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Success: Recovery From Protracted Zoloft Withdrawal and PSSD


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#37 RubyTuesday

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 11:47 AM

Thank you so much for posting this, especially the sexual dysfunction part of the post.

still figuring out the technicalities of posts here, sorry guys, definitely got some Chronic Brain Impairment here, but...

slow & steady wins the race!!!

and I will post a new intro shortly

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2002: "Situational depression" 2002-2010:Prozac.Birth Control.2011 Short trials: Paxil, Celexa, Lexipro, Wellbutrin, Xanax, Ativan- Gee, Doc never mentioned protracted AD wd syndrome. Imagine that. 2011-2015. Lamictal. Seroquel. Remiron. 2012: "Complex post traumatic stress disorder." Fast taper of Remiron jumped off June 2013. Slow tapers ever since of Seroquel & Lamictal.  crippling muscle spasms. crying fits. panic attacks. akathisia. nerve twitches. the jitters. the heebie jeebies. de-personal/realization. numbness. tingling. fatigue. lethargy. nightmares.insomnia. weird images. eye pain.vertigo. dizziness. brain zaps. and on and on and on. withdrawal? side effects? which drug? impossible to know. applied for disability. awaiting case to be settled.also back in school slowly & carefully. have not worked full time in 10 years. NOW: Seroquel 12.5 mg. Lamictal 75% of 50 mg. 

GOT DISABILITY. USING THE ROAD BACK JAMES HARPER VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS. OFF OF SEROQUEL OCTOBER 2, 2015. Tapered off Lamictal approx 5 mg per month until Wednesday April 23 2016 jumped off at about 20 mg. (dissolved in water.) Feel great mentally & emotionally but physically like a mild flu, achey, heavy, dizzy, uncoordinated but nonetheless still better than the last few months of tapering. Worked Fall 2015 while withdrawing Seroquel then quit all school & work again February 2016 in order to get off the drugs.p.s. the worst of the morning panic disappeared the morning I stopped the Lamictal.

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 03:25 PM

I read this story regularly, it really helps during the dark days.


20+ years of Zoloft 50-100 mg CT 03/2014 for 5 months
Back on Prozac 20 mg for 4 months CT since 11/2014
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I know that I will someday be completely healed and healthy




#39 bananas

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Posted 26 June 2015 - 11:08 PM

What a great story!  Definitely does give hope.  The one thing that concerns me is that 7 years for me will put me in my late 60s.  I better damn well live long enough to enjoy some normalcy!   :)


12-2001 -- Started Effexor XR - 150 mg dose  2005 -- Tried to cold turkey off it.  Lasted 3 days and then went back on 150 mg.  2009 -- Went on generic Effexor due to cost.  Have had a lot more side effects on it.  09-24-13 -- Started tapering by taking 2 beads out of 150 mg capsule.  10-17-13 thru 07-17-14 -- Took 2 more beads out of capsule each month.  08-2014 -- Dropped by 8 beads.  Went into a HUGE depression.  05-03-15 -- Now taking 22 beads out of capsule.  Went to micro-taper of 2 beads every other week.  11-10-15 -- Taking 96 beads (About 54 out of capsule.  Reversed the way I was taking them since the amount in the capsule varies).  Can now drop 8 beads a month, 4 every other week, with no problem.  After a while switched to dropping 2 beads every Monday as 4 at a time was starting to affect me.  Have no problem with dropping 2 beads every Monday.  07-07-16 -- Now taking 43 beads with no problems. 09-27-16 -- Now taking 2 beads out every other Monday.  Am at 33 beads now. 


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 10:40 AM

This story is a winner for all who are suffering.

20+ years of Zoloft 50-100 mg CT 03/2014 for 5 months
Back on Prozac 20 mg for 4 months CT since 11/2014
Found this forum the last day of 2014
Experiencing Windows and Waves
I know that I will someday be completely healed and healthy




#41 HalfPerson

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Posted 11 August 2015 - 01:30 PM

That is really inspiring. I hope one day to be writing a post like that on here...and I will.

 

I hope more recoverers share their stories. Hope is essential in this situation. Good on you, OP. ;)



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Posted 03 November 2015 - 01:33 PM

I love this story, would love to know if this guy tapered or cold turkey'd. Anyone know??
Been on citalopram 40mg for 10 years then 25mg sertraline for just under a year

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Posted 10 November 2015 - 10:49 AM

Hi there,

One of the success stories that really seems to give me hope is the one posted by lossleader. He really went through the mill in withdrawal but I often wonder does anyone know what his drug history was??

Did he cold turkey, or taper?? How long was he on Zoloft, and what other ssris did he take if any?? What specific side effects did he encounter?

Maybe Altostrata can remember?? Or one of the other long time servants of this site??

I know it's not always wise to draw comparisons but having arrested a Zoloft withdrawal myself recently I find myself wanting to compare my own symptoms and drug history.

Thanks for any info, I tried searching the archived Paxil progress site but it doesn't yield any results.

Thanks in advance
Been on citalopram 40mg for 10 years then 25mg sertraline for just under a year

#44 JanCarol

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 07:37 PM

Bump - because it's so excellent! (also Cooper's question about taper vs. cold turkey is good, if any old-timers remember more of the story)


"Easy, easy - just go easy and you'll finish." - Hawaiian Kapuna

 

Holding is hard work, holding is a blessing. Give your brain time to heal before you try again.

 

My suggestions are not medical advice, you are in charge of your own medical choices.

 

A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total). At age 35 flipped to "bipolar," but was not diagnosed for 5 years. Started my journey in Midwest United States. Crossed the Pacific for love and hope; currently living in Australia.   CT Seroquel 25 mg some time in 2013.   Tapered Reboxetine 4 mg Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 = GONE (3 years on Reboxetine).     Tapered Lithium 900 to 475 MG (alternating with the SNRI) Jan 2014 - Nov 2014, tapered Lithium 475 mg Jan 2015 -  Feb 2016 = GONE (10 years  on Lithium).  Many mistakes in dry cutting dosages were made.

 

Currently Lithium Orotate 1.67 mg only.  I will re-evaluate this supplement in 2017.

 

I have been psych drug FREE since 1 Feb 2016!


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 11:27 AM

Thanks so much for posting this. LL reminds me so much of myself. Although I have to say that he is anything but a loser, his story does make me believe that if he can do it so can I. Even without the therapy and vitamins, lifestyle changes and positive attitude that I keep thinking are absolutely necessary for recovery. LL seems to be proof that they're not. Yay! Cause most days I just can't do it.

Thanks again

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Zoloft 150-200 mg- on and off between 1998 and 2004.

 

Lexapro 40 mg - 2004-2013 30 mg 2013 - August 2015 20 mg August 2015- September 2015 15 mg September 2015 - October 2015 10 mg October 2015 -Nov. 1 2015. Nov. 2015 increased dose to 12.5 mg to stabilize. Dec. 28 2015 11.25 mg March 29, 2016 10 mg. August 1, 2016 9 mg. October 23, 2016 8.1 mg. Nov. 29, 2016 7.5 mg

 

Depakote 1000 mg 2008-2013  750 2013-Dec 2015 500 mg Dec 2015 to Feb 2, 2016. Sopped completely Feb 2 2016.

 

Adderall 40mg 2004-Feb 29, 2016. Feb 29,2016 - reduced Adderall to 20 mg based on pdoc's recommendations. March 29, 2016 - Reduced Adderall to 15 mg. April 30 reduced Adderall to 10 mgs. May 28, 2016 reduced Adderall to 5 mgs.June 8, 2016 stopped taking Adderall due to extreme agitation.

 

Amphetamine 20mg 2008 - 1/16. 1/16 - Stopped Amphetamine completely because pdoc did not renew script.

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#46 Spider123

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 10:15 AM

Getting to understand the lingo here - protracted withdrawal.
Wonder if after 1 month free of drug and feeling so bad
should I take smaller dose of Zoloft again and then taper?
The depression is destabilising my relationship.
How long will this take? If years my relationship will be
dead and buried. During this period the ability to make
clear decisions is very difficult. Grateful for the sharing of these
Heartfelt stories.
I am off Zoloft 50 all together now. Tapered for a month.
Off the tab for 4 week now. Feel very depressed with brain
zaps - feeling fatigued and tired , getting lots of migraines.
Trouble sleeping. Is this part of the withdrawal?

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Posted 27 June 2016 - 11:13 AM

Inspirational! And I need inspiration.

1990 (age 20, in college) - First major panic attacks (diagnosis, PD, GAD, Depression). Prescribed 100 mg sertraline, 2.5 mg lorazepam. Tried to reduce meds several times but essentially took these meds for about 25 years.
Summer of 2014 - Quit drinking alcohol and 3.5 month taper off all meds under doc supervision. October 2014 - Return of severe panic attacks, with 8-month "SSRI/Benzo chase" to try and stabilize. June 2015 - Found a drug "reinstatement" (more drugs than I had ever been on) that stopped the panic attacks, but was left with severe anxiety, depression, and numerous side effects: 150 mg sertraline (Z=Zoloft), 15 mg mirtazapine (R=Remeron), 2 mg clonazepam (K=Klonopin)

-- Begin new taper -- 12/11/16: Z=100 mg, R=6 mg, K=1 mg, 11/13/16: Z=100 mg, R=7.5 mg, K=1 mg, Z=100 mg, R=7.5 mg, K=1.5 mg, 9/1/16: Z=112.5 mg, R=7.5 mg, K=1.5 mg, 7/27/16: Z=125 mg, R=7.5 mg, K=1.5 mg, 5/1/16: Z=135 mg, R=7.5 mg, K=1.5 mg, 4/10/16: Z=150 mg, R=7.5 mg, K=1.5 mg, 3/1/16: Z=150 mg, R=7.5 mg, K=2.0 mg

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 01:32 AM

I don't get it. 4 years or 7 years if I had to go 2 years with the withdrawl symptoms I have now there's no way I could do it.. I cold turkey from 2mg of prozac, if you even call that a cold turkey.and the reaction I got you would thought I cold turkey from 60 mg. I don't believe these drugs have that power. But they do. I think it's so prolonged because we are under so much stress the the hyperstimulsted stress response is always on full bore and never gives the brain or body a chance to heal from the traumatic shock that just happened. But who knows just boggles my mind a heroin junkie doesnt even take this long to recover but a ssri takes years to recover. There's got to be somthing to help us all without suffering. We can land spaceships on the moon but a person has to suffer ssri withdrawl for years. Doesn't make sense.. I also think these pills are poison and the government in bed with the pharmacy company's to get people hooked on them. If you want to make money start investing in pharmaceutical stocks. Everyone on a pill and everyone buys into the bullcrap ads..these pharmaceutical company's should be in prison
I was on paxil for 9 years. From 2004 to 2013. Switched to prozac got off and on couple times in that year then eventually staying on prozac last 2 years. Starting at 2 mg cutting the pill every day. Got up to 4 mg for about 5 months then lowered back down to 2mg for past 6 months. Then quit the 2mg. First week was ok then it hit hard. Confusion, dizzy, felt like was passing out. Anxiety attacks, felt depersonalization, body spasms, felt really weak like I could barely hold anything. Then had a few days felt normal then back to confused and had no emotion. Then my eyes and ears were very sensitive and still are.. About 6 weeks in got super depressed almost suicidal thoughts from the stress and the toll it has taken on me. I thought it would get better but hasn't.. So at 7.5 weeks reinstated to a little under 1mg with liquid. I don't take any other medication or supplements