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Zoloft (sertraline) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: The obsessive compulsive disorder didn't diminish much for the first few months or so. However, it made me a less tense person, thus much more relaxed and joyful. Side effects were very mild, however all colors became more pronounced, greener grass, bluer sky, etc. Quite nice... Some hand tremor as well as occasional postural dizziness.
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Zoloft (sertraline) for Depression: I am taking Zoloft 50 mg since more than 10 years, to deal with depression. My only problem is that I get SLEEP FULL OF DREAMS ONLY. My Doctors have tried a lot by giving many different sleeping medications, but all in vain.
I have come across a couple of patients with the same problem.
In case any of you have faced the same problem, please share your experience. If you have been able to solve this problem (of sleep full of dreams), please let me know how.
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Zoloft (sertraline) for Depression: I hadn't found an anti-depressant that worked until my OB put me on Zoloft towards the end of my pregnancy. All others made me suicidal and I am already diagnosed as a manic depressive. Zoloft is amazing with the exception of the yawns and difficulty having an orgasm. But it's all worth it to have a medicine that actually works.
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Zoloft (sertraline) for Anxiety and Stress: I've only taken 25mg Zoloft for a week and am scheduled to increase to 50mg in one more week. I had such a horrible reaction to three doses of Lexapro that my psychiatrist switched to Zoloft. An hour or two after taking the Zoloft, I feel calm, and then there is an uptick in my anxiety and I get fidgety and sometimes mildly panicky. I am also taking 0.5 to 1mg, Xanax per day, which we will ease off of once the Zoloft kicks in, and I have weekly visits with a good therapist. My anxiety ramped up to critical mass into a weather phobia (we're in KC), so springtime is a nightmare for me. I'm a gardener, so this disorder has sucked all the joy out of the thing I love to do most. I pray my experience is as positive as many I've read here.
Zoloft (sertraline) for Panic Disorder: 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) for Depression: I started Zoloft just two months ago. I had been depressed for nearly two years. It got to the point of planning a suicide. I decided to go get help and give life one more shot. The doctor prescribed Zoloft to me and it has made all the difference. I really started noticing a change after the first month. There's a complete change in my attitude and outlook on life. It may have saved my life.
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Zoloft (sertraline) for Depression: When I started taking Zoloft I lost 40 pounds in three months which was GREAT. My depression got better, anxiety was better. I did lose my sex drive but who cares, my self esteem was GREAT. Zoloft saved me.
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Zoloft (sertraline) for Depression: I started taking this medicine when I was 16. I am 26 now. Right now I take 100mgs. I was an unhappy teenager and I can't say it did anything for me at that point in my life (but I was only taking 50mgs then). I stayed on Zoloft all through college and only went off of it for about 6 months, at the urging of a boyfriend at the time. Those months were bad. I tried everything to feel better (exercise, meditation, different activities) but I always felt like there was blackness hanging over everything. I couldn't function socially and became rather reclusive. With the help of my therapist and psychiatrist, I went back on Zoloft and my depressive symptoms decreased dramatically. I have been on Zoloft for 10 years now so it's just a part of my life. I get sad sometimes, but when I get hopeless feelings I can process them more easily. It's hard for me to imagine life without Zoloft, but I hope to someday regulate my depression with a therapist and go off of it. That said, I don't really have any side-effects to speak of. Sometimes I have a low sex drive, but its only at certain times of the month, like before my period. However, having a diminished sex drive on antidepressants is easier than not having any drive whatsoever when you are off them. To me, taking Zoloft is almost like taking a vitamin. It's no big deal.
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Zoloft (sertraline) for Depression: I was just prescribed this medication for GAD and Moderate Depression. My Doctor suggested 25mg once a night. I accidentally took 50mg the very first dose but I feel fine. It took me a little while to fall asleep last night and I feel a bit drowsy but I am writing this from work so obviously I'm still functioning normally. I realize that Zoloft will affect everyone differently and I am very nervous/excited about its potential to help me. I'm hoping that in time I will feel less tired. I take Vitamin B 12 shots every few weeks so that should help too. I've never taken any prescriptions before now so I was very nervous about this whole thing. The reviews have been helpful though, I wish you all the very best of luck with your treatments.
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Zoloft (sertraline) for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: I have had PTSD for 15 years, I was skeptical about taking medication for my condition, thinking each day I would fight on and get better without the aid of medications.
I have finally sought help and have only been taking Zoloft for a short period of time and already I feel the difference. I feel happier and my general mood is more positive, the negative thoughts have diminished considerably. I have had no bad side effects to date. My advice to anyone hesitating is just pluck up the courage and talk to your doctor.
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Zoloft (sertraline) for Bipolar Disorder: I took Zoloft for 2 years at 100mg daily for bipolar disorder type I. Zoloft is wonderful in that it made me significantly less anxious. However, it didn't succeed in making me any less depressed. Also, as with most anti-depressants, I experienced a decreased sex drive.
Zoloft (sertraline) for Depression: I've been taking Zoloft for about a week now and its made me nervous, dizzy, almost emotionally dead (though that might be because of the Depakote) and has really increased my psychosis to the point of where as an addition to hearing voices I have been hearing music when there should not be any music, oh and dry mouth. I'm going to give it some more time but if these symptoms continue I will stop. I've read a lot of positive reviews though and I don't react well towards many medication.
Zoloft (sertraline) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Got diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in February of 2011. Started taking Zoloft at 50mg in the morning on April 8 (1 week ago) and my oh my what a difference! The depression is lifting significantly! - I'd say it has gone from a 2 to about a 7 in just a week's time. The intrusive/obsessive thoughts have dropped about 75-80%, the compulsions are all but gone and the general anxiety is all but gone. The next to go are the annoying ruminating thoughts and the difficulty concentrating and organizing thoughts (but since I've been so depressed for so long, I think those parts of my brain had forgotten how to function). Starting tomorrow I kick it up to 100mg a day. Hoping for the continued improvement.
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Zoloft (sertraline) for Anxiety and Stress: I had horrible anxiety attacks last fall, to the point that I thought I would just rather die then have a life like that. It took me over 2 months to try Zoloft, and it was the best decision I ever made. The first week was filled with an even higher level of anxiety, but it didn't last throughout the day, and in the evening I started to feel normal. After about 2 to 3 weeks, I was completely back to normal, and I was upped to 100mg/day. I don't think I needed quite that much, but I followed doctors orders from 25 to 50 to 100 in the 3 weeks time. I am now taking 50mg every other day, (because I'm feeling so good, I keep forgetting to take it). It's been over 6 months, and I feel fantastic.
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Zoloft (sertraline) for Anxiety and Stress: I've been taking Zoloft for a little over a year. It has been very effective for controlling my symptoms (I have GAD). Now I'm able to concentrate on my college classes, and in general stopped feeling anxious about different events and situations (exams, trips far away, driving a car, etc).
I started with 12.5mg and took that each morning for 6 months or so, without side effects. Then it stopped working well (the minor, yet bothersome, anxiety episodes came back), so I increased the dose to 25mg, and now am on 37.5mg, and doing good so far.
Usually, I am sensitive to medications, so it was a nice surprise that Zoloft did not affect me negatively. Thanks to Zoloft, I feel like a different, more confident and more calm person now.
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Zoloft (sertraline) for Depression: I wanted to share my experience with Zoloft because I came to this website looking for reviews when I first started. I had my doubts at first, my doctor started me out slow at 50mg. Now I am up to 150mg. It has taken a good 5 weeks for me to finally feel a change. I actually woke up in a good mood the past few days. Let me tell you I spent a lot of days staying in my sweats all day watching TV thinking I was never going to feel better. For me it just took a really long time to take effect. The only side effect I have had is in the bedroom dept. Takes FOREVER if at all to have any fireworks go off for me, which was never a problem. Its really weird, but other than that no other side effects. I hope to feel even better each day.
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Zoloft (sertraline) for Anxiety and Stress: I've been taking Zoloft 100mg for about 6 months now, it really has changed my life. Before medication, I wasn't leaving the house, had very little social contact and my anxiety was through the roof. Zoloft has been amazing for me, my mood has improved and I'm getting out of the house and keeping in touch with friends and family. I still have my bad days and also feel groggy most mornings but other than that I've had great results while taking Zoloft.
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Zoloft (sertraline) for Bipolar Disorder: I was originally prescribed Zoloft for depression, but in 6 months I had a severe manic episode and was diagnosed Bipolar 1. Now I take Zoloft with other medicines. I would not recommend taking it alone if you may be Bipolar. I like that I have very few side effects and it does help with anxiety and compulsive behavior too. One problem is no sexual desire, I feel like I am neglecting my boyfriend.
Zoloft (sertraline) for Depression: The first week was rough, but this medicine has totally changed my life. I'm confident, I go out and do things. Life is enjoyable and I feel optimistic about the future. No more random panic attacks or feelings of worthlessness. Sometimes people say I'm too easy going but I can be serious when needed; basically I'm in control again. Been on it for 4 years (50mg daily) and may never go off it. Have noticed some weight gain and hot flashes in extremely stressful/confrontational situations.
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Zoloft (sertraline) for Depression: I have been suffering from depression for 22 years. I am 41. Zoloft has helped me tremendously. I was always angry, tired, frustrated and had a hard time getting out of bed. With Zoloft I'm more sociable, friendlier and appreciative of the things that seemed insignificant. Every story is different, try it for yourself.
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Zoloft (sertraline) for Depression: I have depression and anxiety, lately more depression, from being 40, with kids, uncomfortable marriage. Lexapro has suppressed things but I had become unemotional. On 50mg for a week now of Zoloft and the difference is incredible! I have reasonable emotions, and more energy to want to do the things I planned on but didn't do before. Sleeping is off and on a problem, has always been, but dreams are waking me up for being so vivid. Appetite is down, I'm glad. I had been steadily gaining weight because I didn't want to do anything, but now stomach is bad and I'm scared to go anywhere. Hoping that will go away. Can't say much about sex, not having any.
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