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Sertraline Withdrawal

Guys I need help! Does anybody here knows what to do during withdrawal period of Zoloft? I’ve experience it before due to having ran out of them but this time I tapered it.

I’ve been feeling ill even during the time when I was taking my meds regularly so I got mad because for the longest time it doesn’t feel like it’s been of any help to me anymore and I stopped it.
Cut to now which is more than a week of me stopping my setraline intake, I’ve still been sick nauseous dizzy vomitting getting disturbing dreams my mind is clouded I feel hot and cold at the same time I can’t sit still I feel uneasy and my healthcare providers aren’t being attentive/responsive and Idk what to do anymore I feel like I’m going insane I can’t seem to get help Im just so out of it somebody help even to just ease the symptoms cause I really don’t wanna keep taking Zoloft anymore #Zoloft #Sertraline #Depression #PTSD #withdrawal #AntidepressantDiscontinuationSyndrome

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I did a potentially stupid thing, don't judge me 🙃 [help] [don't judge me]

Some context: I take 1 x 50mg Sertraline, when I talk abt "increasing" it I mean double to 2 x 50mg Sertraline

My first reference point of time to this encounter is my appt in Oct 2022. My second reference point of time is my follow-up appt, April 2023. Prior to this 2022-3 incident, there has been one other time I sort of self-adjusted my meds once. I can't remember why, but it was either in response to a life situation, or perhaps I was just trying to adjust the taper and not step down to a reduced dose (also 100mg to 50mg) too soon. I can't remember specifics!


In Oct 2022 I had an appt and a meds refill. If it matters, this was Setrof, which comes in strips of 10pcs x 50mg. I wasn't the most compliant to my meds and skipped some days (I'm saying this to give a full picture, don't judge pls) so when my April 2023 appt rolled around I had a few strips leftover from this batch 🙃

In April 2023, I had my next follow-up. This time, the meds dispensed was Acoloft - this comes in a sheet of 14pcs x 50mg.

About 1.5 weeks ago (I think), my anxiety was creeping up on me more intensely than usual ... so I thought I might try to mitigate it on my own ... by increasing a dose 🙃 So I did! To make things worse (I don't know what I was thinking but in resource allocation it made sense ok 🙃🙈), I took 1 x 50mg from the Setrof batch, 1 x 50mg from the Acoloft batch 😳🙃🙈

WOW MY LIFE HAS BEEN IRREVOCABLY CHANGED (not exactly in the way I would like), HELP ME.

I think my appetite has been major screwed up since, oops. I think I lost possibly 7 or 8 pounds (3ish kg) from the whole encounter? In 1.5weeks ish 🙃🙈 I mean arguably who doesn't like to lose weight + I'm still within range for BMI etc etc so that's that. For those of us who have had to handle meds' adjustment ... ya that has been quite intense like sometimes I feel my stomach muscles or some kind of internal muscles doing a backflip like what is that about. & sometimes I just feel ... not up to it for a regular meal >_< As I write this, I intended to get myself some dinner (so think of Asian food mains - rice + a soup, that kind) but in the end I got a brown sugar boba milk (! 🙃🙈) and started making this post. Lol. Yesterday was okay, managed to properly eat a rice+soup meal.

Does this even out? What do I do? I've never taken more than 100mg at a time and to what I know, Sertraline is still safe for use up to 200mg dosage or so. ... & yes, since then, I don't think I've dared to get myself back to the regular maintenance 50mg dose. Oops.

tldr yes I think it was 1 x Setrof + 1 x Acoloft = back off from meds & lose my appetite & 3ish kg.

hownowbrowncow. I don't think I will dieeee from this (hah) but some advice how to get back on track to the routine of a proper dose+manage my appetite and stuff, would be appreciated if possible!

sorry if this is dumb 😳, but anyone who's had experience on Sertraline/Zoloft - chime in rn 🙃😬

#CheckInWithMe #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Sertraline #Zoloft #SocialAnxiety

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My sister has primary Raynaud's and has just been prescribed Sertraline... #RaynaudsDisease #RaynaudsPhenomenon #Antidepressants #Sertraline

Is it safe to take Sertraline when you have Raynaud's? My sister has primary Raynaud's and has just been prescribed Sertraline, so I'm a little worried if it's going to have any adverse effects on her physical health.
Does anybody else with Raynaud's take Sertraline or psych meds in general? If so, how is it for you?
Thanks in advance.

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Does bipolar meds cause blurry vision? #Lamotrigine #Sertraline

At first I thought, well maybe it's time to get an eye exam which I did. My vision had a slight change my doc said nothing major. Iv e been taken meds on and off for roughly 8-10 months now and it seems about that long. It worries me im only 46 and I feel blind. I wonder if all meds cause this? Any #suggestions or #experience
#Bipolar #MentalHealth

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Moving from Lexapro to Zoloft Tw: suicidality mention

About 4 weeks ago I started Zoloft and stopped taking Lexapro.

The first three days were horrible. I felt like I did when I had a bad reaction to an antibiotic, and felt suicidal for the first time in years.

Called and left a message at my psychiatrist's office with no reply.

I am on a 25 mg dose and have tried taking two, bumping up to 50 and felt *almost* ok, have been toughing it out for the last few weeks.

Work has been exhausting and I'm afraid. I have not been myself.

I am hoping that my appointment will see an increase to 50 or 100, since 25 is not helping handle things at all.

#Zoloft #Sertraline #MajorDepression #TW

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It was funny after I got over the scare .. I'm sorry P 😂🤪🙃

* all references to age, gender, & ethnicity are for illustrative purposes alone 🤪😂

So I got a call in the evening from the hospital, they tell me that for my next therapy appointment, I will be seeing a different/new psychologist (WHY. - WHO said you could do it???)

Apparently new psychologist guy is Caucasian, at least 50, has a greying moustache (wow gotta love this) - I have nothing against Caucasian males above the age of 50 with a greying moustache (😂😬) but ... that's not P. P, my psychologist, is 35M, Asian Chinese, the only therapy professional I will ever see because of ... general distrust with the MH system hahaha 🙃

So apparently I get a call from the therapy clinic receptionist, a middle-aged Malay lady, also about 50-60 years old. She reminds me of an ahjumma (😂), or the equivalent of an ahjumma in whatever your culture is. Malay receptionist woman (on the phone) goes on and on about how I cannot make changes, this is the current protocol and allocation, I need to at least give old-Caucasian-guy a shot .. no, I cannot have an appointment with P. She even tries to tell me to calm down(!)

It is also towards the end of the work day, so she tells me there is a limit to what she can do, effectively also putting an end to my protests.

In my DESPERATION like -- what do you mean I cannot have P? omg, what are you thinking? -- I, 31-yo, suggest to my mother (60s) to help me make a complaint. Like, I guess, power of more-than-1 lol (but yes 😑 Which 31F person gets her mother in her 60s to lodge a complaint .. lol)

Then I wake up 😌☺️, & I remember I have appointments booked for June & July. In our last conversation in May's appointment, P said -- "okayokayokay, if I have concrete resignation plans, I'll let you know" -- still gonna check my online records to be sure HAHA.


HAHAHAHAHA sorry to all the Malay makciks/"aunties"/Caucasian middle-aged male psychologists with greying moustaches - you're great folks but Sertraline dreams are their own movie script!!!

The kicker is there is no Caucasian male psychologist at the dept where P works - he's the only male psychologist in the dept 🙃

If you haven't already figured, this was a Sertraline/Zoloft-induced dream and completely fictional 🙃 Imagine if I went in protesting/screaming about it in 1.5 weeks ...

See you in June (&July) P! 🙃😂

#CheckInWithMe #MentalHealth #Anxiety #SocialAnxiety #Zoloft #Sertraline

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I still keep going #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder

The last month has been very strange. After a very traumatic event last October (my roommates kicked me out due to my self-harm relapse), for months I've been stable thanks to sertraline. But one month ago, this stability has gone away: after have a sexual encounter with a guy of my university, I went in overdose of sertraline because the event triggered my BPD and my trauma. After this, I entered in a BPD spiral which still since today. Two days after the overdose I was in a party trying MDMA. I've passed the last month going to party, taking drugs and alcohol and doing sex with strangers like a lot of times per week. My therapist quit sertraline, because it contributes to my hypomanic episode. I think I'm not with BPD is so hard and I'll have this disorder for a lot of years.

I hope you enjoy my nailart: we're warrior and we don't give up♥️
#BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #PTSD #SexualAbuseSurvivors #Sertraline #Hypomania #Drugs


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BPD medication

I’ve recently been diagnosed with BPD. I was taking 50mg of sertraline before. Was increased to 100mg after diagnosis. I am feeling slightly better but still struggling to sleep. Recently been prescribed zopiclone & they don’t seem to be working for me. Any advice will be much appreciated! #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Sertraline


Coming to 7 weeks of dose increment ...

Omg I'm so tired today - tomorrow (10/12 Fri) is 7 weeks of 50mg to 100mg Sertraline.

To be fair, I can't be 100% sure cos life has just been extremely convoluted and plot twist-y these few weeks, might just also be the mental exhaustion of all these unexpected turns and changes, and ... feelings & responses are tiring, you know 🙃

But I'm just so very tired today, not just in the physically exhausted/sleepy sense, but .. the ... I don't really want to interact with people and talking to a fellow human being takes lots of effort & don't ask me to eat my dinner - I will do so when I feel that the people-y energy has kinda sufficiently faded ... that sorta thing (I ended up eating dinner at like 9.30 or 10pm or something, definitely past 9 heh)

... is it the increased dose causing some sort of antisocial/sensory overload thing? So many questions? Does an increase of Sertraline cause such things?

Right now it's like almost 2am and I know I should sleep but there are also several other things I'm thinking abt that I know I need to settle/ask but omg the inertia is like super duper real (but for now it's the wee hours of the morning so we can think of that tomorrow)

I'm not even sure whats what, because while it's tempting/convenient to put it down to meds (simply cus it IS one of the listed/commonly experienced effects), ... that's not the only change that's gone on in these few weeks of my plot twist-y life.

How do I know 100mg Sertraline is working, btw? : ) How do I tell if I should keep this dose or switch back to 50mg?

I'm using my essential oil roll-on like a safety blanket (lolol) now, I feel like a child but it's so fresh & comforting & I love it (it's a blend of eucalyptus/tea tree/peppermint, probably helps with headaches and bad noses ... but it helps my bad day hahahaha) 🙃

.My brain is still a puddle of mush thinking exactly how to describe this month's life happenings to P at my appt next week 🙃 helpppp.

#CheckInWithMe #Sertraline #Zoloft #Anxiety #SocialAnxiety #MentalHealth