatement dose, is this site's founder and she has personal experience with withdrawal syndrome as well as having done a lot of research.

 

Please keep daily symptoms notes for the next 3 days on paper and post them here daily in your Introduction topic.  This will allow the mods to assess your situation and whether you might need to increase your dose by a small amount.

 

An example:

 

6 a.m. Woke with anxiety
8 a.m. Took 2.5mg Lexapro
10 a.m. Stomach is upset
10:30 a.m. Ate breakfast
11:35 a.m. Got a headache, lasted one hour
12:35 p.m. Ate lunch
4 p.m. Feel a bit better
5 p.m. Took 2.5mg Lexapro
6 p.m. Ate dinner
9:20 p.m. Headache
10:00 p.m. Took 50mg Seroquel
10:20 p.m. Feeling dizzy
10:30 p.m. Fell asleep
2:30 a.m. Woke, took 3mg Ambien (NOT "took 1/2 tablet Ambien")
2:45 a.m. Fell asleep
4:30 a.m. Woke but got back to sleep
 

 

Posts made in Yogagirl's topic:

 

 

Also posting this here so that you have a full history in your Introduction topic:

 

13 hours ago, demoone1999 said:

wow good job i weaned off 150 mg of zoloft to fast my anxiety was out of control it was debalitating  i was free of the stuff four about 4 weeks and the bam everything thing at once  anxiety ,deppression ect  i can say nothing was unsual or anything during taper  so i joined here to get reinstated so i can stabilize hope fully .

 

10 hours ago, demoone1999 said:

well thank you for information i have been off 4 weeks and so i am trying to get some feedback on where to start the reinstatement right now i am 0.10 wich to me isnt enough my last cut before i went off was 0.15

 

8 hours ago, demoone1999 said:

so let me know your thought on reinstating  or what dose i could start at ect 

 

51 minutes ago, ChessieCat said:

 

@demoone1999

 

Please note that Yogagirl38 is not an SA moderator.

 

What worked for her may not work for other members.

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