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SSRI Withdrawal Success on TRT


#1

Not sure if this is allowed and didn't see in the stickies if you can have multiple threads on different topics...if not please let me know. No harm intended.

I am currently on Zoloft and working a slow taper as I am fearful and dread withdrawals. Any one have success doing this while maintaining HRT therapy/life/work/energy/etc.?

If so what taper do you suggest?...


#2

I was able to completely quit all SSRIS with TRT after 12 years of cont use for different ones so yes. I went cold turkey and it took about 3 weeks for neurotransmitters to normalize again. Withdrawal isn't that bad, just gonna feel a little off and have the occasional brain zap. These drugs are poison and I bet once your off for an extended period of time you will be thankful. I have done a taper before as well that worked fairly well. What dosage are you on? Lets say 100mg, reduce to 50mg for 1 week, 25mg week 2, 12.5 week 3, 12.5 every other day week 4 and you shouldn't have any problems.


#3

I appreciate the feedback and it is extremely encouraging to hear other success stories. Congrats on getting off the meds!

I was on 75mg and have tapered down to 40 mg by taking about 5-10 mg less every two weeks and it has been working so far. I read some clinical data that speaks to our nervous system barely noticing ssri dosage drops in between 10 and 20 percent reductions every 2 weeks roughly. So I am going to be patient and go with a slow taper as I would rather be safe than sorry. This is another exercise in patience and discipline!

It will probably look something like this:

40 2 weeks
35 2 weeks
30 2 weeks
25 2 weeks
20 2 weeks
15 2 weeks
10 2 weeks
5 2 weeks
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