The risk of developing Zoloft withdrawal is a risk that all Zoloft users should be made aware.
Withdrawal typically occurs in those who abruptly stop taking their medication (quitting “cold turkey”) or those who miss a few doses, but withdrawal can happen to anyone.
As a result, it is import to be aware of the symptoms of withdrawal and learn what do if you experience them.
What Is Zoloft?
Zoloft is a prescription medication that is used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and other conditions.
It is a type of medication called a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI). It works by interacting with the brain's neurochemicals - in this case the neurotransmitter serotonin - that are believed to contribute to symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, OCD, etc.
Withdrawal from Zoloft may include the following symptoms: irritability, agitation, aggression, lightheadedness, dizziness, burning or tingling sensations, confusion, headache, and fatigue.
Signs of a serious allergic reaction may include skin irritation, hives, wheezing, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or swelling in various body parts such as the face, tongue, hands, or feet. If you experience any of these symptoms or you experience any other severe or unusual reactions while taking Zoloft, notify your doctor immediately.
If the symptoms are severe enough, you may need to seek emergency medical attention in order to help stabile your symptoms.
In addition, those who take Zoloft run the risk of developing a serious condition called serotonin syndrome which can be potentially life threatening. Signs of Serotonin Syndrome may include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rapid heart rate, agitation, shakiness, confusion, fever, seizures, and coma. Again, seek immediate medical attention if you experience these symptoms.
Withdrawal from Zoloft does not generally occur in individuals who take Zoloft exactly as prescribed by their doctor. Rather, the primary cause of withdrawal results from abruptly stopping taking the medication or quitting "cold turkey."
As a result, only take Zoloft under the supervision of your doctor; follow the prescription exactly. Do not take any prescription medication such as Zoloft that was not specifically prescribed for you.
If you wish to discontinue the medication, or wish to avoid withdrawal, your doctor should gradually reduce your dose over time in order to safely wean you off of the medication. Never double up doses or share with others.