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I take Xanax regularly, was on Paxil and did great. Weaned off Paxil, tried Wellbutrin, felt like it all but killed me on first dose. Now Doc wants me to try Zoloft so that I don't have to rely on Xanax solely. I'm scared of pills, among other things, but primarily pills. I've read some other comments on Zoloft, and now I'm questioning whether I should even try it, starting at 25 mg. It's an ssri, like Paxil, so I'm thinking it might be OK. I can't afford to miss work for a "freak-out episode," if you will, from another bad med. I've been on nothing but usual Xanax for two days now and I feel pretty good. I know the feeling won't last long. Any input?
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I take Xanax regularly, was on Paxil and did great. Weaned off Paxil, tried Wellbutrin, felt like it all but killed me on first dose. Now Doc wants me to try Zoloft so that I don't have to rely on Xanax solely. I'm scared of pills, among other things, but primarily pills. I've read some other comments on Zoloft, and now I'm questioning whether I should even try it, starting at 25 mg. It's an ssri, like Paxil, so I'm thinking it might be OK. I can't afford to miss work for a "freak-out episode," if you will, from another bad med. I've been on nothing but usual Xanax for two days now and I feel pretty good. I know the feeling won't last long. Any input?

xanax is very habit forming. Don't take more than one once in a while. I am taking effexor and I feel like a different person. They have worked really well for me.Good luck
hrcent,

I'm like you, Xanax is the only thing that ever worked for me too.
I tried other things and other drugs...Zoloft and Paxil...but I won't get into that.
I'll just say that SSRI's aren't for me.
I also took if for 7 years and at 1/2 MG, but I always cut mine in half and took it 1/4 in the morning and the other 1/4 late in the afternoon, but I never took more than that.
Right now I'm in the process of weaning off of it and I'm not having a problems doing that.
I'm down to 1/4 MG every other day.

I sometimes feel like I'm some kind of a freak of nature.
I seem to be the only person that comes to these boards that took Xanax and never felt dependent or tolorant to it.
Some people say that they get shakey between doses or feel like the dose they are taking isn't enough, but none of that ever happened to me.

The first thing out of my Doctor's mouth when he gave it to me was that some people get dependent on it, but not everyone does.
He also told me that just because the bottle said I could take up to 1MG a day, didn't mean I had to.
I had the ability to talk myself out of attacks..not always, but sometimes...he told me if I could do that, then that's what I should do and not take the pill if I didn't need too.

I know that really wasn't much help to you and didn't really answer your question, just wanted to share my experiance and let you know that you're not the only one who has tried other things that just didn't work.

I hope if you decide to try the Zoloft that it works for you.
hrcent,

Hi:) :wave:

I was just wondering if you ever tried klonopin? It is also a benzo, but it stays in your system longer than xanex. Instead of taking 4 xanex a day, you would only have to take 2 klonopin a day. I was also on xanex and to me, the klonopin has made a world of a difference.

Also, have you ever tried Lexapro? It's an SSRI and it is mostly for panic attacks. I had to start at the lowest dose because I am so sensitive to medication, but it has really made me feel great. I am happy now and have alot of energy(which I never had before, lol). I have also tried Paxil and Prozac and they helped, but made me feel rather zombiesh. Lexapro is alot cheaper too.

I know different things work differently in people, but I wanted to tell you other ways you could go. I hope you don't mind and good luck on your search. I know for me, I had to try different medicines before I finally found one that worked good.

Chantel :angel:
are you sure? about the dying part...I hate that feeling. What about weight gain with the effexor? I know it shouldn't matter, but, hey, I'm not getting any younger, and once you hit 30, it's REAL hard to get that 20-something body back, especially after two kids. Paxil put 5 to 10 pounds on me almost instantly. The doc I see now actually admitted, because he took it too -- that, yes, Paxil is the worse with weight gain. Other docs have said (as with birth control) "No pill can add weight to you, only calories." Well, there must be a heck of a lot of calories in some of these pills, because some of them make the numbers on the scale go up. I just don't need anything -- aside from age and gravity -- adding to the never-ending weight war.