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Hi. Dr prescribed me 10 mg fluox but I broke it in half and took 5. Within a few weeks my sexual side effects kicked in. Not good for a marriage. I was also getting depressed. He said increase to 10! I lied and said I did and told him things got worse. He now says to increase to 20!! I was having suicidal thoughts after a month on 5 mg and assume these would get worse with the increase. Any thoughts? I was on it for anxiety but I stopped about 3 weeks ago and think I'm better off without. I did have two anxiety attacks this week and haven't had those in years!!! I think it's from not having meds now. ??? I was on it for racing and irrational thoughts but not attacks. Any ideas why he'd say increase when I wanted to die on 5? Thanks!

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    Hi tryin,

    first, sorry you are having such a tough time. You are not alone. We all have had side effects and our anxiety makes them worse, actually. Sounds like He increased your meds based on what you told him. You need to tell your doctor the truth so that he can help you. He is following dosage protocol for you based on what you are telling him. Flux may not be right for you. Can you talk to your husband about this? A good listening ear and support is very important as you take your journey to recovery. Remission from anxiety is possible and the sooner you get the right treatment the sooner you will be well. Do it for yourself and your family. Good luck and God bless.

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      Thank you Lisa! I just cannot believe that he wanted to increase after I had 0 Sex Drive and also had zero sensation if I did do anything. Luckily my husband is very understanding but it is very frustrating for me I cannot deal with that anymore.
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      I'm also a therapist so having everyone else's problems takes from dealing with my own rolleyes I was also having depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts toward the end so why he said increase....ive never been suicidal except one other time on Zoloft. Do The sexual side effects ever disappear?

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      I was on Sertaline for 3.5 years but had to have a medical test so had to get off the medication. Two months later and I have relapsed. Big time. I have to accept that I have a chemical imbalance and will have to take medication as long as I am able. I would rather have side effects from the meds than all the side effects of anxiety! For me, it was difficult to orgasm. I still had the desire but it became difficult to climax. There are ways around that. But yes, it is a side effect of the meds. As soon as  was off My sex life returned to normal.  What concerns me most is that you say you are suicidal. Or were. Does your doctor know that? We're these ideations? Because I have done that and so has my friend. But we didn't plan it or carry it out. Anxiety disorder just makes you feel so bad that you want it to end. Around week five of Zoloft the anxiety and all its symptoms stopped. I am trying to hang in there to get back to that again. I am at week three. Yes, all AD come with some kind of side effect. But the trade off is so worth it! 

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      He knew I was feeling suicidal at the 5 mg. I've never wanted to die. I have kids and a terrific career and family. I just need something to calm my racing thoughts and unrealistic thoughts (husbands cheating when he's sitting next to me-those type of thoughts). I don't get anxiety attacks often and haven't had one in years but woke up from s nap with one the other night. I'd honestly rather deal with the racing thoughts than these side effects sad. Sex is more important to me than my husband but the frustration with that side effect is awful!

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