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    I've had Anxiety all my life on and off. It was definitely worse after the births of my children and at one point I was on Zoloft on a low dose for 6 months which helped so much.

    Lately 2.5 + years since my last birth and for no reason I can find the anxiety is back.

    So I went to dr last week and she prescribed 50mg of Zoloft. I can remember gradually going on to the drug last time and I'm sure I was on lower dose 25mg. This was interstate, so dr wouldn't be able to check. Not that she asked, I got the impression she just wanted me to get out so she could clear her backlog of patients.

    I told her I thought 50mg is too much. Especially to take straight away. She said it isn't too much and if I have any symptoms, which are common initially then to just work through them.

    DH is away for 12+ hours a day and I don't have any help with my 3 kids. I want to feel better but I feel like if I get any nasty side effects from Zoloft then I definitely won't be able to just "work through" and I have school run, activities etc that rely on me being strong.

    I can try and go and see another GP, but it's expensive and I don't know one who will definitely have some experience with mental health in this area. I am waiting to see a counsellor next week which I am feeling very hopeful about but she's a psychologist so I don't think she'll be able to advise on meds.

    So I'm wondering if anyone has ever gradually started Zoloft?

    I was thinking of taking a quarter of a tablet for a week and see how I get on? Then going to half a tablet? I'm sure 25 mg is what I was on before. I just don't want to get any worse and suffer from side effects.

    I'm not sure what is best to do right now any advice would be great thank you
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    I just started taking Zoloft this week for PND and I was prescribed 50mg and my doc said take half a tablet for four days then take the full tablet for 7-10 days then she will reassess how I'm feeling. I have had no side effects so far doing it this way and I'm starting to feel a bit better already. I would maybe try doing it that way to get your body used to it. Good luck with it I hope you start feeling better soon

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    Could you call your old GP's office and double check what you were in before?

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    I was put on Zoloft 12 months ago and it was a 4 week process to get to the 50mg dose. It went like this

    Week 1 - 25mg every other day
    Week 2 - 25mg every day
    Week 3 - 25mg one day, 50 mg the next
    Week 4 - 50mg

    If you start at the 50mg straight off you will have side effects and it won't be effective. It's also a six week process for your body to adjust to the medication, and doing the slow introduction helps reduce the shock to your system.

    I would be seeking clarification - maybe just call and see if the doctor will call you back to confirm, or if the doctor will give the instructions to reception for them to tell you? But I wouldn't be starting straight on the 50mg.

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    If you're confident that you were on 25g then I would half the tablet.

    I've been on Zoloft twice & the second time I went on it I mentioned that I didn't like the side effects going on them (dizzy & really fatigued all the time) she said to take them at night for the first four weeks. It helped so much doing it that way.

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    Pharmacist might be able to give you some good advice too?

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    I always wean onto anxiety meds. It isn't unsafe to do that generally.

    From memory zoloft tablets have a little split in it so cut it in half for a week. You can continue at 25mg if you feel good on it. Otherwise step up to 50mg.

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    I had some pretty strong side effects when I was on 25mg tablets too. I don't blame you for being hesitant. I was supposed to start them the day after bub was born but was already so woozy they've delayed it. I think I had something similar to @mummamania86's start.

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    The lowest strength zoloft comes in is 50mg. You could start with half a tablet initially and see how you find it. If you're tolerating the half tablet then increase to a full one. It can take a few weeks to see benefits

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    Quote Originally Posted by mummamania86 View Post
    I just started taking Zoloft this week for PND and I was prescribed 50mg and my doc said take half a tablet for four days then take the full tablet for 7-10 days then she will reassess how I'm feeling. I have had no side effects so far doing it this way and I'm starting to feel a bit better already. I would maybe try doing it that way to get your body used to it. Good luck with it I hope you start feeling better soon
    I was told this as well but still had the 'feeling worse before feeling better' happen and my anxiety was worse for almost two weeks I think and then it calmed down. I've been on 100 for about 6 months now and my anxiety and depression is heaps better.

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