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Weaning off of Zoloft (sertraline) or just stop it without weaning . . . Which is safer?

Weaning off of Zoloft (sertraline) or just stop it without weaning . . . Which is safer?

Wean If Possible: After taking an antidepressant then abruptly stopping it may cause "discontinuation syndrome" (a fancy term for withdrawal). Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, and electric brain shocks just to mention a few. If these symptoms occur you might think you are slipping back into depression and needlessly restart the med. Tapering is preferred. Always work closely with your md. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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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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Best way to wean off 50mg zoloft (sertraline)? Dr said to take every second day is this correct? And for how long before i stop all together? Thanks!

Best way to wean off 50mg zoloft (sertraline)? Dr said to take every second day is this correct? And for how long before i stop all together? Thanks!

I don't want to take: The place of your physician. Your physician knows how long you have been on zoloft (sertraline). So follow his or her advice. There is more than one way to wean off of zoloft (sertraline) and taking the medication every other day is one of them. Taking 25mg per day is another way it can be tapered. ...Read more

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I've been taking 25 mg Zoloft (sertraline) for 2.5 weeks experiencing rash moderate itching. My dr says i can just stop taking it - i thought you are supposed to wean off? What can relieve this itching?

I've been taking 25 mg Zoloft (sertraline) for 2.5 weeks  experiencing rash moderate itching. My dr says i can just stop taking it - i thought you are supposed to wean off? What can relieve this itching?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) otc: 25 mg of zoloft is a low dose and you have not been on it for a long time. You can stop it now. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ( over the counter, also called diphenylhydramine) 50 mg at night might help the itching. Take it at night to avoid excessive sedation. If the itching continues in the morning, you can take a 25mg tablet, up to 3 times per day. Stop the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) when your itching ceases. ...Read more

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How to wean off Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg?

How to wean off Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg?

Lower the dose: Meds like zoloft (sertraline) can sometimes cause withdrawal effects including dizziness, electrical sensations in your head, nausea, mild muscle aches, feeling flushed, anxious, etc. Zoloft (sertraline) does this infrequently. These withdrawal effects are not dangerous, but they can be uncomfortable. If you are having problems stopping from 50 mg talk to your doc about cutting to a lower dose for a week or 2 and then stop. ...Read more

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What is the best way to wean off Zoloft (sertraline) 25 mg capsules?

What is the best way to wean off Zoloft (sertraline) 25 mg capsules?

Get tablets: If you are having trouble weaning off 25 mg zoloft, (sertraline) you may be a slow metabolizer. Check with your doctor. Otherwise, skip a capsule every 5 days for 2 wks, then every 4 days for 2 wks, then every 3 days, then every other day for 2 wks etc then one cap every 3days for 2 wks, every 4 days for 2 wks, then stop. ...Read more

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What is the best way way to wean off zoloft (sertraline) 25 mg od. I've been taking it for a year?

What is the best way way to wean off zoloft (sertraline) 25 mg od. I've been taking it for a year?

Taper Zoloft (sertraline): Generally, a taper over months with 2-6 weeks between steps is recommended. Yours is a very low dose (25mg). At that dose, it should be possible to just stop it. Have a look at the article in the Harvard Medical Letter on how to discontinue antidepressant meds: http://bit.ly/1F5ctVz. Of course, you should discuss your plans with the prescribing physician before proceeding. ...Read more

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Bad reaction with Zoloft (sertraline) weaned down to 12.5 nine days ago side effects were present 4 days after should I half it again or wait another week?

Zoloft (sertraline): It is really important that you wean off medications under the supervision of the doctor who prescribed it. I have not dropped to a dose lower than 12.5 mg w patients - but it depends on your providers' directives. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Zoloft (Definition)

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