I weaned off sertraline after I was on it for eight months. How long does it take to get out of the

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I was prescribed by my doctor to take setraline 50mg after breakfast and dinner and I took it for eight months and this anti depressant did work miracles for me. But afterwards according to my doctor's suggestion when I started tapering off this medicine I felt better and now I am not taking it any longer. I'm on week 8 off setraline and I do have some bowel problems, some anxiety has also returned. Can anyone pls tell me that how long does it take for the medicine to get out of the system? And will I ever start living normally again meaning that whether I'll be happy, carefree and a stress free person like I was before I took this medicine?

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    Unfortunately, It is different for everyone but you didnt take it all that long so just take good care of yourself and you'll get through it.  I have heard of people getting over it in a few weeks to a few years.  Trust me, you wont wait all that long.  Your brain was rewired by the medicine and now it has to rewire itself again. Healthy diet, exercise, stay hydrated, and keep your mind engaged will go a long way to faster healing. Good Luck, and I think you have a good doctor to advise getting off.  I went 14 years and am trying to get off sertraline, and like you, I am at about week 8 but still deal with some crazy withdrawal symptoms.

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      Thanks a lot for those reassuring words hans82434! I was struggling now a bit with those weird thoughts as to whether I'll start thinking normally again! It's a crazy journey. N I advise u start weaning them off by talking it out with ur doctor. N one thing that has helped me a lot is prayers and listening to soothing music on YouTube at night. Type in hypnosis to get rid of anxiety on YouTubesmile

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