Still A Problem with Zolft

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   Posted 10/14/2006 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hope all are doing well. I am into week 5 of taking Zoloft 50mg. and am still more ancious than before starting it. I do have Klonopin to help get through this, but it isn't helping a whole lot. I mostly feel ancious in the morning and late at night. Does this side effect really go  away ? 
                                                                                            And why would a doctor prescribe something that can cause anxiety, to help a person who is ancious? Has anyone out there been anxiety free, from Zoloft or any other anti-d. This is the first time I have tried an anti-d for anxiety, and so far I'm really not all that happy. Sorry to whine, but I just can't figure it out.
Judy smurf

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   Posted 10/14/2006 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Shebig.

Hope this finds you feeling better. It took my meds about 4 weekds to leval off. If it was me I would call your dr and tell him whats going on maybe there too strong and they need to adjust them. Hugs honey please keep us updated on how you are doing.

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   Posted 10/14/2006 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
my agoraphobia was eventually helped a lot by a zoloft type antidepressant called citalopram
yes, antidepressants often make your anxiety worse at first then hopefully better later, strange isnt it??
try taking it just before bed and take extra klonapin as needed
the zoloft, if it is going to work for you, should start soon, if not I would up the dose for another 2 weeks, then if still no help, swap to another type of antidepressant
often people need to try 2 or 3 before finding 1 that works for them  but some are lucky the first time
guard your klonapin closely, many here cant get it at all, so your doc is more sensible than some yeah
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   Posted 10/15/2006 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess I'm lucky, that's one of the new ones I've been prescribed Harry. :-)

I'm also on Effexar XR which is my 3rd attempt Shebig, I know it's hard but hang in there.

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   Posted 10/15/2006 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm on Zoloft and have been for 5 years.  It started working for me within two weeks.  I don't know if it helps but I take mine right before bedtime.  Just recently my doc and I decided to discontinue Zoloft but I'm starting to slide so Monday I'm calling him to get back on it.  I take 50mg which I think is a low dose so maybe you need a stronger dose or a different med.
Hope you start feeling better soon.

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   Posted 10/15/2006 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Thanks Everyone

I will give it more time, I was told to go up to 100mgs at 6 -8 weeks, I have capsuls, so I can't go to 75mgs first. I really want this med to work so I can get off the klonopin. Can I take 50mgs one day and 100mgs the next until I get used to it, then take 100mgs everyday???

Harry I have been on Klonopin for over 10 years for siezure activity, so I have no problem getting the Klonopin. In fact I didn't even know it was used for anxiety until a couple of months ago. I have allot to learn.

I do feel better knowing others get jittery at first on a anti-d, not that I want anyone to feel like crap, but at least I know this is normal. Have a great day.

Judy smurf

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   Posted 10/15/2006 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
hi judy, I can relate to that, things work differently on all people, i hope that the zoloft helps you soon, i couldnt take any of them, i tried 4 diff ssri's and they all made me worse, although i admit with a few, i quit taking them before they had enough time to kick in like they should, i was too scared from the first two i guess. I just take the klonopin for a/p, and they help much, but of course give it some time, and hopefully you will feel better real soon. It is very normal....;) you have a great day too
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   Posted 6/17/2012 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I am currently taking zoloft and klonopin for 6 days now which the klonopin made me nervous and giving a very uncomfortable feeling so i stopped taking them after the second day. I was directed to take only half but i hated the feeling i got. I am still taking zoloft which i was prescribed to take half for the first week at bedtime and one a day after. This med gives me an adrenaline feeling in the am i mean it wakes me sometimes which kinda feel like i am falling off a cliff and it makes it hard to fall back to sleep. During the day i may experience some heart palpatations but i fight them off until its time to take my dose of zoloft. I still feel this weird feeling in my head and i get the hot flashes. Is there anyone goingt through this? will this ever change? Im so scared sometimes i really need a cure. I have never been sick with anything besides Asthma and this year Jan 29th i have been suffering with this. Its very uncomfortable annd uneasy. WHat should i do?

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   Posted 6/20/2012 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to the forum! I am currently taking Zoloft, and have 3 times in the past. It can take anywhere from 6-8 weeks to feel the full benefits of the drug, depending on whether you are on the correct dosage. It has taken me a long time, this time around, to find the right dose. I'm still working on it, since October, but I'm getting better.

This thread is REALLY old though, so I would suggest starting a new one and introducing yourself to everyone. That way you will get more responses.

Take care, and good luck!


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   Posted 6/20/2012 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Zoloft helped me for about a year, year and a half.

Now that I stopped taking Zoloft, I realize it actually gave me anxiety. I feel better since I stopped it.

Maybe your system just hasn't adjusted with it, or maybe it's not right for you? Talk to your doc.
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