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!
Ditto to what Nursegirl said, I was on ZOloft for years and years and loved how it helped with my anxiety and panic attacks, it does take time to work when you bump it up but look how well you hve done on 25mg!!
Ok so I took your advice and went up another half instead of making the full jump. I talked to my dr and told her that she has to tAke this slow
With me bc I'm freaking out. Shes usually great about these things. I actually see my therapist tonight and can't wait to tell her that although
I'm scared atleast I did it! I will keep u guys posted on "start up side effects". I guess it's time to go back to riding the Xanax train until this all evens out! I was so happy I haven't had to take Xanax in about 8 months! I was perfectly fine handling the anxiety all by myself and now here it is out of nowhere I'm panic stricken again :(. I really hope this works! Thank you for all your input everyone! Now let's all pray i don't lose my job!
Nursegirl speaks the truth. I've been there! I am usually pretty sensitive to medication side effects. I can tell you that the longer I've been on the zoloft, the less sensitive I've been to the side effects when I've increased my dosage.
I completely understand what you mean about not wanting to take medication. I didn't either. But look at it this way - diabetics take medication for their health issue. People with heart problems or high cholesterol take medication. Don't feel bad about taking medication for this.
I HIGHLY recommend therapy! Medication is just one tool in the box - anxiety is another great one!
Hang in there - it's going to get better.