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sertraline: I was totally in charge. Until I wasn't. Elderly mother, disabled sister, husband with sometimes unmanaged depression, stressful job, commitments to the community, and teenage child with issues I could not even comprehend. I lost it: Some issues with my child were the last straw Had panic attacks and the most miserable days of my life. My husband dragged me to my doctor, who prescribed 50 mg of sertraline, along with Xanax as needed. The Xanax lasted 2 days: all I could do was sleep, and in the short time I was awake, I felt like Jacob Marley, dragging chains of memory. Several months of the sertraline later, I was better, but still crying and panicky. Upped the sertraline to 75 mg and it has been a miracle. Joyous return to myself.
Zoloft (sertraline): I started taking Zoloft about two weeks ago for anxiety and panic attacks because I have a fear of being alone and driving. I have tried everything to avoid medications cognitive therapy , vitamins, and even Buspar, a medicine with a short life. I am not sure if it's working yet to fix my problems but I feel happier and my boyfriend notices the difference. The first week was horrible. I got every side effect listed. I also had a major panic attack, when I called the doctor he said to hang in there once my body gets used to it they will all go away. Which for the most part they have. I put the medicine to the test yesterday by driving by myself and was extremely panicky. I made it through with out a panic attack.
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Zoloft (sertraline): The stress from my job causes me to question my decisions and while I am usually right 99% of the time, I still have self-confidence issues that result in panic attacks. These attacks cloud my thought process and at times have resulted in some pretty stressful presentations. Therapy, 0.25 mg of Xanax prior to a key presentations (maybe twice a month) and 100 mg of Zoloft daily for the past 6 months have been amazing! I think more clearly, I am much more articulate, don't worry about my decisions, and sleep at night. Very few side effects.
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Zoloft (sertraline): Started taking Zoloft four days ago and can already tell the difference. I was having trouble driving because I had several panic attacks while doing so. I have driven every day since starting the Zoloft and it hasn't bothered me yay! The only side effect I notice is it upsets my stomach, but I have found if I take it with a smoothie it doesn't.
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Zoloft (sertraline): I remember looking at this website 5 or so months ago trying to find reviews on Zoloft and I must admit it scared me to even try it. I have been struggling with anxiety/panic disorder since the age of 13. (I am now 19) It would come and go, I would be good for a few months and then have a month of extreme anxiety. I have tried almost every medication out there from Celxa, Paxil, Lexapro, Abilify and many more. All of them made me feel emotionless. Yeah, the anxiety was gone but so was all my other emotions. I went a year without any medication only to hit rock bottom. I couldn't leave the house, I quit my job, and overall lost my passion for life! Zoloft changed that, it truely saved my life! I HIGHLY recommend Zoloft!
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Zoloft (sertraline): Been taking Zoloft for 2 weeks and 3 days for panic attacks and general anxiety disorder. 2 weeks in I felt like myself again, careless towards things that didn't matter and was able to go to work and be more social. For 3 days now I've felt strange, had a panic attack though on day 14 and I think that might be why (can't get over them sometimes). I can't wait for a month to be over with so I'll get the full effect of Zoloft. Hopefully I'll be back to normal soon.
Zoloft (sertraline): Two weeks of digestive symptoms, and six weeks of not being able to orgasm, but then this medicine kicked in and I felt almost normal again. All the side effects went away. I started at 50 mg and never went up. My anxiety had settled down to where I could talk myself through it or ignore it. I am so grateful Zoloft was the first medicine I tried, and that it worked so well.
I had a history of migraines, three or four a year, some so severe they lasted for weeks and/or sent me to the ER, and I haven't had a single migraine in the year I've been on Zoloft. SSRIs are not supposed to prevent migraines, but it sure seems like my issues were related.
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Zoloft (sertraline): I started taking Zoloft after a very bad head on collision left me with post traumatic stress disorder and severe anxiety. I was taking Xanax but it did not help. I just started the Zoloft and agree, it is a miracle. Started at 50 mg then went to 100 and 100 left me feeling sick to my stomach and overall blah. I am taking just 50 and feel better. I feel more in control and stable. Have not had a panic attack since taking this medicine in just less than one week.
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sertraline: I have been on Zoloft for a couple of years. Like many, I read the reviews and was afraid to take it, but having established a good connection with my physician and trusting her judgment, I decided to try it out for a few months. We gradually stepped up the dosage, and I am now on 150mg. It really does work wonders for me. I used to worry constantly and was very irrational about some of these worries. I had severe anxiety over my job, and it was starting to reflect negatively in my performance. Now that I am on Zoloft, I feel much more even-keeled, and I don't seem to ever be too worried about anything. I can have rational thoughts about things that concern me. It doesn't work for everyone, but it's worth a shot if you suffer from anxiety.
Zoloft (sertraline): I started taking zoloft for panic attacks because xanax alone was not working and let me tell you - zoloft is a miracle. Zoloft feels like an anchor is on my brain keeping me so much more stable. It has even helped tone down my paranoia and hallucinations. Thanks to whoever created zoloft!
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sertraline: I have had panic disorders since I was 13 and it started impairing my life a year and half ago. My doctor diagnosed it and the symptoms were all spot on! I wasn't going crazy! So I've only been on it for a week and already my hyperventilation is down 90%, I just feel so much better. I do still have anxiety but its improved a lot. I feel mellow and having a huge loss of appetite. I've lost 2 lbs in a week because I only eat when I'm hungry and not when I'm anxious and trying to fill my time with something comforting! So far I'm taking 25mg and next week will be bumped to 50mg. I am loving this. I feel like I can live my life again and can't wait to see how much more I improve!
Zoloft (sertraline): I have always suffered from depression, but got panic disorder after I broke up with my fiance of 3 years. During that time it was hell. I couldn't drive or go out alone in fear that I would hurt myself or others out of impulse.
I was prescribed citalopram initially and it made things worse. Strangely my mom is on citalopram and copes really well (she has depression without anxiety). My psychiatrist recommended a switch to Zoloft and everything improved drastically. My symptoms of anxiety subsided dramatically and I can now continue with my life as normal. I still get mild panic attacks, but very rarely or when I get very upset. I would definitely give Zoloft a thumbs up, but it should be clear that these medicines affect every person differently.
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Zoloft (sertraline): Currently take 75 mg of Zoloft per day to help with panic attacks and anxiety (no depression). Took about 1 month for my panic attacks to totally stop. Still had anxiety but now that I've been on it for almost 3 months I have almost NO anxiety. Did experience a side effect of my jaw clenching starting in the 2nd month. When I was on 100 mg (my doctor didn't believe this was a side effect of the medicines (but I am CERTAIN), so I backed myself down to 75 mg and after 2 weeks of being on that reduced dosage the jaw clenching went away. SO grateful for this medicine. VERY IMPORTANT- if you have anxiety, panic, or depression. GET COUNSELING- it helps almost as much as the medicine.
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Zoloft (sertraline): I have been on Zoloft for a year and I can honestly say it changed my life. I had suffered with anxiety and panic attacks since I was in the first grade, and I hated my life. I felt cursed. I felt weird because of it. It got to a point of hopelessness and depression. I did counseling, exercise, journaling, all-natural vitamins, everything. Nothing helped. I didn't want to rely on medication to help me get through life, but after talking to my doctor, I decided I had to. My doctor put me on a low dosage of Zoloft and I can honestly say, I've never been more calm, focused, content, and determined. Zoloft helped me relax and deal with problems rationally. It changed my life for the better, and recommend it to any teenager who needs help.
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Zoloft (sertraline): I have been taking Zoloft 50mg for Panic Attacks for 7 years. I feel great and I have not noticed any side effects other than yawning right after I take the pill. It works so well for me that I never want to go off of it, however no studies have been done on long term side effects. I also don't want to go off of it because of all the scary things I hear about withdrawal symptoms.
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Zoloft (sertraline): I have been on (Zoloft) for 6 weeks now and have noticed a big difference in my mood and panicking. I have only had 3 panic attacks since I have been on it! Which is a good thing for me because before I started it I was having panic attacks all day everyday. I have only had night sweats other than that nothing major! I started out on 25mg just like everyone else and after 1 month they increased it to 50mg and I think that 50mg has helped me a lot. No more panic and no depression. Life is getting a lot better thanks to the Zoloft I would highly recommend it. Good luck to all.
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Zoloft (sertraline): I'm a 21 year old /male. I started to have severe panic attacks. I smoked marijuana heavily for years and had a stressful situation a year prior to the attacks. I've been taking Zoloft for 7 months now and I want to wean myself off it. I take 100 mgs. It works to an extent but I think the rest is all in my head. When I first started I felt tired all the time but that passed... and after a month I could barely ejaculate and its been like for this for months. I want my libido back.
Zoloft (sertraline): Stick with the medicine, it truly does take 6-8 weeks for your body to adjust. I take 75mg in the morning (keeps me up at night with RLS) and my anxiety is under control and I am able to go on with life and my day to day activities. The side effects I had in the beginning of being tired, RLS, yawning excessively...did go away with time and now I experience none of those things.
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Zoloft (sertraline): Been on Zoloft for about 2 months for panic disorder. Taking 100mg a day I can see a noticeable difference. I feel more at ease, and I almost never panic like I used to. Friends have said that I am more social, and I'm more like the 'me' of years ago before stress and anxiety started to run my life. Like all anti-depressants, the first 2 weeks were a little rough, but my doctor gave me a prescription of Klonopin which helped.
Like all SSRI, find the one that works for you. I was on Paxil for several months and was a mess. Horrible mood swings which my friends described as 'very manic depressive', which is something that I never had a problem with. Zoloft seems to work fine for me.
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Zoloft (sertraline): I have been taking Zoloft 100mg for over a month now for my anxiety disorders and panic attacks that have gotten in the way of my peace and my family welfare. The results have been positive, I feel less stressful, less jittery and do not snap at my family for anything. Also, it makes me feel more positive towards life and people. At first it gave me mild diarrhea for two days, and yes, my sexual appetite has dwindle a bit. I fully recommend it, it is worth trying some medication rather than living with emotional distress a whole life.
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Zoloft (sertraline): I decided to go back on sertraline (Zoloft) 50 mg after experiencing anxiety and depression. I have started on it and 2 days into it I am feeling sick. I lost so much weight. It also made me tremble and get chills. I have diarrhea and vomiting.
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