... many differant meds. I am currently on Zoloft 100 mg a day. I would like to come off of all meds and see how I do. Does anyone have any suggestions
Has the Zoloft worked?
I would have a long heart to heart with your doctor. If he/she does agree then stay close to your doctor just incase you start to fall. Honestly I have to tell you this is only a tempoary thing, being off all medications. You will be walking on egg shells for awhile.
So don't expect too much.
I wish you the best, and I want you to know we are always here for you.
First, of all you need to talk with your doctor over stopping any prescribed medicine. Antidepressants work by building up to a certain level before they work, which is why it takes a few weeks before they are completely effective. In turn once these medicines start working and you start feeling a response from them, you may feel like they are unneeded, but this in turn is just a mask for the underlying disorder. Stopping these medicines suddenly can be very bad, some examples include suicidal behavior, extreme mood swings, and going into a more depressed state then you already were. You doctor, however, may be able to provide more light on your situation, as everybody is different. He may or may not feel that getting off of your medicine is a good idea. But, if he does he can slowly step your doses down to the point that you want have to take medicine anymore, but however, this does not mean that your depression/anxiety symptoms will be gone.
Usually, if a individual is depressed for the time that you stated (20 years) it is called a dysthmic depression which usually requires lifelong depression treatment. Also, you need to consider the reason that you are wanting to be taken off of depression medicines. Is it because you don't feel like you need them anymore or something else? I hope this information helps, and have a Merry Christmas.
Firstly, panic attacks do NOT 'cause' depression although anxiety and depression are often co-morbid (occur together). Second, how do you know you have been depressed for 20 years? Or do you mean you have taken MEDICATION for 20 years?
IF you want to come off medication, you need to realise that it will take a while. You cannot just stop anti-depressants, you need to wean. Doctors will tell you that you can do it fairly quickly but they are wrong. Especially when you have been on medication for a long time. What happens is that the medication alters the way your brain functions. It down regulates receptors on neurons, which need time to up-regulate when the medication is stopped. While this is happening, many people find their nervous system even more sensitive than it was before starting meds in the first place. Some people can wean quickly, some can't. It is recommended that reductions in the dose be no more than 10% each time. When any withdrawal symptoms have subsided, you can then reduce the dose further.
Also, while these medications are good, they don't actually cure the original problem. They only control it. So you will need to have a Plan B in place in case the panic attacks return.
Good luck, whatever you decide
Everyone is absolutely right. Just tried to do that myself. Not a good experience. Talk to your doctor maybe you feel like your better because the Zoloft is doing it's job. You wouldn't want to have to start over it may also be that what underlying cause of you anxiety and depressions is gone. I hope for the later but do it with the help of your doctor. Good Luck and God Bless Barb
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