Zoloft and Twitches

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jacksonsmamma
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/19/2006 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey All,
I'm new to this forum...and I have been taking Zoloft for about 2 months, I just recently started the 100mg (started at 50mg).  I took Zoloft a few years back and don't remember ever twitching like I have now.  It used to be just whenever, no time specific.  But now, its mainly when I'm laying in bed trying to go to sleep.  Its my hands/fingers, legs/feet, and sometimes my head.  Its gotten so bad that I've kicked my boyfriend a few times.  He gets mad because he's such a light sleeper that I keep him up half the night -- or he sleeps on the sofa.  And I wake myself up some nights too.
I told my doctor about it, he told me to start taking Calcium on top of my Multivitamin.  So I take the Calcium when I take my Zoloft, at 8:30 pm every night.  I'm not sure what to do. 
Any thoughts?!  At this point I'm willing to try just about anything. 

els
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   Posted 9/19/2006 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi jacksonsmamma, First let me welcome you to healing well forum, we are happy to have you join us here. 

According to Mosby's Drug Guide 2006 Zoloft does have the adverse effects of tremors and twitching.  Sometimes these symptoms will go away or lessen once the medication reaches its therapeutic level in your body.  As you stated, you have been on it for about 8 weeks so it should be there by now.  I wonder who is prescribing your Zoloft...is it your primary care physician or a psychiatrist?  If it is your primary doc then I strongly recommend that you do find a psychiatrist to go to for these matters.  They are the ones that are more knowledgeable on antidepressants and better able to address these types of problems when they arise.

In the meantime I would call your doctor back and let them know that the addition of Calcium has not worked nor helped.  Please do let us know how it goes.  Take care...


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jacksonsmamma
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/19/2006 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on the 50mg for a month and then the 100mg just about a week or two.  I keep hoping the extra Calcuim will help.  He also told me if the Calcium doesn't work, to try Mag-Oxide. I just hate taking pills.  I take 2 pills every morning, 1 (multivitamin) with lunch, and 2 at night, the zoloft and calcium.  I hate to add another pill.  It was my PCP that prescribed it.  It has been working...I'm not nearly as depressed or emotional about everything anymore.  My boyfriend is a great help too, he encourages me to talk to him about everything, even if its about him he will not get defensive about it.  
I told my boyfriend that as long as he is there for me, I am doing good.  I told him that I get my frustrations and issues out while I'm cooking...I'm not sure how...but once dinner is cooking, I instantly start feeling better.  Is that weird?!
I know I should see an actual professional about this, but I have so much going on that I don't know where I would fit another doctors appt in.  I am supposed to go back to my PCP in about 4 months and he wants to slowly take me off the Zoloft...and see how I do.  So I am hoping that I can get off it without any problems.
Thanks for the advice!
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