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#1 Altostrata

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 04:18 PM

Aka Lustral, Serlift, Sertawin, Zosert, etc.

Sertraline is an SSRI with a half-life of about 26 hours. It is metabolized mainly by the liver enzyme P450 CYP2B6, plus CYP 2D6 (substrate, inhibitor), CYP 3A4 (substrate, inhibitor), and CYP 2C9 (substrate). It has an active metabolite, norsertraline, with a half-life of 62 to 104 hours, which may extend its effects.

The best method for a very gradual, precise taper would be using Zoloft liquid.

Reduce by 10% per month to start
The 10% rule holds for Zoloft, just like other psychiatric drugs: Reduce by 10% per month, calculated on the last dosage. (The amount of the reduction gets progressively smaller.)

See Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

Use Zoloft liquid concentrate to taper
http://dailymed.nlm....o.cfm?id=52077:

 

Zoloft oral concentrate is available in a multidose 60 mL bottle. Each mL of solution contains sertraline hydrochloride equivalent to 20 mg of sertraline. The solution contains the following inactive ingredients: glycerin, alcohol (12%), menthol, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT).

From http://www.nlm.nih.g...ds/a697048.html

 

Sertraline concentrate must be diluted before use. Immediately before taking it, use the provided dropper to remove the amount of concentrate your doctor has told you to take. Mix the concentrate with 4 ounces (1/2 cup [120 milliliters]) of water, ginger ale, lemon or lime soda, lemonade, or orange juice. Do not mix the concentrate with any liquids other than the ones listed. Drink immediately.

Unlike other oral liquid antidepressant preparations, Zoloft liquid should be mixed with water because if it is taken directly from the bottle, it is likely to cause a burning sensation in the mouth.

As it is in a 20mg per mL concentration, this means using an oral syringe to measure out the proper amount. If you wish to take 50mg, you would take 2.5mL from the bottle, drop it in a small glass of water, etc., and drink it all.

 

If you are taking 50mg and wish to reduce by 10% (5mg), you would take 2.25mL (45mg) from the bottle, drop it in a small glass of water, etc., and drink it all.

Personally, I would use water rather than fruit juice or soda so I can see what's left in the glass. I might even drink the mixture, fill the glass again, swirl it a bit, and drink that to make sure to get all the Zoloft out of the glass.

Make your own liquid
Many people make their own Zoloft liquid out of tablets and water. See How to make a liquid from tablets or capsules

Cutting up tablets
According to FDA information at http://www.drugs.com...100 mg dosages.

The scoring on the tablets indicates they can be split. Cut them up with a pill cutter, available at any drug store.

Precisely weighing tablet pieces or crushed tablets with an electronic digital scale
You may wish to precisely measure your dosage with an electronic scale that measures milligrams. These are available for under $30 US. See http://survivinganti...-measure-doses/

Have a compounding pharmacy make up capsules of smaller dosages
A compounding pharmacy will accurately weigh small doses and put them into capsules for you. See http://survivinganti..._3001#entry3001


Edited by Altostrata, 28 January 2014 - 10:18 AM.
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:20 PM

"Precisely weighing tablet pieces or crushed tablets with an electronic digital scale You may wish to precisely measure your dosage with an electronic scale that measures milligrams. These are available for under $30 US." Can you tell me where to get a digital scale that measures milligrams? I'm thinking on line-- the local scales I've seen don't measure milligrams. Okay-- I found the link for the gemini 20.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 12:26 PM

Can someone help me figure out what I need to do? I am currently taking 5 mg. zoloft and will make liquid from my tablet. I plan to dissolve the 5 mg. in water. i want to taper to 4.8 mg. I have three syringes. One is one ml., one is 5 ml, one is 10 ml. How much water do I use to dissolve the 5 mg. in? How much do I drinK? Is this the proper way to do this? Or should I use a larger pill and subtract in a different way? I'm nut sure even what question to ask? My brain fog and general difficulty with this type math is making this very difficult for me to figure out on my own. Just need a bit of guidance and it is much appreciated.

June, 1998 zoloft 50 mg. Had entered menopause, was irritable and anxious

Summer 2010, added welbutrin to zoloft, switched to effexor,did not work
9/ 2010 zoloft 75 mg. 11/25/10 50 mg.  12/30 45
1/19/11 40.5 2/6 36.5 3/7 32.8
3/29 29.5 4/20 25 5/28 22.5
6/16 20.2 7/7 18.2 7/28 16.4
8/18 14.7 9/8 13.0 9/23 12.5
10/10 11.2 11/6 10.6 11/9 11.2
12/7 10.5 1/1/12 10 2/1 9.5
3/1 9 3/23 8.5 4/30 5/29 7.5 6/26 7 7/31 6.5
8/22 6 9/15 5.5 10/2012/17 4.8 (switched to homemade liquid) 2/8/2013 zoloft free


#4 Altostrata

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:29 PM

There are a number of ways you can do this.

You may notice 10mL is a very little amount of water and may not dissolve the tablet. Try 50mL.

  • Crush the 5mg Zoloft on a piece of wax paper. Carefully pour it into a small container with a lid.
  • Using the 10mL syringe, put 50mL lukewarm water in the container. (Draw the water from a glass.)
  • Put the lid on the container. Shake gently.

    You now have 5mg mixed in 50mL water, or 1mg in 10mL, or .1mg in 1mL.
  • To take 4.8mg, use the 5mL syringe to remove 2mL (containing .2mg). Throw it away. (You will use the 1mL syringe when you need to make smaller decrements.)
  • 48mL (4.8mg) is left in the container. Drink this, add a little water to the empty container, swish it around and drink again to make sure you get all the particles.

This is a 1:10 dilution. You may find it convenient to make other dilution ratios. You'll have to adjust the math accordingly.

Zoloft also comes in a liquid form with prescription from the pharmacy.
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:35 PM

Alto, This is exactly what I need. Can't thank you enough, God bless. xx

June, 1998 zoloft 50 mg. Had entered menopause, was irritable and anxious

Summer 2010, added welbutrin to zoloft, switched to effexor,did not work
9/ 2010 zoloft 75 mg. 11/25/10 50 mg.  12/30 45
1/19/11 40.5 2/6 36.5 3/7 32.8
3/29 29.5 4/20 25 5/28 22.5
6/16 20.2 7/7 18.2 7/28 16.4
8/18 14.7 9/8 13.0 9/23 12.5
10/10 11.2 11/6 10.6 11/9 11.2
12/7 10.5 1/1/12 10 2/1 9.5
3/1 9 3/23 8.5 4/30 5/29 7.5 6/26 7 7/31 6.5
8/22 6 9/15 5.5 10/2012/17 4.8 (switched to homemade liquid) 2/8/2013 zoloft free


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 06:38 AM

Has anybody done a DIY liquid Zoloft here? I need some advice and guidance from somebody that has the experience of what Im fixin to do.
I've been on 100 mg of Zoloft for 8 years since 05. I started on 50 mg and the doctor bumped me up cause it wasn't working I guess. Six months into taking it I asked if I could get off. He said to wait a year then try. So, after a year I tapered in 25 mg increments and took 12.5 for my final taper dose, and really was doing fine until I finished. I got dizzy bad and got sad and the doctor said I had a relapse and to get back on it. So not knowing to gradually get back on I took 100 mg.
That sent me for a weird loop. I almost lost complete hope but finally stabled out. I guess that's my short version of my story.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:12 AM

Dale, have you seen these tips?
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Posted 29 April 2013 - 06:55 PM

Yes, I've read it but I wanted to chat directly with someone that's doing the Zoloft taper. You know, kinda like support. ;)
I've been on 100 mg of Zoloft for 8 years since 05. I started on 50 mg and the doctor bumped me up cause it wasn't working I guess. Six months into taking it I asked if I could get off. He said to wait a year then try. So, after a year I tapered in 25 mg increments and took 12.5 for my final taper dose, and really was doing fine until I finished. I got dizzy bad and got sad and the doctor said I had a relapse and to get back on it. So not knowing to gradually get back on I took 100 mg.
That sent me for a weird loop. I almost lost complete hope but finally stabled out. I guess that's my short version of my story.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:56 PM

Whats funny is I've read all these tips and there awesome. Knowing that Zoloft comes in liquid, I feel like I'm bothering my doctor if I ask for a prescription for it. I see a doctor at whats called a mental clinic and I've just got my 100mgs filled so He might make me wait but I dont know. Im feeling confident the more I read on how to make my liquid. Thanks to this site. :)
I've been on 100 mg of Zoloft for 8 years since 05. I started on 50 mg and the doctor bumped me up cause it wasn't working I guess. Six months into taking it I asked if I could get off. He said to wait a year then try. So, after a year I tapered in 25 mg increments and took 12.5 for my final taper dose, and really was doing fine until I finished. I got dizzy bad and got sad and the doctor said I had a relapse and to get back on it. So not knowing to gradually get back on I took 100 mg.
That sent me for a weird loop. I almost lost complete hope but finally stabled out. I guess that's my short version of my story.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:28 AM

You're welcome, Dale. You're not bothering your doctor to get a prescription for the liquid. Writing prescriptions is his or her job.
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Posted 25 March 2014 - 04:29 PM

Gizmo123, I moved your post to start your Introductions topic http://survivinganti...l-and-klonopin/

 

It got lost here. Please let's discuss in your Intro topic.


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Posted 17 April 2014 - 11:38 PM

Can you please give me advice for tapering off 200mg of Zoloft?  If I follow the 10% regimen, calculating at each new dose, it would be 3 years before I even got down to 5mg.


Jun '01- Paxil 30mg, Xanax PRN
Dec '02- Prozac 20mg*, Ativan PRN (* cross tapered)
Jan '03- Paxil CR 30mg*, raised to 50mg in Apr 03
Oct '03- Zoloft 200mg*
Oct '05- Wellbutrin XL 300mg*
Oct '06- Effexor XR 150mg*
Nov '12- After extreme fx, Lexapro 20mg*, Ativan PRN
Jan '13- Effexor XR 150mg* after unbearable fx, Klonopin .5mg daily
Mar '13- Raise to Effexor XR 225mg, extreme fx worsen, hospitalized inpatient 2 days, Klonopin .75mg daily
May '13- Enter partial program, raise to Effexor XR 300mg, extreme fx worsen, RI 225mg, cross taper to 200mg Zoloft
Aug '13- Exit partial program, Begin 4-month Klonopin taper, finish taper Nov 13. Extreme fx subside in Feb
Feb '14 - Jan '15- Stabilized at 200mg Zoloft, slowly improving, dissociation, mental fog, adhd, anxiety
January 9, 2015 - 187.5mg (Began Zoloft taper)
February 9, 2015 - 175mg
March 6, 2015 - 162.5mg 

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 02:25 PM

That would be correct at 10% decreases every month.

 

You may be able to go a little faster with 10% decreases every 3 weeks or 2 weeks until you get about half-way down, then most people need to go slower.

 

Get ready for a long project. This is why a lot of people here have a lot of anger towards psychiatry.


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Posted 28 November 2014 - 12:39 AM

Brain fog and scared that I'm doing it wrong not a good mix. So I mix 25 ml water to 25mg of tablet. Take out 25ml and add juice. But I just realised that haven't been very accurate with the juice..so as long as I measure the same amount of juice this is ok? Juice needed as it really burns the mouth just with water.
18 - 26 yrs - various antidepressants - tried to stop them every yr only to be put back on them with severe depression, rage
26 yrs - not sure if I'd stopped too quickly or gone into poop out not sure, cannot remember but life has been a nightmare with withdrawal symptoms (now I find out) since this age (now 31) I just thought I had a serious depression and anxiety or something undiagnosed.
30yrs (2013) - severe anxiety after doc stopped sertraline cold turkey to try mirtrazapine..stopped all ad's only to go back on 200mg of sertraline after psychiatric intervention. Tried antipsychotics, Valium for anxiety thank god did not stay on them!
Tapered 150mg, 100mg by December July 2014: 50mg Aug: 25mg Sept: 12.5mg Oct: 0mg felt normal 2 days then three days suicidal, rage, flu, dizziness, headaches, muscle pain, drunk-like, feel like walking functioning through very thick mud
RI sertraline 8th October 2014 12.5mg ~ 400mg Magnesium Citrate evening (stopped - took 800mg and increased suicidal depression, take none now)
Windows/waves on 12.5mg. 20/1/15. - 11.87mg 31/1/15 - 11.86mg 24th/25/26th -different brand would not disolve properly 28th- liquid sertraline had to drop to 11.8 unable to measure 0.06 reacted to liquid...now on another brand..maybe reacting to this?

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Posted 28 November 2014 - 04:27 PM

You don't need to measure the juice, just make sure you drink it all after you add 25mL Zoloft liquid.


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Posted 29 November 2014 - 01:39 PM

Thanks.
18 - 26 yrs - various antidepressants - tried to stop them every yr only to be put back on them with severe depression, rage
26 yrs - not sure if I'd stopped too quickly or gone into poop out not sure, cannot remember but life has been a nightmare with withdrawal symptoms (now I find out) since this age (now 31) I just thought I had a serious depression and anxiety or something undiagnosed.
30yrs (2013) - severe anxiety after doc stopped sertraline cold turkey to try mirtrazapine..stopped all ad's only to go back on 200mg of sertraline after psychiatric intervention. Tried antipsychotics, Valium for anxiety thank god did not stay on them!
Tapered 150mg, 100mg by December July 2014: 50mg Aug: 25mg Sept: 12.5mg Oct: 0mg felt normal 2 days then three days suicidal, rage, flu, dizziness, headaches, muscle pain, drunk-like, feel like walking functioning through very thick mud
RI sertraline 8th October 2014 12.5mg ~ 400mg Magnesium Citrate evening (stopped - took 800mg and increased suicidal depression, take none now)
Windows/waves on 12.5mg. 20/1/15. - 11.87mg 31/1/15 - 11.86mg 24th/25/26th -different brand would not disolve properly 28th- liquid sertraline had to drop to 11.8 unable to measure 0.06 reacted to liquid...now on another brand..maybe reacting to this?

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 08:24 PM

Just a tip, if you put the zoloft tablet into water, and wait, it breaks up itself, no need to crush it.


32 years old.....5/91 Dothiepin 375mg 8 weeks  .......seizures  3 weeks in hospital. ..   Fallout? Zoloft,tegretol. .
1992 CT, when found out  pregnant. baby born healthy 5/93 ...8/93  psychotic reaction to valium, hospitalized forcibly drugged three weeks.  Fallout PTSD zoloft and other drugs.
Feb 1994 CT due to unexpected pregnancy baby born severe heart defects due to the Zoloft use first 8 weeks of pregnancy, Steven died after 3 days.  10/95 Healthy baby born October 25.
THEN DRUG FREE 9 YEARS.
Went to doctor for tiredness, Zyprexa and a Valium thing, mad in three days, fallout....  Seroquol, Effexor, tegretol,   and 8 years of self destruction.
2013 Tried to give up Effexor, due to it causing serious medical issues.  Damn 1/4 valium... psychotic again!..(all now becomes clear in hindsight)....fallout, zoloft 100mg  seroquol 400mg mirtazapine 45 mg  tegretol 400mg
Mid 2014    3 month taper....   WD set in after 3-6? months.  Crash.
22/3/15  Trying 75mg Seroquol, 13mg mirtazipine, will report if I improve.  Increased mirtazipine to 26 mg after 8 days.  Felt bloody awful.  
1/4/2015   No medications
2/4/2015  Zoloft 50mg...  and ST JOHNS WORT 3 tablets. Seroquol as needed. Feeling worse after 13 days....
15/4/2015 St Johns Wort 3 tablets, seroquol as needed (about 75mg day) magnesium helps, as does the fish oil.

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 03:48 PM

I now have liquid sertraline but wondered if it can be diluted to get the dilution that I need. I asked the pharmacy and they cannot recommend it 'for legal reasons'. Laughable if it weren't so tragic that the existing advice is so damaging.
18 - 26 yrs - various antidepressants - tried to stop them every yr only to be put back on them with severe depression, rage
26 yrs - not sure if I'd stopped too quickly or gone into poop out not sure, cannot remember but life has been a nightmare with withdrawal symptoms (now I find out) since this age (now 31) I just thought I had a serious depression and anxiety or something undiagnosed.
30yrs (2013) - severe anxiety after doc stopped sertraline cold turkey to try mirtrazapine..stopped all ad's only to go back on 200mg of sertraline after psychiatric intervention. Tried antipsychotics, Valium for anxiety thank god did not stay on them!
Tapered 150mg, 100mg by December July 2014: 50mg Aug: 25mg Sept: 12.5mg Oct: 0mg felt normal 2 days then three days suicidal, rage, flu, dizziness, headaches, muscle pain, drunk-like, feel like walking functioning through very thick mud
RI sertraline 8th October 2014 12.5mg ~ 400mg Magnesium Citrate evening (stopped - took 800mg and increased suicidal depression, take none now)
Windows/waves on 12.5mg. 20/1/15. - 11.87mg 31/1/15 - 11.86mg 24th/25/26th -different brand would not disolve properly 28th- liquid sertraline had to drop to 11.8 unable to measure 0.06 reacted to liquid...now on another brand..maybe reacting to this?

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 04:14 PM

Find the ingredients for the liquid sertraline (could be in an insert). If it contains water, you can dilute it with water.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 04:15 PM

Ok thanks
18 - 26 yrs - various antidepressants - tried to stop them every yr only to be put back on them with severe depression, rage
26 yrs - not sure if I'd stopped too quickly or gone into poop out not sure, cannot remember but life has been a nightmare with withdrawal symptoms (now I find out) since this age (now 31) I just thought I had a serious depression and anxiety or something undiagnosed.
30yrs (2013) - severe anxiety after doc stopped sertraline cold turkey to try mirtrazapine..stopped all ad's only to go back on 200mg of sertraline after psychiatric intervention. Tried antipsychotics, Valium for anxiety thank god did not stay on them!
Tapered 150mg, 100mg by December July 2014: 50mg Aug: 25mg Sept: 12.5mg Oct: 0mg felt normal 2 days then three days suicidal, rage, flu, dizziness, headaches, muscle pain, drunk-like, feel like walking functioning through very thick mud
RI sertraline 8th October 2014 12.5mg ~ 400mg Magnesium Citrate evening (stopped - took 800mg and increased suicidal depression, take none now)
Windows/waves on 12.5mg. 20/1/15. - 11.87mg 31/1/15 - 11.86mg 24th/25/26th -different brand would not disolve properly 28th- liquid sertraline had to drop to 11.8 unable to measure 0.06 reacted to liquid...now on another brand..maybe reacting to this?

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 08:27 PM

Hi everyone,

 

I was on 50mg of sertraline for 7 months. Over the course of a month I decided to taper down to come off the AD. 3 weeks after my last dose I have now been hit by the most awful anxiety. So in the past fews days I have restarted the sertraline at 25mg...

 

Is this the right thing to do? Or am I messing my brain chemistry up by doing this? 

 

I feel very worried by all this right now

 

Thanks

Ryan


February 2010: 10mg escitalopram after months of undiagnosed anxiety and weeks of extreme insomnia

April 2010: new GP changed me to 20mg citalopram because of "cost". On and off 10mg and 20mg of Citalopram for three years. Stopping completely in March 2013. 

October 2013: 10mg citalopram for increased anxiety

February 2014: switched to 50mg sertraline due to prickling, pins and needles sensations in skin.

October 2014: developed burning and pins and needles in legs. 100mg Pregabalin was added to the sertraline for symptoms. 

November 2014: sertraline increased to 100mg. Then reduced back to 50mg after two weeks because of side effects.

January 2015: continued burning symptoms. GP recommended reducing to 25mg. Stayed at 25mg for 2 weeks. Used pill cutter to half the 25mg into 12.5mg. Stayed there for 2 weeks. 

Start of February 2015: stopped completely. 2 weeks after last dose, anxiety and insomnia increased. 


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Posted 02 March 2015 - 01:47 AM

No ingredients list on the liquid sert.
18 - 26 yrs - various antidepressants - tried to stop them every yr only to be put back on them with severe depression, rage
26 yrs - not sure if I'd stopped too quickly or gone into poop out not sure, cannot remember but life has been a nightmare with withdrawal symptoms (now I find out) since this age (now 31) I just thought I had a serious depression and anxiety or something undiagnosed.
30yrs (2013) - severe anxiety after doc stopped sertraline cold turkey to try mirtrazapine..stopped all ad's only to go back on 200mg of sertraline after psychiatric intervention. Tried antipsychotics, Valium for anxiety thank god did not stay on them!
Tapered 150mg, 100mg by December July 2014: 50mg Aug: 25mg Sept: 12.5mg Oct: 0mg felt normal 2 days then three days suicidal, rage, flu, dizziness, headaches, muscle pain, drunk-like, feel like walking functioning through very thick mud
RI sertraline 8th October 2014 12.5mg ~ 400mg Magnesium Citrate evening (stopped - took 800mg and increased suicidal depression, take none now)
Windows/waves on 12.5mg. 20/1/15. - 11.87mg 31/1/15 - 11.86mg 24th/25/26th -different brand would not disolve properly 28th- liquid sertraline had to drop to 11.8 unable to measure 0.06 reacted to liquid...now on another brand..maybe reacting to this?

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Posted 02 March 2015 - 04:39 AM

A different brand of sertraline has been delivered..I cannot get hold of the kind I know is ok for me..where do I go from here then if I react to this now..
18 - 26 yrs - various antidepressants - tried to stop them every yr only to be put back on them with severe depression, rage
26 yrs - not sure if I'd stopped too quickly or gone into poop out not sure, cannot remember but life has been a nightmare with withdrawal symptoms (now I find out) since this age (now 31) I just thought I had a serious depression and anxiety or something undiagnosed.
30yrs (2013) - severe anxiety after doc stopped sertraline cold turkey to try mirtrazapine..stopped all ad's only to go back on 200mg of sertraline after psychiatric intervention. Tried antipsychotics, Valium for anxiety thank god did not stay on them!
Tapered 150mg, 100mg by December July 2014: 50mg Aug: 25mg Sept: 12.5mg Oct: 0mg felt normal 2 days then three days suicidal, rage, flu, dizziness, headaches, muscle pain, drunk-like, feel like walking functioning through very thick mud
RI sertraline 8th October 2014 12.5mg ~ 400mg Magnesium Citrate evening (stopped - took 800mg and increased suicidal depression, take none now)
Windows/waves on 12.5mg. 20/1/15. - 11.87mg 31/1/15 - 11.86mg 24th/25/26th -different brand would not disolve properly 28th- liquid sertraline had to drop to 11.8 unable to measure 0.06 reacted to liquid...now on another brand..maybe reacting to this?

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 02:40 PM

Phone the manufacturer for the ingredients. Dilute with water if water is one of the ingredients.


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Posted 25 March 2015 - 02:40 PM

Is there any benefit in taking sertraline in divided doses ?


1987-1997  pertofran , prothiaden , Prozac   on and off a/d's , no records available    1997-2002 Zoloft     2002-2004 effexor 

2004-2010 Lexapro 40mg          2010-2012 Cymbalta  120mg

Sept. 2012  -decreased 90mg in 6months - too fast. Didn't know any better.   Care taken over by Dr Lucire in March 2013 , decreased last 30mg at 2mg per week over 3 months.                          

July 21 , 2013-  last dose of Cymbalta

Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days.  Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months. By July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying.

July 2014 started pristiq 50mg.   Felt improvement within days and am still continuing to improve.

Plan: started taper 28 Feb. 2015.   Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg.   Sit for at least a month.

 

Dr.Yolande Lucire - Forensic Psychiatry and Pharmacogenetics    Website:   www.adversereactionsaustralia.com  ,    akathisia specialist

 

 


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Posted 25 March 2015 - 03:15 PM

Some people find it more comfortable to divide doses.


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