I have been on Zoloft for about a week now I started with taking 25mg the first 3 days then went to 50mg. Since I started taking it I feel like my anxiety is worse than it was before. Most of my anxiety occurred at night and I just couldn't wait to fall asleep and make it better but since taking the Zoloft I wake up in the middle of the night having anxiety and panic attacks. Is this normal? Should I try to stick with it? I have always been terrified of taking medicine and I force myself to swallow this pill every night but I am hating the way I have felt since taking it. Please someone help me!
What you are experiencing is totally normal! You are in the first period of having start up side effects. Usually valium is prescribed with it to get you through the hard start. It is easy to give up on Zoloft but trust me when it works it works wonders!!! It took me from being hospitalised with chronic unabating anxiety and insomnia where I thought I had lost my mind and gave me back my life. It takes 6-8 weeks to reach a therapeutic dose and anxiety takes a lot higher dose to work. The side effects are the same regardless of your dose and eventually you won't have any side effects. Good luck and stay strong! If you need. Something extra to help you cope don't hesitate to ask your GP.
I totally understand where you are coming from. I too was terrified to take drugs as I was sooo scared of the side effects. I started on 25mg and it has been 1 week so far and things are starting to get better and just can't wait for the 6-8 weeks everyone keeps mentioning.
How are you doing now with things?
- Zoloft Information for Consumers
- Zoloft Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Zoloft (detailed)
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