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Thursday, April 16th, 2009
12:39 am
Anyone in this community ever switch from Lexapro to Zoloft, or know someone who has? Or been on Zoloft successfully?  If so, please give me details! I am considering it.

With Lexapro I had extreme lethargy, weight gain that was irreversible (basically it ruined my metabolism), inability to form relationships or feelings for new boyfriends or friends, basic I-don't-care-about-anything-at-all attitude, and a complete lack of creativity (without Lexapro I write stories and poems all the time, on it, nothing at all), and sexual side-effects of course (harder

The above are all things I hope will not happen with Zoloft. weight gain is not a really big deal I guess, but I don't wanted it messing with my metabolism, or inhibiting me from forming relationships (this especially). Or keep me from orgasm <------- Also very important, haha.

Please comment!!! And let me know if you are female or male, if you don't mind. Being a female, another female's results will more likely be results I experience.

Sunday, August 17th, 2008
3:19 am
Sertraline and Sex
Sorry if this is too TMI for some of you, but this needs to be said.

I was on Zoloft 300mg for 5 years.

Now, I'd never had a problem with libido during that time; I was just as interested in sex as before, if not more so because my depression was under control. But I was having a lot of trouble.... um.... crossing the finish line, so to speak.

It never occurred to me that the Zoloft might be my problem. Then I had a manic episode 4 weeks ago and was forced to come off it cold turkey. I suffered from awful withdrawal- shakes, sweats, dizziness like you wouldnt believe. But about 3 days after my last dose, something amazing happened.

I started crossing the finish line. Big time.

The relief was awesome.

Somehow, no matter how depressed I may get in future, I dont think I'll be keen to go back on the Sertraline.

Anyone else had this experience?

Current Mood: horny
Saturday, November 17th, 2007
1:25 pm
Hey, guys. I was just started on Zoloft, 50mg, yesterday. I'm 20, and this is the first time I've been on any medication (I've had pretty bad depression and anxiety most of my life but I have health insurance now!)...

I took my first dose last night before bed. I tossed and turned, had hot flashes, was nauseated and shaky, and nearly passed out from terror when I realized this morning I had forgotten to mention to my psych that I also take an anti-biotic to prevent UTIs and thought that was the end of the world. (According to the paperwork and a few websites, there's no drug interaction, thank god.) I've also got a bit of dry mouth and a slight headache and I'm quite groggy. Had to call in sick today -- lord knows I can't make a cappucino shaking like this.

My boyfriend, who takes Paxil, says this is normal for awhile until your body adjusts. Is this the same for Zoloft? Are all of these side effects natural?
Sunday, October 28th, 2007
6:11 pm
Co host
Is there someone who would like to co moderate this forum.  

please let me know. 
Friday, June 8th, 2007
9:16 am
I am about to start on Zoloft again after having been off it for about 18 months. I went off it because I fell pregnant and suprisingly I was totally fine without it while I was pregnant. But a few months ago I once again started getting night panic attacks, where I would wake up with a jack hammer heart and in full-on panic. Now the agoraphobia has kicked in again and I am finding it difficult driving or going anywhere. If it wasnt for the fact that I HAVE to go pick up my son from school each day and do the grocery shopping once a week, I would probably not go anywhere. Thank god I have a very supportive husband who does his best to understand what is going on with me.

So I am of to my doctors this morning and no doubt I will be starting on Zoloft again. I don't look forward to the first few weeks, as I remember the hell I went through when I started on it last time. Although in hindsight I think my doctor started me off on too high a dose, as he started me on 100mg a day. I have read elsewhere that 25mg a day is the usual start of dosage. So I will insist that I start on that dosage this time.

Anyway, I just wanted to join this community because over the next few weeks I may need some advice or just a listening ear from people who are going through the same thing. :)
Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
12:11 am
Men and Depression
Newsweek has an interesting article on men and depression. Obviously, the people of this community have sought help, but I still think it's insightful. It says a lot about our society and culture, and also talks about some of the new science that's emerging.

X-posted in wellbutrinusers
Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
7:15 am
This isn't one I've read about anywhere
Has anyone noticed sensitivity to sound as a side effect of Zoloft?

I just can't hardly stand anyone yelling in my precense or talking close to me in anything louder than a normal speaking voice. My husband swears he isn't yelling at the kids any more than normal, but it feels like he is and sometimes I just want to tell the kids to behave so I don't have to deal with the resulting headache of hearing their father yell.

And I asked, and he says there is no alternative to him yelling at the girls. *sigh* My husband also has depression and is on Lexapro. He's been on it for a few weeks longer than I've been on Zoloft.

So yeah. I feel like I'm overly sensitive to sound. I've also been feeling triggered to resume my SI as of recent (but have not done it).

Current Mood: curious
Monday, November 20th, 2006
12:26 am
I just started taking Zoloft about a week ago for social anxiety, depression, and OCD behavior. I was wondering how many people here have experienced nauseau, dry mouth, and exhaustion as a side effect? And if so, if these side effects lessened over time? Because honestly, I'd rather feel crazy all the time than be knocked on my ass by feeling so sick to my stomach that if i sit up, i'll puke. Or sleeping all day.

your thoughts are appreciated.
Wednesday, November 15th, 2006
9:54 pm
Today started out horribly because I said all the wrong things to M and then it was going down hill from there.

So I seriously could not take myself anymore and needed zoloft bad. I got my benefits and went to the doctor at lunch and was perscribed. I am soooooooooo glad the girl doctor did not give me a hard time about it - she was totally cool with it and I was on my way.

I have been off of Zoloft for a little more than a year and the following symptoms occured during the last 6 months:

*Relapses of Anxiety/Depression Episodes
*Strong urges to hurt myself
*Emotional pain
*Impulsive Behavior
*Unable to calm myself after a long time/intense episode
*Dissassociative symptoms - feeling numb, feeling 'unreal'/detached
*Anti-social behavior
*Unable to express my emotions in words
*Crying episodes at work
*Planning to kill myself
*Extreme Paranoia/on edge

I am going to make this a day by day journal (If that's possible) on how Zoloft helps me.........

SO, this is DAY 1. I have felt the following symptoms from being on Zoloft/Sertraline (50mg) for 1 day:

*Sights/Sounds have increased in degree
*No thoughts of killing myself
*Less sensitive to everything Master says
*Not paranoid at all/Relaxed
*I seem to enjoy the moment more
*A buzzing sensation throughout my body - I feel 'real' again
*Yawning more
*Dry Mouth
*A bit of a decrease in Sexual Libido
6:26 pm
Hi everyone I am a forever zoloft user although I get off of it because I think I will be ok and then I freak out.

I was on it for almost 7 years and then got off for a year and now today is my first day back on it - I took 50mg instead of just 25 and I am high as a kite. I swear my brain absorbe
Thursday, November 9th, 2006
10:24 pm
Hi again.

If you suffer anxiety or dissociation... since taking Zoloft have you been feeling more depressed and/or been having bad panic attacks?

The last couple of days I had some scary panic attacks which I couldn't 'control' with dissociation (going 'foggy headed') like I normally can.

I have progressed to 150mg since I first posted here a few months ago, and now that the worst of my anxiety is gone I noticed I felt a lot more depressed. I talked to my doc about this, and she said that without the anxiety I may be noticing the depression more.

Has anyone else had a similar experience?
Friday, October 20th, 2006
11:00 am
Hi everyone.

I have been on Zoloft for almost three weeks now and it has really helped me so far. Initally I had some major sexual side effects and didnt get aroused or have an orgasm untill just the other day. It seems as though I am getting it back. I think this means that that side effect is wearing off now that I am adjusting more to the med.

But, my doc wants to increase my dose from 50mg to 75mg and I am wondering if this might increase the chance of that side effect. I am interested to hear from those of you who have increased your dose and and how it effected you espeshially in this area. Also, in general it would be helpfull to hear what folks dosages are in general.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
11:40 am
hi I am new
hi * waves *

I just joined
I been on zoloft a little over 2 weeks
the lowest dose
i told my dr i was sad
my mom died last year
I just had a baby
im single
my ex and i fight
money problems etc..
basically, life stressess
life has ups and downs and I am really optimistic about my life
but just felt down lately
anyways to make a long story short
i feel ok
dont notice a really big difference
whats your input what are pros and cons of the pill etc..Going off Zoloft is it bad withdrawls ?

add me if you would like
i live in san diego

Current Mood: ok
2:11 pm
Going off Zoloft?
Has anyone gone off zoloft before, or known someone who has? I want to, and believe that I am ready to, but just wanted to hear what others have to say about it. I've heard people gaining so much energy after going off of it (after the first few days of getting it out of your system)...
1:37 pm
Two Questions
1) Why are all comments screened in this community?

2) I was curious as to how Zoloft has affected you sexually.

I've read that it can cause anorgasma. Personally I've been fairly sexually frustrated while using it, but then again I've always had troubles with that. I'm not sure if this has been asked before either.
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
5:34 pm
One Week
Today is my 7th day on Zoloft.

I had been taking Effexor for 3 years for depression and anxiety but stopped taking it because I began to feel flat and lackadasical. I had really terrible withdrawal effects from it.

I tried going with out meds but made the decision to start something new. I tried Wellbutrin but it made my panic attacks worse, so my doctor put me on Zoloft.

I am feeling better already, but am having some side effects including dryness,decreased appetite, nausea, a "prickly feeling", a feeling like there are "butterflies in my stomach" and sexual side effects.

How many of you experienced things like this and if so, did they go away?

Overall I am feeeling optimistic about this medication and would appreciate any positive stories especially from those who have been on it a while.

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006
1:33 am
i've been on zoloft for a few yrs now. the same dosage.. 12 the first week & then increased to 25mg. i have refused to increase it more. it has worked for me. i have had side effects but after a few yrs it almost seems normal. i was put on paxil 1st & there's nothing good to say about that. well...except for the fact that i lost weight. finally i was shrinking to the size i'd rather be. dunno but i've been thinking hard about getting off of it. i absolutly hate the fact that i have to depend on a pill. no, i do not live anxiety free. i still live nervous quite frequently. i still experience paresthesia but not as often. i continue to wonder in a world of worries. sure everything has had a great decrease but still it's there. i wonder though...what if i did quit taking it. would i be a chaged person? for better or for worse..hmmm.. i wonder. i wonder if i would be less fatigued, less nervous...that is why i'm on it..but it's also a SE. would i FEEL more.. sexually? would i be down less often or more? after having panic attacks it has been a huge thing for me to overcome...i am able to be alone now, i don't panic or feel my throat tighten when i'm standing in line at the store. i remember leaving more than once because of the anxious cloud hanging over me. i do wanna get rid of the med but i don't wanna hafta start all over again. don't know if i'd make it the second time...lol.

has anyone stopped zoloft? how was it?
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
4:09 pm
Please help me
I know, this might be random, but I dont know where else to go. I've been taking 50mg/day for over 2 years, to help ease my sudden chronic panic attacks. I dont have, nor can I afford Insurance,and my state medical plan doesnt allow for adults who arent pregnant. My Dr. has been giving me free samples for the last 2 years, and I just found out today (when I called in my request for another month of samples) that because theres now a generic version, she won't be getting in any more samples. The generic at the cheapest pharmacy around is still gonna cost far more than I have money for. I am sitting here freaking out, because I have 2 days worth of pills, and no money for a prescription. I am going to have to quit this stuff cold turkey, and I heard horror stories about doing that with this type of medication. I need advice desperately! I'm afraid of the coming week, I don't know what to expect. has anyone here ever quit suddenly? Any advice is welcome!
Tuesday, September 5th, 2006
12:29 am
Hi, new
I'm only on the forth day and I'm feeling strange. Would you really recommend going on this? Does it last like this? I don't know if I was better off before...
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
3:42 pm
I'm back on Zoloft
Trying to find the perfect amount of Zoloft to take daily is not a fun task. I have a prescription to take 200mg daily, but I quit taking it many months back as the side effects became too much. I'm on 50mg daily right now and I must say it's been a more pleasant experience so far...
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