Dec 26, 2011 - 6:28 pm
So I decided it was time to go off Zoloft - I'd been on it since August for PTSD/Anxiety/Menopause (not sure what was causing the panic attacks, but the cure was the same for all, according to my doctor). I'd been thinking about doing it over the holiday break anyway, and then I ran out and couldn't refill for more than a day. At which point, I figured I'd just continue cold turkey and see what happened.
I don't recommend that approach - I did indeed have the predicted "flu-like" symptoms complete with body aches that felt like gout. All of my tendons were stiff and my bones ached - walking, in particular, really hurt. I also had the dizzy spells and the "brain zings." It was very tough for the first 2 weeks - yesterday was the first day I woke up feeling "good" - that lasted about 4 hours. Today the "good" feeling lasted longer. By the end of the day, it's bad again, and I'm pretty tired of hurting and spinning and zinging.
Anyone else quit Zoloft (or other SSRI's) with success? What were your symptoms like? How long did they last?