Weaning off of Zoloft

Here we go again! I’ve decided to wean off of my SSRI that I’ve been taking for postpartum depression. I started taking Zoloft when I was about 34 weeks pregnant with Baby Jo, because I was experiencing intrusive thoughts and anxiety reminiscent of the PPD I experienced with C. I was put on 100mg, and it helped a lot but it also gave me weird side effects. It makes me sweat, randomly and profusely. Night sweats, day sweats, all the time.

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Down to Zero

Today is the final day of my withdrawal from Effexor: dropping down to 0mg.  I’m about an hour past the time I always take my dose, and I’m kind of nervous.

Am I going to have worse withdrawal effects than usual, simply because I’m coming completely off the drug now?  Will I finish this long withdrawal process only to find out that I need to continue to be on medication?

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Checking In: A Meds Withdrawal Update

It’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve started withdrawing from Effexor.  The first phase of my withdrawal was to drop to 112.5 mg from 150 mg.  The first few days were the hardest.  I had dizziness, nausea, migraines, a sensation that my skin was crawling, and difficulty sleeping.  As the time of my next dose approached, I would get very sweaty and jittery.  I’ve been doing better now, but still occasionally get the skin crawling sensation.  Sometimes it keeps me from falling asleep at night.

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An Apology in Advance…

To my dear family and friends, and anyone else with whom I have contact during the next two months –

I feel the need to apologize in advance.  There is a good chance that I will be moody and suffer from a migraine during the majority of the next two months, while I withdraw from Effexor.  I will try my absolute best not to be a huge pain in the a$$; but if I am, know that I don’t mean it.

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On Medical Professionals, Antidepressants and Bad Advice

I’m on 150mg of Effexor.  That’s a little hard for me to say, because it seems like a lot.  On the other hand, research has shown me that Effexor has one of the least potent ingredients on the market.

When I called my OBGYN’s office in November complaining of symptoms of PPA and PPD, my doctor was booked for the week and couldn’t squeeze me in.  They had me see the APNP (advance practice nurse practitioner), who diagnosed my PPD and started me on Effexor immediately.  I didn’t think to question her judgement of drug choice at the time, because to be honest, I needed help to keep waking up every morning and I needed it fast.

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