I'll keep this as short as possible, since my issues go back a long way. But basically I started taking zoloft about 9 years ago for OCD and anxiety. it took me a full 5-6 weeks to improve and things got much worse before they got better. but once it kicked in it worked great and after 8 years of really having no real major anxiety problems i switched to lexapro because i was worried about taking any medication for so long and i wanted to see if it would help me lose some of the weight i gained on zoloft.
after about a year on the lexapro i had a setback and all the OCD and anxiety seemed to return out of nowhere one week. i thought maybe the switch to lexapro was a bad idea, so i finally went to the doc and she switched me back to zoloft, but the generic version. took that for a few days but got worried it wasn't working and asked for the brand name. started up with the brand name and did feel very anxious but knew that was probably to be expected given my past experience with the drug. i waited it out and after a few weeks i felt better. the prescription for the brand name ran out and my doc insisted i try the generic again now that i was feeling better and that it should work the same. i agreed and after a few days i just didn't feel right. so i had them switch me back again to the name brand.
this switching seemed to make things worse again for a little while but after a couple of weeks i was feeling better again. but over the last few days the anxiety and some depression seems to have returned a bit and i am worried. it's been a total of maybe 2 or 3 months since i went off the lexapro and i didn't expect to feel this way at this point. not sure if it has something to do with the switching between generic and brand name (though most docs will tell you they should be identical), or if maybe it's taking longer for the zoloft to really kick in this second time around.
anyway, i know i need to go to the doctor again soon, and that i should also try and see a therapist. in the meantime i am just wondering what's going on. and if maybe i should try and take something like xanax (which i have never taken before) to deal with the generalized anxiety i am dealing with right now.