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What is Zoloft Withdrawal?

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Are you taking the antidepressant Zoloft? If you are, there are a few things that you should know about the drug before stopping it. You cannot stop Zoloft suddenly without severe adverse effects. It is impossible to predict who will go through withdrawal and who will not. To understand Zoloft withdrawal you need to know why your doctor prescribed it, the symptoms, and the treatment for it.

What are the Symptoms of Withdrawal?

The symptoms of Zoloft withdrawal can range from mild to severe. Although most people do not suffer from severe Zoloft withdrawal, those that have been taking the drug for an extend period or who take it without a prescription are more likely to exhibit severe symptoms. According to the Food and Drug Administration, some symptoms reported are:

Zoloft Withdrawal

Irritability and changes in mood are common symptoms of Zoloft withdrawal.

  • Irritability
  • Changes in mood
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • “Brain zaps” a shock like sensation usually through the head but can happen in other body parts
  • Confusion
  • Shaking
  • Changes in appetite
  • Cardiac failure
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Low white blood cell count
  • Loss of central vision
  • Suicide
  • Urinary incontinence or retention

Many of these withdrawal effects will resolve themselves but others require immediate treatment. Once the symptoms become severe, medical or withdrawal treatment is necessary. Some of the symptoms such as a low white cell count can lead to secondary infection and congestive heart failure can quickly lead to death.

If you are interested in seeking treatment for Zoloft withdrawal call 888-602-1971(Who Answers?). We can help.

What is the Treatment for Withdrawal from Zoloft?

The treatment for withdrawal from Zoloft is usually as simple as setting up a tapering schedule at a treatment center. During inpatient withdrawal treatment they can monitor you closely in case you have an adverse reaction.

In mild cases of Zoloft withdrawal you might only need an outpatient treatment schedule that allows you to get the dosage that you need as it gradually decreases. Although inpatient treatment is optimal, circumstances may prevent you from taking the time off to go to an inpatient treatment center.

Along with the tapering schedule you will also receive counseling. Counseling is an integral part of both withdrawal treatment and treatment for the disorders that caused your Zoloft use. Some of these disorders if left untreated you risk increased:

  • Depression
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Increased trauma response
  • Obsessive behavior
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety

Finding treatment is the best option to avoid these risks. There are a variety of treatments available for people who need Zoloft for depression, anxiety, or another mood disorder. Some of these treatments involve:

  • Behavioral therapy
  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • 12 step counseling
  • Or a combination of treatments

The treatment you choose will depend on your individual needs and condition.

Where to find a Treatment Center that Treats Zoloft Withdrawal

You can find a treatment center that treats Zoloft withdrawal by simply calling 888-602-1971(Who Answers?). Why run the risk of making your condition worse by going through withdrawal without support. We can help you find the support that you need to safely stop using Zoloft.

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