I was apathetic on Prozac so Dr. started me on Welbutrin but it had absolutely no effect other than to make me jittery, ringing ears and bad taste in my mouth. I am hoping Zoloft will help, can you guys give me some opinions or your story about these drugs?
Quit taking Welbutrin and Prozac, now starting Zoloft. Has anyone else been unaffected by these?
- 11 Feb 2012 by Elizabethwilson
- 13 February 2012
- prozac, zoloft, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, anxiety and stress
Added 13 Feb 2012:
Thank you all so much for the responses! This is a very helpful site with amazing people. To explain my situation in more detail, I have always had a somewhat introverted/depressive personality but I have always enjoyed my life, in fact, I loved getting out and doing outdoors stuff and felt like I had wasted a day if I didn't do SOMETHING outside. But within the last year I have had a sudden loss of someone very dear to me, been diagnosed with Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, my son started having big problems with alcohol, my mom had health problems so I went to help her out and her alcoholic husband became physically and verbally abusive, my fiance's children became so threatening to me that I had to call the police and press charges. I think that's all of it, anyway it just all piled on me at the same time and I could not get past it, like all my stress resistance just got used up and I felt exhausted, sad, my bp got really high when it's usually really low, heart pounding most of the time and I can not make myself get out and do anything. Small tasks like going to the hardware store to buy a new belt for my vacuum just seemed like huge insurmountable tasks, like I would literally get despondent just to think of having to go buy a vacuum belt! I want to sleep as much as possible, look forward to bedtime, have no drive to get out of the house. I knew I had to do something or it was going to kill me. I went to my Dr. and he prescribed Prozac which helped me to not be affected by things but, to such an excess, that I literally didn't care about anything. I went to my good friend's funeral and just sat there like a zombie and I was thinking that I probably should be sad but I felt nothing. So after a few months of that, I went back and he suggested Welbutrin. I started weaning off the Prozac and started the Welbutrin (300mg) and took it for a month and felt a bit less apathetic but that was probably because I had completely gotten off the Prozac. Basically the Welbutrin did nothing but make me a bit jittery. So last week I went back and he suggested I try Zoloft, I am on 25mg for the next couple weeks then am supposed to increase to 50mg. I want to be happy again, I sure hope it works! Thank you all for your support. E.
Zoloft mad me feel like a totally different person, I did not know who I was. It also gave me a tremendous amount of abdominal pain. But Zoloft issues run in my family. The drug works well for some people, that's just the way it is with these type meds. Trial and error.
I wish you good luck and good health
Hello Elizabethwilson. It varies from person to person. In my case I'm refractory to most medications. They seem to work, if at all, the doses are upped to the red flag point, stopped, another drug is tryed and so it goes. Its the nature of phychiatric drugs. They all carry thier baggage, side effects. Zoloft, while on it, gave me a massive case of tremors. As a rule, its not a player for others taking the drug, but in my case, it was a major problem. Eating out was stopped, because of the stares. I could tell and list side effects that are part of taking the drug, but,as a rule its successfull, people do well on it and stay on it for years. As I hope you will also, best of wish to you,pledge
Throughout the past 10-15 years I have been on and off soooo many different drugs for depression, mood, etc. but did not realize that none of them worked at all for me until I just recently started zoloft. All I can say is wow. Now I understand why we take depression meds. Zoloft (the generic of course/its cheaper) has actually worked and I feel like a new, better, not depressed, happy person. Even people near me have noticed a difference. But mostly I have! I understand everyone is different when it comes to medication, but I would suggest at least giving zoloft a try if anyone feels severely depressed, as I used to. For the first time ever, I am happy and not depressed. Thank GOD.
Hello Elizabeth, & welcome to the site. Have a sister named Elizabeth too. Anyway to your problem, my hubby was on prozac years & years ago, & said it made him feel suicidal. 9 years ago he did try suicide as he is bipolar II, & we had just lost a grandbaby in a horrible accident that involved his daughter & grandson age 7 & the baby was just at 27weeks of pregnancy. They did a C-section later that day because the baby was so distressed, but he did die 2 days later. We had already bonded with the baby of course, & my husband broke down saying it should have been him with all his problems anyway. He tried to OD within a short time frame after this, & almost succeeded, but a wonderful child physchiatrist was on call at the hospital, & diagnosed him (finally) as bipolar. We all already knew this with his 3 month cycling.
The reason I tell you all of this is not just to talk aout us, but to let you know he didn't fool this doctor, & still sees him every 6 weeks for over 9 years now. He started him on Paxil, but it just didn't help him, so switched him to zoloft, & he is like a new man! He had his dose slowly increased & is now up to 200mgs. a day. A few monthe ago, last Fall I saw that we were arguing alot, & then noticed some of his old habits returning. I told him flat out if he didn't call or talk to his physc, that I would! Duing previous episodes our marriage was on the line at times. It always worked out, & since I now know more about the disease, I know what to watch for in terms of how he is affected. I really believe they do not see it sometimes for themselves. He proimised to talk with his doc, & apparently did as he added Wellbutrin (which also has a generic) of 75mg. He is also diabetic, so has to watch the dose as Wellbutrin can reaise you glucose levels. Well, girl, he is a changed man again. Made it through all the Holidays(they were always a problem before)& not just for depression peope but in the general population too. I even find them depressive at times. At any rate the wellburtrin is working wonders combined with the zoloft. It will take maybe 4 to 6 weeks to get the adantage of this drug in effects so be prepared, & if you don't notice any effect tell your doctor right away, so he can increase the dose, or add something else to the zoloft. I am learning more each day from the wonderful peope on this site. Please stay with us. We will add you to our virtual morning coffee list! There are goodies to add too like donuts(my favorite) pastries, etc... Of course it's all in fun, but that's our way of getting together & checking up on one another. You are most welcome to stay & sit a while. Hope these words have helped you some. Oh & coffee (called a cuppa) is usually at Pledges' house (virtually of course!) Best of luck to you, & I hope you get good results on the zoloft. It literally saved my hubby's life...
well i been on medication for 18 years and i have taking zoloft and every meds in the market, but it got me in the hospital with a pre heart attack and it gave me more anxiety.
i been without medication for 1 year now and i do things like normal people and im able to keep my appointments and take care of my kids.
see the medication kept me from taking care of my childrens because it would let me sleep knockout for 3 days straight and looking like a crackhead..
i found that finding a replacement such as music and writting it helps me..yes i have my withdraws and moments but i draw what im feeling and write to let all the negative out. i have 25 psychotic disorders and if i can do it so can u, it only takes strength.ohh and i kept to myself away from hurting anybody.
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