I had taken Celexa 10mg for mild depression and anxiety for 14 days but it increased my anxiety so much that my doctor switched me to Zoloft 25mg. Today will be my third day of Zoloft. So, all together I have been on an SSRI for 17 days. She also prescribed me .25mg of Klonopin to take twice a day or as needed for anxiety attacks. I still feel a little edgy and am having completely irrational fears. Everytime I feel a cramp I immediately think I'm going to die, etc. my doctor says my heart is healthy and all blood work has came back normal as far as I know. My blood pressure is always high when I go to the doctor but they always check it again and it comes down. Is this nerves? My pulse is also usually between 90-120. Is this nerves? I'm not having any shortness of breath. The side effects I am currently experiencing are increased thirst/dry mouth. Occasional racing heart beat, shakiness when I first wake up but subsides after I eat, and slight anxiety. Is this normal this far in the game? If so, how long until I start feeling "normal"? Any and all advice is much appreciated!!!
How long until anxiety completely subsides switching from Celexa to Zoloft?
- 30 Aug 2015 by MCScott88
- 1 Sep 2015
- celexa, zoloft, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, anxiety and stress, doctor
Added 30 Aug 2015:
I also am finding that I am more fatigued by activities that used to not bother me as much. Is this normal?
Everything you have explained is pretty normal when first starting an SSRI-type antidepressant. It is not unusual for anxiety to increase when first starting this type med. These side effects will subside over time. Your high blood pressure and pulse sound like anxiety rather than any other problem. You are going to have to be patient as it will take upwards of a month for the Zoloft to reach therapeutic level and you may have to increase dosage to get max effect since you are on a low dose.
MCScott88 I agree with all Laurieshay says and you are just showing the symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks Just remember and try not to focus on every change your body does it's hard but you can do it. Sidetrack your mind with music,slow and deep breathing always helps me make sure you breath deep so you see your stomach come out some and exhale slowly also.The rasing heart beat is very normal it's healthy just the anxiety. And when you catch yourself focusing on these symptoms Try your hardest to think of good things you remember like for me its the great beauty of the outdoors etc And remind yourself that this stuff can be managed but it takes awhile to get it under control..But you well make it. and the symptoms your talking about blood pressure pulse etc this is normal and they don't stay like that.And nothing wrong with drinking extra water for thirst we all get it.Best wishes Chuck1957
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