Zoloft???

Discussion in 'Support' started by elizabethab, Dec 1, 2015.

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    1. elizabethab
      Blah

      elizabethab Member

      Location:
      North Carolina
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Hi Guys! My T has been pretty bearable lately-it's still there, but I am reacting to it less.... I have been taking .25mg of Xanax twice a day to combat anxiety symptoms (I have always had severe anxiety) but hate the sedated way this drug makes me feel. I am going to wean off of it (have been on it for a month) and my doctor has prescribed Zoloft, starting at a really low dose of 25 mg to up gradually to 50mg per day. There is so much conflicting information on this drug on this site-I do not want to make my T worse, just lessen the constant anxiety I feel. Anyone have any positive results to share? I filled the rx last night, but am afraid to take it. Thanks in advance for any help!
       
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    2. valeri

      valeri Member Benefactor Team Awareness

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2011
      My experience with Zoloft:
      - it didn't make my original t worse
      - it caused me a new sound in my, what used to be, healthy ear
      - my anxiety went through the roof

      Not trying to scare you but just sharing how I reacted to Zoloft.
       
    3. elizabethab
      Blah

      elizabethab Member

      Location:
      North Carolina
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Hmm. My regular GP is out for a couple of days; I saw another one in the practice that told me it was an "annoyance". What a jerk. He told me it would help my anxiety, that I needed to calm down. UGH. One thing he did tell me that it was a really low dose, and if it did cause anything, once I stopped taking it any spike would go away. He also told me to take the Xanax still for anxiety until it had a chance to work.

      Did your new tone go away?
       
    4. valeri

      valeri Member Benefactor Team Awareness

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2011
      Never!
      BTW I was on a very low dose too!
      Doctors know jack shit!
       
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    5. elizabethab
      Blah

      elizabethab Member

      Location:
      North Carolina
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Ugh. I am very nervous to take it. Xanax seems to lessen the ringing, so I guess he thought the Zoloft would help.
       
    6. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      SSRIs and benzos ultimately did not help my anxiety, but it no longer rules my life because of mediation and exercise.
       
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    7. Blackbird26

      Blackbird26 Member

      The initial side effects of Xanax will go away.." sedation" However Xanax is actually not a great benzo to be on due to its short half life..Unless you get the Xanax ER.

      In terms of SSRI's the jury is still out on how they work to combat anxiety and depression actually, maybe it's placebo. From everything I have observed they're useless long term...There are better ways to deal with severe anxiety but take more time..CBT, Mindfulness, Psychotherapy, Meditation, Exercise (which is the best) so you could try it..Zoloft " seems " to be one of the better ones for anxiety. .It really helped my cousin years ago who was quite severe...The initial increase of anxiety and other undesirable s/e are to be expected so don't drop the xanax yet, like your doc suggested.

      Some say ssris helped them get their life back with t and some say it worsened their t..I know of one person where zoloft worsened their very quiet t but with discontinuation it went back to baseline.

      Do you take magnesium supplements? If not, start. Glycinate is the best.

      Good Luck..
       
    8. derpytia
      Pooptoast

      derpytia Member

      Location:
      Rescue, California
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing loss / ETD
      A year ago now I started on Zoloft and immediately stopped. I took one pill, just one, and woke up the next day with my head feeling like it was in a fishbowl, balance issues, and feeling generally nauseous. I could not deal with the side effects. @_@
       
    9. michaelbio

      michaelbio Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Long Island, New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      Teenager
      I took Zoloft when I was 21 once. Took it for just two days before I stopped taking it. It made me in such a deep sleep that I literally pissed my bed like a 5 year old. I hoped to not piss myself at least until my eighties again.

      I took Paxil which worked better for me during the time. I am not sure if any SSRI made my tinnitus worse long term. I am a musician so that pretty much says it all. I am 33 now, and haven't taken any Depression drug since I was 23. One shitty side effect was weight gain with Paxil. I am naturally a skinny bastard and that drug made me gain 30 pounds. I lost it all the minute I stopped taking it.

      I doubt a small dose of Zoloft is going to make the ringing worse, but I feel your anxiety. I won't even take excedrin for a migraine because I am nervous that it will cause the ringing to get worse. I stick with the Xanax, and slightly lower the dose if it makes you feel too much of a zombie. They need to come up with a cure or really awesome treatment already. It's almost 2016, come on scientists get on it!
       
    10. Willyt1392

      Willyt1392 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      When my T first started over two years ago, I too had severe anxiety and took Xanax to help weather the storm. I went on Celexa (citalopram) shortly thereafter, and it has been a lifesaver. I still have T but I have been able to lead a happy life. As with any SSRI, the first few weeks are pretty rough, but it is well worth it. I don't have any experience with Zoloft, but I have heard that Celexa is one of the more well-tolerated SSRIs, and so may be worth asking your doc about. Good luck!
       
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    11. joseph Ghass
      Angelic

      joseph Ghass Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2015
      If you want to haveT forever, yes take it.
       
    12. noisebox
      Loved

      noisebox Member

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      West End show. Came back 2015 vitamin D overdose prescribed
      I have been on it for a long time, it does not alter T for the worse, I was on it years before one sided T. It definately does help anxiety, but it makes it worse in the beginning and side effects may not be nice, but they do go along with anxiety.
      I recently put mine up, due to T and H relapse caused by other medical errors. My anxiety calmed, T calmed too.
       
    13. Zorro!
      Wtf

      Zorro! Member

      Has Zoloft helped anyone cope with tinnitus and hyperacussis? Has it been detrimental? What have been your experiences with it?

      Thanks everyone.
       
    14. Hotaru
      Depressed

      Hotaru Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12-15-15
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      URI/ETD
      I just came off Zoloft 50mg after taking it for 9 years. It might have helped my anxiety and depression a bit, but I would still get attacks in a stressful situation. I came off it completely after tapering 6 weeks ago. 2 weeks later I got an upper respiratory infection and T to go with it. I'm still unclear what caused my T, but I know it caused me to get very depressed and anxious because of the T and this other problem I've contracted, interstitial cystitis. I think what I'm trying to say is; once you start Zoloft, it's near impossible to stop without complications.
       
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    15. AnxiousJon
      Magical

      AnxiousJon Member

      Location:
      Oregon
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Anxiety, Insomnia, and a Fan at Night
      I'm on Paxil during the day; it didn't start working for 3-4 weeks though. It might have made me even a little more anxious until it started working. While I was waiting for the Paxil to work, I cut up Clonazepam into tiny pieces to take during the day, and half a 0.5mg tab to sleep at night. I still take the half-tab to sleep at night. I can feel a little extra anxioius at night, so it helps with that too. Paxil works great for me. It's effective and non-drowsy. I don't feel medicated, and it hasn't increased my T. I haven't experienced weight-gain or any negative side-effects. For the first time in my life I can sleep at night, get things done during the day, and don't feel like a cloud of doom is hanging over my head.
       
    16. Willpowered
      Mellow

      Willpowered Member

      Location:
      Melbourne, FL
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear Infection, anti depressant, antibiotic? Who knows..
      Hi. I know this is an older post but just wanted to chime in because I was wondering about Zoloft. I was hoping it would take away some of the anxiety that goes with T and I wished I had not. One pill caused a pretty gnarly spike that has been going on for almost a week now.
       
    17. Sepsn

      Sepsn Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      Well I can tell you about my experience: My T developed while I took Zoloft a few years ago, I don't think there's a connection though as it started quite a while after I took it. It took some time, but I got used to my T, a few months later I stopped taking the Zoloft.

      Fast forward to this winter where another wave of depression-like symptoms hit me. And, lo and behold, my T started to get worse which drove me nuts bc I just didn't know why and it just wasn't fair, or so it seemed to me.
      Well, a Tinnitus-clinic in my city checked for organic reasons - nothing. So i tried to concentrate on treating my depression - with the additional help of zoloft, but also through exercise and therapy. It took some time, and there are some bad days where it still bothers me, but I just don't hear my T anymore most of the time. It's still there, but my mind doesn't fixate on it.

      What's really important though is the fact that it takes some time for zoloft to kick in - for all those saying that the first few days are worse or just really tough: That is absolutely normal. Just be patient and don't think of it as a cure for everything - it's no panacea after all, but it surely can help you to get better.
       
    18. daniel1111
      Shitfaced

      daniel1111 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced, repeated exposure with loud headphones.
      Not related to Zoloft, but I tried Benzos for a little while which gave me rebound anxiety and depression (I had neither when starting Benzos) and during my taper off and 1-2 weeks after finishing, my T was much higher and more noticeable. Best to be off them though.
       
    19. Jkph75

      Jkph75 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2/27/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Zoloft has been proven to lower or eliminate t in some people. I guess it's a gamble.
       

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