I recommend a slightly different schedule where you decrease the dose and the interval over 3 weeks...you might trying going on the smallest dose again every 2 days, then 3 days, then 5 days, then stop.
Well if it takes 6 weeks for a medication to take its full effects, I can assume it will take awhile to get out of your system completly. You only took your last dose Monday, however little it was. I know you just want to experience as little side effects as possible. Hang in there, you will feel physically better soon.
Hey, sweetie--I just posted something for guy w/a ? that might help you, too.
If you are having trouble, STRESS to your doc that you don't feel good about waiting for the zoloft to be out of your system before starting the lexapro--like I said to guy, people who recommend clearing one med before starting the next don't understand how we feel when we are off our meds----THIS MOSTLY APPLIES TO THE DOCTORS! It's important to remember that as sympathetic as people (docs included) can try to be, anyone who has not SUFFERED with depression or anxiety CAN NOT truly understand how debilitating it is. You do not need to suffer. I have transitioned between paxil and prozac seamlessly by tapering one, while increasing the other (slowly). If your doc won't do it, find one that will. They are out there, and you do need to do it under doctor's care to avoid worse things like seratonin syndrome
The schedule I'm following for coming off the Zoloft was 25mgs. less every two weeks. I'm at the last week on 50mgs and will be starting 25 tomorrow. It's miserable and I'm in agony. I have persistant headaches that my PCP sent me to a CAT scan for -- negative. My vision is screwey, my eye feels like it is pulling and my eye doctor wants me to consult for possible surgery. Meanwhile I mentioned the Zoloft tapering to all of my doctors, none of which attributed it to what I am feeling. An online search brought me here and I see I'm not alone.
I understand everyone's systems and bodies are unique but if there a general idea of how long these symptoms will last? Weeks? months?
Hey there Crafty, your posting got me interested enough to sign up for this board. I feel so badly about your predicament with withdrawals, it's happened to me before and I ended up going back on Zoloft because of it! The withdrawals sucked SO bad...I felt dizzy and headachey and generally ****** all the time. Even with the tapering process, it didn't matter. I believe my shrink at the time knew this would happen and really didn't care. On one hand I don't fault him because I really did/do need to be on medication...so it's really a no-choice situation... but for him to say he's had NO patients that complained of withdrawal symptoms after tapering off zoloft even in the correct time frame its supposed to be done? That is a downright lie. Everyone I ever spoke to who took it, had a terrible time getting off of it! And the idea that your doctor wants you to get your system "clean" before starting a new drug is total BS. You can start something right away. My guess is you need to change doctors...sorry... I'd do that immediately if I were you because despite what you might be hearing... it's gonna be a LOOOOOONG time before you feel "better" at this rate. Sorry for being blunt...
Thanks Tara. No worries about being blunt, there's no sugar coating this mess, that's for sure! Right now I don't have insurance and any new doctor I've contacted has quoted me prices nearing 400.00 for a consult. I was getting the Zoloft through the prescription care program here in NY but even that started to become a hassle to do. I was having a few good days but today knocked me for a loop with the brain zaps. I believe you when you say it's going to be a long, long time. I'm at a low enough dosage to start something else and the doctor know suggests Thorazine. Not sure how we went from an SSRI only to a mood stablizer only but there it is. I go in next week and may ask him about Wellbutrin. I've read it helps for weight gain as well, which for me, was one of the side effects from the Zoloft.
Thanks for your input.