Zoloft Anyone? I've reached a low

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   Posted 12/13/2006 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
Well I ended up at the docs yesterday because of my anxiety turned bad depression. It's been really horrible lately. I haven't been on meds in a long time, and last one I took was Paxil. I was able to kick the panic for over a year, but my car wreck brought everything rushing back. Doc says it's post traumatic stress, and gave me Zoloft 50mg to see how that helps. I was wondering if anyone's tried it or is on it and how it worked? How were the side effects? I am just afraid of everything at this point. My husband thinks I'll be housebound soon if I don't get help. I can go out with others, just by myself I am in a big anxiety mode. I've spent the past 4 days crying and not eating well, just wanting to sleep. If you could please let me know how Zoloft was for you, or just offer some comforting words. Thanks a bunch!

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   Posted 12/13/2006 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
if the paxil worked last time the zoloft should too as they are both similar prozac type meds, the zoloft dose range is 50 to 200 and aI would be gradually working it up from 25 to about 100
do try to get some valium or similar as this always helps from day 1 and will enable you to happily go out with the others, go places and do things, thus keeping up your morale
stress to doc that valium may well be the difference in you leading a fairly normal life, or having a morale crash with severe depression and being housebound
aas always meds arent the complete answer, you also need to learn CBT , relaxation and take more exercise, even in the house for now
zoloft can make you worse for a while but valium makes it easier to adjust
if after all this, doc still refuses to supply benzos, fire him and look for a new older doc yeah
recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional

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   Posted 12/13/2006 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
hi steph, im sorry i couldnt take ssri's they all made crazy ;) lol but, i wish you the best of luck with the transition, and im with harry, my benzo's keep me going and feeling somewhat normal. Take care!
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   Posted 12/13/2006 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Harry and Shell, I tried the paxil only for a few weeks, it made me completely numb to everything, so the doc took me off. I was ok for over a year. And then, things just started going downhill due to some instances. I am hoping this zoloft will work for me, because i am deperate. Thanks again

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   Posted 12/17/2006 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I was just put on zoloft about 2 mos ago before that I was on prozac but any way at first it made me a little worse and it took a good month to kick in I also had to up mine gradually from 50 to 150mg but that seems to really help.once it kicks in its great but you do have to tough it out a little bit as you can tell from my other posts I was a mess but much better now just keep in mind sometimes it gets worse before it gets better but always remember it does get better.
150mg zoloft,50mg seroquel,1mg ativan and 25mgtoprol(beta blocker)

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   Posted 12/17/2006 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on zoloft at the maximum dose for 12 years and it was wonderful for me. I had to switch to paxil this year as the zoloft finally "pooped-out". I don't recall having any bad effects, but it does take a while, as with any SSRI, to get into your system well. Hang in there! :)
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   Posted 12/17/2006 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I am on Zoloft now and I have had to up my dosage from 50 to 100mg recently. It does work for me, but not everyone's bodies work the same.
It took about a month for it to really kick in so don't get discouraged if it doesn't help right away.
Good Luck
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   Posted 12/17/2006 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   

 I was on paxil for 6 months in the past but the side effects were too much for me.   I started with 25 mg of zoloft in August and in October started 50 mg.  My first side effects were headaches for about 2 weeks and really bad dry mouth and a slight 'zombie' feeling. My doc said to build up a tolerance.

Once that went away I was ok w/ the exception of the dry mouth/bad breath. I started to feel anxious again (easily irritated) and I increased the dosage to 25 mgs twice a day.  Then about 2 weeks after that I was able to stand 50 mgs before bed once a day

I've been on 50 mgs for about 2 months now and recently started having tinnitis in my left ear and now it's in my right.  I will be contacting my doctor next week to see if it will wear off.


The most important thing I can tell you is get therapy while on meds.  The combo is what helps you get off the meds.

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