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Re: serzone question

Posted by Sunny on May 22, 2001, at 10:44:11

In reply to Re: serzone question, posted by pami on May 19, 2001, at 13:20:01

I hope you've seen your pdoc! I'm a fan of serzone, because I've found a way to manage the side effects (in the beginning it made me SOOOO sleepy; and with every dose increase, it still does). I worked with my pdoc to develop a dosing schedule that fits my life - 3x per day, with the largest dose before bedtime. And I started drinking coffee in the morning. If you haven't been scared off by your experience, you might want to talk to your doctor about dosing times.

Also, there are several posts that discuss a slow taper up for serzone. I'm not sure what opinions other pdocs have about a slow start, but mine started me on 25 mgs once per day for a week. Increases were in 25 mg doses, no more than once per week. I'm now at 225 mgs total which works well for me. Some people have said that serzone has a very narrow theraputic dowing window and rapid increases in dose can sometimes result in blowing right past your theraputic window. Hope this helps.
PS: The coffee & "mini"meals (apple with PB; hummos & pita; a few pretzels) througout the day helped me deal with the sedation.

> Hello,
> I have been on Serzone for 6 weeks, the first 3 were also spent weaning off Zoloft. I wanted to loose the "sexual side affect" as my husband was becoming a bit frustrated with me. I was started on 100mg at night for 4 days, added another 100 for 4 days. Added 100mg in the morning 4 days later, and the last 100mg in the morning for a total of 400mg, 200before bed and the other 200 in the morning. My reason for taking any antidepressant is mainly so I don't honk at bad drivers! Also a mild case of depression that runs through my family.
> I can barely stay awake during the day, my memory is not functioning, and I'm crankier than ever in the car. I'd like to quit, but see my doc in a week. Please help with any suggestions.
> Thank you.




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