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Hi all. Just checking in to say hi and see how you are. I'm still doing well. Have had a couple of wobbles but nothing compared to the start of this year!!


50mg daily Zoloft (Sertraline) since March 2011 (For Panic Attacks/Anxiety)
25mg since Nov 2014
0mg since 21st Jan 2015 
Thurs 29th jan; took a one-off dose 20mg fluoxetine in an effort to get rid of withdrawal side effects
Sat 31st jan; in desperation took one off dose 50mg sertraline. Got very anxious and spiraled, so was given 5mg Valium to take every four hours for the weekend until psych appt mon
Mon 2nd feb; psych told me to take 75mg venlafaxine and 1mg lorazepam three times a day
Tuesday 3rd feb; took 12.5mg sertraline and 1mg lorazepam but couldn't take it the full day as instructed by doc.
Plan to follow advice from here and take 12.5mg sertraline daily. I also take b vitamin complex and omega fish oils daily (stopped fish oils and b vits 4th feb as advised. Continuing with 12.5mg sertraline)

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Yay yay, Zoloft!!!!!


January 2012 - Prescribed 900mg gabapentin and 30mg Norco for lower lumber spinal stenosis pain.

September 2013 - Spinal fusion surgery, 6 levels. Hospital ramped up meds 1500mg gabapentin, 100mg Norco, 80mg Oxycontin, 25mg Fentanyl patch.

January 2014 - Sever nausea daily and with back pain every 4 hours. 2 trips to ER. First endoscopy found ulcer. Treated with Sucralfate and PPI. Second endo in May found no ulcers. Doctors said it was the opiates causing the nausea. CT'd Oxycontin, Fentanyl patch.

July 2014 - Lost 48 lbs. due to not eating because of severe nausea. GP prescribed Prozac 20mg and Ativan 2mg prn. Tried for 4 days, quit. Two week followup GP said keep taking Prozac. 4 days, quit again. Ativan taken rarely prn for anxiety and appetite.

August 2014 - Went to detox. Off opiates. Still nauseous, helmet head, drugged feeling. Doctor CT'd gabapentin. Ended up in ER. Found 2 gallstones. Gabapentin reinstated at 900mg. Tried botched up and down taper to get off Gabapentin. No tapering advice from doctor. Said to just CT again.

September 2014 - Coded on table during gallbladder surgery. Developed liver biloma due to CPR by doctor. Had bile bulb inserted for 2 wks to drain.

October 2014 - Gallbladder removed. Still nauseous, 3am cortisol surging, drugged helmet head, vertigo, breathlessness, whooshing head, heart palps.

November 8th, 2014 - CT'd gabapentin suggested by family and 4 different doctors. Was told no withdrawal is associated with gabapentin. Have been in hell ever since. No windows, just one big tsunami every day with same symptoms for 4 months.

December 26, 2014 - Found SA. At least I know I'm not insane. My family thinks I'm doing this to myself. Akathesia has become unbearable.

March 10, 2015 - In absolute daily hell with no relief. Currently taking magnesium 200mg before bedtime.

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Morning!!!! I have just spend the morning reading through my thread. I can’t believe it was five years ago since I went through all that. 

I now have a one year old son (I wanted to come off the meds back then as I had gotten engaged and knew we wanted to start a family after we were married). Interestingly the first trimester of my pregnancy was hell because of the HCG hormone which sent my anxiety in to freefall. But like a light switch, shortly after I moved in to the second trimester it all went away. Hormones aren’t my friend when it comes to anxiety. I also had a panic attack at my sons first birthday (arranging everything, not sleeping as worrying and thinking at night); just standard me stuff really. BUT I am honestly much less anxious than I was when I had the withdrawal; that was a totally different feeling to my initial anxiety and panic attacks which caused me to go on Zoloft and to the anxiety I sometimes deal with now. 

I realise I am an anxious person who likes to be in control and thinks ahead to overcome possible issues and this has served me very well in my job managing projects! But not so well in my personal life worrying about things unnecessarily and kick starting my under developed “fight or flight” which hasn’t quite evolved for modern day living where we are constantly on the go and doing a hundred things at once. My body can’t decifer between real threats and my perceived ones in my thoughts... which is fair enough. 

So I continue to work on living in the moment for the most part and when I feel anxious I manage it much more easily with the skills learned over the years form therapy and reading books. I do worry about getting pregnant again (which I would love) because of the twelve weeks of anxiety but it is worth that short period to have such a long period with a lovely little being I created. 

I still think when I first started having panic attacks and anxiety nearly a decade ago, that medicine should not have been the go to; I should have been given the chance to try other therapies first but I’m not angry anymore about that. I am also so so pleased to be seeing more news stories about doctors realising about SSRI withdrawal which is a very very big step to helping a lot of people hopefully. 

 

Wishing everyone all the best on this site. I hope sharing my story may help in some or any way!!!! Hope 2019 is the year you find your way out whatever rabbit hole you may be in. 


50mg daily Zoloft (Sertraline) since March 2011 (For Panic Attacks/Anxiety)
25mg since Nov 2014
0mg since 21st Jan 2015 
Thurs 29th jan; took a one-off dose 20mg fluoxetine in an effort to get rid of withdrawal side effects
Sat 31st jan; in desperation took one off dose 50mg sertraline. Got very anxious and spiraled, so was given 5mg Valium to take every four hours for the weekend until psych appt mon
Mon 2nd feb; psych told me to take 75mg venlafaxine and 1mg lorazepam three times a day
Tuesday 3rd feb; took 12.5mg sertraline and 1mg lorazepam but couldn't take it the full day as instructed by doc.
Plan to follow advice from here and take 12.5mg sertraline daily. I also take b vitamin complex and omega fish oils daily (stopped fish oils and b vits 4th feb as advised. Continuing with 12.5mg sertraline)

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Altostrata

Thanks for that good news, 302. You've been off 5 years with no problems, while producing a new little citizen? Congratulations!

 

Please sum up what you've learned about tapering and recovery in a new Success Story topic here.


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Carmie

Congratulations 302zoloft, 

 

That’s wonderful news💚


Been on antipsychotics, benzos, antidepressants and painkillers for chronic pain. 

Have been cold turkeyed and put on and off all sorts of things.  Was suicidal n ended up in a psych ward because I had akathisia from withdrawals. I can’t remember what I was put on but when I was released was in the same predicament with severe akathisia n was suicidal again.

Back to the psych ward and I was given a number of different drugs while there. Tapered off one when I got home n have been trying to taper off Seroquel since. It’s been years, tapering slowly but still having severe withdrawals.

I’ve  tapered from 300mg of Seroquel to 7.5mg./ March 10th 2019=7.25mg / 17th of April 2019= 7mg / June 5th=6.75mg/ July 14th=6.50mg/ 28th of August=6.25mg/ 10th of Oct= 6.20mg/ 21st October 6mg/ 16th of December 5.80mg/21st of January 5.60mg/

 

I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. These are my own views based on what I’ve experienced myself.

 

 

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On 1/10/2019 at 11:44 AM, 302zoloft said:

Morning!!!! I have just spend the morning reading through my thread. I can’t believe it was five years ago since I went through all that. 

I now have a one year old son (I wanted to come off the meds back then as I had gotten engaged and knew we wanted to start a family after we were married). Interestingly the first trimester of my pregnancy was hell because of the HCG hormone which sent my anxiety in to freefall. But like a light switch, shortly after I moved in to the second trimester it all went away. Hormones aren’t my friend when it comes to anxiety. I also had a panic attack at my sons first birthday (arranging everything, not sleeping as worrying and thinking at night); just standard me stuff really. BUT I am honestly much less anxious than I was when I had the withdrawal; that was a totally different feeling to my initial anxiety and panic attacks which caused me to go on Zoloft and to the anxiety I sometimes deal with now. 

I realise I am an anxious person who likes to be in control and thinks ahead to overcome possible issues and this has served me very well in my job managing projects! But not so well in my personal life worrying about things unnecessarily and kick starting my under developed “fight or flight” which hasn’t quite evolved for modern day living where we are constantly on the go and doing a hundred things at once. My body can’t decifer between real threats and my perceived ones in my thoughts... which is fair enough. 

So I continue to work on living in the moment for the most part and when I feel anxious I manage it much more easily with the skills learned over the years form therapy and reading books. I do worry about getting pregnant again (which I would love) because of the twelve weeks of anxiety but it is worth that short period to have such a long period with a lovely little being I created. 

I still think when I first started having panic attacks and anxiety nearly a decade ago, that medicine should not have been the go to; I should have been given the chance to try other therapies first but I’m not angry anymore about that. I am also so so pleased to be seeing more news stories about doctors realising about SSRI withdrawal which is a very very big step to helping a lot of people hopefully. 

 

Wishing everyone all the best on this site. I hope sharing my story may help in some or any way!!!! Hope 2019 is the year you find your way out whatever rabbit hole you may be in. 

Wow, please tell me more about pregnancy! 

I was just pregnant for 10 weeks. unfortunately had a miscarriage :( But now I'm kind of scared about pregnancy, because it made me very depressed, especially at the beginning. I think my brain does not handle hormones well at all. I'm very encouraged to hear that you also had a rough time in first trimester, but it got better. 

How about post partum for you? Did you have problems after your baby was born?

Congratulations by the way - on being drug free and on making a brand new human being! :) 


in 2002- 0,5 tablet cipramil for half a year, ended it uneventfully. in 2006 - citalopram for half a year, ended in horrific state, ditched the drugs CT. 2007-2008 not feeling well but drug free. in 2008 prozac 20mg + quetiapine 25mg. 2009 tried to stop, ended up in hole after couple of months, started zoloft. 2009-2011 zoloft 50mg. went to 25mg in 2011 summer, it resulted in half a year horrible suffering. reinstated, changed drugs, nothing happened. by 2012 beginning suddenly felt great and CT meds. after 4 months came suddenly most horrible human suffering that's possible. was started on prozac and questiapine. started tapering slowly, GFCF diet and Hardy Nutritionals vitamins in 2013 summer. 

current medications: 1) fluoxetine and quetiapine since Aug 2012; 2) Daily Essential Nutrients by Hardy Nutritionals 7 capsules / since May 2013 + omega3; 3) Gluten-free-casein-free diet since june 2013

 

Started withdrawing slowly since april 2013. Mostly around 10% cuts. 

April'13 - March'14: fluoxetine 40mg -> 19,5mg; quetiapine 50mg -> 40mg
April'14-March'15: fluoxetine 19,5mg -> 14,4mg; quetiapine 40mg -> 22mg

April'15-March'16: fluoxetine 14,4mg -> 7,4mg; quetiapine 22mg -> 15mg

April'16-March'17: fluoxetine 7,4mg -> 5,0mg; quetiapine 15mg -> 7,25mg

April'17-March'18: fluoxetine 5,0mg -> 4,0mg; quetiapine 7,25mg -> 0 (as of 1st Feb 2018)!!!!

April´18-March´19: fluoxetine 4,0mg - > 2,3mg

Finished my taper on 23 July 2019!!!!!! ZERO drugs in my system!!! jumped off from 1,4mg fluoxetine which was unfortunately too high jump-off point for me. suffering severe withdrawal since. delayed onset came 4 months after jumping.

 

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302zoloft

Introduction for the second time

 

I’ve been here before. About six of seven years ago after being on Zoloft for years and struggling withdrawing, but I did and have been drug free since. 
mum pregnant and was prescribed many anti emetics after losing a lot of weight being sick for weeks. The one which worked for me was prochloperazine (stemetil). 5mg three times a day. Well I’m twenty two weeks now and feel ready to stop taking them so I did, as advised by my doctor. Massive crash, vomiting, racing disjointed thoughts, low low mood, jaw tightening....so I halved it but same happened. Then I tried reducing one dose by half but same thing happened. So I found out this is also used as an antipsychotic and maybe on my anxious brain it’s doing things aside from just stopping my pregnancy nausea and vomiting. And the doctors of course don’t buy it qnd tell me to just come off. So I find myself back here trawling the search for anyone else who has been able to come off it. I’ve only been on it for about ten weeks. How is this possible? Didn’t sleep lastnight as freaking out I am stuck on a drug again after the hell of getting off sertraline!!!!! 
I have a gp consultation on Monday and am going to propose they prescribe the liquid form so I can reduce 1mg at a time for a week. Any suggestions? 

 

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50mg daily Zoloft (Sertraline) since March 2011 (For Panic Attacks/Anxiety)
25mg since Nov 2014
0mg since 21st Jan 2015 
Thurs 29th jan; took a one-off dose 20mg fluoxetine in an effort to get rid of withdrawal side effects
Sat 31st jan; in desperation took one off dose 50mg sertraline. Got very anxious and spiraled, so was given 5mg Valium to take every four hours for the weekend until psych appt mon
Mon 2nd feb; psych told me to take 75mg venlafaxine and 1mg lorazepam three times a day
Tuesday 3rd feb; took 12.5mg sertraline and 1mg lorazepam but couldn't take it the full day as instructed by doc.
Plan to follow advice from here and take 12.5mg sertraline daily. I also take b vitamin complex and omega fish oils daily (stopped fish oils and b vits 4th feb as advised. Continuing with 12.5mg sertraline)

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23 minutes ago, 302zoloft said:

I’ve only been on it for about ten weeks. How is this possible?

 

From https://www.drugs.com/mtm/prochlorperazine-oral-injection.html

 

Prochlorperazine is a phenothiazine (FEEN-oh-THYE-a-zeen) antipsychotic medicine

 

It can take as little as 4 weeks for the brain to fully adapt to a psychiatric drug.  That being the case, you will probably need to taper it just like any other psychiatric drugs.  However, you might be able to go a bit faster.  You will need to listen to your body/symptoms and taper accordingly.

 


Being very patient.  I'll get there - slowly.  ETA mid 2021

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft/sertraline; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)

Began tapering Oct 2015  Current from 17 Oct 2020:  Pristiq 0.56 mg (compounded + liquid)

My tapering program

My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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Altostrata

Hello, @302zoloft

 

If prochloperazine comes in liquid form, gettng the liquid is the easiest way to taper it. Be sure to tell the consultant the difficulties you've been having going off it.

 

Reducing each dose by 0.5mg every week might work, until you get down to 5mg total per day, then you're want to reduce slower. Please let us know how you're doing.


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

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