Hi Margaret. If I recall, you are on 20mg of Paxil. I would think that is enough time. Most of the drugs have potentially the same side effects. I would take 10mg of Paxil one day, skip the next and then start Zoloft. Since you seem sensitive to side effects, I would start at 25mg (usually is 50 to start) and increase by 25mg each week until get to therapeutic dosage (likely 75mg to 125mg). Side effects are most likely at beginning but usually are not as uncomfortable as Paxil. Most people don't have a problem with it and side effects on one drug doesn't always predict side effects on another. Start taking at night unless it makes you a little jittery (a temporary effect) in which case take in am and use ativan to help.
I went to see my doctor today. She wanted to put me on Prestiq, but I requested Zoloft---which she said she prescribes often. She was concerned about my use of Ativan, because she said it will quit working if one uses it too often. I am still only using 2 halves during the day and one at night, although today I have been really shakey and would like to take another half at the moment!
She wasn't sure about the 25 mg., so she prescribed 50 and told me to cut them in half. This should be good because you said I will have to go up to 50mg. at some point.
So, I should start at 25 and if I have no side effects I can go up to 50 after 3 days? Then you said I should start at 25mg and go up 25 mg. each week until I reach a therapeutic dose. Which way should I do this? How will I know when I have reached the correct dosage? When I stop shaking?
I know you are not online right now, but I would appreciate an answer tomorrow, if possible, as we are leaving town, for a couple of months, on Saturday and will be on the road for 2-3 days, and I would like to know before we go what program I should use. I will be able to reach you, however, once we get to our house in Arizona.
I feel as though we have become Pen Pals!
Thank you for answering my question so promptly. I do have question: if Zoloft might make me jittery, would it be better if I took it at night along with a tranquilizer?
I have been putting up with this for so long, I feel as though I may never get over this. I hope that is not the case!
I think I will know when I get results. I will stop thinking about myself all the time and the shakes will be gone. Wish me luck!
Did the team you were rooting for win the Series? We were kind of pulling for the Rangers.