Depression Community
10.6k Members
3183328 tn?1351187117

Afraid to take Zoloft.

I went to my doctor yesterday and I was told I could be bipolar, and I definitely have generalized anxiety disorder and OCD. She prescribed Zoloft and told me to take theanine as well with it. I've always had a fear of taking medicines, like my grandma got me St. John's Wort to try before I was prescribed an anti-depressant and I didn't take it in fear I would have an allergic reaction to it. I am allergic to a few things, like bananas, every nut except peanuts, honey, a whole bunch of stuff. So I'm really cautious. I'm also an over thinker, I've been doing a bunch of research on Zoloft since 11 pm last night. It went on until 2, and I continued this morning. I don't know, I know I need it. Everyone's getting angry with me because this anti-depressant may help me and allow me to live again. I am aware it takes around 4-6 weeks until I'll feel the full effect. I'm just afraid of bad reactions. Did anyone have a bad reaction to it? Or did it help you?
13 Responses
Avatar universal
It's a shame that we can not predict how we will react to these meds. I've taken several over the years and did great on some and not so great on others.
Is this your family Dr that has diagnosed you? If so, you may want to think about seeing a Psychiatrist for a diagnosis. I'm not saying your family Dr is not a good Dr. It can take more than just one visit to diagnose someone.
I think we're all afraid to start a new med. It's very common. They say 4 to 6 weeks but it can start working much sooner than that. And, if there are any major side effects that will usually happen with in the first few days.
What dose were you given. I have always tried to ask for the smallest possible dose to start with and then work my way up. It helps with any possible side effects.
3183328 tn?1351187117
It's a doctor my mom and grandma work with. They're all in the medical field. I saw a psychiatrist a couple years ago and was diagnosed as bipolar. So I guess i definitely am. And I have a therapist, I've seen a lot of people for this and I've been diagnosed with all the same thing.

She gave me 25 mg to start with. I'll hopefully build up the courage to take it tomorrow morning with the theanine. I just get so doubtful and scared and when I don't follow through with what I'm supposed to I absolutely hate myself. I don't know, I'm just a big lump of confusion haha.
480448 tn?1426952138
A lot of people have this fear.  You need to be strong, stop searching about it, and just try it.  You need to start trying to get better hon.  Simple as that!

I agree too, that these conditions need managed by a psychiatrist.  They know much more about these conditions, and meds.  Really, much more optimal.  In the meantime, start taking the Zoloft.
3183328 tn?1351187117
I'll start it tomorrow. I'm just so paranoid about everything. Like today I was sad for no reason. It felt like I had to hold onto happiness but it was running away from me. I don't know I just go up and down a lot and I know I need the zoloft I'm just I don't know.
480448 tn?1426952138
I don't know I just go up and down a lot and I know I need the zoloft I'm just I don't know. .

That's the bipolar sweetie.  This is why you need treated by a psychiatrist.  Treating BPD can sometimes be a little tricky.

Also, lean on your therapist for support and coping for the fear of the meds.  Zoloft is THE most commonly Rx'd antidepressant...because it's well tolerated, and because, it is effective for a lot of people.

Positive attitude!!!

Keep ujs updated...you're in my thoughts and prayers.  Hoping you'll do great!
3183328 tn?1351187117
I know I should be seeing a psychiatrist I just don't have insurance they accept at the moment and it's around $250 to see any of them where I am. I know it's tricky, I'll get it figured out! Thank you for your concern, it means a lot to me!
Avatar universal
I am taking Celexa 20 mg. Here is what happened, I was confined to one room/my apartment and got short of breath during showering, cooking, eating, sex, and going out of my apartment. Agoraphobia lasted for about two weeks and a half, got cured after my Celexa kicked in after taking it for two weeks.
I have a long history of anxiety and taking medication for it. But I relapsed again in early 2012, 6 months after I stopped taking my Celexa Rx. My anxiety disorder came back again when I was pregnant, and later it got worse, into agoraphobia, after I had a bad panic attack as a passenger on a bridge. After that, I went to the emergency room, but the stuck up doc refused to refill my Celexa from an old RX I stopped taking a year before- because I was pregnant.  It was hard to find a OB doctor who would be willing to supervise me under Celexa when pregnant. But I found a sympathetic doc who said Celexa is safe for pregnant women, baby born perfectly healthy. Celexa took away my agoraphobia.
But when you start on a new meds, people have to test the meds. You can't just stay inside taking the meds. there will always be the doubt if the meds will work or not. So after 1 and a half weeks of taking the meds, I started going outside to sweep the porch. Noticed then, no shortness of breath. So then next day I walked a block to pick up my kid from school and even talked to a teacher. Noticed no shortness of breath. So every day I went farther and farther. I did get mind fear, but once I noticed I could breathe, I realized the medicine was workng. You will not know if it works until you go out in situations that used to make you nervous. It took me a month to get the nerve to go in the freeway, on the Celexa, I drove a quarter mile, I could breathe easy. So each and every day, I go more far away from home . I even have a job now. Need to stay on this meds as long as I can.
3183328 tn?1351187117
I actually took the Zoloft this morning. I do take theanine too and I noticed it's helped me some, to sort of find my middle and keep me calm, but it only lasts a few hours then I suddenly crash. I am going to give it about 2 weeks to see if it'll really work for me, which I feel it will. Yesterday I was really low just like I was the day before and just like the day before that. All the crashing and being so sad I have no energy to sleep or talk to be an actual person is not gonna work out for me anymore. So hopefully this will give me the strength and calmness I need to be able to live outside my house. But thank you for your response, I really appreciate it!

Also, my mom's friend's son had anxiety and depression when he was around 10 years old and he took zoloft and it helped him a lot apparently. So that made me feel a little more comfortable about it.
480448 tn?1426952138
I am going to give it about 2 weeks to see if it'll really work for me, which I feel it will.

2 weeks is not enough time to make a judgement either way, hon.  These meds take up to 4-6 weeks before they can be effective, and sometimes, people require a higher dose.  Just be patient, this may take a little while.  Everyone wants to (understandably) feel better right away, but it takes time.

I always tell people, to be fair, expect at least 2 months to give it a try, more if there are dose increases needed.  In the meantime, start working on pushing yourself a bit out of your comfort zone, like the above poster talks about.  

You're doing great...try NOT to sit back and count the hours.  The busier you stay, the less you will be overanalyzing everything!  Zoloft was the firstmed I ever took for my panic disorder, and it gave me my life back.  I went from totally normal, to housebound, and thanks to the Zoloft and therapy (a must!), I got "me" back!

Let us know how it's going!
3183328 tn?1351187117
I will of course continue it haha. Don't worry about that. Do you think I'd be able to go out for the holidays if I stay on it? i love this time of year because I get to see family and spend lots of time shopping, so do you think it should start working around thanksgiving hopefully?
3183328 tn?1351187117
And I've been trying the theanine and that's been working really well. It allows me to get up and going, but I'm not too far up and I don't feel like I'm on fast forward. it only lasts a few hours but it helps me get some stuff done and everything.
Avatar universal
It does take awhile for these meds to get completely in to your system. like Nursegirl said, it may take 4 to 6 weeks and after that you may need a dose increase. Try to hang in there and be patient. I know it's hard. Been there done that. I really hope this med works out for you.
3183328 tn?1351187117
Thanks, I appreciate it. I'm having a really hard time like right this second. I got this idea to redecorate my room while I was reading a book, so I went and I measured everything in my room to see if I can rearrange them all in the way I would enjoy them more, because right now I hate where everything's placed right now. I feel i can sleep in my bed if it's against a different wall right now. I want to move it but i'll make too much noise, I have school tomorrow, I have lots to do and I just want to redecorate. I don't know how to calm down right now either. I'm listening to music I'm pacing my room it ***** so much. I had a good day today too, and whenever i have a great day i crash at night. And it happened this time too. I want to run out of myself and find another body to live in with a different mind. I don't know what to do anymore.
Have an Answer?
Top Mood Disorders Answerers
Avatar universal
Arlington, VA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
15 signs that it’s more than just the blues
Discover the common symptoms of and treatment options for depression.
We've got five strategies to foster happiness in your everyday life.
Don’t let the winter chill send your smile into deep hibernation. Try these 10 mood-boosting tips to get your happy back
A list of national and international resources and hotlines to help connect you to needed health and medical services.
Here’s how your baby’s growing in your body each week.