I am thinking of switching my meds for depression I started on Paxil which made me blow up like a balloon in turn making me more depressed, Cymbalta, I slept about 14 hours a day and finally Zoloft. I have been on 75mg of Zoloft for about four years, I absolutely feel better than i did. My side effects are still weight gain not like the paxil, trouble having orgasms and constipation which has become the real battle. I was thinking about switching to effexor, I know a few people on it who say good things although everybodys bodys are so different. My question really, is their anybody who was taking Zoloft liked it but switched to effexor and liked it even better without some of the side effects i listed. Or should i jus stick with Zoloft and not waste my time with Effexor.
Zoloft vs Effexor need some advice?
Question posted by k7576 on 6 Jan 2010
Last updated on 2 April 2018
I've been on Zoloft for about 8 years starting at 75mg for the first 6 years and about 2 years ago had a bad depression, went off it(the doctor thought it was my thyroid out of whack), got my thyroid in the normal range but the depression remained. So after trying a few other things like wellbutrin(increased my anxiety) and another ssri(made me so confused I couldn't funtion) i went back on the Zoloft. I've now been on it for almost a year with gradual dose increases now at 150mg. But still have a low 'grade' functional kind of depression esp. In the morning. I'm now wondering if I should try the effexor as well. I've heard it is helpful for depression worse in the morning. Or maybe I should up the dose of Zoloft to 200mg. Any advise would be helpful. Thanks!!
I started on Zoloft (sertraline) 9 months ago to treat depression and anxiety. After an adjustment period of 2-3 months the drug did help my anxiety and mood BUT worsened my acid reflux and has caused me to gain about 30 pounds; although I eat healthy and exercise daily I was just blowing up like a balloon. This week I am starting on Effexor in hopes that my weight can revert back without my depression and anxiety returning.
I moved out of state with my fiancé for his job. I have always had anxiety but started having panic attacks and became very paranoid. My doctor was out of town so the doctor filling in put me on Effexor. My mood did change. Even my friends could notice from talking to me on the phone that I was happier and more talkative. When my doctor came back I went to see her and I told her that I made it a point to express my concern about gaining weight while taking these meds to the other doctor. So the doctor put me on Effexor and said it doesn't normally cause weight gain. I was on Effexor for 3 weeks and did not gain anything. After talking to my doctor that I regularly see she thought it best with my symptoms to be on Zoloft. I have been on Zoloft for 2 1/2 weeks and I am up 7 pounds. I have really strong carb cravings and hot flashes. If I gain weight talk about I will go into depression.
I have just worked my butt off to lose 46 pounds. And I will not continue to take a medication that will put it back on. I am going to talk to her about getting off of Zoloft and getting back on Effexor. So to answer what is best for me it would definitely be Effexor.
i have taken zoloft and it didn't work for me. i take effexor and amantadine slowly i am feeling good
I have been on effexor for one year, just this last week, my doctor doubled my dosage. In just the past seven days, I am already feeling better, more energetic, I recently had a bad patch of depression. Since I am beyond conception stage of life, I like it.
I have taken Zoloft and had the same side effects as you, weight gain and loss of sex drive. I also have taken Wellbutrin for a while and I really like that. No side effects for me at all, except more energy. Now I am off the Zoloft and need to lose the weight I gained from it. But now I am faced with Zoloft withdrawal, which is horrible no matter how long you taper off it. Sorry if I'm not much help. If you think the Zoloft works, I would stick with it. It didn't work for me, and I couldn't handle the side effects. Good luck.
I have been on effexor ex for 3 years and now i am 17 wks pregant and my doctor took me off it, about 3 wks ago so now my anxiety is back in full force and destroying me... however I showed up at her office in tears listing my fears and she prescribed me zoloft. I have been reading up on it to see whats in it and if its similar to effexor, \im not a huge pill person and have a fear of taking zoloft and theres something in it that i will have a reaction to and well... keel over... however i liked the effexor it takes time to work but I liked it i didnt want to go off it but then again its all i know... do you know if zoloft is that same as effexor??? INgredien wise?
I have been on both Effexor being the most recent. Everybody is different if you are worried about weight gain from my experience none with Zoloft with the effexor to be honest I did not realize over the course of years how much weight i did gain until I went off of it and loss about 17 lbs. You said you tried cymbalta that is what I am on now with no side effects except weight loss and the doc just added Wellbutrin xl because I was still having some symptoms after 8 weeks. I just started the wellbutrin 3 days ago and I can honestly say I have alot more energy and less of the anxious low energy sit in the sofa all day stuff. So there are some things you can consider I hope it helps. Good Luck and God Bless Feel better soon and I am sure you will find the right answer.
I personally take Effexor Xr. It works great. I didn't get the full effect I would have like to so I started taking Abilify with the Effexor Xr and it works wonders! I feel normal and more outgoing. I'm able to leave my bed, talk to my family and strangers. Keep doing your research until you think you've found what you're looking for. Remember it's all trial and error. You'll find the right combination soon! Hope this helps and good luck!
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