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Anyone want to talk about coming off ADs?

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Suddengeekgirl Fri 30-Oct-15 18:39:06

Just that really. I've been on Prozac/ fluoxetine for the last 6 + months and have been feeling really good. Much more level and enjoying life again. So last week I got fed up of the jaw clenching, restless legs and other irritating side effects and decided to start weaning myself off.
I'm down to every other day and am aiming to do down to a tablet every 3rd day after another week.

I'm feeling ok so far but have noticed I 'feel' things more iyswim. I feel more sentimental and emotional but in a 'aw lovely' way rather than sobbing to myself.

Is anyone out there going through similar?

Belle7688 Thu 05-Nov-15 15:10:57

Hi Sudden,

I too am in the midst of coming off Sertraline - this is my second attempt to come off 50mg - I was put on this med last May after suffering burnout / moderate depressive episode that saw me having to take time off work, lost a lot of weight, and just really fell down a black hole. Took a few months to start working and then when it did, I decided a few months later to cut down to 25mg for a few weeks and off completely by end of November. By early Jan this year I was crashing again, really emotional and not coping - I was so disappointed but recognised the signs and spoke to GP to get back on sertraline. So I've been on again since Jan/Feb time - same story this time, took about three months at 50mg daily to get back on an even keel and then about 6 weeks ago I thought I would drop to 25mg but this time stay on at the 25mg dose a lot longer and hoping I can come off completely in Spring - when the weather gets brighter - apparently my GP says they don't recommend coming off meds in winter!

I'm doing good I think - had a few episodes of feeling emotional and a bit teary but that could just be normal - I'm having some thoughts that I'm not good enough for DH which is a concern - my self confidence did plummet when this all started last year - but I am not panicking - just taking it day by day.

Can't believe how much I have learned since Jan last year - really hoping I can get back on track without sertraline this time x

dangermouseisace Thu 05-Nov-15 18:36:08

Op don't reduce dosage unless you are seeing your gp and informing them...

Suddengeekgirl Thu 05-Nov-15 20:21:50

dangermouse don't worry. I've spoken to my gp and they were happy for me to start reducing. smile

Suddengeekgirl Thu 05-Nov-15 20:29:50

belle sorry to hear you've been struggling to come off your drugs easily. Hopefully a reduced dose for longer will be easier to deal with.

I don't think I've been too affected by halfing my (low) dose. I still feel pretty good, anxiety isn't getting the better of me, I'm still staying patient with the dcs all good. smile I do think that my emotions are heightened iyswim. Good stuff seems super good/ exciting! grin and so far the bad stuff doesn't seem to be doing the same.

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