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starting zoloft

I'm 32 and have been battling anxiety disorder for about 7 years now. Over the last 6 months it has ramped up to a new level, like panic disorder where I've had attacks that landed me in the ER three times in as many weeks. I was on between 20-30mg of cipralex (lexapro) for the past 7 years, so my doctor has now switched me to 50mg zoloft a day. I'm also taking 1.5mg of xanax split into two times a day to help me get over the hump. I've been on this new regimen for about 5 days,  and I'm just feeling odd. Not anxious per say, but just weird and off. Occasionally

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Zoloft and side effects

Hi Greg; while you're here, why not join the group, so you can communicate individually with any members who are especially helpful to you and impart your wisdom to us and the others who come on board? For some reason, this seems to be "Zoloft Day" here on the anxiety forum and I'll bet you that there is someone who has had your experience almost to a 'T." And, who knows, maybe your suspicions about the quick hit of Z started the ball rolling again. It is difficult to tease out exactly what it was, but your doctor is the best source of information. I DID take Zoloft for about 6 months, with no bad side effects, and, if you'll read some of the other responses I've made today, you'll find some rather amusing side-effects. The important thing is, you're talking to your doctor. Some talk therapy can also be helpful. Have you done -or are you doing- any of that? Please let us know the result of the doctor visit, so it becomes part of our collective wisdom. And, don't forget to click to join.
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When will Zoloft work?

Hello there! I'm sorry you're having such a rough time.  Just to try to understand the situation a little better, what medication did you react to, and what was your reaction?  What was the doctor's rationale behind instructing you to stop the Zoloft?  Any other pertinent medical history, other medications or medical conditions, and any drug/alcohol use/abuse? It COULD be that with stopping the Zoloft abruptly, then restarting it, that you're having a hard time tolerating it.  That's not terribly uncommon to see.  Sometimes that improves with time, and others people find it more logical to try a different medication.  Besides the symptoms you mention above, are you having any others?  Your anxiety is worse in the morning?  Would you say you just have a constant level of anxiety, or are you having panic attacks? You had asked on your other thread about increasing your dose to 125mg.  Definitely don't do anything without talking to your doctor first.  I would think that going into your 8th week, you should be seeing SOME kind of improvement.  This may just be one of those things that is going to take some time, and possibly some adjustments to your medication regimen. Also, has anything major happened to you very recently?  Any losses?  Big life changes?  I'm just wondering if perhaps what you're dealing with is an appropriate reaction to a real life stressor? I know it's tough when you're experiencing debilitating levels of anxiety, just TRY to hang in there, and keep in close contact with your doctor.  Try as hard as you can to maintain your normal life routine, keep yourself as busy and distracted as possible.  The more we sit and ruminate about how we feel, the worse we will feel. Keep us updated, I'm pulling for you and hope you get some relief soon!
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Zoloft Made Me Crazy

Firstly of course a person should follow their psychiatrist's exact instructions. Varying dosages and titration schedules on your own can make all this worse. If you were stable on the Zoloft for two years it should be fine given enough time. But just keep track of what is going on and keep a mood tracker to see if there are any variances and print out the results for your psychiatrist. For more information on anti-depressents in general google "Depression Central" and speak to your psychiatrist about it.
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started zoloft... now stopping it and scared....

Had head pain all week also. And keep getting ear pain also at some points.. And my head just feels full .... Lack of sleep is a factor... 2-4 hours a night for a week now :(
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Anxiety and medications

I do think that you should talk with both doctors to make sure that they both understand what is going on with you! I was on effexor 75mg and ativan .05 mg but then I started obsessing about other things and my therapist and I decided to try wellbutrin 100 mg with clonazopam .05 mg instead to see if that would work! Right now I am wishing that I had never switched because I felt great on effexor and went through hell with withdrawal and now I am miserable on this new drug! I should have just increased what was working as long as both docs agree that it is best for you! You know your own body more than anyone, and I am still hopeful that the docs are thinking in our best interests! Mention it and see what they say! If what you were on worked then stick with that, even if you have to increase it! I say right now that being happy will make life so much more plesant! Good luck!
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Increasing dosage for Zoloft anyone have startup side effects again?

Hi there! For starters, are you in any kind of therapy?  If not, I recommend you ask for a referral.  Therapy is a very important component of anxiety treatment.  It will help you learn new ways to cope with the panic when it rears its ugly head. It's hard to say how you'll do with the increased dose of Zoloft.  If you know you're sensitive to medications, why not ask your doctor about bumping up a slightly smaller amount first, like to 37.5mg (adding a half of a 25mg tab), for a few weeks, then going up to the 50?   It's pretty common for a person to experience some level of those "start up" side effects after increasing a dose, but usually it isn't as severe as when initially starting the medication, and is usually shorter lived.  You will still need to give the new dose time to work, the typical 4-6 weeks, although often times, improvements are seen before that.  It takes longer to adjust when first starting the medication versus just increasing the dose. I know it's hard to make the jump when you're anxious about medications.  There's no easy way around that except to just "do it" and TRY as hard as you can to stay busy and not think a lot about how you're feeling.  The more you think about it, the more you'll worry, the more anxious you'll be, which will turn into any little sensation being overly dramatized in your mind. Good luck, let us know how you're doing!
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Zoloft Advice

Hello again! You have to keep in mind that even when we're on medications, we will still have good days and bad days.  Not everything is related to the medication.  It could very likely just be a surge in your anxiety.  I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that this has anything to do with the Zoloft, and I certainly wouldn't rush to make any changes to the Zoloft.  You're newly on a higher dose, and are still probably adjusting to it somewhat. Just employ your coping mechanisms, use the Xanax when you need it, and ride it out.  Keep yourself busy and distracted as much as you can.  The more you focus on how you're feeling, the worse you will feel. Hang in there and let us know how you're doing.  Happy Holidays to you!
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