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Zoloft Withdrawals: My Experience

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Published on Jun 16, 2014

All about my experience while stopping Zoloft! So thankful that I've been able to stop taking Sertraline, but the withdrawal symptoms are a bit of a roller coaster. If you are having the same results, just hang in there! It will definitely be worth it in the end!:)


Keep in mind that this is my experience only and that you may not have the same results. I am not a doctor and this video is based on my opinions and no medical facts. Ask your doctor about the side effects and do not make any decisions based off of this video.

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savannah kay
savannah kay3 years agoHighlighted comment
I am 18 years old and I suffer from severe panic disorder and some depression. I have been on Zoloft for almost 4 years now.  It worked fine for about a year or so. I started having my panic attacks because of my heart, I felt skips, fluttering, irregular beats and that scared me so much to where I felt I was going to have a heart attack or my heart would stop. I've been to the cardiologist  quite a few times and they said I do have PACs(extra beats) but I'm completely fine. My fear now is not of my heart but, of my mental health. Yeah I have the thoughts where I think I have a brain tumor or something but, I try to dismiss it. These past few weeks have been the worst in my life for me. I started taking my Zoloft 50 mg everyday since Dec. 21st because I was having bad panic attacks to where I felt I was going to pass out. That is probably because I was taking it every other day. About a year and a half ago I was on 100 mg of Zoloft and iI had to talk to my doctor to lower the dose because i felt numb, emotionless, and i had no thought processes. I went down to 50 mg and for about one week or so I got depressed, even more numb and zombie like to where I couldn't even think or feel emotions. I have taken it every other day and worked my way to not take it for three days. The withdrawals are like zaps going through my body, panic attacks, and numbness. Now since I have been taking it everyday I have had the worst depression I have ever had in my life to where each day I am fighting myself.  I have never felt this way before. My depression and anxiety is so bad to the point that suicide is comforting in my mind but, i don't think i could attempt it. I just want help. I had the worst panic attack in years last night to where I couldn't even control my mind at all. My hands were closing up because my whole body felt like static. I couldn't even go to school today. I slept all day and as soon as I woke up I had the depressing thoughts and anxiety. I feel like I' m fighting myself to stay sane. Everything is cloudy and sometimes I can't see straight. I have been like this for the past 3 days and before that I was anxious all of the time and a little less depressed. As I am writing this I am fighting to stay focused and block out those terrible thoughts and let myself know that it is just the medicine and my anxiety. I am not going to take the Zoloft tonight or tomorrow and see what it does. I really do NOT want to take this medicine anymore. I am very shaky right now. I have a stiff neck, a hotness or tingling in the back and top of my skull, sweaty hands and feet, diarrhea, and dizzy spells. I just want HELP and helpful answers. 
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Clark Graham
I am taking 100mg of Sertraline. If I miss one dose, I experience 'brain shivers'. It feels like I am about to have a seizour.
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HeckYes Hess
Ok so i came off 100mg of zoloft. I was on this for years for manic depression. Now the first time i stopped it i began to experience dizzyness and almost blacking out every time i was walking around. My heart rate was out of control. I went cold turkey and it took me a few months after all of this to realize what i just went through was withdrawals. Eventually i went back on the zoloft back to 100mg. My husband and i are trying to get pregnant. This time no cold turkey. I weened off with no withdrawals. 
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jennaca
Going through withdrawal right now. All I have to say, is pure hell.
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SamuelTheFox
have you thought about medical Marijuana?
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Ashleigh Green
This video was really helpful:) I'm thinking about getting off Zoloft and I'm not sure where to start and I don't know if I'm ready yet
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Andrea K
Never cut off cold turkey. The more you take and the longer you are on it the withdraws are awful. On 150mg and stopped 2 weeks ago. Hell on earth. SLOWLY ween off.
Wayne Woodward
25-50 mg is a very low dose. I take 200 mg.
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Hanna V.
It's my first week coming off of Zoloft for over 5 months.  Withdrawals are horrendous, but taking NAC, along with lots of B Vitamins, Tryptophan, GABA when needed, Vitamin C, multivitamin, and juicing in the mornings is helping a bit.  Gonna have to hang in there a bit longer....never going on this stuff again!
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Curious&Classy Allday
I noticed when I stop I was so angry and had so many bad thoughts. I restarted because I was becoming a bother to my family and I was so depress and olone. I am 4 days on 100mg and I feel Great already.
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