How likely is it that Zoloft has lost its efficacy, for me?
June 8, 2007 5:04 PM Subscribe
How likely is it that the Zoloft I've been taking at a 50mg dose, for about 3 years, is wearing off/losing efficacy? And are discontinuation symptoms / withdrawal symptoms possible, without actually stopping it?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I haven't asked a psychiatrist about this yet, but of course I will if I need to. Both my primary care doc and endocrinologist I see for treatment of my Hashimoto's (hypo) thyroid disease are skeptical that this is the case. Myself, I have heard of Prozac losing its effectiveness after a while...
Anyway, basically, with no other real change in my life that I can see, pretty much out of the blue it seems, I have begun having panic/anxiety attacks. They were much worse a couple weeks ago when I had no idea what the heck it was, but now that I've read up on it, I can manage. But it's still really annoying and depressing.... my appetite is much reduced, and it's not like I just get the anxiety triggered now from trying to go somewhere... I instead just have this generalized anxiety that is floating around at a low level all the time. What's really odd is the reason I starting taking the Zoloft was not even for depression; it was prescribed for pain management by a doc I saw who specialized in that, for tingling and numbness in the hands from the ulnar nerve (funny bone). And it has worked great for that.
I've also heard/read that Zoloft is not necessarily great for panic attacks/anxiety, although some people do prescribe it for that. I also know it's possible that none of this has anything to do with my regularly scheduled medication. But it sure seems like it....
also - my primary care doc has begun by bumping the zoloft up to 75mg... that seemed to help for about 3 or 4 days, but who knows, perhaps it was the placebo effect.
All of this is particularly depressing to me because I have been in excellent shape the last couple months, health wise, and the thyroid stuff has been well-managed now for years.