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Old 04-29-2008, 12:27 AM   #1
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Exclamation SSRI discontinuation syndrome

i beleive I may be suffering from this. I did some research on the symptoms and found this:

i am experiencing all of the symptoms in BOLD

i do already suffer from anxiety.

anyone have any tips on getting rid of these symptoms or will I just have to wait it out?
i started at 150 mg of Zoloft and it made me emotionless

i went down to 100 mg for about 4 days or so, then 50 for 2 days then took 25 for 1 day/ i have not taken my zoloft since. overall it took me aroudn 10 days to get to not taking it at all.

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Old 04-29-2008, 06:57 AM   #2
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Re: SSRI discontinuation syndrome

The discontinuation syndrome is pretty common through a lot of different meds with Effexor and Paxil being the top too. The only way I know to avoid it is to go through a slow taper program to get off of the meds so the brain can adjust without the chemical help.

There is no time line when it comes to the syndrome when it comes to someone stopping cold as there are a number of different factors in play (A) What med (B) How fast you body metabolizes meds (C) How long you were on the med. Some people are able to stop any med and be fine in a couple of days where others it can take quite some time. Benadryl is apparently helpful to some with the symptoms.

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Old 04-29-2008, 07:43 AM   #3
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Re: SSRI discontinuation syndrome

When I was going through it I found that taking hot baths with lots of epsom salts, drinking gatoraide & lots of water and eating very light helped.
The worst of it lasted a week, after that it stated getting better.
Hang in there...

Old 04-30-2008, 02:40 PM   #4
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Re: SSRI discontinuation syndrome

Sounds like you went off too fast....restart a small amount if you cannot stand the symptoms.

Good luck

Old 04-30-2008, 10:48 PM   #5
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Re: SSRI discontinuation syndrome

so the symptoms just go away by themselves i take it? im able to stand them for the time being if that's so.

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