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

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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Woods
Dr. Robert Woods
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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Both r safe

But if u go cold turkey could have discontinuance symptoms--flu like sx dizziness some pts say electric shocks in the head.

In brief: Both r safe

But if u go cold turkey could have discontinuance symptoms--flu like sx dizziness some pts say electric shocks in the head.
Dr. Douglas Bey
Dr. Douglas Bey
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Dr. Michael Pierce
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Neither

If you're asking the healthtap panel, maybe you're not asking the person who prescribed zoloft (sertraline).
We can offer hypothetical answers, but only the person who prescribed it in the first place can answer in a way that is specific to you. Having said that, the generalized answer to your question is that nearly any medication is better tapered than stopped abruptly.

In brief: Neither

If you're asking the healthtap panel, maybe you're not asking the person who prescribed zoloft (sertraline).
We can offer hypothetical answers, but only the person who prescribed it in the first place can answer in a way that is specific to you. Having said that, the generalized answer to your question is that nearly any medication is better tapered than stopped abruptly.
Dr. Michael Pierce
Dr. Michael Pierce
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