When I was 17, I was prescribed Prozac — a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) — for my anxiety with the hope that it would aid in my eating disorder recovery. It wasn’t making too much of a difference, so my dose was increased a few months later, and the symptoms started to get better. After I told my psychiatrist I had trouble orgasming (a common side effect of the drug), he switched me to Zoloft, another SSRI, but that didn’t change anything. Between this side effect and constant sleepiness, I wanted to go off SSRIs. But every time my dose was decreased (which is done gradually to minimize side effects), I got extremely irritable. “Because these are prescribed medications and there is the potential for withdrawal or dangerous symptoms like suicidal thoughts, this is something that should always be done under the direction of an experienced physician. Then, I moved across the country and didn’t find a new psychiatrist before my prescription ran out. Reasons for stopping include feeling well and wanting to be off medication, blunting or numbing of emotions, side effects including weight gain, anorgasmia, or gastrointestinal discomfort, or it just plain doesn’t help. I survived a few days without my meds and decided to just keep riding that wave.“Many of us would like to stop SSRIs, but are afraid or don’t know how,” psychiatrist Steven P. Once stopped, though, some people do find that the SSRI was helping more than they thought.”Know that there are plenty of reasons people would want to stay on their SSRIs, too — and quitting them is definitely not the right choice for everyone. Throughout my struggle with mental illness and my experimentation with medication, I’ve noticed that it’s very difficult to find detailed information about how different drugs affect different people. There’s lots of info about people experiencing the more uncommon, severe side effects, but very little chronicling of the day-to-day changes in mood, or information about how long things take to work. Everyone’s different, so psychiatrists will never tell you “this is when you’ll begin experiencing results.” And that’s perfectly fine. But I’ve found that just knowing a handful of other people have had a similar experience to me calms me down significantly, and allows me to weather the rough process of adjusting to a new medication. So without further ado, here is some information on how my experience Relevant facts: My diagnosis is PMDD, GAD, and chronic depression. I’m 25, have two X chromosomes and am about 5’3″ and 155 lbs. I take 50 mg Zoloft daily in the morning and continuous birth control (Lo Estrin) to suppress my period. It took me about 5-6 weeks before I felt any benefit.
There has been an argument on whether or not Zoloft gives a high feeling to someone using it beyond the prescribed dose. While some might have claimed of having such experience after taking it regularly and at an increased amount, there have been no clinical studies yet that may prove this claim. Zoloft, which carries the generic name Sertraline, is an anti-depressant drug that belongs to the class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It is commonly prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disease, and depression. The popularity of the drug could be attributed to the fact that it has less cardiovascular, anticholinergic, and sedative effects on the patient, among other things. Other common SSRI drugs are Prozac (fluoxetine), Paxil (paroxetine), and Celexa (citalopram). It is worth noting that this drug may give a feeling of being lifted because of depression slowly going away but that is not exactly getting high. However, an improvement on the patient’s condition can be observed as early as one to two weeks. The one where a sad little blob rolled around on screen with a rain cloud hovering over its head? That commercial first debuted back in 2001, and since then Zoloft, or Sertraline hydrochloride, has become one of the top psychiatric drugs used by American adults, according to one recent study. “Zoloft is one of the first-line antidepressant medications prescribed for both depression and anxiety, meaning it’s one of the most likely to work,” says Alison Hermann, M. D., a clinical psychiatrist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Zoloft is part of a class of drugs called SSRIs, or selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors. “Their main effect has to do with changing the signaling of one of the main neurotransmitters in the brain, serotonin, which modulates mood,” explains James Murrough, M. D., the director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Reviews and ratings for zoloft when used in the treatment of depression. However the worst thing I experience with zoloft is decreased libido, as with all of the. My experience of Zoloft was ghastly. It zombied me out for 6mos, I was literally in a hazy fog. I didn't pay any bills, or fines, or stick to many appointments, I slept and slept. It also made me extremely hungry.