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Welcome, Becca. I made your post into your Intro and Updates topic.

 

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Curious to know more as well.

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http://prozacwithdrawal.blogspot.com/
Original drug was sertraline/Zoloft, switched to Prozac in 2007.
Tapering from 5mls liquid prozac since Feb 2008, got down to 0.85ml 23/09/2012, reinstated back to 1ml(4mg) 07/11/2012, didn't appear to work, upped to 1.05ml 17/11/2012, back down to 1ml 12/12/2012 didn't work, up to 1.30ml 16/3/2013 didn't work, bumped up to 2ml (8mg) 4/4/2013 didn't work, in July 2013 I reinstated Sertraline (Zoloft) 50mg, feeling better now. 

A few months down the line I switched to 5ml liquid Prozac and tapered down to a compromise dose of 3ml liquid Prozac and have stayed there ever since, no withdrawals and no emotional blunting/loss of libido.

 

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welcome Becca!

Wow, 20 years!

How are you feeling now?

Started in 2000 - On 150mg most of the time, (but up to 225mg at highest dose for 6 months in the beginning)
Reduced off easily first time - but got depressed (not too much anxiety) 6 months later
Back on effexor for another 9 months.
Reduced off again with no immediate w/d - suddenly got depressed and anxious ++ again 3 or 4 months later.
Back on effexor - this time for 3 years
Reduced off over a month - 6 weeks later terrible anxiety - back on.
Rinse and repeat 4 more times - each time the period before the anxiety comes back got shorter and shorter
Jan - July 2012 75mg down to 37.5mg;, 8/3/12 - 35mg. 8/25/12 - 32mg. 9/11- 28mg, 10/2 - 25mg, 10/29 - 22mg, 11/19 - 19.8mg; 12/11 - 17m,
1/1- 15.5mg; 1/22 -14mg, 2/7 14.9mg, 2/18 - 17.8mg - crashed big time: back to 75mg where i sat for 2 years....

4th  March 2015 - 67.5mg;   31st March - 60mg;  24th April - 53mg; 13th May - 48mg; 26th May - 45mg;  9th June - 41mg; 1 July- 37.5mg; 20 July - 34mg; 11 August - 31mg; 1st Sept - 28mg;  1st Dec - 25.8mg;  28th Dec - 23.2mg; 23rd Jan-21.9mg; Feb 7th- 21mg; March 1st - 20.1mg, March 30th - 18mg

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After the 100 to 50 mg. reduction was so freaky I gave up.Status quo. Next 6 years I took as little as possible to avoid w/d (50 mg. every 3 -4 days) Then a strange thing happened.I had to get a refill and it turned out to be a different generic (Camber). Now you may be aware of all the Wellbutrin XL stuff so you know that generics aren't all alike. Well the different generic put me into total SSRI w/d--of course not intended and a total shocker. It was hard to realize what was happening but I have intimate knowledge of the w/d so I figured it out.After 12 days on the Camber, I ordered my old brand and started taking it-- 50 mg every day.But lo and behold, I did not just get back to my pre-generic switch status. It was like starting from zero--with the typical 2 weeks for the sertraline to reach full effect. So, again this suggested that active ingredient or suspension was way different in the Camber. But you know, things happen for a reason. The upside of the unintentional w/d is that during that period I got a glimpse of what the drug has been masking--I got a glimpse of my real self. During this period, at a tai chi class my real feelings washed over me. And so I am now going to taper. When I was tapering before, I couldn't figure out how to do accurate, minuscule reductions of a pill. But thanks to your site, I ordered the Ora-Plus today and I'm ready. God willing. Thank you all!

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Wow, good to hear we can help.

 

How long have you been taking 50mg every day?

 

Did you see the Tips for Tapering Zoloft topic?

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As you know, it's so important to be very prepared and very intentional about doing the w/d. So when I was in the middle of the surprise w/d caused by taking the different generic, I was pretty freaked out. I thought I would need in-patient. So I called around to every detox/rehab clinic in King County (Seattle has lots!)and none recognized the SSRI w/d. Except I spoke to the head nurse at Schick Shadel (she has 30 yrs in the biz) and she (as an individual) gets it-- she understands SSRI w/d. She said Zoloft is like a benzo withdrawal.I've never taken benzos but that is what the Zoloft w/d is like for me--like the harrowing rebound anxiety that a long-time benzo user experiences. So I would be interested in whether anyone has found that taking a benzo during w/d of SSRI is helpful.That's why I mentioned valerian in the other post--I've had good results with valerian for anxiety.But it was a very strong concentrate. From what I've read, Zoloft is more sedating than other SSRIs. It also affects dopamine more. I gather from this site that you're not in favor of the Prozac w/d protocol which some say lessens w/d because of its longer half life.

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Try not to take a benzo for SSRI withdrawal, benzos have their own problems, one of which is rebound anxiety.

 

Slow tapering, if it works for you, is less risky than the Prozac switch, which sometimes does not work.

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I have experience with benzos and antidepressant withdrawal. If I could redo it, I would not have used the benzo.

 

In my case I had taken benzos for years and then stopped using a 12 day detox protocol in an inpatient facility. Firstly, this (12 day detox) didn't have a good result, not at all. However, it wasn't until about 2 years after discontinuing benzos that I decided to taper the other medications I was on (Effexor & Risperdal).

 

I tapered too quickly and developed severe insomnia, anxiety, hypersensitivity, etc. I felt so terrible that my doctor recommended reintroducing a benzo. I found myself back on klonopin and soon dependent on benzos. My attempts to taper/manage the benzos created or influenced terrible health consequences that were, in retrospect, worse than the original insomnia and anxiety.

 

If I had it to do again, I would absolutely have tapered the Effexor much more cautiously. And I would not reintroduced the benzodiazepines. At this point, it is water under the damn... (there's an expression in the neighborhood of what I just wrote) ... really I just wish I had taken the thing slower and kept the additional inputs to the minimum.

 

I agree it is important to think through a tapering strategy and plan for contigencies. I didn't do this -- I didn't know what the heck I was doing. And so I ended up making mistakes and those mistakes live on as regrets.

 

Alex

"Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me.

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now."

- Zimmerman

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I read the thread on using Prozac to w/d from other SSRIs--it makes sense and all the posts are positive--it worked for them-- which makes it really tempting to try, but I'm pretty sure it won't work for me. I tried prozac several years ago, after Zoloft pooped out, and it was way too activating for me. Zoloft is much more sedating that Prozac. My doc said that prozac is too stimulating for many. I'm pretty sure the gross anxiety I experience in Zoloft w/d would b amplified by prozac in my case. The slow taper approach looks like my best bet. I'm an impatient person, but if I'd started the slow taper years ago I'd be better off.Got to start somewhere. Regrets are a waste of time.

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Hi Becca,

 

That is interesting what you say about the generic. The last few years I took Zoloft I sometimes bought a cheaper generic, and noticed it didn't really work well. It's what I was taking when I went cold turkey, and just now I remember thinking that since it wasn't working so well, it was almost like I had tapered (as if the difference with the generic were just potency!). I knew so little about how to taper back then!

 

I sometimes have also wondered if some of what I have gone through with withdrawal was due to the generic.

 

It's also interesting what you say about Zoloft being sedating and the dopamine. The "magic combo" for me was always Zoloft and Wellbutrin. I had a psychiatrist say she was betting on the Wellbutrin doing more for me than the Zoloft. It gets me thinking... I think I liked Zoloft because the extra serotonin would make me feel good. It never lasted for very long, but I guess it was a way of masking my pain and depression, even if it wasn't getting at the root cause. At the time I totally bought into the chemical imbalance thing and was feeling like what I thought normal people felt for the first time in my life! I felt confident and able to handle things and interested and active. In control... no longer destroyed by small things and needy.

 

About two years into taking Zoloft, my horrible psychiatrist at the time upped my dose to 200mg (because I was hospitalized... long story). Really, I was going through a rough time because of certain life events, and instead of recognizing that, she thought I was depressed again and needed more drugs and that my 100 mg wasn't working for me anymore. I got severe headaches and felt awful on the higher dose of Zoloft, so she took me off it and had me try Prozac. It didn't make me feel activated like you say, but it didn't do much for me. Eventually I went back on Zoloft and felt fine again. Then she added Wellbutrin because of sexual side effects. That was the beginning of the merry go round.

 

Looking back I can't believe I asked to be medicated, and then let it get so out of hand!

 

In any case, I'm rambling. I really just wanted to encourage you to go on a very, very gradual and slow taper. I did a several month taper in 2008 and thought I'd be fine but it was not enough. I had such severe anxiety and horribleness that I reinstated. Then stupidly I stopped cold turkey in 2010, also thinking that since I felt OK at first I would be fine. 20 years is a long, long time. Don't get impatient!! And I think it makes sense to taper the Zoloft instead of switching!

'94-'08 On/off ADs. Mostly Zoloft & Wellbutrin, but also Prozac, Celexa, Effexor, etc.
6/08 quit Z & W after tapering, awful anxiety 3 mos. later, reinstated.
11/10 CTed. Severe anxiety 3 mos. later & @ 8 mos. much worse (set off by metronidazole). Anxiety, depression, anhedonia, DP, DR, dizziness, severe insomnia, high serum AM cortisol, flu-like feelings, muscle discomfort.
9/11-9/12 Waves and windows of recovery.
10/12 Awful relapse, DP/DR. Hydrocortisone?
11/12 Improved fairly quickly even though relapse was one of worst waves ever.

1/13 Best I've ever felt.

3/13 A bit of a relapse... then faster and shorter waves and windows.

4/14 Have to watch out for triggers, but feel completely normal about 80% of the time.

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Hi Becca

It sounds like you have great insight into your situation. I was on Zoloft 50mg for years (except it's called sertraline in the UK), I found it extremely hard to get off the liquid wasn't available here, and I didn't have the wonderful information on this site about how to make a suspension or I would have done that. Because of that, I DID do the Prozac switch, it worked out for me, it was a leap of faith that worked. But I have seen many people for whom it's been a disaster they regretted. Personally I wouldn't advise anyone to do it if they have access to liquid zoloft, really it is better the devil you know than the devil you don't. I think you will do fine with your taper.

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http://prozacwithdrawal.blogspot.com/
Original drug was sertraline/Zoloft, switched to Prozac in 2007.
Tapering from 5mls liquid prozac since Feb 2008, got down to 0.85ml 23/09/2012, reinstated back to 1ml(4mg) 07/11/2012, didn't appear to work, upped to 1.05ml 17/11/2012, back down to 1ml 12/12/2012 didn't work, up to 1.30ml 16/3/2013 didn't work, bumped up to 2ml (8mg) 4/4/2013 didn't work, in July 2013 I reinstated Sertraline (Zoloft) 50mg, feeling better now. 

A few months down the line I switched to 5ml liquid Prozac and tapered down to a compromise dose of 3ml liquid Prozac and have stayed there ever since, no withdrawals and no emotional blunting/loss of libido.

 

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Hi Becca.

 

I read the other thread that you are looking for resources in Seattle. Do you think the nurse you mentioned above might have any suggestions? She, at least, acknowledges the problem.

 

It sounds like you have a plan of action. Just throwing that in in case you're still searching.

Pristiq tapered over 8 months ending Spring 2011 after 18 years of polydrugging that began w/Zoloft for fatigue/general malaise (not mood). CURRENT: 1mg Klonopin qhs (SSRI bruxism), 75mg trazodone qhs, various hormonesLitigation for 11 years for Work-related injury, settled 2004. Involuntary medical retirement in 2001 (age 39). 2012 - brain MRI showing diffuse, chronic cerebrovascular damage/demyelination possibly vasculitis/cerebritis. Dx w/autoimmune polyendocrine failure.<p>2013 - Dx w/CNS Sjogren's Lupus (FANA antibodies first appeared in 1997 but missed by doc).

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I sometimes have also wondered if some of what I have gone through with withdrawal was due to the generic.

 

 

Huh. I never thought of this. I too had a terrible reaction the the generic lexapro I took for 14 days last April or so. I reinstated the brand name but perhaps this is a more logical explanation as to why my summer was so much different than pervious ones. Thinking.

 

Welcome Becca. :) The beauty this forum that attracts new people like you .... your experience has sparked a few "Ahas!" for those of us stumbling through our own journey. Thanks for that. I hope this site will assist you in your journey.

Fall 1995 xanax, zoloft. switched to Serzone

1996- spring 2003serzone/ xanax/ lightbox.

b]Fall 2003- Fall 2004? Lexapro 10 mg. Light box /4 mg. xanax.[/b]

2004 - Fall of 2009 10 mg Lex, 150 mg Wellbutrin XL % 4 mg xanax

November 2009- Sept. 2011 10 mg lex., 300 Well. XL, 4 mg Xanax [/b

Sept.2012- July 2012 20 mg Lex 300 Well. XL, 4 mg Xanax

My mantra " go slow & with the flow "

3/2/13.. Began equal dosing 5 Xs /day xanax, while simultaneously incorporating a 2.5 % drop ( from 3.5 mg/day to 3.4 mg/day)

4/6/13 dropped from 300 mg. Wellbutrin XL to 150 mg. Difficult but DONE! Down to 3.3 mg xanax/ day / 6/10/13 3 mg xanax/day; 7/15/2013 2.88mg xanax/day.

10/ 1/2013...... 2.5 mg xanax… ( switched to tablets again) WOO HOO!!!!!! Holding here… cont. with Lexapro.

1/ 2/2014.. tapered to 18mg ( by weight) of a 26 mg ( by weight) pill of 20 mg tab. lexapro. goal is 13mg (by weight OR 10 mg by ingredient content) and STOPPED. Feeling very down with unbalanced, unpredictable WD symptoms.

1/2/2014- ??? Taking a brain-healing break from tapering anything after actively tapering something for 1.5 years. So… daily doses as of 2/2/2014: 18 mg by weight Lex, 150 mg Well. XL, 2.5 mg xanax, down from 26 mg by weight Lex., 300 mg well. XL, 4 mg xanax in August, 2012. I'll take it. :) 5/8/14 started equivalent dose liquid./ tabs. 5/13/14 1.5 % cut.

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I, too, have had issues with different generics of Klonopin and trazodone. The one branded generic of Wellbutrin (Budeprion for bupropion) was recently pulled from market. My husband tried it briefly and immediately noticed a difference. The time release coating was releasing drug too quickly and levels very inconsistent.

Pristiq tapered over 8 months ending Spring 2011 after 18 years of polydrugging that began w/Zoloft for fatigue/general malaise (not mood). CURRENT: 1mg Klonopin qhs (SSRI bruxism), 75mg trazodone qhs, various hormonesLitigation for 11 years for Work-related injury, settled 2004. Involuntary medical retirement in 2001 (age 39). 2012 - brain MRI showing diffuse, chronic cerebrovascular damage/demyelination possibly vasculitis/cerebritis. Dx w/autoimmune polyendocrine failure.<p>2013 - Dx w/CNS Sjogren's Lupus (FANA antibodies first appeared in 1997 but missed by doc).

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speaking of aha! moments: I was reading another thread here. Before reading, it never occurred to me that the tinnitus I developed could be caused by SSRI.

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I too have been on Zoloft now for 15 years and I am only 26. I am down to 100 mg now. I was on 150mg but I am now down to 100 about to go to 75mg.. I also have been off of my valium now for almost 1 year, I was also on it for 15 years. I am doing ok with out it. Just REALLLLLLY HORRIBLE insomnia. My goal is to be drug free...... If you need to talk to anyone Becca feel free to message me.. that goes for anyone on here as well. Well I am off to bed well at least gonna try... Night!

Abby

Been on Zoloft now for 18 years

50mg from ages 12-15

Fast taper at age 15 over 2 weeks to 12.5 mg ( back then withdrawal wasn't well known)

Stabilized at 50 mg for 3-4yrs (19)

Increased to 100mg at some point after 19

By 21 I was on 150mg

Decreased to 100mg around 23

Back up to 150 around 25

Then at 26 years I decreased to 100mg

Age 30 July 30th 2016 dropped to 75mg (current dosage)

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Abby: Thanks for your reply. I get an array of w/d symptoms but by far, the rebound anxiety has been the deal breaker in the past for getting off SSRIs. When I first had it prescribed I was depressed--not anxious. But I remember when it first kicked in (around day 12-14), a feeling of total calm washed over me like I was stoned. Then, over time, that just sort of steady-stated into general zombieness. As the rehab nurse I mentioned earlier said, Z. is more like a benzo than other SSRIs-- so the w/d is similar to a benzo w/d.That fits with my experience of w/d anxiety/insomnia that is beyond belief, and frankly, intolerable. The only suggestion is to taper very slow. (this is unsolicited advice so take this with a grain of salt: reducing 100mg to 75mg is probably too big a step.May want to taper slower. The problem is if you get into trouble with a taper that is too fast, you may give up, like I did. Lots of people on this forum say they did a taper too fast. I wish I'd tapered 100mg to 50 mg. slower years ago. My plan is to taper from 50mg one mg at a time!!

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Ahh... Becca, I'm glad to hear of another person that didn't have anxiety before Zoloft. It seems a lot of people have rebound anxiety that is worse than their original anxiety, but in my case the anxiety is completely new. Well... it's hard to make such an absolute judgment like that. I did get nervous before, and I even talked about feeling some anxiety, but boy, I didn't know what I was talking about (pre-drugs). What I called "anxiety" was me getting really worked up to try to avoid my depression. I would feel myself getting depressed, or having strong emotional reactions, and I had a deep fear of abandonment, and that's what I called anxiety.

 

It had nothing to do with what I feel now with awful insomnia and feeling like someone secretly injected me with massive amounts of cocaine (which I suppose is adrenaline). And how now, if I get nervous about any little thing, it stays turned on and amplifies to nightmarish proportions and takes days, weeks, sometimes months to improve.

 

All the doctors I've seen just assume that it's "regular" anxiety, unrelated to coming off of Zoloft. They get a blank, skeptical look when I tell them I think it's related to quitting Zoloft and/or Wellbutrin. So it helps to get some kind of validation from a story like yours.

 

Anyway, it seems my "recovery" is challenged by life stressors and my menstrual cycle, but I did have a couple of weeks of feeling completely normal in July, so I'm holding onto that as hope for the future.

 

I wish you a speedy recovery!

'94-'08 On/off ADs. Mostly Zoloft & Wellbutrin, but also Prozac, Celexa, Effexor, etc.
6/08 quit Z & W after tapering, awful anxiety 3 mos. later, reinstated.
11/10 CTed. Severe anxiety 3 mos. later & @ 8 mos. much worse (set off by metronidazole). Anxiety, depression, anhedonia, DP, DR, dizziness, severe insomnia, high serum AM cortisol, flu-like feelings, muscle discomfort.
9/11-9/12 Waves and windows of recovery.
10/12 Awful relapse, DP/DR. Hydrocortisone?
11/12 Improved fairly quickly even though relapse was one of worst waves ever.

1/13 Best I've ever felt.

3/13 A bit of a relapse... then faster and shorter waves and windows.

4/14 Have to watch out for triggers, but feel completely normal about 80% of the time.

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Nadia: Yes, the rebound anxiety of Zoloft w/d is like being injected with adrenaline. I relate exactly to how you describe your pre-SSRI anxiety--normal feeling compared to drug-induced massive adrenaline surge caused by w/d. The skepticism of doctors is a big problem for me because one of my core issues is not being believed (related to my childhood experiences). So the official denial of the w/d severity has been really mind boggling for me. We all need to have our existence affirmed. It's so important for us to have a forum like this where we are believed.

 

“It is certain my conviction gains infinitely, the moment another soul will believe in it” (Lord Jim)

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Yes!! I too have trouble with being believed/validated because of childhood issues (that then persisted into adulthood and got compounded). Dialectical Behavioral Training helped me with that a bit, but I'm still learning to validate my own feelings, I still struggle with needing "permission" to feel things. So having doctors deny my experience has been really tough. I am so thankful to this online community for this...

 

It's interesting, because at the same time as I have so much trouble with not being validated on an emotional level, I have also traditionally been very skeptical of "experts"... more so now than ever. I am not a follower, I fact-check everything to the best of my abilities. I get in arguments with lawyers, with accountants, with doctors... I get criticized a lot because those are not my fields. This has served me well, even when I of course make mistakes. But I think questioning everything has done me more good than harm.

 

My mom often says you have to pick a doctor and then trust what he/she says and follow it because he's the expert. No way!, I say... never follow anyone blindly. Look at the mess I'm in now for trusting what doctors said about antidepressants. The doctors said the drugs were safe, and I suspended judgment because for years I had been hoping for something that would make me feel better. My sister had started taking Paxil and it worked for her... I didn't even know that SSRIs existed until then. These new drugs didn't have horrible side effects, they said. So I went to a psychiatrist and ASKED for them! And only three days after initiating Zoloft, I started feeling better than I had my whole life. I felt like the crutches were kicked out from under me... I imagined I was now normal, my hypersensitivity was gone. I was blinded by my desire to be "normal" and didn't apply my critical thinking! I defended the use of ADs to the death! If only the internet existed back then like it does now, perhaps I would have done some research. As it was, I didn't start researching into negative effects until around 2002.

 

Of course, I am completely lost as to a real explanation of what is happening to me now. I know it has to do with a complex mix of the results of having taking ADs for so many years and then quitting, plus probably hormonal changes due to my age, plus my particular original psychological issues and my current life situation. Sometimes, in the depths of despair, I wonder if there is something else going on... if perhaps having had chronic mono is somehow involved as well, if perhaps I've developed other issues that I should keep trying to find. But it is so disheartening that so few people, from experts to close friends and family, take my evaluation of what I'm going through seriously. I'd say 95% of people I talk to about this think it's all in my head. The only thing that gets any acceptance is possible hormonal changes. Everyone believes in those.

 

Anyway, sorry for taking over your thread with this rant!

'94-'08 On/off ADs. Mostly Zoloft & Wellbutrin, but also Prozac, Celexa, Effexor, etc.
6/08 quit Z & W after tapering, awful anxiety 3 mos. later, reinstated.
11/10 CTed. Severe anxiety 3 mos. later & @ 8 mos. much worse (set off by metronidazole). Anxiety, depression, anhedonia, DP, DR, dizziness, severe insomnia, high serum AM cortisol, flu-like feelings, muscle discomfort.
9/11-9/12 Waves and windows of recovery.
10/12 Awful relapse, DP/DR. Hydrocortisone?
11/12 Improved fairly quickly even though relapse was one of worst waves ever.

1/13 Best I've ever felt.

3/13 A bit of a relapse... then faster and shorter waves and windows.

4/14 Have to watch out for triggers, but feel completely normal about 80% of the time.

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When I first had it prescribed I was depressed--not anxious. But I remember when it first kicked in (around day 12-14), a feeling of total calm washed over me like I was stoned. Then, over time, that just sort of steady-stated into general zombieness. As the rehab nurse I mentioned earlier said, Z. is more like a benzo than other SSRIs-- so the w/d is similar to a benzo w/d.That fits with my experience of w/d anxiety/insomnia that is beyond belief, and frankly, intolerable.

 

Add me to the list of those who did not have anxiety prior to taking SS/NRIs. The anxiety/morning panic/insomnia of acute withdrawal was completely foreign to me.

 

I'm curious about the comparison of Zoloft to benzos and also the effect on dopamine. Zoloft caused severe bruxism/TMJ which is, theoretically, a dopamine-related movement disorder.

 

Thanks for sharing your experience.

 

Nadia, your post sparked recollection of challenging college professors regularly - and winning :) I wish I had done same with doctors.

 

B

Pristiq tapered over 8 months ending Spring 2011 after 18 years of polydrugging that began w/Zoloft for fatigue/general malaise (not mood). CURRENT: 1mg Klonopin qhs (SSRI bruxism), 75mg trazodone qhs, various hormonesLitigation for 11 years for Work-related injury, settled 2004. Involuntary medical retirement in 2001 (age 39). 2012 - brain MRI showing diffuse, chronic cerebrovascular damage/demyelination possibly vasculitis/cerebritis. Dx w/autoimmune polyendocrine failure.<p>2013 - Dx w/CNS Sjogren's Lupus (FANA antibodies first appeared in 1997 but missed by doc).

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I can relate to a lot of this thread, I was on Zoloft (although it's called Sertraline in the UK) for several years, now I would say I did have some anxiety pre Zoloft, but, NOTHING like the rebound anxiety coming off it too fast, I had 24/7 adrenaline surges and chronic insomnia, which only ever eased with reinstating the drug. Never heard before about it being close in formulation to benzos before, that's interesting.

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http://prozacwithdrawal.blogspot.com/
Original drug was sertraline/Zoloft, switched to Prozac in 2007.
Tapering from 5mls liquid prozac since Feb 2008, got down to 0.85ml 23/09/2012, reinstated back to 1ml(4mg) 07/11/2012, didn't appear to work, upped to 1.05ml 17/11/2012, back down to 1ml 12/12/2012 didn't work, up to 1.30ml 16/3/2013 didn't work, bumped up to 2ml (8mg) 4/4/2013 didn't work, in July 2013 I reinstated Sertraline (Zoloft) 50mg, feeling better now. 

A few months down the line I switched to 5ml liquid Prozac and tapered down to a compromise dose of 3ml liquid Prozac and have stayed there ever since, no withdrawals and no emotional blunting/loss of libido.

 

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I think the nurse was speaking figuratively about Zoloft being like a benzo. It's not really.

 

I also did not have a lot of anxiety prior to SSRIs.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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Although Zoloft is not good for me now as I have had the poop out effect I suppose well after 15 years I would like to think that's what it is... It did serve its purpose for me... I had SEVERE anxiety before I started Zoloft 15 years ago.. From what I can remember of it. It was absolutely dehibilatating!!! Zoloft brought me out of a VERY dark spot in my life... But it has also put me in an even bigger spot than I ever imagined.. It's like a double edged sword :( but I promise I am gonna come out on top in the end even if it takes 5 years .... I WILL BE DRUG FREE!!!

Been on Zoloft now for 18 years

50mg from ages 12-15

Fast taper at age 15 over 2 weeks to 12.5 mg ( back then withdrawal wasn't well known)

Stabilized at 50 mg for 3-4yrs (19)

Increased to 100mg at some point after 19

By 21 I was on 150mg

Decreased to 100mg around 23

Back up to 150 around 25

Then at 26 years I decreased to 100mg

Age 30 July 30th 2016 dropped to 75mg (current dosage)

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