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I was just diagnosed a few days ago with panic disorder. My Dr put me on Zoloft. I have been taking it for 4 days now, 25 mg and will be going up to 50 mg in a few days. I was wondering how long it takes for the medicine to work. I haven't been able to work, and am wondering when I will be able to go back to work. It seems like I only have panic attacks in the morning now, right after I take the Zoloft. Then by afternoon I feel better. I can't seem to get my mind off worrying about having attacks though, which makes it harder not to have them. SO, I guess my question is, how long will it take the Zoloft to work, so that I can go out in public again?
It varies quite a bit, but in most cases you will have a maximum effect in about 3-4 weeks, but you might get a sufficient effect to go out at any time. It would be best if you could be in a counseling situation now so you get to understand what these panic attacks mean..it will help you master them and get over the fear of them.
I am feeling better today. I also have been going onto a forum for people with panic disorder and it has helped me out a lot. It is good to see that I am not alone. I also have learned that avoiding people and places, for fear of having a panic attack is actually the wrong thing to do, cause it can lead to agrophobia. So, I am just gonna have to deal with these panic attacks when I'm out, even though it is difficult.
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