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Greta2009
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   Posted 7/8/2009 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Please excuse me if this is in the wrong forum.  I'm new here.
For 6 years, I have been on Zoloft and have been virtually symptom free.  Over the last two weeks, however, the depression has suddenly returned with a vengeance.  I'm currently unemployed and uninsured.  I'm really REALLY struggling  with this sudden recurrence.  It's just like it was 6 years ago: constant sadness, difficulty concentrating, problems sleeping, etc.
While I know this is not the recommended thing to do, I'm wondering if any of you have ever temporarily upped your medication, at least until you could get to a doctor?  I'm considering taking an extra 50 mg. a day just to keep me going until I can find some help.
Thanks much for your input.

Raniah
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   Posted 7/8/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Greta,

Welcome to the depression forum. I understand why you are tempted to increase your meds until you can get to a doctor, especially with your lack of insurance, but I feel pretty strongly that you should consult with a professional before doing so. I know there are other members here who have had the experience of their meds pooping out on them after an extended period of success, and hopefully they will be along soon to share their stories. In the meantime, please continue to post with us here. I wish I could be of more help! (((hugs)))
 
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gentleman k
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   Posted 7/8/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
i agree with raniah. Don't change your dosage of med without seeing your dr. first. Your dr. will probably want to change your medication as your current one has become ineffective. This does happen from time to time. Welcome to heelingwell.com and I hope you start feeling better. Good luck!

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stkitt
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   Posted 7/8/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HealingWell.  I am sorry to hear that your depression is raising it's ugly head.  Can you call the prescribing physician's office and talk with the triage nurse to see if the Doctor would recommend increasing your dosage until you can get an appointment?
 
It is never good to just guess at adjustments in our meds even though it feels tempting to you.  I want you to be safe so do check with a Doctor.
 
Keep on talking with us.  We are here for you.
 

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Aurora60
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   Posted 7/8/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Greta,  I agree with what the others have posted to you.  It is not wise to up your meds by yourself.  My depression took a turn for the worse this summer but I went to see my Pdoc and she upped my med to the next level.  And this is a med that works well for me.  It may be that you do need a change of medication but only your dr. can determine what is best for you.  Please do not risk taking more of your med than was prescribed so far.  Your situation may have a lot to do with why you are feeling the way you are.  I hope you will call your dr. and then post here again to let every one know how you are doing.  This is a very caring and understanding group and you will make many friends here.  There is always someone to help you and support you. Please take care of yourself and let us know how you are doing.  By the way if you were let go from a job I hope you will apply for unemployment insurance.  You are entitled to it.

Aurora

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