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Exercise - I have recently started zoloft primarily to treat social anxiet but also depression. I?
- 20 Jan 2014 by Poppe13
- 27 January 2014
- zoloft, depression, social anxiety disorder, exercise
but also depression. I just started feeling somewhat calm. I am concerned that vigorous exercise will increase my metabolism and get me charged up (anxious) and also possibly have a negative effect on my meds Should I be concerned? I also take other meds. but I'm not concerned about exercise's effect on them.
by "also possibly have a negative effect on my med" I mean the level of zoloft in my bloodstream or whateverAdded 20 Jan 2014:
I would also add that I am doing breathing exercises to calm me down. How can I do this when I'm huffing and puffing?
Hi, Poppe, you ol' fox! I think your question would best be answered by your doctor, but I really don't feel you have reason for any great concern. First of all, exercise can significantly improve depressive symptoms because it causes your body to secrete endorphins, nature's feel good drug, and it probably won't affect your Zoloft levels significantly. Studies have shown that exercise can affect certain medications, but the clinical significance of that is unknown.
One thing you should be aware of is that both sweating and Zoloft can minorly reduce sodium levels ~ don't eat more salt, but don't decrease your salt intake.
Try this breathing exercise: Inhale through your nose for 2-3 seconds, hold for 2-3, exhale throuh your mouth 2-3, hold for 2-3. Repeat this several times then increase the intervals as your respiration and heart rate decrease.
Good luck, Poppe. I'm proud of you for thinking about an exercise program! Great benefits ~ and studies have shown diet/exercise when you first start taking an AD can often offset any potential weight gain from the drug.
I was on Zoloft for about a year and found it very helpful to exercise. I did not feel it hinder my medication it actually helped a great deal.
Best of luck
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