Ive been on Zoloft and Xanax for 6 yrs. Previous to that i have been on Prozac, Aurorix, Effexor (severe allergic reaction), Aropax and Tofranil. Ive been medicated every day since i was 14.
The Zoloft/Xanax combo has worked well for me- really well. it let me sleep, which the others didnt. it really controlled my symptoms and has allowed me to live a relatively 'normal' life- i studied, graduated, i work full time etc.
But now i feel it is starting to wear off, my anxiety has crept back in and turned things up a notch. I dont want to increase my Xanax dose as it is such a potentially dangerous med. I am addicted to it, both physically and emotionally. Im on 150mgs of Zoloft, and my Pdoc said that if i start to feel like im unravelling, i can increase my Zoloft to 200mgs, under her supervision of course.
Normally after 3-4 yrs, i switch to a new med, as i build up a tolerance to the previous med and it doesnt work for me anymore. The Zoloft/Xanax combo has by far been the longest, 6yrs is great for me.
I know you guys arent health professionals, and i WILL consult myt Pdoc, but i have to admit, im not super educated about the latest AD's out there, some with less side effects and the like. I have heard Lexapro is good-
I dont know what to do. I will have to wait until the easter/April school hols if i DO go ahead and change meds, i cant do it when im teaching as im sure you can understand. what i DO know is that after 6 succesful years, im building a tolerance and my AP is creeping back. and i hate it- as again, im sure you can all appreciate.
I really felt i hit the jackpot with Zoloft and i feared the day would come when it stopped being as effective as it had been in the past. NO doctor in their right mind would increase my Xanax (4mgs) as i have a history of abuse/addiction with prescription benzos, opiates, narcotics. and when the day comes that i have to come off Xanax, that will be a dark day. they say the withdrawals are similar to that of IV injecting, illegal narcotics.
Im at a crossroads- and im a little overwhelmed. any input would be appreciated. I hate sounding weak, it goes against everything i have worked for, i have worked so hard to be strong and it has paid off, but at the end of the day, the mask must come off and i must face my fear.
Thanks for listening, family.
'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)
Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T and Upper respiratory tract infections, Reactive Arthritis, GERD, IBS, Glandular fever, Migraines, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, PTSD, Seasonal Mood Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo, Impaired immune system. Tachycardia, tinnitus, low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis.
Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium.
Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
Age:28. First diagnosed at 14. Proud Aussie.