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7.9/10 Average Rating

125 Ratings with 119 User Reviews

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Reviews for Zoloft to treat Social Anxiety Disorder

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"I am taking Zoloft for social anxiety, depression, OCD (27yo F). I have to start out by saying I had TERRIBLE side effects for the 1.5months (nausea, dizziness, migraines, panic attack) to the point where I almost stopped taking the tablet. I persisted and 7 months on Zoloft has completely changed my life. I have had depression and OCD for years and anxiety had started to take over my life. After the initial symptoms subsided, I feel like a better, confident and much happier version of former myself. Like many others it's hard to explain what I mean. It's the best thing I've ever done! Please try to persist!"

   
10

finners (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 22, 2016

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"After having several panic attacks over a 12mth period I was prescribed Zoloft. I had no idea that it would also help with so many other problems which I just thought were variations of "normal." I started on 25mg in the morning but found it made me feel tired so I changed to taking it before bed. Miraculously I was able to fall asleep within a few minutes instead of the usual 30 to 60 minutes. I also stayed asleep through the night, rarely waking but easily returning to sleep when I did. I felt less agitated and irritated by what now seems like fairly trivial things. Big problems in life still exist but they do not dominate my mind every waking moment. I no longer feel embarrassed in social situations and just feel generally content."

   
10

cocomonkey May 10, 2016

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"In a desperate effort to get help for my anxiety, depression and PMDD symptoms I turned to Zoloft. I was happy with it at first as I did feel better. I was very tired however. A happy zombie really with poor concentration and memory and huge appetite. But after a few months the effects started to wear off. My Dr. Increased my dose steadily and with that my weight increased rapidly. Other side effects were uncontrollable diarrhea and TMJ. I discontinued the medication and after 9 months on it was left with a 17 pound weight gain mostly in my belly and back/upper sides. The other side effects are over and I didn't have many withdrawal symptoms. After 2 months my appetite and energy are back to normal but I've not lost a pound yet."

   
6.0

Peeled Pickles May 2, 2016

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"33 y/o female, 5'5, 125lbs, 200mg/day, 1 1/2 years and will continue indefinitely. Pros: social anxiety gone. Unbelievable. Able to start spontaneous conversations with "strangers", now able to develop and share deep, intimate friendships. Not hyper self conscious anymore. I joke around and enjoy making people laugh. Sexually uninhibited (with my husband)- seriously, the best sex I've ever had, I'm not self conscious at all anymore and I have no problems with orgasm- actually the opposite (best. ever.) Weight loss, 25-30lbs, and I feel light, energetic and happy with my body now. Food! I used to be a horribly picky eater my entire life, now I try new foods without a second thought and enjoy them! Zoloft has changed my life."

   
9.0

HeartsOpenWide (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 28, 2016

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"Depression has disappeared! You know those blue moods? that come with not enough reasons ? They will disappear completely, No more mood swings. your life is going to be so stable and manageable. This drug won't make you happy, it will only stop your depression and stabilize your mood. Again, it doesn't add anything to your own happiness. Took it for social anxiety, Now my mood doesn't switch around people anymore, I have more confidence In myself, but I'm still a quiet person! Because i'm not a talkative in my nature. The drug has stopped me from getting stressed around people."

   
10

Alixxx April 25, 2016

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"This medication has changed my life over the past 5 wks I've been on it. I take zoloft for severe anxiety; I have always been a high stress, high functioning over achiever. I started having all kinds of odd stomach issues, heart palpitations, I hardly slept, etc. With this medicine I feel MUCH less stress and anxiety with every day things. I am more patient more relaxed. I started on 50mgs for 2 wks and asked to increase to 100mgs and been on that for 2 wks too. I take ativan and hydroxyzine as needed. This medication has changed my life!! I have lost about 10lbs on it. I think some of my appetite was anxiety driven. But I love this med and this has made me a better person!!"

   
9.0

Type A Overachiever (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 15, 2016

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"I take 25 mg at night, yes I get drowsy during the day, so yes I drink more coffee, but I just crave sleep. The bottom line is that I can function, the main reason for taking them was insomnia, and now I have good regular sleep patterns. I don;t feel like getting up in the morning, but I feel like going to bed at normal times and generally I feel normal after feeling so strained and stressed out with insomnia - a result of some anxiety and compulsive thinking. I still wish I could sleep right through the night and I probably can on 50 mg, but with 25 mg I think I get enough restful sleep, and 50 mg makes it harder to keep functioning during the day."

   
8.0

allangb (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 1, 2016

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"Causes extreme drowsiness. Can sleep anywhere and any time. Tough to do any driving of over an hour or two. Slowed metabolism and resulting weight gain. Motivation is gone. Just want to sit around and do nothing. Erectile dysfunction is also a problem but addressed with other very expensive drugs."

   
1.0

Old Man XXX (taken for 10 years or more) March 21, 2016

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"This med works for anxiety but....I have been on sooo many meds. I need it more for anxiety than depression and that is why I chose Zoloft. It does work for the anxiety only. Problem after taking it for a couple years is my sleep is so disrupted, I clench my jaw so bad that when I wake up I have headaches, as well as my body. I find myself all clenched up in a ball and then my body is sore from being tense, and feel foggy headed. Newest problem is memory issues. I guess it is this meds. The sex was affected some... no weight gain. Of course when you start any medicine, you have the normal, sweating, nauseous, dray mouth, but those things go away. You have to give all medicines time to work!!! I am going to wean off & onto Cymbalta"

   
8.0

ECJames March 3, 2016

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"Hello everyone!! I had been suffering from chest pain for about 3 years. I had all kinds of tests done and they all have come out normal. This chest pain was interfering with my everyday life. I started avoiding many things that I thought would contribute to my chest pain all with no success. My doctor then said that it was anxiety. He prescribed zoloft and I was really hesitant to take it. I have never been on an antidepressant and I was afraid. Well today is my 6th day on it and I already feel an improvement. I haven't had any side effects well only the 1st night I couldn't sleep but all is well now. I don't want to be on this for ever. I am planning on taking it for 6 months. I highly recommend Zoloft. I am on 50mg daily."

   
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Kika P February 15, 2016

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"Hi Everyone, I've recently been offered a very good job in the insurance industry training bank staff on insurance products and doing presentations to different people EVERY DAY. I am an insurance specialist but have never had to present to strangers let alone present to a new bank with new people every day. I'm in day 3 of my new role, first day went shaky, but okay. Second day went alot better, but this morning my social anxiety got the better of me and I choked in my presentation this morning. My words came out wrong, I started shaking and sweating. I had to get up for a glass of water. I couldn't continue and I felt embarrassed in from of a crowd of people listening to "the expert". I blamed it on my asthma. What do I do???"

   
5.0

Insurance Man2 February 3, 2016

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"I have been on Zoloft (Lustral/ Sertraline) UK) on and off for 20 years. I trust it. I have never written about it online or discussed it much with anybody other than medical professionals. I am writing this for those that are in the first 6 weeks of treatment. I take 50-150mg, usually the maintenance dose of 50mg is enough. Sometimes I will take it up to 75mg and rarely up to 100mg. On 50mg, no side effects at all after 8 weeks of treatment. 75mg and upward causes problems in the man department for me. I change dose at /- 25mg at a time. I would never dream of going straight to 50mg, but that's just me. Weeks 3-6 you to just have to grin and bear it. You will not feel like that forever, it goes away and you will feel well. I promise."

   
8.0

GeorgeJungle7053 January 23, 2016

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"I am a classic text book case of Social Anxiety Disorder. I have suffered my whole life with out seeking help and knowing that I could be helped. That is until it all spiraled to the point of disrupting my career. I had no purpose and hope in life. I just live. I have been on Zoloft 50mg for 12 days and for now my anxiety has worsened but holding out hope I would get better. I live in Africa and have an opportunity to work as a volunteer abroad and before that in two weeks time I will be travelling to the US for training. This is my first international trip and I am feeling anxious like hell. I have the knowledge, skill and experience i am just worried my SA will let me down. pray to me"

   
9.0

rough December 23, 2015

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"I've been on this medication for a year and it seriously changed my life. I suffered from the worst anxiety attacks ever. I went to emergency room twice thinking I was having a pulmonary embolism. After taking this medication for 3 months I had never experienced anxiety. The only down fall is a few side effects such as, dry mouth, crazy dreams every night and my metabolism has slowed down. These side effects are worth it over the horrible feeling of not being able to function because I had such bad anxiety. Taking 50mg at bed time. Definitely recommend."

   
9.0

123kels22 December 17, 2015

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"I had extreme issues with anxiety and depression. I'm really happy I chose to start taking zoloft because it helped almost immediately"

   
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Madilins December 6, 2015

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"Zoloft is WONDERFUL. I have been on every other drug in the antideppresant class in ver 25 years. Paxil as fairly good for anxiety but as a male I was unable to even pretend to orgasm. As long as I stay at 50 mg with 150 mg wellbutrin I am able to orgasm. At 100 mg sexual sde effects kick in but not to the extent of Paxil. IT TAKES TIME TO WORK. I would say 6 weeks to 2 months for full effect but then nirvana."

   
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Happy man at last December 5, 2015

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"Hi I am 43 suffering from extreme social phobia that prevent me from all kinds of activities and work too...most symptoms are blushing, shaky voice, sweating, and general depressive feeling. Doctor started me today my first treatment ever of 25mg zoloft first week than 50mg up to a 100mg in 1 month.i just took my first pills and crossed my fingers..I just like to thank you all that made me feel so much better knowing I am not alone out there."

chamchoum (taken for less than 1 month) December 5, 2015

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"I've been on Zoloft 50 mg once a day for social anxiety disorder/generalized anxiety disorder and it has worked great. After trying several other medications, I'm happy that I've found the one for me. It took about two weeks for the effects to become noticeable, and fortunately I have not had any negative side effects. I've noticed quite a few changes thanks to Zoloft. For example, I used to hate making phone calls for work and would always feel serious anxiety, now I can do it with no problem. I also find it easier to speak in front of people, and in general my thoughts seem more organized and calmer. I would recommend Zoloft to someone trying an SSRI for the first time, as it is the only one that hasn't caused me a negative reaction."

   
10

frances123 (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 24, 2015

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"I don't have enough experience to give a proper rating but I have suffered with social anxiety disorder my whole life and was put on these pills 2 years ago, I only took them for 2 months though. They made me have trouble sleeping and they messed up my libido which for me was the worst part but about 4-6 weeks in, I was at college and some people sat at my desk in the common room (this is something that would usually cause a panic attack) and I didn't even care, absolutely no anxiety but when I stopped taking them it came back so now I'm gonna see if doc will put me back on them"

   
8.0

djmotion November 22, 2015

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"This medicine does help with inhibitions when talking to people. But I find that I'm not fully satisfied with this medicine. I still have bad anticipatory anxiety to social situations. To the point where I can't relax before a social event."

   
5.0

Shanie244 (taken for 1 to 2 years) November 14, 2015

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"This medicine was definitely not for me. The first two nights I got horrible migraines, and I had more trouble falling and staying asleep. Then I had difficulty urinating (I know it isn't a listed side effect, but once I got off it the problem stopped) I wouldn't be able to use the bathroom even when I had to go for ten to twelve hours, it was very strange. Will not take again."

   
1.0

kebbway (taken for less than 1 month) November 3, 2015

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"I've been on Zoloft for a week now. The first 5 days the side effects were horrible. Dizziness, stomach problems, sweating, weak muscles. Then on the sixth day, I remember the change. All day at school I was still experiencing the side effects and then I was in the car with my mom and I just felt a lot happier. From then on, I've felt SO HAPPY! When I talk to people, my mind is clearer and it's easier to socialize! I've been socially anxious my whole life, I LOVE ZOLOFT SO MUCH OMG THIS IS GONNA CHANGE MY LIFE! It's also boosting my confidence. :))))))"

   
9.0

Shanice99 October 31, 2015

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"I've struggled with social anxiety for almost 20 years and have tried Paxil, Celexa, counseling and therapy, with little to no results. I've been on Zoloft for over 2 months now and it's changed my life!! It's a miracle drug-- I've been lucky to have no side effects. If only I would've had this 20 years ago. I usually blush easily and had a hard time talking to people but not with this! I feel like I can finally be myself."

   
10

333Anonymous333 October 3, 2015

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"The best anti depressant I have tried. Have also used citalopram, fluoxetine and mirtazapine but this is the best! Least side affects, feeling happy and normal again and still have energy! Love it."

   
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Cazcatson (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 24, 2015

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"I've been on an effective dose (100mg or higher) for over half a year and I haven't seen any effects. My doctor first had me on lexapro, which made me nauseous, so we decided to switch to zoloft. When I first started zoloft, it gave me headaches for the first week or so, but aside from that I experienced no negative side effects. Unfortunately, I haven't experienced any positive effects either. I'm on zoloft for social anxiety and mild to moderate depression. The only other effect I've noticed is more vivid dreams. So while I'm glad that zoloft had very minimal side-effects (headaches), this just didn't work for me. I was on 100mg a day for about two months, then 150, and finally 200. I saw no change/improvement in anxiety or depression."

   
3.0

Alex8655 (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 23, 2015

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