Today I begin a new adventure: weaning myself off Zoloft.
I first started taking Zoloft in July 2013 when I was diagnosed with postpartum depression. I had to quit cold turkey in early March 2015 when I got pregnant with my son Julian. I started taking Zoloft again a few days after he was born.
My psychiatrist and I have talked about this decision a lot and we both agree that now is the right time. So I’m doing this slooooow and steady. It’s not a race!
My usual dose has been 150 mg each day. Today I took 125 mg. Tomorrow and the next day, I’ll take 150 mg. Then 125 mg again and two more days of 150 mg.
I hesitated to write about this here, but I want to be open since there is so much shame surrounding mental illness and medications. Talking and sharing is good, and I don’t see why this should be any different.
That said, I’m not a doctor! And my psychiatrist is not your psychiatrist! Everyone is different – different medical histories, different body chemistry, different hormones, different life events, different everything. What works for me is not necessarily what will work for you. I want to be open about this next adventure, but please please please remember to consult with your doctor before you start trying to wean yourself off an SSRI.