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Southstreetunder
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   Posted 8/9/2009 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, this is the first time I've ever posted in a forum.. I am currently serving in Japan in the USMC, i was diagnosed with PTSD, depression, anxiety and ADD. I was administered Zoloft for the depression to start out with. I have no idea what to expect with the drug. Any thoughts or expectations would be seriously helpful!

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 8/10/2009 1:31 AM (GMT -7)   
hi south, i am jamie, welcome to the forum. it is good that yur doc has started you on a anti-dep. sorry that you are depressed. esp important is the combo of medication and therapy for the depression and ptsd. anti-dep meds usually take about 6 wks to kick in, hopefully you will have some improvement with your dep soon. some people start noticing small adjustments 4 wks in. was on zoloft over 20 plus yrs ago. my first anti-dep. sorry but not for me, hopefully for you. as with all meds you may encounter side effects. i would read the information sheet in the box, or get it from your pharmacist. pls remember that you may need to try a few different meds to find the right one, although your doc would have recommended the zoloft due to your dx and symptomolgy. i wish you well. thanks. and keep posting.
 
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Southstreetunder
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   Posted 8/10/2009 1:56 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you:) I had my first 25mg tab today, i feel diff after 2 hours...is that normal?

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   Posted 8/10/2009 2:16 AM (GMT -7)   
hi south, define NORMAL! i can not and never try to do so!! it is a word that is not in my vocabulary. i think it is an excellent result, am pleased for you my friend. with loving compassion, jamie. ps what is it like in japan? love to hear. i am in australia, thus we are awake, i guess!! cheers. jamie.

Southstreetunder
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   Posted 8/10/2009 2:42 AM (GMT -7)   
well i read forums about people who started taking it and it took like 4 weeks before they generally see results. Maybe its just in my head...Japan is nice i guess. Military life here isn't so great. Rules and stuff, it kinda kills the beauty of the island lol. I'm back in the states in 3 months. I can't wait. Anyways i really appreciate the help ! god bless

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   Posted 8/10/2009 2:52 AM (GMT -7)   
about right south. happy travels in a couple of months. keep strong, maybe you can visit japan and it's beauty when your away from service. cheers. jamie. hoping you have some good support when you get back..if not then it would be something to think about my friend.

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   Posted 8/10/2009 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Southstreetunder said...
well i read forums about people who started taking it and it took like 4 weeks before they generally see results. Maybe its just in my head
Hi and welcome to HW! Ive been on Zoloft for 6 years now and i find it to be excellent and very effective. It took me 4-6 weeks to really enjoy its benefits though, and anti-depressants dont generally have an immediate effect- they tend to store up in your body and increase slowly. I hope you are doing well and I know everyone has different feelings about different anti-depressants, but I personally find Zoloft to be very helpful. Far better than many of the previous antid-depressants ive been on.
 
Good luck and keep us posted- im an Aussie too, so we may be on at the same time. All the best,
 
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   Posted 8/10/2009 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,

I have taken meds where I saw immediate results before. There is probably only more good to come of it. Though they say four to six weeks, that means the full effect in four to six weeks. So yes it could be normal for you to feel better right away. I am happy for you. and even if it is in your head, well, that is good too.

Best wishes,

Hugs, Karen

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csaba Faludi
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   Posted 8/10/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
zoloft gave me diarrhea and nausea fro two weeks,and did nothing for two months, after the two month it just made me indefferent - even more, then i decided not get back on any kinda meds

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   Posted 8/10/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Csaba,

Welcome to the HealingWell depression forum. I am so glad that you have found us. I had the same problem with zoloft. I couldn't tolerate it, especially the diarrhea.

I wanted to let you know that you are welcome to start a thread of your own and introduce yourself to the rest of the group, if you feel comfortable with that. Or if you have something that you would like to discuss.

Keep posting as we are here for everybody.

Best wishes,

Hugs, Karen
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Southstreetunder
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   Posted 8/10/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
ooooh how do i do that?? lol

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   Posted 8/10/2009 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Just click on "new topic" and that will start you a thread. It is near the top of the page.

Best wishes,

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Mazfire
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   Posted 8/10/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
getting by said...
Hi there,

I have taken meds where I saw immediate results before.

Im sorry- i should have written that in my personal experience, i have always had to wait to feel the benefits of a new med. Obviously that is not the case for everyone, as Karen has pointed out. I hope i have not misinformed or confused you- to clarify, I have never felt a sudden change from new meds- this is just my personal experience. And as Karen mentioned, what is important is that you are feeling well.
All the best,
 
Maz XX
 Co-Moderator Anxiety & Panic- Depression
 
'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)
-Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ, Endometriosis,PCOS, Reactive Arthritis, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, OCD, Seasonal Mood Disorder.
-Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Prescription pain meds/anti inflammatories.
-Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
-Age:29. AP first DX @ 10. Fibro etc DX @14.
 
 


stkitt
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   Posted 8/10/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey there Southstreetunder

Welcome  to HealingWell and I am so glad you found us.  I am Kitt and I have been on many different AD's in the past.  From what I know of Zoloft it usually will kick in to it's full therapeutic dose around the 3 week mark.  Of course each person is different and if your Doctor feels it is needed your dosage may be adjusted.

I think perhaps your feeling better in 2 hours was the relief you felt in knowing you were started on a medicaiton that may help you feel a whole lot better and that is a good thing. :-)

Take care,

Kitt


 

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   Posted 8/10/2009 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Whether you felt better, or just relieved that you had some type of hope now, the important thing is that you did feel better. And I am happy for that.

I know that I have tried different medications, many of them, and there were ones that seemed to work almost imediately. So we are all different and some meds will give you relief, others take longer.

But you are feeling better and that is what counts right now. And you can always talk to your doctor and see if it is from the medication, but as long as I felt better, I wouldn't want to question it.

Best wishes,

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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 8/11/2009 4:13 AM (GMT -7)   
agree with that karen!! jamie. tongue

Southstreetunder
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   Posted 8/12/2009 11:31 PM (GMT -7)   
See all my life i've been shy, even tho with really close friends im very open, and thats only a select few. I have problems concentrating on one thing and i have trouble talking to people to there face.. Is this something zolot will help with? I've been feeling very relaxed and at ease this week. Im very excited about it.

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 8/13/2009 4:22 AM (GMT -7)   
hi south. the medication may help you be more at ease, thus you will feel better communicating. glad to see some real positives. and yes you have done well with your expression on this forum!! in my book, and as an aussie i say "good on ya mate" jamie. ps you have done well, so some smilies. tongue smilewinkgrin :-) turn
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