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Posted by Bruce on September 01, 2000 at 01:40:46:

In Reply to: Re: Zoloft posted by Betty H. on August 31, 2000 at 21:42:34:

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: : : Anyone have experience with Zoloft ?...does it work, side effects, etc.???

: : Chaz, I attempted to participate in a local study of Zoloft and Eledepryl (the combination was supposed to slow down the progression of PD). I was miserable on it. I happened to have an appointment with our family doctor a few weeks in to the study and when he asked if any of my meds had changed and I told him about the study, he whipped out a letter that he had received through channels, that warned of major effects of combining the two which had resulted in some deaths. I immediately got out of that study.
: : So have your doctors check it out if you are taking other meds, especially Mao Inhibitors.

: Chaz,
: I have been on Zoloft & Eldepryl for over a year without any problems & after talking with three different doctors about it. I started out on 50 mg. and it was increased, until now I take 150 mg. every A.M. The only thing I've noticed is that it never really seem to do any good. I guess it's at least partly because I stay so depressed over all my health problems. I never thought P.D. symptoms alone would look good.(But, that's another ball game.)
: Talk with your doctors & do what they advise & you are comfortable with. You have to look at the whole picture & what other meds you're on.
: I'm also on Sinemet & Sinemet CR & Comtan & Mirapex, as well as some other non P.D. drugs.
: Good luck,
: Betty H.

Chaz, zoloft is similar to prozac and they are classified as stimulent antidepression drugs. That means they won't cause you to fall asleep. They are fast acting drugs It has been said that when the drug starts taking effect, the patient's pd symptoms do not seem to be aaaas severe aas before taking zoloft. Zoloft's action is much shorter than Prozac which lasts much longer.The drug should make you feel much better. Bruce

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