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Re: Zoloft: will 25mg be enough?? Cam W. Victoria

Posted by Cam W. on June 17, 2001, at 9:26:21

In reply to Re: Zoloft: will 25mg be enough?? Cam W., posted by Victoria on June 17, 2001, at 3:15:09

Victoria - The Zoloft is a low dose. When taken as a monotherapy (by itself) for depression and anxiety, I usually see doses in the range of 100mg to 200mg per days. You are also taking Wellbutrin, though (what dose?). Your doc is probably using the Zoloft to augment the Wellbutrin and this may be how your insurance company sees it, therefore they will not pay for more than what they consider to be an "augmenting dose" (this is just a guess).

Besides the daily dose of Wellbutrin, I need to ask how long you have been taking both drugs and if they seem to be working. Anger outbursts are very common with Wellbutrin, especially after you have been taking the drug 2 to 6 weeks. This side effect does lessen with time, but when you are in the middle of it, it can be frightening. These anger outburst usually only last 2 to 3 weeks (for me), but this varies person to person

I know that the couple of times I was taking Wellbutrin and this stage happened, I would cut people off in traffic, just so I would have someone to yell at. My staff didn't like it either < oh, well - smile >. This stage does go away and warning those close to you that this is going to happen can help the situation somewhat. Also, when you feel an anger attack coming on, get the hell away from everyone and find some way to blow off the steam. I found that hiding in the storage room with my punching bag helped. I use to hit it until I couldn't raise my arms anymore.

Just remember, this stage does pass when taking Wellbutrin and really all that you can do is wait it out. I do not recommend changing meds and then going on a holiday.

Have a good trip and hang in there. Let us know how it goes. - Cam




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