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Re: My second day on Zoloft (for panic/anxiety)

Posted by GS on December 15, 1999, at 21:30:16

In reply to Re: My second day on Zoloft (for panic/anxiety), posted by jamie on December 15, 1999, at 14:37:15

> CM, what you describe is quite typical of zoloft at first. The jitteriness, anxiety, shakiness, panic, etc all goes away. I think you did the right thing by cutting the dose back to 25mg. You can break that in half as well if 25mg is still too much. As your body adjusts in a few days you can titrate back up. No pun intended, but don't panic. The side effects you are having are normal and will go away. Meanwhile, keep your dose at a comfortable level and increase it as tolerated. You will find as time goes by it is easier and easier.
Actually since this is a very common problem (I had it happen to me too)why don't the pdocs prescribe a small amount of a benzo. like .5 mg of Ativan or similar to have on hand for a week instead of putting their patients through the needless suffering?
By the way, anxiety disorders are successfully treated safely and with great effectiveness with benzodiazapines - an anxiolytic or anti-anxiety medication designed for that very purpose.
Unless there is underlying depression in a case such as yours, ask why you weren't given one of these medications instead of Zoloft. If Zoloft doesn't give you total relief after awhile, ask about ativan, xanax, or klonopin - all benzos.
If your pdoc says anything about addiction or withdrawl concerning benzos. - run, don't walk to a new, more informed, unprejudiced doctor that will really help you.




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