It was suggested that i re post my zoloft horror story,not using all capitols,so here goes.
I was on 25 m.g. of zoloft for fourteen years.I was experiencing a lot of stress when i started taking it in 1994.I believe it came on the market in 1992.It was and still is advertised as non additive.
I lowered the dose to 12.5 m.g. on October 31,2007 and had no problem. I stopped taking the zoloft on feburary 4,2008 and four days later i started to feel a tightness in my chest.It spread to my throat and nose and got progressively worse. By the end of the following week i had the shakes,nausea,headaches,dizziness and felt horrible.I could barely get out of bed.By then i had been to my internist who did an ekg,and chest x ray,i went to a cardologist and he had a doppler echo of my heart done along with some blood work,I went to a pulmonary dr. and he sent me for a ct of the lungs and had me have a breathing test.Every thing came back normal.No one ever told me that i may be in withdraw from stopping the zoloft.None of the doctors had ever had any patients experience this type of problem from stopping zoloft.
I went on the internet and typed in zoloft withdraw and found all these horror stories.I immediately took 25 m.g. of zoloft and within two hours my airways began to open up.I thought this nightmare was over,it was just the beginning.About three days later the closure in my nose,throat and chest started again. It took about a month for all the other withdraw symptoms to go away,but the breathing continued to worsen.
My gp prescribed 0.5 of klonopin twice a day and told me he wanted me to see a psychiacrist,as he felt they would have more experience with something like this. He advised me that ther was nothing more that he could do for me.The psychiatrist did a very thorough evaluation of me and did not feel it was any sort of panic attacks,as the only problem i was having was terrible pressure in my nose,throat and chest.It was if everything was swollen and full of mucus that i could not expel. She had never had any thing like this with a patient. She advised me that when there is a problem coming off zoloft, that you should go back on your previous dose and then decrease it very slowly.
I made an appointment with another internist and he advised me to increase the zoloft to 50 m.g. so i did 25 m.g. in the morning and 25 m.g at night along with the klonopin,which is the lowest dose avaliable ( 0.5 m.g) This only gave me partial relief,although when i sleep through the night i have no problem,until i get up in the morning.
The internist had me see another pulmonary doctor who did a bronkascopy of my upper airways,which were normal.
he had me try proventil,which is a fast acting asthma inhaler. it helped some,so he had me go on foradil twice a day,which is a 12 hour asthma inhaler.I also use nasonex in my nose every morning.
I have seen three ear,nose and throat doctors,i have had two nose exams,i have had a ct of the upper airways,a pet scan,i have had full allagery tests,i have been to the cleveland clinic in weston fl and seen an internist,an ent dr. and an allergist. they were of no help. i have been up to shands university hospital in
Gainseville,Fl and have seen an internist there,i have seen a pulmonary dr. there, i have had chest x rays,more breathing tests and no one can come up with any answers.The second internist that i saw,where i live also advised me he could do no more for me.
I contacted pfizer,who makes zoloft. They were of no help.I sent an e mail to the fda and had no response.I contacted the mayo clinic in jacksonville,they would not see me for this.
For the past 10 months now my life has been an absolute horror.
Recently i started taking 1200 m.g. of omega fish oil three times a day and it has helped slightly. it is supposed to help improve the seratonian in the brain and i firmly believe that is where the problem is.
It is wrong that a drug manufacturer can put a drug like this on the market and not be required to be able to help when something goes wrong in your body from a adverse reaction from the drug.
One doctor wanted me to increase the zoloft to 100 m.g. a day and another one wanted me to go to 200 m.g. a day.I refused. this is not a deoression problem.It is a medical problem,due to some sort of reaction from stopping the zoloft.
I do not believe that there has been any testing done on anyone that has been on zoloft for 14 years and it looks as though i will never be able to come off of it or get any quality of life back.
I have tried tto reduce the zoloft by as little as 2 m.g. a week and after a few days i get worse.
Ihave been told by several doctors,coming off of 12.5 m.g. of zoloft should not cause any sort of problem.
If anyone can offer any help,or has had a similiar experience,i would appreciate hearing from you.