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   Posted 8/8/2008 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
My name is Carolyn and I have been having a hard time lately. I think I kinda hit bottom with all the stress of caring for my 4 young kids. I don't have any adult history of depression. I did have a nervous breakdown at 17 which I attribute to living with alcoholic parents.
Anyway, I asked my primary for some medication for what I was told was depression. I had just seen a psych Dr. to find out if I had ADD. He didn't think I did but thought I was certainly depressed. So he recommended an ad drug.
So it's been 10 days and I have been taking 12.5 mg. of Zoloft. At first I was sleepy but now during the day I feel wired and it makes me uncomfortable. One day I even had chest pains. Ironically, my brain is not following the same pattern. My mind feels sedated and I feel like everything is going in slo-mo. It's like "brain balm". It also makes me so unmotivated eyes
The reason I am taking such a small dose is because I am very sensitive to drugs. I have never taken anything like this before. I really think I have ADD but can't take any of those drugs till I wean my 10 mo. old. I would like to try Adderal because I really think I have prefrontal cortex ADD. I have a hard time focusing and concentrating. I also have fibromyalgia.
Has anyone had any experience with Zoloft? How long did it take to feel an improvement. The only good thing from this is that I seem to laugh more.. and play with my kids more. I think that's a good thing.
I am a mother to 4 children; James 7 mo.'s, Davey 2 yrs, Dana 4 yrs, and Anne 9 yrs.  I am currently studying to become a natural childbirth educator.... and just trying to figure out where my priorities are right now.

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   Posted 8/8/2008 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   


This is Kitt.  I have not used Zoloft but if you use the search above I think you will find a lot of threads that cover Zoloft. Remember each person is different and the medications will affect them in a different way.

If you are having problems that you find concerning, please do call your physician to see what he thinks.

Also if you saw a Psychiatrist I am wondering why he refered you to a PCP to write your RX.  Most of the time it works just the opposite as the Pdoc is the one that deals in psych meds and knows them best.

Good Luck



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   Posted 8/8/2008 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
It does take a while for the side effects to go away and it takes four to six weeks for the medication to take full effect. I hope that the doctor gives you adderall also. I have fibromyalgia too and I take adderall to keep me from sleeping all of the time. It has worked wonders. I got my life back. Well, to an extent as you most likely understand. If I wasn't on adderall, I would be in bed. I spent two years there and I have had enough. Not to say I don't get tired once in a while, I do, I get really tired, but I am able to do things now that I couldn't do before. You might also want to check out the malic acid/magnesium supplement. I think that it has helped me a lot. But I still need the adderall.

Best wishes with your new medication, keep us posted.

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   Posted 8/12/2008 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Carolyn,

I tried zoloft way back when, and it kind of numbed me. I didn't have any emotional peaks or valleys, just a constant...sense of being. I didn't like the feeling. When I'm depressed at least I feel things. Zoloft was not for me. I'm currently taking wellbutrin xl and prozac. If this is your first go around with anit-depressants, it can be scary, all those side effects and such. Most side-effects go away after a few weeks, but if you aren't liking how the zoloft is affecting you, talk to your doc and see what else is out there.

I also take adderall xr for that energy boost. Like getting by, I'd be in bed if it weren't for the adderall. I do notice that sometimes I am way more activated than other times, not sure if it is due to the medication varying in release potency or if my diet causes the fluctuations. If you are sensitive to medications, have your doc start you at the lowest dose, just to see how you react.

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   Posted Yesterday 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think this Zoloft is for me. Beartooth; you describe my feelings exactly! That frontal cortex numbness! It's constant and very creepy. I really can't tolerate more than 10 mg. of the Zoloft or it makes me too wired and agitated. I wonder if there is another drug that is good for fibro. I read about how ad drugs are used for fibro because there is a seratonin imbalance that the ad drugs fix.
Thanks so much for all the useful information.
Every drug affects pp different. One drug may make someone wired and the same drug make someone sleepy. It just is that way.
I am a mother to 4 children; James 7 mo.'s, Davey 2 yrs, Dana 4 yrs, and Anne 9 yrs.  I am currently studying to become a natural childbirth educator.... and just trying to figure out where my priorities are right now.

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   Posted Today 4:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I have taken Zoloft for 2 periods. Both times it took around 4 weeks for me to get full effectiveness from them. I was one of the lucky ones, I have no weight issues (Either way), no Side Effects and no withdrawl symptoms when I came of it. For me, Zoloft is a great drug but I know it doesnt work that way for everyone.
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