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Hi all. I am new here...found this site through Benzo Buddies. I am on Zoloft for the second time, and while it has only been for a short time, I seem to be very sensitive to drugs of all types. I would love to be off now, but know I need to taper.

 

History:

2013: Put on Zoloft (100mg) for extreme, sudden postpartum insomnia. Took Ativan, then Traz for sleep for 6 weeks. Weaned off Zoloft after 4 months. I had no trouble at all while tapering, but one week off, my insomnia returned. I dealt with it on and off for 5 months after tapering. I took Ativan off and on during that time. So, drug free as of Oct. 2013.

 

2015: Had another episode of the same insomnia, I think due to high stress and a near death experience with my child. I was very hesitant to get back on Zoloft, thinking it would be a short lived experience. Whoa, was I wrong. I started the battle of my life.... I took Ativan at varying doses (.5mg-2.5mg/night) and it did help me sleep...some. After a week and a half, I began experiencing daytime anxiety. I was unable to take care of my kids. I could hardly take care of myself. Panic would overtake me throughout the day and night. My muscles ached. I was nauseated. I couldn't be alone. After three weeks, I decided I needed to get on Zoloft because I obviously wasn't getting better, only worse. Started at 50mg and updosed slowly to 100mg. I also added Trazodone again to get off of the Ativan (I knew it was addicting...I had no idea it could CAUSE so many of the symptoms I was having). When I ran out of Ativan, my doc insisted on giving me Xanax instead. That's when "Hell Week" began. I slept only in small spurts. I panicked often. I cried all the time. This was all so unlike me...a typically easy going, happy person. By the end of the week, I began thinking about how wonderful it would be for my life to end. Wow. Never in my life have these thoughts crossed my mind. Something is WRONG!

 

My doc finally agreed to let me go back on Ativan , which I took solid for several more weeks and I was able to taper. I tapered over 5 weeks and as of last week, I'm free of benzos!! My symptoms still include brain fog, blurry vision, with an occasional bout of anxiety....so not so bad. BUT....

 

I'm still on Zoloft and Traz and I want to be done. Which is why I'm here. :) So, my questions:

 

I need to only taper one at a time, right? Trazodone first is my thought.

Should I follow the 10% rule since I've only been on a total of 2 months or could I go more quickly?

Do you think my 5 months of post Zoloft insomnia in 2013 could have been w/d after only taking it for 4 months? Or maybe it was my benzo use off/on during that time?

 

I want to be off of everything, but I fear insomnia. I am the kind of person that NEEDS a lot of sleep to function well...like 8-9 hours. Any thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks for reading my lengthy detailed post.

Feb-May 2013 Took Setraline (Zoloft) 100mg for extreme postpartum insomnia. Also took Ativan (2mg-2 weeks) and Trazodone (50 mg- 1 month) for sleep. Tapered Traz, then Zoloft.

 

June-Sept 2013 Took Ativan (.5mg off and on) for rebound insomnia after stopping all daily meds.

 

Feb-March 2015 Second episode of extreme, sudden insomnia. Self-medicated with Ativan in order to sleep (.5mg-2.5mg). Started Zoloft (100mg) and Traz (100mg) again Mar 15. Spent one hellish week on Xanax.

 

Took last dose of Zoloft on Aug 3rd 2015 and holding on Traz (50mg). Planning to taper Traz after a while when Zoloft has had time to clear out.

 

 

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Hi and welcome to SA.  I'm sorry to see that you had a bad experience with your little one that led you back to being prescribed drugs again.  

 

You had a lot of changes and several drugs in a short space of time and your body needs to stabilise again. I'll try and answer your questions for you.

 

I need to only taper one at a time, right? Trazodone first is my thought.

Yes you need to taper one at a time to get off successfully and safely. Zoloft is an ssri and the most activating, you have been on it for the least time so think I would taper that first as SSRIs can cause insomnia and that is what you want to avoid at all cost. Trazodone was given to help sleep and ifit does help then it would be best to taper that after the zoloft.   http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1441-tips-for-tapering-off-zoloft-sertraline/

 

Should I follow the 10% rule since I've only been on a total of 2 months or could I go more quickly?

 

You've been through a lot and sounds like tapering zoloft too fast resulted in the insomnia before so I would taper by the 10% per month that we recommend. 

 

Do you think my 5 months of post Zoloft insomnia in 2013 could have been w/d after only taking it for 4 months? Or maybe it was my benzo use off/on during that time?  Yes I do think it is likely the zoloft withdrawal caused the insomnia and you are probably right thinking the benzo contributed also. 

 

It will take time for your brain and nervous system to heal and get back to their pre drug state by tapering slowly and carefully, it takes patience but is worth it, however I would wait to stabilise from the benzo withdrawal before starting to taper. Take a good look around the site, read the tapering topics to be prepared. 

 

It would help us if you can put your drug history in your signature strip, we ask all members to do that so we can see at a glance the history without having to scroll back through the thread to find the info. You can find how to do that here.... http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/893-please-put-your-withdrawal-history-in-your-signature/

**I am not a medical professional, if in doubt please consult a doctor with withdrawal knowledge.

 

 

Different drugs occasionally (mostly benzos) 1976 - 1981 (no problem)

1993 - 2002 in and out of hospital. every type of drug + ECT. Staring with seroxat

2002  effexor. 

Tapered  March 2012 to March 2013, ending with 5 beads.

Withdrawal April 2013 . Reinstated 5 beads reduced to 4 beads May 2013

Restarted taper  Nov 2013  

OFF EFFEXOR Feb 2015    :D 

Tapered atenolol and omeprazole Dec 2013 - May 2014

 

Tapering tramadol, Feb 2015 100mg , March 2015 50mg  

 July 2017 30mg.  May 15 2018 25mg

Taking fish oil, magnesium, B12, folic acid, bilberry eyebright for eye pressure. 

 

My story http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/4199-hello-mammap-checking-in/page-33

 

Lesson learned, slow down taper at lower doses. Taper no more than 10% of CURRENT dose if possible

 

 

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SSRIs such as Zoloft are notorious for causing severe waves of insomnia and non-restorative sleep.

 

After stopping/tapering off SSRIs, many report waves of insomnia as the body adjusts back to normal sleep patterns.

 

After my Lexapro WD insomnia wave, my sleep was restored back to normal, and I sleep better now than during all my years on Lexapro (see my signature below).

Hell hath no fury as an SSRI scorned.....

 

Prozac:   20 mg 1996 – May 2003 CT to 0 mg; by Aug 03 CRASH then protracted WD 3 yrs

Zoloft:    2004 few weeks;, CT to 0 mg

Effexor:  2005 few months CT to 0 mg; bad withdrawal. 

Lexapro:  10 mg from 2009 – 2011; cut dose in half to:

Lexapro:    5 mg from 2011 – Feb. 2014; CT to 0 mg; 2 months of fatigue, followed by:
Aug - Oct 2014 Lexapro WD Insomnia Wave; sleeping very good from Nov 2014 - Nov 2015; broken sleep pattern Dec 2015 - Jan 2016

Dec 2014 - present: Brutal Lexapro WD ear ringing/head ringing/head pressure lasting for 14 months now.

 

24 months SSRI-free  

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Welcome, Seekinghealth.

 

It seems you are still suffering withdrawal symptoms from going off Ativan. This means your nervous system has been destabilized. Further drug changes will most likely make this worse.

 

Probably holding steady on your current cocktail until your nervous system settles down would be the wisest thing to do.

 

What is your daily symptom pattern? Please keep notes on paper throughout the day. This will help figuring out whether any of your drugs are causing adverse effects themselves, and can indicate which to reduce first.

 

Are you taking any other drugs? If so, please put ALL the drugs you take in the Drug Interactions Checker http://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.html and post the results in this topic.

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Thanks for the replies. So, the drug interaction checker told me that Zoloft and Traz together are dangerous b/c of the possibility of serotonin syndrome, which I knew about, but didn't really think about.

 

It does seem to make more sense for me to taper the Zoloft first, then the Trazodone, since my biggest problem is sleep (my ONLY problem until I started taking these drugs!!). But, I'm having pretty severe blurred vision. My Traz rx lists blurred vision as a main side effect. I also see blurred vision listed as a side effect of serotonin syndrome. Which one is more likely?

 

So, I'm leaning toward tapering the Traz first to see if it helps my vision, and b/c I tapered Traz first two years ago. Didn't have the blurred vision last time. EVERYTHING is worse this time. Not sure what to do????

Feb-May 2013 Took Setraline (Zoloft) 100mg for extreme postpartum insomnia. Also took Ativan (2mg-2 weeks) and Trazodone (50 mg- 1 month) for sleep. Tapered Traz, then Zoloft.

 

June-Sept 2013 Took Ativan (.5mg off and on) for rebound insomnia after stopping all daily meds.

 

Feb-March 2015 Second episode of extreme, sudden insomnia. Self-medicated with Ativan in order to sleep (.5mg-2.5mg). Started Zoloft (100mg) and Traz (100mg) again Mar 15. Spent one hellish week on Xanax.

 

Took last dose of Zoloft on Aug 3rd 2015 and holding on Traz (50mg). Planning to taper Traz after a while when Zoloft has had time to clear out.

 

 

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There's no way to tell where the blurred vision comes from. It could be benzo withdrawal. It could be interaction between Zoloft and trazodone.

 

What is your daily symptom pattern? Please keep notes on paper throughout the day. This will help figuring out whether any of your drugs are causing adverse effects themselves, and can indicate which to reduce first.

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

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Hi. I am currently tapering Zoloft, down to 3.125 mg. I am doing a quicker taper than recommended on here because I was only on Zoloft (this time) for several months. I am going down every 1-2 weeks, started with 50 mg (I came down from 100 to 50 even slower and a while back). Anyway, I've felt fine, except for a few episodes of insomnia, which was the reason I took the stuff in the first place. But for the past few days, I've had periods of feeling really down mixed with periods of anxiety. This is totally normal while tapering, right? I'm so mixed up with all of this. I probably had times in my life off and on when I felt like this, on no meds at all. Now I second guess everything and question my own brain, even though it worked fine for over 30 years until my insomnia issues started.

 

Just looking for reassurance. Thanks.

Feb-May 2013 Took Setraline (Zoloft) 100mg for extreme postpartum insomnia. Also took Ativan (2mg-2 weeks) and Trazodone (50 mg- 1 month) for sleep. Tapered Traz, then Zoloft.

 

June-Sept 2013 Took Ativan (.5mg off and on) for rebound insomnia after stopping all daily meds.

 

Feb-March 2015 Second episode of extreme, sudden insomnia. Self-medicated with Ativan in order to sleep (.5mg-2.5mg). Started Zoloft (100mg) and Traz (100mg) again Mar 15. Spent one hellish week on Xanax.

 

Took last dose of Zoloft on Aug 3rd 2015 and holding on Traz (50mg). Planning to taper Traz after a while when Zoloft has had time to clear out.

 

 

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Hi seeking,

I moved the topic you started in the symptoms forum to your introduction thread here because it was related to your own situation specifically. Please use this thread to track progress, write about symptoms, ask questions and communicate with the community, add to it whenever you want.

 

It sounds like you may have been tapering too fast. We suggest reducing by no more than 10% of the current dose every 4 weeks, this reduces the risk of withdrawal symptoms arising. Please read through this which will explain why:

  

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

Its important to taper slowly as the dose gets lower. What we recommend is a taper that's based on a percentage of your current dose not of your original dose. This paper will show you why: http://survivinganti...concentration/ 

(Check out the charts on page 4 and see how the receptor occupancy drops much more sharply at lower doses.)

 

It seems you are still suffering withdrawal symptoms from going off Ativan. This means your nervous system has been destabilized. Further drug changes will most likely make this worse.

 

Probably holding steady on your current cocktail until your nervous system settles down would be the wisest thing to do.

 

 

Did you hold for a while before starting your Zoloft taper, as Alto suggested?

 

I think you need to hold for a while until your symptoms settle down again, symptoms are a sign from your nervous system that you are going too fast.  See:  The rule of 3KIS: Keep it simple. Keep it slow. Keep it stable.

 

Petunia.

I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

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Full Drug and Withdrawal History

Brief Summary

Several SSRIs for 13 years starting 1997 (for mild to moderate partly situational anxiety) Xanax PRN ~ Various other drugs over the years for side effects

2 month 'taper' off Lexapro 2010

Short acute withdrawal, followed by 2 -3 months of improvement then delayed protracted withdrawal

DX ADHD followed by several years of stimulants and other drugs trying to manage increasing symptoms

Failed reinstatement of Lexapro and trial of Prozac (became suicidal)

May 2013 Found SA, learned about withdrawal, stopped taking drugs...healing begins.

Protracted withdrawal, with a very sensitized nervous system, slowly recovering as time passes

Supplements which have helped: Vitamin C, Magnesium, Taurine

Bad reactions: Many supplements but mostly fish oil and Vitamin D

June 2016 - Started daily juicing, mostly vegetables and lots of greens.

Aug 2016 - Oct 2016 Best window ever, felt almost completely recovered

Oct 2016 -Symptoms returned - bad days and less bad days.

April 2018 - No windows, but significant improvement, it feels like permanent full recovery is close.

VIDEO: Where did the chemical imbalance theory come from?



VIDEO: How are psychiatric diagnoses made?



VIDEO: Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?



VIDEO: Can psychiatric drugs cause long-lasting negative effects?

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Thanks Petunia,

Yes, I did hold for a while after my Ativan taper. I waited until I was feeling normal again for a while. I agree that I probably am moving too fast. I'll hold where I am for a while and see how I do.

 

My symptoms are so random so it's hard to know when I'm feeling normal again. As soon as I think I'm back to normal, I'll get a wave. But I guess that's normal, right? I'm thankful for random symptoms vs. all the time symptoms now.

 

Thanks for the reply. :)

Feb-May 2013 Took Setraline (Zoloft) 100mg for extreme postpartum insomnia. Also took Ativan (2mg-2 weeks) and Trazodone (50 mg- 1 month) for sleep. Tapered Traz, then Zoloft.

 

June-Sept 2013 Took Ativan (.5mg off and on) for rebound insomnia after stopping all daily meds.

 

Feb-March 2015 Second episode of extreme, sudden insomnia. Self-medicated with Ativan in order to sleep (.5mg-2.5mg). Started Zoloft (100mg) and Traz (100mg) again Mar 15. Spent one hellish week on Xanax.

 

Took last dose of Zoloft on Aug 3rd 2015 and holding on Traz (50mg). Planning to taper Traz after a while when Zoloft has had time to clear out.

 

 

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seeking, I agree with Petunia. Your best bet is to hold on tapering for now to let your system settle down. The random waves of symptoms are warning signs that you've gone too fast.

 

After you stabilize, if I were you, I'd taper by no more than 10% per month, calculated on the last dosage (the amounts of the decreases keep getting smaller). Your nervous system is the final arbiter of how fast you can taper.

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Am I having brain zaps?....

 

I read a bunch on here about brain zaps and how they are electric-shock like episodes in the brain. I have had two episodes in the past several days where I guess it feels like I've been shocked (once on each side of my head at the temple), it's followed by localized pain...pretty intense. They last for a while, too, several minutes. The best way I can describe it is as if someone shot some type of acid into my brain and let it sit there, burning my brain on the one spot for a while. The first was in the evening while I was up and about. The second happened just after I had fallen asleep several days later. Both were quite frightening, especially since they lasted for a bit.

 

Does that sound like "normal" brain zaps?

Feb-May 2013 Took Setraline (Zoloft) 100mg for extreme postpartum insomnia. Also took Ativan (2mg-2 weeks) and Trazodone (50 mg- 1 month) for sleep. Tapered Traz, then Zoloft.

 

June-Sept 2013 Took Ativan (.5mg off and on) for rebound insomnia after stopping all daily meds.

 

Feb-March 2015 Second episode of extreme, sudden insomnia. Self-medicated with Ativan in order to sleep (.5mg-2.5mg). Started Zoloft (100mg) and Traz (100mg) again Mar 15. Spent one hellish week on Xanax.

 

Took last dose of Zoloft on Aug 3rd 2015 and holding on Traz (50mg). Planning to taper Traz after a while when Zoloft has had time to clear out.

 

 

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No, it doesn't sound like a "normal zap".  But it does sound like a sensation that others have reported, frequently an intense burning around the temples.  I have gotten something similar, which to me feels like ice tongs being driven into my temples.  Lasts for a while then goes away.  A "normal zap" feels like an electric shock running back to front or side to side through the middle of the brain.  It happens very quickly usually less than a second and in relatively painless.  Mine usually have an electric crackling or zapping sound along with them.  Some people see colored lights.  No one really knows what they are, but they usually happen when people drop too fast or to big, and can be triggered by side to side head movements.  They are really scary the first few times, but are harmless.

20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Final Dose 0.016mg.     Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017

 

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It looks to me that you went off Zoloft entirely on August 3.

 

What other withdrawal symptoms do you have?

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Thankfully that's the only symptom I'm having right now, other than very occasional minor issues with sleep and exacerbated emotional PMS symptoms. I really am doing well right now other than the couple of crazy head episodes.

 

I'm planning to start a 10% taper of Traz soon, but want to give my body a little longer off of the Zoloft to adjust. It's frustrating with the multi drug thing, knowing WD can happen months later. Hard to tell what's causing symptoms. The brain pain scared me, though. Can't wait to be clear of these, but I know I need to go slowly.

Feb-May 2013 Took Setraline (Zoloft) 100mg for extreme postpartum insomnia. Also took Ativan (2mg-2 weeks) and Trazodone (50 mg- 1 month) for sleep. Tapered Traz, then Zoloft.

 

June-Sept 2013 Took Ativan (.5mg off and on) for rebound insomnia after stopping all daily meds.

 

Feb-March 2015 Second episode of extreme, sudden insomnia. Self-medicated with Ativan in order to sleep (.5mg-2.5mg). Started Zoloft (100mg) and Traz (100mg) again Mar 15. Spent one hellish week on Xanax.

 

Took last dose of Zoloft on Aug 3rd 2015 and holding on Traz (50mg). Planning to taper Traz after a while when Zoloft has had time to clear out.

 

 

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It might be a good idea for you to take fish oil -- it can help with brain zaps -- and magnesium supplements, see
http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/36-king-of-supplements-omega-3-fatty-acids-fish-oil/
http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1300-magnesium-natures-calcium-channel-blocker/

 

Please let us know how you're doing.

 

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Update: I'm almost one month off of Zoloft and holding at 50mg/night of Traz. I've had a week of mild anxiety and insomnia. I am experiencing big life changes and stressors, though. We are moving and in between houses.

 

I can imagine that wd is heightened by stress for most people, right? I'm wondering if this is Zoloft wd or if I'm starting to experience side effects from the Trazodone?

 

Does anyone have an experience with Trazodone working with few side effects for a while, then having side fx pop up after a while?

Feb-May 2013 Took Setraline (Zoloft) 100mg for extreme postpartum insomnia. Also took Ativan (2mg-2 weeks) and Trazodone (50 mg- 1 month) for sleep. Tapered Traz, then Zoloft.

 

June-Sept 2013 Took Ativan (.5mg off and on) for rebound insomnia after stopping all daily meds.

 

Feb-March 2015 Second episode of extreme, sudden insomnia. Self-medicated with Ativan in order to sleep (.5mg-2.5mg). Started Zoloft (100mg) and Traz (100mg) again Mar 15. Spent one hellish week on Xanax.

 

Took last dose of Zoloft on Aug 3rd 2015 and holding on Traz (50mg). Planning to taper Traz after a while when Zoloft has had time to clear out.

 

 

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Oh, and I haven't had any more of those weird burning episodes in my temples. :)

Feb-May 2013 Took Setraline (Zoloft) 100mg for extreme postpartum insomnia. Also took Ativan (2mg-2 weeks) and Trazodone (50 mg- 1 month) for sleep. Tapered Traz, then Zoloft.

 

June-Sept 2013 Took Ativan (.5mg off and on) for rebound insomnia after stopping all daily meds.

 

Feb-March 2015 Second episode of extreme, sudden insomnia. Self-medicated with Ativan in order to sleep (.5mg-2.5mg). Started Zoloft (100mg) and Traz (100mg) again Mar 15. Spent one hellish week on Xanax.

 

Took last dose of Zoloft on Aug 3rd 2015 and holding on Traz (50mg). Planning to taper Traz after a while when Zoloft has had time to clear out.

 

 

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Yes, stress can aggravate withdrawal symptoms or bring on new symptoms.

 

Did you add any other drug recently? If so, please put ALL the drugs you take in the Drug Interactions Checker http://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.html and copy and paste the results in this topic.

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No, I haven't added any new drugs. I've been taking Trazodone since Feb. I need to clarify that in my signature line. I am anxious to begin tapering, but only being off Zoloft for one month and going through some stressful life changes right now, I'm holding off for a bit. taking 50mg nightly. 

Feb-May 2013 Took Setraline (Zoloft) 100mg for extreme postpartum insomnia. Also took Ativan (2mg-2 weeks) and Trazodone (50 mg- 1 month) for sleep. Tapered Traz, then Zoloft.

 

June-Sept 2013 Took Ativan (.5mg off and on) for rebound insomnia after stopping all daily meds.

 

Feb-March 2015 Second episode of extreme, sudden insomnia. Self-medicated with Ativan in order to sleep (.5mg-2.5mg). Started Zoloft (100mg) and Traz (100mg) again Mar 15. Spent one hellish week on Xanax.

 

Took last dose of Zoloft on Aug 3rd 2015 and holding on Traz (50mg). Planning to taper Traz after a while when Zoloft has had time to clear out.

 

 

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It sounds like you might be having some mild symptoms from dropping Zoloft.

 

What is your daily symptom pattern relative to when you take trazodone?

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My symptoms right now are mild anxiety and mild insomnia (taking 2-3 hours to fully fall asleep). It comes in waves and I'm feeling really well right now. I had a 4-5 day episode last week. I was wondering about the Trazodone correlation because I take it at night, then the anxiety doesn't usually show up until afternoon. I was wondering if my body is starting to have interdose WD from the Traz? That wouldn't explain the insomnia, though, bc I always take Traz 30-60 min before bed.

 

But, I think you're right that these symptoms are from dropping the Zoloft. Last time I weaned (2013), I went through 5 months of off/on symptoms (same: mild anxiety and insomnia) and I wasn't on Traz during that time. I was also on Zoloft for less time, too (3 months). It's hard to remember that when I'm in the thick of it. I start questioning everything and grasping for answers instead of relying on logic.

 

Thanks for always replying. :)

Feb-May 2013 Took Setraline (Zoloft) 100mg for extreme postpartum insomnia. Also took Ativan (2mg-2 weeks) and Trazodone (50 mg- 1 month) for sleep. Tapered Traz, then Zoloft.

 

June-Sept 2013 Took Ativan (.5mg off and on) for rebound insomnia after stopping all daily meds.

 

Feb-March 2015 Second episode of extreme, sudden insomnia. Self-medicated with Ativan in order to sleep (.5mg-2.5mg). Started Zoloft (100mg) and Traz (100mg) again Mar 15. Spent one hellish week on Xanax.

 

Took last dose of Zoloft on Aug 3rd 2015 and holding on Traz (50mg). Planning to taper Traz after a while when Zoloft has had time to clear out.

 

 

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So...I'm getting ready to start tapering Trazodone. I just bought a Gemini scale from Amazon. I hope it will serve the purpose.

 

Last time I took Trazodone, I was able to taper fairly easily, but I only took it for a month. This time I've been on it for almost 6 months. I'm nervous, as sleep anxiety is my biggest issue. Hopefully the slow taper will produce little to no side effects/disrupted sleep. I tapered really fast last time, but know I need to take it a lot slower this time.

 

Thanks to this site (and Benzo Buddies) I'm a lot wiser now about psych drugs now. My biggest fear is having another episode of the sudden insomnia that pulled me into psych meds. Twice. What will I do then? I've sworn off the drugs, but what if they did help me? Part of me wonders if I wouldn't have recovered more quickly on my own if I hadn't taken the drugs. Maybe I wouldn't have. I still don't know what causes my "episodes", other than I know they are triggered by highly stressful events. Just pondering....

Feb-May 2013 Took Setraline (Zoloft) 100mg for extreme postpartum insomnia. Also took Ativan (2mg-2 weeks) and Trazodone (50 mg- 1 month) for sleep. Tapered Traz, then Zoloft.

 

June-Sept 2013 Took Ativan (.5mg off and on) for rebound insomnia after stopping all daily meds.

 

Feb-March 2015 Second episode of extreme, sudden insomnia. Self-medicated with Ativan in order to sleep (.5mg-2.5mg). Started Zoloft (100mg) and Traz (100mg) again Mar 15. Spent one hellish week on Xanax.

 

Took last dose of Zoloft on Aug 3rd 2015 and holding on Traz (50mg). Planning to taper Traz after a while when Zoloft has had time to clear out.

 

 

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Highly stressful events cause many people to be sleepless. You might look into learning stress management techniques.

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