4 weeks on 100 mg, still bad days only

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Hi Everyone!

I have upped my dose to 100mg after being on 50 for 12 weeks. I have had very few better days on 50mg, something like 1 per week. After went up to 100mg the first week was good, had 3 good days in a row which I didnt have for a half year but a week later it started to get worse and worse. Today is the last day of the 4th week. In the past weeks I spent my time at home, left home only for a couple of times for a short walk, constantly feeling low, depressed, had 1 or to anxiety attack every day, struggling badly.

Is there anyone who went through on a hard time like this and then had success? I really dont know if it is worth it sticking with this med or I should try another one. I see many many other ppl got much better by this time 😦 Losing hope 😦

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    Hi, thanks for sharing your story. A big part of depression is not being able to see hope and see a way out. I feel the same.

    I've spent about 4 months on 75mg sertraline and felt no effects. Still chronically exhausted, isolating myself and feeling sad/numb and suicidal. My story is a bit sad, since I ended up being involuntarily admitted to a psych ward. Over the course of 5 weeks they stepped up my dose to 300mg/d (off label) and now about 5(inpatient) + 2(outpatient) weeks later i'm slowly starting to feel the effects. Moral of the story - every body is different. Every body would metabolize the drug differently and feel a different responce. On a good side my psychiatrist told me that zoloft was shown to be one of the more effective anti-depressants - more people feel the effects of it and it has less side effects. So you might be on the right track.

    Be patient with yourself and be kind to yourself. Comparisons with other people would only bring you down and make you more anxious. Book to see you doctor again and describe the situation. They would know best the steps for you to proceed with!


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      Thanks very much for taking the time for replying! You have been given me hope. Unfortunately my GP is useless, she thinks I should drop back my dose to 50mg which obviously wouldnt help as I spent 12 weeks on 50 and wasnt better at all. I asked her for a referal to a psychiatrist but she wouldnt do that saying she needs to do as much first as she can. I feel trapped, cant afford a private doc, no Idea what to do. Only thing I can do is waiting. Worst thing is being in doubt, still dont know if this med will work or not.. I wish you the best, hope it will continue improving for you!

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      That is a difficult situation you are in. Did you ask your doctor why did she lower the dose instead of increasing? It might be that she is working on taking you off Zoloft and then putting you on a different medication. (since this one didn't work for you).

      Wishing the best to you!

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