Its hard to know when we dont know the exact milligrams. The starting dose for Zoloft is usually 50mg. The highest recommended dose is 200mg.My uncle said to break them in half and take one half each day. The bottle says to take 2 tablets daily. This isn't my prescription, so do you think I should stick to taking one half each day just to be safe?
Forgive me for the stupid question. But how can you tell if it's working?Its hard to know when we dont know the exact milligrams. The starting dose for Zoloft is usually 50mg. The highest recommended dose is 200mg.
If you decide to take it then start on 50mg/day. Zoloft will take several weeks of regular daily use before you know if its working.
take longer than 2 months? never heard of this, what makes this any special than other types of SSRI's. physically addictive?? SSRI's are not physically addictive. where are you getting your source from? maybe you're getting the words, dependence, addictive, tolerance mixed up. already mentioned to taper off slowly than cold turkey. and yes, general practitioners, will throw any SSRI at you after you explain for 10 minutes that you are fearful in public places, you blush and sweat easily, you know its irrational yet you can't control how you feel, and talking to a doctor about this is shooting your anxiety through the roof. oh thanks doc, i get 10 pills. sweet, this will last me less than a week.I'm surprised no one has mentioned the biggest issue with this: Zoloft is a drug that you have to take long term on a daily basis (much longer than 2 months), is physically addictive, and stopping it cold turkey (which will happen when you run out of pills) is not a good thing. If I were you I wouldn't take any of them. If you really want an SSRI like Zoloft, doctors will practically throw them at you 5 minutes after walking into their office if you tell them you have anxiety/depression. Don't take an SSRI without a prescription... it's a bad idea.
It's working if you feel better when taking it than you did when not taking it. Is your anxiety level lower? Do you feel less depressed? Things like that. How you feel are subjective measures of course -- this isn't like a blood pressure med where checking your blood pressure provides objective numbers to measure effect.Forgive me for the stupid question. But how can you tell if it's working?
well, the thing is sometimes when you have really bad suicidal thoughts, you won't want to tell anyone, even though you promised you would. you might say now "well once i notice a bad change i'll see a doctor" but you don't know what your thought processing will be like if you do have a bad reaction, you might suddenly decide you don't want to go through with seeing a doctor and instead your mood just gets worse. etc etc.My uncle mentioned that they sometimes cause suicidal thoughts, and I told him that I'd tell him if I start experiencing anything like that. So, I really don't think it should matter if I end up telling him or my doctor, as long as I have someone to tell. I know it's definitely better to have a doctor monitor these things, but if anything out of the ordinary starts happening, then I can go see a doctor. If I need more, my uncle can get me some, and if he can't, then I can get some from the doctor, if there as easy to get as you guys suggest. If they're going to start me on 50 MG anyway, which is what my uncle advised me to take, then I don't see why there's any problem.
Zoloft & other SSRIs are tossed at just about every mental ill under the sun except ADD, psychosis, and mania.you need to see someone who is highly trained in psychiatrict meds and who can tell you the best treatment options for your problems (maybe your problem is more anxiety than depression and another med would be better.. who knows).