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The Other Little Blue Pill

Posted Oct 26 2009 11:00pm
So, I'm thinking about trying to get off of the last 25 milligrams of Zoloft that I've been on since the day I gave birth to the twins. My OB thought it would be a good idea for me, with my history of PPD to start the Zoloft immediately, do not pass GO, go directly to a pharmacy. In retrospect, I still experienced major post partum depression and anxiety. So was it lessened from taking the Zoloft? I don't know. What I do know is that I'm not depressed now, I've weaned from 50 milligrams to 25 and I'm ready to get it out of my system entirely but...say hi to the withdrawal symptoms that can happen from ridding the last bit from your system. This looks like a pretty good time, doesn't it? I'm thinking I should pencil in time for at least five of these side-effects conservatively:

Anxiety
Dizziness
Fatigue
Vomiting
Restlessness
Muscle and joint pain
Jolting electric "zaps”
Tingling sensations
Fever
Abdominal discomfort
Flu symptoms and general malaise
Sleep disturbance and insomnia
Nightmares
Vivid dreams
Anorexia, agitation
Irritability
Aggression
Confusion
Memory and concentration difficulties
Lethargy
Tremors
Headache
Insomnia
Nausea
Visual hallucinations
Diarrhea
Blurred vision
Vertigo
Gait disturbances
Sweating
Weakness
Myalgia
Chills and hot flashes
Crying spells
Suicidal thoughts

Okay, so in a perfect world I would get to choose my temporary side effects. I'm dropping this hint into the universe's suggestion box: Out of all of these, if I had to pick five, I'd prefer anorexia (how bad could that be for a week or two right?), lethargy (does that involve couch time?) tingling sensations (is that even a bad thing?), weakness ("I can't vacuum, I'm so weak") hmm...none of the other ones sound workable. I don't even know what myalgia is. I guess I'll have to go with abdominal discomfort since I have that a lot anyway. Or maybe I'll just stay on Zoloft FOREVER. I don't know. Anyone have experience with this?
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