I went up on zoloft about 10 days ago. The first 7-8 days were horrible. I was in a constant state of panic and anxiety. I was really had a hard time. It was unbearable at times and was very hard to just breathe. I found it helpful to read a book called "embracing the fear". It gave me something to do to better understand anxiety and panic, and i felt it helped me through that toughest of times ( most of all it gave me something to do). I had a total lose of appetite, was totally nauseated, sweaty palms, ached, lethargic, a Tired but wired feel, dry mouth, and the total inability to relax. Total in ability. And the constant state of anxiety and panic only made me feel that it was the zoloft increase that was doing this to me. Even strong Benzos seemed to bring me no relief. I felt like i was battling the zoloft and that the zoloft was actually inducing the panic and anxiety, and i still belief that was the case.
I think my body is beginning to get used to the zoloft. I'm eating some again and my overall state of anxiety and panic feel lower. I dont feel like i'm fighting the zoloft anymore. So, while I've never taken prozac, it does sound like similar side effects. Time went by really slow (last week feels like a month) and posting here helps a lot.
I'm not really sure if thats helpful. Just know that a lot of people have been through it and its excruciating at times. hang tight, talk to you doctor about, make sure you drink water, and try and eat something. Also, if you can, try and do something to get you blood flowing. I went out and rode my bike. It was really hard for me to leave and do that, but that helped time pass and help with my over health (i think). If you are house bound, maybe there is something you can do that will help a little with that? some in home exercise?
keep posting! hang in there!
Anxiety and Panic Disorder.
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