How quickly can zoloft start to affect you?

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Alaskah
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   Posted 11/9/2011 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to my doctor yesterday and he prescribed Zoloft. I'll be on 25mg a day for 7 days, then increase to 2 pills (50mg) a day. I took one pill yesterday. For the past 2-3 weeks I've been having trouble controlling my emotions, and I've been breaking down crying everyday. Today I don't feel like I could cry if I tried to force myself. Is it at all possible for Zoloft to have an effect that quickly? I thought it normally took a few weeks to settle in...or maybe I'm just having a relatively "good" day? I guess I can't complain, I just found the difference to be startling. Even if I think about the same depressing things...it doesn't affect me. I feel emotionless. It's bizarre how quickly that changed.

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   Posted 11/9/2011 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah around 4 weeks you may notice it kickiing in. 6-8 for the full theraputic effect. keep feeling better. here for you, jamie
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   Posted 11/9/2011 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Medications effect everyone differently. It is possible that you have noticed an effect after a single dose, but you should keep in mind that the effects you are noticing now may very well change in some way the longer you are on it. It is also possible that what you are experiencing has a psychological component to it. Just trying something new may have buoyed your spirits some.

Many of these meds take several weeks before the full stabilized effect will be known, and anytime there is a dose change that can kind of reset things and make it several more weeks before things level out.

If by some chance you notice it "not working" in the next few days or in a week please don't become discourage. Stay on it as prescribed and give it time to stabilize in your system and reach its full therapeutic effect.
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   Posted 11/9/2011 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Jamie is right. Six to eight weeks for full effect, but you may start feeling better sooner. But I am happy you had a better day and hope you have many more.

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Alaskah
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   Posted 11/9/2011 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm wondering if it could be a result of the interaction between that and all of my other medications, too. Lyme disease treatments vary greatly and I don't think there are many studies on long-term effects...so I'm wondering if the Zoloft effects could be altered (for better or worse) by my other current meds. My doctor knows I'm on the other meds, but it is such a concoction at this point, lol. I was on Zoloft when I was 16/17 and it didn't do anything for me, but it was a much lower dose. So hopefully I will have better luck this time around. Maybe I've just cried myself out and I hit a dry point. We'll see...

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   Posted 11/9/2011 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
i am wishing you all the very best. jamie
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   Posted 11/9/2011 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
It could be any number of things, and it could certainly be due to interactions with current and/or recently taken medications.

At this point it is all conjecture and at the end of it all the only thing you, or anyone who is in a similar situation, can really do is just wait and see what happens and hope for the best.

Assuming you don't have any other medication changes, by Christmas you should have a good idea how the dose you are building to is going to work for you.

I for one hope it turns out to be a special Christmas present for you this year and you are able to end this year and start next year feeling even a little better than you have been.
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Alaskah
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   Posted 11/10/2011 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Jim. I didn't mean to yap on about it. I was just curious if anyone else had this kind of reaction after one pill. I'm nervous about what all of my medications together are doing to me, so abrupt changes can be favorable or not. But my docs know what all I'm on so I will just have to trust them for now.

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   Posted 11/10/2011 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I think I have felt the first dose of anti d's before. With effexor. I thought I could feel it working right away.

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