I have battling anxiety for about 3 to 4 years now, been fighting not to take medication. I was given Diazepam but that hasn't worked. So I was given sertraline but I've read the side effects and im actually really scared to take it. I want my life back but still really scared to take it. Can anyone give me some advice.
I have ben given Sertraline for my anxiety but Im scared of the side affects?
Question posted by James2321 on 1 Oct 2021
Last updated on 1 October 2021
Hi, James! I understand you're hesitant to take a new medication but there are a few things you should know.
First of all, not everyone experiences side effects and if they do for most people they're mild and subside over just days to a week or two.
You won't get all or most of them if you have any.
The most common (nausea, headache, insomnia) can all be remedied with OTC products on the advice of your pharmacist.
Think of it this way, even if you have side effects what's a week or so compared to the life you've been living for years? Sertraline is not a cover up for your symptoms but actually addresses the chemical imbalance that's causing your anxiety.
One word of warning... when some people start this type of medication there may be some increased anxiety for a short while but it'll resolve.
It's your anxiety that's preventing you from wanting to try the medication and that's exactly what the medication is for.
If you have questions or concerns along the way just post again, okay?
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