Zoloft and Heart Arrythmia?

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   Posted 12/8/2006 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I started my zoloft for anxiety in August and for a month and a half i was only on the .25 mg.  I wasn't having normal panic attacks (heart racing, faint, scared, etc) I was having outbursts of anger.  I was extremely short tempered and making lists of "to do" and schedules for every hour of the day.
I could feel myself getting very tense at times (mostly work) so increased dosage to 50 mg. 
Since then i have intermittent episodes of 'brachycardia'  So i dont haev the increased heart rate, but rather the skipping and 'gurgling' feeling that my heart is not beating.  It has woken me up out of a dead sleep!
I have had a heart murmur since birth, they thought I had a MVP, and they have sent me to a cardiologist who cleared me 2 years ago.  However this is happening about once a day now and occurs mostly when i'm 'resting'  It's like if I am not exercising my heart it wants to just stop beating for a minute. 
Does anyone else on Zoloft experience this?  I'm making an appt with my psychologist and my doc to discuss it.

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   Posted 12/8/2006 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry, i couldnt take zoloft, it did all kinds of crazy things lol but i do have heart palps, but the beta blocker helps tremendously. Best of luck with you appt!
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   Posted 12/8/2006 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Greeves, WELCOME to Healing Well. I have never experienced what you are experiencing but I'm very glad to know that you are taking charge by getting in to see your doctor and your psychologist. Have you ever taken an anti-anxiety med as needed for the anger and compulsion? A psychiatrist is the best person to talk to you about this. Their are some meds that they prescribe as needed for periods of mania or agitation. You don't have to have bi-polar but they can help a lot with the symptoms you are describing. Let us know how things go.
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   Posted 12/8/2006 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Greeves
Welcome to HW as you can see you will recive great support and information from members going thru the same things you are suffering from.
I personally don't take zoloft they have me on Oxazepam and Traxodone for my anxiety it also helps me sleep. My symtems were dizziness, shortness of breath, panic and heart pounding not to mention the things that would be going thru my head.
I Hope this info helps you some. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
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   Posted 12/8/2006 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   

if th4e problems started after starting the zoloft these are possible early side effects or the med may be making all your anxiety problems worse, which often happens for up to 6 weeks

so if you associate the problems with the zoloft I suggest you ask doc about a swap to another zoloft type med such as generic prozac that may suit you better

if you started the zoloft for the anger it seems after now, that again its not the med for you and a swap is indicated

some docs are very stubborn and persist with the same med when they shouldnt

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   Posted 12/8/2006 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on paxil in the past but it made me a zombie and the yawning side effect was horrible. I had been off meds for close to 5 years. I had been controlling it with therapy but a series of events brought the anxiety back. It used to be a classic anxiety case of dizziness, shortness of breath, panic and heart pounding and fear of death but this time its all about the anger.

I've been on the zoloft for 4 months now so it's not new med side effects but it has been since I increased the dosage so i wanted to know if this could be a regular side effect. The anger is all under control now and the only problem besides heart palps is some nightmares.
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