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Old 02-23-2007, 12:04 PM   #1
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how long does zoloft take to work?

I have anxiety and panic and am taking 50 mg of zoloft. I have been on it about 2 weeks and don't feel any different. I do feel happier but still anxious and panicky in social situations and still get the horrible dizzy feeling in public. I thought I would be feeling better by now. I took zoloft before (same dosage) for about 3 years but have been off of it about 3 years. It really helped me the first time but it seemed to work within a few days the first time. I don't want to up the dosage since I tried 100mg last time and I felt like a zombie. Any suggestions? Thanks.

 
Old 02-23-2007, 03:15 PM   #2
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Re: how long does zoloft take to work?

Hi, in some it can take 4-6 weeks and a persons reaction each time a med is taken can vary with time.Try not to put forth 100% faith in medicine alone,try to meet it half way with coping skills,relaxation,breathing exercise ect...especially during the anxious periods and you will see a greater change in its effect and change takes time with anxiety as I'm sure you know.Have you tried cognative thearpy, if not it may help along with the meds

 
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Old 02-23-2007, 07:04 PM   #3
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Re: how long does zoloft take to work?

Have you spoken to your doctor about how you are feeling? I take zoloft but I started at 100 mg and when I get really stress on my doctor's directions I increase it to 150mg.
Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.

 
Old 02-24-2007, 12:34 AM   #4
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Re: how long does zoloft take to work?

Definitely let your doctor know. He or she may up your dosage or prescribed a medication in addition to the Zoloft such as xanax or something. When I was taking Zoloft, my doc also prescribed me xanax for the sudden panic attacks.

 
Old 02-24-2007, 10:40 AM   #5
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Re: how long does zoloft take to work?

Definitely add some low dose xanax. I started with .25 then increased to .5 as needed. Depending on your level of anxiety you may need a higher dose. Side effects can be tiredness but it is a great med for anxiety. Can be habit forming but in people with anxiety I believe there is a low chance of dependency than those that take it just for the "feeling".

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