I've been started on 100mg by my doctor and I want to know what the effects of stopping will be
icarus99; It is not as dangerous as the reason you are put on it. But when you are told to stop the doctor well have to help you Taper it down slowly you can't just stop it or you well get withdrawals like you had when you went on it. for the first week or two. everyone is different on length of time and dose to withdrawal this or any SSRI medication at one time I was on 200mg a day and it did not bother me one bit to stop within 2 weeks but others it may take 3 months there is really no one answer for coming off of these medications.But you never just stop taking it.
I spent about 10 months weaning off of my Sertraline. I went from 100mgs in November to 75 in February, 50 to June, and 25 until I eventually ran out the first week of August if this year. Unfortunately, the last couple months have been extremely miserable and I relapsed quite hard. I tried using natural supplements (St. Johns Wort, Woman's Multivitamin, B complex and vitamin D-3) and smoking prescription marijuana to see if I could cope with this anxiety without the use of man-made chemicals. Unfortunately, I didn't find any improvement, and the weed only helped when I was high. If I smoked a lot for a couple days in a row, I would end up feeling even worse when I was sober. I definitely do not suggest marijuana for treating anxiety disorders. Anyways, I'm on the second day of the medication now and I feel super sick and way more anxious the I've felt in a long time. From what I've heard, if you stop sertraline without weeping yourself off first, you will end up having pretty bad withdrawals and feel similar to how I feel starting back up on the meds. I went on vacation for 5 days a couple years back and forgot my meds and by the end of that week, I felt like I was dying. I do not recommend going cold turkey on sertraline. It's up to you if you want to wean off. As you can see, sometimes weaning off a medication you need, isn't always the best option. But at least I can say I tried! Good luck! :)
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