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Old 05-16-2008, 01:58 PM   #1
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Increasing SSRI Dosage - please help

Hello, I am new to the board and hoping someone can answer my questions.

I have been taking Zoloft/Lustral (UK) for 4 years at 100mg, and although it took the edge off my panic/anxiety and depressive thoughts, it never worked perfectly.

I have had a stressful time recently, and it seemed the Lustral had stopped working. My GP suggested increasing the dosage. So I have upped it to 125mg for the past 2 weeks.

A week ago, I woke up and had no depressive or anxious thoughts - which was GREAT - the increased dosage seemed to be working. However, I feel peculiar physically - very tired, dizzy, 'foggy', headaches, bit shaky. I know these are common side effects - but I am surprised I am suffering them bearing in mind I am only increasing my dosage. Has anyone experienced this when increasing? Should I expect this for the first 3 weeks or so?

Also, I woke up today feeling mentally quite horrid - I have had crying spells, have had some depressive thoughts back, and can't concentrate - and I'm really worried the good mental effect I have experienced for the past week won't come back :-( At least when I was feeling mentally ok the physical side effects were a bit more bearable. Can the mood/anxiety improvement come and go for a while when first increasing?

Can anyone offer any thoughts? < TO BE HONEST>, I don't know what to do if this increase doesn't work or the physical effects don't ease off. I have taken every other SSRI except one - and I fainted when taking a tricyclic. I'm scared to come off Lustral and try something else, because I do seem to suffer the side effects a lot.

Many thanks for reading - apologies for the length.

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Old 05-16-2008, 03:55 PM   #2
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Re: Increasing SSRI Dosage - please help

You can have side effects every time you increase an SSRI dose.
Also, it can take a few weeks to work just like when you start from scratch.

Old 05-16-2008, 04:42 PM   #3
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Re: Increasing SSRI Dosage - please help

I would ask your GP for a referal to a psychiareist, for 2 reasons.

Drugs alond usualy arnt the total cure you want, ald also, a specialist may be able to add another drug, or asubstitute a different one, which may suit you better.

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