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Dizziness From Stopping Zoloft?

By February 21, 2005

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Q. I recently quit taking Zoloft. I was told by my doctor that I did not have to come off slowly and was advised to just quit taking it. It was prescribed for mood swings during menopause. I'd been taking the drug for approximately 5 months. I'm not having a problem with mood swings, but am experiencing a problem with getting dizzy from time to time. Is this one of the side effects coming off the drug?

A. Yes, this is a possible side-effect of coming off Zoloft. Here are some articles that I think will be helpful to you:

How Long Does It Take Zoloft to Wear Off?

Is Zoloft Addictive?

What Are "Brain Shivers"?

It Might Not Be the Flu!

How to Reduce Discontinuation Symptoms

Depression Tests:

Your Healthcare Toolbox:

January 2, 2009 at 4:09 am
(1) brandi ramirez says:

I took zoloft for about 3 1/2 months. I tapered off for about a week or so, and then just stopped taking them. It’s been over a week since being completely off them – was fine until a couple days ago, when I started getting the “brain shivers”…little electric shock feeling in your head – it’s like your brain gets the chills and you shiver – but your brain shivers, not your body. I took zoloft last year for a few months as well – I got the brain shivers then too. I found the term on the internet when I began to link the shock feeling I was having with discontinuing the zoloft. It really freaked me out at the time, which probably didn’t help. I had no idea if this was just the beginning, or if my health was in danger. But eventually, the brain shivers went away, and I was totally fine. So, I guess what I’m saying is…the brain shivers are nothing more than an annoyance for me. Hopefully, it’ll be the same for you!

March 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm
(2) Bella says:

hello, all you beautiful ex-zoloft users.

i’m coming off of zoloft too after 1 year of using it. i’m getting the vertigo feelings too. but. i am dealing ok with it. one of the reasons why i feel ok about it all is because of my meditation practice. i have been meditating for about 15 years, and throughout this withdrawal process, it has really come in handy.

everyone here has the same symptoms, but very different ways of experiencing them and dealing with them, i notice. for myself, i am definitely uncomfortable with it, but i am ok at the same time. i just wanted to share my experience with you so that you know that there is someone out here who is going through what you are going through, but in a slightly different way. I just wanted to share what I do when I get the brain zaps you all talk about.

I just stop, breathe in and out deeply, focus on what it feels like, and simply observe it until it stops. it only lasts about 2-3 seconds, and each time it happens, i remind myself that it will be over soon. in buddhist meditation, we call this “non-attachment”, so in a way, i refuse to “attach” myself to the uncomfortable experience.

not sure if it helps, but i wanted to thow it out there.

stay strong!

February 4, 2009 at 9:32 pm
(3) Nikki says:

Great to hear Brandi! And congrats to getting off Zoloft. I have been on Zoloft for about 9 years for depression and ocd. For the last month I have been slowly weaning myself off and have experienced the “flu-like” feeling and dizzy-brain zapping that everyone is refering to. I have been totally off the meds for 3 days now and I am just hanging in there with the dizziness…I also feel like I am asleep and dreaming everything that I am doing (although I am really awake). Its scary, but it will be well worth it when I am drug-free. Brandi, thanks for sharing your story with us!

February 19, 2009 at 3:49 pm
(4) Tyler Nel says:

Hey can totaly relate. Been on zoloft for 8 years and gradualy went from 100mg to 25mg 25mg increments a month. I went from 25 to nothing at the start of the week and i feel almost every side effect: dizzyness, the shocks, virago, that dreamy feeling…. I cant wait to get off zoloft and live my life!

March 16, 2009 at 1:11 pm
(5) jason says:

I ve been on zoloft for 8 months but decided to drop it.I was getting tired of being “uneffected” or noy caring of what was happening around me.so i ve been off of zoloft for 5 days now,not long i know but i’m feeling sapped as far as enegry goes.I havent had brain shivers yet,its good to know they could be comming..The flu like symptoms I can completely attest to!Will these symptoms leave and how long can it take? Mad props for you who are dealing with our issues instead of escaping from them!!!including me.Thank yall for your comments,powerful stuff!

March 27, 2009 at 4:40 pm
(6) Judy says:

I was on zoloft for 7 months, slowly weaned myself off them 1 week ago. I’m sorry to hear of the wicked side effects, but so happpy to hear its not just me. Zoloft helped with depression but I gained 20 lbs. GRRR I’m going to try and take life one day at a time and count the many many blessings in my life!!! AND pray I never need zoloft again.

April 13, 2009 at 8:44 am
(7) Kristy says:

I have only been on zoloft for 2 weeks and it’s been hell for me. I can barely walk because I am so dizzy, I have a rash all over me including boils on my chin and I feel worse than before! I am going to get off this med asap and try Wellbutrin I think. Hope everyone else is doing well coming off this drug; it’s nasty!

April 18, 2009 at 11:44 pm
(8) Jen says:

I took Zoloft for 9 months or so. I went through some stressful times and I thoughtit would help. I got tired of the not caring feeling and lack of interest, not to mention the 20 pound weight gain. So I weaned myself. I have been completely off for almost a week. It is the absolute weirdest thing, the dizziness. I feel like I’m drunk. It happens often, but I deal. Then last night I had a martini and whoa. The martini effect was beyond intensified. I felt SO gone. Like I was in a complete dream-like state. I knew immediately what caused it. I did my research before weaning. So it was frightening, but very odd. I hope this goes away soon. I have pretty bad motion sickness and a couple times a day the “dizziness” makes me feel sick. I refuse to go back on it though. I actually feel like myself and my 2 year old son is thrilled mommy is willing to be crazy again. Hand in there.

May 2, 2009 at 8:13 pm
(9) cmw says:

Just wanted to thank everyone for leaving their comments. I am having some medical issues which were at first thought to be completely psychiatric, so I was prescribed Zoloft. Of course, now that I have a correct diagnosis, I slowly came off the Zoloft, but these “brain shivers” had me all freaked out! I thought it was a horrible side effect of my illness, and I’m relieved to know it’s probably just the Zoloft. I can’t wait till they go away. I took my last dose on Monday, and here I am on Friday feeling weirder than ever. Your comments made me feel A LOT BETTER. Thanks again.

May 6, 2009 at 8:03 pm
(10) Robert says:

I’ve been using Zoloft for over 10 yrs. I weaned off by taking a month to reduce intake. It’s been about 3 months now and I’m still having flu symptoms. The fatique is terrible, and I’m irritable because I’m feeling sick and tired all the time. How much more of this do I have to take?

May 24, 2009 at 12:17 pm
(11) Phyllis says:

Took 7 months to wean off zoloft–has been on since 1991- 100 mg. Today is day #28 drug-free…symptoms subsiding dramatically as of today…long, hard road getting off–tried many times, the slower the better. I get through the symptoms day-by day. Found taking 1/2 Benedryl during withdrawal phase and now is helping.

July 9, 2009 at 4:32 pm
(12) Sarah says:

I was on Zoloft for 6yrs for sever OCD after my second child. Within the last year I have noticed huge weight gain (20lbs), lack of a sex drive, and overall apathetic feeling towards life. A month ago I decided to ween myself of of Zoloft (without the help of a dr — not recommended). I was at 100mg, I cut it in half for a couple of weeks, and then did 25mg for a week. The whole process I think was too fast for my system and I feel awful (dizziness, brain shivers, nauseous, vertigo) but even through all the awfulness I am starting to feel like my old self again!! If I had to do it again I would probably have gone to a dr to be weened off. But I am almost in the home stretch and I will just be happy when it is completely out of my system and I can go on living. I absolutely needed it 6yrs ago but the side-effects of it no longer out way the positives!! Thanks for all the comments I had no idea what I was feeling was normal until I read through them!

July 16, 2009 at 3:30 pm
(13) Andrea says:

I was on Zoloft for 2 years or so, after being on Lexapro for about 3. My husband and I decided we want to have a baby, so I started weaning myself off about 2 months ago.
It’s been 3 days since I had a pill and the dizziness is making me nuts. I can’t concentrate, I get queasy and I can’t wait for this withdrawal to finish!!!!
If I would have known that it would be so hard to come off, I don’t know if I would have started. My bad… I should have researched more thoroughly!

August 12, 2009 at 1:52 am
(14) Connie says:

I took Zoloft for about 9 months. At that point I felt like I was numb to feelings. I started Lexapro while I decreased the Zoloft. Fortunately, I had no discontin uation side effects and I had no effects at all from starting and continuing the Lexapro, unlike when I started Lexapro and felt sick for 3 days and continued with the feeling of a band around my head for a while.

August 12, 2009 at 3:57 pm
(15) Kelly says:

Ahh I feel so much better since reading all these posts! I was put on Zoloft about 3 months ago, and just went off of it. I was so freaked out the last few days, it feels like I’m in a constant state of dizziness and the nausea comes and goes. But at least I know I’m not alone :)

August 13, 2009 at 8:17 pm
(16) Leslie says:

This is awesome that so many people have talked about their experiences. I have been on Zoloft for about 4 years, 50mg, for an anxiety disorder (hyperventilation syndrome) I have been trying to wean off it by taking 25mg…but today I started having the flu-like symptoms. I never knew this was a side effect until I got on here. My doc said you really have to come off it slowly…50mg, then 25mg, every other day, and then 25mg everyday, then 25mg and none every other day…that is a lot to remember, but its probably worth avoiding all these horrible side effects.

August 30, 2009 at 12:53 pm
(17) lyrahussein says:

HI, glad to read all the comments! I had been on sertraline 200 mgs. for about 7 years for OCD. This spring it was giving me insomnia, so I weaned myself off of it, really quickly, without telling my doctor. I had a hard time coming off of it, but I felt like I couldn’t stand to take another pill! I was done in about 7 days. I felt sick for the first week and for about a month afterwards. It has been about two months since I last took the sertraline. I don’t think it was helping me much. I have lost about 6 pounds, have increased libido, high emotions. I am still afraid to tell my doc because she will just want me to take something else.

September 3, 2009 at 8:10 am
(18) dave says:

Pleased to see the comments so thought id share my experience, been on sertraline 50mg for 18 months, depression and anxiety, did need to go to 100mg for a bit at start but been ok on the 50. tried coming off a few months ago but didnt work, cud feel myself sliding in less than a week so went back on. Tried again a month ago and am off them now, suffered with headaches and dizziness for just over a couple o weeks- those cooling migraine sheets really helped with the headcahes, cudnt do much for the dizziness tho. Feel a bit tired now but not in the same way i have done in the passed, i was worried about maybe having to stay on the drugs permanently, but from reading others experiences and knowing how i felt before taking pills and how i am now, i wouldnt be worried if it turns out i need to go back on them, ill see how it goes. In retrospect i think depression is something i may well have always lived with, but i didnt know any different, but its good to know there is help available out there.
Stay healthy peeps xxx

January 30, 2011 at 3:18 pm
(19) Mornť says:

I have been using Sertriline 100mg going for 7th year. I have now taking half a tablet now. one of the side effects was that it made feel very pasionate and very relaxed, too realxed actually. I have this need to get off the medication and feel my life again. I went through hell over the last 6 years of my life and it’s now been sorted. I do suffer of all the side effects, but I know it’s only temp. Thanks to the medication and doctors who stood by me.

September 14, 2009 at 3:17 pm
(20) chele says:

I too am glad to read these. I was on Zoloft for about 2 years then found out i was pregnant. My doctor told me it is not neccessary to “wean” off Zoloft and just quit taking it. I have had the dizzy spells and queezy feeling for about 2 weeks now. Didn’t know if it was from the pregnancy or from getting off the drug. now I know!! Hoping the symptoms go away soon….can’t handle much more, but I can say I will NEVER use this drug again!!

September 18, 2009 at 1:57 pm
(21) M. Wilson says:

I have been on Sertraline (Zoloft generic) for about 6 years and am now at a place in my life where I want to do it on my own. I have been trying for 3 weeks and seem to be experiencing every side effect on the books. I have had dizziness, nausea, jolting electric ďzapsĒ, vivid dreams, heavy & foggy eyes, vertigo, and the weirdest one of an extreme sulfur taste in my mouth and nose. Honestly, this is one of the hardest things I have ever done. At the beginning of this week, week 4, I was as sick as a dog. I was nauseous and everything going right through me. I am feeling less nauseous but would love to get rid of the sulfur experience. Canít wait until I feel like Iím physically off a spinning amusement park ride.

September 28, 2009 at 4:54 pm
(22) Connie says:

I am just beginning my journey into the world of dizziness, lightheaded, and flu like symptoms. I just spoke with my dr. about not taking zoloft. After reading all the comments I know I have to be strong and get off these once and for ever. I already have the vivid dreams and it has only been 3 days……………..

September 30, 2009 at 7:49 pm
(23) sheryl says:

i was wondering if any of you guys have had a weried feeling in your heart like flush feeling hard to explane i have been on zoloft for 2 years and now i am on celexa not sure if i like this one at all .i do not know if its from zoloft or what my dr stoped me all at once not sure please let me know….

October 23, 2009 at 1:30 pm
(24) Melissa N says:

I was on Zoloft for 10 years for anxiety and panic attacks. I tried to come off of it three times… and became very depressed (this, in itself, pissed me off, considering i wasn’t taking Zoloft for depression. Anyway, my husband and I are looking to have a baby… so for the last month… I have been weening myself off. I was on 50 mg. I cut to 25 for two weeks and now am on approximately 15 mg. (breaking the pills so this is a guesstimate). I have only experienced insomnia (sometimes) and mood swings. I also have slight flu symptoms,…. which are completely tolerable. One thing I can say… I am a wee-bit worried about the final weeks… when I start to ween to almost nothing. I ALSO FEEL LIKE MYSELF — IN A GOOD WAY. I FEEL CLEAR-HEADED AND HAPPIER. I felt like i was in a fog for 10 years. I also felt much moodier and my PMS was horrible while on zoloft. I just went through a PMS… which was smooth and uneventful… LOL

I cannot wait to be rid of this drug. It is horrible. I really wish we could sue for the horrible side effects some people have from this withdrawal.

I have learned that exercise and meditation help. Oh, also I gained a lot of weight on Zoloft (whether I ate or not…. and I am very active). When I went on zoloft I was 145 … and now I am 209. I had two children prior to Zoloft and was this weight when I delivered them at 9 months. I am a diva fashionista and the final straw besides wanting to conceive… was the fact that no nice clothes fit me any more. For those that don’t believe Zoloft causes weight gain… google it!

Anyway… good luck to all… YOU CAN DO IT. Try some of the other non-medication methods of assiting with your withdrawal. Exercise… and maintaining a good diet. And remember — when you are experiencing some of these symptoms… keeping telling yourself its from the Zoloft…and you WILL FEEL BETTER SOON.

God Bless !

July 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(25) Amy says:

Thanks for your comments. You nipped it in the bud perfectly for me. My story is exactly the same as yours. I feel better hearing your comments. My vertigo is awful. I can’t wait for this to be out of my system!!!

October 28, 2009 at 6:51 pm
(26) Lyn says:

I was prescribed Lexapro today, which seems to be very similar to Zoloft, they are both SSRI’s. I asked my doctor if it was addictive or there are any side effects, & even if when I stop if I will have to ween myself off. He said ‘oh no, this is a nice drug’ & also said there’s no side effects. After reading all these comments, I don’t think I will even fill the prescription! I feel like sometimes I can’t take the anxiety attacks anymore & something needs to be done, but I don’t want to go on something that sounds worse than what I’m going through right now.

Has anyone tried anything else that has worked? I’ve tried MANY different herbal pills, they seem to work for a couple months, then it’s like my body gets used to them & they have no effect anymore. I would love some advise if anyone has any…..

July 10, 2011 at 9:59 am
(27) Hope says:

Hi all! I cannot explain how grateful I am to read all these posts!!! I was on Zoloft 50 mg for about 2years and have been coming off of it for the past month and half. This is day five completely medication free and although I feel emotionally and mentally great, the physical withdrawals are horrible! I even did it slowly…so, I cannot stress and beg people enough try other options like meditation, yoga, exercise, changing your diet, reading self help books, ANYTHING EXCEPT taking this drug! The more I study and read about Tibetan Buddhism and learning how much control we actually DO have over our mental state of mind and emotions the more I try my hardest to encourge people to try alternative methods instead of medication. Still experiencing the dizziness, nauseous, tingly feeling in my face etc, etc. I feel like it’s going to last forever, but from what everyone is saying I know it will eventually stop. BUT going through this sure does test one’s strength, and honestly, I am proud of myself and all of you for staying strong and making sure our voices are heard. I agree with the earlier post who said she wishes there was a way to sue the Zoloft company, or a legal mandate that each person considering taking this drug read each of our posts before deciding to put the poison in their mouths.

November 15, 2009 at 7:28 pm
(28) AC says:

I also have been on 100 mg Zoloft for approx 3 yrs for anxiety. I too have gotten to the point things did not bother me, I could handle anything. 4 days ago I ran out and my mail order still hasn’t arrived. I started feeling nauseas, dizzy and not in control. I would like to get off, but I have a job that unless I have enough time off, like during the summer, I don’t feel I can handle it. It helps to see what others are going through.

November 24, 2009 at 12:22 pm
(29) HR says:

I am on day 5 of coming off Zoloft. This has been the worst of te SSRI’s I have taken. Originally i was being treated for anxiety, but this drug has made me feel more depressed. I gained weight very quickly, had terrible headaches, could not function at work with the dizzyness and dreamstate.
I had ‘teeth-grinding/cleanching’ which was unbearable and it wasnt till I googled this I saw it was a side effect.

As for my PMS symptoms mine too were worse I was terribly low before my cycle and breasts were reaaly sore.

The weight gain has been the worst, i know feel depressed. ALTHOUGH we all worry about how we will be not taking SSRI, seriously how can these pills make you better.

After speaking to my doctor and reading up some research it is common to put wieght on and develop the ‘depression tyre’ around your stomach.

I was very active before taking these gym 3-4 times a week but have not enjoyed anything.

I am experiencing tight chest, heart burn somtimes, brain shivers/zapps, and dizzyness.

i have read that taking 20mg of prozac works with side effects? does anyone know if this works?

Also how long does the side effects take to wear off?

December 6, 2009 at 2:29 pm
(30) Donna says:

Pleased to see the comments so thought I’d share my experience. I’ve been on sertraline for 9 months. While I weaned off slowly (getting down to 15 mg every other day) stopping that last little bit still gave me dizziness and headaches. I am on day 5 with no drug so hoping withdraw symptoms stop soon. By day 2 I was waking up easily and being my usual morning person (something the sertraline took away). I am glad to know the dizziness is not uncommon.

December 6, 2009 at 3:31 pm
(31) Ada says:

Thank you everyone for sharing your stories, itís so helpful and comforting to know Iím not alone.

Iíve been on Zoloft for four years and recently experienced withdrawal symptoms while waiting for my prescription to arrive in the mail. It was awful, I had brain shivers, flu-like symptoms and dizziness. Once the medication arrived I made the mistake of taking my regular dose of 150 mg and felt side-effects Iíve never experienced before. Itís been a couple days and Iím taking 50 mg and feel so, so much better.

Lessons learned:
Never wait to order when youíre already out
Never take your regular dosage after a quick break
Drug-free is the way to be

Hopefully Iíll get there someday, good luck to everyone!

December 14, 2009 at 8:08 pm
(32) Len says:

Hi guys, I was on 100mg of Zoloft for two years. I was really worried when coming off and did have those flu like symptoms. I went from 100mg to 50mg ok but from then on it was hard and I had to go from 25mg back up to 50mg. In the end I wrote a plan to come off really really slowly and it worked. I would crush my pills into powder and divide it up amongst days. eg 5 pills would be split in to 6 doses and I would do that for two weeks then 5 pills would be split in to 7 doses then 8 doses etc. I nthe end I came off them really easily but it took a while and some patience. Keep your head up, you’ll be ok :)

December 25, 2009 at 1:28 pm
(33) shyam says:

thanks! it makes me feel good to know that more than a few of us have had the same experiences while coming of this medication and im not the only one!
and to know that these effects subside and finally disappear..
zoloft helped me through the most difficult periods of my life and im thankful for it.. I dont need it anymore and i am happy to be my old self again!

January 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm
(34) JD says:

Comming off of SSRIs like Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, Cymbalta is almost as bad as the side effects you start having after you have been on them 1+ years. In general you will experience spacial disorintation, meaning when you are coming down stairs they will seem futher away and you get disoriented. This happens a lot. Vertigo and dizziness, a buzzing in your ear as you turn your head, headaches. Usually it will take up to 6 months of back and forth to come off the drug depending on how long you have been on it. Sometimes you have to go back on it for temporary relief as the side effects are dreadful. Then just start the every 3 days take off then after a few weeks every 2 days take off. If you feel disoriented then you are going too fast. Know you are not alone in the often unspoken about side effect.

January 25, 2010 at 8:00 pm
(35) Huet says:

Been on daily Zoloft dose of 25mg for 2 1/2 months. I’m on week 1 of cutting back to 25mg every other day. Next week to 25 mg every 3rd day, etc to zip every day. Dizziness is prevalent along with minor nausea. This drug made all matters worse and I realized I was actually in pretty good shape before I started this med. Look forward to normal again.

February 20, 2010 at 6:27 pm
(36) Chris says:

Oh, I am so glad I found this site. I have been on Zoloft 100 mg for about 9 years. I am also taking Welbutrin. I did like the fact that I wasn’t crying all them on the Zoloft. Prior to that I had terrible PMDD, and situational depression related to rocky marriage.

About 3 years ago, I tried to wean off the zoloft, and I was a crying mess. My gyno told me I shouldn’t have stopped taking it. I recently went to my internist. I complained about my total absence of Libido and my weight gain. He doubled my wellbutrin from 150 to 300 mg. Then he told me to cut my zoloft from 100 to 50 mg for a week, then stop taking. I actually took 50 for two weeks then quit. I have been off for 1 week now, and I am a mess. I have to say, I preferred to not feel anything. I cry watching commercial. I cry watching the olympics.

I have also had other symptoms, nausea and increased ringing in the ears (I have always had some, but now it is louder) and a weird feeling in my head, not really dizzy, kind of like vertigo. I thought these symptoms were due to doubling my wellbutrin.

I hope this goes away. I really can’t afford to be teary eyed, as I work with cancer patients all day.
Please tell me it will bet better.

March 4, 2010 at 3:26 pm
(37) Christina says:

I was on ZOloft twice. Once for about 2 years, and I weaned myself when I got pregnant. I didn’t suffer side effects as bad as I’m reading here. Only slight dizziness when I turned my head or eyes, and this time I’ve been on them about a year and I ran out about 3 days ago and this time I am just feeling tired. That’s all. So people who are worried about taking Zoloft or other SSRI’s-don’t worry. It’s really not that bad for everybody getting off of these & I didn’t gain weight from them either.

March 4, 2010 at 7:44 pm
(38) Nyree says:

I was taking 100mg of zoloft for about a year … was feeling good and wanted to come off so I slowly came off over a period 4 – 6 weeks … started having vertigo , not bad enough to make me sick but its been almost 6 weeks now and im still dizzy! Will this ever end? Im so annoyed with it now im tempted to go back on the zoloft but im afraid it wouldnt help….anyone else take a LONG time for symtoms to go away?

March 18, 2011 at 10:06 am
(39) Lisa says:

Are you still having symptoms? I have been off for about a week and I cannot stand the “brain shivers” and dizziness.

March 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm
(40) martina says:

ive been on them for 6 months 50mg then decided to reduce to 25 for 6days then 12.5 for 1 ….i feel so ill like i have the flu and headaches and dizzyness are getting me down how longer am i gonna feel ill im on day 4 with no pills and all i want to do is sleep its getting me down :(

March 26, 2010 at 8:38 pm
(41) S. Hirai says:

These comments comfort me that I am not alone; though to find comfort in the discomfort of others is not precisely as encouraging as I might want.

I am currently on a low dosage (50ml) prescription of the generic for Zoloft (sertraline), yet due to schedule conflicts and my own slip-ups in calling in my refill, I have been “off” the medication for three days.

Day one off the medication was no problem, but by day 2, I was getting the odd “trembling sensations” in my head that reminded me of occasions when I had taken cold-flu medication. I became even more alarmed when I stepped outside my front door and promptly lost my balance! I essentially crumpled to the ground when I stepped down onto the front step. It was very frightening. I am normally not a very clumsy person–I run, do yoga, exercise regularly–but I’ve found myself increasingly becoming so. I am also having more difficulties in concentrating. Which is not pleasant, as I work in an academic environment requiring close attention and mental precision.

I do plan to return to my prescription when I sort out the refill tangles, but this experience has given me an issue I want to discuss with my doctor at my next visit!

May 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm
(42) kay says:

I was on zoloft for around 3 months and I just stopped with no side effects. The only problem was that I became irritable often. I’m only 16 and I’m worried that I’m already immune to certain medicines. Do u have any advice for me?

May 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm
(43) Amanda says:

Kay, i have the same problem and i’m 16. I was on Zoloft for 3 months too because i have severe depression. I had to be takin off that mecication because it was making me sick and i had migrains everyday so my doctor decided to put me on something else.

June 1, 2010 at 10:09 am
(44) Sherri says:

I am taking Zoloft everyday for neurocardiogenic syncope. I had the “brain shivers” before taking the medication and feelings of deja vu–then would have to sit down or pass out. The Zoloft has kept me from having all this. I do not have any side effects from taking the medication. I was very interested to read your symptoms, because it helped me to describe the “brain shivers”. So many doctors didn’t understand what I was trying to say.

June 2, 2010 at 12:29 am
(45) Christy says:

I was just in the Dr’s to begin Zoloft. Only because I had my first Panic Attack last week after being off of Wellbutrin for 3 1/2 months. I weaned myself off of Wellbutrin using Xanax and then stayed off of Xanax.

I’ve been seeing a Psychologist for about 8 months, weekly, except when I’m on vacation or something. Now I’m thinking I have probably already gone through the withdrawals of Wellbutrin but didn’t know it. Now some Anxiety has really set in and I was told to take Xanax after I had my Panic Attack. Which was very scary. The Pyschologist doesn’t want me to be on Xanax or other meds if I can help it, because he feels that he can help me overcome my fears and past. It was due to his help that I was able to stop using Wellbutrin and the year prior I stopped Cymbalta and switched to Serzone. But that made me feel dizzy, memory loss, vertigo, so I stopped that after 6 months. I’m thinking now that some of those reactions was from going off of Cymbalta.

So now I don’t dare take Zoloft or any SSRI’s and just use Xanax when needed. Although I’m told that Xanax is hard to quit also. What is anyone’s advice on this. I just don’t want to be on any anti-depressant anymore if I can help it.
I don’t have the same life stressors as I had before and summer is here where I’ll be active in the sunshine a lot.
P.S. I’ve been taking Temazepam for quite some time, for Restless Leg Syndrome, which went away when I stopped Wellbutrin and I only take it now to help me sleep while my husband snores. But I still have to go into another room as the Temazepam wears off and I can hear him.

I’m also glad to be off the meds due to the sexual side effects and dry mouth problem.

June 3, 2010 at 4:55 pm
(46) sarah says:

i was taking zoloft for about 5 months, i recently decided to stop taking it. I slowly lowered my dosage from 200mg down to 50mg, then nothing. i’m having some scary problems with my vision. it’s like i just scan a room,when i shift my eyes it becomes sectioned. it’s very hard to describe…it’s really scary and i wish i knew how long to expect this to happen…

June 20, 2010 at 7:03 am
(47) USM says:

Sertraline for the last 2/3 years 150 mg, recently advised to stop taking it dropping by 50 mg per 2week period. becides my moods going balistic its the Dizzyness light headedness and my eyes going wonky. but thanks to everyone elses comments they have made me feel normal :D or as normal as i can be :D

June 27, 2010 at 4:38 am
(48) Lisa says:

I loved the Zoloft, it really helped me deal with some things. I have to come off it now and am scared… I have been really happy and things are going really well for me!

July 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm
(49) Carol says:

I was on Zoloft for 4 years while going through menopause. I asked my doctor if I could go off them. I feel so much! “Better too” :) Before, I felt like a zombie. I gained around 40 lbs. I had no idea of the side effect until I started doing some research. Mostly because of the brain zaps along with dizzyness. I feel so much clearer mentally. But I have to say, it did help me get through menopause.

July 11, 2010 at 6:29 pm
(50) Lanie says:

Knowing that I am not alone in my struggles is comforting, although I wish that we all weren’t having struggles in the first place. Having depression is like witnessing an event by yourself. You can never really explain it to others. But there is magic in finding others who deal with the same thing as you. Like they witnessed the same stranged event, just from another position in the world.

I have recently started coming off of Zoloft after taking it on and off for about 7 years. I tried coming off of if before, but felt more depressed and extremely irritable.

It wasn’t until recently coming off of it that I felt the lightning sensations. I have also had very vivid dreams that leave me in a fog like state after waking up. I have felt depressed and anxious about different things.

The medication really helped me for awhile, but my doctor seemed to think it was time to try to come off it. I wish she would have told me of the side effects. Good luck and God bless to all that are dealing with this. You are not alone.

July 13, 2010 at 1:41 pm
(51) BECKY says:

I have been on the generic zoloft for about 3 years and I have finally started to ween off of it with my doctors help. She told me to take 1/2 a pill for 7 days(would be 50 mil) and than to 1/2 that. well once you have the 100 to 50 it is hard to 1/2 the half again. So I stopped after the 50. I have had terrible headaches, fuzzy eyes, fatigue, sleeplessness, everything runs right through me. Funny they don’t tell you about all this when they put you on the stuff. Can’t wait to get rid of it!!! Good luck to everyone

July 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm
(52) Jennifer says:

I’ve Been on zoloft for 11 yrs and through the yrs gaining more side effects. Unable to concentrate, dizzy here and there but way bearable. Then I started getting confused and forgetful. Really annoying. I’m tired all the time and I had to take a stand. So my doctor said she’d switch me to something else which was prestiq and so I did. She said it was newer and it should work. So I tried it and I hated worse then zoloft. I felt like I wanted to hurt someone. I was irritable and it felt like my blood pressure was always high. Anyway I’ve been off zoloft for 2 weeks and just started getting some really bad dizziness. When I inhale sometimes it makes dizzy. If I stand up or walk samething. It’s a shock feeling like my brain is being shocked. Anyway I suggest you don’t get on it!

July 27, 2010 at 7:39 am
(53) RG says:

I quit Cold turkey one month ago after a 6 month run of Zoloft, 100mg to 150 mg. I have the jitters from time to time, and I have found it hard to sleep, waking up in the night. When I do sleep, I get vivid dreams sometimes. The oddest thing is that I feel a sort of Mania right now. I have clarity, energy, creativity. Things dont bother me, almost to a point to where I am indifferent. I have huge interests again, want to learn, want to compliment people. Its weird, but I like it and am enjoying the moment. Its just a little over the top coming from the opposite. Anybody experience this?

July 28, 2010 at 7:58 am
(54) Britney says:

I’ve been on zoloft for about a year and a half. In my opinion this medicine has done nothing but make my life hell ex: weight gain, vertigo(constant), just feeling like crap all thr time. I’m 20 years old and was prescribed 100mg for anxiety. That is the biggest load of crap I have ever heard… Not once has this so-called medicine helped with my anxiety if anything it made matter a lot worse! I have been coming off the medicine on my own because my doctor is a freaking idiot to be frank…I suppose I’m about a month in to withdrawal and it keeps getting worse…this is about ridiculous just for a small case of anxiety if you ask me…never again will I be near any antidepressant…especially since I don’t even have depression…

July 28, 2010 at 11:20 am
(55) Paul says:

My God am I pleased to have found you all. For the past 6 years I’ve been taking 100mg Sertraline, that is up until 2 weeks ago when I ran out of the tablets whilst I was away with work. Came home 3 days later and thought, sod it, mentally I don’t feel any worse so lets get rid! It is now just over 2 weeks and I have never experienced side effects like it. I’m on the toilet constantly, nausea, dizziness, abdominal pains, a shooting sensation in my head (almost like an electric shock), constant sweats and hot flushes to mention a few! It has been very difficult to work given how I feel but my main concern is that it is 2 1/2 weeks later and none of it seems to have subsided. I am also getting a bizarre feeling in my heart. It’s almost like it misses a beat and then creates a shock in my head around the ear area. I’ve also put on nearly 4 stone in weight! Other than that everything’s great LOL! I’d be so grateful if there is anyone out there who could enlighten me, particularly regarding the “missing heart beat” feeling. Cheers, Paul

August 3, 2010 at 1:11 am
(56) Jim424 says:

This is amazing, finding these comments. RG, right with you on the euphoria type deal. I weaned myself over 8 weeks, my wonderful doc, whom I love, she had me on 1.5 tabs daily.

Was wondering where the dizziness was coming from. Tried to do it last summer but felt like, well, you know. Didn’t need sertraline but some comments I made to doc made her feel like I needed it.

Some of the side effects were just normal for me before the drug so can’t comment on if the Z caused it.

August 5, 2010 at 2:13 am
(57) pamommy says:

I just recently stopped taking zoloft (75 mg) after being on it for almost 5 years. I suffer from occasional social anxiety and was put on this medicine when I was pregnant. It did help and I’m glad that I took it to help me during both of my pregnancies but now I am trying to do more holistic approaches such as acupuncture, GABA and exercising. I spoke with my physician and she weaned me from zoloft in about 10 days. I wasn’t expecting to get the “brain shivers” and it was a little scary b/c I wasn’t sure what was wrong and why it was happening. Now I know it is just an unwanted temporary side effect from stopping the medication. I, too, went through behavioral therapy and while it provided some insight on how to better handle my anxiety/panic attacks, I still had them. My therapist even admitted to taking Klonopin when he would have his panic attacks. Anxiety & depression can be horrible and there is no one right solution. I plan on continuing the acupunture, gym and GABA but if I have to take an Ativan when needed (once a month or so) then so be it. I wish you all the best of luck and I hope you can find something that works for you so you can enjoy life!

August 15, 2010 at 10:38 pm
(58) Laurie says:

Just coming off the sertraline (100mg) myself. My doctor advised I start weening myself off b/c my husband and I are trying to get pregnant. I am definitely feeling the dizziness, and I could honestly sleep about 15 hours a day. Several other people have mentioned feeling like they’re in a “dream state” as well, which has hit me hard the past few days. I was put on the sertraline for my anxiety, but I would rather deal with it on my own than ever have to go through these withdrawal feelings again! Good luck everyone!!

October 11, 2010 at 2:44 pm
(59) rachelle says:

so happy like alot of you, that I found this article! I was on it for 7 months, my Dr. said to stop taking it. was feeling that brain thing, dizzy and flu like. Soooooooooooo happy to know Im gonna be ok.good luck every one.

October 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm
(60) chantelle says:

I was taking 50 mg of Sertraline for 18 months for depression, it helped me get through the darkest period of my life. 7 months ago I asked my doctor if I could stop and he asked me to stay on them for a further 6 months “just to make sure.” I stopped taking them about a month ago and am experiencing some strange things – the most vivid dreams, and as described on here “brain shivers” almost every time I move my head. Sleeping pattern is rubbish as well but I do intend to stick at it. I have gained a lot of weight in the last 18 months. I was also in a state of limbo – nothing fazed me, didin’t get upset, agreed with everything anyone else said – but now things are starting to change – no more Mrs Too Nice too Everyone. My husband actually told me the other night after I had disagreed with him over some dinner preparations that it was “good to have me back.” I think he is also very pleassed that my sex drive has returned with renewed vigour (although the weight gain is a bit of a hinderance!)

October 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm
(61) Ron says:

I was on 100mg for about 5 months and started breaking the pills in half for the past 2 months in preparation to ween myself off. Was going through a rough time with financial/work issues and my doctor thought it would help. I didnt notice a difference so I started weening myself off. I’ve been off for about 10 days and have been having dizziness and weird shortness of breath and the past 3, 4 days having motion sickness type headaches, almost like migraines. I’m hoping this is a side effect from going off the drug and that it will pass in the next week or so.

November 5, 2010 at 7:05 am
(62) Rachel says:

I have been taking Zoloft for 3 years. I was taking it for panic and anxiety woth a little OCD. I was only taking a half of a 25mg up until 6 mos ago. I started to have panic attacks again, hot flashes and palpatations. So I upped it to the full 25 and 2 weeks later it did it again. After a few blood tests I found out that I am in menopause. (I am only 38) I started taking hormones that are all natural and I started to feel really good. 2 weeks ago my doctor wanted to up my dose of Zoloft to a full 50mg. I was a little hesitent cuz I am very sensitive to meds plus I am actually a med phobic. Within 4 days I was miserable. My heart was racing, sweaty, on the toilet all the time, shaky, and very aggressive. I went back down to the 25 and told my doctor I wanted off this stuff. She wanted me to keep taking it telling me I would get used to it, but my thing was this cannot be good for you if this is what it makes you feel like. So I started weaning off last week taking 25mg every other day and then next week take 25 every 3rd day for a week and then go completley off. I have had awful side effect like everybody else, dizzy, dream like state, electric shock. But the one thing I didnt read was racing heart. I woke up the other night and my heart was pounding out of my chest. It only lasted about 5 min. (at least while I was awake) but I dont like that feeling. It reminds me of my panic attacks. I actually didnt get scared but I dont want to wake up feeling like that again. It was hard for me to go to sleep lastnight cuz I was scared I would wake up like that again. Today I dont take it and I am afraid again about tonight. Has anybody else have this particular side effect? It would ease my mind a little cuz I have to get off this stuff. I know its not good for you.

November 20, 2010 at 8:25 am
(63) Christina says:

I’m 20 years old and I’ve been on Zoloft/Setraline 50mg for 4 years because of anxiety disorder. I tried to come off it a year ago and started weaning myself to 25mg a day but I got unbearable hand cramps after a week so I returned to my usual dose.

About 6 weeks ago I decided to wean myself off again and was doing fine on the 25mg. When I first went from 50mg to 25mg I had a really bad day where I was stressed out and had headaches/brain shivers but that lasted only one day.

Now after being completely off the medication for a week I am suffering from continuous dizzy feelings and brain shivers that others have spoken about. Since I have suffered these before it isn’t so bad but it has been a few days and I am a little frustrated as to how long these withdrawal symptoms will last.

For those of you feeling really dizzy I recommend drinking lots of water and getting a lot of rest. When I wake up in the morning after a good sleep the dizzys don’t start for a few hours but when I don’t sleep well the dizzys have started almost immediately and been more frequent.

I am not giving up though, I will get past these withdrawal symptoms and get back on the drug-free path.

November 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm
(64) Beth says:

Well I’m in the same boat. I have been on Sertraline for about 2 years. I recently weened off of it. During the weening process I started feeling the withdrawal affects. Now after 7 weeks of being completely off of it I still have the vertigo. It’s horrible. Christina is right about the good night sleep. Normally in the morning I don’t feel it, but around 10am it’s coming on strong. I was wondering if anyone else out there has had the dizziness for this long. I have an eye appointment and an ENT appointment set up just to make sure there isn’t anything else that could cause this vertigo. I really feel for everyone going through this. It’s the worst thing I’ve had to experience. Thanks for all the comments.

December 8, 2010 at 9:53 pm
(65) Jim says:

I have been on zoloft for 7 years.. i realllly took my time coming off. for 2 months now i’m at 1/3rd of a 50mg pill every 3 days!.. i can deal with that.. but now i’m on day 7 of nothing and man side effects are INSANE.. trippy vision.. cant explain it but its very scary.. really lightheaded, dizzy, nauseaous, vertigo, etc.. just like everyone else.. everyone posts that they’ve stopped but i’d like to hear how long it actually takes

and has ANYWAY successfully overcome these horrible side effects???

December 11, 2010 at 10:50 pm
(66) Eddie says:

I’m a bit surprised at how many people are so negative about being on Zoloft in the first place. If you had high blood pressure that was likely to kill you you’d probably be quite happy to take a pill that reduced the risk. For people with a true chemical imbalance in the brain something like Zoloft can make a huge difference. I probably wouldn’t be here without it. Having said that I ran out 5 days ago and decided that it was time to move on. 200mg for 7 years to 0. Stupid I know, but I’m nothing if I’m not inquisitive! I figure that it’s going to take quite a bit of sheer will to stop taking this and sadly, the challenge appeals to me. So five days in, yep my brain is trying to crush me. Lots of dizzyness and it’s difficult to concentrate. Extremely vivid dreams, a bit like everything I dream is being coloured in constantly. I also just want to be asleep. I haven’t told anyone around me what I’m doing because they will be annoyed and concerned but sometimes you just need a change. I’m hoping the side effects don’t last for weeks, months. I’ll let you know if it does!
I’ll probably have to go back on this stuff at some point in the future. If I do leave my brain to itself I tend to bipolar with the balance set hugely toward the dark side. It’s very annoying – but I do miss it sometimes – especially the ups – I haven’t had them for years. I’m also not a great sleeper. I wake up while dreaming and superimpose what I’m seeing in my dreams into the room I am in, It is very disorientating and confusing -but can also be extremely amusing – to look back on…
It took me many years to get the right treatment for my brain and zoloft has definitely helped me achieve a more normal range of emotions and better sleep. I do miss not being able to drink alcohol (it makes me feel crap), I miss not getting totally excited by something and wanting to create. And i miss just having a good solid cry.
So here I am. It will be fun to learn something new…I hope! Cheers

December 14, 2010 at 9:25 am
(67) Aga says:

Ive been reading all the comments and have to say that its shocking how bad u guys experience ll those side effects!!
Ive been on Sertraline 100mg for about 10 months for depression and anxciety because of my dickhead of a boydriend and now i know i am ok to stop taking the tablets. I have to admit it helped me sooooooooooooo much!!!! but just feel its the time to stop and know will be fine. I stoped talking tablets about 5 days ago and GOD i am dizzy!!!!! i still function as usuall but the feeling is so annoying!!!! I just hope i wont have to experience it much longer!!! good luck to everyone!!xx

May 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm
(68) leanne says:

ahhh i can relate exactly to this!! that’s the same reason i went on steraline and i do admit it helped a lot but i cannot stand the stupid dizziness and the feeling like i’m going to barf every second. how long did it take until your symptoms went away?

December 28, 2010 at 1:32 pm
(69) superkid says:

mann, im 20 and been on zoloft for 5 yrs. Im now trying to get off of it to better my life ,i didnt want to be depended on something till i was older and i definetley didnt want my kids to see me on it. Im trying to get off but its causing soooo much problems with all the withdrawls .But after reading everybodys storys i feel a little better knowing that its all part of the processs…..

December 28, 2010 at 6:17 pm
(70) Andrea says:

I have only been on zoloft for about 4 months – 100 mg and decided to stop taking it since it’s the holidays and I’m off work so I have a good two weeks to chill. Was drinking a fair bit too so not the brightest thing but what can you do. Extremely intolerant to alcohol and the worst hangovers of my life. Today (day 4) the brain shivers set in, as well as vertigo and nausea, not to mention the sweats when I sleep (trying to get a ton of it) and overall unwillingness to leave my house. I’ve gone through all these posts, but can someone tell me how long these withdrawal symptoms last? I’m not sure how much longer I can take it, probably not the best thing to have gone cold turkey but now that it’s been 4 days I don’t really want to go back on! If I could see the end of the tunnel I can probably suffer through another few days..weeks, not sure!

Any advice is sincerely appreciated..

March 18, 2011 at 9:58 am
(71) Lisa says:

How long did you symptoms end up lasting?

January 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm
(72) Kimberly says:

I was on 50mg daily Sertraline HCl for the last 1 1/2 years due to stresses at work. I was about to try it on my own again, and my dad passed away and thought it better to not try at that point. It definitely helped me “deal” with things, but it made me fatigued and took every bit of my libido away. Thank God I have a very understanding and compassionate husband. I decided I wanted my REAL life back, so I cut to 25mg for 2 weeks, then nothing. At the 7 day mark and am extremely dizzy, with some vertigo added in. REAL tired too, and my eyes just want to slam shut even after a seemingly great night’s sleep. I am also tearing up easily, however, I did that before ever going on it…pre-menopausal…so I think that is more about me coming back to me. Hoping this only lasts, at most, another week and not for a month like some say their withdrawls lasted.
I am looking forward to losing the 32 lbs I put on this past year too. Right before going on this, I had just worked my butt of and had lost 39 lbs…now I guess I am starting all over again!
Good luck to all of you.

March 18, 2011 at 10:04 am
(73) Lisa says:

How long did your symptoms last?

January 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm
(74) Mike says:

I’ve been on zoloft 3-4 yrs now. Originally prescribed for depression. My family has suffered from depression, & anxiety disorders. I have been affected since childhood. Finally, due to an extremely stressful job situation, my dr. prescribed Paxil. Had horrible side affects if I didn’t get med exactly on time. Doc then prescribed Zoloft. Much better as far as side effects but still mentally numb. Libido was gone, didn’t really care about anything…sorta zombie like drone. Fortunately my job changed and I got out of a 12 yr relationship. Now I’m coming off zoloft and I’ve never been happier. Drop from 100mg to 50mg over a month ago. Had the dizziness and nausea but that has disappeared. Got the ok from doc this morning to go off completely. I’m so thankful. It’s like I’m waking up out of a long fog. It definitely helped when my stress level was peaking but the correct thing to do is try to remove the stress, not to medicate. Good health to all of you. Looking forward to being drug free. Life is a beautiful thing, just learn to focus in the right direction.

February 2, 2011 at 8:48 am
(75) Brittany says:

Unlike most of the comments I’ve read here, I actually have had a decent experience with Zoloft (Sertraline HCl). I’ve been taking the 150mg dose for… hmm… like maybe a year now? I was having serious depression problems before (and some anxiety). Since taking the meds I have been more relaxed, happier, better able to deal with my feelings… but not disconnected like everyone’s saying. I still cry w/ it, but not uncontrollably like before- only in “normal” scenarios.

I will admit I hate taking a pill, and it took years for my therapist to convince me to try it (I just am an “all natural” kind of person), but I will say I’m glad I took/take it. I feel like (and I haven’t actually quit/weaned myself so I can’t be positive) I know how to deal with my problems better now, so that even when I quit I’ll be better able to handle myself b/c I know what I did on the meds (if that makes any sense, I don’t know how to explain it better).

Anyway, the whole reason I’m here is I haven’t taken my meds for about 3 days now- b/c my prescription’s refills ran out and I didn’t realize it was the last refill, so I have to go to the doctor before I can have more (suck). SO I’ve been having the “brain shivers”, apparently, for at least 2 days. It’s miserable. I was starting to get worried that it would seriously f-me up to just not take them, but it sounds like from everyone’s experience here it’ll just be some sucky withdrawal symptoms, but nothing like emminent death. :) I’m toying with the idea of just not getting it refilled, although today I’m already starting to have to fight harder to not feel depressed, so maybe I’m not quite ready to quit yet. :-\

OH, I forgot to mention, in case anyone cares, my only real “side effect” while on the medication was dry mouth like a mother. It sucked balls. And decreased alcohol tolerance, which was/is kind of nice b/c it means I don’t have to spend as much money if I go out with my friends! :)

Good luck everyone!

February 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm
(76) sam fisher says:

Thanks for this. I was/am on zoloft for some depression and anxiety related issues for the past 5 months. Im now down to a 1/4 of a pill every other day and going to be done in the next week. Not too bad, other than the “brain shiver” thing which is a weird momentary vertigo feeling or something. I was worried which is not good for someone who has anxiety! But reading this, i know its only for a little while. Mine arent bad and they only seem to come around the middle of the day for me, then they taper off. Just a weird feeling though. Glad to be done with zoloft. It helped for a while, but I had a couple of very frightening dreams while on it and in general don’t like being on a pill.

March 18, 2011 at 10:09 am
(77) Lisa says:

Are you still having symptoms? I have been off of Zoloft for about a week and these “brain shivers” are ridiculous. Let me know how long these symptoms lasted for you.

February 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm
(78) Christopher says:

Was on Sertraline for about 2 years and came to the census it was time to get off. I was taking 150 mg when i first got on the drug and slowly weened my self off. All in all, it took me about three months to ween off the drug. I was going from a pill and 1/2 at the beginning(150 mg)
down to one pill for almost a month, then to 1/2 a pill for about three weeks and eventually went to cutting the pills into 1/4 portions. Its been a week since my last intake and i do feel side effects, but they are manageable. (mainly brain shock, little vertigo) I’ll be interested to see what i feel like in a month? Anyone reading this that is thinking of getting off any anti-depr. should remember that slow and steady is the way to go. Never stop cold turkey. you may feel fine for a day or two, but you will eventually get overwhelmed with side effects. Ween yourself off slow! Very, very slow. It took me about 3 months of downsizing my dosage amount before i got completely off the drug. I imagine the longer you have been on the pill, the longer weening process you should apply. I’ve also found that physical exercise helps while weening off, at least it does for me.

February 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm
(79) ern says:

Ok, Iíve been on Zoloft for about 6 years for managing depression and anxiety. Zoloft was not the first trial psychotropic drug that I, letís say, experimented under my doctorís supervision for managing theses issues. About a year and half ago I attempted to cold turkey quit taking Zoloft, after about two days I was freaking out! Brian shivers and pure feelings of madness torpedoed my efforts of getting away from this stuff! A year later, I have the gumption to give it another shot! Working with my doctor Iíve started my tapering process from a 100mg to 25mg by halving the doses over the course of about a week and a half. For those of who have done this before, I know what youíre thinking ďwhoa, too fast?Ē. My doctor recommended that I dropped my dosage from 100mg to 50mg per day, ride out it out for a week or two then stop taking it altogether. Itís been about a week and I am at about 25% of my original dosage and Iím starting to feel some of the withdrawal symptoms now, but actually manageable so far.
Thanks for sharing your experiences.

March 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm
(80) sam says:

I just had surgery.. so ive be kinda off an on with my meds an i feel dizzy when i wake up an then though the day it will feel better but it comes an goes. it feesl like im not all there time to time an i dont know if this right …ive been taking my pills like everyother day if i dont forget..but can that cause dizzness like that .i feel shaky too please help an tell me if thats what it could be

March 24, 2011 at 10:21 am
(81) Holly says:

I was on Sertaline for 4 months, I have gone off them cold turkey for over a week now, my side effects have been dizziness, to the extent i feel like im going to pass out all the time, flu/ cold sysmptoms, bad dreams, and the worse being i am waking up in the morning soaking wet in sweat, though i dont feel hot, which im finding really strange and i cannot control it, im hoping the symptoms become less over the next few weeks – before coming off completly i was taking half a 50mg tablet/ dose for a week…. It really isnt easy coming off these

May 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm
(82) leanne says:

ok, so i’m not the only one who has been sweating constantly? i feel my skin and i don’t feel hot but i sweat like crazy! and i feel like i want to pass out all the time too. Zoloft is the devil

August 24, 2011 at 10:36 pm
(83) sassy says:

i took zoloft barely 2 weeks been off the pills this is my 4th day….i am so dizzy…..and i want to know how long it takes till the diziness goes away…someone please answer…..the reason I got off them is last sat when I got up i just didn’t feel right everything was spinning…OMG…..this drug is the devil….

April 9, 2011 at 12:12 am
(84) mj says:

PLEASE HELP: I have been on a low dose of Zoloft for two years. It helped me, but do not feel it is still needed, and I could go without the weight gain. I weaned of slowly, half dose for a week, then half again, for as low a dose as 12.5mg. (I am very susceptible to meds. Had to start with this low of a dose & slowly work up to 50mg. I have been off zoloft completely for over a week, and I still feel extremely ill. Virtigo, extreme sensitivity to sound & light, Nausea, Cramping in abdomen, Fatigue, irritablity, and calf cramps.

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR ME? It is crippling & I do not have the ability to slow down in my daily life. I need some practical advice. I don’t see my GP for 5 days. Tempted to take a small dose to releave my symptoms, but hate to go through this weaning again, if the dose were to prolong this discontinuation sypmtems. I welcome any advice!

April 11, 2011 at 10:07 am
(85) Boo says:

I have been on Zoloft for 10 years. When I first started to take it, I felt great. because I started taking it I had fewer hot flashes, I am probably older than most of you all. But it is a wonderful drug and helps with anxiety and depression. Thing is, since trying to get off of it have had really bad side effects just like most of you. Great to know they will go away but takes time. I know Zoloft stays in your system for months after stopping it. Brain shivers is a great way to put the way you feel coming off of Zoloft because trying to describe how you feel is difficult. Good luck to you all.

April 11, 2011 at 10:13 am
(86) Boo says:

mj, call your local pharmacist and ask them or just call your doctor and let them know what is going on. No need to be uncomfortable without knowing what is going on. That could make you have anxiety not knowing what is going on. Just saying…..I just called my doc and told them I was having strange reaction. They made me an appt. to see her day after tomorrow. Good luck and hope you feel better.

April 23, 2011 at 6:37 pm
(87) Mike says:

This page has been so helpful to read! I only took 25 MG for about eight weeks for stress/anxiety, then started to feel a vertigo/dizzy feeling along with mild tinnitus. I stopped taking the zoloft with my Dr’s agreement, but I’ve now been off of it for almost two weeks and the symptoms persist. They seem to be getting a little better, but it’s frustrating. I hope it goes away soon, I wasn’t on it all that long so I’m surprised I don’t feel like myself again. I read here that several people have had the dizzy feeling after stopping zoloft, I’m curious how long it took for the symptoms to pass. I wish everyone here the very best, and thank you all for sharing your experiences, it has really help me to read them.



May 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm
(88) Meghan says:

Hey! I’ve been on Zoloft about nine months and I’ve hated it the entire time. I never wanted to take it, but at first my parents made me take it while they watched. I’m 20 years old. The psychiatrist who prescribed it to be dropped off the face of the earth for months. Never answered any phone calls. Every time I try to get off my emotions start to drop and I feel dizzy and take another. I think my record without being on it is three days. I’d do anything in the world to get off of this. It makes me shake. And the withdrawal symptoms are a bitch. Good luck everyone.

May 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm
(89) leanne says:

i’m 17, been off zoloft for about 4 days now. I’m so dizzy all the time! and really nautious. is this even normal? i get so dizzy that i just want to pass out or i feel like i’m going to faint

June 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm
(90) Jenny says:

I have been on 100mg of zoloft for over a year. It has been wonderful for me. Yes, I did gain about 10 pounds but that was ok for me because I was underweight to begin with. Now I am at a healthy weight. It has helped me feel more numb. Things don’t bother me like they use to. It has helped a great deal with my anxiety and OCD. It has also made me a much better mother as I don’t blow up at the little things anymore. I am much more calm. One time I ran out and went about 4 days without. Oh man, was I ever sorry. I had dizziness, fatigue, hot flashes and felt major anxiety. I am pretty much convinced that I will be on zoloft forever so I don’t have to deal with the sided effects of weaning off. That’s fine with me. I enjoy being a more calm and relaxed person.

July 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm
(91) Cece says:

Here’s my advice….Take some Meclizine- prescribed by doctors for nausea and dizziness. Helps you through the day. Take it in the morning and one before bed. Works wonders!!!!

August 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm
(92) Morgan says:

Thank you everyone for your comments!! I decided to wean myself off after 8 months of 50mg Zoloft. I DID NOT consult my doctor or talk to my family. I did NO research. What a mistake. I have not been able to get ahold of this dizzy drunken feeling I have had for the past 3 days. I quit taking Zoloft 5 days ago after one month of weaning. WOAH. This feeling is very strange. While on it I didnt notice a huge weight gain; but enough (10lbs). Numbness is the best way to describe my overall disposition. I couldnt take it anymore. I decided enough was enough. I hope to get over these side effects soon. I just want to be healthy and happy again !!

September 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm
(93) betsy says:

I have been taking antidepressants for 13 years now currently i was on 100mg of zoloft and my recent move from vermont back to south carolina has left me with no meds because i ahve no health insurance and its taking some time to get health insurance here. so i am completly out of medcine and and starting to have withdrawl symptoms and im scared about that. one because i have been on this so long and two i dont wanna stop my meds but at this point i dont have a choice or options. need help how do i go this and still maintain sanity get threw day i ahve kids to care for. need advice help what can i expect from the withdrawls how dangerous is it should i go to hospital and explain my sitauation and maybe they can help me. desperate for answers. i already experince dizzness for groggy and tired.

October 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm
(94) Rick says:

What a brilliant thread of comments. I’ve been on 100mg for over a year, probably closer to 2 years and I would really like to get off them. I’m down to my last one and I don’t have the chance of getting anymore for a week anyway. I’m going to skip today, have half on Sunday, skip Monday and half on Tuesday.

I know that’s not much of weening off period but as I said I wont have the chance to get more anyway at this point because as it turns out my doctor is on holiday. So I’m going to use this time to try and quit.

I don’t mind the flu and brain shivers so much as the possibility of become really depressed. I’m going to just try and get through it, I’ll try some of the things suggested here like meditation and excersize.

Anyway, thanks everyone for your helpful posts.

October 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm
(95) Debbie says:

Thanks to everyone who posted here. I didn’t purposely stop taking the generic version of Zoloft; rather, my prescription ran out last week and my drs office took forever to refill it. I didn’t know what has been going on with me. I wondered if I had caught a bug at work but kept thinking some of the symptoms didn’t fit- the weird dizzy spells for one. I’ve just felt ‘off’ and needed to take sick leave. Coming across this thread was an eye-opener. I definitely recommend not stopping the meds cold turkey. I finally got my refill today, so it will be interesting to see if many of the symptoms I’ve been having go away

November 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm
(96) Amanda says:

I have been on Zoloft for 2 weeks and am quitting because I’m having nausea/dizziness/headaches. I am pregnant and have been taking 20mg of paxil for years. With the pregnancy hormones the paxil quit working suddenly, and instead of increasing my dose my OB started me on Zoloft. Was leery about it in the first place because the pharmacist said it was a weird combo and could find nothing online about taking the two together. So took 25mg for one week and increased to 50 mg for 4 days… the nausea is unbearable for me at 7 months pregnant. Not even dramamine is helping. So I called the OB and he said quit it. It did seem to help with the severe mood swings and rage I’d been having, but I’d rather be crazy than sick at this point. Praying I haven’t been on it long enough to have withdrawal symptoms as severe as some of the others here. Today is day one.

November 17, 2011 at 1:50 am
(97) Sam says:

Just a quick note for Amanada above – My Dr had me on Zofran (this is the anti nausea tablets they give to cancer patients – and it was amazing), it heped so much.

In regards to withdrawal symptoms I am very thankful for all these posts as I thought i may be very sick or going through early menopause. I have been on Zoloft for 13 mths since my baby boy was born – I suffered twice with post natal depression and had no choice coming off Lexapro as I was pregnant with my little boy. I didnt experience a whole lot of side effects coming off Lexapro – or maybe because I was so ill when I was pregnant I just didnt notice.

I stopped taking them last week as I ran out and couldnt get any until this week, I feel really good mentally so I thought I would give it a go. Yesterday was the worst, I literally couldnt stand up the vertigo/ dizziness was so bad – however curiously, I dont experience the symptom when I’m excercing or after. I am a fitness instructor and I’m assuming its the release of seratonin when you excercise that helps with withdrawal. Also if you are on a low carb diet that can seriously deplete seratonin as well. I thought I would share this with you all as whilst it doesnt completely correct the withdrawal symptoms it certainly helps!

Hopefully the withdrawal process doesnt take too long.

November 17, 2011 at 8:57 pm
(98) George Seward says:

I stopped taking Zoloft about 6-8 weeks, ago and have noticed that within the past month I have become very confused regarding a number of things in my life i.e. today’s date, being late or early for appointments, etc. In reading about Zoloft withdrawal symptoms and of course confusion is listed as one of several. Have any of you experienced this and if so did you have to restart taking Zoloft. Frankly, my confusion seems to be getting worse in the last week or so. Your help would veyr much be appreciated

November 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm
(99) Nikki says:

I have been on Zoloft for nine months after my mom
Suddenly past away. I have severe anxiety so my dr prescribed Zoloft. At first it was good but seven months into
It I started feeling dizzy and vertigo. I feel like I’m in a daze and all I want to do is sleep. My eyes feel heavy and my vision goes weird and I feel the head shivers. But everyone says they are withdrawal symptoms but I haven’t tried to get off. This is while I’m taking it. I started with 25 mg every other day and then went to everyday. Tried to take 50mg but that’s when the vertigo really set in so I went back to 25mg everyday. Want to get off. I really hate this dizzy feeling. It’s interfering with my job and life. I tried to wean myself but my anxiety came back so I started again. I am going to try again. Good luck everyone.

November 23, 2011 at 9:54 am
(100) jtrain says:

I took generic zoloft for 4 years. I started at 50 mg, then went up to 100 mg after a year. Two months ago, I met with my doctor to come up with an exit strategy. He suggested going from 100 to 75 mg for a week, then drop off 25 mg per week, until taking 25 mg every other day.

I followed this, and took my last 25 mg exactly 1 week ago. Here’s a journal of the side effects:
Day 1 – just fine
Day 2 – just fine
Day 3 – exhausted and angry
Day 4 – tired and mad. Angry towards my family
Day 5 – tired with an occasional feeling of a large worm boring a hole through my brain. Have a deep craving for real fruit juices and cold fruit. 30 Minutes of nausea in the morning. I felt much more talkative with my wife and kids.
Day 6 – sleepy, no more worm, but it felt like there were little, thready roots running all over the surface of my brain that would occasionally constrict with tiny needles. In the morning, I was incredibly nauseous. It took 30 minutes to shake it.
Day 7 – today – want to sleep but not as sleepy as I was yesterday. I feel much more nauseous today than I did yesterday.

I wish that someone could tell when they lost all feelings of vertigo and nausea. There’s a lot of stories of people quitting, but none that say, “the nausea and vertigo were completely gone after n days of quitting zoloft”. As soon as I reach that point, I will share it with all.

November 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm
(101) Max says:

After being on Zoloft since 1994, I felt strongly it was time to stop taking it. Zoloft helped me cope with depression brought on by (I believe) my divorce in 1993. It provided a welcome respite from the effects of depression, and helped me get my life back on track. I am grateful for the help that Zoloft provided, but now want to get back to me, if it is possible.

The intestinal distress, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, emotional and mental dulling, and other side effects of this drug have been a devil’s bargain lo these 17 years. A few questions have arisen: Was a cataract in my right eye at 39 years of age caused by zoloft? How long have I been taking this drug needlessly? Has my memory been affected? What else has been affected that isn’t so obvious? It is time to say goodbye to my old friend Zoloft.

A week after quitting cold turkey, some of the withdrawal symptoms described on this blog have manifested in me as well. It makes sense to quit “cold turkey” because the weaning process only prolongs these symptoms for months rather than weeks. From What I have read, most people suffer the same withdrawal symptoms either way. Just suck it up and exercise some will power, It will be OK.

Hang in there & don’t give in to the weakness that keeps you clinging to Zoloft, You can deal with the temporary withdrawal symptoms.

Good LUCK has little to do with quitting sucessfully, but I will wish you success nonetheless.

November 27, 2011 at 10:04 pm
(102) Michael says:

I was on Sertraline 50 for a couple of years for anxiety. I’ve had enough of the weight gain. I was 135lbs and now i am 175 that’s 40 pounds which is way too much for me. I slowly have gone off it for a month. 2 days ago i took the last pill and the last couple of days i am really dizzy. So i hope it goes away soon.

December 9, 2011 at 11:02 pm
(103) roger says:

I guess I am uncommon in this lot, as I have been enjoying coming off Zoloft. I took it for 2 years, during which I think it helped treat some anxiety issues, and I never got higher than a 50mg dose. I’ve been down to 25mg recently, feeling lots of energy and interest, and while I am not totally confident that I’ll hit 0mg in full stride, I am glad I am coming off and not going on.

I am also taking my dear sweet time coming off. I cut from 1 50mg pill to one every 2/3 of a day for 2 weeks, and then 1/2 for one month. next i’ll tapir to 1/2 every 18 hours for a week or two and then 1/2 every 2 days for a few weeks…and may go to 0 from there.

I am exercising, meditating, and look forward to not having to rely on meds. So far, the med has worked for me… and I think now working for myself will finish the job.

Don’t look for a pill to do all of it.

December 14, 2011 at 9:52 am
(104) charlene says:

I was on Zoloft ( generic brand) for almost 3 years as well as clonazepam for stress and panic attacks. I was on 100mg then 75mg and .5 mg clonazepam 3 times daily. November of this year I decided to go off all but the clonazepam, the zoloft was very hard on my stomach. I went down to 50 mg for a couple weeks then down to 25mg which is what I am coming off now. I am having nausea, dizziness and headaches, so I am trying 25mg skip a day then 25mg skip 2 days and so on. I hope these side effects stop soon the are really hard somedays. I am still going to stay on the clonazepam and this has all being monitored by my Dr. It was so helpful to read all the comments from others and know I am not alone in this! Thanks and good luck to everyone of you!!

December 17, 2011 at 10:30 pm
(105) Becca says:

I must say this has settled my nerves!! I was starting to get upset with the withdrawal symptoms. I have been on Zoloft 50mg for a year and have weaned my self off. I am Zoloft free for a week and have been definitely experiencing the “brain shivers” and fatigue! I was beginning to think I needed an MRI of my brain or something! It is soooo wonderful to know this is normal and I am not alone! Praying my symptoms and all of yours go away VERY soon! God bless!!

January 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm
(106) Meeka says:

I have recently started reducing my Zoloft, I have been on the medication for a year for Postpartum Anxiety. Not that I wish these symptoms on anyone but i am glad I am not the only one going thru this. I am down to one 25 mg pill every other day and on the no pill day every so often I feel light headed and dizzy. I have to stop and tell my self to push through as I have come this far and can’t wait to be off the medication. How long till this subsides? Has anyone tried acupuncture or reflexology to help?

January 30, 2012 at 11:54 pm
(107) Newbie says:

I am a new person to this sight and have only been taking Zoloft for 5 days. I am experiencing diziness and nausea in the morning after taking it. I am also grinding my teeth and not sleeping well which was one of the reasons I started taking it. I suffer from mild depression and it runs in the family. I last my father to suicide when he was 49. Now I am 41 and am very moody and anxious all the time. My job is very stressfull. I feel like i need a change but taking this medication may not be what I need. After reading all of this I would rather do something different. I guess this might be a silly question but after 5 days should I ween back off of it?

February 3, 2012 at 11:59 am
(108) Michael Rainwood says:

Ive been off zoloff for 3 months after 5 years of 50 miligrams.I still feel off balance and foggy feeling, the brain shivers are slowing down,whats the longest anyone has had symptoms for after quiting this drug.The only positive thing thats come out of zoloff is a song I wrote” Unknown Author”,on U-tube Michael Rainwood.I hope it brings releif to all that watch and listen.I wrote it while crying for help but I believe God has given peace to all that watch and listern.God Bless

February 6, 2012 at 9:41 pm
(109) Jess says:

I started Zoloft (Setraline) in Dec 2011 for depression and anxiety. Initial side effects were diarrhea and insomnia. 8 weeks later and they still haven’t gone.

I am on 50mg. 2 days ago instead of the usual 50mg in the morning, I had 25mg in morning and 25mg at night. I had the most vivid dreams that night, at one point I woke up screaming.

The next day I forgot to take my dose, but didn’t realise. Around midday my hands started shaking, I started to panic, I felt dizzy and I didn’t think I’d be able to form words if anyone spoke to me. The symptoms came in waves over the next 90mins as I did everything to calm myself. Eventually as I was walking to a meeting, I asked a colleague for help…I sat on the floor of the bathroom for half an hour, then layed in sick bay for another hour before getting home. This was when I realised I had forgotten my dose!

Unbelievable how quickly the withdrawal starts. The half life of Zoloft is so short. I am also concerned about some of the long term effects on memory being described. I am finding it does help me function more cheerfully, but it’s a ‘dead’ kind of cheerfulness. I also feel quite lazy, not so much tired, just like I don’t care, but sort of cheerfully don’t care (which doesn’t make a lot of sense I know).

Am going away this weekend, but think after that I may wean off. 50mg isn’t a lot, so if I take it steady and slowly I should be ok…am certainly expecting more dizziness, anxiety etc, but at least I will now know what it is!!

February 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm
(110) Rod says:

After being on Zoloft 50 mg for almost 9 years, I have decided to stop taking the pill! For the past week I have been taking 25mg’s, cutting the pill in half. Been feeling the occasional mild brain zap. But most of all, my energy level has dropped dramatically. I just started taking a multivitamin pack to counter it. Also, starting to hit the exercise regimen to get that boost of energy back.

My reasons for coming off this drug are many. But I think the main reason is that I am tired of not feeling anything. Zoloft has taken the edge off of my irritability, but it has also made me emotionally numb. This is not the way I want to live. Now that I look back, my happiness and excitement for life was great before I started taking the “pill.” After taking it, I think it took the edge off of my work performance, my creativity, added 10 lbs. of weight, decreased muscle tone, and increased my aging. This is going to be a challenge but I know it will be worth it. God bless you all for your encouragement and for also joining me in this process!

February 22, 2012 at 6:08 am
(111) Helen says:

Wow. Comforting to hear other people have experienced what I’m going through. Thought my heart was packing it in. Have had the brain shivers for about a week. Hate them and can’t wait till it’s over. Thanks everyone for your comments.

March 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm
(112) Lisa says:

Oh, thank goodness! It’s not just me! I couldn’t figure out what was happening…quick flashes of dizziness every time I turned my head, muscle aches, but mostly DIZZY. Thanks for all of your comments and advise, especially the Buddhist “non-attachment” method. Good for everything that ails us, I think…

March 6, 2012 at 9:40 am
(113) Kimberly says:

I have been on Zoloft for 18 years. I am 56 years old and through menopause. I was initially prescribed it for a severe post partum depression, then told by my psychiatrist that I could never stop taking it without lapsing into another depression. I take 50mg daily. The medication was very effective for me and I had no side effects. I decided to try to wean myself off of it after seeing 60 minutes two weeks ago. The research indicates that any antidepressant only gives a 14% better effect than taking a placebo and that is only in moderate to severe cases. I am a mental health professional so of course I am doing this without telling my shrink (I will tell him at my next appointment). For the past two weeks I have alternated between 50mg and 25mg. I have had no side effects yet other than feeling slightly euphoric on the lesser dose days. After reading all the posts, I think I’ll stay on this schedule for at least a month maybe more to hopefully give my brain a chance to re-format. As a side note, my 22 year old son has taken 50mg a day for about a year for severe panic attacks. His psychiatrist has had him decrease to 25mg for the last six weeks. He reports no side effects at this time.

March 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm
(114) russell says:

Im sorry , i ever took this shit . I have all the nasty side affects. i consider myself to have a high tolorance to pain. done it all, you name it , drugs , alcohol. this shit is evil !! talk about a hang over that never go’s away. im having trouble typing ! dont know what else to say . I now know what they mean ,when a person has’nt taken their meds . watch out !!! i think just like anything church and god is the way to go.

April 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm
(115) Kathy says:

OMG ! So glad I found this site. Been on generic Zoloft for only a few months.Stopped taking it 3 -4 days, Dr. said 20 mg. wasn’t much so increased it to 40 mg but was told I could cut them in half which I did some days. Decided to go off and try SAMe. Thought the SAMe was causing all these symptoms till I read these comments on withdrawal symptoms of Zoloft. No brain shivers, but lightheadedness, unsteady gait, fatigue, insomnia, dream-like state , just feel out of it most of the time. So glad I stopped taking this drug and can’t wait till it;s out of my system…

April 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm
(116) Tracy says:

Wow!! I’m glad I found this site!! I just quit taking my Zoloft 150mg a day, and changed to Wellbutrin SR 150mg. a day. This morning I woke up feeling really weird in the head and I am not able to shake it. I am hoping it is just the stopping of the Zoloft. How long do these feelings usually last in your guys’s experiance? I would say I was on Zoloft for about 3 to 4 months. Thanks for any help, or advise!

April 19, 2012 at 2:54 am
(117) Mandana says:

I took Serteraline for 4 months then I stopped it by decreasing the dosage under my doctor’s prescription.I feel so weak recently and I feel dizzy in the orning,is that a symptome of comming off Serteraline?

May 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm
(118) Kristina says:

I am so glad I am not alone in this whole feeling weird thing. It completely sucks. I have taken 200mg of Sertraline for a little over 8 years (before that I tested many other drugs ie…Paxil, Lexapro) My Dr. made me start weaning off very slowly until I had a complete break down and locked myself in the bathroom at work. Ughhh, true story. Told me to take 50mg for 3 days and start Wellbutrin 150mg twice a day. Okay so I am not sure if it’s the weaning off of the zoloft or starting of the Wellbutrin but I am feeling like crap. Can someone please tell me how long this stays with you because I dont’ know how much more I can take and how much longer I can take off of work. I know that people in previous comments have asked this same question, but I am truly begging to have someone answer it! Please. I am starting to freak out. I took Sertraline for panic disorder and I feel like I could totally have a panic attack now not knowing how long this will take. Thanks to who ever answers me. I truly appreciate it. :)

May 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm
(119) mickey says:

I went on vacation last week, and forgot to take my generic zoloft with me, so I have had a forced withdrawal! I have been wanting to get off it anyway, but I never liked the side effects. So after not having any for the last 11 days, I feel like crap, but that could be from my trip.
Glad to know there is a name for the brain shivers, I just thought it was me, and it was like head shocks. I am wearing Sea Bands, it helps with the dizziness.

May 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm
(120) pooker says:

i took zoloft for 2 1/2 years and i decided to stop taking it 3 months ago . STILL after 3 months i feel dizzy and groggy . ???????????
it has been 3 months after taking my last 50mg pill of zoloft and i still feel like sleeping 15 hr a day . it has been 3 months and i still feel anxity and some depression .

********** 3 months after taking my last pill i feel dizzy **********

May 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm
(121) K says:

Thanks to all of you for your comments. I just stopped taking Zoloft and the brief dizzy spells are bothersome. I was scared that something was wrong, but now I know I just need to ride these symptoms out. I would definitley describe what I’m feeling as brief moments of vertigo. I took Zoloft for almost a year, and I quit using it abruptly. I was tired of feeling tired, and my sex drive went down the tubes. I know I needed it when I started, but I’m so happy to be off of it now (even if I have to endure the uncomfortable dizzy spells).

May 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm
(122) Holly says:

I quick Zoloft cold turkey a week ago! I’m so nauseas!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm
(123) Viv says:

I’m also very grateful for finding this site. I have been on Sertaline (Zoloft) for over 13 years, with various dosage adjustments, up to 200 mg. For the past couple of years, I have used 100 mg. combined with 300 mg. of Bupropion XL (Wellbutrin), and it was much more beneficial.

I recently moved, and have run out of Sertraline. I have been trying to get into a doctor, but it’s slow-going. After 5 days, I can certainly identify with the flu-like and head symptoms! I’m just glad to know that I’m not alone. Feel better, All!

May 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm
(124) Mar says:

Hi! I have been on Sertraline 50mg every night for 8 months. My Dr. prescribed it because i was having trouble slowing my mind down before bed at night, i was planning a wedding, just graduated Dental Hygiene school and started two new jobs. Needless to say i was a bit stressed. So she prescribed it, she didnt make it seem like it was a big deal. Recently my husband and I have started to try to have children, i have read alot of warnings on this drug that can harm the fetus. So i called my Dr and asked her if i should discontinue the drug. She said I dont have to but if i want to I can. So, I did….cold turkey! Wow, i had no idea i was going to be going through this. She gave me no warning of these withdrawal symptoms. I am having the brain shivers, dizziness, extreme fatigue, and pretty moody ( my husband definately notices that one, haha!) I am so relieved to read these comments. I was a little worried about how i was feeling. I have been off of them for about a week now. They seem to be getting worse. Can anyone please give me an idea on how long this will last?? I have a very fast paced life and job, and this is really effecting every aspect of it :-( Please let me know!!!

Mar, RDH

June 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm
(125) Kami3006 says:

I have been on a 100 mg dose of Zoloft for a couple years for depression, cut back over a few weeks time and have been off completely for 2 weeks. I have had a few bouts of upset stomach and dizziness but that seems to be about it. When I do start feeling a bit off, I usually exercise; either run or lift weights and it helps tremendously. I don’t know how it will affect others but I would suggest a bit of physical exertion to see if that influx of hormones and endorphins helps.

Best Wishes to All!

July 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm
(126) Mompak2012 says:

This drug should be banned from the FDA. I was put on it 14yrs ago or so and it’s been part of my life, through moving to the other side of the country, various relationships ( some not too favorable), various jobs, as well as my current marriage(great marriage) and two small boys. I will tell you, I’m at the point where it I feel it’s not needed and to be honest not sure if I ever did anything for me. Just want to be done with it. It doesn’t fit my healthy lifestyle with having two toddlers and being a stay at home mom. This past winter (thought I have seasonal depression) I increased the dosage from 100mg ( every other day) to 100mg a day. Noticed decreased intimacy on my part, as well as an absolutely unexplained weight gain of 12 pounds or so. This makes no sense as I workout almost daily with lots of cardio and eat extremely healthy. Did some research, looks like that 100mg extra that I added in has a lot to do with it. I have put myself on a tapering schedule…..last week – alternating 50 mg one night, 100mg the next. Seemed not too bad. This week 50mg each night. Let me tell you….I feel like I’m in hell. I feel like a shell of myself, brain zaps, tunnell vision, dizziness, short fused, I have trouble getting anything done.Not sure what to do. I just want this drug out of my system. I am going to try my hardest to stick with my taper plan. Will update on status! Wish me luck! I can’t believe how awful the withdrawals from this are.

July 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm
(127) Greta says:

So comforting to find all of you! I have been weaning myself off of Zoloft for the past couple of months. I went from 125mg to 100 to 75 to 50 now to 25mg. 2 days ago I decided I felt fine with all the decreasing so I would just go ahead and stop altogether. Day 1 w/o was okay, a little weird feeling in my eyes, day 2 (today) my head feels crazy! Dizzy and dream-like as if nothing’s really real. I jumped the gun cancelling my psych appointment bc I thought I would be fine. This feeling has scared me into taking my 25 mg again tonight just to avoid feeling so weird and out of this world. I have been taking Zoloft for about 6 months now for severe post partum depression/OCD and the last thing I ever EVER want is to go through what I did again. I only feel like crying bc I want to be done with this medicine and fear once and for all. It is nice to know others have experienced what I am experiencing. I guess I will stay on the 25mg for a whole longer and maybe decrease that? And then see how it goes? Feeling very discouraged.

August 14, 2012 at 10:39 am
(128) Marc says:

Been on Sertraline around 3 years for panic attacks that came outta nowhere … at least thatís what it seemed like a the time. After confirming with my Dr. that my blood pressure is perfect and my EKG was stellar (lol) I started with 50mg and my Dr. and I found that 150mg was a “therapeutic” dosage for me. I was crawling out of my skin with a “constant” 2 week panic attack prior to starting Sertraline, so I am grateful for the relief it has provided these past 3 years. But yah – I just haven’t quite felt like ME at times.

I will be 49 this month and a male. I gained 20 – 25 lbs during the last 3 years. Not sure how much of it was the Sertraline or my aging metabolism or … This is my 3rd attempt to wean off. One month at 100mg. I am 10 days into month 2 at 50mg and feeling a bit fatigued. Didn’t realize the intermittent diarrhea might be from this process. I enjoy the dizziness sometimes as odd as that may sound. And this man’s-man will admit I have had some crying bouts watching the Olympics and some movies.

Was going to drop to nothing in another 3 weeks, but after reading much of this forum I will drop to 25mg for another month in 3 weeks and then probably alternate 25mg every other day for another month … and see if I need to drop to an even lower dose before total cessation. I am finding the slower the weaning process the less side effects and less severe side effects if I do get any.

Too many variables, stigmas, my ego, etc. to say if Sertraline is GOOD or BAD Ö It has worked well for me and the side effects getting on and off have been tolerable. I am hoping to file this chapter of my life under “just another experience to learn from and grow” and hope never to need anti-depression or anxiety meds again … but I will go back on it if needed.

To those that read this entire post – Thank you for indulging me! This is part of the weaning process and indirect support!

August 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm
(129) Sam says:

Wow I can’t believe there’s so many people in my same boat! I’ve been on Zoloft now for about 5 years, and never intended to stay on it this long! Since been on it I am a different person. I used to be shy and timid, but went on it as I felt so low all the time and aggressive towards everyone even the people I loved the most! Being on Zola has taken me from this behaviour to a chilled out carefree loud mouth who everyone thinks is hypo. I have also gone from being a size 8 to a size 12 and I now hate my body. I’m 31 and would like to consider having a baby soonish so I want off Zoloft altogether. I want to be more like my old self with the anger bursts. I’m gonna ween off but since starting I feel little sperts of panic that I can’t cope or get through the day. Also really bad headaches. Hope I can get through this life!

September 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm
(130) Hannah says:

I had always been an emotionally and physically strong and stable person. After the birth of my baby, I had the most terrible acute onset of postpartum anxiety, depression, OCD. It was wonderful and much needed and I’m thankful for it. Been on Zoloft for a year, and decided I’m ready to wean off. I did it super slow- 125 mg daily at first. Every 7-8 days, I’ve reduced by 12.5 mg. after more than 2 months, I’m on my last week – now 12.5mg daily. I found a great website theroadback.org (.com? Or .net ?) which led me to natural supplements which have really helped w symptoms! I too have fatigue, brain zaps, and vertigo. But very “do able”. I also increased exercise during this time. So excited will be off next week!

September 11, 2012 at 4:43 am
(131) Carrie says:

Has anyone experienced a feeling of legs feeling like lead weights and unable to walk very far without resting? I thought it was from my statin but now wonder if its the zoloft. Anyone get PGAD from zoloft? It really is a wonderful drug. I like feeling like Mr. Spock. I am tired of emotions. But then again i am 66 so who misses them. Right now i am weaned to 50mg per day from 100. Tried to quit a few months ago but after total proper weaning for two months i only lasted one week totally free and wanted to do evil to my husband so i went back on. lol.
I could do without the pgad .If you dont have it thank your lucky stars.

September 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm
(132) Noelle says:

So happy to find u all! I was on sertraline for about 2-3 years for panic attacks. It was the 3rd medication I tried and the first to work. I actually liked how it helped me and was nervous to go off of it. I weaned off very very slowly reducing my doses cutting them in half each time. Last dose was 6 days ago & I also have the dizziness and tired feelings. Also have the head crawls. Glad to know its not out of the ordinary! Was worried I might need to go back on. Cant wait to lose the 20 pounds I also gained! WTH!! Good luck to all! Keep on going one day at a time.I plan to stay off as long as the attacks don’t return. U r not alone. :)

September 28, 2012 at 10:53 pm
(133) Sara says:

Wow am I amazed to have found this site with everyones comments. I been on the generic zoloft for 3 to 4 months also with nortriptlyine and was told by one of my friends who is a emt that i could have expierenced a serotionin storm. I been off of both of them for about a week and a half and went from 100 mill down to 50 and now completely off. The first 2 days I was feeling good but now im experiencing fast heartbeat and dizzyness or vertigo .. just like a strange uncomfortable feeling in my head. Today was the first day that I actually felt tired and fell asleep. So Im guessing thats from this too? I can go from walking to sitting to laying down to sitting in the car, no matter what I do I am constantly dizzy. I hate it and its very scary. I set up a appointment with my doctor on monday to figure out why this is happening. But than I decided to do some research myself and came across this site and I think I figured out my problem. I hope this goes away. Any advice??? Thanks.

September 29, 2012 at 5:03 am
(134) claire says:

Hi there, It really helped me reading these comments and realizing that symptoms like brain shivers,nausea,vertigo,and fatigue ect are all linked with coming off the zoloft, ive only been taking it for the past 4 months,after a bit of a melt down and constant anxiety but after all the crazy side affects of coming on it, started to feel just plain sick everyday, i had weird side affects like bruising all over my body and my temperature system being completely out of wack, and i lost the feeling in my feet and hands, so i decided it was not worth carrying on for a positive effect, i was too stressed by all the reactions. So after slowly counting down for the past 3 weeks i am still having all the sickness but worse-although i am staying strong and getting through it-i was wondering if anyone has Suffered incredible sweating at night time due to coming off it? Its so horrible waking up drenched and im wondering if anyone else has experienced it?.good luck to you all!!

November 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm
(135) Nancy says:

okay but how long before dizziness, nausea, weak and tire/sleepy feeling stop all the way and I’m back to normal?

November 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm
(136) Nic says:

glad to read. went on Zoloft five months and 20 days ago. Started at 50, 100 after 3 weeks. Brain got worse.

I am telling you because i learnt other people’s stories help. also trial and error, and doing own research help. mine, ptsd, ocd, anxiety, depression.

Six weeks, 150mg. Life better, despite ad-hoc nausea. At five months i felt i had re-wired my life enough to come off. weight gain, 12 kilos, is 20 % over my normal! But, she is storing fat for possible fear ahead, and i love her since my body is only doing what comes natural.

i weaned myself off over a month. Feeling again is wonderful. still take life gently, cant handle alcohol yet. feel it is the right time for me to come off the drugs, keep self care routine.

I had two days of wonderful clarity after my last sertraline /zoloft generic. Then the dizzyness. a day later, the vertigo. next day, the brain zaps as well. was feeling worried, but figured it was the withdrawl. Today day nine. Zaps subsided heaps. Dizzyness bad when don’t eat regularly, or sit too long on one task ie, more than two hrs. Sleep, by 10pm or nausea gets chronic. Upside, wake at six am feeling average which is good for me, so happy i am!

Reading here, thank you all. Knowledge has helped much, glad i ignored shrink who didn’t want me to read anything on my conditions! Thanks to your posts, i know the withdrawls will end, hope soon, but accepting could be here a bit longer. i wouldn’t hesitate getting back on the zoloft if i got as far down as i did. have got good anti-nausea drugs from sailing, will use them if i need a break frm the dizzies.

really hope this time, i’ve learnt enough skills, that i don’t slip so far again. I know i will always have bad memories of old events in my childhood, and i know i survived to be here now. A bit of dizzy, i can love. i hope by loving my brain, it will learn it can be me fearfree. Good luck and best wishes to all of you, we are all going thru the same mud, just keep going. Xo

November 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm
(137) adriana says:

I was only on zoloft for about a month and a half at 25 mg. I was advised by my doctor to just stop taking it, as its a small dosage. I stopped Tuesday and was fine Wednesday and Thursday thinking I was adjusting fine to it. However, I spend the weekend having the worst anxiety and anger I have ever felt. My real issue was sadness, I have never had anxiety in the past, nor am I am angry person. The littlest things would set me off and I would just cry for no reason uncontrollably. The worst symptom of all was the dizziness and vertigo feeling. No matter how much I ate or drank water, I had a constant feeling of wanting to passout and feeling like I was in a completely different world. It was si bad to the point that I could not even drive. This feeling is so much worse than any sadness I have ever felt. Its now been 6 days since stopping and I am still not myself. I am just trying to drink as much water as possible and keep myself sidetracked. Really hoping to wake up and feel like my normal self tomorrow.

December 12, 2012 at 6:46 am
(138) D Harper says:

I have suddenly stopped my 100mg sertraline a week ago. I am experiencing extreme head shivvers, dizziness, mad burning sensation in my sholders, the feeling of being in a dream like state whilst being awake. I feel extremely un associating with people. It just hit me all at once not gradual, i woke this morning and felt the dizziness. Last night i had the most weird dreams imaginable and was feeling like i was being electrically shocked as my body was convulsing. its not through choice i have stopped but because my gp has closed down and never informed me. I am on sertraline for Manic Depression and Extreme Social Anxiety. I hope that people dont have to go through this and i sympathise with those who have and still are from side effects

December 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm
(139) Jean says:

25 mg setraline presc., cut in half for about 6 mos. Still felt like shit, decided to go to 25 and digestive tract, (have ibs and other problems with this system). Stopped setraline couple nites ago and woke up with rt. eye, bloodshot, ok now. Terrible spasm right trap which is getting better, happened during nite. Nightmares which can be exhausting. Now on walking every day, yoga, yogic breathing, taking some wellbutrin for energy and this creates anxiety. Sucks! Determined to continue as much healthy lifestyle as possible. Feel like I am complaining a lot, like now and sad about that. The readings above help me to not feel alone. Thank you, all of you!!

January 4, 2013 at 10:22 pm
(140) Kay says:

I have been taking zoloft for three years now for depression. I took a very low dose (25mg) because my body has proved remarkably sensitive to almost all medicines and substances. About two weeks ago I started cutting that dose in half with few side effects, but on New Years I gave up the bottle for good. Starting yesterday I experienced brain shivers, and dizziness, feeling almost like I was buzzed. Today I have been almost in a dreamlike state, my face is flushed, and I feel like all of my nerves are firing sporadically. The vertigo has increased and I feel faint almost constantly.

Does anyone know how long it takes before this wears off?

January 22, 2013 at 11:41 pm
(141) 4today says:

Thanks everyone for speaking about this. I’ve been tapering from 150mg to 25mg over 6 months under supervision. I took my last dose three days ago, and all hell has broken loose: my head is constantly filled with pressure; I feel uneasy/unsteady walking; my vision is jumpy. The worst of these withdrawal symptoms is the pressure around my head/brain. It’s not a headache, but rather like air is trapped and pushing against my skull. And it never goes away. I can’t wait for this to be out of my system for good!

February 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm
(142) me says:

I’ve been on zoloft for about 5 months. 100mg. I stopped taking them and im dizzy all the time. Is this normal? What do I do? Doctor wanted me to stay on it till may but I just want to be normal again but this dizziness is getting the best of me.

March 6, 2013 at 8:47 am
(143) NotSoJollyOlly says:

PLEASE HELP!!! How long do the dizziness and headaches last??? I fear I am going insane and I can’t cope with this much longer. I am in hell. I only took the sertraline 50mg, 1 a day for 4 days before I realised it wasn’t agreeing with me. It has been 11 days since my last dose and the dizziness seems to be getting worse. I was taking it for social anxiety disorder and now I am severely depressed and can’t get these horrible thoughts out of my mind. I find that if I exercise then I get even more dizzy and the thoughts get worse and more intense.

PLEASE!!!, can anyone tell me how long from their experience can i expect the symptoms to continue????????????? It would be good to have a target to work towards. I feel like it’s going to last forever and every day is scarring me mentally more and more.


May 2, 2013 at 6:41 pm
(144) Laura says:

Wow so I’m 19 and I’ve been on 300ml zoloft for a few years now to treat anxiety and major depression. By the looks of it that’s an unusually high dose… I lost my prescription and haven’t been able to get to a doctors for another. So I’ve gone cold turkey for a little under a week. I’ve been getting the dizziness, tingling, electric shocks, tiredness, brain shivers, etc. Pretty much everything. All the doctors say you have to wean but by the looks of it I’d be getting all these symptoms anyway.

So that’s my experience. I’ve got possibly the biggest weekend in my life coming up. I’m a musician preparing to perform for over 4000 people. I know the timing of this isn’t ideal, but after reading all this I don’t think I’ll worry about going back on the pills.

This is my experience. Stay strong all you fellow fighters. Everyone has their own battles to fight, but you’re never alone. Even when you feel like you are. And when the symptoms get bad just step back and let it pass.

Peace. Love. Strength.

May 27, 2013 at 3:46 am
(145) Angel says:

Hi I am so sick right now.. My doc put meh on 200mg and now my pharmacy won’t let meh refill mine for this month I’m really going crazy I feel sick to my stomach and dizzy,nausea and shaking I been crying like a baby I need help I have no meds and I was on a high dose and for meh just to stop over night wow.. I’m mad sad ect. I have been off for about three days now and these symptoms won’t go way. Is there anyone that knows how I can get better.?? I have four beautiful kids and a two month old baby boy who needs me.. I have to take care of but I can’t stand up with out getting dizzy..

June 10, 2013 at 11:33 am
(146) Amelia says:

Can anyone please post how long the withdrawal symptons last?

July 13, 2013 at 6:11 am
(147) H says:

I have been on zoloft for 3.4 years. Gained 7 kgs but felt better than ever!! Only 50g dose. Only reason for weaning is libido- have NO libido. But happy! Sad when i warch a sad movie. Feel just fab. Love zoloft and would tell anyone who needs to break with anxiety or depression- go for it!!! Life-changing stuff. 4th week without zoloft and have sore neck, headaches, not sleeping incredibly. I weaned for 2weeks on half, 2 weeks on quarter and then stopped. Praise God for Zoloft. But looking forward to being me. Not really, wish i could have zoloft AND libido

July 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm
(148) Theodore says:

Okay, I just have to comment. I started taking sertraline two weeks ago, and now trying my best to quit. I feel sleepy, some light muscle pain, fever (high temperature), heart beats really fast, shivering, dry skin/red skin,sire throat,heavy chest. I probably have most of the crucial side effects of that fdrug. My reaction is probably allergic. I am trying to call my doctor she’s not even available. Yes, I was a little depressed, but this pills are for mentally sick people. Should be banned and NOT PRESCRIBED to every depressed person. We can control it ourselves.

Side effects of this drug are very similar to hiv symptoms. I even went to hiv testing center to check my status. I didn’t even have sex.Some kissing and playing… But again, after the test was negative I was/am still concerned pretty much. I’ve become very paranoid lately. Well, this has been the second day, I drink a lot of water to take it out of my system. Thank you for comments. Those make me feel more “not lonely” and comfortable about my current state. Good luck!

December 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm
(149) Ha says:

Does anyone have any answers/success stories of how long it took for the withdrawal effects to go? I’m suffering with horrendous dizziness and just want to look after my baby girl again. Thank you in advance.

January 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm
(150) MJ says:

So glad to find this article and read other people’s experiences. I unintentionally went cold turkey due to insurance issues and have been off the drug for one week. I’d been taking 50mg for 10+ years. The dizziness/vertigo and insomnia are my worst withdrawal symptoms and thought I was either having an inner ear issue or had compressed nerves in my c-spine! Along with Ha I’ll also look forward to hearing how long the symptoms will last.

February 19, 2014 at 10:16 am
(151) Brooke says:

So glad I found this! I thought I was going to die! Not really but I cant imagine taking this any longer does anyone know what would help naturally like st johns wort?

March 11, 2014 at 10:47 am
(152) Recovering says:

To all those asking how long the “withdrawal” symptoms last… This is my 4th week after stopping a 25mg dosage of Zoloft, that I took for 4 months for anxiety. The 1st week went by with no major symptoms but from the 2nd week I experienced extreme dizziness, nausea and a fogginess that was hard to describe.

I am happy to say the fog has lifted and the nausea is gone. I still have slight dizziness strangely at the same time of day but it’s slight and very manageable.

Good luck to all of you coming off these drugs and hope you feel better soon.

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