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Pamplemousse
07-19-10, 08:32 PM
Sooo...I got prescribed Zoloft (generic form) Today. I'm supposed to break the 50mg tablet in half and take 25mg for a week or so then titrate up if needed.

Now I have a few questions....

1) If this doesn't solve all of my focus/concentration (ADD related problems) what kinds of ADHD meds are safe with Zoloft?

2) To my understanding Zoloft takes 6-8 weeks for full effects?

That's all. For now...thanks!

LifetimePI
07-20-10, 11:29 PM
Sooo...I got prescribed Zoloft (generic form)

1) If this doesn't solve all of my focus/concentration (ADD related problems) what kinds of ADHD meds are safe with Zoloft?

2) To my understanding Zoloft takes 6-8 weeks for full effects?



Zoloft is not for the treatment of ADD. It is for Depression, and Depression only (Label Use- Unless your using off label then id ask my parents if they lied to you or your doctor, somethings not right)

However, since ADD is partially a chemical imbalance, they might try this. Some people with ADD need zoloft + a stimulant + therapy to get through days while some just need the stimulant.

Either way, Id definatly push for a different "instant" "faster" acting medication due to immediate life improvement issues that you MUST have resolved. Just becuase your a kid doesnt mean you dont matter. You have to claim (if indeed it is) that you cant wait, your quality of life is deteororating and you feel it affecting conversations and activities with parents.

Yes, it should take 4+ Weeks to work like most anti-depressents. Alot of people here take a Stimulant, Anti Depressent Together and find it works better and syngergizes. However alone.. not likely.

Have you really educated your parents in your disease any symptoms? Are you under the care of their doctor, or did they find him specially who can tailor to Young Adults, ADD and possibly combined with depression. Have you got a diagnoses from a real psychologist or just your General MD?

This can go along way as he gave you a Non-Controlled Medicine which is good for a year, and can be refilled, while Stimulants are the Highest Class of Controlled by the Federal DEA, Addictive, and No Refills Ever.

So they probaly didnt wanna just hit u off the bat with stim meds if you werent pre-diagnosed by a psychologist. Hopefully it works but it doesnt really sound close for ADD. Tenex is for kids is a drug you can google and learn about that is non-controlled. Strattera is another name of a drug that is non-controlled. If your doc will only write non-control drugs, at least get a ADD one.

if he finally gives in to a stimulant, there is a few in a non abuseable form like DayTrana Patches which is Ritalin in a patch you just wear on your skin, and itll absorb slowly that way you dont get a "rush". However, your doctor seems to not want to treat it this way so i doubt he will beacuse its still ritalin which makes this a C-2, 0 Refills + highly addictive.

-Registered Pharm Tech (But not a doctor so remember to ask organized manner, dont rush, and maybe bring a list of notes you want to ask such as why was i given zoloft, ask the other meds etc..

(u can say to doctor that the pharmacist told you it was for depression and not ADD and you clarified it twice with her if doc says where did u get info- u can call the pharmacy u filled it at- get ur bottle- and ask about your drug.. its your right as a patient- thats why they get paid 50 a hour.. trust me.. your not bothering them)

Hope this helps, and everyone must be on the same page for you to get proper care. Not involving the parents, Not going to a Child ADD Specialist doctor, etc can all lead to misdiagnosis and mismanagement which you are at a perfect age to turn it into goodness now and not make mistakes like many of us...Let us know what happens

Pamplemousse
07-21-10, 06:55 AM
Zoloft is not for the treatment of ADD. It is for Depression, and Depression only (Label Use- Unless your using off label then id ask my parents if they lied to you or your doctor, somethings not right)

However, since ADD is partially a chemical imbalance, they might try this. Some people with ADD need zoloft + a stimulant + therapy to get through days while some just need the stimulant.

Either way, Id definatly push for a different "instant" "faster" acting medication due to immediate life improvement issues that you MUST have resolved. Just becuase your a kid doesnt mean you dont matter. You have to claim (if indeed it is) that you cant wait, your quality of life is deteororating and you feel it affecting conversations and activities with parents.

Yes, it should take 4+ Weeks to work like most anti-depressents. Alot of people here take a Stimulant, Anti Depressent Together and find it works better and syngergizes. However alone.. not likely.

Have you really educated your parents in your disease any symptoms? Are you under the care of their doctor, or did they find him specially who can tailor to Young Adults, ADD and possibly combined with depression. Have you got a diagnoses from a real psychologist or just your General MD?

This can go along way as he gave you a Non-Controlled Medicine which is good for a year, and can be refilled, while Stimulants are the Highest Class of Controlled by the Federal DEA, Addictive, and No Refills Ever.

So they probaly didnt wanna just hit u off the bat with stim meds if you werent pre-diagnosed by a psychologist. Hopefully it works but it doesnt really sound close for ADD. Tenex is for kids is a drug you can google and learn about that is non-controlled. Strattera is another name of a drug that is non-controlled. If your doc will only write non-control drugs, at least get a ADD one.

if he finally gives in to a stimulant, there is a few in a non abuseable form like DayTrana Patches which is Ritalin in a patch you just wear on your skin, and itll absorb slowly that way you dont get a "rush". However, your doctor seems to not want to treat it this way so i doubt he will beacuse its still ritalin which makes this a C-2, 0 Refills + highly addictive.

-Registered Pharm Tech (But not a doctor so remember to ask organized manner, dont rush, and maybe bring a list of notes you want to ask such as why was i given zoloft, ask the other meds etc..

(u can say to doctor that the pharmacist told you it was for depression and not ADD and you clarified it twice with her if doc says where did u get info- u can call the pharmacy u filled it at- get ur bottle- and ask about your drug.. its your right as a patient- thats why they get paid 50 a hour.. trust me.. your not bothering them)

Hope this helps, and everyone must be on the same page for you to get proper care. Not involving the parents, Not going to a Child ADD Specialist doctor, etc can all lead to misdiagnosis and mismanagement which you are at a perfect age to turn it into goodness now and not make mistakes like many of us...Let us know what happens

Well I pretty much have ADD and Anxiety. So thy wanted to treat the Anxiety first, hence the anti- depressant medication. If I still have problems with the ADD after this, then ADD meds will be added into the bunch.

I am on summer vacation so I have the time it takes for the anxiety medications to start really being effective.

I was diagnosed by a psychologist and he just recommends medications to my normal doctor, who then prescribes it.

Canadian4Life
10-09-10, 11:04 PM
Sooo...I got prescribed Zoloft (generic form) Today. I'm supposed to break the 50mg tablet in half and take 25mg for a week or so then titrate up if needed.

Now I have a few questions....

1) If this doesn't solve all of my focus/concentration (ADD related problems) what kinds of ADHD meds are safe with Zoloft?

2) To my understanding Zoloft takes 6-8 weeks for full effects?

That's all. For now...thanks!

I take zoloft and ritalin. Zoloft will help alot with behavioral problems but you need an adhd med to help with the focus and impulsivity part. I've only been on zoloft 2 weeks but so far so good!