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Panic Disorders board


I was reading on the drug interaction forum about Zoloft, since I have been taking it for 8 days now.............and noticed it had been mentioned that it was on that forum quite often as a topic........

I read thru many of the posts and there was good and bad said about this drug. Withdrawal I think is an obvious concern with all SSRIs, look at my recent struggle with Paxil/Celexa withdrawal, it was no fun........

I don't want to start any back and forth regarding which med is better or worse, just point out that what works for one might not work for another. And just like myself and all of my fear lately over the Paxil issues, I think people are much more likely to come here in fear and post their negative results rather then positive ones.

My conclusion is that I can't judge how this will work for me based on what is has done for others. It certainly helps to see what it might or might not do to me, but in reality it might do something completely different with me, give me different SEs or maybe make me feel better then ever................

I hope that people going on these boards don't read my own negative comments about Paxil and therefore decide not to give it a try. We have to all remember that our bodies are all different and we won't react the same to these drugs.............and man could I post a duzey on Paxil withdrawal over there in the drug interaction forum.........but I'm not going to........because I might scare someone who is trying to get better by taking it..........and remember I took Paxil five years ago and did fine with it.........Obviously my body changed and now I cannot tolerate Paxil as well...........

As far as withdrawal, all of the SSRIs have to be tapered and I'm sure our bodies and brains have to adjust, and how fast they do that also would probably depend on the person and the situation at hand........I think the bottom line is we all need to be told that when we start taking these meds that going off them can be tough and that we have to make that choice before we start taking them.........wouldn't it be nice if all the docs actually let us know that in advance???


Man I am thinking and rambling tonight,

I just started to let some of the negative over in that forum scare me and then realized, heck, I had to withdrawal from Paxil and am still going through it...........so why would it surprise me that Zoloft may have withdrawal as well??

Kaytee:-)

I know Sickman, you're not sure how you feel about Zoloft, and I knew you might not be thrillled when I started it, but the SEs are much less then the Paxil and maybe although some over in drug interaction didn't like it, and some did, it might work for me..............

Kaytee:-)
I got lots of help for my anxiety and panic attacks from SSRI or paxil type meds, eventually I stopped after several years with very few withdrawl problems and the anxiety hasnt returned
Quote from Sickman:
Dear KayT,
You finally get it. You are the master of your own disorder. Congradulations, you are thinking positive for yourself now and making your own decisions as to what is right or wrong for you. Our conditions although the same disorder are as different as our fingerprints in the treatment of them. We can only do the best we can to support others with information and our own opinion, nothing more. I am so glad to see that you are getting past this in such a positive manner. Keep going. No fear.

Sincerely,

Sickman :)



Yeah, I think I do get it. I went back to work today..........and was very nervous...........but handled it.............took my Xanax this am and again around 2pm..........so that helped I'm sure.............I still feel a bit of this nagging thing with the fear that this concentration thing won't go away.........but then I tell myself to keep on going and it will get better............Sickman.........the doc told me it could be a month before my head feels clear again........does this sound reasonable???
I truly don't think the Zoloft is doing this to me, because it was the Paxil that gave me the brain fog to begin with, but after time and my body adjusts this should wear off and be better correct??? Just wanted your oppinion on that one........so far the Zoloft has calmed me and the panic is pretty much gone.........just feeling a little twinge trying to creep in here and there.........but as the Zoloft builds in my system I'm sure that will ease up as well...........I am up to 50mg of Zoloft and plan to stay there a while to see if that can do the trick..........

I think at this point my brain and body are very tired............I am sleeping better, my appetite is back and although I want my head to feel clear again it is better then it was..............

Took the kids rollerskating yesterday and actually put on some skates and gave it a whirl............I didn't do so bad considering it's been a long while since I've tried it.........probably fifteen or sixteen years old...........


I can either let his conquer me and put me down........of which my cousin always tells me I can fall down and try to give up but I just have to get back up and keep on keeping on............although all of this scared me at first.......I know you saw that in my posts..........and I am still a bit scared...........but also know that things can get better...........

BTW, the pdoc that I saw once called to see me again tomorow.........remember he wanted to increase the Paxil even with all of my horrid side effects..............and I politely said no thank you and cancelled..........

My work was glad to see me back..........but are going to put something in my file for my absenses............of which I understand and am not going to worry about it............what happens happens...........

The fact is I made it through today and did good...........

Kaytee:-)
Dear KayT,
I doesn't matter anymore if it is the paxil or temporary side effects going onto the zoloft. Push ahead and remember, a few ups and downs are not failure, but adjustment. If you get into a small problem at work, go to the restroom and get control of it. You can deal with this and I was surprized about swimming but roller skating thats just amazing. Of course they are going to put something in your file about this, they are trying to cover their butt, because you can turn this into a work related and caused problem, so they are documenting things. Don't worry about it but document what they do also. This is just in case it turns into a illegal labor action. But you are right, what happens, happens. Your health is the most important part and you need to nip it now so you are employable period. You are doing very well and I expect you will be going sky diving tomorrow or something like that right? Keep up the positive management and bless you for your not giving up on this struggle.

Sincerely,

Sickman :)
Okay, no sky diving today........some stress at work and some panic...........but I'm still here and functioning...........I know that I have only been on the Zoloft for 10 days now and it needs more time to work so I will continue with the Xanax three times a day for a while and see how that goes...........I know that my brain has a lot of adjusting to do..........and can say I am better then I was a week ago........it's just easy to forget sometimes that this takes time to heal...........time to calm down and time for me to see a huge difference...........although my friends and family say I seem like I'm doing a lot better.............that's a good sign..........and you Sickman say I am writing calmer..........so that is a good sign as well............10 days off Paxil and hanging in............Kaytee:-)
Quote from Sickman:
Dear KayT,
I have not taken zoloft so all I can offer about this medication is the following:

Depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Sertraline HCl treatment should be administered at a dose of 50 mg once daily.

Panic Disorder: Sertraline HCl treatment should be initiated with a dose of 25 mg once daily. After one week, the dose should be increased to 50 mg once daily.

While a relationship between dose and effect has not been established for depression, OCD, or panic disorder, patients were dosed in a range of 50-200 mg/day in the clinical trials demonstrating the effectiveness of sertraline HCl for these indications. Consequently, a dose of 50 mg, administered once daily, is recommended as the initial dose. Patients not responding to a 50 mg dose may benefit from dose increases up to a maximum of 200 mg/day. Given the 24 hour elimination half-life of sertraline HCl, dose changes should not occur at intervals of less than 1 week.

Sertraline HCl should be administered once daily, either in the morning or evening.

Sertraline is Zoloft, so you are in the mid range of the medicaiton. Don't worry about that, the medication alone calmed you and if it was not going to work out for you, you should have had a lot more problems with it at the start. Just my opinion but I knew by the second day while trying an srri at a low dosage if it was going to work or not agree with me. Carry on KayT

Sincerely,

Sickman :)


Thanks for the info Sickman...........I feel a bit down right now........feeling more drugged.........which is probably just a side effect of the Xanax combined with increasing the Zoloft..........I just hope the doc didn't bump me up to fast..........I don't want to go back in a fog like the Paxil did..........I don't really feel foggy...........just feel like I'm on something..............just like all of these other adjustments this will just take time to work it's way out.........you're right though........the Zoloft has given me few SEs and has not put me in a place where I can't think straight..........I just get scared sometimes.......just want to feel better.............but I'm okay........going to go get busy......do some stuff with the kids and make dinner............do you think the bump up will take much time for my body to accept and adjust to??? I don't like feeling weird like I'm drugged or something.........but also agree with my doctor that 50mg probably won't do the trick.........

Talk to ya soon,

Kaytee:-)