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Acupressure Wristbands For Antidepressant Withdrawal

Antidepressant withdrawal can be hard to deal with. Acupressure may help some with the symptoms.

Q. Zoloft was prescribed for me after I complained to my gynecologist of feelings of great despair. He recommended Zoloft because he heard positive things about it for menopausal symptoms and believed there were few side effects.

Zoloft did take away my feeling of despair. It also obliterated my sense of humor and caused constant forgetfulness. After six years my husband convinced me to get off Zoloft.

I bought a pill cutter and started to reduce the dose very slowly. My brain retaliated. I became extremely dizzy, to the point of being bedridden. I thought I would not be able to withstand the withdrawal symptoms. Then I remembered having similar vertigo on a cruise ship. Although the Zoloft vertigo was much worse than sea sickness, the acupressure wristbands worked!

I’m now Zoloft-free and have discovered that caffeine contributed to my emotional ups and downs.

A. We are glad the wristbands helped conquer your dizziness. This side effect can be troublesome when people stop antidepressants like Effexor, Paxil or Zoloft. Gradual tapering of the dose may help ease other symptoms such as sweating, nausea, chills, insomnia or headache and reduce the effects of antidepressant withdrawal.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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