I am a 64 years old female who had mitral valve replacement as well as a pacemaker surgery in March 2016. Most days I am depressed and anxious about dying and getting a heart valve infection. I used to be depressed before the surgery as well as anxious but it has worsen. I feel listless. I had been to the psychiatrist but sertraline indicated put my anxiety thru the roof and bipolar med lamtox gave me dry mouth. Also I am worried the meds will affect heart and other organs. Thank you for any advise and comfort you can give me.
unhappy; All you are going through is pretty normal. One thing if it well makes you feel better is to ask the Pharmacist if it is okay to take this with the heart problems you had.And also call your heart doctor. I do want to warn you it is common for medications like Zoloft, and Prozac when you first start them to make you feel worse before you get better by that I mean the symptoms you're trying to improve sometimes get worst for the first 2 weeks then those side effects go away. But they are well worth dealing with. And the longer you stay on it all the way up to 8 weeks that is when you have a peak blood level and should be feeling much better. And I have known many people with the type of surgery you had and they have had no problems, But it is hard not to focus on it when you have been through as much as you have. OH, also you have to take these medications at about the same time each day. very important so you can avoid the side effects. Have you told the doctor prescribing these medications that you are worried because of your heart about taking these medications? The psychiatrist can help you through this problem also. I wish you lots of luck but I just don't want you to worry so much about these medications.Many times these doctors don't tell the patient enough and you think it's just you but for at least the first 2 weeks the medication does cause some problems but they go away. Enjoy your day Chuck1957
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