SRS Started Zoloft today. Any advice?

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  1. FredricaBimmel

    FredricaBimmel Great big fat person

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    I just started taking Zoloft today and I'm looking forward to fixing this chapter in my life. I'm taking one 25mg for the first few days and then I step it up to one 50mg every day after that. I go back to the doctor in 6 weeks to see if any changes need to be made.

    For those of you who have done this, did you experience any side effects? I've heard some horror stories about nausea, weight gain/loss, insomnia, etc.

    Also, what about using alcohol while on Zoloft? I know it's not good, but is it dangerous? Is having a few drinks out and about totally off limits?
     
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    When I was on zoloft i had decreased sex drive, dizziness, insomnia, and minor nasuea. But the worst was this weird disconnected feeling I had. Like you ever have those dreams where you see yourself in third person? Thats kinda how I felt. I felt completely empty and I actually preferred being depressed to feeling absolutley nothing.

    Usually these symptoms are supposed to go away or atleast decrease after about 3 weeks, but for me they were pretty persistent and really unbearable. If this happens to you, your doctor will probably try different meds to see which one give you the best results, but it could take a few months to figure out.

    Alcohol and zoloft don't mix. Maybe you could have a beer or two, but not much more than that. Zoloft can greatly reduce your tolerance. Like the other side effects this can vary from person to person. But since alcohol also messes with your serotonin levels, its really not a good idea to mix it with zoloft.
     
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    It is highly unlikely that he will experience those side effects whatsoever, let alone as bad as you did, konrad. Lets not scare the guy :)

    I would advise against drinking during the first month you're on the medication. Give it a fair chance to kick in before complicating things with contraindicated substances. It is unlikely you will have annoying side effects. As the medication kicks in, "go with it" and start to do new things, be more positive, etc. It can be a great experience.
     
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    Hahahahaha, finally you're FUNNY! :rofl: You know... humor is a part of being likeable! :)
     
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    I hear the sex drive thing happens a lot. I knew a girl she was on either Prozac or Zoloft and she mentioned it.
     
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    While you fucked her, or after?
     
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    I was off and on Zoloft for about 2 years, I'm a cutter. Had zero sex drive, and felt like I was on speed constantly. I hated how it made me feel so numb.
     
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    I was on Zoloft for about 6 months and I just felt completely numb. My parents had me on prozac when I was young (like 6-11 years old) and I didn't feel much at all, and then I went on paxil for about a year when I was around 14. . . and then I tried Zoloft around 16. They all made me feel numb.
     
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    I wish :wtc:
     
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    Just minimize missed dosages and you should be fine!!
     
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    What does "numb" mean? Is it similar to depression?
     
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    PuppyCat O.T. Mom

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    My definition for being "numb" while on bug juice:

    "Just watching the world pass me by and not caring."

    Who wants that?
     
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    So it's different than being depressed?
     
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    IMO being "numb" is different. Some people get hurt enough to just become numb to the pain and stop caring.
     
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    If an anti-depressant makes you 'numb,' then its not working. You need a different pill. Or perhaps it makes you numb to the cyclical thoughts of pain you're so used to obsessing over?
     
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    Is numb>depression?
     
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    If you're feeling intense pain, then an anti-depressant numbs that pain. If you keep sitting on your ass and not doing shit, then numbness is all you will feel. However, if you take advantage of the cessation of pain and get off your ass and get out there, you will discover to your surprise that you can now feel PLEASURE and HAPPINESS, whereas before you could not.

    An anti-depressant isn't a cure. It just makes it possible for you to cure yourself. Its still your responsibility to make yourself happy.

    That explain it?
     
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    untoastytoast The Glory Days

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    The only side effect that i really noticed with 20mg of prozac/day was way decreased sex drive. (probably true for all anti-depressants)
     
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    I love my Zoloft!
    Actually I am off it now and on something else. Long story. But Zoloft was a life saver for me.

    At the end of the day always remember this.
    Medicines like this effects a lot of people differently. Zoloft was the ticket for me, it might not be for you.
    There are a TON of anti-depressents on the market today. One of the jobs of your doctor is to match you to one that works for you.
    If a pill has side affects that you can't deal with - or you don't think it is working - call your doctor and tell him 6 weeks is too long to wait!
    He can get you off Zoloft and try something else.

    I beg of you, don't be one of those individuals that says, 'Well I tried Zoloft and it didn't work. I guess medicine isn't for me.'.
    It takes work and not a bit of trial and error.
     
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    :bowdown: Ditto.
     
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    I am on Zoloft and have been for about a year. I was severly depressed and fought to not take meds. I am now glad I caved in and did. My life is so much better. I feel like I am worthwhile and actually enjoy leaving the house.
    I figure if a medication is going to help me have a better quality of life well so be it!
    Good luck.
     
  23. tenxia

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    for those with insurance, how much do u pay for anti-depressants?
     

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