Hi, Kaleigh! Boy, you sound like you've about had it and the fact is is that it's a PIA. NO medication works well for everyone and what works well for me will not necessarily work for you or Laurie or Delila. For instance, Effexor was the medication of my dreams but it didn't work for you at all. It's just the way it is. But try to be patient because many people start feeling some improvement within 3-4 weeks although it takes about 6-8 weeks for your blood levels to reach peak effectiveness. It's worth waiting for because anything is better than what your feeling now. If you respond well, plan on taking the Zoloft for at least a minmum of several months to prevent a recurrence of your depression. Has your doctor ever discussed an add-on medication like Abilify to booster the effects of your medication. They can work wonders and many of us take what we call *cocktails*. Hang in there! Brighter days are ahead for you. Don't let yourself live in the darkness out of fear or frustration ~ it's easy to give up when your depression is doing the talking. Good luck and best wishes to you, WCV
Hi Kaleigh, It sounds like WCV is giving some good advice. It really is a trial and error process until you find the one that works good for you. You will find what works best. In the mean time, you might ask your doctor about something to relieve the anxiety and bad thoughts while you are looking for your solution. I'm in the same place as you right now. Zoloft worked well for me for 15 years and when my grandmother died it sent me into a tail spin. I switched to Remeron and have only been on it for a couple of weeks with a recent dose increase. The anxiety is super high and I take a small dose of Klonopin per my doc to keep it at bay. It helps quite a bit. I tend to take too low a dose because want to feel when the Remeron starts kicking in. Then possibly wean off the Klonopin. The three big anxiety relievers most talked about and used on the market are Klonopin, Ativan and xanax. The Klonopin lasts the longest and stays in your system while you are adjusting to a new medication. You will find what works... there are great meds out there today and even better ones in development. There are millions of us who are going through or have gone through the same frustrating stuff. Your head will clear, those thoughts will go go away.
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