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User Reviews for Sertraline

Also known as: Zoloft

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Sertraline Review Summary

7.8/10 Average Rating

172 Ratings with 147 User Reviews

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Reviews for Sertraline to treat Anxiety and Stress

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"I have been in sertraline for 4 months now as I suffer from anxiety and stress. Here is my experience. As an 18 year old teenager I suffer from anxiety due to family issues. I went to the doctors and they prescribed me with these tablets and counselling. I took my tablets and attended counselling. The first few weeks of taking my tablets I felt awful , shaking, dizzy, being sick, heart was racing like mad and I felt just unwell. When a month went past I felt a lot calmer and a lot more controlled. 4 months later at this moment in time I am having a bit of anxiety due to more stress. Still on the tablets but hopefully it should calm down soon. I am very aware of anyone who suffers from anxiety how hard it is. :)"

   
8.0

barker1 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 28, 2015

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"I'm 27 years old and have always had a terrible temper. It's always resulted in episodes of rage. God forbid if I cant find my keys or lose my wallet in the morning. While my anger was never directed at people, I could tell my temper was taking a toll on my fiance. The doctor started me out on 50mg and then bumped me to 75mg after a month. After a couple weeks I noticed I wasn't so quick to lose it and when I did snap and I was able to come down after a few moments. Never was a fan of being medicated, but this has definitely helped my anxiety to a point where my fiance is making sure I take them every night at 10pm with a smile on her face."

StevieGmicheal July 27, 2015

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"I just started taking 50 mg after 10 mg of celexa wasn't keeping the panic at bay. First few days I felt my head clear and the negative thoughts slip away. By day 5 I'm feeling out of sorts, afraid and a bit emotional. I'm cutting down to 25 mg but hoping this will all pass. I'm really hoping for the medicine to give me my life back but worried about side effects."

   
6.0

Anonymous July 26, 2015

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"previously been treated for anxiety & low with citalopram, I did feel better after 2 years, reduced & came off. After 6 months I started to feel low again, irritable, unable to concentrate, terrible sleep patterns, abusing alcohol & pain killers, night sedation & phenergan! I was depressed! Tried sertraline 50 mg od initially & felt worse! But gradually my mood lifted! After about 2 weeks my mood was definitely better however the anxiety took much longer! It's been about 8 weeks now & I feel great. Taking 100mg sertraline od & it's fab! My advice is stick with it, if you initially feel rough it will pass xxxxx"

   
9.0

Mrs. A July 13, 2015

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"I have had depression since I was 17 and recently started dealing with major anxiety issues, I was put on the 50mg pill and the first 2 weeks was really hard i was anxious,weak, and had mood swings.. 2 months later this has honestly been amazing for me and has helped me on so many levels,"

   
10

NSG480 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 12, 2015

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"I have been taking it for a month, side effects have been awful. Constipation, feeling like a zombie, not sleeping at night, tired in the day, no sex drive. I'm thinking about switching cause I feel like my head is so foggy and I am not living life to the fullest. Anxiety symptoms decreased, OCD behaviors increased."

   
6.0

Harshtone4 July 9, 2015

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"Istarted taking Sertraline 11 months ago due to anxiety caused through major life traumas and problems but work tipped me over the edge. I felt like i was unable to smile fuction talk and walk some days horrible feeling so went to Doctors and started treament. No side effects and after 2 weeks the black cloud lifted from my life! I cant tell you how brilliant i feel im generaly happy calm and do not over react anymore. I do not plan on coming off this medication at all... I am 52 years old."

   
10

ReeBazza (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 9, 2015

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"I have been on this drug for 5 weeks now and i finally acquired myself. Though i had this panic attack all of a sudden, and i did not even know what panic attack is. I went for all types of heart tests etc before someone suggested to see a psychiatrist.I found the courage to go to a psychiatrist and he prescribed this med. I used to feel sad, unsure and even sort of lost at times.Good that i went to this doc without waiting for the symptoms to go on their own as one doctor had advised. I feel so good now. The reason of my posting here is that i used this forum to know about this drug and i also want to add my experience so others are also helped."

   
10

Ohme June 30, 2015

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"been on sertraline now for about 18 months after my anxiety was turning into panic attacks. I was really bad, i couldn't sleep for constant fear of not waking up-id have 2-3 panic attacks EVERY DAY. i very very rarely have them any more and even if i start, i seldom get a bad one. The medication has stopped the attacks and lessened the anxiety. im still an anxious person but i can live my life now. It's given me heart burn but i have omeprazole now for that. the sertraline does not make you happy, but it makes you not anxious/sad which is good. overall im very happy, just wish i felt 'normal' but ah well eh? :P"

   
8.0

charbuscus (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 23, 2015

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"I've had extremely bad anxiety for 25 years and I have been very very depressed on and off through my life. I had tried many different prescriptions in the past but gave up on every one of them because of side effects. This medication has felt like it saved my life in many ways. I went from feeling like I was in a very dark hopeless place that effected my work and social life too feeling like quality of life is so manageable and pleasant and bright. So much to be thankful for."

   
10

tried a lot of different meds but this works June 7, 2015

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"I was suicidal after my doctor prescribed sertaline"

   
1.0

hardcore1 (taken for less than 1 month) May 30, 2015

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"I have only been on this drug for two days and I'm already finding it really difficult waking up in cold sweats almost vomiting having a bad tummy and just feeling very scared I'm not sure if to stay on them as everything seem so much more worse"

Cody369 May 20, 2015

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"Suffer from depression, anxiety and panic attacks, first I was given sertraline, 3 days I felt sick and just rubbish after 1-2weeks I felt like I could move around, do what needed to be done, there were side affects, felt a bit like a zombie, but I was managing and coping and living my life and did stop after 6months wanting to tackle it on my own and try and manage, after 7months off them I found symptoms slowly getting worse and felt I should go back on 25mg - Like others have said stick with it, its better to manage and live then feel trapped in your own body."

   
8.0

Perisan (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 15, 2015

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"This has been one of the toughest medications I have ever been on. I've been on countless numbers of antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilisers... Around 25 medications in total. I was wrongly diagnosed as borderline personality and suffered greatly as a result. Sertraline made everything so much worse for about three weeks: but then, it was like a switch had been pressed in my head. My racing, obsessive thoughts stopped, my constant headaches, insomnia, sweating, worrying, heart pains, vanished. I can think, I can feel and I can, for the first time in a long time, be 100% completely myself without the pain. You don't get points in this world for suffering and this has improved my life by about 100000000%. Stick with it."

   
10

JoeH1995 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 9, 2015

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"I've been suffering from generalised anxiety but especially at work..for around two years. Previously taking citalapram, I stopped due to side affects. Initially wary that these would be the same or worse. But 4 weeks into treatment. I really am back to my old self, Happy to enjoy life rather than being anxious all of the time. What's more, my work performance has improved, relationships are much more fulfilling for me and them. I exercise more, eat healthily, and generally my cognition is calm and clear. Few side affects.. Slight sleep disturbances, jaw clenching, and thirst...all now reduced and are easy to live with considering the benefits."

   
9.0

Topginge (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 9, 2015

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"I started using sertraline back in August 2014. After the initial side effects of high panicking and anxiety , which was why I was put the drug in the 1st place, the drug certainly helped me get back to a healthy state of mind. But like an idiot , after 6 months I thought I could tackle the world on my own again and dropped to 25mg a day for 4 weeks. Then stopped altogether. Big mistake. 3 weeks later bang, high anxiety kicked in and stress. So I'm back on 50mg a day for at least the next 6 months. Not that there is any problem with going back on it, more like a wake up to myself not too get carried with recovery. Enjoy the good times and the help sertraline can give. Got to put up with a few side effects of going back on them........."

   
9.0

MrBNegative (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 2, 2015

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"I am a 29 year old female and I have never taken a drug in my life prior to being prescribed 25mg of Sertraline (Zoloft). I was diagnosed with anxiety and panic attack. One of my panic attacks happened while I was driving to work and I was just scared to death to drive ever since for almost 6 months. I did a lot of research prior to making this drug. I was horrified of side affects and getting addicted to the drug. Long story short, I have been on this medicine for two months now and it has completely changed my life. I can drive now without fear and I feel great again :). This drug has completely changed my life. You do not have to be on it forever. Please, talk to your doctor and give this medicine a try. Take care!"

   
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Happy Puppy (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 29, 2015

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"Makes you feel worse for the first few days but the side affects start to wear off. On my 4 th day still got a little light head and a bit anxious but I feel so much better than what I did 4 days ago! Can get up and get dressed and do what I need to do. Taking your mind off it will make you feel better, constantly thinking about it will make you more anxious. Think positive:) overall I feel better than I did before, can't wait until it takes the full effect."

   
8.0

Anonymous April 20, 2015

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"This is truly amazing. Really helps, can't fault it. Started to work nearly straight away I feel alot happier. It has saved my life."

   
8.0

Kels-x April 18, 2015

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"Was on for 3 weeks. Went from having anxiety and panic attacks to having severe depression and suicidal thoughts."

   
1.0

Th3Machin3 April 10, 2015

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"This stuff has really helped me! Before taking it, I was always angry or depressed. Now for once I finally feel relaxed and I'm not so high strung either! I've never been able to just take a break! Finally I can! I wish I took it sooner!"

   
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stripednalem April 1, 2015

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"I was hesitant to post a review since I haven't even been taking sertaline a week yet. However, I'll share for anyone looking for an initial experience. Although it's common for this medication to to kick in for at least two weeks, I do believe I have felt a slight difference thus far. I've been going through emotional relationship issues for about a month now. Before starting this medication, I had CONSTANT recurring negative thoughts, I would feel down almost all day, I wouldn't have any motivation and my work ethic had plummeted. 5 days on the medication and it has stopped the recurring thoughts. While I still experience the pain of the situation, I'm still able to feel like myself without the anxiety having such a strong effect on me."

   
7.0

B. Rasmhss March 21, 2015

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"Ok so I've had anxiety/depression for over 20 years. I've tried Prozac, amitriptyline, citalopram, and sertraline. Sertraline has totally changed my life. I struggled with the side effects of the other meds mentioned and felt disconnected and zoned out at times, so much so I couldn't continue with them. However sertraline does still have its side effects, on first taking it increased my anxiety and so took diazepam for the first few weeks. I had a dry mouth at first but this has settled. I now have a normal sleep pattern and have the energy to play with my children, do housework and can leave the house without fear of being looked at it or even spoken to. Its all trial and error, I'm on dose 100mg daily I'm late 30s female. "

   
9.0

Floppy1 March 9, 2015

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"I am a 43 year old mom who's struggled with bouts of anger and anxiety. I felt so agitated by everything, I didn't want my boyfriend to even look at me and it took a toll on our relationship. I'm a grad student and an HR manager with a high stress work environment. I have ADD as well so I began taking a small amt of aderall with the zoloft and I am a 'sweetheart' now as my boyfriend says. In fact, we are ring shopping now. The zoloft does have the 1 sexual side effect for me which makes it difficult for me to 'finish'...but overall I really like this medication."

   
9.0

Sophie71 March 3, 2015

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"I'm 58, I have GAD (General Anxiety Disorder) I've been taking Zoloft/Sertraline 50mg, for 15 years. I 've had no problems. 3 months ago I experienced a dizzy spell with vertigo, lasted 3 hours. 2 days later my ear(s) started ringing. For 3 years now, I've been under the stress of personally caring for my mother who is 84. I have a full time job and have had for 20 years. 2 weeks ago, I slipped into anxiety/depression. Feelings of confusion, shaking, heart racing, no appetitie, not sleeping well or sleeping to much. My in control attitude got up and went. Doc (of 34 years) says raise the dose 100mgs. It took everything I had to take 50mgs 15 years ago. I still believe in Zoloft, wondering if 75mgs will help? Thoughts on ringing, vertigo?"

   
10

Briteyes (taken for 10 years or more) February 19, 2015

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