Could anyone tell me from their experience with Zoloft. How long it takes to start feeling the benefits of taking this medicine? Thank you very much!
Zoloft and most SSRI / SNRI's take roughly one to two weeks to take effect. Some people experience a positive effect sooner, and some don't respond to the medication, and possibly the dosage needs to be increased, and or a different medication needs to be given a try.
My experience with antidepressants and the literature says that it can take upwards of a month to reach full effectiveness. So give it time and if there isn't improvement in your symptoms within a month please discuss with the prescribing doctor.
Hello boating1. I was on zoloft some years ago, and to answer your question, it took me oh, just about four weeks to start to see some sort of result. I have ocd, and also am anxious. I dropped it, because of two reasons. It kept me awake, and being an insomniac... and it also made me lathargic, which is ok, for my anxiety, but not for my sleep. I took dalmane to help me sleep, but the combination just left me tired, no pep. My dose was 250mg when I stopped it. Most people begin at 50mg and usually settle around 100-125 to 150mg per day. I don't know your diagnosis, so I can't say well, you have this problem and zoloft will help you in a combination of this drug/medication. No weight gain, and so on.
I have found through time, my thoughts, opinion only, that today, there is such a vast selection of drug families and the medications in these families, that in this regard, its a blessing. Unlike years ago, when the market was limited, the knowledge today is on our side. Best of wishes to you.
It usually takes around 4 weeks for the medicine to work. When I first started taking it I was nervous, jumpy, anxious, etc. but I managed to muscle my way through until one day I woke up and I wasn't feeling the panic/anxiety any more. I take it right before bed because it does have a tendency to make me sleepy. I am on a very low dose... only 50 mg a day.If you are having any jitters or anything when you take it you can always see if the doctor can prescribe something in addition to the Zoloft to help you stay calm until the Zoloft is able to get to the therapeutic level in your body.
Hello bloating! I have been on Zoloft for years now. I started on 50 mg and I was titrated up to 200 mg which is the recommended max. I started feeling the effects after one week. I feel like a different person since being on Zoloft. I am calm, no anxiety anymore, no depression symptoms anymore, and things that used to bother me do not bother me anymore. In fact, nothing much bothers me. I have had insomnia but it could be a side effect of my other medication. If not, it is the Zoloft. I just do not want to change to another medication because the Zoloft is doing so well. Sometimes people take a different time frame to see any benefit from Zoloft or any other SSRI. Our chemistry make up is not the same. Give Zoloft a chance to take effect. If you have not felt any changes in your symptoms in about 3 weeks, I would report this to your doctor. Well I wish you the best! Let us know how you are doing. Sweetie Pie
Hello boating1, well it has been a while since you posted your question, i just wanted to ask you how you are feeling. I am also taking zoloft, i started taking it in 2001 - 2007 and then went through a bad stage in my life and found that it was not working for me. I recently went back on it about 5 weeks ago and i am barely starting to feel better. I notice that i get anxiety and suicidal thoughts when i first got back on it, ive read that it happened to someone else as well when they increase the dose. Did this happen to you? I guess i just want to know if i am on the right medication. Thanks
I have been on Zoloft for over 10 years it has worked wonders for me. No side effects that my body is aware of but I lost my pcp Dr and I've not taken it for a week and the withdrawal are terrible, crying, depressed, anxiety, and a weird tingling sensation in my head every few minutes. I'm going to my local hospital to try and get a 30 day supply tomorrow or I'm gonna stroke out. I'm 45 and going through a terrible divorce and have to have it back I love it. Thanks for reading gn
With me it was with in the first week.
Hi boating, I have been on 50mg of Zoloft for 2 years now to treat severe anxiety and panic disorder. I found that it took 30 days to reach full effect just as my gp predicted but I felt somewhat better after 2 weeks. I had previously been on Avinza(mirtazapine) for 9months which caused me to gain 10kg and stopped working unless I increased the dose every 2months. The side effects of Zoloft were mild headache and nausea but these eased after 6 weeks by which time I had also lost 15 kg (my weight has remained healthy and stable ever since) Zoloft has been so effective for me that I have overcome my panic attacks, heart attack phobia, digestive symptoms, insomnia and social anxiety and even build a successful home business. I can still feel my underlying anxiety but it doesn't interfere with my life.
I should also mention that I take Zoloft in the morning and 25mg of a betablocker, metoprolol at bedtime to prevent nocturnal heart palpitations. The only downside of Zoloft is zero libido but that's a small price to pay if your brain chemistry is making your life unbearable. Good luck, I hope this works for you.
Hi boating1! I understand that you have questions regarding Zoloft. It normally takes a good 30 days for your blood levels to adjust to it so that you can reap the full benefits of it. Any side effects that go along with it that you may feel, are just your body's way in adjusting to it. Keep in mind, that with any antidepressant, it will take the same amount of time to adjust. I hope this works for you! Keep us posted!
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