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Old Jan 31st, 2011, 10:59 AM   1
Lucy28
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Tapering off Zoloft


I have been taking 50 mg of Zoloft for over a year. I am newly preg with twins and need to stop. My RE suggested half a pill for a week and then half ever other day for a week and then stop. I am just wondering if anyone else got off of this as well and what kind of schedule you use. It is not supposed to be harmful until the 3rd tri, but I want this taken care of ASAP.



 
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Old Jan 31st, 2011, 11:42 AM   2
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I actually stopped cold turkey from sertraline, and I think that's Zoloft isn't it? I shouldn't have done but at the time I was coping fine and I'm a stubborn moo. I've managed just fine, once the withdrawal had worn off.
I've found sertraline to be easier to come off than some other anti-depressants.
I had a crabby couple of weeks but it passed easy enough. The hardest part to deal with was the weird electric shock feeling in my head sometimes. Quite disorientating.

Tapering down is by far the best way to stop them. You may have a difficult week or two, but it does get better.



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Old Jan 31st, 2011, 11:44 AM   3
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I quit cold turkey with the zoloft too, I was doubling up so on 200mg a day. Coming off them is the worst thing ever, I was a plain bitch to everyone and anything, my self harm got worse etc, so please don't just stop them, come off them slowly as your dr suggested.



 
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Old Jan 31st, 2011, 20:38 PM   4
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I quit Cold turkey as well! and i agree with 05mummy07 you get so mad at everything and snap at people... do as the dr tells....



 
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Old Jan 31st, 2011, 21:12 PM   5
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I've never come off of Zoloft, but I have come off other meds (lithium, lamictal, wellbutrin, lexapro, not all at the same time!) and from experience the best way to do this is slowly, especially if your doc is dosing you down... do not take things into your own hands and just stop abruptly as this can cause serious side effects (brain fog, seizures, etc). Follow the dosage reduction and it will all be over in 2 weeks.



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Old Feb 1st, 2011, 04:43 AM   6
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I spent a week or two at 25mg, then halved those for a couple of weeks and then stopped and had no problems, like Kittifer I found it much easier to come off than some other anti depressants



 
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Old Feb 1st, 2011, 05:47 AM   7
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My sis switched from zoloft to pail during her first so she didn't spin into depression, I know they're all different and something that works for one person won't work for the next. Good luck.



 
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Old Feb 4th, 2011, 15:56 PM   8
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I actually stopped cold turkey from sertraline, and I think that's Zoloft isn't it? I shouldn't have done but at the time I was coping fine and I'm a stubborn moo. I've managed just fine, once the withdrawal had worn off.
I've found sertraline to be easier to come off than some other anti-depressants.
I had a crabby couple of weeks but it passed easy enough. The hardest part to deal with was the weird electric shock feeling in my head sometimes. Quite disorientating.

Tapering down is by far the best way to stop them. You may have a difficult week or two, but it does get better.
I feel the same way! I keep saying I feel like my blood is crawling, but its also like an electric feeling! I too quit lamictal, which I know is different, cold turkey. I don't know what I was thinking. I honestly didn't believe the medicine helped much and felt better than I had in years. Aside for having severe ms and feeling like I got run over by a bus, I guess I feel ok. It will be three weeks on tuesday.



 
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Old Feb 4th, 2011, 22:12 PM   9
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I have tapered off paxil and lexapro (at diff times) and I would NOT recommend stopping cold turkey. You can suffer very unpleasant withdrawals. Just try to do what the doctor says dose wise, if you start having bad side effects you can always taper off slower.
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Old Feb 5th, 2011, 09:00 AM   10
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If you absolutely must go off your meds (per your doctor and psych), then go very slowly. Med withdrawal can me painful, even dangerous. Here is a good article that can help: http://www.crazymeds.com/discontinue.htm

However: If you need to be taking an antidepressant, please be sure to dicsuss your options with your doctor. Mental Illness and pregnancy is no joking matter, and we should not be taking matters into our own hands. You are on a pretty low dose of zoloft, and almost all studies with these meds are done at extreme levels. Zoloft is a class C drug, which means it has only been tested in animal studies, and the studies are done at generally outside normal parameters for what a dr would prescribe for a human (giving 30x normal doses).

Maybe discuss going down to 25 mg and staying at that, or trying something else such as prozac at a low dose to help ween. Just make sure this is something you discuss in detail with OB and shrink.



 
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