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Re: Side effects of Zoloft, Paxil, and Effexor XR

Posted by BW on August 12, 2000, at 0:31:28

In reply to Side effects of Zoloft, Paxil, and Effexor XR, posted by David on September 30, 1998, at 19:31:13

> I suffer from chronic depression; and have been working
> with my physician on finding a anti-depressant that
> works. He first put me on zoloft. It worked, but had a
> couple of side effects--a high state of nervousness and
> sexual dysfunction. Next, we tried Paxil. It didn't work
> and still had the same side effects. Now I'm on
> Effexor XR. Again I have the same side effects, only the
> sexual dysfunction is not as severe as with the other two
> medications, it is still cause for concern.

> The nervousness I can live with; the sexual dysfunction I
> can live with for a little while (short term I'd rather
> not be depressed than be sexually active; long term I'd
> rather not be depressed and be able to have sexual relations)

> Is there any antidepressant out there that might not have
> these side effects?

> David
David, I've been having the same problem. I've been on meds for about eight years for depression . I've tried zoloft,zoloft with wellbutrin,wellbutrin alone, celexa, luvox, and serzone. Presently I'm on remeron with zoloft. I've been on it for two weeks now.I started off at 100mg of zoloft and 30mg of remeron.After the first week I decreased the zoloft to 50mg. My plan is to go to 45mg without any zoloft. So far I have been doing pretty well. My experience with the ssri's is that they all cause sexual dysfunction to a certain degree and the zerzone was much too sedating. Felt like i was in a fog all the time. My pdoc told me the remeron was called the upside down medication because any side effects are less at higher doses. So far I'm incouraged with the results I'm getting and the remeron has no or little sexual side effects.Ask your pdoc if remeron might be for you. Just a thought. Good Luck




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