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It is always best to work under the supervision of your own physician, who knows your health conditions and risks and tolerances.
Prozac and Zoloft as similar and are both well tolerated. It is easier to stop using Prozac than it is Zoloft, for most people, because Prozac has a long half life and stays in the body for some days.
Zoloft on the other hand, has a half-life of about one day so it is easier for withdrawal symptoms to set it.
Among the symptoms can be nausea, tremors, lightheadedness, muscle pains, weakness, insomnia, and anxiety.
The symptoms usually last one or two weeks but sometimes for as long as a month.
I believe that you may have tapered too quickly and that your doctor should either reinstate the Zoloft and keep it as your medication, or reinstate it and then withdraw it more slowly. Taking the Prozac, however, should make it less difficult and painful.
Check with your physician and let him come up with a plan. He needs to be responsible for giving you the best help possible and I am sure he will do his or her utmost.
I shall keep you in my prayers for a smooth transition.
Elliott, MAE, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC
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