By Benedict Carey and Robert Gebeloff

April 7, 2018

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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.