So i've been taking zoloft (sertraline 100mg) for the past year and i just didn't think it was working for me anymore so i asked my doc if i could switch back to the effexor. I took Effexor maybe about 4 or 5 years ago and it seems like that was the only medication i took with the longest lasting results. I can't remember why i stopped taking it. i briefly took zoloft in 2003 but that was so long ago i don't remember what i took after that.
Anyway, my doc said there was some new med that i could try called Viibryd so he gave me a month sample starter pack. The starter pack is one 10mg tab for seven days, then one 20mg tab from days 8-14 then bump up to the 40mg tabs for the remainder of the month. i feel somewhat better and not much if an anxiety but i just started last tuesday. I have had some mild to moderate side effects or perhaps withdraw symptoms (not sure which) since i'm switching from one med to another. My question is that my doc said that i could just stop taking the zoloft and start the new med tomorrow (which was last wednesay). is it normal to just STOP taking one med like zoloft and start up another med like Viibryd? Should there have been a tapering off period? I was pretty much in the bathroom all day Sunday. Monday started off ok but by the end of the work day, i felt so nauseas and my head was banging with a headache. All in all i felt fluish.
I hate to google illnesses and symptoms and side affects and the like because i freaked myself out like that once contributing to my anxiety so i did as little as poss and even so, i only try to google the benefits of the medication instead of the side affects. Anyway, i've had an annoying twitch of my eye lid that comes and goes. the brain zaps aren't as bad as they were and i hope he worst of it is over. Can anyone else relate to this? Is it safe to just stop one med to start another? how can i tell if symptoms are withdraw or side affects? Oh so many questions, so little time. LOL.