so today wasnt very good so far...i had to take a .25 xanax a lil while ago to calm down....then i started crying cause its been such a good week and today i felt like i used to, maybe not as bad, but damn.i had plans to go to the beach and on the way there i turned around and just cried the whole way home cause i wasnt feeling good. i went home for 30 mins and then went out to lunch and to the book store.
im back home now and feeling better but why did i have such a downhill feeling today??.....ugggggggg 24 days......i was really feeling better and hadnt taken a xanax during the day in 7 days!!! since last saturday. i even started napping again its been amazing to get some extra sleep.
doesnt mean that the meds arent working right??....i think they are working but i dont know why all of a sudden last night and today seem to be harder, and worse then the rest of the week has been.
You mentioned you even started napping again. That is good news in the sense that the Zoloft is not preventing sleep. It could also indicate that your body is a little run down or overtired. We all have those days. It makes our anxiety worse and that shaky feeling could have been the caffeine. Don't beat yourself up over taking the Xanax.. It's great that you are trying to take control of your anxiety but my advice to you would be to take it before you have yourself worked into a frenzy. Anxiety breeds more anxiety. Try to keep it under control as much as possible while making your med adjustment. Give yourself the best chance you can to be successful on the Zoloft. Good luck. Stay strong.
Hey girl. I'm sorry to hear you had a bad day. Just remember that although you've been on Zoloft for 23 days, you haven't been at the full dose that whole time. And I think Nursegirl would remind you that it takes 4-6 weeks for the meds to really work! So just hang in there. At least you have the Xanax, and I agree with Lynn - keep the anxiety low so that you don't get too worked up.
You're gonna be allright. Just give it a little more time. *hugs*
Hello glad to hear that you are doing better, but dont forget that its a process and stuff happens in life that can naturally cause stress and anxiety!!! So I have been on the medication for about 2 months and had a major anxiety setback yesturday but hopefully it will get better very soon! Take care and good luck!
Yes I do and yes it has really, really helped me! I have health anxiety and it ***** because I feel like I'm at the mercy of my health. If I feel good and normal I'm ok if my stomach hurts then all hell breaks loose and I get anxiety again! But I was depressed and it really helped with that as well. Well good luck to you, you are doing everything in your power tohelp you which is great!!! Take care.
Congrats!!!! I have to say that since I have been on medhelp, I have never seen someone get so much advice and support. I remember seeing your name the first time you posted. I have to say I admire you for being so active in getting the advice you need to get throught this. To me it shows you will beat this, you have the passion for it. There are so many times I feel like giving up. Like since my boxer got out down, I have been stuck in a major funk..lol I really feel like I need to get back on lexapro, but I'm scared. I feel weak, like it got me again, and the war for mental stabilty is on again. Enough about me though, keep going girl. If there is anyone that can overcome this bull**** its you. :-) :-) ;-)
thank you....tomorrow will be 4 weeks that i been on the meds. so i have seen improvement so i will stick with it for a while....i been having trouble sleeping the past few nights again, and the xanax doesnt seem to be helping at all. anyone take melatonin for sleep with zoloft? safe?......im going to pick up my RX today for zoloft so i plan on asking the pharmacist as well
why dont you go on the lexapro again?.....if you need it then you need it, no big deal right?
matty welcome. we are all pretty used to anxiety around here. have you seen a dr?
otherwise im doing pretty good (dont wanna jinx myself!!).....i slept better last night......i didnt try the melatonin wasnt sure if it would effect the zoloft , i asked the pharmacist and she said she didnt think so but ask the dr to check.
you can build a tolerance that fast?...3 weeks?....wow......
so yesterday was 4 weeks that i been on zoloft.....wow 4 weeks already. it has deff helped with my anxiety. havent taken a xanax during day since satuday, and before that was the previous saturday.
but my dilema is im losing my insurance in november, so how will i continue with the zoloft? will my dr just fill it over the phone? can i get the rx filled at walmart or target under the $4 plan without insurance?
and really what happens when you come off the zoloft? i still dont get that part. doesnt the anxiety just return? or what if i get prego....cant be on zoloft, they have all those crazy commericals now saying "if you were taking zoloft,paxil,or other and your baby was born with a birth defect, you should call us"......i guess i just dont see how someone can come off these meds and feel the same way they did on the meds.
Most importantly love...congrats for sticking it out, you're starting to really see the benefits of Zoloft.
Are you losing all of your insurance coverage? Will you still have Rx coverage? I had to pay cash prices for Zoloft back in the day, and back then it wasn't TOO bad. You need to discuss this with your doctor and try to find a solution, perhaps he could Rx you a higher dose so that you had more of the medication to last after your insurance runs out? Example being, he could Rx you 100mg daily, but you continue to stay on the Rx'd dose. If that isn't an option, he could at least write for a good amount of refills so you dont have to go into the office as often. You'll still have to see him occasionally, but usually once you're on the maintenence phase and have been on it a while, that shouldn't be more than once or twice a year.
As for pregnancy, there are some meds that are considered safer than others. This is something you would have to discuss with your OB when the situation presents itself. I switched from Lexapro to Przac while pregnant and did fine.
As for coming off the meds, that is a decision everyone needs to make for themselves. Personally, I've been on that rollercoaster ride and don't recommend it. Anxiety often returns at some point, sometimes worse than it was to begin with. People get hung up thinking they shouldn't take something long term...and that's wrong. There is absolutely no reason you couldn't take Zoloft for a long time, forever if needed.
Try not to put the cart before the horse worrying about all of that stuff (minus the insurance obviously). Just enjoy the fact that you're finally getting some relief from the anxiety!!
well another week with out xanax during the day, but today i feel a lil jumpy so i just took half a xanax, i didnt feel like dealing with it so i just took the pill so it wouldnt get bad. i guess thats ok right? something abou these saturdays that just have me jumpy!!!
i also bought melatonin for sleep which i will try tonight instead of the xanax and hopefully that will work pretty good....but its says 300mcgs?....those are smaller then mgs right?....lol....either way it says take 1-2 before bed.. anyone take it and get good results?
300 mcg equals 0.3 mg. I think trying the Melatonin is a good idea.
And, yes, it's absolutely fine to still take the Xanax as needed! In a perfect world, you would never need it again, but even with the Zoloft working, you'll still have an anxious moment or bad day from time to time. Someone not prone to anxiety can handle those bad days a lot better, but for us, we tend to go off the deep end at times. It's not a sign of weakness to still need the Xanax occasionally.
Kristyn. Read this new thread. Poster smokes pot and SUDDENLY had anxiety attack/dizziness, etc. See, I've been thinking about you and you said your psych mentioned smoking pot could throw you "either" way. Well, you weren't dizzy, what?...2months ago or so?...nor did you have anxiety so I think your time is Here!!! See what I'm saying? You say you don't want to be on meds for the rest of your life and you're right, you don't. So why not stop the pot and see if you feel better? I have followed your posts and journals and I really truly believe with all my heart that the pot is your problem. Even though I've had anxiety since well before I did any pot or recreational drugs when younger, I'm sure now after reading the link I'm giving you, my severe anxious feeling started one day when we were smoking out of a bong -- I was around 17 -- took this big hit and my heart began racing, got really hot and fainted! But, that was in 1977. I never knew pot could do this until reading a hundred posts on the anxiety forum from young people who suddenly, straight out of the blue, have a panic attack after smoking pot.
well today i woke up and took my pill and BAM had the WORST chest pain ever!.....i was freaking out!....... it finally went away after an hour or so, still have no idea what it was. and i think that has made me jittery all day long.
again i still feel a lil jittery at times so im think the dr will up the dose next time i see him in september. im hoping not to much, what happens if the dosage is to high for you?.....
and i have read that people say these meds kinda "stop working for them" when does that happen (if it does) a few months? a few years?............
but all in all i would say that i have been doing alot better then from when i started, i do have the set backs every now and then
We all have little set-backs but they can be overcome. I had a panic attack a few weeks ago and was able to get it under control before it really got going.
Anyway, talk to your doctor about your concerns about the increase in meds. Between the two of you, you can come up with something that will work for you and not stress you more.
I took prozac for at least 4 years and it never stopped working. I felt good so I decided to go off of it. I cannot speak to all the different medications but I think that it would take years for your body to build up a tolerance if at all.
Glad to hear you are still doing reasonably well. Sometimes I take a pill and it kind of "goes down wrong" and I feel like it is stuck in my chest. That is probably what happened to you.
ya know thats what i thought thos morning cause it literally was RIGHT after i took the pill, and i did it still laying in bed, didnt even sit up, so i think it got stuck and dissolved and thats what i felt this morning.
Hate to be a neg head but there are reasons for not taking zoloft long term. Tolerance, Tardive dysphoria, sexual dysfunction not to mention growing uncertainty as to whether long term use leads to depression and anxiety becoming more chronic. The last is applicable to me as a long term user of antidepressants. My Gad and depression have become more chronic but i am now tapering off all drugs forever.
When people get well doctors attribute it to the drug but when you get worse they attribute it to the disease. What if your clinical worsening long term is because of the drug as in the apptly named book " your drug may be your problem" by Peter Breggin md. and David Cohen phd.
I took Zoloft for depression although I do have anxiety disorder as well. I take Welbutrin for depression now. Ativan for anxiety. I did take Zoloft for quite a while. It worked well for me, but I hated the weight gain.
Type in antidepressant poop out into google and look at how many hits you get. Yes you can get tolerance, i did. It is different for everyone as to how fast it will occur.
I became dependent on prozac for 9 years and i believe it caused my conditions to become more chronic long term and less responsive to numerous treatments. Withdrawal is hell worse than my original problem.
well i only been on it for 6 weeks so i dont think it would poop out that fast.....right?...
yea in general im feeling alot better and more like myself everyday, wouldnt be suprised if he upped the dose at the 8 week mark, cause i still getting some anxiety, so im expecting a increase. just yesterday and today been getting the weird zaps, almost like a wave come over me but happing alot it seems. and i been taking my meds every morning. i even write it down in 2 places so i dont forget that i took it lol
im back!.....yes i been good been busy, my best friend just got married on saturday so the planning for that been stressful but glad its over.
im been feeling alot better yes. the only problem im really having is sleeping. i go in for the 8 week check up with psychiartrist tomorrow. kinda nervous about that, i think he is going to up the meds dosage, even though i dont really want him to. if he does i just want VERY little increase, cause i pretty much feel back to myself but still have the anxiety at times so i dont know what to do with that. im going to mention the sleep to him hopefully he will give me something besides xanax so i dont get hooked.....any suggestions?....
how is everyone here???......hope everyone is doing well!
hello turkee ive been reading ur succes thats great ive been taking 25 mg since sept 5.. then the doc after 10 days updose my med to 50mg 3 days of feeling shakinees inside all over my body iso i lowered back to 25mg bc i was scared im doing ok but still felt anxious today i felt my worst i wanted to cry so badly felt so depress bc of this anxiety ugh
yea when you up the dose it usually causes those shakes and the jitteriness. it happened to me as you can see
hiiii all i miss you!!!.....been busy with getting back in school and family weddings and stuff.
so i went for my 8 week check up with the psych dr. i been taking 50 mgs of the zoloft and actually been feeling great. even my therapist thinks its just amazing how much different i am from when i started seeing her. anyways the dr said i should go up to 100 mgs.....i dont feel likei need to double my dose so i told him i didnt want to do it, so he suggested trying 75 mgs. but that was 2 weeks ago and i have stayed at the 50 cause i been feeling so well and dont wanna be over medicated and the therapist agreed with me.
its been 3 weeks and 2 days since i had to take a xanax during the day for my anxiety, and then today bam my anxiety spiked outta no where so i just took a .25 xanax, kinda depressing but hey i came from taking them everyday to not needing one in 3 weeks!....go me go me!
so im hopeing that this is just one of those days....... anyone suggest going up to the 75 mgs? i think i might wanna give it try but i am on the fence about it.....would i know if i was over medicated?......
nursegirl,Persephone3576,JGF,jade,cancuk how is everyone?????
I can't speak for the others but I am fine. I'm glad to hear you are doing well. You can expect to have a bad day here and there. I don't think once in three weeks is cause to go upping the meds. If you have been happy where you are, then I'd stay there for a while. Journal the times you do have some anxiety so that you can see the timeline.
Nursegirl has a new job, so she hasn't been on here. CanuckyGuy...I haven't seen him in a very long time so that must be really good news. Not sure about the others.
yea today im feeling a lil anxious again....i kinda want to get to my therapist but i thought i was doing so well i put the appt out for 3 weeks...=(
i dunno maybe my period has something to do with it....yesterday i was a lil stressed out about something with my dad. so i thought maybe thats what did it......but there should be no reason why im nervous today......i dont know its kinda weird.....
i did say i could probably use just a LIL extra dosage. but deff not the 100mgs. so im still thinking about trying the 75 mgs want to talk to therapist
Hey turkee... glad to hear you are doing well. I was to up until last weekend where I went to a couple of parties and kinda overdid the drinking and now it feels like I am back in the first few weeks of adapting to the Lexapro again... all the familiar adjustment symptoms are back. Called my Psych to meet her and discuss this. Read that taking too much alcohol can stop the SSRI from working so its as if I stopped abruptly for what could have been as much as three days... so hoping now that I am back to normal and dosing regularly again (With absolutely no booze) that I will ramp back up to where I was... totally ***** and I have learned my lesson.... you can't have more than a beer or two on this stuff or it really messes you up.....
hey all. i have been doing pretty well until yesterday and i feel like a truck hit me, my hubby and i are seperating for a little while, now im back to the crazy dizzy spells. i dont have insurance anymore so i cant just up and go to the dr. im guessing i feel like this cause i been so stressed and crying my eyes out for the past 2 days, and havent ate. im really scared
Hey turkee glad you are here thought you had left us ..sorry you not feeling good ..oh darn dont be scared ..something will work out, aww we all get like this sometimes ..come and natter if you want to , good to hear from you we miss your cheeky smile .
Hi,I have been taking Zoloft for a long time.I started out at 50mg yrs ago.It took awhile for it to start working well.But I hung in there!:) I also had Librium as a back up for the panic attacks.Librium was a very strong med.hated it,but took it when I had too.I tried taking myself off Zoloft 3 x and went right back on. For a whole year I tapered myself down from 50mg to 25mg and then skipping once in awhile. Boy that was a mistake. I started (from what my phyciatrist has told me) having withdrawals. Anxiety,brain zaps(which you can get those from to much Zoloft and not enough),insomnia,very moody etc. But I was also going through menopause.So that could have made things worse too.
As of last March I started out taking 50mg of Zoloft again with the help of a good MD/phyciatrist.After a couple of months he upped my dosage to 100mg,because of the side effects I was having from the withdrawals.He also prescribed Ativan 0.5mg as needed. I took one a day for a couple weeks. Now I maybe take 2 a month. And my doc and therapist have both assured me that it is ok. Trust me I always ask!lol
If your doctor says you need to up your dose to 100mg,then you need to do it.
Thinking of you and I am here to talk with you if you want:)
hey all, no i would never leave yall... just been super busy with dental school.... I MISS YOU GUYS!!!,,,, happy valentines day as well!...hope everyone has been wonderful....
so im still on zoloft, 50 mgs, dr thinkins im taking 75 mg , but im not. and im actually thinking about coming off the meds. i just want to try and not have to take meds every day. ***** having this little pill control my life. and to be honest i think i still have this "fuzzy, dizzy" feeling, that i had before i started taking it, so whats the point?..... and im sure the dr is going to tell me to go up in dosage but i dont want to be on 100mgs or anything like that....i dont want to be on meds!!!!!!!!!!!!!,,,,,sorry just venting lol.
would love to hear your input!....xoxoxoxox miss you guys soooo much!
I can't tell you what to do,but I would first and foremost be HONEST with your doctor.How is he supposed to help you if you aren't being honest with him?
And you cannot just stop taking Zoloft,you neeed to taper off with the help from your doctor.
I'm new to this site. For the last 5mths I've had horrible anxiety and panic attacks to now I don't drive at all and it literally takes all I am to go into a store. I've been put on ativan and its just not working. Would zoloft work you think in my case?
I had a skin problem which was not diagnosed for five years in my country and later treated and diagnosed as dissecting cellulitis of scalp.After two to three years I statred to feel breathless and strech in nose.I went to ENT who prescribed antibiotics.After having no effect he advised an exray which showed anterior group of paranasal sinus is clear and swollen turbinates.Again got treated with anti biotics,anti inflammatory and others.After having no effect doctor performed a turbinate reduction surgery to correct turbinates.There was no improvement after surgery.The xray after surgey showed anterior group of paranasal sinus is clear.Again got treat changed doctors after 6 to 7 months again an xray was performed which showed Anterior group of paranasal sinus is clear and swollen turbinates.My Ct Scan and Mri reports say that swollen turbinate and paranasal sinus is clear.Allergy test show +3 for house dust mites.I feel stretch in nose which changes into pain.I feel breathless but actualy there is no problem phsyically.I am unable to drive as I feel breathless,uneasy,restless and tensed.I have no social life.ENT say thay your paranasal sinus are clear and turbinates are swollen due to allergy but not that much to block your air passage.24/7 when I am awake I think of breathing.Ent have advised me to a psychiatrist because they say that everything is find there should be no strech or pain and even breathlessnes.The psychiatrist has advised my Zoloft.Has anyone ever had this kind of situation?
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