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I started on sertraline 4 years ago. It basically saved my life, but over the course of a year I ended up on 150mg. I reached 100mg very quickly on zoloft then for about 6 months zoloft disappeared and I was given a generic and became quite depressed (suicide thoughts) again. My doctor put me up to 150mg. A year later zoloft was readily available. So I decided whilst on a 2 week sunny holiday I would go back down to 100mg and I felt great.
My life changed dramatically. I found love, remarried became a grandmother got a great job, better pay and cleared my debts. I was a complete transformed human being and I give all the credit to zoloft and Grey support from my partner.
After 4 years of being on this drug I craved to see who the real me was. What would I be like without it. So after the holiday on the reduced amount of 100mg I stayed on that dose of 100mg.
WAIT FOR IT I THEN WENT COLD TURKEY.
I never really intentionally meant to go cold turkey but my life was so busy I would often skip 2-3 days. The only thing that alerted me to this was the awful bad dreams which often happened if I skipped or forgot to take my tablets. I found dead myself with only a few tablets left I decided to just stop taking completely. I had severe bad dreams for about 2 weeks. I swear these dreams were blockbuster material if only could remember all the details. The brain zaps lasted for 4 weeks. They were annoying but never hurt they just ruin your concentration. I also became very weepy the slightest thing had me in tears.Then after 4 weeks of cold turkey I became me. It was heaven to no longer have those dreaded night sweats. And I lost 5lbs in weight after 2 whole weeks without changing a thing. My husband says I am more feisty (i would call it snappy and argumentative). Zoloft made me very chilled back.
I see myself off these tablets now but I would not hesitate to take them again if I felt I needed them. They changed and saved my life. I'm no longer low in mood wouldn't dream of taking my own life at present. I feel I have more energy and want to do more with my life.
I'm not saying come off sertraline or do it cold turkey. You will know when the time is right. I just felt 4 years was a long time not to at least check how or who I really was without the drug.
If I can be of any help by answering any questions I will do my best to. My reason for coming on here is because the majority of people who successfully come off sertraline don't tend to visit these kind of forums. Forums are usually people who are struggling and need answers or who are scared are worried . When use to look up coming off sertraline I felt scared because there were no positive stories. Xx
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