Weaning off of Sertraline (aka Zoloft)?
- 7 Feb 2013 by StinaZephyr
- 16 Dec 2014
- zoloft, depression, social anxiety disorder, sertraline, withdrawal, generic
Hi everyone. I am new to the forums and have a very important question. I am planning to wean off of my SSRI, Sertraline (generic of Zoloft). I have been on it for 4 months now. I was on 25, then 50, and for about 2 months now have been on 100mg. What is the best way to do this?
Also, does anybody think this is a bad idea? I was put on them for Depression and Social Anxiety... I was having really intense suicidal thoughts but had also just gone through a really traumatic experience as well as moved to a new place where I didnt know anybody. I am now back home with family and feeling much better. I also have a naturopathic dr who's attempting to balance out my body's levels (of vitamins and proteins, she looked at my bloodwork and realized I had been depriving my body of a lot of nutrients due to a combination of vegetarianism and depression). She said as soon as my body leveled out I would start feeling much better. I don't want to become dependent on drugs to heal myself, especially since I'm planning to work in a developing country for about a year in September = no psychiatrists.
Hello StinaZephyr. A slow, gradual taper is the safest and most comfortable route. The doctor perscribing the Sertraline would beable to help set up a taper plan. Regards pledge
good luck with your new venture. I recently had an experience getting off sertraline that convinced me not to try getting off again. I am a 77 year old female and had been on 25 mg a day dose of sertraline for years. I decided to taper off and tried taking it every other day,it was almost impossible to split my dose of 25 mg as it ended up as powder. I was dismayed to find that I didn't do well and had a month of feeling sad,along with problems sleeping.I get my prescription in 100 mg doses to save money then split in half and then split the half in half.To get back to feeling well again I upped my dose to 50 mg and took 50 mg of trazadone an hour before bedtime. In 2 weeks I felt much better,so began to try a reduced dosage of both sertraline and trazadone (25 mg of each) I stopped the trazadone as soon as I felt was acceptable and returned to my maintance dose of 25 mg of sertraline. I feel good and plan to stay on the minimum 25 mg dose.
I had my experience in Jan of this year,my down time lasted about a month so at present I plan to stay with the 25 mg dose till the grim reaper calls my name.
Everyone react a bit different with any said medication, when it comes to Zoloft (including generic), extensive research has proved that the majority of people taking any dosage amount of the SSRI inhibitor Zoloft will experience a number of side effects when and if stopping the meds. These side effects range from very mild to extreme, and can last anywhere from approx 10 days to 5 weeks. Its very important to discuss a healthy weaning/taper off schedule with your doctor, that way you can both discuss your current situation, and general health, which can help you reach your goal with the least and shortest amount of withdrawal side effects. Be sure to get a list from your doctor of signs to watch out for that you can give to those closest to you so that any red flags can be immediately discussed with your Doc..best of luck, and you should start to feel great health increase once its out of your system.
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.
Posted 10 May 2011 • 1 answer
Posted 17 Dec 2011 • 7 answers
Posted 7 Dec 2013 • 3 answers
Posted 26 Sep 2016 • 1 answer
Posted 6 Nov 2016 • 4 answers