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Stopping Zoloft

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Updated October 03, 2011

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What Is Zoloft? | Dosage | Side Effects | Interactions | Warnings and Precautions | Should I Take Zoloft? | Stopping Zoloft

It is important that you never stop taking Zoloft without first speaking with your doctor.

Some reasons that your doctor may recommend discontinuing Zoloft include serotonin syndrome, an allergic reaction, or neuroleptic malignant syndrome-like reactions.

If your doctor recommends that you stop taking Zoloft, make sure you ask for clear instructions for tapering off your dose. Stopping the medication abruptly can cause discontinuation syndrome.

If you feel that your depression is worsening or you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, contact your doctor immediately for advice.


Medication Guide. Pfizer, Inc. Accessed: Jan. 27, 2010. http://www.zoloft.com

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