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hello...ive been on zoloft for about 4 months now and for

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hello...i've been on zoloft for about 4 months now and for the past month i have had increased anxiety and mood swings all while on the pill. My doctor increased my dosage but i feel worse now...i've decided to just get off it all together..how long will it take for it to be out of my system?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 3 years ago.

Hi, I'd like to help you with your question.

 

On the whole, it takes 7 to 10 days for the medication to be completely out of your system

 

Zoloft's effect on your body is cut in half everyday you do not take it. So if you take a dose today then do not take one tomorrow, the effect of the medication on your body is cut by one half. So tomorrow it will only be 50% effective. The next day it will only be 25% effective and so on.

 

Zoloft is an SSRI which is a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor. Stopping this medication without doctor's supervision is dangerous. It could cause a withdrawal syndrome which includes symptoms such as nausea, tremors, and lightheadedness. So a slow withdrawal with supervision is recommended.

 

 

I hope this helps you,
Kate

Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 3 years ago.

I haven't heard from you. Did you have more questions or want clarification?

 

Kate

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Yes sorry!

Would my doctor put me on another anxiety medication or would he wait until the zoloft is out of my system?
Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 3 years ago.

Every doctor is different so is is hard to say what your doctor will want to do. But the doctor cannot put you on a MAOI (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) until Zoloft has been out of your system for at least 14 days.

 

The doctor can put you on another SSRI like Zoloft since it is similar. You may want to ask about that option.

 

Kate

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Ok im going to see him this week and for now i'll take a lower dosage. Thanks for your help
Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 3 years ago.

You're welcome!

 

Kate

Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 3 years ago.

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Kate

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