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Old 05-18-2009, 09:33 AM   #1
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Serotonin Discontinuation Syndrome

Hi. I switched from Prozac to Zoloft about 8 weeks ago because I couldn't sleep. My dr. said Zoloft would be exactly the same only let me sleep at night. I was reluctant but I changed meds. Man was he wrong. I was having only bad side effects and no good ones and still not sleeping. So I started back on Prozac and have been weening off Zoloft for 2 weeks now. I'm having serious serotonin discontinuation syndrome. A few days ago I suffered a mini-stroke because my brain chemicals are so off. I can't work because I keep blacking out and having insane head jerking along with numerous other side effects. Has anybody else been through all this? I need to know this will stop soon I feel so helpless.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:36 PM   #2
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Re: Serotonin Discontinuation Syndrome

If you're having head jerking and blacking out, those are warning signs. I don't know exactly what Serotonin Discontinuation Syndrome really is, but if it's similar to what happens when I'm off my Zoloft, yeah, it's nasty! I'm not a doctor but I wouldn't think that you'd have that with both of them being SSRIs.

Old 11-03-2009, 07:41 PM   #3
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Re: Serotonin Discontinuation Syndrome

Also, these drugs affect everyone differently. What helps me to sleep (Zoloft does) may actually keep someone else awake. I was told that trying Prozac was an option for me but that it would be more likely to keep me awake. I was already having severe sleep problems (only slept for about 15 minutes one night!) so, guess what?? NO PROZAC FOR THE BOY!! You might want to suggest a Zoloft/Buspar combination to your doctor.

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