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April 16, 2001
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JenM
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Does anyone know anything about Zoloft?

My husband has been taking it for about 3 mos. because of borderline hypertension, stress. I don't like the side effects it seems to be having on him. I can see a difference in his thinking and his ability to explain things. I don't know what to do about this because he seems to be so touchy, he hates to go to doctors in the first place and it would be just like him to just quit it if I say anything about it.

April 16, 2001
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My first response to your post is sexual impudence!!!!!!! (spelling) Ain't nothing more touchy to a man than that!!! As well as a very typical reaction to this type of medication. The pharmacy can give you a print out at the drug store, or you can get most of the information on line. Men are different creatures you most likely have guessed that by now, but conversation about their feelings are not their greatest assett. I might give him some space for a while, and you can always talk to his doctor. Patients, at least he did go to the doctor, that is a big one in your corner. Just a guess, good luck.

April 17, 2001
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I don't know anything about zoloft but it is in the catergory of depression and anxiety drugs as one i am currently weaning myself off of. I am currently on paxil and i am so tired of the weight gain and slugginess that i had come to realize this is not for me, and i do feel somewhat anxious but my dr gave me a way to wean myself off of it, they are generally dangerous drugs and they are finding more and more out about these too, and most i talked with about it also gained anywhere from 30 to 50 in a less than a year, some while even dieting! I would never suggest this route for anyone- never.At first it was a godsend cause I could not controll my thoughts and anxiety and also crashed my car a few times, and seriously thought about committing myself to the local mental ward, but the risks are not for me, I want to live to watch my daughter grow up!

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April 18, 2001
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Thanks Molly and Kimberly,

I agree with the weight gain also. He was on Paxil for a short time but had stomach problems with it. I know from being on antidepressants a while ago that they tend to make you zombie-ish. And now the things that come out of his mouth, it's kind of like dealing with a kid who doesn't have the mental maturity to THINK before he speaks.

And no therapy was suggested by his doctor. Just pills. I think that's rather irresponsible. He is switching to another doctor because of HMO and this one is talking therapy so we'll see.

April 18, 2001
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your very welcomed Jen:) good to meet you. Yea the zombie in me is disappearing and now i just feel really anxious anymore. I parked in my neighbors spot and didn't realize it till much later, glad i got out before she came home.

I just feel so disconnected anymore-but paxil is truly hell for me, it so depressing to be so fat, on a diet and the damn scale never moves anymore.

I just hate paxil and wish i would of checked into a hospital instead, i really wish that now, cause i just don't feel like myself anymore.

Peace,
Kimberly

April 18, 2001
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Well... I checked into a hospital and they put me on zoloft! Also an anti-psychotic and an antianxiety and and and. I'm still on Zoloft, and yes to the weight gain and yes to the sex stuff. But when I went off of it, and before I went on it (I was in therapy all along) I was actively suicidal, so I guess you count the costs.

Sounds like it's causing your hubby as much harm as good(if any). I'm glad he'll be seeing another Dr. It's really hard to determine the best course of treatment, for ourselves or others, but we gotta do what we gotta do. Whether that's weaning off, or adding another med to the cocktail, I think the mix MUST include counseling/therapy. Maybe the chemical imbalance caused us to form faulty thought processes, but it takes some thought and work to retrain our brains.

Best of luck to you, Kimberly! And it's never too late to check into an outpatient/ intensive therapy hospital program, if you think you would benefit from it. No, they don't automatically put you on drugs:)

April 18, 2001
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Kimberly---
Do you exercise? They are discovering that walking, and regular exercise does just about the same for depression as chemicals. I am not saying to stop, and when you do you need to do it carefully with md supervision as it could make things worse for you, but perhaps you could try exercising while on the Rx, and then taper off, and see how you feel.

April 18, 2001
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Kimberly,
I feel for you with the weight gain.
Molly is right with the walking. Although, having been on Lithium, Elavil, Ativan and I can't even remember what else about 15 years ago, I know you feel like why should I exercise, I'm fighting a losing battle. But brisk walking is good for you in many ways, get your endorphins pumping, sorts your thoughts, and in the process, might burn calories.

My husband quit smoking, gained about 20 lbs, blood pressure went pretty high, job is very stressful and he is mid 50's.Meds have contributed to his gaining another 10 so far. I do believe male menopause is rearing it's ugly head along with everything else. I also think he's feeling vulnerable from the meds. And feeling fat. I try to tell him he's still neat, not fat, he's tall so he can manage it. I am looking forward to his seeing someone though.

And by the way, Molly, yes, the sexual impotence is a side effect. Although I do think it affects his self confidence and then that makes him more upset. Just a trade off of some sort I guess. As Sal said...

In suicidal instances I can see using drugs. But for the most part, I just don't know. I didn't like mine, granted they were pretty strong and mind mending, rather barbaric in comparison to today's candy store type drugs out there. I wish there was a drug that didn't make you look and feel drugged.

April 18, 2001
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I HATE the exercise answer!!!!

Only cause it's so true, and I so don't want to do it.....;)

April 18, 2001
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I second that Sal.... 🙂

I hate any kind of exercise, unless I'm playing something and it doesn't FEEL like exercise. I have to trick myself.

April 21, 2001
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I took zoloft for a couple years several years ago. I found that I had difficulty sometimes in finding the right words to use when expressing myself. It was like I couldn't think of the right word to use at times.

When I quit though, I did notice how zoloft had seemed to take the edge off my depression.

April 21, 2001
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Dear Jen,

Taken from a reference book the most common side effects of zoloft are dry mouth, headache, dizziness, tremors, nausea, diarrhea or loose stools, sleeplessness, tiredness, male sexual dysfunction or abnormal ejaculation (in 15% of men), female sexual dysfunction in 1.7% of women, and feeling unwell. These side effects might seem like a pretty high price to pay to be free from a mild depression. There are lots of different types of anti-depressants out there. It's possible to pick and choose based on certain "characteristics" of the depression such as substance abuse, excessive anger, etc. Also, there's lots his doctor can do with regard to the dosage of the medication that might decrease the side effects. Surprisingly, higher doses of some medications actually decreases the side effects! After 3 months time the medication should have settled in his system and side effects should be decreasing. He might want to discuss the matter in detail with his physician. Also, he might be alright with how the medication is effecting him if he has found the pros to out-weigh the cons in his mind. He will appreciate your loving support no matter what he decides to do. If the problem relates directly to sexual function, this might be a wonderful gift in disguise. You and he might be blessed with an opportunity to learn about each other sexually and intimately in ways you haven't been able to experience before!!!

Good luck to both of you!

Sincerely,
Mal

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