Hi there, everybody. I've been dealing with anxiety, panic and depression for about three months now, and I have been hemming and hawing about whether or not to take an SSRI. Been seeing a therapist, doing acupuncture, taking Chinese herbs, doing yoga, you name it. I still have really sad, scared, panicky days, though.
I've started taking Zoloft. I actually took my first dose last Thursday, and then one Friday. It made me sleepy and gassy, shaky and anxious, chilly and
sweaty. I had a long weekend car ride and trip to take with five other people, so I didn't take it on Saturday. I felt fine--a little anxiety here and there, but generally happy and good. I finally took it again last night (Sunday night). My doc recommended I take 50 mg to start, and after maybe a month to up the dosage if needed.
I got a headache after I took it last night, but three hours after I took it I was able to fall asleep. I also was able to sleep well, only awakening once. After about 9 hours of sleep I awoke and felt really shaky and yucky. I got up and made and ate breakfast, although I had no appetite. I lay back down and calmed my racing heart and dozed for a few hours.
Today has been pretty freaky.
I went to the grocery store in a fog. My anxiety is kicking HARD. This is the hardest it's hit me since I started the stuff. Focusing is tough. Perhaps my skipping the Saturday dose has something to do with it, but honestly, I'm glad I didn't have to deal with this in the van full of people on the 9 hour ride.
I've read plenty that says things will get better with the Zoloft, so I think I'll persevere. I decided to take this stuff for a reason; I must keep reminding myself that. I also have friends that have taken it and successfully weened themselves off of it, with good reviews. There is hope. ***** gets so scary sometimes, though!
I've put a call in to my doc and asked if it's ok to go down to 25 mg for now. I have some klonopins in case I really need to get it together for something, but I want to take those things sparingly.
Any encouraging words would be much appreciated! Thanks for reading!! :)