My sister is having problems with postpartum depression. She started Zoloft a few days ago and is wondering how long it takes to feel differently? Any experience with this?

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Ashley - posted on 06/11/2009

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I agree with the two week response. I also took Zoloft for my post partum depression and it worked awesome! Hopefully it all works out for her too!

Melanie - posted on 06/11/2009

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I haven't taken that drug but have taken many antidepressants due to post natal depression and have always found it to be about a two weeks before they start to kick in , tell her to hang on in there it does get better. mel x

Melissa - posted on 06/15/2009

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usually two weeks but if it doesn't you need to go to a mental health doc asap, u may need a larger dose or be hospitalised ... i had depression before i even got pregnant, so i was pretty much garenteed to get postpartum depression... i was put on a large does of cetalapram which is a common anti depressant here in australia. however my cousin left her postpartum too long and she was hospitalised .... to get over tho ... the drugs do work but i found having someone there to help and talk to was amazing. my mum and best friend held my hand through the whole thing, i'm a lot stronger for it too!!!!

Larissa - posted on 06/11/2009

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It will take about 1 week to feel some kid of a change, but by 2 weeks you should feel a big difference. I have been on and off antidepressants over the years. Dr's say about 6 weeks is when you really see and feel any major changes. I am currently on antidepressants for panic/anxiety attacks. I noticed a difference after a week. Feeling really good now, been on them for about 2 1/2 months. I know you think start to think if you are normal but I can honestly say you are. Hang in there, you will get through it. Rissxx

Christie - posted on 06/11/2009

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I took Zoloft for my postpartum depression, and it takes about two to three weeks to kick in. Also, I remember starting off taking 25 mg then in two weeks, moving up to 50 mg. But something she needs to keep in mind is that Zoloft may not work for her. I tried something else before I took Zoloft, and it was horrible (I don't remember the name of the drug). But the other thing she might want to do is maybe doing some light counceling or just getting out and seeing other moms. I know that helped me as well. Wish her good luck and to hang in there!

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Tracie - posted on 06/16/2009

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it can take up to a month for her to notice a difference. the important thing is for her to take it every day and at the same time.

Relle - posted on 06/15/2009

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I Had depression b4 I got pregnant and was on zoloft for afew years...I dont think it helped me as I always felt depressed even when I was on the medication. I decided to stop taking it and I was like a junkie coming off smack...it was terrible!!! My hands shook, I had twitches in my right arm and eye and I felt like I couldnt face the world coz I was so fragile....my strong spirit got me through it ok though.



Zoloft is not a quick fix but I think counselling would definately help her through this time.

Bonnie - posted on 06/15/2009

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have never taken zoloft, but i would say that your support and help will benefit just as much. i'm not trying to say zoloft doesn't work. on the contrary. i just know that the feelings of depression can also be helped by short visits, help with the baby, or a trip out to lunch. do anything you can to keep her mind off her depression. and always, always, be there to listen ;-)

Ez - posted on 06/11/2009

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Anti-depressants take at least a week, usually two, to reach their therapeutic level.

Mel - posted on 06/11/2009

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oh my aunt had the same probs as me with this one lol so she switched to one that doesnt have those side effects. but most anti depressants take a few weeks to kick in

Mel - posted on 06/11/2009

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yeah it makes it so you cant reach orgasm cant remember how long it takes to take effect though i stopped taking them shortly after some other problems

Maria - posted on 06/11/2009

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I had pre and post-partum depression on my first born and it was tough at first. My doctor recommended an antidepressant, Effexor XR which I only take once at bedtime and it works wonderful! The fact that my doctor monitors my intake of the medication and tapering over time. Also, I'm on a regular exercise regimen to boost my endorphins ("the good feel") which snaps out the depressed stage so to speak.

Crystal - posted on 06/11/2009

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Zoloft gets into your system slowly but the advantages are long term. It usually takes about 2 weeks to a month to begin to notice a slight difference. I've been on it since March and I have become a completely new person because of it. I suffered with postpartum anxiety (my mind wouldn't shut off) and I was only getting one hour of sleep a night. I was basically on auto-pilot. I am very grateful for the medication but I also went to therapy and counseling and would highly recommend it to any woman suffering from this ailment. Please remind your sister that she's not alone and she shouldn't feel like she's any less of a woman or not a good mother because of the depression. I pray God's will, grace and mercy for her also.

Jennifer - posted on 06/11/2009

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Caroline, it really depends on the individual. For most people Zoloft can take between 3 weeks to a couple of months. Don't let your sister stop. It takes time to get into your system and do what it is mean't to do . If she doesn't take it consistently, she won't get the right affects either. Tell her to give it two months. If she doesn't feel better at all by then she needs to go see her doctor.

Mary - posted on 06/11/2009

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It depends on her dosage, but any of the SSRI's take anywhere from 2-6 weeks for the body to build up a theraeutic level. Any form of exercise is a GREAT compliment to this...it releases endorphins to help with your mood as well. With a baby, this is usually best accomplished by taking baby for walks - good for both of them!! It is hard to get yourself motivated to do it if you are depressed, but once started, it can become addicting (in a very good way!)



The other thing that makes a HUGE difference is the support of family & friends, without judgement. This is hormonally based, and something she really has no control over. I wish her the best!!

Arazona - posted on 06/11/2009

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Hi
I was on Zoloft after the birth of my twins. I did do great on it. You also need to take her enviroment into account. Does she have alot of support from the father? I do agree the only way to be able to get through this. Is with alot love and support. She will start to enjoy and love him. Has she every felt that she just does not want him?

Caroline - posted on 06/11/2009

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I really don't know how she feels, but it sounds like you ladies do. After your experience, do you think she will be able to enjoy her son like she should? I know everybody is different, but she was so looking forward to having her son, and now she doesn't feel like a good mom because she's having a hard time loving him and enjoying him.

Bryanna - posted on 06/11/2009

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I took Zoloft after my daughter was born. It took a good 3 weeks to kick in to the point where I was full functioning again.
exercise is the best thing she could possible do for herself right now. I know it's so hard, but if she could walk steady for half and hour it will help her, as soon as I started working out everyday again I was back to 100%
My heart goes out to her I hope she feels better soon!

Melanie - posted on 06/11/2009

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I haven't taken that drug but have taken many antidepressants due to post natal depression and have always found it to be about a two weeks before they start to kick in , tell her to hang on in there it does get better. mel x

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