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I have been told i am depression resistance to Antidepressants. I am on zoloft 150 mg. I have been on AD for 34 years.  I have been diagnosed with GAD AND major depression.

the other medicines i am taking is Abilify 5mg and clonazepam .5 mg i take at n

 

this morning i cut my antidepressant down to 125 from 150..thought i would do that for one week.  i am not sure how to taper my 150 mg of zoloft 10%...

 

i am still depressed and have anxiety. most of my anxiety is being handicap and aging, my husband dying, and where i will end up as i age because i have no children.

so most days i start off good. i volunteer for a rescue group so i do that in the morning but come around 1pm i just sit in my recliner and watch tv all day. or just sit and stare in space.

 

last visit with my doctor she wanted me to do Ketamine.  they are trying to see if my insurance will cover it.  yesterday i found out the my copay for two weeks of the drug was going to 941.00.....i cant afford that.   and the side affects scare me.

 

i am not suicidal right now but i was about two years ago.....now i just wish i can go to sleep and never wake up. but i have no plans in harming myself.

not sure what else i can write.

 

  i am thinking if i am resistant to the antidepressants why am i on them?

 

i see my doctor in 3 mos.

 

any ideas....????

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Gridley

Welcome to SA, RHONDAFF.  Your Introduction is just fine and this is the place for you do do further posts.

 

We are a site for helping members taper off psychiatric drugs and deal with withdrawal from them.  We don't put a lot of stock in psychiatric diagnoses on this site, as they're often arbitrary and change according to the therapist and the label in mode at the moment.  Just so you're prepared, the vast majority of doctors know nothing about safe tapering and invariably try to taper their patients too fast, putting the patient into withdrawal (which doctors don't even believe exists).

 

We recommend tapering, as I think you already know, by no more than 10% of your current dose every four weeks.  The reasons for this are explained in the following link:

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

When a member is on more than one drug, we recommend tapering the activating drug, known as accelerators first, leaving the more sedating drugs, known as brakes to act as a buffer to be tapered later.  We recommend tapering only one drug at a time.

Otherwise, if problems result, you won't know the cause.  SSRI's like Zoloft are accelerator, and yo were right to start your taper with it.  Antipsychotics and benzos are brakes.

 

You mentioned not being sure how to taper off Zoloft using the 10% method.  The following link explains how and give several options.  One is to cut tablets and weigh using a digital scale.  I have done this with no difficulty during my Lexapro taper.  

 

Tips for tapering off Zoloft (sertraline)

 

Using a digital scale to measure doses

 

Many members, myself included, use the Gemini-20 scale, available on Amazon.

 

The GEMINI-20 Scale

 

I would hold where you are at 125mg for 6 weeks, just to let your system become accustomed to the new dose,  and then, if you're feeling stable, you could begin your 10% taper.

 

I would be very dubious of ketamine.

 

Ketamine treatment - Surviving Antidepressants

Opinion: The New Ketamine-Based Antidepressant Is a Rip-Off

We don't recommend a lot of supplements on SA, as many members report being sensitive to them due to our over-reactive nervous systems, but two supplements that we do recommend are magnesium (glycinate is a good form) and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 

 

Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker 

 

Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) 

 

Add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems.

 

This is your Introduction topic, where you can ask questions and connect with other members.  We're glad you found your way here.

 

 

 

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I feel very hopeless to ever getting off AD.....I am not good at math so i dont think i could ever to the 10% tapering.

 

i am going to just cut my pills smaller and smaller as i go but give it a month in between the tapering.

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i am thinking about getting on magnesium citrate...how many mgs do you think i should start with? My vitamin i am taking has 200mg of it.

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21 minutes ago, RHONDAF said:

I am not good at math so i dont think i could ever to the 10% tapering.

 

I understand that calculating can be confusing and overwhelming.  If cutting the tablet and holding a month is the way you have to to do it, that's the way you have to do it.  Here's a link with tips on how to cut tablets.  

 

How to cut up tablets or pills

 

 

 

1 minute ago, RHONDAF said:

i am thinking about getting on magnesium citrate...how many mgs do you think i should start with? My vitamin i am taking has 200mg of it.

 

We don't recommend multiple vitamins because if something doesn't agree with you, you won't know what ingredient it is.

I would start with 100mg magnesium and go up from there.  Many members take a small dose throughout the day.  If you got a tablet, you could cut it with a pill cutter and take 1/4 four times a day.

 

 

 

 

 

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@RHONDAF

 

I don't know what mg tablet of Zoloft you're taking.  It comes in 25mg, 50mg and 100mg.  It would be good if you can get some of each dosage to make your pill cutting easier and more exact. I hope your doctor would be cooperative on this.  If she's not, any M.D. can prescribe Zoloft.  

 

Your current dosage is 125mg. You want to reduce by 10% of that.

 

The way you can calculate 10% of 125 is to use a calculator to multiply 125 X .9 = 12.5.  So 10% of 125mg is 12.5.  Use the calculator to subtract 125 - 12.5 = 112.5.  112.5 would be your next dose.  I can calculate each dose as you taper down if that would help you.

 

The easy way to cut tablets to get this dose would be to use one 100g tablet or four 25mg tablets.  Then cut another 25mg tablet in half using your pill cutter and you have your exact dose: 112.5.  I can also help you figure out which pills to combine and cut to get your doses as you taper down.

   

 

 

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You are so kind to help. Are there people that don’t have side affects getting off of AD?

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42 minutes ago, RHONDAF said:

Are there people that don’t have side affects getting off of AD?

If you are you asking whether there are some people who don't have withdrawal effects coming off AD's without tapering, yes,  there are some.  There are no reliable statistics as to how many are the lucky ones and how many have serious long-lasting withdrawal.  Is it a large minority who have problems?  A majority?  40%?  60%?  More? We just don't know.  We also don't know who will have withdrawal effects and who won't, which is why we advocate a harm reduction 10% taper.  It's just not something you want to take a chance with.

 

The drug companies, to sell drugs,  tell the doctors that serious withdrawal doesn't exist and the doctors believe them.  Slowly, however, the word is getting out.  The U.K. psychiatric association recently revised its guidelines from saying that significant withdrawal from AD's doesn't exist to now warning that severe and prolonged withdrawal can happen.

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I am so confused with this site.  I am tapering off zoloft...this is my third day ...started at 150 and i cut the pill in half...on 125. will stay at that for 4 weeks??? is that right?

i had brain zaps yesterday but not today.  i am scared my anxiety will get worse off of Zoloft.

 

any words of encouragement would be appreciated.

 

i just want to see how i am without AD.

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@RHONDAF  The link following this paragraph is where you should post all your questions and comments, not here.  Only one Introduction topic per member.  If you know how to bookmark, I would make a bookmark of your Introduction topic.   Or if you can't bookmark, look in the upper right corner at the top of this page where it says "search"  and type in RHONDAFF.  It will take you to your topic.  Click on your first post and you will be there.  Go down to the  last post and you can post your next post.  Here's the link to your main Introduction post:

 

my introduction (hope i am doing this right)

 

Yes, you will stay at 125mg for 4 weeks.  Brain zaps are a common withdrawal symptom from changing your dosage.  It is good you didn't have them today.  It is no use to worry about anxiety returning when you're off the Zoloft.  You said you think it's not working anyway.  Zoloft is a stimulating drug and your anxiety could diminish, not increase, as your dose gets lower.  You will do just fine.  After 4 weeks I will give your your next dosage.  In the meantime, if you can stock up on 100mg and 25mg pills, that would be a good idea.

18 minutes ago, RHONDAF said:

started at 150 and i cut the pill in half...on 125. will stay at that for 4 weeks??? is that right?

i had brain zaps yesterday but not today.  i am scared my anxiety will get worse off of Zoloft.

 

any words of encouragement would be appreciated.

 

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THANKS GRIDLEY!  I understand and thanks for explaining.  all i have is 100mg....i was at 150 and now i am 125  ...that's more that 10%...i guess in 4 weeks i can cut the 25 in half and do that for 4 weeks. and so on and so on.

 

i am so glad that my insurance wouldnt cover the Ketamine.  My pdoctor moved into another practice and they do all these other types of ways to get rid of depression.  She says she has a lot more to "offer" me.

 

I call them brain zaps but it feels like when i turn my head for some reason it either feels like dizziness or brain zaps.

 

do you think since i have been on an ad for 34 years i could get off of them and not tell the difference in my mood?

 

After i get off my antidepressant i would like to get off the clonazepam.

 

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ps i ordered the magnesium citrate and got it this am....started taking it today.  and i do take fish oil.

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15 minutes ago, RHONDAF said:

all i have is 100mg.

 

Can you get a prescription for 25mg also?  It will make it easier when we start cutting the tablets.  If you can't, we can work with just the 100mg.  But if you can get the 25mg in addition it will make it much easier to cut and get accurate doses, especially when we get down to the lower doses.

16 minutes ago, RHONDAF said:

they do all these other types of ways to get rid of depression.  She says she has a lot more to "offer" me.

 

Be careful and research everything they offer you.

17 minutes ago, RHONDAF said:

 

do you think since i have been on an ad for 34 years i could get off of them and not tell the difference in my mood?

 

Yes, I think you can get off them.  I've been on Imipramine for 34 years and have cut my dosage from 75 to 25mg and am doing fine.  You will do fine too.  I predict your mood will be better once you are off these drugs.  

19 minutes ago, RHONDAF said:

 

After i get off my antidepressant i would like to get off the clonazepam.

 

That's a good idea.  Let's take it one step at a time.

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I went to the dog park this morning.  I had a lot of anxiety. I have a disability and walk with a cane.  this "friend" out loud in front of everyone said Come sit you look wobblier than usual"....this made me embarrassed because there was a lot of people standing there.  

 

i hope getting off of Zoloft will make my anxiety worse.

 

i took .5mg of xanax but the pill was old from 2013. 

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3 minutes ago, RHONDAF said:

.this made me embarrassed

I'm sorry you had this experience.  People who aren't going through what we are can be very insensitive.

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