Have been suffering with anxiety and panic attacks on a daily basis (s.a.d) Was first prescribed Citalopram but had horrible side effects (snappy,angry,nightmares,sickness,restlessness,feeling of being drugged) Just been docs today and got sertraline prescription am alredy worried bout side effect before even trying it ! Just want to feel "normal" again x
Try and remember that the side effects that you have read about/heard about are actually KNOWN POSSIBLE side effects-you might not even experience any. Manufactureres have to list ALL of those frightening side effects so that they can claim that the patient has been educated on what could be experienced when taking the drug. It can take Zoloft (sertraline) 1-3 weeks before you start noticing any signifcant changes. However, if you start feeling worse before then, by all means inform your doctor. I have had several patients in my care that have said that Zoloft helped them a lot, BUT if it doesn't work for you, don't lose heart. It can take some time before the doctor finds which med works best for you and at what dose. The best thing you can do as a patient is keep him/her informed of how you are doing and how the med makes you feel. Also, if you haven't tried seeing a tehrapist in addition to your doctor, I would recommend that too. I believe having someone you can discuss things with in addition to the medication helps greatly. I hope this has helped some. If you have any more questions, pleasee feel free to post. There are a lot of really good people here that can give you really good advice. By the way, I wanted to let you know: (1) that the Zoloft will cause you to have dry mouth so keep some gum or hard candy on hand to keep your mouth from feeling too dried out, (2) no alcohol because it will adversely affect the medication, and (3) talk to your doctor if you are also taking other CNS (central nervous system) depressants. Good luck!
- Citalopram Information for Consumers
- Citalopram Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Citalopram (detailed)
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