I’m asking because my dad has been on Zoloft for 4 years. He recently broke his pelvis and spent 5 weeks in rehab. He’s now back in his AL apartment with OT and PT. Since he’s been back he’s been exhibiting old behaviors from before he was on Zoloft. Very angry, mean and belligerent. I’m wondering what’s going on. He’s still having some pain and is using a narcotic pain reliever. Ideas or thoughts? It’s so sad, frustrating and stressful. He has vascular dementia.
Make sure he doesn't have a uti.
I've been going through a stint with Mononucleosis and I can tell you first hand the antidepressant I am taking doesn't seem to be helping as much. Also, off topic but I got my flu shot the other day and I've been feeling horrible since.
Have you discussed this with the doctor who is monitoring his Zoloft? Even if the doctor cannot be specific about your father for confidentiality reasons, they can listen to what you observe and possibly give you generic answers.
Pain changes our body chemicals. It can influence our blood pressure, our blood sugar levels, and all the chemicals that regulate anxiety and depression. And strong medications like narcotics can have many side effects. Having Dad see a geriatric psychiatrist at this time could be very worthwhile. It may be his other medications need adjustment at least while he is in pain/on pain medications.