User Reviews for Sertraline
Also known as: Zoloft
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Reviews for Sertraline to treat Depression
"Was put on this last year after a bad break up which caused my low level functioning depression to turn into a near breakdown. First couple of weeks were so rough, very anxious and weepy, agitated and impossible to relax. After that I can honestly say it resulted in the best year of my life. I was relaxed and happy, and realised I'd been anxious for years which was probably causing the depression. I even went to a festival alone and had an amazing time, which would have been impossible before. I came travelling to australia in February and came off the meds without speaking to my doctor, because I thought I was 'better'. I didn't realise how much they were doing for me, and in the last five months I have got worse. Started again today."
Lenny87 July 2, 2015
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Zoloft (sertraline): "I developed depression a few months ago and felt that I had truly lost my mind. I was beyond sad, crying constantly, terrifying intrusive thoughts, lost all interest in hobbies, friends, I thought that was it for me. I didn't feel that I would ever be my normal self ever again. Zoloft has completely eliminated my depression. The first week was almost unbearable but I cannot stress how much better I began to feel after about 2weeks. It is a miracle drug, I truly cannot express how well it has worked for me."
Peachpeach June 24, 2015
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Zoloft (sertraline): "I've always experienced social anxiety growing up. I thought this was normal but it became clear to me during college that I shouldn't be feeling so shy all the time. I was afraid to be myself. I was constantly going back and forth between anxiety and depression for years. I tried meditation, yoga, running, a different diet... But nothing seemed to be working good enough! Enough was enough! I researched zoloft for a few weeks and finally decided to try it out. WOAH! Other than the initial side effects such as decreased appetite and restlessness, this medication changed my life!!! I feel very comfortable talking to people in social settings.. I could finally be myself! The biggest thing is being patient--- it works!!!!! Good luck everyone!"
Kort (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 23, 2015
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"19 yr old male going on 20. Had been suffering from extreme anxiety, depression, paranoia, intrusive thoughts for the best part of a year. Day to day life was a living hell and I rapidly began to lose any motivation and hope I had left. Started on 50mg, probably made things worse for first 4 weeks, upped to 100mg, wouldn't class it as life changing, anxiety and thoughts are still there, but a lot less intense. Much chirpier and can finally engage in day to day life with a lot more ease and comfort without feeling completely messed up and hopeless. Would recommend, just hang on in there. Things do get better."
King Monkey June 19, 2015
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"I have been suffering from depression after losing the love of my life.. The situation was unreal I could not understand my thoughts , I failed Uni , and couldn't even concentrate in any activities . I had to seek for help to continue to have a life , my Dr. Prescribed Zoloft same day I was the old me , I could not believe I was scared to admit I was not weak but I was sick , best decision I ever made , I got my life back , using for 3 weeks only .do yourself a favour ask your Doctors about it . Good Luck"
Nucha34 (taken for less than 1 month) June 18, 2015
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Zoloft (sertraline): "The Dr. prescribed this med after I developed a tolerance to Prozac after 15 wonderful years. I started at 25 mg. They always say to give it a few weeks to see if it is working. After 2 months he increased the dosage to 50 mg. which still did not work. Then after an increase to 100 mg. for a few months, he finally believed it was not working for me. He started me on Effexor, which took another 6 months of gradually increasing dosage to actually kick in. Please do not give up. After over a year of living a nightmare and feeling suicidal every single day, I'm now back to normal, almost every day."
coyotewoman June 16, 2015
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Zoloft (sertraline): "Love this medication. I'm a 28 yo mother of two and have suffered from anxiety on and off for the past 9 years and have tried different meds through out the years and the only one that has ever worked for me was the generic Zoloft! Like... wow! This medication does its job so well that i feel "normal" not high or zombified! Side effects for me has been loss of appetite, difficulty reaching orgasm, clenched jaw, hot flashes, and rapid heart rate but was told these would subsidize. But i still give this medication a rating of 9 because the benefits for me outweigh the side effects far too well. Been taking it for a couple weeks and if it's working this great now i can't wait to see in a couple more weeks."
kris25 June 15, 2015
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Zoloft (sertraline): "Taking his medication has been one of the best decisions I've made in my life thus far. If you are suffering from depression & anxiety then just give it a go because well life is just too dam short!"
Aydin (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 9, 2015
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Zoloft (sertraline): "I was crippled with anxiety, depression, and nagging intrusive thoughts. Zoloft has allowed me to live again. Please don't allow the stigma and misinformation out there about antidepressants prevent you from getting help and finding relief. Once your body adjusts to Zoloft (this can take upwards of 2-4 weeks), you will find relief and peace. I used a pill cutter to cut the prescribed dose (25 mg) in half and took the half dose for two weeks. Then I increased it to the prescribed dose. This is much easier on the body. Please consider doing this so you're not overcome and discouraged by some of the initial side effects. Good luck friends."
SilvaMine May 26, 2015
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Zoloft (sertraline): "Been taking 25mg zoloft for 2 weeks. Due to non stop over thinking, paranoia and constant checking up on suspected cheating partner. This drug has enabled me to think clearly again and be able to end an unhappy relationship that I could not end before. I don't react or panic at the thought of being on my own anymore. Its great to feel balanced and even keeled with my thoughts. No real side effects, although I am more motivated at home and don't seem to have a huge appetite so lost some weight. I like this drug, its given me some sanity again however I am worried about the symptoms returning if I stop taking it."
jillyangus May 23, 2015
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"I started on 50mg. I felt better in 2-3 weeks. I was so happy to not be crying. I get dizziness and have the yawning effect. At first it seemed like I would yawn every 2 minutes for days. The only thing that upset me about it was that I gained weight. I'm already a bit on the heavy side, but I had been maintaining my weight for years. All of a sudden I gained about 25 lbs in 6 months. When I talked to my Dr, he said the dosage wasn't high enough, that I was emotionally eating. It didn't make sense to me, since I had been able to maintain my weight even during my depression. Anyway, he upped it to 100mg. Now, I just feel lazy. I don't care about getting things done. I have to really make an effort to do anything. I'm going back to 50mg."
rem1105 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 22, 2015
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Zoloft (sertraline): "Absolutely changed my life. I am a 20 year old female who has struggled with depression and irritability since roughly 13. I tried meditation, I tried the "power of positive thinking", I tried listening to podcasts, I tried counseling. Nothing helped me until zoloft. I've been taking zoloft for 5 weeks. I had minor side affects for the first couple days (looser stool, headaches, stomach aches) but nothing I couldn't handle and they went away after 2-3 days as I got used to the medication. I'm currently taking 50 mg and don't plan on increasing. I feel overall happier. I'm not as irritable and things that I used to hate (going to work) are no longer even bad. I feel more myself, and like I'm not afraid to be outgoing. Highly recommended"
B.A May 22, 2015
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Zoloft (sertraline): "This has been a life changer for me. I guess I never realized how depressed I actually was until I started on Zoloft. I'd been fighting it for years, forcing myself to get up and get by each day, but getting worse and worse (avoiding people, having problems talking, having horrible insomnia). Within a week of being on Zoloft I noticed a major difference. I actually feel optimistic about life for the first time in as long as I can remember. My relationships with my wife, family, friends, and coworkers have all improved dramatically. In short, I'm no longer depressed. I had some side effects over the first few days (restless legs, night sweats, a zonked out 'zombie' feeling) but they passed quickly."
HardLifeGuy (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 19, 2015
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"When I first started taking this I was feeling great. Maybe a little too great! Everything just seemed amazing and I was so happy. I was previously taking citalopram which made me feel worse than I did before taking medication. Almost unbearable. So starting sertraline made me feel like there was actually something to make me feel better and that I can be positive again. But into my the 3rd week that kind of stopped and I was feeling less satisfied with life again. Very tired all the time. Some days feeling so sorry for myself I wanted to be alone and cry etc. Other days I felt so numb I didn't feel anything. I wasn't sad, wasn't happy, I just didn't care. still like this now after being upped to 75mg. Did anyone have this? Do I need upped?"
Rebecca rose (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 17, 2015
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"I began sertraline 50 mg approximately four weeks ago. I wasn%u2019t sure weather to take it at night or in the morning so I experimented with both. I found that during the day I would become very lethargic and yawn constantly with little energy but would then wake up in the middle of the night stimulated regardless of the time I took it. This frustrated me as I have always had a good sleep schedule and am an active person during the day, but I had read that others had experienced similar side effects and the effects eventually ceased. I felt better for several days%u2014not as downcast, brooding, heavy. After three weeks of taking it, the effect seemed to even out and I found myself struggling with feelings of hopelessness and doubt again. I felt better, certainly, just still struggling%u2014I don't expect a pill to %u201Ccure%u201D me of negative thoughts. I know I have control over my own thoughts, but it was that feeling of heaviness that tends to settle upon me%u2014like a dark cloud. When I went back to my doctor for the follow up, he increased it to 100 mg. I said let%u2019s try 75 mg first. He agreed. Within a couple weeks of taking 75 mg I still yawned a lot but I wasn%u2019t having trouble with lethargy and sleep issues as much. My attitude was much better. For example, I found that I really am a funny and silly person! I forgot that I was funny being under depression. I didn%u2019t realize how serious I had become, how reclusive. I also found my creativity really opened up. I had forgotten how creative I was. I also have been going to the gym and eating well. I try and smile and interact with people more%u2014even if I don%u2019t feel like it. I may just greet people or hold the door for them but it%u2019s better than me avoiding people like I used to. Some days are harder than others, but I can say that overall my experience with sertraline has been positive."
Barnabas777 May 13, 2015
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"I started on 10mg off citalopram when I was 16, they had zero effect so they upped me to 20mg of fluoxetine which made my severe depression worse, my brother was also prescribed fluoxetine and we both experience and major increase in suicidal thoughts whilst on them so I went back to the doctor. He then prescribed me with sertraline 50mg. The first few weeks of taking them were a nightmare, I'd wake up and take the tablet with my breakfast and I'd finds myelf being exhausted all then time and then I'd struggle to sleep at night. My partners mum is on sertraline 100mg and she said that the best thing to do is take them half an hour before you go to bed because the tiredness effect doesn't take long to kick in. Now I feel a lot happier"
Abbeyalp May 13, 2015
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Zoloft (sertraline): "Hi I thought I would share my experience to help others make a good decision. 5 years ago I was diagnosed with a Panic Disorder, GAD, and Depression. My initial struggles ended up with me on Celexa. This drug did work but took a long time for to take effect. (4 months). Last September it finally just stopped working. I went through a major period of depression and withdrawls until I finally found Zoloft. I had immediate effects! It turned my life around I now have zero side effects. I do have some lingering anxiety but nothing I cant handle. Occasionally I take a clonazepam to settle my kettle."
EasyDoesItNS May 7, 2015
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"I've tried a lot of other medications for my depressions an anxiety and they made me feel sick to my stomach. So I would stick to it. I was to busy trying push through my duties as a mother and wife. I couldn't feel sick to my stomach plus depression & anxiety. So when the Dr gave me Zoloft I was hesitant. I did take it the first day and I slept really well with NO drowsiness the next morning. I felt happy and focused. I was able to do the simple things like figure out what to cook for dinner. I have energy and a clear mind. I started with 50mg but I think I was getting used to it. So I started taking 100mg and so far so good! My husband notices a difference and loves it. It wouldn't hurt to at least to try it. I'm sooooo glad I did."
Leximarh (taken for less than 1 month) May 5, 2015
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Zoloft (sertraline): "I started Zoloft about 2 months ago. I was taking 25 mg to start, as I am very tiny. After about a month, I increased to 50 mg, and the results were felt within days. I'm not hitting my dangerous lows nearly as frequently, and when I do get upset, it feels tolerable. Yes, I still cry; no, I'm not happy all the time, but that's normal! For the first time in over 3 years, I understand what it feels like to be normal. PS-for those of you out there desperately looking for help, but not wanting to disappoint your loved ones who are opposed to taking psychiatric medication, do it for yourself. Here's what might happen: they don't work so you stop taking them, or they work and you never look back. Life is far too short to feel awful throughout it."
Cat - 20 yrs old April 25, 2015
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Zoloft (sertraline): "Pros: this drug gave me an energy boost that felt like it lifted my depression and increased my metabolism. My sleep schedule was normal, people said I was friendlier, and I had consistent appetite for healthy food. Cons: this drug took away my ability to have intimacy and perform any kind of exercise other than simple running on a treadmill. I could not play sports with any of my friends, because I would get lightheaded and faint, especially in the heat. I could not have a complete orgasm, and so that pretty much ruined sex for me. In summary, it treated several of my depression symptoms, but the things I had to give up due to side effects were not worth it. By the way, these side effects are a very common occurrence, not a surprise."
Steve Stevenson (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 21, 2015
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"Started taking 50mg sertealine for depression and anxiety, I started getting nausea after the first day, after a week it settled and after 2 weeks I felt a slight change in my mood but it seemed to be more effective for my anxiety. After 3 weeks I started getting some terrible side effects such as a bad stomach and diareha also long painful headaches. Anyway a month down the line I feel a lot better I can honestly say the medication is working although it has it's ups and downs try to stick with it, I would recommend seeing your Doctor to get the medication changed or the dosage changed if it has no effect because it's what I did. My quality of life has become so much better. I try to ignore the occasional side effects! Stick with it"
Liamh5659 April 19, 2015
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"I've been on Sertraline for 5 months now I started out at 50mg and it seemed to be ok my anxiety attacks were becoming far less and I was a lot happier then about 3 months later I found I was having panic attacks again and now for the last month I've been on 100mg my mood is so bad it's affecting my relationship and I always just feel down and worthless I'm going back to the doctor soon to hopefully sort it out"
lisaxxxx April 19, 2015
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Zoloft (sertraline): "I have been on Zoloft for a bit now and am on a 50mg dose. I find it has made a world of difference. I was taking it after dinner and had real bad insomnia and buzzing etc. So I told my doctor and we changed the schedule so I started taking it in the morning and I sleep great at night. Zoloft has helped with my depression and anxiety. I haven't felt this great since I can't even remember when. If your having bad side effects like the insomnia talk to your doctor and change the times you take your meds."
2344415emz2626266 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 7, 2015
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Zoloft (sertraline): "Zoloft is a miracle. I was having panic attacks and anxiety and since taking them I feel so much better .I can sleep at night and wake up refreshed and feel I could climb a mountain. Truly a wonderful medicine."
sazz22 April 3, 2015
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