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Reviews for Zoloft to treat Depression
Review by Anonymous:
Been on Zoloft 25mg a week. It killed my depression (almost) and my anxiety. I've been an opiate addict for 6 yrs and only quit 1 week ago. I can't believe I have no interest in painkillers all of a sudden. Several side effects occurred the first 4 days. Insomnia/ migraines /diarrhea. It's impressive now though.
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I have been on sertraline for 4 weeks now. I started on 6 mg...yes I cut up the pills into 1/8! After 1 day of nausea I felt much better. After 2 weeks I moved up to 12.5 mg. still feeling great. I wish I had done this years ago. While my main problem is anxiety, on reflection I have been depressed for years. Hope the very low dose continues to work. Life is just so much better, I am not constrained by wanting to go home all the time and most amazing anxiety over ridiculous things like waiting in line, etc.
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I went to the doctor because I was having anxiety/stress issues. I was getting along with any of my co-workers, I was crying at work for no reason, and I just wasn't myself. I had never taken any prescription medicine before Zoloft. My doctor said she thought I had anxiety, and maybe depression. I was prescribed 50mg Zoloft to start for a few weeks. I was supposed to move up to 100mg, but the 50mg are doing just fine. I have been on Zoloft for about three months now, and I do no have any side effects, nor did I when I first started. I was also prescribed Xanax as needed, but I haven't even had to take any since I started the Zoloft.
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I'll keep this short. Before Zoloft I was highly irritable. Couldn't keep a girlfriend even when they were crazy about me. I couldn't get along with my mom. I lost a lot of friends also with my mood swings and the way I would lash out at people for the smallest things.
Then I started taking it. Sertraline changed my life. I kept the longest job ever. Before I couldn't keep a job long because I would always annoy someone out. I had my longest most healthy relationship ever. My mom and I were like best friends.
Then when I could get down in the dumps emotionally it would be rare but far worse then I would be if I wasn't on Zoloft.
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When I started Zoloft I had tremors. My initial dose was 100mg, but after a few months I still had issues with anger and sadness. My dose was increased to 150 mg and I seemed to be doing better. My sad thoughts went away. I had no desire for sex at all. I still felt like I could sleep all day and all night every day. I just recently switched to Wellbutrin XL. It was hard on me coming down from the Zoloft. I became more sad, depressed, angry, hostile. A couple of times I had suicidal thoughts (didn't have before or while taking Zoloft). Pros no weight gain with Zoloft. Cons had to cut back on my caffeine, no sex drive at all, and just didn't quite work good enough for me.
I was on Zoloft for two years. I started taking it after I had a panic attack due to extreme stress. It worked well for me. I tried Lexapro for a few days maybe 9 to be exact and I couldn't function. I couldn't lift my head or have the strength to care for my son who was a baby at the time. Zoloft was amazing. I stayed on 50mg and felt normal again. But with that said, I did gain 30 pounds. The medicine makes you feel so relaxed as before I was a calorie counter and obsessed with what I ate. I didn't mind much because I was better, that's what mattered. I came off of it and decided to get back on 5 months after stopping. I can say the second time around of being on it doesn't work for me. Like others, I must have become immune to it.
I have been on Zoloft for about 6 weeks. I was experiencing depression which manifested itself in crying spells, anger, helplessness and loss of motivation. It took approximately 4 weeks for me to notice any changes, but I have noticed recently that I have motivation once again and I have not experienced any side effects which i was dreading such as loss of sexual desire and weight gain. I feel like my normal self again and able now to handle the issues of my life Prior to this I was sad a lot and having many crying bouts. I haven't noticed any negative side effects whatsoever.
19 users found this comment helpful.
I started Zoloft 2 years ago and was taking 100 mg daily. I quit cigarettes cold Turkey and figured I cold do the same with Zoloft. I probably have 3 or 4 days left till its out completely. Good thing no one crossed me in two weeks. Everytime you begin to get upset a surge races through your brain. Don't be like me. Wean off the right way.
10 users found this comment helpful.
I suffered from inherited depression (chemical imbalance). My family doctor put me and my mother on it at the same time. We both were nauseous and had headaches for the first 2 weeks, the subsided. Then we went up a dose after a month to 100 mg and had the same side affects again but then went away. Now we are both happy-go-lucky. Zoloft made me normal again. Which I had forgotten what normal was years ago. Saved my marriage and my life as well. I recommend taking it at night though.
16 users found this comment helpful.
I was suffering from depression and anxiety for as long as I could remember, but never sought treatment. My family has always been against relying on any sort of psychiatric drugs and believe in willpower as a medicine. Eventually, my condition got so bad, that I knew I had to do something about it. Zoloft saved my life! I feel like myself again and my rationality and naturally positive outlook have returned to me. Plus I haven't gained a pound! The only really negative side effect is reduced sex drive. This can also be due to hormonal birth control. I have also had very vivid dreams since going on Zoloft (50mg). That, I'm not complaining about. Amazing medication!
17 users found this comment helpful.
Zoloft was great for controlling my depression, anxiety and obsessive thinking. The side effects were not terrible, all but one of them went away in about a month. The ones that only lasted through the first month were: feeling tired and drained as well as an occasional but mild headache, however, the only long lasting side effect was decreased sex drive, which unfortunately never subsided for me, (the drive is still there, it just isn't as intense) This is a great medicine for depression, anxiety and obsessive thoughts, if you haven't tried it, please do.
26 users found this comment helpful.
This helped me a lot when I started taking it about six months ago. I had to switch over from Celexa because of the recent problems Celexa has caused.
Just recently, however, Zoloft has completely stopped working for me. I feel like I haven't felt in years: a deep sense of sadness that has nothing to do with my current circumstances. All brains are slightly different, though, so I don't mean to imply that this won't work for others.
I am a 44 year old women who is going through the early stages of the Change of Life. I was very on edge alot and upset when things did not go my way. Mood swings alot and alot of anger. Since I have been on Zoloft my husband says that I am easier to talk to and my teenage daughters enjoy being around me. I am so happy that I have my life back on track.
20 users found this comment helpful.
Started sertraline at 25mg and have slowly increased to 200mg daily over a period of 9 months. My depression is totally gone, but have continued to battle general anxiety and a little social anxiety. Just increased to 200 mg this week and have my fingers crossed! I also take 1 mg Klonopin daily. I'm a 55 year old female and as I look back over my life, I can see that I've always had anxiety issues. Zoloft has been a tremendous help for me!
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It is 2012 Jan. and I have been battling depression and anxiety for the last 5 months, I was managing it up until 8 weeks ago. I started taking Remeron (30mg)for 7.5 weeks and it did not help at all, when I upped the dosage the nightmares were so bad I had to stop immediately. Now I am on day 2 of Zoloft. Day 1 was fine I was laughing and felt so good, day 2 I took the medicine at 9:30pm went to bed at 10:30pm and woke up in at 1:30 am with my heart beating so fast, and a nervous wreck. It took hours before I could go to bed even with my 1.5mg of Ativan. I just bought a Light Therapy Machine and am also using that trying to combat this. I'm really nervous about the next couple of days on Zoloft after my night of panic and deep anxiety.
I've been on Zoloft for about two weeks now and I've noticed a considerable difference in my demeanor. The very first day I took it, it upset my stomach severely. I was so nauseous and had intestinal issues...yikes. But the next day I felt great. My doctor recommended I take a half pill for the first few days. I have had some relationship issues and work issues and I suffer from anxiety and depression. I have obsessive, negative thoughts about my relationship and it was seriously impacting it. I was fighting with my partner everyday because I couldn't stop thinking about our problems. Since I've taken the medicine, we had one fight. I do sleep a ton though I seem to be shaking that off a little. I feel like so far so good.
14 users found this comment helpful.
I take 200 mg (the maximum recommended dosage) of Zoloft to help with my depression. It hasn't helped very much, however. I still get very depressed sometimes, and it hasn't made much of a difference with my anxiety either. I take it in conjunction with Risperidone. For some reason my psychiatrist seems to think the thing to do is to keep increasing the medication, even though I feel no noticeable difference.
I only took this medicine once. The 1st night I was very anxious and unable to sleep plus my pulse
rate was irregular and fast. Decided to just use Xanax for difficulty sleeping and no side effects. Citalopram was prescribed to me for insomnia and anxiety after my husband died unexpectedly. Following side effects of Citalopram tried Zoloft.
Just didn't do much for me at all. Finally I switched to another SSRI and the difference is so huge! Don't be afraid to try another if it's just not working. I really, really wish I had done it sooner.
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I've been taking Zoloft for maybe 2 months now. I've gradually gotten up to 200mg and notice a big change in my mood, after Lexapro wasn't cutting it anymore. I have severe depression and I notice a big improvement. So far, not many side effects besides fidgeting, I can't sit still for the life of me. I've also noticed that if I miss a dose of Lexapro, I didn't feel much different. If I miss a dose of Zoloft, I become horribly agitated. When I sleep that night, I have horribly vivid nightmares and cold sweats all throughout the night and rarely sleep. I have also noticed a bit of decreased appetite and energy. Overall, so far I'm very happy with the results and hope I can continue on this path.
All I can say is don't give up - the dosage might not be right! I was on this for 2 months at 100mgs for 2 months without any visible difference. The doctor suggested I double the dose which I resisted doing, but when I did I felt better almost immediately and have been fine for 8 months now despite a challenging few months. The dosage makes all the difference. Some people are better on low doses, other, like me, do better on a high dose.
I hear amazing reviews on this SSRI, but I cannot relate. I am 23 and I love to work out. Zoloft left me zombified with erectile dysfunction. After coming off of Celexa and trying this SSRI I'm pretty sure SSRI's aren't for me. I could not move from my couch and the X-box. I sat there for days no longer WANTING to take care of myself (clean, eat) and I was getting fat. I would speed home every day after work just so I could get to my couch. I slept constantly and binged when I forced myself off the couch. I was lifeless. It brought reality to my world which was amazing! But I didn't have any energy to enjoy it.
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