Hey guys I'm back agian with another question. So i'm still on Zoloft and made the switch from Paxcil and it hasn't been going well. It's going on the 4th week and I'm still getting anxious more so than I ever have. Paxcil worked for me I was on it for years but just didn't like the weight gain and thought to give something else a try. I'm going to see my dr tommorow who prescribed this and he has uped the dose since monday but I'm just not liking this at all. I would like suggestions on what to do because I don't think I want to continue with this medication. Is it wrong to say no if he wants to up it and ask to go back on what has worked for me? I'm home more and starting to feel like I'm avoiding things because of my anxiousness! My other question is for those of you who have been on meds have you had to be on them your whole life. I want to be able to come off them some day but now I'm scared since this transition period sucked and I went through what seemed like withdrawls from Paxil. I'm also concerned about what to do if I become prego because I don't want to go through what I went through again and if I have to would like to take time off work and school. Any advice helps!
Don't know what dose of Zoloft you are on, but if the dosage needs adjusting I would definitely try that first before trying something else. There are plenty of antidepressants to try, just hate to see ya give up on the Zoloft before you give it a good go. When you decide to get pregnant, you'll have to decide then what to do. It is recommended to not be on an antidepressant the last trimester because of the effects on the baby once born. It really is a matter of the benefits versus the risks. Your doctor (obstetrician) is the best to advise. Whether you will have to take medicine the rest of your life is hard to say. If you are addressing the anxiety through other means such as therapy then maybe not. Of course, the decision is always yours.
Dont be scared to talk up to your doc,be honest with him,as someone told me before"docs are human too". As Laurie said not sure of the dosage of zoloft you are on,but if you feel you are been upped too quickly with nothing happening,then you'll have to discuss this with him. It would be a shame if you had to come off the zoloft and onto something else when you've gotten through the worst part of adjusting to it,although i will say,there are many many out there for you to try,its just finding the right combo is frustrating!!
As for being on anti d's for the rest of your life,that depends on wheather you can come off tham and stay off them when you start to feel better,but take one step at a time my friend,try get yourself feeling better first with the right combo of meds,then when the time comes you want to get pregnant,speak this over with your gp and you will get advised on what is the best action to take!!
Hope this helps some,let us know how the visit to the doc goes and dont forget speak up to him,be honest and tel him exactly how you're feeling,if you dont think the extra dose is going to work,then tell him!!
Best of luck and will hear from you soon!
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