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Quote from Bell99:
:wave: There you are Adam, how are you doing?


Hi Bell,

Well im doing ok. Slowly making my way up to 50mg of zoloft. Im taking about 18mg 2x a day, and my xanax. Returned to work this week only to get hard time about my job. Basically i was given a suggestion to take another position if i wanted that might be "more flexible for me", and if that didnt work out "maybe this isnt the place for you". So in a nutshell, because i took 2 1/2 weeks of doctor documented medical leave, im now worried about my job.
And i am an A+ employee. all my clients love me and i do a great job. I even worked while i was home so as to keep the work away from my peers.

I start vestibular therapy on my ears tuesday, so hopefully ill get the dizziness away. No more bad anxiety attacks now, just get tired in the afternoon, sometimes it feels like im gonna get anxious and it passes...maybe the zoloft is starting to kick in...

Thats it for me hoping i keep my job, and insurance, for without it, id be dead... :rolleyes:
18 days on zoloft now & I'm already feeling like a NEW WOMAN!!! woohoo! :bouncing:
I couldn't drive before without having a HUGE panic attack & I'm driving now!
The first couple of times I felt panic coming on but I did the breathing techniques & stayed as calm as I could and they went away FAST! (mine used to last for 1 to 2 hours)! The last 2 panic attacks I had lasted less than 30 seconds & I've only had 2 since I started zoloft. I did have some anxiety the first week & 1/2 on the meds but I've had next to zero these last few days! NOW, the "thoughts".. what if a panic attacks comes on when I drive this time, what if this & that.. It's going away too.. I think about panic & anxiety less and less each day. Today I drove downtown just fine! Singing to my music! Having fun & enjoyed the drive! I went shopping, got something to eat... It's crazy how much better I feel! There have been 3 days that I felt like I did before I ever had anxiety or panic! My guess, it's a taste of what's to come at the 4 to 6 week mark on the meds. I CAN'T WAIT!
I have been keeping a cold bottle of water with me where ever I go just to keep me cooled off because I get HOT during panic & the cold water I guess is my crutch for now... I haven't taken any xanax either for a while now too since I learned that I can make it go away with the breathing technique. Both times I just let the panic come on so, I could get used to dealing with it by using the breathing thing I learned & it was over so, fast I couldn't believe it! So, I guess my point here is... I LOVE ZOLOFT! AND Thanks to everyone here on the boards posting about the breathing & relaxation stuff, I'm almost at 100% again!
Thank you!
T. :)
Ive been on 50 mg of zoloft (i take it split 25 x 2 times a day) for about a week and a half...my psych mentioned that it would be about another week and a half or so before i feel it, and from what you mentioned it sounds right!!!

I have had extra anxiety since ive been taking it, so i guess that should be expected, but i take a low dose of xanax to curb it. Did you or anyone you know experience any fatigue? I have had some fatigue during the day at times while taking it, is that normal? Maybe a little nausea too

Thanks for your input!

COngrats!

Adam
Quote from adam2000:
Ive been on 50 mg of zoloft (i take it split 25 x 2 times a day) for about a week and a half...my psych mentioned that it would be about another week and a half or so before i feel it, and from what you mentioned it sounds right!!!

I have had extra anxiety since ive been taking it, so i guess that should be expected, but i take a low dose of xanax to curb it. Did you or anyone you know experience any fatigue? I have had some fatigue during the day at times while taking it, is that normal? Maybe a little nausea too

Thanks for your input!

COngrats!

Adam

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Hi, Adam! :wave:
On the days I took xanax with my zoloft I did feel fatigued. I've read a lot of other posts where some people do have fatigue on it untill their body adjusted. There was a few days the first week that I felt "jittery" & it later would turn into energy with just the zoloft though (without xanax). All that passed for me around the later part of the 2nd week. I think it effects everyone differently in that aspect. Nausea is one of the more common side effects of zoloft but it too should pass once your body adjusts to it. Everyones body metabolizes medicines differently so, for some people the side effects such as added anxiety, nausea, etc., might only last a couple of weeks & for others it could last up to 6 to 8 weeks but should pass within that time. If those side effects don't pass after 2 months, you might want to try a different SSRI, BUT, hang in there because if you're doing ok on zoloft so far & your side effects are tolerable then it's more than likely a good match for you & side effects should pass. :) Make sure to take zoloft with food because you can get TERRIBLE heart burn if you don't plus it helped me with the nausia a bit too. I know it's hard to stick with something that causes a little more anxiety than we had to begin with but in the end it's soooo worth it! It was like.... I woke up one day and just felt normal & good again. I felt so good that I had to tell everyone that was at my house at that time!!! HEY, I FEEL NORMALLLLL!!!!! woohoo!!!!! lol... It's funny but when you finally get adjusted to it, it's much like that. It was for me at least & for some others I've read about on the boards too. 5/20/05 & before, I used to think about my panic attacks and anxiety ALL DAY! But after the first 10 days or so, those thoughts even started fading away.. The last couple of days it's hardly crossed my mind & even when I do think about it, it's like it's no sweat!! AT ALL! If you could have met me I before I started this med & then meet me now... You would not believe the difference! It's amazing.......
Hang in there & learn the breathing & relaxation techniques. They'll help when you get hit with anxiety/panic out of the blue & you'll learn to make it go away faster. The breathing stuff helped me a lot. After practicing the breathing technique, instead of running for my xanax, I LET the panic in and tried the breathing & calming myself.. It worked! So well, that I haven't used xanax since I learned it because it makes my panic go away in 10 to 30 seconds! Get yourself some ice water, a cold wet wash cloth for your neck & face, blow your nose to clear your air ways & tell the panic & anxiety to COME ON.. Do your best.. I know you CAN'T kill or hurt me, I know what you are.. Then let it in.. Get to know it "so to speak" & while you're going through it, kind of analize how you feel (but keep in mind you'll be ok, it's a passing thing, you can do this) & do the slow breathing deep into your upper stomach area. You'll want to breathe "out" more than you breathe "in". I do a slow 3 count "in" & a slow 4 count "out" with my eyes closed. If you get the breathing right your chest & upper body should not be moving & should be relaxed. It works best for me sitting in a chair. You shoulda seen me the 1st couple times trying to do all this at once... It was like trying to pat my head and rub my stomach at the same time! Kind of hard when you're in the middle of a panic attack but that's why you want to try it a few times so, you can learn how to get it right & relax while in panic mode. Once you get it, that's it! You'll be making the attacks go away faster & faster each time! Piece of cake! You wont be "scared" of panic & anxiety anymore... I do keep a xanax & cold bottle of water with me where ever I go just the have there as a security blanket. The xanax is a LAST resort & the water cools me down when I get hot. (I used to get really hot right before a panic attack by the way). So, those things comfort me even though I'm not having any anxiety or panic anymore. :)
Good luck!
T.