ok so my therapist doesn't want me to be on valium forever since its just one addiction for another, but we are talking about zoloft see i don't have depression though i have anxiety? I want to know do any of you take zoloft, and if so (i know we are all different) but can u share you experiances both good and bad. I don't want to take a drug forever which is why i'm in therapy and off hydro's and percs any insight is welcome!!
they generally prescribe anti depressants for anxiety disorders.. I am on them for that.. and i have xanax in case of a panic attack.. don't need em very often.. Lexapro helped my anxiety sooooo much.. never tried zoloft... I always ask for ones that are "weight neutral" as far as side effects I am small and don't wanna lost weight but I don't wanna gain weight either..
i've had xanax and pefer to take something just when i need it not something all the time by the doctor thinks thid is better, bot valium and xanax did what i needed so i don't understand why she wants me on a daily therapy....and its not cheap!!!! i have panick/anxiety attacks to, not depression....maybe time for a 2nd opinion.
I was told the same thing.. I just wanted something for when i needed it.. I will say that after taking the suggestion it helped soooo much.. i slept better.. my thought process was better.. didn't have that weird panic sneak up on me.. get a second opinon of course...
also I can't afford it either.. ask the doc about samples... pharmaceutical reps take them to the docs office for that reason.. I usually get 2 months of samples and then only have to pay for one month..out of 3
it may... some SSRI's have pleasent side effects that way... my roomate for example is also on Lexapro she has endometriosis.. it has helped her sooo much.. even her pain level is better.. some say anti depressants have helped them with wd... I have been on them a while so i don't have anything to compare it to for you.. You should ask about Lexapro.. Zoloft is an older medicine.. has more side effects. do some research... (about.com is a great resource) they have a section on anxiety and a section of the meds normally given... also my favorite is crazymeds another great site for stuff like that..
just my opinion....i was started on zoloft and xanax for panic/anxiety attacks. The longer I was on the zoloft the less I need the xanax. In fact, I haven't taken xanax in years.....the zoloft has totally controlled my attacks.
Thank you I will speak to her about maybe trying that one I'd hate to go back to "O" less sex, pain pills really screwed that up for me and now I'm starting to enjoy sex again. The thing is I really don't want to be on something forever, can you take it awhile and then stop when you feel better??? Talking to the therapist is by far the best thing I've done for myself, I got a lot of sh*t in my past that i think (not blaming just saying it helped) my drug addiction in the frist place and being able to be so open up and just basically have word vomit all over the place (sorry I think the term word vomit is hilarious!) its SOOOOOO good, I leave each time feeling stronger and like my life is mine again. Lots of $$$ damage done in the wake of my addiction to deal with and thats where the panick comes from but the valium or xanax helps that I get back on track and keep going I'm afraid a everyday drug is going to be trouble.thanks for the vent!! And the advice
Hey there...I see its been some time since you were on here....I was wondering if you started with an SSRI like zoloft? I also wanted to share my experience... I am currently weening off pain pills and in the process I was introduced to zoloft. Let me just say this....who cares if you have to take a pill everyday if its safe, doctor perscribed, NON ADDICTIVE, and helps with your moods and possibly with your addiction!! If it wasn't for zoloft I would never want to stop using oxycotin but that is no way to live... I'm sure you have lost money and friends as have I!! I have SERIOUS anxiety which the zoloft helps me with but honestly its the therapy that will help us all the most!! And Xanax for an addict is a death trap....it would just be one addiction for the next....
I know we are posting to an old thread, but I am glad to hear your experience with the antidepressant. I am 37 days off hydro's and still have anxiety and some depression. Not as much depression as anxiety. This didn't start until I went c/t off the drugs. I didn't want another med, but decided to give prozac a try. I have only taken it 3 days so I can't tell too much yet, but I hope my experience is goo too. Congrats for getting clean. How long has it been for you??
I have quite a few friends of mine on zoloft for depression, therapists often try and use anti-depressants usually zoloft as both anti depressants and for anxiety issues, the problem is that if you were on valium for anxiety i highly doubt that zoloft is going to do to much for your anxiety...i agree that valium is addictive and benzo wd is hell, but theyre many other options available taht are much more effective than zoloft for purely anxiety, I really do think so...ive been to soo many psychiatrist that have tried the same thing, but everytime i take it for the 4-6 weeks till it gets effective in your system and it did little to nothing for my anxiety and panic attacks, so depending on your level of anxiety issues will basically decide what medication wil work the best for you...and though zoloft doestn give you a high or a buzz, it still has extreme dependency issues, and anyone who had been on anti depressants for decent amount of times can tell you that going without it after youve been on for more than 3 mths. you will go through some of the most horrid unbelievable wds, so those are very touchy as well, i would do a little research online looking for meds that are prescribed for anxiety, get a list together, then see your therapist or a new one and explain your exact situation and i guarantee you will get a better option and answers to your anxiety problems...let me know anytime if you have any other questions or need any advice-Christos
I recently was on Lexapro for about 2 weeks, but it made me really sick. Exhausted, nauseaus. etc. I don't think that's a common reaction though. Years ago I was on Zoloft and it did help a lot (I had just lost my parents). There are a lot of different kind of these....
i can definitely agree with the above post by gulliver123, each person handles every single type of drug differently, some sit well where some cause sickness or problems, such as the above case with lexapro causing problems, but the zoloft working fine..right now theyre well over 50 different anti-depressant currently being marketed all with similar effects, but all able to produce problems or issues with some ppl or it works great for them, its a very touchy situation, but once the anti-depressant that seems to work well with your body, with no problems, always remembering that every anti--depressants take 4-6 weeks to actually start working properly, but if one doesnt sit well with you regardless of its its the second week or the 7th week a different med is needed to be tried. And then there are alot of cases where someone gets started on anti depressants trying many different ones trying to get one to work right, but nothing seems to truly work, it can sometimes truly be solved by seeing a therapist or psychiatrist using behavioral cognitive therapy and other techniques and that can be extremely effective inn treating anxiety, depression, along with many other mental issues...-Christos
I look at my need to take Zoloft as, say, someone with diabetes who needs insulin, or perhaps a cardiac patient who needs meds for that problem. I started taking Zoloft in 1995 - 14 years ago!!. Every so often, a psychiatrist would prescribe one of the newer anti-ds, but I apparently don't need to alter my norepinephrine levels because Cymbalta and Pristiq made me want to jump out of my skin. I notice a distinct difference in how I feel if I forget to take the Zoloft. I can't say that my anxiety level increases - it's always high!, but I just don't feel "right" without the Zoloft.
P.S. I've asked my psych more than once to switch me to Lexapro even though I have no problems with Zoloft - I just want to feel GOOD, not just alright. I've read so many good things about it, and I'm going to really push for it at my next appointment in November. We've experimented before, so why not with the Lexapro?
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