I have really bad anxiety ever since having my daughter in June 2012. Its mostly when working or driving and somtimes in crowded areas. I have an anxiety attack/panic attack every or everyother day and some days im fine. In december my doctor at the time put me on Generic Zoloft ( sertraline ). I literally was on it for less then a week and it made my anxiety worse, ontop some other side effects like hearing things and loss if appitite, and jist really bad anxiety attacks, so i went off it and refused to try another drug..well my anxiety hasnt got any better and im always dreading when my next anxiety attack is going to come, its affecting my job and the way i live. So i recently started seeing a new doc and told her in tears all of this and she reccomended Effexor... so my question is has anyone taken zoloft and then effexor and had a good outcome, im just terrified to try another drug but geel like its my only option to living a normal life.
You weren't on the zoloft long enough to judge how it was going to work. This type of med takes a month to reach peak effect. The side effects will get better. I've been taking effexor for over 10 years and have no complaints other the a dry mouth. Its really helped me. There is also a med called buspar that its for preventing anxiety that you take every day. It doesn't cause dependence like most of the anxiety meds do.
I went from Sertraline to Effexor. I had stopped the Sertraline myself with no ill effects. I went back to doctor after six months as depression coming back, plus panics and anxiety. I was put on 150mg Effexor XR. I am now weaning off it after 9 years.
Be warned Effexor is very, very difficult to come off, BUT it got rid of my depression, panics and anxiety. I am now feeling well enough to come of anti-depressants. It will take me a year or more to withdraw from Effexor, as withdrawal symptoms can be really bad, so must take it slowly. It is your decision, and medication works differently on different people. What helps one may not help another. Good luck. Let us know how you get on.
Hi constance88- I have PTSD with high anxiety and nocturnal wake up anxiety plus depression. I had the some side effects on Zoloft generic 50 mg 1x day, plus all the ones on the side effects label. Tried to stick it out for two weeks, thought I was going insane and was sooo sick. It will increase anxiety until it is fully in your system. They usually give you something just for anxiety until then. I had a not so good reaction on Effexor 10+ years ago so I am afraid to try it again, plus I just do not do well on SSRI's. I am not on any antidepressants right now. Currently taking xanax 0.05 mg as needed which helps even at this low dose and Lorazepam 0.50 mg PMs for sleep. I feel your frustration. But like others on this site you may find something that works for you, don't give up. My prayers are with you & your family.
My experience with sertraline was horrible, it just does not agree with my body chemistry, and it does not agree with either of my two adult children either so it must be genetic. The drug works really well for some people and others not, you were not on it long enough to really know, but I understand your fears. Unfortunately all of these types of medicines are scary, however you have reached the point that you know you need help, that is part of the battle. You are really going to have to try something and stick to it at least 6 weeks or so to even know how it effects you, you have to be under strict care of a good physician or psychiatric specialist. You must be honest and tell him or her exactly what you are feeling. These types of drugs can have horrible effects and some people and have soothing calming effects on others. I was on zoloft and then on effexor and did not have a good effect, however it does not mean you will have the same results. My best wishes to you, my friend.
I was on sertraline for a year,, it did not help me. so my doc prescribed Effexor xr, to early to tell if it helps but, the main difference is that sertraline is an ssri where as Effexor is snri = serontonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibiter. so unlike sertraline Effexor also balances your norepinephrine and dopamine receptors
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