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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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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My Baby Gave Up His Bottle


C has given up his bottle.

We decided not to wean him off of his nighttime bottle at 12 months, because of all the transition we’ve had in the past two months.  That bottle always seemed to comfort him before bed and I didn’t want to take that comfort away.  He’s 14 months old now and I was planning on weaning him in the next couple weeks after he adjusted to our new home.  I know that it was time and am relieved not to go through a weaning process, but I still find myself grieving the fact that my son isn’t a little baby anymore.

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