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Also known as: Zoloft

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Sertraline Review Summary

7.8/10 Average Rating

178 Ratings with 153 User Reviews

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Reviews for Sertraline to treat Anxiety and Stress

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"I have been on escitalopram for 10 years, I am in full blown menopause, and my anxiety and depression has increased, the doc has put me on sertraline 50mg, I'm on day 4 and feel sick and keep having bouts of tearfulness, just wandering how long it has took for this to pass, I hate having this all over again"

   
4.0

NettieDodar August 29, 2015

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"I have had anxiety attacks since i was 24. I was on Prozac for almost 15 years and it really helped. I went off it on my doctor's advice, saying I could cure it with diet and exercise, about 6 months later I was in a terrible position and dreaded life. I saw a psychiatrist that I paid out of pocket because Covered CA tries to get you to see people with MA Degrees in counseling. Of course, they are much cheaper. The very kind Psychiatrist empathized with me and said I should not have to feel this way. He put me on Sertraline, starting on 50mg working my way up to 300mg over two months, the first 2-3 weeks were hard. I had some sexual side effects that are gone now and I feel like a normal person again. I am extremely happy with this."

   
10

Eric CA August 22, 2015

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"I finally decided to get help with my anxiety and depression after many years of battling it. My doc prescribed me this and I was excited, to think I was finally going to get my life back. I'm a 23 with 2 kids and a wonderful husband who now have to watch me cry in panic everyday. It has made it harder for me to work or be around people. Even after 3 weeks of being off the medication I still feel the effect of it. I feel worse, I'm constantly in panic and scared of something that I have no control over. I am now constantly thinking about death in hopes that there is an afterlife. Something I have coped with years ago but its back. This medicine didn't do any good for me it did the exact opposite. Please take caution when taking this."

   
1.0

Scary experience (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 18, 2015

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"I just wanted to write a review for anxiety, I am 34 year old female, and all the sudden one day I had bad anxiety, that I couldn't control.well this time it didn't, I felt nerouse, heart races and just sick to my stomach. So I went to the dr. and she prescribed me Sertraline 25 mgs. Well the first 2 1/2 weeks were horrible bc it made my anxiety worse and I had lots of side effects, I had diariah, hot flashes, and over active reflexes in my leg. I made many calls to the dr. she said I was fine, bc I kept thinking everything was wrong with me. Finallly after 3 weeks I felt better!! Stick With it, also was prescribed Xanax to help in the meantime!!"

   
9.0

shawn m August 17, 2015

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"Hi I am 26 years old female, I would like to share this story to help others. I have depression for four years, which lead to mayor anxiety. I was becoming a recluse and I had an explosive temper, it was affecting everything I was doing. When I was first diagnosed I was put on small dosage of Citalopram and then increased to the maximum dosages. The counsellors and doctors thought I was over the crisis after a year and half of treatment, but then a had a terrible relapse. I was placed back on Citalopram, but I felt like I was drowning. So after few tries with other medication they put me on Sertraline and I can honestly say it's been a gift from God. My mood is brighter and now I feel like I can live and get on with me life."

   
9.0

Sertraline have helped my life August 16, 2015

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"I have been taking Sertraline for 3 months now for anxiety, I started with 50mg and have had very bad mood swings, aggression attacks and feeling of throwing up for roughly a week, however after that I started to feel much better until a month later, I was feeling just like before taking the medicine (anxious) . So the doctor increased my dosage to 100mg, and had even worst side effects, very severe mood swings, aggression attacks at anything, hungry all the time and fatigue, this has lasted for a month, however now, two months after increasing my dosage, I have been feeling much much better. Bottom line, I say give I time to work, about a month, and if you didn't feel better, then you should talk to your doctor, don't give up on it "

   
9.0

SS123 August 11, 2015

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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,"

   
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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."

   
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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."

   
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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."

   
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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."

   
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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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