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Re: Why is my Zoloft not working?

Posted by LostBoyinNC1 on July 27, 2002, at 22:50:41

In reply to Why is my Zoloft not working?, posted by mats on July 27, 2002, at 9:18:18

> This is my third time on Zoloft. It was working very good in the past, but now it ist.
> Why? Should I switch? What med do you recommend as a alternative to Zoloft?
> sorry for the spelling!

Could be a hundred reasons. But you mentioning this is your third time on it gives a clue why. Stopping and starting antidepressants is bad news. It can lead to "SSRI poopout" and is a common cause of antidepressants losing their full activation. Once you go on an antidepressant, you shouldnt stop it for at least nine months, preferably a year. Then if you are doing OK you can taper off SLOWLY. If your symptoms return, then you can return to the same AD and it will probably retain its former activation. But a third or fourth return and ADs tend to start losing their former activation.

If you raise the dose it might reactivate. Or you might need to switch to another AD. Effexor XR is always good. Or add lithium or Ritalin or lamictal to it. Just dont stop and start antidepressants repeatedly in the future.




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