(Closed) went off Zoloft, feel like I'm losing my mind

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
10363 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Did you talk to your doctor about weaning off of it instead of going cold turkey? I know my brother stopped taking his Zoloft suddenly and had some really bad mood effects.

Post # 4
1070 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

All I can say is that sounds awful.  I currently take Zoloft, I have taken it for about 2 years now, and I could not imagine suddenly going off it.  Zoloft has really helped me with my moods and depression.  I never experienced the sexual side affect of losing the ability to orgasm.  Is there another medication you could try?  Or maybe you could change your dosage of Zoloft.  Sorry you are going through this!

Post # 5
1685 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013


There are normally side effects coming off medications like Zoloft. Can you put in an emergency call to your doctor or therapist? (I really feel, from some of the things you’ve said, this situation warrants it.) 

Try and get out for your run, too. Do everything you can to drag your ass out there. Maybe the endorphins will help. 

Post # 7
1460 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Oh no…you shouldn’t just stop taking them.  You have to go off them gradually. 

I had the same side effect with Lexapro.  I talked to the doctor and she switched me over to Effexor.  For me it works just as well as Lexapro without that particular side effect.

Post # 9
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@wabisabi:  According to my drug cards (I’m in pharmacy school),:

“Abrupt discontinuation of therapy may cause adverse effects including dysphoric mood, irritability, agitation, dizziness, anxiety, confusion, insomnia, and headache.”

So don’t worry, hon, it’s not you. It’s just your body going “Woah!? Where is my Zoloft?” I’m sure you are a fine parent, you are just going through some tough stuff.

Do not feel bad about taking your Xanax if you need it. Just be aware that you might get a little drowsy, and avoid alcohol. I’m sorry that you feel that your Darling Husband doesn’t like for you to take medicine. But please try to remember that your doctor and therapist really do know what’s best for you, and you should listen to them and take what they prescribe as they prescribe it.

As for your Wellbutrin, it can take up to 2 weeks to start feeling a noticeable improvement, so try to hang in there. Also make sure you consult your Dr or pharmacist before you take OTC meds while taking Wellbutrin. A side effect of Wellbutrin can be insomnia, so if you are on XR tabs, try to take them in the morning. And, as with the other meds, avoid alcohol.

If you need to talk, feel free to PM me 🙂



Post # 10
6 posts

Hang in there – I went through a terrible withdrawal from Effexor took about 2 weeks I think, but it felt like an eternity (cold turkey after 3 weeks on it) – I don’t have a baby but I was about to tear my boss’s head off. Thankfully my boyfriend is a total sweetheart and encouraged me. Sounds like a little me time might be good for you. Maybe treat yourself to a massage or something. The running should help. It’s a shame your husband doesn’t accept meds – do what’s right for you whether it be meds or no meds. I ended up going off meds and am doing alright – still equally as depressed as when I was on them but no headaches.

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