Sertraline withdrawal

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I came off sertraline 5 weeks ago and have had an abundance of symptoms.. light headed, dizziness, tingly fingers and feet, jittery, panic attacks. Most of which have come and gone! At the moment I'm still feeling anxious and now I have aches all over my body. Has anyone experienced this and is it normal to still have withdrawal symptoms after so long? Starts to make me think its something else which doesnt helps my anxiety!

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    Are all these symptom's the reason you began meds?.They will come back when you stop. 

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    Coming off some drugs takes three to six months if they are drugs that should be tapered off. I looked up sertraline. It is not advised to go off cold turkey. Should be tapered down over two or three months. You are experiencing cold turkey effects, Rachhj.
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    I did as the Dr advised (although this seems a bit fast) I tapered down over 2 weeks. I had a lot of these symptoms before yes but although I expected withdrawal symptoms I perhaps didn't think they'd last this long and would have passed by now :-(

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    rachhj

    It sounds like you are still suffering Anxiety, Did you come of your medication by yourself or did your GP withdraw you slowly ?.

    Breathing exersises and relaxation techniques can help. Mindulness is the buzz technique at this time.

    Your GP May be able to aquire a tape for relaxation or you can purchase a book on the internet

    BOB

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      Thanks bob. I tapered down over two weeks as the gp suggested. I'm now thinking that was far too fast. He seemed to think that I'd have very little side effects coming off them. Reading up since this does not seem the case!

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    Many doctors tell us to taper too fast. I was told just to stop a med that should have been a long taper. I did as the doctor said, and am still dealing with the effects four monthe later.
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      Exactly, Honey.Most have very little knowledge of anxiety.  I have learned the hard way to check whatever new drug I take. My current doctor is older and very exerienced, so knows a lot more than my first doctor who told me to go cold turkey.

      A psychiatrist is really the best bet with anxiety, especially at the beginning. This is their field, and being medical doctors, too, can prescribe and direct meds.

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