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I was just wondering if you guys would try another med? I still feel that just 11 days of Zoloft put me in this awful depression. It has been more than 3 months. Could that med have done this, or was I headed for the fall? Would you be willing to try another med. I am afraid it will make me worse again. I was just wanting some help. Doctor seems to think that I was headed for this episode and that the Zoloft was not right for me, but that I shouldn't have got worse a month after the med. Just wanting some insight. I went ahead and started just 10 mg Paxil every other day, and have had no reaction at all. I have only had three pills, with Buspar. I am just scared to keep taking it, because if it was all medicne induced, this could make me worse. What should I do? My wife wants me to try, and I have got to do something. I feel at wits end sometimes.
Hi Boiler - Over the years my docs tried me on Zoloft 3 different times! Each time it was awful for me. I know ti works well for some people but I never reacted well to it. Not only did it NOT help my depression/anxiety, it also made me feel worse! Finally, about 8 months ago my new doc put me on celexa (another antidepressant that also works well for anxiety) and it has been wonderful! I was very hesitant to try ANY med after my zoloft experiences and I went about 4 months in therapy of them suggesting meds before I decided to try something new. I'm glad I did now. It took about 5 weeks for it to really kick in but after that time it has helped immensly. I'm not saying that celexa would be right for you, but I would definitely be willing to try a new med. I wish that I hadn't held off on it for as long as I did or I could have experienced some relief a lot sooner!
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Hi Boiler - Over the years my docs tried me on Zoloft 3 different times! Each time it was awful for me. I know ti works well for some people but I never reacted well to it. Not only did it NOT help my depression/anxiety, it also made me feel worse! Finally, about 8 months ago my new doc put me on celexa (another antidepressant that also works well for anxiety) and it has been wonderful! I was very hesitant to try ANY med after my zoloft experiences and I went about 4 months in therapy of them suggesting meds before I decided to try something new. I'm glad I did now. It took about 5 weeks for it to really kick in but after that time it has helped immensly. I'm not saying that celexa would be right for you, but I would definitely be willing to try a new med. I wish that I hadn't held off on it for as long as I did or I could have experienced some relief a lot sooner!

The paxil hasn't given me a bad experience yet. It almost feels like it is working already or the Buspar is helping. I am taking it slow. Maybe I should try.
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Well, that sounds like a plan to me... And if you start having negative side effects from the paxil then ask to switch again. I know it is annoying finding the med taht is right for you... but once you do you will feel SO much better and it will all have been worth it. :) Keep us posted on how you are feeling with the new meds!

I am just worried to death that this med will do me the same way. I don't want to get worse. I think that is theonly reason I am depressed was because of trying the zoloft.
If that was the case then I think your depression would have lifted right after stopping the zoloft.... All meds have the possibility of giving you negative side effects. Unfortunately there is no way to tell until you try them. But if you are still feeling depressed then I would try another med. It is up to you though. I completely understand your hesitancy. As I said before, I had the same trouble with zoloft and it was 4 years before I tried a new med.
OP, It depends. On what? Stuff like is your doc a general practitioner or internist or someone other than a psychiatrist? If yes, then my suggestion is find a psychiatrist, and stick with the Paxil for now. Buspar is longer acting and can help with any anxiety that comes about as an initial side effect (these do go away), so take it as it is prescribed, NOT "as needed."

10 mg. of Paxil is a teensy amount, and that can help with tapering up to an effective dose while avoiding those initial side effects that you had with Zoloft. Eventually, you may find somewhere around 40-60 mg. will work for you. With Paxil be sure, when the time comes, to taper back down veryveryvery slowly, with your doc's supervision.

It depends (back to that again) also on what dose of Zoloft you were started on. And were you given something like Buspar (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin) to help you with initial side effects? Those things make huge differences.

It depends too on your age to a certain degree. If you're a young 20-something definitely find a psychiatrist to work with.

I agree with a pp who said if your depression was caused by meds you wouldn't have felt depressed after you stopped taking the Zoloft. The Zoloft, despite the initial side effects, may have been a weigh station for 11 days and then after you stopped it, you continued on the slide.

Like you, I was afraid of taking meds and having them make me worse as well. I tried one Prozac one time and decided that I didn't need it. Some years later, being stubborn about the no meds thing didn't work in my favor at all. I did eventually end up on Zoloft and it was a life-saver. That brings me to another point...each med affects each individual individually. Just because one med works or doesn't for one person, doesn't mean it will be the same for you. As long as you are not feeling horrible as a result of the Paxil then keep on taking it. If you start to feel worse, contact your doctor asap. It's one small step at a time, but you will get there.

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I was just wondering if you guys would try another med? I still feel that just 11 days of Zoloft put me in this awful depression. It has been more than 3 months. Could that med have done this, or was I headed for the fall? Would you be willing to try another med. I am afraid it will make me worse again. I was just wanting some help. Doctor seems to think that I was headed for this episode and that the Zoloft was not right for me, but that I shouldn't have got worse a month after the med. Just wanting some insight. I went ahead and started just 10 mg Paxil every other day, and have had no reaction at all. I have only had three pills, with Buspar. I am just scared to keep taking it, because if it was all medicne induced, this could make me worse. What should I do? My wife wants me to try, and I have got to do something. I feel at wits end sometimes.
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I too wouldn't hesitate to try other meds until you find that one that is suited to you. I was lucky when I started on Lexapro that I felt better immediately - which was a bonus in my favor. The only reason I switched from it to Wellbutrin was because I didn't like the sexual side affects. Be forewarned that you will probably have the sexual side affects with Paxil also - because all SSRI's tend to affect everyone that way. However - you may be the lucky exception :bouncing:

I am just scared to death of it affecting me the same way zoloft did. I got those suicidal panic attacks just uncotrollable feelings. That is what I worry about happening again. Although i know people have different reactions. I just worry the same thing will happen.
I can understand that! I have been through the mill with med changes with my DH since 1996. Some worked well, some made him worse. He tried Elavil first and it made him deeply depressed so they switched him to Zoloft and it worked great for many years. Wellbutrin made him really mean so he couldn't take that either. Now he's on Prozac and it works really well for him. The thing to look out for is your feelings as you are trying a med. Also - tell your wife to notice any changes in your behavior. Many times I noticed things that he didn't.

But.... again - if you are truly worried about the meds, please do try the fish oil. I have read so much on these boards about people that swear by it. Some have even stopped their AD's and are on Fish Oil only. Somehow it corrects chemical imbalances in your brain.
I know that those side effects can be scary! Like I said, I had the same type of troubles on zoloft... But I got lucky with the celexa that not only does it work well for me, I also suffered ZERO side effects. My new doctor, who was aware of my concerns over a new med, started me on the celexa at an extremely low dose. Then after 7 days I had to check in with her about side effects, negative reactions, etc... since after the 7 days I wasn't having any problems, she raised the dosage to a still low, but more "normal" dosage, I had to stay at that dosage for 2 weeks and then check back in... when things were still fine at that point she raised me up to my regular dosage that I then stayed at until just recently. By raising the dosages very slowly we were able to make sure that I wasn't going to have the same negative reactions that I had to the zoloft. This made me MUCH more comfortable to feel that I was in more control of the situation than I had been while on the zoloft. You might want to try it this way as well...
Boiler, I hope I don't get in trouble for this (I know you can't copy things from websites, but I copied a post from one of my threads for you). This is one example of the success of fish oil. Please read below:

I started on Zoloft. Made me manic. Then Paxil which was a little more gentle but plateaued in a few months. Effexor, Remeron, whew the weight gain. Then Wellbutrin after six years of the other meds. Wellbutrin SR worked the best for depression because it was the only one that didn't make me have a nap late afternoon. But periodic rages were still a problem. I got fed up and found an orthomolecular doctor. They only use drugs as a last resort. He told me about medical studies for depression using fish oil along with meds or by itself. He got me tapered off Wellbutrin and Clonazapam over two weeks time. He had me take fish oil capsules containing 500mg of the essential fatty acid E.P.A. twice a day just like the studies. Our brain apparently has this essential fat in it but depressed people don't have near enough of it. And people in iceland who eat about 200 1bs of fish a year versus 58 lbs/yr in U.S. have almost no incidents of depression. I was very skeptical because no vitamins or herbals ever helped me much and had to rely on Wellbutrin. You won't believe it but I felt better in a week and had a steady increase in improved mood over the next few months. I still take 500mg / day plus eat more sardines & salmon since I know it is brain food. It has been 7 months and I am also not as nervous anymore. You can do a search on fish oil and depression to read about these studies if you want to try it. You can keep taking meds and it will work better, then after awhile you don't need them, just the fish oil. I'm pleased to report it doesn't cause an odor either.
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I know that those side effects can be scary! Like I said, I had the same type of troubles on zoloft... But I got lucky with the celexa that not only does it work well for me, I also suffered ZERO side effects. My new doctor, who was aware of my concerns over a new med, started me on the celexa at an extremely low dose. Then after 7 days I had to check in with her about side effects, negative reactions, etc... since after the 7 days I wasn't having any problems, she raised the dosage to a still low, but more "normal" dosage, I had to stay at that dosage for 2 weeks and then check back in... when things were still fine at that point she raised me up to my regular dosage that I then stayed at until just recently. By raising the dosages very slowly we were able to make sure that I wasn't going to have the same negative reactions that I had to the zoloft. This made me MUCH more comfortable to feel that I was in more control of the situation than I had been while on the zoloft. You might want to try it this way as well...

That is what we are trying. i only take a 10 mg. dose every other day. I have been on fish oil for 2 months now and I still get the mood swings and just want to cry. Maybe this slow dose will help. Maybe my body will tolerate it this time. Did you get the bad thoughts and feelings with Zoloft? Mine happened on the very first dose.
Boiler, I wasn't aware that you are already taking the fish oil. That is a good start in trying to get better. Maybe you're not taking enough? Sounds like Zoloft definitely is NOT the med for you and I'm glad you stopped it!! I am not sure how long it takes for the fish oil to really start helping. Maybe you could double up on your dose for now and it will help.
Yes, I did get those thoughts and feelings on Zoloft. It is part of what I meant when I said it actually made my depression and anxiety worse. It was awful... and all of those emotional side effects were on top of some nasty physical side effects that I got from the zoloft as well, diarhhea, twitching feet and legs constantly, overheating feet (to the point I would have to take off my shoes at work!!!), sweats, nausea... It was rough on me, that's for sure. I don't get why my doctor didn't try something differnet for me back then, just kept wanting to try the zoloft again at a different dose. It was like zoloft was the only ad they would prescribe or something!!! That is one of the reasons I left that doctor's office...

Yes, it sounds like that slow start on the new med is a good idea for you, and then titrate up as tolerated. And hopefully this will be the med for you! I am definitely going to keep my fingers crossed for you! :)
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Yes, I did get those thoughts and feelings on Zoloft. It is part of what I meant when I said it actually made my depression and anxiety worse. It was awful... and all of those emotional side effects were on top of some nasty physical side effects that I got from the zoloft as well, diarhhea, twitching feet and legs constantly, overheating feet (to the point I would have to take off my shoes at work!!!), sweats, nausea... It was rough on me, that's for sure. I don't get why my doctor didn't try something differnet for me back then, just kept wanting to try the zoloft again at a different dose. It was like zoloft was the only ad they would prescribe or something!!! That is one of the reasons I left that doctor's office...

Yes, it sounds like that slow start on the new med is a good idea for you, and then titrate up as tolerated. And hopefully this will be the med for you! I am definitely going to keep my fingers crossed for you! :)

What I am worried about is the fact that i only took 11 pills and after i quit I got worse. I just wonder if I was on the brink. That is what the doctor thinks. Maybe this will work. Did you get any side-effects from the celexa. just wondering how you felt.
I would think that you would start noticing side effects within the first couple of weeks. At least the negative ones. Three weeks at the longest. I know with the zoloft I felt the diarhhea etc... within 4-5 days along with the jumpiness, etc... the emotional stuff was after about a week and a half... But that was zoloft, and it was me... I can't be 100% sure for you but I would still guess a couple weeks at the most.
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I would think that you would start noticing side effects within the first couple of weeks. At least the negative ones. Three weeks at the longest. I know with the zoloft I felt the diarhhea etc... within 4-5 days along with the jumpiness, etc... the emotional stuff was after about a week and a half... But that was zoloft, and it was me... I can't be 100% sure for you but I would still guess a couple weeks at the most.

I just wonder if the Zoloft could have kept me with that serious of symptoms even in October and november
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how would you know if it was bi-polar. What are the symptoms of Bi-polar


That's manic depression, the major mood swings thing. The high moods involve overdoing stuff--overspending, overworking, overly awake, overly energetic, talking real fast, maybe gambling, impulsive choices.

Why I mentioned it tho is people can feel that way (a little) when they first start meds (the anxiety and insomnia). If someone has undiagnosed bipolar tho, an antidepressant can apparently send them into mania.

That's probably not it, as you said after Zoloft you were really depressed.