want to stop taking zoloft

When my Mom was diagnosed with cancer......it 'tore me up' with worry. I cried so much...my GP put me on zoloft. He said to stay on it the rest of my life (??) I started zoloft in 1996. I am now 62 years old. What harm is the zoloft doing to my body.....and can I get off of the drug. (I don't agree with my GP on some issues, and honestly don't care to ask him about getting off this drug.) Can you assist? Thank you, kindly. Judith

Hello Judith,
Frankly, this is a question you should put to your pharmacist rather than a chiropractor! However, a few thoughts.

I'm against taking any drugs, especially long term, unless there are very good reasons for it. And depression is one of them. Did you suffer from depression, or anxiety type symptoms worthy of taking medication for the rest of your life before the death of your mother? If so, I would only stop taking your zoloft under the guidance of your doctor, pyschologist etc, and certainly under the support from your spouse.

If the answer is no, and you feel like a quite normal person, always a few ups and downs, and not in need of this medication, then just tell your doctor you are stopping it. And go off it slowly, taking a pill every other day, then twice a week...

I personally don't like Pfizer as a company, especially after the Bextra debacle and new evidence that their products are behind the chemicals that are causing Colony Collapse disease, the cause of the decimation of our bees.

But that's just a personal opinion.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B

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by: Anonymous

HI Dr.
I saw your post about your opinion of Zoloft and the company that makes it. What do you think of Effexor XR? My daughter was given that drug for anorexia and panic attacks when she was 17, a year after her dad died. She has been on it since, up to 225 mg. She has tried numerous times to get off of it with awful side effects, so it made her not want to ever stop taking it. Finally she let me help her about a year ago, and I went very very slowly, reducing the dosage by 37.5 mg every month or two. It has taken a year and now she is just taking 75 mg, and ready to go down to 37.5.

I agree that drugs should not be taken for anything, unless you have tried all the natural remedies. I am trying to get her to exercise daily, go in the sun for 1/2 hour a day, and take a 1,000 mg fish oil supplement or eat salmon 4-5 days a week.

Hello,
It's about getting her to take responsibility for her own life. She's not a child anymore and it's with difficulty you will persuade her to exercise and get light into the pineal gland, both known to help depression. Perhaps do it with her.

She's had a rough time, losing her dad so young.

Anorexia comes in mild a severe, even fatal forms. I'm sure you remember Karen Carpenter. I feel it best she comes off the Effexor under the guidance of your therapist.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B


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