Zoloft side effect management/ severe Zoloft withdrawal

Zoloft is a medication in the class of drugs Selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) used to treat depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorders. Although Zoloft has a relatively low side effect profile there are side effects that patients must learn to manage and definitely a withdrawal protocol used to decrease any serious side effects.

During premarketing assessment Zoloft was administered to over 4000 adults. The conditions and duration varied as did the types of studies. Any untoward events were recorded. These events used the terminology specific to the researcher and therefore it isnt possible to compare adverse events without first grouping them into standardized event categories.

Nonetheless, Zoloft side effect management is important to patients who are experiencing side effects that interfere with their daily lives. Most of the side effects from Zoloft will disappear within the first two or three weeks of taking the medication as the body adjusts to the effect the medication produces. These effects include upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, dry mouth, bloating, loss of appetite, weight changes, drowsiness, dizziness, excessive tiredness, headaches, nervousness, sore throat, shaking hands you cant control, difficulty falling asleep or pain, burning or tingling in the hands or feet.

Zoloft side effect management includes waiting through the first two or three weeks for the initial side effects to disappear. Sufferers can use acetaminophen and stomach preparations to attempt to treat the headaches and stomach upsets. Using sleep preparations isnt a good idea in the first two weeks. You should report if your side effects havent disappeared in the first weeks.

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Severe Zoloft withdrawal is another Zoloft side effect management protocol. Not often thought of as a side effect as the patient has stopped taking the medication, withdrawal symptoms with Zoloft can be severe. Severe Zoloft withdrawal symptoms include many of the things that feel like the flu. This is sometimes called discontinuation syndrome. Sufferers feel fatigue, nausea, myalgia (muscle pain), insomnia, anxiety, agitation, dizziness, hallucinations, tingling sensations, vivid dreams and sweating. Some experience only minor symptoms while others suffer symptoms that are so debilitating that they feel they cant stop their antidepressants for fear of how their lives will be interrupted.

Interestingly the symptoms of severe Zoloft withdrawal arent associated with other SSRIs that have a longer half life of 4-16 days or more. Zolofts half life is much shorter. When a drug has a longer half life there is a built in tapered schedule. Some patients find that a single dose of Fluoxetine (Paxil) will immediately relieve the symptoms and then they withdraw from the Paxil over a built in tapered system since the half life is almost 14 days.

To avoid severe Zoloft withdrawal symptoms you should seek your doctors advice first. Your physician will discuss the pros and cons of withdrawal from the antidepressant, any plans for future medication and the progress of any psychotherapy. They will also prescribe a tapered discontinuation schedule that will allow your body to gradually adjust as the medication leaves your body.

When you are working with your doctor to adjust any Zoloft side effect management protocols remember that abrupt withdrawal to alleviate those symptoms may trigger a more severe Zoloft withdrawal symptomology.

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Dee is an Adv. Certified Aromatherapist, Reiki Master, Adv. Color/Crystal Therapist, Herbalist, Dr. of Reflexology and single mom who is dedicated to helping others any way she can. One way she chooses to help is by offering information on the benefits and uses of natural health and healing methods for the well-being of both people and pets. Dee also teaches Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Color/Crystal Therapy at the Alternative Healing Academy

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