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Re: Zoloft Concerns

Posted by Sean on January 22, 1999, at 12:09:44

In reply to Zoloft Concerns, posted by tj on January 20, 1999, at 11:37:01

> My best friend has started taking Zoloft and I am a little worried about her. First of all, she is only 18; is this too young to start taking the drug? She has only been on it for a few monthes, but she has recently started requesting an increase in the dosage... do people normally do that so soon?
> Some of her reactions include extreme apathy, slight paranioa (in that she thinks no one likes her) and a lack of interest in the things she used to enjoy. Are these normal reactions or should she be taken off the drug and put on a different drug or taken off all drugs completely? She has stopped opening up to me recently and I think it may be because she mistrusts me as well. One more thing, what effect does alcohol have on Zoloft? I know she has continued drinking while on the drug, so that could possibly be affecting its potency. If anyone has any answers to my questions or suggestions for how I can help her, please respond.
> Thanks,
> tj

Re the apathy thing: I'm convinced from personal
experience and watching the e-postings that SSRI
induced apathy is real. It has a very different
subjective quality than depression and many people
stop it for this reason (and the lousy sex...)

I read somewhere that SSRI's may in fact deplete
DA in certain reward centers of the brain. If what
it does to a healthy erection is any indication,
I'd say something is going on with the reward

I guess the good news is that there is a wide
variety of medications out there which may be just
as effective (or more) than the SSRI's and not
cause this particular side effect. A good drug
should not make you less interested in things
that once brought you pleasure and a sense of
depth in you life.




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