Posted by martymar25 on May 3, 2005, at 3:46:25
In reply to Re: Zoloft Marijuana, posted by micro on February 19, 2004, at 12:11:34
Wow! It's amazing what you find when you google at 3 a.m. I take 100 mg/day and have been struggling to determine if my daily tokes are helping or harming me. I find that smoking late in the day (long after taking my meds) can be extremely enjoyable and, in fact, more pleasurable than smoking dope was before I began medication because it eliminates the feelings of paranoia that often accompanies my highs. However, after having smoked the previous night, I usually wake up with an enormous amount of anxiety that may or may not be relieved by taking the new day's dosage. This often provokes me into smoking when I wake up (to calm myself) which in turn prevents the medication from relieving anxiety and causes me to have to continue smoking the rest of the day to prevent depression.
Therefore, I have come to the conclusion (remember I'm a psychiatric patient and these are the conclusions of a psychiatric patient) that the combination does not yield: a)a positive reaction or b)a negative reaction. But instead is a matter of self-discipline. It is my personal opinion that this is true of all marijuana users and not just those who take an anti-depressant.
If you are taking zoloft (regularly and correctly), are working diligently at your psycho-therapy, and are a self-disciplined individual who wishes to relax at the end of the evening by getting a little high...I say "go for it, but remember that if you can't control it then you need to quit it".
If you are not taking zoloft correctly and/or are not seeking psycho-therapy (with a complete effort including being honest with your doctor) and/or are not self-disciplined to resist the temptations which will arise...I say "this is a dangerous situation which will almost certainly lead to either severe fluctuations in your anxiety levels or chronic marijuana usage".