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Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by Tom Goode on September 27, 2000, at 9:21:51

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by JanB on September 18, 2000, at 13:57:23

I am very upset about the withdrawal effects of Zoloft. I have been using Zoloft for 2 years to treat depression. I started at 50mg/ day, and after 3 months, My dr. and I decided that I had recovered from my problems, and I was ready to come off the drug. Within a week, I started to get the dizziness, and "surges" inside my head. I went back on the drug, eventually going up to 100mg/day.

Recently I have decided that I am ready to go off the drug permanantly. After consulting my DR., we agreed that it was probably best to go to 50mg, then 25mg, then 25mg every other day. That was 3 months ago. I have been following the regimen, and I have been experiencing the dizziness and "surging" non-stop to a greater or lesser degree for the past 2 months. It has also gotten worse than that... I am now having so much trouble sleeping that I am afraid it may be harming my carreer. I cannot get to sleep before 4AM, even though I am exhausted, and I have to be up at 7AM each morning to go to work. I cannot sleep because I have "micro-tremors" in my legs as I am trying to sleep.

Needless to say, this is a hellish experience. Is there any way for Canadians to file complaints with the drug manufacturer?

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft Tom Goode

Posted by AW on September 27, 2000, at 19:18:44

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by Tom Goode on September 27, 2000, at 9:21:51

This is week 6 for me coming off ZOloft. At present I am alternating - 25 mg one day, nothing the next. On those days without zoloft I feel more negative about things but that's because I have been getting slight headaches - so I take a full strength panadol to resolve that. Sleep has been strange but not too bad. Name one person in this world that sleeps like a log with all the stuff we have to cope with these days anyway?
I think the plan my doctor gave me is ok so far. I drew it up based on her notes, then took it back to her to edit, and she made several changes. At least I feel she really cared enough to do this, as she knew how important it was for me to get it right.
please note that you are bound to feel strange coming off this drug even if you taper slowly. Long term use of Zoloft is bound to have an affect on your entire body. The drug should not to treat as candy.

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by SW on October 5, 2000, at 20:07:54

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by D on April 14, 2000, at 13:33:28

I am so gald I am not the only one having probelms getting off Zolfot. I have been on it for 7 years ever since my mom died. If I knew then what I know now I would have never, never used Zoloft. I have tried 5 times to get off this drug. I would rather be addicted to something like cocaine, at least doctors would believe me when I tell them I have withdrawl. This is my 6 attempt and I am on day 8. I pray to God that this time I will do it. I want to be Zolfot free so bad I can't tell you. I went to the doctor yesturday to try and get help, but once again I was told there is no withdrawl from Zoloft. My doctor even had the nerve to tell me I should not be doing this off and on to my body. I feel like I need to take a month off work so I can do this, but I am unable to. I get so dizzy I get scared to drive to and from work. I WOULD LIKE TO PUT EVERY DOCTOR THAT HAS EVER TOLD ME ZOLFOT HAS NO WITHDRAWL EFFECT ON IT AND THEN MAKE THEM STOP AND SEE WHAT THEY SAY. PLEASE WISH ME LUCK & SEND YOUR PRAYERS. Does anyone know if we can sue the durg company for not informing us this was an addicting drug???

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by coral on October 8, 2000, at 6:48:58

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by SW on October 5, 2000, at 20:07:54

Zoloft saved my life. After suffering a severe clinical depression for three and a half years, more meds than I could list, my life was still agony. Finally, Zoloft in conjunction with therapy, broke through the depression and I was able to heal. It took a year of meds and therapy. I had only one minor side effect going off Zoloft - I felt a "crackling" in my brain like someone was crumbling up saran wrap! 150 was the normal dosage, I dropped to 100 daily for a month, dropped to 50 daily for a month, 25 daily for a month. Six years later, depression hit again and I'm back on Zoloft and just went from 100 to 50 because the depression has been eliminated. I also use therapy to heal. So, for me, it's using Zoloft to deal with the chemical imbalances and therapy to deal with the underlying psychological causes of the depression. I so sympathize with all of you who have had such severe withdrawal symptoms. Have you considered a mild tranq. to help deal with the symptoms?

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by julielynne on October 13, 2000, at 12:28:26

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by coral on October 8, 2000, at 6:48:58

Ok, so maybe I'm not going crazy! I had been on Zoloft for years, and my dose had been doubled 2
years ago. About 2 weeks ago I went to my doc complaining about weight gain. She said that the
Zoloft can cause weight gain, so she switched me to Wellbutrin. She never suggested weaning off
Zoloft. Now I feel queasy, nauseated, and just plain yucky! To complicate matters, I was sick for
a few days and had a sinus infection, so I thought maybe that was causing these problems. Or maybe it
was a side effect of Wellbutrin. But after reading these messages and a note from the Neurology and
Neurosurgery Forum, I'm pretty sure it's Zoloft withdrawal! I do have some Xanax which I use for
REALLY bad days, so I think I'll use a little of that to help me through this period.
Oh, one good note, in the 2 weeks since I stopped Zoloft, I lost 6 pounds! (Of course being so queasy
could have helped)
Good luck to everyone!

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by IB on October 13, 2000, at 18:25:33

In reply to withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by Shelly on May 4, 1999, at 17:37:51

> I have just gradually taken myself off of zoloft. I know I should have done this through my doctor, but well that's another story I won't get into.
> My question for anyone who can help is has anyone had side effects from withdrawal from this drug? I am experiencing dizziness, chills and I am extremely aggravated most of the time. Any

info. would be helpful....

I have recently stopped taking zoloft and i came
online to see if anyone else has experienced
dizziness or nausea as a result of withdrawal.My symptoms are mild but it's reassuring to know that
they are common. However, I'm really sorry to see a lot of people suffering so much in attempts to
be free of zoloft. I 'weaned' myself of zoloft over a six month period(at least). My original dose was 50mg. I began by alternating50mg one
day/37.5mg the next and so on for a while.Then
I did 50mgone day/25mg the next and so on.
Eventually, i was on 12.5mg a day...then every
other day..thenevery few days 'til I stopped
completely. I had great health care professionals
who supported my desire to try to get off zoloft
and to do it SLOWLY. It's a big change in body
chemistry so it's best done gradually and kindly
to yourself especially if you've used it for a while. Also, think about other ways of keeping your serotonin levels up ( exercise,foods,
breathing techniques etc ) as you come off zoloft.
I hope this might be helpful to someone..........
Best Wishes...

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by AlS on November 21, 2000, at 9:56:21

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by IB on October 13, 2000, at 18:25:33

A few summers ago I went on a 9-day canoeing trip to Quebec. I'd been taking Zoloft (50 mg daily) for a few years at that point. At the beginning of the trip, my medications got wet and were not usable. For most of the rest of the trip, I had symptoms similar to what I've been reading about here---dizziness, and a crackling in my head. It was not fun (for me or my canoeing partners!) to have these symptoms on a wilderness trip! Since then, I've been sure to make several stashes of my medications--generally I'll give one to my wife to carry.

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by Alexl on April 14, 2001, at 20:06:02

In reply to withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by Shelly on May 4, 1999, at 17:37:51

Just looking for verification from someone else.

I was on Zoloft for a little over a month 12.5mg for a week and then up to 50mg. I had headaches, night sweats, sorethroat, jaw pain, general tired, muscle aches, joint aches too. All this was on the way up.

I more or less quit cold turkey. I took 12.5 for about 2 days. Skipped a day then took 12.5. (enormous headache)

For about the last 3 weeks or so I have still had muscle aches and joint aches. It slowly seems to be gettin better. My Dr. said it may last a month to 2 months. Does this sound about right?

I just want to be sure of it.

Thanks

Alex

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by Lance on April 17, 2001, at 23:50:20

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by Alexl on April 14, 2001, at 20:06:02

At the age of 50 started on Zoloft to help deal with depression and obsessive-compulsive behavior. It helped immensely but (6 yrs. later),I now am seeking 'natural' alternatives. I tried ST.John's Wart last year and it was a disaster so after a month I had to get back to the Zoloft. This year I have been tapering for a month and experiencing the light-headedness, power surges and flu-like feelings. But I am also trying to switch to SAMe at the same time. So far, there is no definitive indication of how effective this will. If I have to back to the Zoloft. We'll see. Has anyone tried to use SAMe for depression?!

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by SalArmy4me on April 18, 2001, at 15:22:40

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by Lance on April 17, 2001, at 23:50:20

Read the Los Angeles Times front section today for the announcement of the ultimate study which proves that St. John's Wort has no efficacy in treating depression.

> At the age of 50 started on Zoloft to help deal with depression and obsessive-compulsive behavior. It helped immensely but (6 yrs. later),I now am seeking 'natural' alternatives. I tried ST.John's Wart last year and it was a disaster so after a month I had to get back to the Zoloft. This year I have been tapering for a month and experiencing the light-headedness, power surges and flu-like feelings. But I am also trying to switch to SAMe at the same time. So far, there is no definitive indication of how effective this will. If I have to back to the Zoloft. We'll see. Has anyone tried to use SAMe for depression?!

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by Smiley on April 19, 2001, at 18:30:34

In reply to withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by Shelly on May 4, 1999, at 17:37:51

I went off Zoloft (150 mg, wt. 92 1bs.) without weaning myself off it due to lack of funds for my prescription co-pay. I experienced severe headaches, and excrutiating pain. I also experienced flu-like symptoms. The headaches made going to work intolerable, light intolerable, and noises and sounds intolerable. I would advise anyone thinking of going off Zoloft to wean themselves off it slowly and do so only with their Dr.'s prior permission. My family doctor was unaware of the side effects of Zoloft and gave me a nerve pill instead, he said my headaches were due to stress, and I thought I had the flu.
I wish I would have been warned about the severe headaches ahead of time (withdrawal) and did not realize it myself until I started looking up withdrawal effects from Zoloft. Seems their were others like me out there, and I thought I was going crazy, so did my family doctor, I guess. That headache pain was real. It made me scared to try another ad. But I didn't like being depressed and went to Celexa (only made me feel worse depressed), now my psych doc has me on Remeron. Good Luck to you!

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by Brenna on May 15, 2001, at 7:10:49

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by Smiley on April 19, 2001, at 18:30:34

I'm so happy Zoloft withdrawal is finally being acknowledged.......I withdrew 2 years ago from Zoloft and saw 5 doctors who all thought I had something like a brain tumor....They ordered cat scans, blood tests etc The whole time I was telling them I was sure it was the zoloft withdrawal but NONE of them believed me or agreed.

I am now about to go off it again. I am on 50mg daily and I would like to know if I will get withdrawal symptoms when I reduce to 25mg? How long would anyone suggest I stay on 25mg before going off totally? I'm sooo scared of the withdrawal symptoms because they are so severe and I can't function and look after my kids when I am so sick.

Thanks for posting all your stories, I don't feel so alone anymore!

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by Linda C on June 18, 2001, at 20:10:36

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by Brenna on May 15, 2001, at 7:10:49

I was prescribed Zoloft for stress and PMS two years ago. I was taking 100MG/day. It
was wonderful the first year. I felt like I was crazy not to have sought medical help
sooner. I did gain about 20 lbs. and lobido issues but the benefits seemed worth it. After a
year, my doctor wanted to try taking me off it to see if I could do without it. She had me
cut my dose from 100 to 50 MG/day. I tried this for a month. I became a witch to live
with and I hated myself because I felt so out of control. I was worse than I had ever been
prior to starting the Zoloft. She put me back up to 100MG/day and my moods stabilized
again. However, I started gaining weight like I had when I was first put on it, no matter
how hard I tried to lose it. I finally asked to have my thyroid checked after about 8 months
of consistent weight gain. I was convinced that it couldn't be the Zoloft and had to be
something else. When my thyroid & glucose tests came back normal, the doctor said she
felt the weight gain was a side effect of the Zoloft. I decided to get off the Zoloft because
I was not happy with all the weight I had gained, a total of 50 lbs. over 22 months. I did
not want to go off fast like the doctor had started to do before, so I decided to titrate
myself down slowly. I went from 100 to 75MG/day for 2 weeks, then to 50MG/day for 3
weeks, then to 25MG/day for 2 weeks and then nothing. I thought this would be slow
enough. I felt good psychologically. However, during the 2nd week of 25MG/day, I
started experiencing dizzy spells. I thought it was from the extreme heat we had been
having. The 3rd day with no Zoloft, I got a sudden migraine. I had not had one of those in
years. Again, I blamed the heat. I had no idea that Zoloft withdrawal could be the culprit. I
have now been off Zoloft completely for 7 days and I have been having severe dizzy
spells, tingling up and down my arms and waves of fatigue. I went to the ER today
because I was concerned they may be heart related symptoms. They did blood work and
all was normal. The doctor there told me that I could be experiencing Zoloft withdrawal
symptoms and that I should follow-up with my regular doctor. I told the ER doctor that I
had titrated slowly done over 7 weeks and was surprised that I would have withdrawal.
She said many people have these symptoms and sometimes find it helpful to go every
other day and then every third day before going down to no medication. Since I've been
off the Zoloft for 7 days now, I hate the thought of taking any of it again. I'm afraid it will
just put me that much further behind in overcoming the withdrawal symptoms. Does
anyone have experience with this? If I take a little now, will I just be back at square one?
How long do these symptoms last? I plan on calling my prescribing doctor tomorrow to
let her know what's going on. I had done this weaning on my own, although I know she
would have supported my going off since it was me who had originally requested staying
on the medication. I thought my weaning was better than what she would have advised me
to do based on passed experience. Any thoughts?

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by julielynne on June 19, 2001, at 9:34:21

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by Linda C on June 18, 2001, at 20:10:36

Linda, if you can deal with the withdrawal symptoms, you may want to stay Zoloft-free. The withdrawal
will go away -- I can't say how long it will take though. In my earlier post (10/13/00) I mentioned
how I was taking Xanax to get me through the Zoloft withdrawal. Xanax is also an anti-depressant but it
works immediately; however, it is highly addictive. I've been on it for years though and only take it
when absolutely necessary (usually during PMS). When I went off Zoloft, my doc switched me to Wellbutrin
which has been working well. AND I've lost the weight I gained on Zoloft! Wellbutrin is sometimes
prescribed to people as a weight-loss med. Depression/anxiety runs in my mother's family, so I will probably
be on something forever!
My 7-year-old son recently went through something that upset him badly and he was obsessing over it,
crying every night, and having anxiety attacks. (For anyone who has had these attacks, imagine watching
your child experience it! It sent me to the bottle of Xanax for myself!) His pediatrician was concerned
and put him on something called Busporine, an anti-anxiety drug that works differently from other
benzodiazepines and is non-addictive. He's been on it for less than a week and is doing much better.
She only wants him on it for two weeks. I think she said it is a fairly new drug. I mention this because
I can't deal with the way I felt without being on something, and if you're the same, you may want to
look at other options.

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by dana on June 20, 2001, at 19:43:35

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by julielynne on June 19, 2001, at 9:34:21

Linda, I went off Zoloft COLD TURKEY ..! ughh!! what a big mistake. I had been down to 25mgs so thought it was low enough to just be able to stop...........

My dizziness in the first week was so severe.....I had to go to the Emergency Doctor at the Hospital..... I freaked out.......luckily he was a DRUG Addiction Specialist, and immediately recognised it as WITHDRAWAL.......he prescribed XANAX....but because I was just so relieved to know that I wasn't dying.....I haven't filled in the prescription.

I have had severe bouts of CRYING for what seemed no reason...and still am after SEVEN WEEKS.....because I was withdrawing from a highly effective drug that was in my system for two years.

The dizziness this week has pretty much gone now.....it's been SEVEN WEEKS......... and I have been lead to believe it can in some cases takes weeks and weeks to finally get it out of your system. Everyone's different so it's hard to say exactly how long it takes......could be six months ....who really knows...!

So hang in there...........oh by the way.......my appetite is now that of a 'normal' person... I have started losing weight ....so there is a good side to it all !!.....

Dana

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft Linda C

Posted by KMC on June 20, 2001, at 22:43:25

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by Linda C on June 18, 2001, at 20:10:36

Hi Linda,

I've been on Zoloft for nearly a year, so I haven't yet dealt with withdrawal issues, but I can say that I had the reverse happen to me on the way up to 150 mgs. My first psychiatrist started me way too fast, which for me was 25 mgs/day. He was of no help or support, so I fired him and went elsewhere. My current doc started me on 25 mgs. every other day, for two weeks, then going up to 25 mgs every day, and so on in 25 mg. increments until I hit 150. I had a lot of your symptoms the first time around, w/ the first doc. It might make sense to go back to 25 mgs. every other day for a couple of weeks, but in any case, I'd talk to your doctor about it and if she's not helpful or is not listening to your concerns, find another one who will.

>I went from 100 to 75MG/day for 2 weeks, then to 50MG/day for 3
> weeks, then to 25MG/day for 2 weeks and then nothing. I thought this would be slow
> enough. I felt good psychologically. However, during the 2nd week of 25MG/day, I
> started experiencing dizzy spells. I thought it was from the extreme heat we had been
> having. The 3rd day with no Zoloft, I got a sudden migraine. I had not had one of those in
> years. Again, I blamed the heat. I had no idea that Zoloft withdrawal could be the culprit. I
> have now been off Zoloft completely for 7 days and I have been having severe dizzy
> spells, tingling up and down my arms and waves of fatigue. I went to the ER today
> because I was concerned they may be heart related symptoms. They did blood work and
> all was normal. The doctor there told me that I could be experiencing Zoloft withdrawal
> symptoms and that I should follow-up with my regular doctor. I told the ER doctor that I
> had titrated slowly done over 7 weeks and was surprised that I would have withdrawal.
> She said many people have these symptoms and sometimes find it helpful to go every
> other day and then every third day before going down to no medication. Sin > < HR >< H3 >Transfer interrupted!< /H3 > ays now, I hate the thought of taking any of it again. I'm afraid it will
> just put me that much further behind in overcoming the withdrawal symptoms. Does
> anyone have experience with this? If I take a little now, will I just be back at square one?
> How long do these symptoms last? I plan on calling my prescribing doctor tomorrow to
> let her know what's going on. I had done this weaning on my own, although I know she
> would have supported my going off since it was me who had originally requested staying
> on the medication. I thought my weaning was better than what she would have advised me
> to do based on passed experience. Any thoughts?

 

ssri withdrawls

Posted by gilbert on June 21, 2001, at 18:32:35

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft Linda C, posted by KMC on June 20, 2001, at 22:43:25

Linda,

I have been on all of the ssris and have had to use xanax for start up effects and xanax for withdrawal. The only one without withdrawal was prozac....came of that farily easy. I have quit benzos easier than stopping ssris. But let the benzo tapering method be a guide for ssri users. Don't rush off the drug. taper down by 12.5mg per week. I have come off and on xanax over the last 2 years without any withdrawal symptoms by simply following some good advice from this board......Stop slowly so your system isn't shocked by a lack of seratonin. The rebound depression and anxiety from stopping quickly will make you feel like running for Betty Ford Clinic. I think we are beginning to realize that drug dependency has many forms and that those dirty little benzos are not the only drugs out there with rebound and withdrawal problems......So go sloooooow. Or get some xanax to help you through it but you may prefer to just go slow.

Gil

 

Zoloft Dangers (help)

Posted by help on July 19, 2001, at 0:28:14

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by dina on May 4, 1999, at 21:06:42

My friend has been on zoloft for 3 years now and takes 200mg and 250mg a day, are there any side effects, are there any life threathing issues that should be thought about. Her dosage has not changed since she started usuing the drug. Please get back to me cause I really love her.

Andrew
andrew@malvernprep.com

Have a wonderful day and there is hope for everyone out there.

 

Re: Zoloft Dangers (help)

Posted by SalArmy4me on July 19, 2001, at 0:32:28

In reply to Zoloft Dangers (help), posted by help on July 19, 2001, at 0:28:14

I once took 400 mg of Zoloft per day and turned out alright.

from: http://www.dr-bob.org/tips/split/SSRI-maximum-doses.html

Date: Mon, 15 May 1995 22:13:39 +0059 (EDT)
From: scole@world.std.com (Stanley Cole)
Subject: SSRI maximum doses

On Mon, 15 May 1995, Sergio Henao wrote:


It has been said in this group that patients sometimes respond to SSRI doses beyond the usually recomended ones. For instance, sertraline has been given in doses of up to 600 mg a day with success. I checked with some of my colleagues (psychopharmacologists) in Houston and they never heard of it and would not recomend it. In view of this I decided to call the medical information department at the manufacturing company. Their physician told me that for that particular drug the response curve has been flat and for this reason they would not recomend or support going beyond 200.
I have a number of patients who respond only to relatively high doses of SSRIs. One patient walked in one day and finally reported relief from his depression only after reaching fluoxetine 120 mg qd. I have other patients on sertraline who respond only to 350 mg. I have checked levels frequently to see if I was really giving toxic doses of meds, but the combined levels (including the nor-metabolite) were relatively low. Either these are rapid extensive metabolizers, or they are not absorbing the meds or there is an unmearsured metabolite that is very high. (These are patients whose compliance I trust.)

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by JK on August 17, 2001, at 13:13:27

In reply to withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by Shelly on May 4, 1999, at 17:37:51

> >I've been on Zoloft for about 8 months. Man, what a strange experience this whole thing has been. My doc put me on this after I complained of anxiety, nervousness, panic feelings, and jumbled thoughts. I had gone through a number of life changes (moving, changing jobs, having another child, my dad getting sick). Now I know why I was such a mess and if I would have realized it then, maybe I could have avoided the drug altogther by "right" thinking. Anyways, I have just weaned myself off for the past month or so and have just recently (the past day) felt the side effects. The nerves have returned and the head rushes are unique to say the least. But the beauty of all of
this is that I KNOW what it is now! This realization eliminates much of the fear that was eating me up inside. For me, positive thinking and keeping busy have opened the door for me and provided hope (without the aid of drugs). I've grasped whatever it takes to sooth your mind. I never was a big "self help" person but now I
love hearing about methods to live and think healthier. Thanks for showing me that these pesky symptoms are normal and even better that they WILL GO AWAY--remember that! As you can tell, I'm trying to be very confident.

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by tsean on August 21, 2001, at 7:45:09

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by Laura Jane on September 3, 2000, at 10:56:07

> I have been off of Zoloft completely for about a week. I am getting these weird head spins and they are making me nauseous. My sex life has been great since I stopped (the Zoloft put a damper on it). But, these spins are making me sick! Is this from Zoloft? HELP!

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by sjharve62 on September 2, 2001, at 22:33:03

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by tsean on August 21, 2001, at 7:45:09

I took zoloft for about 18 months, and got off with the help of Pfizer. My withdrawls were what they called "rare" and I filled out a questionaire for them. My withdrawls were what I could only describe as "shocks" that radiated from my chest to the tips of my fingers, and out the top of my head. Now, even six years later, I am still having them if I don't get anough sleep, If I get too much sleep, and especially if I get awakened suddenly. I cannot afford tests, so if anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it. My head also feels like it is "full", like I cannot possibly take in anymore information for about 20-30 minutes after the shocks start. HELP!!!
Thanks

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft sjharve62

Posted by SalArmy4me on September 3, 2001, at 7:34:52

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by sjharve62 on September 2, 2001, at 22:33:03

There's no way to get rid of what you have without getting diagnosed for an illness, possibly Myoclonic/Myoclonus type stuff. You may be able to use cyproheptadine to control the shocks: http://www.dr-bob.org/tips/split/Cyproheptadine-for-myoclon.html

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by glass_snake on October 2, 2001, at 11:41:45

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by sjharve62 on September 2, 2001, at 22:33:03

Don't believe what they're telling you. I have a friend that works in the Psychiatric ward of one of the top 10 hospitals in the US. He got all of the data he cool from Psychiatry and pharmacy on the drug. According to the company line there is no withdrawal symptom. I had been taking Zoloft for anxiety and was tired of it messing with my life. So, being as bold as I am, I went cold turkey. I was ok for a day or two and then started to show symptoms that I've seen posted a hundred times over since I went looking for them: dizziness, tingling across the body, "shockwave" sensations, fatigue, headache, etc. I called some people I knew in the medical field and they thought it sounded like severe hypotension (a sudden drop in blood pressure). After it persisted for several days I searched the Internet for two simple words "Zoloft withdrawal". You would not believe the number of hits that flew right up - all from people complaining of the exact same symptoms. About two weeks later everything got pretty normal again, but that may vary from person to person. Either way, don't believe Pfizer, et al. Zoloft DOES have withdrawal symptoms. Don't be too alarmed by them, they will pass. If it looks too bad, see a doctor.

FYI, I am NOT a doctor just someone that's done a little research, so don't take this as anything more than the advice of a peer lay person :)

> I took zoloft for about 18 months, and got off with the help of Pfizer. My withdrawls were what they called "rare" and I filled out a questionaire for them. My withdrawls were what I could only describe as "shocks" that radiated from my chest to the tips of my fingers, and out the top of my head. Now, even six years later, I am still having them if I don't get anough sleep, If I get too much sleep, and especially if I get awakened suddenly. I cannot afford tests, so if anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it. My head also feels like it is "full", like I cannot possibly take in anymore information for about 20-30 minutes after the shocks start. HELP!!!
> Thanks

 

Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft SalArmy4me

Posted by bingo on October 9, 2001, at 15:14:09

In reply to Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by SalArmy4me on April 18, 2001, at 15:22:40

> Read the Los Angeles Times front section today for the announcement of the ultimate study which proves that St. John's Wort has no efficacy in treating depression.
>

That's nonsense. I was on St. John's Wort alone for some months, and it helped me a great deal. I only left it for prescription meds because the efficacy of the Wort varied too much according to how empty my stomach was when I took it (have an eating disorder).


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