I was on Lexapro for 5 years for anxiety but it seemed to start to lose its effects. Started experiencing even more panic attacks and constant anxiety. Psychiatrist decide it was time for a switch so we crossed taper for two weeks going from 20mg of Lexapro to 10mg while starting 50mg of Zoloft at the same time. After those 2 weeks we stopped the Lexapro and went to 100mg of Zoloft. I have been at that 100mg for exactly 3 weeks. Didn't have a lot of side effects with the zoloft but lately I have been feeling more depressed and anxious. Never have experienced depression except for these last 3 months. I'm tired of feeling this way and I'm wondering what to do next? Is three weeks long enough to know if the zoloft is working or not?
Hello! These are likely still some lingering side effects from the Zoloft:
"Common (1% to 10%): Affect/emotional lability, aggravated depression, aggression, agitation, anxiety, depression, nervousness"
It generally resolves within just a few weeks but you might want to report this to your doctor.
It takes antidepressants awhile to reach their maximum effect so you may want to give it a bit more time:
"Sleep, energy, or appetite may show some improvement within the first 1-2 weeks. Improvement in these physical symptoms can be an important early signal that the medication is working. Depressed mood, anxiety, and lack of interest in activities may need up to 6-8 weeks to fully improve.
Sertraline (Zoloft) | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness"
Again though, if you feel you've made no real progress let your doctor know.
Best regards and I hope you're feeling better soon. Wild Cat
I take it and feel great! Try taking less of a dose with your Dr’s approval. I take 15mg every other day!
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