Hi, It's been a while since I've been on the boards... I've been on zoloft for a year or so now for panic and anxiety disorder. It worked great getting rid of panic attacks and only had about 1 anxiety attack a month while on it.
WELL, I have a low budget and no insurance to cover zoloft or doc visits so, I got to where I would skip a day or two to kind of stretch my zoloft out longer. I was worried this would be bad but so far it's been great. Since I've been better from my disorder for so long now, I've decided to go off zoloft for one reason.
I've found a way that's been working for me without having withdrawl symptoms. It's the oddest thing because I never expected it....
So, anyway, skipping a day or 2 turned into skipping 3 days. I was on 50mg at this point and at the 3rd day I would start to feel the dizzy weird zaps coming on then I'd take my 50mg's, feel fine in a few hours and skip 3 more days.
I did this for about 4 weeks and then started noticing I didn't feel any zaps or anything on the 3rd day of not taking one so, I skipped to 4 days for a while and took the 50mg's then. This went on till 4 days turned into 5 without having withdrawl symptoms and 5 days turned into 6...
SO, I thought about the 1/2 life of zoloft in the system if you skipped it. I remember that day one for me being on 50mg = 1st day/50mg, 2nd day would be 25mg, 3rd day would be 12.5 and so on... After I got to where I could skip about 6 days without taking a pill I started feeling a little anxiety if I took 50mg's (like I did when I first got on zoloft) so I figured my system must not have been used to that amount anymore.
Then i decided to cut the pills and take 25mg and see what happened. I didn't need another zoloft for 8 days and took 25mg again. I didn't feel any anxiety on the 25mg at that point. I'm now on 10 days without having to take any zoloft before getting withdrawl.
It's weird but I think it's working as far as getting off without having withdrawl because as soon as I would feel a withdrawl symptom I would take a pill which got rid of any zaps, etc., then skip till I felt it again. I'm going to stay on 25mg's and skip as many days as I can inbetween doses and after some time, go down to 12.5mg till later I can be off this and see how I hold up without any zoloft.
I'm not having panic, worry, anxiety, etc.... I hope I don't after I get off it, but if I do, I feel I've learned enough CBT to get me through tough times. If not then I can always just go back on zoloft.
I don't mind either way because I really like zoloft. I just want to see if MAYBE I can live my life without it now. I've never been off it since all this started so, I have no idea how it'll go for me.
I just thought I'd share this with those of you trying or planning on going off your SSRI because it's been VERY easy this way so far. I've read some pretty spooky stories about some of you going through bad withdrawl. I always thought if I ever came off it, I'd taper down slowly (meaning take a pill every day but less and less). This skipping days has worked to my surprise without me even trying. Heck, I was just trying to save some money!
If anyone else here has done this skipping days thing and ended up getting off it (good or bad stories) please, let me know how it worked out for you.