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It's complicated. I <span style="text-decoration:underline;">need</span> meds (tried w/o and went horribly - both PPD times). Because I'm bf'ing, Zoloft is the drug of choice. I do great (emotionally) on 50 mgs a day. However, my blood pressure drops dangerously low from the meds (we're talking 92/55 regularly). I get awful headaches, I see stars just bending over to pick something up from the ground, etc. Not wanting to pass out with babe in tow or while driving, I dropped down to 25 mgs daily. Now I'm - how do I say this? - a turbo, psycho b***h. To put it mildly. <i><span style="text-decoration:underline;">I</span></i> can't even stand me!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: So, obviously something needs to be done. But I can't be suffering like I did with the 50's. What do I do?? Any ideas??
 

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Have you talked to your doctor about the blood pressure issues? There are ways you can increase your blood pressure (diet, medications, etc), so maybe you can work together to allow you to continue taking Zoloft at 50mg but not have low blood pressure.
 

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Can your doc prescribe you a dosage that is not commercially available, like 35 or 40 mg and you can get it made at a compounding pharmacy? I do that with my Prozac to find the right dosage and it's very helpful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Can your doc prescribe you a dosage that is not commercially available, like 35 or 40 mg and you can get it made at a compounding pharmacy? I do that with my Prozac to find the right dosage and it's very helpful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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Had no clue you could even do that!! That's definitely something I'll have to check into. Maybe I'll call our docs tomorrow.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Had no clue you could even do that!! That's definitely something I'll have to check into. Maybe I'll call our docs tomorrow.</div>
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You can also buy a pill cutter to cut the pills in half, if needed. I don't know about generic Zoloft, but the name brand pills are scored, so they are super easy to cut. (When I was on it, it was cheaper to get 15 100mg pills than 30 50mg pills, so I opted for the 100s and just cut them in half.) So you could take 1.5 pills of 25mg, if that dosage works better than 50mg. Going this route would also probably be cheaper, since compounding is expensive and insurance doesn't always cover it.
 

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Oh yes, a pill cutter is a good idea as well.<br><br>
As for the compounding, my pharmacy writes a letter that I submit to my insurance with the bill and it gets reimbursed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">:<br><br>
Good luck!
 
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