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What sort of withdrawal symptoms can i expect if i suddenly stop taking sertraline?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Depends: Usually withdrawal symptoms occur from antidepressants that are short-acting, like paroxetine or venlafaxine. These include headaches, a feeling of tingling on your head, a general feeling of being sick and stomach problems, like diarrhea or nausea. It is very unusual to get withdrawals from sertraline, although it depends on how long you have been on the medication and the dose you are on.
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 37 years experience
If stopped suddenly,: The ssri's can cause a discontinuation syndrome that can make you feel like you have the flu for a week or so. It can also give you what my patients call brain zaps and the feeling that when you turn your head, it takes a second for your eyes to catch up. Why not taper it with your doctor's help?
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
May or maynot have: SSRI discontinuation syndrome. SSRI discontinuation syndrome symptoms may include: flu-like sx’s, insomnia, nightmares, vivid dreams, anxiety, tearfulness, low mood, irritability, nausea, vomiting, cramps, loose stools, loss of appetite, dizziness, flushing, sweating, headache, lethargy, imbalance, vertigo, sensation of electric shocks & other sensory disturbances, & hyperarousal. Usually sx's
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
end within 1 to 2 weeks.
May 20, 2017

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