Anxiety medication?

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angest
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   Posted 5/5/2007 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi mates!
I have a question, I'm wondering if there is some one using zoloft and valium at the same time for  anxiety and panic? is it possible to take them together? I'm wondering if valium can stop the zoloft withdrawal symptoms??!!

Aussieangel
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   Posted 5/5/2007 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   

It'll depend on a few things. What dosage of zoloft are you on, for how long? How much valium have you been prescribed and for how long?

Weaning off zoloft I was given valium to help ease me through it. The problem being I took the valium but didn't have the mental withdrawal (only the physical) in the first 2 weeks. So I'd stopped the valium and then I got hit with major mental withdrawal, but then I'm prone to suffering bad withdrawals off any med.


ChristianWithHope
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   Posted 5/5/2007 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Why are you contemplating going off the Zoloft?

angest
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   Posted 5/5/2007 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for replies!
I'm on 50 mg zoloft and been on it for 15 months. I want to get rid from medications,I ve tried twice I couldn't because of zoloft withdrawal symptoms . Its worse than anxiety and panic symptoms itself.I ve discussed with my GP ,he said that to tappering the dosage to 25mg then stop taking it, I ve done exact what he said but unfortunately failed...............

ChristianWithHope
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   Posted 5/5/2007 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
angest,
In my opinion, you do yourself a disservice by going to a GP for psychiatric care. A psychiatrist will work closely with you to ensure you find the proper dose (of the proper med) - the dose and med that works best for you - it's different for everyone. MD/GP's are generalists by definition - you need a specialist.
I'm not saying it's bad to stop taking medication that you don't need - that's a good thing - and there are side effects. But in your case, I wonder if the Zoloft ever reached therapeutic levels. 50mgs is a pretty small dosage. I've been up to 150mgs in the past, and I'm now on 200mgs. For the first time in literally years, I'm sleeping the entire night through! I still have bouts of anxiety, but that's just part of being human!
You can still be on an anti-depressant and feel really bad if you're not a therapeutic levels. Not too much - not too little. See a pychiatrist.

harry4
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   Posted 5/5/2007 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   

to angst,

50 is the lowest effective dose of zoloft, the big question is, did it help you? if not, maybe up the dose

I doubt a psychiatrist will help much, they are expensive with usually a long wait for the first appointment

valium and zoloft are often taken together and valium would make it  easier to stop the zoloft


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angest
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   Posted 5/5/2007 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks harry4 !
Really 50 mg helping me too much and relieve all of the symptoms, without zoloft I'm getting dizzy and sever abdominal cramps and numbness in arms. I'm wondering if valium helping and stopping the symptoms instead of zoloft. Iwanna getting my body free from drugs....I hate been on drugs..

ChristianWithHope
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   Posted 5/5/2007 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
At least in the states, getting in to see a psychiatrist does not require a longer wait than any other specialist. And if you have any sort of insurance, it should cover it.

I don't understand the first sentence of your last post. Are you saying the 50mg did or did NOT help?

I would worry much more about getting your brain stabilized than about getting off of the drugs. A GOOD psychiatrist absolutely will help you with the drugs - both going on AND off.

debaser
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   Posted 5/6/2007 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
In my part of the United States, for some reason, it most certainly does take a long time to get that initial visit with a psychiatrist. Supply and demand, I assume. It's good to make the appointment and have another doctor treat you in the interim if that's the case.
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