Anxiety/Depression Question -Dosage

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/8/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Guys,
I am now going into my 6th week of being on Zoloft....started at 12.5, 2 weeks later went to 25, then 37.5, and I have currently been at 50 mg for 2 weeks. I have seen MINOR improvements.
My depression started with a panic attack, which then turned into weekly panic attacks, then daily....then i noticed i began feeling way too guilty for past mistakes i had made, which were causing me to feel bad and become more panicky. Thats when I realized I was probably suffering from depression also.
My question is - in the last week or so I have been waking up upset, panicky and with chest pain and a feeling of dread. I immediately take my 1mg ativan tablet and zoloft, and this feeling usually passes as I get ready for work and get to work. I called my doctor today to tell her of my new symptoms of decreased appetite and increased morning anxiety - she bluntly told me it sounds like worsening depression, and told me to increase my dose to 75mg. I wanted to know if anyone had any experience with zoloft and what dose they were on before they started to notice improvement in their anxiety and depression?
I am so determined to fight and beat this - i have joined a support group and get up and go to work every day no matter how bad i feel in the morning (and it's been pretty bad the past week)
Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 6/8/2009 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I used zoloft for a few months but it didn't really work for me, when I stoped it I didn't feel any different. other meds I tried such as effexor seemed to have a better impact. I would recommend seeking a second opinion from a different doctor just to be sure there are no other options to try. increasing the dosage to 75m doesn't sound like the best idea to be but I'm not a doctor, I don't beleave that increasing the dosage helps in all situations. good luck to you I hope you find a way to improve. since last week you started to get these strange new feelings it could have something to do with the increase of zoloft, maybe your body is getting used to it slowly or that you are suffering from side-effects.
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 6/8/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Avolleyball,

I'm sorry that I can't advise you on the meds, but I do want to tell you how great your spirit is in dealing with this. To be able to join a support group and keep plugging away at work while tackling depression and panic is no small feat. I found your post to be very inspiring, and I wish you the very best as you continue on.


"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."  ~Marcel Proust



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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 6/9/2009 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
hi avolleyball, unique name.
me, zoloft was the first anti-dep i was put on 20 plus yrs ago. was not for me, at all. i think you get the picture. i would suggest a face to face with your doc, write everything down so your doc gets a clear picture of what is happening. take care of you. sending positive healings. jamie, male, 37.
dx, mdd, severe borderline personality disorder. good on you for posting and going to your support group. i think you need a definative dx, may take a little time, albeit with the right dx the treatments will aid your dx better. all the best. jamie

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   Posted 6/9/2009 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Avolleyball,

Glad to see you posting in this forum and you know I support you.  I am sure you will be hearing from other members here.

Welcome aboard the Depression Forum.

Hugs at you,



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