By Benedict Carey and Robert Gebeloff
April 7, 2018
Victoria Toline would hunch over the kitchen table, steady her hands and
draw a bead of liquid from a vial with a small dropper. It was a delicate
operation that had become a daily routine - extracting ever tinier doses of
the antidepressant she had taken for three years, on and off, and was
desperately trying to quit.
"Basically that's all I have been doing - dealing with the dizziness, the
confusion, the fatigue, all the symptoms of withdrawal," said Ms. Toline,
27, of Tacoma, Wash. It took nine months to wean herself from the drug,
Zoloft, by taking increasingly smaller doses.