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zoloft and orthostatic hypotension

Posted by wendy on January 10, 1999, at 21:29:27

my 86 year old grandmother was diagnosed as having depression about 2 months ago. She is also partially anorectic (has lost 16 pounds in past 2 mos) and suffers from severe orthostatic hypotension and tachycardia. Her general internist began her on zoloft but has done nothing to treat the hypotension or tachycardia though he has done extensive tests to rule out causes of those two problems. My grandmother feels she would not be depressed if she didn't feel weak and listless all the time. 2 days ago she had a hypotensive episode, fell, and cracked her head open; requiring stitches. Her doctor hospitalized her, then told her there was nothing wrong (physically) with her and that she needed to see a psychiatrist. My grandmother and my whole family are frustrated and concerned. Could the zoloft be making her hypotension worse????? How does one figure out which came first: the depression, anorexia, and weakness or the hypotension, feeling bad, and therefore feeling depressed?!? thank you for any insight!




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