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Re: Does Zoloft help with panic and anxiety?

Posted by JohnX on February 11, 2001, at 11:01:56

In reply to Does Zoloft help with panic and anxiety?, posted by Margit on February 10, 2001, at 20:15:41

> I have been on Paxil in te past few years, which worked well for me. Unfortunetly, I thought I could do without and stopped. After trying again I developed a severe acid reflux with it. I stayed on it for 9 month, but couldn't handle the reflux. Then my pdoc put me on Remeron - didn't work. We tried Effexor which caused me more stomach upset, and now I am taking Nortriptyline 60mg. I am not on a therapeutic level yet and my doc thought to augment it with Zoloft to give it a boost. I am terrified, because all the SSRIs cause GI problems and I am very sensitive to that. Does anybody have any good experiences with Zoloft you could share. I also like to hear the the not so good ones, so I can prepare myself. I hope this time it will work, because I can't stand this any more. BTW, I suffer from PD, anxiety, some OCD, and depression. Thanks.

I hope I don't plant any placebo effects,
but I'll share my experience.

Mainly for me Zoloft just caused diarrhea,
no stomach related issues. Paxil gave me
pretty bad nausea. Everyone is different though.

As always, the slower you titrate the dose
the less likely to encounter serious side effects.

Zoloft *is* an effective medication for your
symptoms. It tends to lean towards the activating
side (energy boost, maybe a little agitation if
you go too quickly). If you feel agitated when starting Zoloft, go slower. Be patient (I know
its hard) and generally any side effects
will cease as the goods of the medicine kick in.

I found Paxil side-effect tends to lean towards
the fatigue side. And as I said it caused nausea
for me. Again this is just *my* experience.





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