Hello! I have recently started taking 25mg of Zoloft for my anxiety and panic attacks.I know it takes a while to kick in but has anyone else gotten really irritable and just been really scared since they started taking it. I'm sure the fact that I am on something scares me more then anything else and doesn't help the situation. But I haven't experienced any other side effects except really strong bursts of irritability and fear. Did this happen to anyone else? Thanks
18 Mar 2011
I am going to be honest with you I was having terrible Panic at the time and I think the very fact that I was on something that I really didn't know much about really scared me, it didn't do anything for my anxiety or my panic, Zoloft was a drug that made me kind of jumpy and jittery, in all fairness to the drug a big part could have been me, I ended up being switched to another combination of Medications a 0.5 mg dose of xanax and Lexapro 10mg. those seemed to work but the one thing that I think is true for everyperson we are all unique and what drug may work for one person may be totally not the drug that works for another person, I think it is a matter of trial and error, I do understand what it feels like to go through anxiety and especially panic, it is a nightmare. I journaled every day I kept records of how each day went then when things weren't going well I could go back and see and sometimes I think it made me realize that things were not as bad as I always thought they were I wish you the very best
25 Jul 2010
Zoloft can be used for panic disorders. I was prescribed this medication sometime ago and didn't have a whole lot of success. It was prescribed to me for ordinary depression. For me, it worked like more of a mood stabilizer... no highs, no lows, I felt like I was just there. Try not to worry and give the medication time to work. Good luck to you.
Zoloft is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Zoloft affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms.
Zoloft is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
15 Jan 2011
I did!!! I don't know I couldn't stand the bursts of irritability and fear I was changed to Lexapro whatever they give you the one thing you have to do is fight, fight, fight, medications help but they don't stop it all please take care and above all be safe you may need to talk with the doctor
8 Jul 2013
I am currently on 100 mg of Zoloft and I have lost 19lbs in 35 days... I have more frequent bowel movements, I don't get hungry and when I do I get full fast... I sweat like a hog, have lil memory gaps, like I lose my lighter 3xs a week... If your scared or irritated you should talk to your doctor because I was having those effects on celexa and let me just say it didn't work out, my doctor wanted to keep me on it but I had a lil meltdown and the psych hospitals dr took me off it.. :) hope it helps at least a lil!
14 Mar 2013
I have severe PTSD as a 100% service-connected trauma injury veteran. The process for a multitude of drug therapies over many years, for me, has been trial & re-try until "your dose & meds" are balanced for you. Does take patience & persistence to get there but so well worth the journey! 25mg of Zoloft is below most therapeutic levels. Your anxiety is better served with other
meds and must be balanced with behavioral (not analysis) therapy to reduce the cause & effect of body/mind/spirit balance. Zoloft is not my anxiety med! I have taken Klonepin for years with no addication issues or prescription changes but it has saved my life, literally. I have appreciated the foundation these meds have given me, like a platform for slow clarity. We still need to learn how we can manage (or leave) our past behind. Best wishes to you. Just my own story,and personal opinions.
23 Jan 2011
I began taking Zoloft at 10 years ago. My MD told me to ignore the side effects for the first couple of weeks. I had some intestinal upset at first but the major side effect was an overwhelming sense of feeling wiped out for a few days. All of my years of hyper active anxiety driven mental and physical life came down heavily.I felt like I couldn't get out of bed. This and the other more overt first reactions to the drug gradually disappeared. The gradual but longer lasting sexual dysfunction has persisted and I'm presently looking for options to correct this, if possible.
Being concerned about "being on something" went on for a number of years in one fashion or another. Thoughts that I was "cheating" and that I "should" or "ought" to do life without the drug were common. These thoughts were rooted in some hypothetical model of behavior with which I used to compare myself and ultimately stopped believing as true for me.
Now, if I could stop believing one thought... hmmmmm
21 Oct 2010
I was irritable, anxious, moody, and just plain SCARED all the time. I waited 2 months for it to work. Then Doc upped my dose and I felt worse. Cried every night. Became totally despondent. Went back down to 100mg then to 50mg. Now I've switched to Cymbalta and 2 mg of Klonopine spaced thru the day for anxiety. I feel much better. (although anything would have been better). Talk to your dr if you dont feel better. Everyone responds different to different meds.
Lexapro also helps with anxiety and depression. I took that for many years with success.
8 Dec 2012
Hello, I was on Zoloft 25 mg for about 1 month, then increased to 50 mg for about 3 months until they put me on different medication to treat my other symptoms that were more concerning. This medication worked great for my anxiety. The only thing, like you said, at first when I started it I was scared to take it because I did not know what it was going to do which gave me anxiety. A few weeks into it my anxiety was 100x better. However, when they slowly took me off of it, by the time I was off my anxiety seemed worse than ever. I do not know if this was because of my schizophreniform that was diagnosed while of Zoloft (which is why they took me off) or if it had anything to do with the medication. I also noticed that I was more irritable around the time that I started taking it but that has not stopped since I switched from Zoloft to Resperidone so I do not know if that had anything to do with the medication either. Sorry for not having much information but I hope I helped a little.
19 Mar 2011
In response to your question, my husband takes 100 mg of Zoloft for bipolar depression. He has not had these side effects. With your topic of PTSD, PD, SAD,& GAD, don't you think you could just have aniexty just taking a new med? If you are that uncomfortable you should speak with your doctor, but with all your problems I would suggest you give it some time to see if it can help you. It can take time for a med to work right, & usually they start at a lower dose & increase it slowly to get the maximum relief. Good luck...
12 Dec 2011
Antidepressant medicines may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teenagers, and young adults especially within the first few months of treatment. Depression and certain other serious mental illnesses are important causes of suicidal thoughts and actions. Patients of all ages who are started on antidepressant therapy should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior..
29 Jul 2010
I started with 50 mg. and eventually moved to 300 and at that point had a meltdown, that made me worse! I moved back to 125 and am much better, I know everyone is different,but for me, it appeared too much of a good thing was not a good thing. I had no side effects as you describe, but then again, all our brains are different. Be sure to keep your doc informed. I believe that's key too.
23 Oct 2010
Anonymous986, hello. I have been on Zoloft for so long I do not remember if I had any fear or irritability. I do know that this med has helped me with depression and anxiety. I felt a difference in about two weeks. I started on 50 mg and I am now on 200 mg. I do get alittle depressed at times but it is because I do not live near any family. I also live way out in the country away from everything. I hope you give Zolft a try because it may help you. I know it is tough to wait but you can do it. All of the comments from the members of Drugs.com are really helpful. It is nice to know that you have friends out there who care about you. I hope things get better. I will say a prayer for you. Sweetie Pie
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