I can't find any significant known interactions between these two medications, BUT you need to ask your doctor this question. There are factors to be considered in addition to possible interactions between these two medications -- any health issues/conditions you may have, and ALL other medications you are taking including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements, etc.
My doctor had me on Zoloft and Xanax at the same time for about 6 months.I currently do not take either,the Zoloft gave me to many side affects,and the Xanax could make me fall asleep standing up! Taking the two drugs together never caused me any problems it was just that these drugs were not right for me. I am currently taking Pristiq 50mg. alone and it has done wonders to control my Depression and Anxiety. I hope this information helps you and I wish you good health!
If you can, I would seriously try to take zoloft alone for 8 weeks and see if your anxiety begins to improve. These people that are on xanax and other benzos may be addicted. The thing is, many people may have found that through zoloft or another ssri alone, their anxiety may have greatly improved. Now, because they went straight into taking the SSRI on a benzo like xanax, they may never know if the SSRI alone would have been enough. Benzos are extremely addictive and fairly toxic and can be hell to try to get off of. Plus, many psychiatrists think that benzos can interfere with the efficacy of antidepressants as they are central nervous system depressants. The same reason why drinking alcohol may interfere with the efficacy of antidepressants, especially in the beginning. My best advice to anyone would be to try to be tough for a few months of trying an SSRI. Some times in life if we are patient and take the pain for a little longer, the pay off may be much greater. I would also highly recommend intense exercise followed by a long period of stretching. The exercise will help to increase endorphins and serotonin and it will release all of that negative energy that may be causing your anxiety. Stretching has been shown to increase GABA, the neurotransmitter benzos like xanax work on. Goodluck! I really hope you didn't get hooked on xanax until you at least tried the SSRI first. Unfortunately many psychiatrists just want to drug us up and find a quick fix. When we are in a vulnerable place, we are willing to do anything and do not do our own research and think about the consequences.
I have been taking 200mg of Zoloft and 1-2 mg of xanax for servre depression and panic disorder for 13 years. It has helped me function and provided me with a fair quality of life, much better than freaking out everyday. I haven't expereinced any real bad side effects other than sweating heaps when I engage in physical work.
I have built up a small tolerance to xanax, but I have only increased it by about .5mg over the 13 year period. I feel ok, but I don't drink alcohol, it makes me feel dizzy and I become anxious.
Because I have sevre depression, I feel the two drugs compliment each other well. Occassionally I may take an extra xanax on a bad day. This happens only 1-2 a month. I do get very tired if I take 3mg of xanax in a day, but sleep like a baby. I wake up a little groggy, but still function ok. I think the cigarettes make me feel shit the most.
Don't suffer to much and take these drugs if prescribed to you. Just remember, anti-depressants are sometimes a hit and miss thing until you get the right type that suits you. Xanax is good for anyone, but only if prescribhed by a doctor. Definatley ask for it, they are very effective and will take away that sinking feeling you can get with depressiona and anxiety. Always keep in close touch with your doctor and ask questions. I find that the chemists have time to answer questions.
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