What is the maximum effective dosage for lustral/zoloft? I am currently on 150mg which has worked well for the past year. Recently I have been overwhelmed with anxiety (ongoing pandemic and now war in Ukraine). Will increasing to 200mg settle my current anxiety?
Sertraline - What is the maximum dosage for lustral/zoloft?
Question posted by Tony54 on 12 March 2022
Last updated on 19 March 2022 by FreddieD
I am on Zoloft 150mg for GAD. Also 1200mg Neurontin, and 2mg Klonopin for sleep. Very satisfied.
Rather than increasing Zoloft to 200mg, you may be better off adding a med (Neurontin, Klonopin, Remeron, trazodone, or Seroquel).
The palatte of meds, in different classes, to treat anxiety has increased tremendously.
Find a smart and compassionate doc to help you.
IMO the talk of addiction potential from BZ's is very over stated. You are not seeking a high. You are treating a very real and debilitating illness. Let's hope basic research soon provides new meds for anxiety and pain, that are effective without causing tolerance and withdrawal. The stigma against mental health is still keeping millions from getting good treatment and living a happier life.
Good health to you!
Since your current anxiety seems to be situational and transient you might not want to increase a dosage that was working well for you.
Have you considered seeing a therapist? Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be particularly effective in teaching coping skills to control anxieties.
Best regards and I hope you're feeling better quickly,
I am a 100 mg a day user which controls my PTSD, and I would be hesitant to add more in your case. Of course, all changes should be discussed with your Dr. at length. I am a personal believer in using any Rx drug at its minimum effective dose, not necessarily more, as "more is not better" in many situations in life. I would support others' suggestions to find more holistic ways to supplement the soothing of your anxiety. Such a simple one is the 1-2-3-4 deep in/out breathing exercise you can do anywhere to calm yourself, as well, refrain from looking at the I-phone every time it sends a message. You own IT, not the other way around! The pandemic is easing, you can always still wear your mask as I do as I am a surgical patient, and nobody is judging you for doing so. Let the Government handle the war situation. Best Wishes, MotorPurr
Hi Tony. The maximum dose is 200 mg. But I would agree with the other post. Try to get out more, spend time doing things that make you happy and decrease time looking at the news. If you haven't given it a try yet, yoga and meditation can be very helpful along with spending time out in nature. Best of luck.
Just from my own experience. I would consider other options. My anxiety and adrenaline used to run 24/7. Our brains think everything is a fight or flight. Thinking about the things you can control over the things you cannot may help. The pandemic is almost over, the war in Ukraine is out of our hands. It is human nature for some of us to stress about others, or life situations. It may be time for Tony to take care of Tony so he can help others if he chooses to. You are the most important person. It is not selfish, self centered, or a bad thing to take care of you. Take small steps. Maybe cut down on watching the media and focus on the small things that give you a sense of relief?
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