Zoloft for GAD? any other suggestions?

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Avolleyball
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   Posted 6/3/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Guys,
 
Thank you for responding to my other post, it feels so good to have your support and help. about 10 days ago i upped my zoloft dosage to 50mg. I was fine for a while...ocassional jitters, heart pounding etc. However starting yesterday morning i began waking up/feeling sick to my stomach with anxiety almost to the point of vomiting. I had been feeling so much better the last two weeks just taking my zoloft and ativan in the morning, my family had noticed an improvement in my attitude and i could finally concentrate at work.
 
 I have no idea what happened...
 
Should i stick this out since I just increased the dosage or drop my dosage back down to 37.5mg?
 
Does anyone else have any recommendations for medication? Zoloft and ativan have blocked my panic attacks, however now I am at a constant state of anxiety, and it's so uncomfortable and upsetting.
 
Please help!
 
 

Blessed08
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   Posted 6/3/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey! I took Zoloft once and had a extreme reaction to it. I never took it again. However I'm taking ativan now by itself. I would encourage you to talk to your dr. maybe just do a call in, the dosage may need to be lowered. But then again it sometimes take your system a couple of weeks to adjust to a new med or an uped dosage. Hang in there!!!!
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Avolleyball
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   Posted 6/3/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Blessed,
 
What happened when you took Zoloft? Did you try any other SSRI's, what were you put on it for?
 
I need some sort of anti-depressant because i do believe my anxiety is related to depression and they came on about the same time (April). This is my 5th week on zoloft....my panic attacks in april eventually turned into anxiety that never went away, what my doctor called "anticipatory anxiety" i tried CBT for a month but then it got to the point where it was so bad i couldn't even eat, so i needed to try meds. Will this ever go away? I don't feel depressed anymore, but I am hopeless about the anxiety...and it's actually making me depressed again!

Nanners
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   Posted 6/3/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you should probably give the Zoloft a few more days. Usually the anti-d's take a few days to get passed any side effects and generally take 4-6 weeks to take full affect.

As for the anticipatory anxiety, I use Xanax (lowest dose) when those bad times hit. I am now able to recognize it ramping up and stop it in its tracks with the help of my Xanax. I only have to use it 1 to 3 times a month.

Good luck,
Gail *Nanners*
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Avolleyball
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   Posted 6/3/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Nanners,
 
What kind of anxiety didyou have/how did it develop? How did you overcome it? And how long did it take you? I am so sad :(

stkitt
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   Posted 6/4/2009 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  If you often feel very anxious without reason and your worries disrupt your daily life, you may have generalized anxiety disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder causes excessive or unrealistic anxiety and worry — well beyond what's appropriate for a situation.
 
I feel a component of GAD is Anticipatory Anxiety which is usually where I end up if I don't try to stop the stinking thinkin in it's tracks.
 
Many times we experience anxiety in anticipation of doing something new or before completion of a major task or life event. 
 
Anticipatory anxiety = “what if” worries.  "What if I never get better ?",  What if I have a panic attack?"
 
This kind of thinking causes a lot of anticipatory anxiety that can lead to avoiding certain activities.
 
Well that is what I experience.  I hope that your med issues right themselves with more time.
 
Take care,
Kitt
 
 
 
 

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Nanners
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   Posted 6/4/2009 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Avolleyball,

I have a chronic and incurable bowel disease. I developed anticipatory anxiety (as Kitt so kindly described above) in relation to my condition. Any time I had to step out of my comfort zone I would develop bad anxiety. But thru therapy and the occasional Xanax I am now able to control it. Hope that helps.

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Gail *Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*
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