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Tapering of Zoloft

Since March 2009 I have been taking 50 mg of Zoloft a day.  I wasn't happy about starting the meds but it was for a good reason.  I recently saw my doctor and she and I both felt I was ready to stop so for three weeks I took 25 mg a day then for one week I took 25 mg every other day, for the past week I haven't taken any.  I feel fine except for a few minor withdrawal symptoms ("zaps", insomnia, anxiety, all very mild) but now I'm wondering how long it takes the medicine to completely clear my system.  I know that it has a half life of about 26 hours and I have done the math.  However, I want to know when it will be completely gone...not even .0000001 left.  I also want to know how soon I can drink alcohol, without having to constantly monitor myself.  I'm not a heavy drinker but I don't want to have to worry about having a crazy reaction so I don't want to drink until it is COMPLETELY out of my system.  Thank you for your help. I would ask my doc but she is always so vague.  I want specifics.
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535822 tn?1443976780
Withdrawal from the drug takes some time thats why really slowly is the answer, however it does get better, I am uncertain about the drinking issue perhaps your Doctor would be able to tell you, we also have a 'substance Abuse forum if you click on there you may get more answers from some good folks  . Good luck sounds like you have won a battle, and that always enpowering ....
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