Hi I'm new to this forum
Iv been suffering with anxiety and panic attacks the doc gave me 50mg of sertraline to start of with only thing is I'm terrified to start them because of the side effects I have 4 kids to look after so really afraid I won't function on them but also need to get better
Any advice please
To afraid to start sertraline?
- 21 May 2017 by Chris3030
- 21 May 2017
- anxiety, panic disorder, sertraline, side effect
Hi I'm new to this forum
First of all never start a medication scared, that will not help you or your loved ones.
With regards to the side effects, they are POSSIBLE side effects, meaning they may or may not affect you, that is why they are potential side effects, some people experience them while other do not, we react to medications differently (Benefits, possible side effects, interactions, etc... ). Having said that, someone very close to me takes Sertraline, 100mg. and she never experienced any potential side effects, again we all react differently.
If you do not take the antidepressant you will not get better, in my opinion you should give it a try and if you have a bad experience (hopefully not), stop the medication, talk to your Dr. and possibly try a different one, but you will never cross the bridge until you try it.
All the best,
I will not invalidate your concerns about starting sertraline. Having anxiety and fear can create feelings of doubt, it is the nature of the beast. You are also having concerns about taking care of your kids which is also valid. Maybe talk to your doctor about starting at a lower dose to lessen any side effects you may have.
Like Masso said, if you are unable to tolerate the side effects stop the med and talk to your doctor about other options. Have you tried Buspar? It has low side effect profile and is non addictive. It can take a couple of weeks to build up in your system.
Let us know how it goes with the Sertraline, it is suppose to help with anxiety/panic.
Your concerns are well validated, if only more people were as cautious and questioning as you, when it came to taking a new prescription then there would be a lot more healthy happy people in the world. It's not difficult to do the research yourself (be sure to check the validity of any cited information), the last place you want to go for the facts are the places that promote a drug or benifit financially to promote advertise a drug. A good place to find the facts are from people that have experience by taking the med such as blogs, social forums like facebook and be sure to check out several places before making a decision. Personally I was prescribed the generic form of zoloft (sertraline) over 10 years ago when I suffered the tramatic loss of my father and 2 youngest children.
The drug was helpful in the beginning, however had I known then what has been discovered and that I know now, I never would have touched it. First the drug wasn't meant for long term use, but the majority of people that start it end up taking it for longer than 12 mo.. The ability to positively function emotional are effected negatively because ssris more specifically zoloft causes irreversible chemical and structural changes to the body and brain. Some of which can greatly effect your quality and longevity of life. I would Look into alternative methods before diving into such a conflicting therapy. The reason you hear references to diet and exercise repeated over and over is because it really does have a huge impact on every aspect of your health, even behavioral. There are a plethora of essential vitamins that our bodies need to function at its best, and even 1 imbalance can cause all sorts of negative effects (your brains natural way of saying "hey something is missing here"). And just 10 min. of exercise in the morning can greatly improve the regulation of your serotonin levels which helps with energy, ability to concentrate, and overall feeling of well being. There are so many factors that can effect our bodies and going through the process of eliminating possibilities can be so much more rewarding than a temporary fix that may cause a lifetime of negative effects. (Just a list of a few out of the many things that can impact your moods/mental state... quality of sleep as well as amount, sunlight, minerals in your drinking water, quality of air in ones home, allergies, toxins, exercise, engaging in at least 1 interest or hobby that you enjoy, healthy ongoing friendship, meditation, even your sex life can effect your overall well being). I wish you the best, and hope you find yourself back at the place you want to be.
- Sertraline Information for Consumers
- Sertraline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Sertraline (detailed)
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