Just after some advice about my next step if possible please. Have been on sertraline 1000mg per day for 5 years. Over the summer i have been reducing my dose and am now down to 25 mg every other day. Each time I've reduced I've had brain zaps, ear ringing and general low feelings which have eased as I've adjusted to the lower dose. Three days ago i stopped completely, I've had the same withdrawal feelings today. I now can't decide if I should do 25 mg every third day or just bite the bullet and stay stopped. Does anyone have experience of how i might feel going forward with regards the withdrawal feelings if I stay stopped? Or any advice at all please? GP just said be guided by my feelings ... Thanks for reading
I did the same as you and cut right down with the same dose as you every other day. I went cold turkey after a couple of months like that and still got brain zaps and dizziness but it passed after a while, maybe a week? Only very occasionally at the end of the week. I had some spare tablets so knew I could start again if it didn't improve after a while but stuck to it.
I'm down to 100mg probably twice a week. I had to take today as the brain zaps became unbearable. It feels like my eyes are 10 minutes behind my brain if that makes sense? Vertigo, nausea, headaches. It's awful when he withdrawals come after a few days
I'm doing okay I think! I've done 10 days without any Sertraline at all and the withdrawal zaps have stopped and I feel normalish. I have noticed that my mood is a little bit low, but i'm not sure if that's related to the withdrawal or just that I am more aware and less numb now and so circumstantial? I wonder if that's normal? Thank you for checking back x
Based on my experience of coming off sertraline I'd say that's normal, don't worry and give it a few more weeks before appraising whether your mood is ok.
Also, it's common for sertraline withdrawal to go in cycles, so you might start getting brain zaps and other symptoms again after you've been off it for six weeks or so. Again, don't worry about it but be aware it can happen.
I came off sertraline about 4 months ago and I had various withdrawal symptoms of varying degrees off and on until about 2 or 3 weeks ago.
I'm glad you are doing well and that's really good advice from jersey When I took them the first time I came off too soon and my moods were all over the place and I was crying a lot so it does need to be the right time but it sounds like you are doing well monitoring yourself.