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What is the best way to stop sertraline ?

what is the best way to slowly stop sertraline 25mg. Difficult to cut in 4 and have had withdrawel problems before. On amitriptinline 10mg to be increased.
Asked On : Mon, 10 Jan 2011
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SSRI type of antidepressants like Sertraline and TCA kind of antidepressants (like amitryptiline) when tapered together should be monitored closely as they have potential to cause a serious side effect called Seretonin Syndrome. Please make sure that you are being monitored for this by your doctor.

The 25mg dose is the smallest tablet that you get I think and hence if you are nto able to break into pieces, then the other way to take it would be to use it every other day. Since the half life of Sertraline is 26 hours and it takes usually 4-5 half lives for a drug to be completely out of the body, trying taking it on alternate days may make sense. I have never tried it in a patient before as they all could tolerate withdrawing from 25mg before well.

Another way will be to increase the amytriptyline dose and then take off the sertraline but again the risk of Seretonin syndrome.


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Answered: Fri, 14 Jan 2011
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