It is definetly safe to get off of zoloft, but do it gradually by reducing the dose in half each week( can be done faster if ringing in ears is intolerable)
NO, it doesn't get rid of the anxiety altogether, and yes it does make you feel unlike yourself. You should look into cbt with someone who also does general counseling so you can come to understand, as well as control, your anxiety.
I'd like to just add this:
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If you have withdrawn from Zoloft and are still experiencing Zoloft side effects, there is an answer and a solution.
If you are currently taking or thinking of starting psychiatric medication, this is a must read. "Certain kinds of antidepressants can double the risk of developing breast cancer, according to a landmark Canadian study."
Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride)
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Per Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Zoloft "is chemically unrelated to other SSRIs, tricylic, or other available antidepressant agents." That Pfizer statement may be true regarding "chemically unrelated" but that is where the dissimilarities end.
What are the real Zoloft side effects? Click here This is only a short list of what really happens while using Zoloft.
The side effects of Zoloft are in the same league with the other SSRIs. Pfizer at least goes one step further and admits Zoloft will metabolize in the liver and that people with even mild liver impairment should use caution and a lower dosage of Zoloft. "Zoloft is extensively metabolized by the liver." (From the Pfizer statements above, if your doctor has not conducted a full liver test before prescribing you Zoloft, your doctor has not even read and or understood the precautions in the Pfizer brochure)
Side Effects Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride)
Frequent Zoloft Side Effects
hypoesthesia (Partial loss of sensation)
myalgia (Muscular pain)
asthenia (Loss or lack of bodily strength, weakness) malaise (Vague feeling of illness or depression)
weight increase yawning female sexual dysfunction male sexual dysfunction
rhinitus (Inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes)
(A sound in the ears, such as buzzing, ringing, or whistling, caused by a defect in the auditory nerve) hypertonia (Having extreme muscular or arterial tension)
The above Zoloft side effects are FREQUENT. If you are thinking of taking Zoloft or prescribing Zoloft to a patient, please stop for a minute and evaluate what you are trying to cure with Zoloft. If you or your patient are currently depressed, how do you think it will be with all or most of the frequent side effects with you or your patient on a daily basis? Will it make things worse?
The above Zoloft side effects are taken from the Pfizer Premarketing clinical trials.
What Zoloft side effects can you expect after more than a few weeks of usage?
The list below is taken from the Zoloft side effects (Postmarketing Evaluation)
acute renal failure
anaphylactoid reaction (Hypersensitivity to a foreign substance) angioedema (Excessive accumulation of fluid in the tissues)
optic neuritis (Inflammation, pain or loss of motion in the eye)
increased blood coagulation times
bradycardia (Slowness of the heart rate, usually fewer than 60 beats per minute in an adult human)
(An irregularity in the force or rhythm of the heartbeat)
(A rapid heart rate, especially one above 100 beats per minute in an adult)
Hypothyroidism (Insufficient production of thyroid hormones)
Agranulocytosis (An acute disease marked by high fever and a sharp drop in circulating granular white blood cells)
The above list of Zoloft side effects from Postmarketing Evaluation is actually much longer than listed here.
Deaths from Zoloft overdose have varied with the amounts taken. One patient ingested 13.5 grams and recovered while another ingested 2.5 grams and had a fatal outcome.
If you have already quit using Zoloft and you are NOT currently using another SSRI CLICK HERE to find out how to detoxify your liver of the Zoloft toxins.
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Edor, maybe this will give you a more rounded view of the ssri zoloft. If you copy and paste the url (near the beginning) into your browswer, you will be able to access the links and learn more.
Got that above by typing into search engine "zoloft side effects withdrawal symptoms". And lots more too.
Gotta go. Best wishes :)
I'm 29 year old female. I am currently on Wellbutrin for depression. My psychologist initially put me on Zoloft because of my past drug history: I did various drugs recreationally over the past ten years and found that cocaine didn't make me feel high; it made me feel calm and normal. Not speedy or anxious. So she figured that Zoloft might work for me. But she was wrong...
I could barely get through 2 weeks on the stuff. Firstly, it made me totally incapable of having an orgasm (what's the point of being on anti-depressants if you get more depressed from not being able to have sex with your significant other?), I had absolutely no sensation in all the places that I usually do. In addition to that- It did not affect me like cocaine did. I felt speedy, dizzy, grinding my teeth, no appetite at all, my tremors (which I've had all my life) got much worse- to the point that I could barely hold a coffee mug with one hand.
I guess the single worst side-effect is that it seemed to totally alter my personality. I am an artist/musician. When I was on Zoloft I lost all motivation to do my work, I became uninspired... it was as if it had suddenly zapped my imagination, in turn, making me more depressed and confused. I became indifferent/ emotionless. It was the strangest, most upsetting experience I have ever had with a drug.
However my Mother takes it and has no complaints. But it has deffinately altered her personality. I feel that I nolonger know her.
I have been on Zoloft since about November 2001 after been diagnosed with reactive depression and also being diagnosed with ad/hd disorder in 1991, this only shows when I become really emotional, agitated, frustrated. I have been really depressed and suicidal. I took myself off Zoloft, thinking I was better but had a big withdrawn symptons and put myself back on. I am now on valpro. Can you tell me about this drug and any other information? Thanks, God Bless.
your ******. get off the drugs... zoloft is ******** prescribed by dr's. to make money. I've been on zoloft for 3 years now, and I feel gyped. I've grown accustomed to it and its been hard to ween myself off of it. my goal is to be free of anti depressants and antipsychotics altogether. I have been duped into taking the ****, concequently I have been stuck in a 3-4 year prescription. Leave zoloft. you don't need it. be comfortable with who you are, and what your about. fight the power. and **** prescription drugs. I know all to well.
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