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Yes: The best is therapy + medication. Fda approved meds include anafranil, paxil, luvox, Prozac & zoloft. Dose for ocd is at first 50 mg once a day and gradually increased to a maximum of 200 mg. Discuss w/ prescribing doc. Exposure-based cognitive behavioral therapy trials have produced consistent remission rates ranging from 40% to 85% across studies. ...Read more
Ocd is characterized by the presence of obsessions/compulsions that are recognized as excessive/unreasonable and time consuming (> 1 hr/day). Obsessions are recurrent/persistent thoughts, impulses, or images. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that one feels driven to perform in response to an obsession. The compulsions are aimed at preventing or ...Read more
No, you won't: Regret being medicated for ocd. Stay close to your doc and tell him/her any symptoms/changes that occur. Please don't adjust your medication yourself. Alternatively, or in addition, there are ocd specialists who use a behavioral approach to treating ocd. Your state psychological association may be able to refer you. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Considering Zoloft for severe OCD. What would be a good STARTING dose, given the severity? 50mg seems like not enough. Start w/100mg?
Ask doctor: Work with your doctor. Usually Zolft is started at 50 mg, and the dose is increased, as the patient tolerates it. For OCD, you probably will get up to 200 mg in a month or so. Then you may need to stay at that dose for several weeks to see an effect. Cognitive behavioral therapy should be started right away, if you are concerned about the severity of symptoms. ...Read more
I am on zoloft for ocd, and it scares me reading all of the stories of people losing their mind and hurting people. Is that something that can happen?
Probably not: Stories of SSRIs causing violence usually involve situations in which the people are not taking it; or are not taking enough of it; or have a condition for which it is inappropriately prescribed (such as bipolar disorder without a stabilizer). Otherwise, you can rest assured that it won't make you a mass murderer. ...Read more
Was on 20 Lexapro actually made ocd worse..is this possible....is Zoloft used for ocd ..might try this one?
OCD Medications: I understand your distress. Lexapro is a medication for treatment of Depression and Anxiety. It can have side effect of OCD symptoms or make existing OCD symptoms worse. Zoloft has been use for OCD; like Lexapro is SSRI medication and can have side effects.. See Psychiatrist for Therapy for stress and to cope with symptoms. Discuss Medications-Anafranil and Effexor for OCD. Do Tai Chi, Exercise, ...Read more
I'm taking zoloft for Pure ocd. How long until I should know if I need to switch meds? I am on day 3 and anxiety is high, I know that's normal.
Zoloft: As dose adjusted as tolerated, average 4-6 weeks. ...Read more
Add non-pharm tx: Add in non-pharmacological treatment for more improvement. Consider: Cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Homeopathy, meditation, Yoga, exercise program or Progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more
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