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How can I stop taking zoloft (sertraline)? Im on 50mg have been using it for 9 months?

How can I stop taking zoloft (sertraline)? Im on 50mg have been using it for 9 months?

Under supervision: Discuss it with your physician to see what is safest for you. However 50mg is low enough to stop it without having to decrease the dose. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sertraline (Definition)

Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & ...Read more


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I've been on sertraline 50mg for 3 months now, i want to stop cause i'm better now. How can I stop?

I've been on sertraline 50mg for 3 months now, i want to stop cause i'm better now. How can I stop?

ask first: You should ask your dr to help you develop an exit plan, it s not only about discontinuation symptoms and doses, but rather also the fact that the original symptoms may come back. Mostly, if situations triggering depression/anxiety are still there and there was no psychotherapy. Usually, psychotherapy is used to monitor and ensure good results before stopping meds. Ask your dr. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Have been on 25 mg of Zoloft (sertraline) for two weeks. When do I stop taking it?

Have been on 25 mg of Zoloft (sertraline) for two weeks. When do I stop taking it?

Consult with dr. : Are you tapering off the zoloft (sertraline) or did you just start it? This clearly needs to be done under your providers supervision but with a taper this long, it can usually be stopped. ...Read more

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Hi I am currently on lustral 50mg and was wondering if I stopped taking them how long would it take for them to be out of my system?

Hi I am currently on lustral 50mg and was wondering if I stopped taking them how long would it take for them to be out of my system?

TAPER: Must slowly taper off, withdrawing gradually over 2 weeks, to avoid withdrawal symptoms. The 1/2 life is about 1 day, meaning that 1 day without it results in 1/2 the blood level. The 2nd day is is again half as much. So after 4 days the blood level is 1/16 of day #1. After a week it is only 1/64 as much. After 2 weeks it will be essentially gone. ...Read more

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How fast can I stop taking 1mg of clonazepam if I have been taking it for 1year for anxiety?

How fast can I stop taking 1mg of clonazepam if I have been taking it for 1year for anxiety?

Taper: I would taper it over a couple of weeks. Take 3/4 for 5 days, 1/2 for 5 days, 1/4 for 5 days and then stop. That will prevent any physical withdrawal. Of more concern would be recurrence of the underlying anxiety. Many antidepressants work well for anxiety (e.g. Paxil, (paroxetine) mirtazepine, and effexor). ...Read more

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I've been on simvastin for 2 weeks 20mg. Can I just stop taking it or do I have to wean off?

I've been on simvastin for 2 weeks 20mg. Can I just stop taking it or do I have to wean off?

Simvastatin: You have to continue. Your doctor need to monitor your cholesterol profile and liver functions every 3-6 months. ...Read more

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I am on 25mg of lamictal, do I have to taper off or can I just quit taking it? I have been taking since June 2015

I am on 25mg of lamictal, do I have to taper off or can I just quit taking it? I have been taking since June 2015

Lamictal: Usually a dose of 25mg doesn't require tapering. But - this should be discussed with your prescribing provider before proceeding. ...Read more

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Hi - I have been taking 25mg of sertraline for 3 days then 50mg of sertraline for 6 days. How should I taper off to eventually stop taking it?

Hi - I have been taking 25mg of sertraline for 3 days then 50mg of sertraline for 6 days.  How should I taper off to eventually stop taking it?

Talk w/your doc 1st: Please talk with the doctor who prescribed this medicine for you, before doing anything. There must have been a reason you received it, and it's not clear that whatever symptoms you were having, are gone. If sertraline isn't helping you, your doctor could make adjustments or changes -- but from your note you've only been on it for 9 days. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism, i take 250mg thyroxin a day and have been for 5 years. When can I stop being dependent on this?

I have hypothyroidism, i take 250mg thyroxin a day and have been for 5 years. When can I stop being dependent on this?

It depends: It depends on the reason for your hypothyroidism. Best thing to do is ask your endocrinologist about your medication, and any other concerns you have. Be well. ...Read more

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I am scared to start my taper of Sertraline. I have been on it for 9 months and take 75mg daily. I am ready, but don't want discontinuation symptoms..

I am scared to start my taper of Sertraline. I have been on it for 9 months and take 75mg daily. I am ready, but don't want discontinuation symptoms..

Taper under your: medical provider's supervision. Not everyone gets discontinuation symptoms. By tapering and not going off cold turkey - it greatly minimizes risk for discontinuation syndrome. ...Read more

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10 days ago I switched from 100mg sertraline to 20mg fluoxetine and have been dizzy for the last 5 days.How long will this last and how can I stop it?

10 days ago I switched from 100mg sertraline to 20mg fluoxetine and have been dizzy for the last 5 days.How long will this last and how can I stop it?

SSRI effects: Both Sertraline and Fluoxetine are used for Treatment of Depression and anxiety. 20mg Fluoxetine is lower dosethan100mg Sertraline in equivalency. Dizziness can be side effect of both medications; and may be due to withdrawal from higher dose of Sertraline and changing to lower dose of Fluoxetine. See a Psychiatrist for Diagnosis; discuss side effects, withdrawals ; Therapy for stresses ...Read more

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How long does Lyrica take to work. I have been on 50 mg for about a month and the side effects are just awful. A.m. I am zoned out after taking 25 mg?

How long does Lyrica take to work. I have been on 50 mg for about a month and the side effects are just awful. A.m. I am zoned out after taking 25 mg?

The dose is too: Low for any help. Therapeutic dose range from 50 X 3 to 200 x 3. Talk with your doctor. Hypersomnia is not uncommon! ...Read more

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Can i stop taking Diovan (valsartan) or do I have to wean of it? I have been taking 80 mg for 2 weeks.

Can i stop taking Diovan (valsartan) or do I have to wean of it? I have been taking 80 mg for 2 weeks.

Talk to doctor: You should never stop a medication without discussing the decision with your doctor. He/she will advice if it is appropriate to stop, if you need an alternative, etc. ...Read more

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I want to get off risperdone and am on 2mg. I have been on it for 3 and a half months. I also take Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) 40mg. How can I start lowering the dosage a?

I want to get off risperdone and am on 2mg. I have been on it for 3 and a half months. I also take Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) 40mg. How can I start lowering the dosage a?

Ask your precriber: the doctor who precribed those two medications, one is controlled, Vyvanse, (lisdexamfetamine) and the other, Risperidone, has a long half life, and should be monitored by the treating physician, and shouldn't be stopped on your own. Kindly confer with your doctor ...Read more

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I am currently taking Tetralysal for my acne, it works and I've been on it for 3 months, but I know It's temporary. can I keep using the medicine?

I am currently taking Tetralysal for my acne, it works and I've been on it for 3 months, but I know It's temporary. can I keep using the medicine?

Can use long term: Tetralysal is an antibiotic that is in the tetracycline family of antibiotics. It is a common medicine used in acne as the bacteria causing plugging of glands and pores in acne is quite responsive to this antibiotic. Long term rare affect on liver and kidney, so may need labs done. Should never be used in pregnancy or if thinking of becoming pregnant. May also cause colon irritation-eat probiotic ...Read more

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I was on Zoloft Buspar (buspirone) and ativan and trazadon I wasn't fine doc add me Risperdal 0.25 I do verry good I stop Buspar (buspirone) and trazadon I feel fine?

I was on Zoloft Buspar (buspirone) and ativan and trazadon I wasn't fine doc add me Risperdal 0.25 I do verry good I stop Buspar (buspirone) and trazadon I feel fine?

Work w/ provider: Glad you are doing very well. But, ALWAYS try to work w/ the provider when stopping a medication. That way, if any problems arise, they'll be addressed rapidly and you'll be much safer. It's part of their responsibility to support you through the entire treatment. It's yours to be responsive. Best wishes! ...Read more

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How can I stop taking zoloft (sertraline)? Im on 50mg have been using it for 9 months?

Under supervision: Discuss it with your physician to see what is safest for you. However 50mg is low enough to stop it without having to decrease the dose. ...Read more

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Can i stop taking Zoloft (sertraline) cold turkey after taking it for 5 years what will happen what would the side effects be?

Can i stop taking Zoloft (sertraline) cold turkey after taking it for 5 years what will happen what would the side effects be?

Please do not: Ssri (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) discontinuation syndrome refers to the symptoms one can experience when the drug is reduced or withdrawn. Common responses to dose reduction or cessation include dizziness, electric shock-like sensations, sweating, nausea, insomnia, tremor, confusion, nightmares, and vertigo. Please speak with your doctor before you change the dose of zoloft (sertraline). Be wel. ...Read more

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Can I stop taking Zoloft (sertraline) 100g? What is going to come? Am I going to be normal like I never took it? Will my depression heal?

Can I stop taking Zoloft (sertraline) 100g? What is going to come? Am I going to be normal like I never took it?  Will my depression heal?

Please don't just: stop your zoloft (sertraline). See that you have Schizophrenia and depression. This is a complex issue & a number of factors would need to be known before this question could be answered. Please sit down with your psychiatrist to address these important issues. This is far to important to settle for guesses by on line doctors who don't know you. Take care. ...Read more

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Can I stop taking Zoloft (sertraline) after 7days? I started at 50 mg the first 3 days then down to 25 the 4 days after that. I feel terrible. Heart is racing

You can but ...: There was probably a good reason your doctor prescribed it in the first place. Also, there might be something (other than the Zoloft) causing you to feel bad. It's hard to say without knowing more. Talk to your doctor about what an alternative treatment might be. People often have very individual reactions to medications. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Should I stop taking Zoloft (sertraline) if my chest hurts?

Dr. Gutti Rao Dr. Rao
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Should I stop taking Zoloft (sertraline) if my chest hurts?

You may have to: But consult a cardiologist to rule out any heart problem, once ruled out consult psychiatrist for a different antidepressant. ...Read more

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Husband and I have 4 mo old. We r using only withdraw method as contraception. Should I stop taking zoloft (sertraline)?

Husband and I have 4 mo old. We r using only withdraw method as contraception. Should I stop taking zoloft (sertraline)?

Failure rate high: Withdrawal method of contraception has a failure rate of 20 to 30%. Zoloft (sertraline) will be secreted in your breast milk if you are breast feeding although long term implications are not clear in an exposed child. Zoloft (sertraline) and other ssris are category 'c' meds that is not proven safe, but not treating depression and anxiety during pregnancy is more injurious to unborn. Have detail talk with psychiatrist. ...Read more

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If I stop taking Zoloft (sertraline) cold turkey will I experience symtoms? I've stopped for almost a month ans can't sleep and have bad anxiety

If I stop taking Zoloft (sertraline) cold turkey will I experience symtoms? I've stopped for almost a month ans can't sleep and have bad anxiety

Withdrawal symptoms!: Yes, you should not stop cold turkey. Those symptoms that you are experiencing are withdrawal symptoms of the medication. I would recommend to get re-started on it (after consulting your prescriber) until the symptoms disappear then taper off slowly. ...Read more

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Experiencing persistent genital arousal (pgad) after a week on zoloft. If I stop taking zoloft, will my pgad go away?did I permanently damage my body?

Experiencing persistent genital arousal (pgad) after a week on zoloft. If I stop taking zoloft, will my pgad go away?did I permanently damage my body?

Change in med: Please consult the doctor who prescribed Zoloft and discuss your issue with her/him. It may be feasible to provide a different medication for your disorder.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Zoloft caused restless leg syndrome and pgad (persistent genital arousal). If I stop taking zoloft will rls and pgad go away?

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Zoloft caused restless leg syndrome and pgad (persistent genital arousal). If I stop taking zoloft will rls and pgad go away?

Yes: In general, findings of side effects related to medications are found in trials of reducing and/or stopping the medications to determine links between medications and side effects. There are many different antidepressants to discuss with your primary care provider as alternatives, but as always, discuss with your PCP and balance the benefits (reduced depression) vs. the harms (RLS and PGAD). ...Read more

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I feel like i've lost myself while being on Zoloft (sertraline) but i can't stop taking it what should I do?

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Zoloft (sertraline): Not sure what dose u r taking & whether your symptoms started after increasing the dose, but i recommend reviewing those possibilities with your prescribing doctor to see if lowering the dose might be an option. ...Read more

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Been taking Zoloft (sertraline) for a few months and piled on the pounds and my trousers don't fit unless elasticated so will I loose it if I stop the drug?

Been taking Zoloft (sertraline) for a few months and piled on the pounds and my trousers don't fit unless elasticated so will I loose it if I stop the drug?

Zoloft (sertraline) weight gain: Review your weight gain with prescribing doctor to make sure there is no other explanation. If all points to Zoloft (sertraline), (sertraline) discuss switching to another med not likely to cause weight gain. Weight gain should slowly reverse when Zoloft (sertraline) is stopped. Be sure to eat healthy and exercise as best you can. Good you're questioning the weight gain. All the best. ...Read more

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I'm currently taking Zoloft, 50 mg. I want to stop so how do I slowly taper?

I'm currently taking Zoloft, 50 mg. I want to stop so how do I slowly taper?

Slow taper: The ideal route would be to reduce it to 25 mg for 5 days, then take it alternate days for 3 days, then stop. ...Read more

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I've been taking Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg for over a year if I stop slowly will the symptoms come back?

I've been taking Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg for over a year if I stop slowly will the symptoms come back?

It depends: It really depends what you are taking zoloft (sertraline) for: depression, anxiety and etc. It also matters what other treatments you are exploring for your symptoms or condition. I would recommend that you consult a psychiatrist to determine if that is the time when you could taper your medication safely. Everyone is different, so personalized approach really matters. ...Read more

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What happens if you stop taking Zoloft (sertraline) suddenly?

Discontinuation: If stopped, most antidepressants will cause discontinuation symptoms. Rarely dangerous (but somewhat worrysome), they are the reason why whenever possible is better to taper off slowly. Dizziness, anxiety, lightheadedness, and cold-like symptoms are the most classic presentation. Ask your dr before thinking of stopping meds. ...Read more

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Have been on 25 mg of Zoloft (sertraline) for two weeks. When do I stop taking it?

Consult with dr. : Are you tapering off the zoloft (sertraline) or did you just start it? This clearly needs to be done under your providers supervision but with a taper this long, it can usually be stopped. ...Read more

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How long does it take for Zoloft (sertraline) to leave your system after you stop taking it?

5 days: 1/2 life is 1 day, 5 half life's to clear. Assuming you are a normal metabolier 5 days would pretty much do it. ...Read more

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Ive been on 50mg Zoloft (sertraline) for a few months and would like to stop. Do I have to go down to 25mg or can I just stop it altogether right now?

Ask your physician: Sally, it is never a good idea to stop psychiatric medications on your own. You can have physical withdrawal symptoms in addition to mood changes and increased anxiety if medication changes are not done carefully. Please ask your psychiatrist about this, and share with him/her WHY you would like to come off of the medication. ...Read more

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I have taken one 50mg dose of Zoloft (sertraline) but had terrible side effects. Will I have withdrawal if I stop taking it?

I have taken one 50mg dose of Zoloft (sertraline) but had terrible side effects. Will I have withdrawal if I stop taking it?

Consult doctor: There are other medications that are useful for treatment of depression. Please talk to your doctor so that s/he may switch you to a different medication rather than stopping the treatment on your own. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Zoloft (Definition)

Zoloft is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more