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I have been suffering from anxiety for at least 15 years on and off due to being in a high pressure corporate role, coming to terms with my sexuality and 4 hectic years due to several life changes both personally and professionally. I decided 2 years ago enough was enough and tried Effexor for 12 months for my anxiety, it worked but I was in a haze all the time and it was horrendous to get off that stuff. I then had to go onto Lexapro which was a nightmare to get on and while it did work well and my anxiety stopped I still felt medicated. I then tapered off Lexapro, for 5 months unmedicated and was feeling okay then my anxiety came back worse. I am now on day 3 of Zoloft and I feel better with no bad side effects. Fingers crossed.
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I have suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety for years. Anxiety, depression and bipolar run in my family and for some reason I have been hesitant to get on medication. I have a very stressful job and am currently in graduate school...and finally decided enough is enough. I have been on Zoloft for 2 days and I can already tell a difference. The tightness in my chest is gone from chronic stress and I feel happier. I am kicking myself for not getting on this medication earlier.
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I started this two months ago to help with my light depression and anxiety problems as a long-term replacement for Xanax. So far I haven't had to use my Xanax in almost a month. I didn't think this would do much but I was wrong. The first two-three weeks I had some mild nausea and tiredness but that went away pretty quickly.
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Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
I started taking Zoloft about three weeks ago. I have noticed various symptoms, I grind my teeth quite a bit which brings on headaches, I yawn constantly and I am always tired (even if I have eight hours sleep). I have not experienced any weight gain as yet, or any other symptoms associated with this medicine. I used to have panic attacks every second day, I have not had one since I started taking Zoloft which is a great outcome. I did get a bit panicky in a social situation two days ago, though was able to control my emotions so I didn't have a panic attack. So far so good.
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I have always had really bad anxiety. I started taking Zoloft when my daugther was 2 and I wish I had started it sooner. It helped a lot with my anxiety. I'm no longer mean to people and my rage is gone. It really saved my life. What I don't like is it makes me too relaxed. I just want to sleep all day and its really hard for me to lose weight. I do exercise everyday also to help with the anxiety.
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Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
I have been on Zoloft for only a week and cannot believe how immediate the positive effects are. I had been taking Effexor for two years for low grade social anxiety. Whilst it was highly effective for the anxiety, I went from 120lbs to 150lbs in a very short time (very distressing as I am only 5'2'') and I completely withdrew socially. I also felt completely unhinged and even suicidal if I accidentally skipped a day. A week ago I switched to Zoloft (with only a day's gap in between my cessation of Effexor). Within an hour of taking it I felt better. I have felt like my old self again--exercising daily, dropping weight each day, feeling social--even a little sexy (!) and laughing more. Thank goodness I switched medicines.
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Review by Saved my life (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I felt the change after the first dose and now I can live again. I was always so scared to even leave the house, I was always so jealous of my wife thinking she would cheat or that someone was talking about me, always afraid what people thought. I look back now and think who was that person? Now with all kinds of energy my sex life is so much better, I am losing weight, I was an emotional eater. That's gone. I am a new man, I am a better person. Zoloft saved my life my marriage. I am so focused now I have accomplished more in 6 months than in 6 yrs. Not really any side effects that are bad other than a little tremble once in awhile and I cant sleep sometime.
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I suffered with social anxiety for many years. My neck would get red blotches when I had to be the center of attention. Zoloft along with alprozolam has helped me tremendously! I always thought I had to live with this and there wasn't a cure. After researching the internet, I found out what I had. My husband also takes Zoloft to control his depression, withdrawal, anger and road rage and it helps him sleep really good. One drawback is that it made us both gain weight, but that has leveled off. I hope my post helps someone else out there.
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I have been taking Zoloft for 1 year 4 months and at the back of my mind I have this niggling voice that tells me I cannot be on this medicine forever. Zoloft changed my life, saved me my marriage and kids and gave me back my life and laughter. If it was not for Zoloft I would have jumped off a bridge by now! Why I rated it 9/10 is because I have gained 9 pounds since I have been on it and the pounds are just refusing to fall off. Very increased appetite due to being sane and happy, hanging out, having good and bad food and having my glass of wine! Rather be fat and happy then thin and miserable.
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I was prescribed Zoloft when I saw a psychiatrist and described my anxiety when at home, and my very, very bad social anxiety that has left me with virtually no friends and I never leave the house. I was also slightly depressed. At 100mg of Zoloft, it has absolutely no effect on my anxiety. I gave it a 4 because it's improved my energy level and made me a lot less depressed, I just wish it would help what it was prescribed for.
I am 30 yo female and have been taking Zoloft for 4 days now & I am definitely starting to feel a difference. My thoughts don't race constantly & I don't worry constantly about every terrible thing that could potentially happen to me or my family. I've been more patient with my kids & less picky at my husband. I had nausea for the first day but that passed. I still feel tired a lot though and have had some tightness in my chest. My most uncomfortable side effect is feeling the need to yawn all the time. The other reviews have given me hope that if I wait it out my side effects will improve. Thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences.
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I've been having social anxiety my whole life and didn't even realize it. I also suffered from random panic attacks in the middle of the night. I became antisocial, I would isolate myself and lacked communication with my parents. I was very aggressive, had severe depression. I started self medicating with anything that made my depression feel better. I would pursue a quick fix and not realize how much more self harm I was causing to myself and my health. I became suicidal. I asked my teacher for help when I was getting worse. I have therapy and saw a psychiatrist. Zoloft has been really effective for me. I'm no longer having rushing thoughts or feeling socially awkward around people.
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Do these SSRI's actually work for anxiety? I have tried a few over the last year with little success and horrible side effects. I took Zoloft 100mg for 3 months and noticed a very slight decrease in anxiety. As with all SSRI's I had the standard intolerable side effects including: Loss of emotions, loss of sex drive, decreased motivation, etc... I don't think SSRI's should be the 1st line of medication as personally none of them worked for me and all had intolerable side effects.
I have been on Zoloft for just over a year. I take 75-100 mg daily. I'm definitely more comfortable in social situations. My only complaints are drowsiness and not really having ANY emotions. It did help a lot when I was downsized. I'm still looking for a job but it seems to help with anxieties associated with job interviews. People say I'm a HAPPY person now.
I started taking Zoloft when work stress and other issues got really bad. I had gone to a doctor for cognitive behavioral therapy previously to help with social anxiety, but it didn't seem to work. So I tried going on Zoloft per a GP suggestion. I first started on 50mg, and the side effects (super drowsy during the day, couldn't sleep at night, shakiness) were pretty awful for the first couple of weeks, but I stuck with it out of desperation. I am glad I did. My boyfriend says that he sees a huge change. And I don't feel so very, very awful about everything. I feel like I can see my circular negative thoughts now in a third-party point of view. It hasn't stopped my negative feelings, but it is helping me not to think about them over and over. Taking 100mg.
I have general anxiety disorder. I see a therapist weekly. She said I suffer from anxiety and depression. I lost my best friend in Jan and it triggered my anxiety and depression. I'm a stay a home mom of 2 kids. Daily activities became a hassle and I stress and worry so much now. This past week I've noticed a change for the better but I felt I was still battling it. I had bad tension headaches and went to my Dr and he gave me 25 mg to take for a month. I took one almost 2 1/2 hours ago. I started yawning and became tired. I'm laying in bed now and feel awake. So far it seems to be working. I feel calm and not stressed. I'm hoping it works like it has for everyone else.
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I have been taking this medicine for a little over 2mths and I have notice a big difference in my behavior. I laugh a lot more now and talk in a group more and today I was able to go shopping to two different stores and sign up for the gym all by myself and not feel like everyone is talking or staring at me. I even was able to talk to people in the store and not feel funny. I hope this lasts because I kind of like getting out by myself although I still have to push myself to do things, overall I am thankful for this medicine.
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I just started taking Zoloft 3 days ago for general and social anxiety. I have experienced side effects that include headaches, discomfort in my chest, nausea, decrease in appetite, losing weight already. Sometimes it feels like my head is bound up. I used to get really tense while driving, but with the medicine I don't get tense, just alert. I haven't been back to school or work so I'm not sure how effective it is for my social anxiety. I am now generally happy and I do not experience worrisome thoughts as much. It makes me tired and sometime I just pass out and wake up with insomnia. I used to be very mean to my dog, I think he is seeing a difference in my behavior. I'm hoping the symptoms become less. 50mg then 100mg.
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I've been taking 50mg for 4 weeks now. It does work but it has dulled a lot of my emotions and many things I used to enjoy, I now find boring. I still have some anxiety but it has definitely made me calmer.
Also my sex drive is dead! I'm a 23 yo male and my previously high sex drive is gone! I also find it super hard to climax. I'm going to see a doctor about augmenting Zoloft with Wellbutin to counter this effect.
This medication is worth a shot but the sexual side effects and boredom are very troubling for me.
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I am rating this a 7 because I was on it for 4 years from 2003-2007. I was 19 and going through a bad break up with my son's dad. Before Zoloft I hated social situations and never wanted to leave the house. A week after 25mg a night I got off the couch, went to tech school, graduated with honors, got a great paying job. A while after being on Zoloft I started partying, had a bunch of energy. Then had mania. Got visuals, bad thought and high blood pressure. Was diagnosed with bipolar a year ago. Only been taking Ativan, couldn't handle Seroquel. My regular MD wants me to try Zoloft again.
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I have just started taking Zoloft for my severe anxiety disorder. For the last almost year now I have been dealing with this debilitating disorder and I finally had enough went to the doctors and now I'm on 25mg to start. I feel horrible (Nauseated, dizzy, feeling of pressure in my head, slight numbness in lip and jaw and itchy dry feeling in the back of my mouth) but I'm praying with all these positive responses about the medicine it will help me. I'm at the end of my ropes I have two small children. I'm trying to go to school and my anxiety is keeping me from being able to sit in class or go into the grocery store for longer than 2 mins! It has been horrible and came on for no apparent reason. I wish you all the best!
Zoloft helped me a lot, perhaps I will sound cliche but for me it is really a miracle. I always had problems being in society of other people, on parties I always felt uneasy and tensed, in some way inferior. Zoloft changed that, also my mood swings became less, my anxiety is almost gone.
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