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Withdrawal effects of sertraline? Barely have any and feel fantastic?

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Dirtypaws Mon 24-Mar-14 21:37:22

Was on 200mg and moved address, ran out blah blah. So gone cold turkey, now I know that's not good. It's been over 2 weeks now. I don't have any physical symptoms apart from (perhaps?) aching all over and a flare up of sternum pain.

I can tell that my emotions are returning because I can feel all teary at the Andrex advert and sad stories etc. I also feel incredibly sexual in a way I haven't felt for years and years (since I've been on sertraline). My loss of libido has been areal problem for my marriage but I felt such a shift in my sexuality it's taken me by surprise. I feel positive and much less guarded, I've been laughing and joking, blardy hell so unlike me.

I will say that I have been going some personal revelations about both my and my dh's dysfunctional family. We have also moved to an area that has been a really positive move albeit stressful as any move is. It's been a weird and wonderful time.

I am going to gps on wed to stock up but I really don't want to continue on ads now I've felt e difference. Now I know that I might have a dip coming, I'm rather hoping not, well praying. If that happens i will reluctantly go back on them for now, with the aim of coming off them in e future.

Any experiences? Am I deluding myself or have my revelations created a cosmic shift and I no longer need them? Praying it's the latter.

Weegiemum Mon 24-Mar-14 21:41:29

I'd none but I cut down.

Great you're feeling good but do watch out over the next few weeks, the withdrawal effects or rebound depression (200mg is a high dose) might kick in.

Good luck!

MorrisZapp Mon 24-Mar-14 21:45:15

Bloody hell, that's impressive! I'm on 50mg and can't get off the buggers. I'd love to have a sex drive too smile Please be careful though. You sound a bit 'euphoric' and I've found that can tip over quite sharply.

What does your gp say?

Dirtypaws Mon 24-Mar-14 21:53:23

Yes I suppose I should have included the question - how long should I wait for any adverse effects? I stupidly did this a few years ago but was in a different place and knew I had to go back on them. That took a very short space of time which I guess is why I'm hoping that this time is different.

But now I know how I COULD feel, I want to feel like that again, the depression can feck right off.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 24-Mar-14 21:58:14

I do think you need to be careful that you aren't having some kind of manic episode, there may be a down after this up.

I have recently come off 100mg, I weaned off over a month - quicker than recommended I know. I haven't taken any for almost a month now.

I too feel great, I'm sleeping better, I've got a sex drive again - and I can actually orgasm rather than being sooo close for fecking ages and then losing it. My emotions have definitely returned, which is lovely and I hadn't realised how switched off they had been.

I am watching myself like a hawk though for signs that all is not well.

Dirtypaws Mon 24-Mar-14 21:59:11

I'm such a dour moo that maybe I am a bit euphoric! And that is a warning bell, isn't it? Oh shit, maybe it's just a phase, I fecking hope not. I haven't seen/admitted to the gp yet. Will do that on wed. I know 200mg is high. Shit the more I type the more ridiculous it all sounds. Do you think I should mention going cold turkey to the gp. I was thinking of just telling him I need a repeat script and just taking them if I need them. I need to see gp about my sternum thing, its really fecking painful

Dirtypaws Mon 24-Mar-14 22:04:19

Lots of x posts, thanks guys for the quick replies. I don't want a down, not after feeling this good! It's not fair! Ok will defo get a repeat script. I should fess up to the doctor shouldnt I? Bum

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 24-Mar-14 22:32:41

OP it is so, so common for patients on ADs to bugger up getting their repeat medication. Your GP will be very understanding.

I would go and see them, but I would say that you are liking how you feel off them at the moment - the emotions and the libido. Perhaps you could restart but on a smaller dose and see how you go?

Don't beat yourself up, that way lies the black dog and that is not what is needed <stern>

Dirtypaws Mon 24-Mar-14 23:01:32

Thanks, I'll see how it goes, <ahem> the last time I buggered up was when I moved... Bit of a theme going there! But i feel differently now. Dh told me off the other day when I fessed up, even though I told him about my little rediscovery!

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