I have sever panic attacks and aniexty After trying other drugs (bus par,effexor, and many others ) they never got to the core of the issue always felt a little better but still had a hard time being alone and driving. My dr prescribed me 50mg of zoloft for 7 days and 100mg thereafter. Let me say the first 7 days were hard. I fell a little better but my aniexty has not subsided. I read that it takes a while to get in your system but feel as if I am getting worst not better. Any advise ???
This is very upsetting, zoloft will help, but is unlikely to do much more than just help. If you're truly suffering from anxiety, the only med that will help for sure would be a benzo such as klonopin. Many doctors are frightened by the issue of dependence, but while that is true, it is also true of ssri's, just like zoloft. The rate of benzo abuse is extremely unlikely when used by someone who needs the medication vs. someone who doesn't. There is a treatment out there that can stop the anxiety, it's simply a matter of the doctor doing the right thing. While the anxiety is managed, you could see a therapist to resolve the issue, making the meds not a life long sentence. Hope that this is of some help!
I definitely sympathize with you. It took a while to get my panic disorder under control.
My first recommendation would be to make sure your medications are being prescribed not by your family physician, but by a psychiatrist. They have a great deal of experience with these medications.
Next, the first step in treating panic attacks are to get them to stop ASAP. To do this, a psychiatrist will usually prescribe a benzodiazepine, like Xanax or Klonopin. Although there is some evidence that being on these long-term may not be harmful for some panic patients, many doctors prefer to use them only long enough to stop the panic because they are addictive.
The next step in treatment is usually an SSRI (antidepressant), such as Zoloft. The key thing to remember here is that the SSRIs are *very( idiosyncratic. What works for one person may be nightmarish for another. For example, many people have had success with Paxil; for me, it caused nightmares and lethargy unlike anything I've ever seen. Working with my psychiatrist, I finally found Lexapro to be the most tolerable.
Most SSRIs take about two weeks to take effect; they need to build up a level in your system. However, after two weeks, if you are still not really getting the results you want (or are getting bas results), then please speak to your doctor. It took me about five or six different SSRIs to get the right one.
Hang in there, and good luck!
I am also on day 7 of 50mg of zoloft and it has been a little rough. My biggest complaint would be that I felt more nervous and jittery than before I started taking it... I even wondered if I wanted to continue but I want to give it a fair chance. I do believe that symptom is getting better! I hope I am through the rough part! Good Luck!
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