I am 25 yo and have been on zoloft 150 mg for the past year and a half. i recently moved and do not have health insurance so i cannot afford to refill my rx right now. i have been off zoloft for a week and am feeling very dizzy. will this go away and can i just keep not taking it?
I'm no doctor, but I currently ran out of Zoloft much like you, and I was taking a high dosage of 200 mg. Lately I've been having sleep paralysis (which makes me feel like when I'm dreaming, I know I'm dreaming, I want to wake up, and I can't move and I wake up out of breath and extremely panicked) which I thought was just yet another quirk of mine. However, as recently as last night I keep feeling like I'm having electric zaps/tremors go through my body every 30 seconds or so, having sleep hallucinations, headaches, lack of concentration, feel on the brink of seizure/fainting, I'm extremely dizzy, constantly in a state of panic, and extremely confused. Finally, I googled my symptoms because I literally felt like I was going crazy...sure enough I stumbled upon Zoloft withdrawls. I haven't been taking it for about one and a half weeks, and I swear I've never felt so out of control with my body in my entire life.
I really wish my doctor would have told me about what would happen (not just that you 'shouldn't') when you go off Zoloft cold turkey. These symptoms are absolutely the hardest thing I've had to deal with--even harder than the depression and anxiety I took the medication for in the first place. I'm a college student so I'm so afraid I'm going to go into some psychotic state or have a seizure at any moment the way I'm feeling.
I personally think when I do get the medication, I'm going to lower my dosage substantially and hopefully go off of it gradually. I literally feel like I'm a prisoner of this drug's withdrawl effects, and never EVER want to feel like this again. Not to mention I feel like some drug addict who needs rehab or something crazy...Good luck with your quitting, but I heard that withdrawl symptoms can last from 1 to 8 weeks... :(
Going off medications is not a good idea but it is of course difficult to know what to do when coverage runs out. As for getting prescriptions for free there is drug coverage through the company called the Patient Assistance Plan. As for health coverage besides Medicaid there is the Medicaid Buy in for Working People with Disabilities if your state has it. Look it up. You can find out more about these options at your local independent living center. There's one in every county of every state. Here's a list:
ILADVOCATE is totally correct, stopping a med like that can be sheer hell. He's given some good info, luckily in the US, you can get meds free under certain conditions. If you are in Canada, most provinces have a program that you can get most of your psych meds free, I had to do that in BC it's called Plan G, or I would be paying out 200+/mo even with insurance. If you update your profile, it would easier to assist you. No one will know who you are, if you are worried about that.
I recently went off Cymbalta - cold turkey. I could have gradually lowered the dose, but I was so fed up with the side effects that I just wanted to be done with it. Thankfully, the withdrawals have been relatively minor but include digestive upsets, trouble sleeping, dizzy, nauseous. Cymbalta did help me get through a tough time of depression/anxiety and mentally I'm feeling pretty good now.
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