Diazepam with sertraline

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hi everyone... hope everyone has had a good weekend... week 8 on sertraline 3 weeks on 100mg and still feeling awful... my heart is beating so hard and fast, i cant even relax and watch the tv... im back at my gp tomorrow for a review but its not getting any better... does anyone take diazapam to help them calm down? was thinking of asking my doctor... i take zopiclone too sometimes to help me sleep...

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    Hi James, yes i took 2mg diazepam with sertraline to get thru the worst days when sert side effects were bad and i needed to feel 'normal'! work situations, job interviews! docs tend to ration it due to it being addictive and its meant for short term use, but its a godsend in those initial weeks on sertraline. it can take 3-6 months to really feel better on sertraline, so your doc should be sympathetic to your need to have some calm, normal days. good luck. PS 2mg just made me feel calm and confident, not at all spaced out...me, but on a good day!

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      thank you... im hoping he will pescribe me with some tonight when im there... the sert is making me awful cant take much more

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      Hi James, tell him exactly that. but i wouldnt be persuaded to change antidepressant - youre so close to it settling. from what i remember, i was maybe 70% good on 100 mg at 6 mths, increased to 150 for a while and clicked on that dose then decreased to 100 after about 6 months due to weight gain. was still good on 100. when it clicks youll just realise you feel well all of the time, sometimes really good! itll happen. but in the meantime 2mg diaz when you just need a normal day is such a relief! i was also given beta blockers for the racing heart/ increased bp/panic attacks and that stopped me having panic attacks and reduced the palps. maybe an idea to ask doc to check your bp and heart rate as you mention the racing heart. good luck later and dont be fobbed off, i think some docs dont realise how bad anti depressants are to start with!

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      thank you julie i will tell him... im going to stick on the 100mg ive come this far plus i dont think i would be able to take another increase... this is only my 8th week total on sert... thanks for taking the time to reply.. hopefully ill get sorted tonight at the doctors x

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      hi julie... the doctor gave me propranolol 40mg and 2mg diazpam... but only gave me 12 diaz tabs... stayed on the 100mg sert... hopefully will start to feel better soon

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      that's great James...i take 40 mg propranalol these days, i took 120mg daily when i was really bad, it does help calm the racing heart. yeh my doc allows me 12 diaz every few months and thats all she's ever allowed, whereas a friend of mine was given 56 with every request! but at least you have some to get you thu the worst days and if you run out ask for more. hopefully before long youll settle on the sertraline and not need to increase. keep posting and let us know how youre getting on 😃

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    hi James...I think I'm one of the rare ones but I've been on diazapam 10mg 2x p/day for years. LITERALLY! I've Never had any problems, don't abuse them, (sometimes don't even need them).....but I have them and my anxiety is under control. And no, I don't fall asleep, they just keep me at a steady level.

    We're all different and our bodies respond differently....but I'm just telling you what works for me!

    of course it also helps to have a doc who's known you for years and trusts you.

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    I also take 2mg diazepam as and when and have done since October last year I have gone from 50 - 100 - 150mg sertaline I also take phenalgram or something to help with sleep as the diazepam reallyreally doesnt make me drowsy and I dont want to use them for sleeping aids

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