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Ginny
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   Posted 10/14/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,
 
Can anyone tell me how long it takes for Zoloft to "kick in"?
 
Thank you!
 
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

34 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, Cozaar, Tramacet, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


Buddha443556
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   Posted 10/14/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
One to three weeks or even more. Were you on any other SRRI's?

nervymeg
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   Posted 10/14/2008 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ginny,

My guy started taking Zoloft four weeks ago and it is just kicking in. His doc has upped the dose to 100mg per day on Monday so make sure you tell your doc if it's not having an effect. It's important to get that doswe just right for you. Keep us posted on how you go.

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Ginny
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   Posted 10/14/2008 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks!
 
I'm starting at 50mg, but my doc is pretty sure we'll be upping it.  I was on Paxil back in 2001.  I had adverse side effects from it.  Made my depression worse, so I came off it.  I haven't been on anything since then.  Didn't need anything until now.  I'm having PTSD from a near death health scare the summer of '07.  Anxiety and depression is getting worse by the week.  I'm also getting some counselling on how to manage PTSD. 
 
I was leary about taking another SSRI, but my doc said that Zoloft and Paxil are very different.  Paxil is the "rabid pitbull", and Zoloft is the "timid poodle".  Hehe... We'll see!
 
Thanks for the info!
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

34 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, Cozaar, Tramacet, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


nervymeg
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   Posted 10/14/2008 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Ahhh!

Good luck with your gentle poodle. I hope it doesn't shed too much hair! Also keep my fingers crossed that counselling helps you out. PTSD can be one nasty customer. Have you started the Zoloft yet? It made my Fella a bit woozy for a few days. So if you were planning any marathons, or tight rope walking feats you may need to reschedule! Keep us posted.

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Buddha443556
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   Posted 10/15/2008 4:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been putting off starting Zoloft because I have so much going on. Paxil made my depression worse too. It also seem to make me completely useless, couldn't get a thing done that required thinking.

percycat
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   Posted 10/15/2008 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Ginny, good luck to you!

I'm sorry you're dealing with the PTSD now - that sounds like one nasty customer, from what I read by folks fighting it here. I surely hope the Zoloft will give you the relief you need with as few side effects as possible.

percycat

stkitt
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   Posted 10/15/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning Ginny,

Zoloft has worked for many members but each person is diffeent. It may take  2 to 6 weeks until improvement occurs.  The general rule of thumb is 4 weeks. It is good to research your drug and know the side effects and doses as well as withdrawl sx..

You are your own best advocate so don't be afraid to speak up and ask your questions.

Take care
Kitt


 

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Ginny
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   Posted 10/15/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey thanks everyone!
 
I'm sure hoping this works too, because I'm messed up. I have the kind of anxiety that just all of a sudden, when I'm least expecting it and I'm not in a stressful situation, BOOM, the heart rate goes crazy, my breathing goes crazy, I overreact to stupid stuff and I feel like I"m on an adrenalin kick.  It's like I said, messed up!  I pretty much have the adrenalin going 24/7.  I can't shut the valve off.  So I'm exhausted and not sleeping well either.
 
My doctor and I think I have PTSD, and PMDD (for all you ladies out there who know what that monthly nightmare is all about).  So my hormones are "messed up" (very pertinant description for me these days), my head is messed up, my adrenal glands are messed up, I'm all messed up! LOL.  Trying to maintain a little humour does help, but not much.....
 
Does anyone know if it's okay to take Zoloft right before, during, and after surgery?  I'm having a hyster on November 5.  Not sure if I should mention this to my surgeon or not? 
 
Thanks muchly!
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

34 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, Cozaar, Tramacet, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


nervymeg
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   Posted 10/15/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   

Ginny,

I would mention it to your surgeon just in case. I can't see it being a problem really.

It sounds to me like you have "uncued panic attacks" ie they happen just out of the blue. I find these the most frustrtaing because well, the just hit BAM! (sorry to yell). I find it helps me to keep a journal of when my anxiety peaks, often it is related to something I hadn't factored in.

PMDD is a nasty little sucker (major understatement)..I hope things improve after your operation.

P.S. My Fella started on 100mg last night. This morning he tripped over the coffee table and fell face down in his weeties. Beware the motor co-ordination. Yes, ok, I admit. I laughed!! devil devil

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Buddha443556
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   Posted 10/16/2008 3:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Can't wait to try this Zoloft ... should be a real trip.
You must do the things you think you cannot do. -- Eleanor Roosevelt


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   Posted 10/16/2008 3:43 AM (GMT -7)   
My Cait is on it and it took a good 4 weeks for it to kick in
She is doing better but
I sure wish she didnt have to be on anything

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Ginny
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   Posted 10/16/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Face first into his Weeties eh!  If my fella had done that, I'd have laughed too. smilewinkgrin I agree with you Buddha, this should be quite a trip. I'm filling the script today.
 
Meg, that description of my panic attacks is dead on.  I was on the phone with my friend a few weeks ago, having a great old laugh over something funny, and whammo - I had a full on panic attack.  So bad, I couldn't swallow, I was intensely nauseated, I had numbness in my arms.  I thought I was having a stroke.  (had one in 2002, the symptoms were identical).  So I called 911, spent 9 hours in the ER, only to be told that it wasn't a stroke or TIA's (mini strokes).  We all came to the conclusion that I had had a panic attack.  Embarrassing, yes....
 
Time for a major intervention, yes!!
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

34 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, Cozaar, Tramacet, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


stkitt
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   Posted 10/16/2008 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   

ginny,

One of my favorites,

Remember this:

It does not matter if you feel frightened, disorientated, dreamlike, or unsteady. These feelings are an exaggeration of the normal bodily reactions to stress.

Just because you have these sensations doesn't mean you are crazy. These feelings are just unpleasant and frightening, not dangerous. Nothing worse will happen to you.

Let your feelings come. . Don't run away from panic. When you feel panic build up, take a deep breath and as you breathe out, let go. Keep trying. Stay there almost as if you were floating in space. Don't fight the feeling of panic. Accept it; you can deal with it.

Try to make yourself as comfortable as possible without escaping. If you're on a street, lean against a post or a store wall. If you're at the cosmetics department of a store, find a quieter counter or corner. If you're in a boutique, tell the salesperson you don't feel well and want to sit for a while. Do not jump into a car and go home in fear.

Don't indulge in stinkin thinking, "Why can't I be normal ? Why does this have to happen to me?" Just accept what is happening to you. If you do this, what you fear most will not happen.

Think about what is really happening to your body at this moment. Do not think "Something terrible is going to happen. I must get out." Repeat to yourself "I am ok, I will not die or lose control."

Try to distract yourself from what is going on inside you. Look at your surroundings. See the other people around you. .They are with you, not against you.

When the panic subsides, let your body go loose, take a deep breath, and go on with your day. Remember, each time you cope with panic and anxiety, you reduce your fear.

 


 

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nervymeg
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   Posted 10/16/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh Buddha! A trip! You are a hoot smhair my poor Fella hasn't "trip"ped over anything yet today but he almost left the house with shaving cream up his nose this morning..the fun continues!

Ginny, I hate it when you go to ER and wait all that time and they say "ahh it's just a panic attack". JUST?! Ahhhh! Well I guess we can be thankful that it isn't a serious physical condition. I'm really hoping the zoloft goes well for you, you may want to put some soft cushions around the sharp edge furniture though and no cooking with knives you hear?!

Lyn, sorry to hear about Cait. I hope this helps her out with things though. You are still one of the greatest mothers on the world you know (up their with my mum and Kitt - real heroes)

Meg, s.i.s.

 


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Ginny
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   Posted 10/16/2008 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you stkitt,  those tips are important for me to know.  I had a mild anxiety attack today in the mall. I was just walking along, and it hit me.  Made me dizzy.... I don't know why these have to happen when nothing seems to trigger them?  I'm just living my life, doing normal every day things... Is that normal?  I feel very un-normal right now with all this.
 
Meg, I laughed out loud when I read not to cook with sharp knives.... I"m on blood thinners and, yes, that would be bad!  I'll heed the warning to "pad" all my sharp cornered furniture! 
 
I'll start the Zoloft next Wednesday if my rheumatologist gives me the "OK" to take it. I have so much going on health and medication-wise, I need to make sure this is the right drug to take.  My brain needs some peace!
 
Have a restful night everyone,
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

34 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


stkitt
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   Posted 10/17/2008 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   

ginny,

Good Morning.  yes you are normal but you have anxiety and remember it does not have you.

What is normal these days, each person is different and who gets to define normal?  Maybe we should have Megs do that...............a wise and witty lady turn

I know some of my triggers that set off my anxiety and I go into the "what if" mode. I usualy shed a few tears which drops the anxiety level and then I can move through it.

I wish you a wonderful day.

Hugs
Kitt


 

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nervymeg
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   Posted 10/17/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Ginny,

Glad I could give you a chuckle smilewinkgrin

I certainly hope the zoloft gives your tired brain some rest. I know that SSRI's are good for regulating thoughts so hopefully that will stop them zipping around and making you feel so worn down.

Kitt is right (except for me being wise!) the "what if's" are just plain exhausting and not one of us is normal. Some of us are just saddled with a few more anxiety triggers than others. I hope all goes well and peacefully for you this weekend. Now get out the cushions and put those knives away...blood thinners you say?!

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Ginny
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   Posted 10/18/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Meg,
 
Wow, you guys are all so supportive.  I really appreciate your thoughtfulnes.  Yes, my thoughts are zipping around like crazy. I almost feel OCD with it sometimes.  I do have a lot of triggers in my life that make anxiety worse.  Just look at my signature line! LOL.  I'm having a good couple of days right now.  It also seems to be so much worse during "particular times of the month".  I have a couple more good days, then I know it's going to be a nightmare the next 3 weeks.
 
I'll get my hubby to cut my steak for me tonight! Heehee!
 
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

34 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


nervymeg
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   Posted 10/18/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Ginny,

I'd get him to cut your steak for at least the next six weeks! And of course we all know what a health hazard doing dishes can be. He might just have to take over that task too!! smilewinkgrin I'm hoping all goes well for you. Please keep us posted!

Meg

 


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