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Forum Name: Antidepressants
Question: zoloft and serotonin syndrome?
|blondie83 - Wed Dec 26, 2007 8:22 pm||
I tried taking Celexa (10mg) a few weeks ago and it did more bad than good. Just after 4 days of taking it i got panic attacks, I had a rapid heart beat and i felt very detached and confused. I had an awful time sleeping at night and then I couldn't stay awake during the day. It got to the point where i took a trip to the emergency room because i felt so messed up from it.
My psychiatrist just put me on Zoloft (25mg) but I'm scared about taking it. I tried to explain to him what the celexa did to me but he didn't seem that concerned.
Could the problem i had with the celexa been just a bad reaction or was it some kind of serotonin syndrome?
Do you think I should go ahead and try the Zoloft? Are they all pretty much the same or would one brand do that and the other wouldn't?
I'm just looking for some advice.
|Debbie Miller, RN - Thu Dec 27, 2007 5:37 pm||
I certainly understand your concern but it is very likely you could do well on Zoloft in spite of the problems with Celexa. It is very interesting how individuals respond entirely differently to medications. Often you just have to try one to see how it goes, then change until you find the right medication for you with the least amount of side effects. I suspect this is just your body's reaction but Seratonin Syndrome is a possibility. Since that problem resolves on its own typically, you may never know if that was the case.
Your doctor has prescribed the recommended low starting dose of Zoloft so I would not expect a problem and would recommend you try it. Choose a time when you have help if needed should you have an adverse reaction.
Good luck on this journey.
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