I started taking 50mg of zoloft 8 days ago. The first 2 days were fine, just a little spacy feeling but then on day 3, I started feeling anxiety and kind of a speedy feeling. It got worse on day 4 and 5 then it has slowly declined but I still feel very anxious. I am toughing it out at work but finding it hard to concentrate. I take it at night and I take sleep meds to go to sleep so I sleep good but when I wake up I feel anxious. I keep thinking it will go away soon but it keeps hanging on. Has anyone experienced this and if so what was your experience?
jrlundy; well the good news is that you are at least half way through this part of the start of the Zoloft and yes this is very normal with the SSRI med's and it gets over this part normally in one week to two weeks then you start to settle down and remember to reach the full benefits of this medication is around 6 to 8 weeks when it reaches the full blood level hope that helps.
Day 9 on Zoloft and my anxiety has almost disappeared over night. Thank God! Days 2-8 were hellish. I was so speedy and anxious and restless, I could hardly concentrate and I was useless at work for days. I seriously almost threw in the towel yesterday and was going to quit taking the medicine. I am glad I hung in there. I feel fine today. No anxiety at all. Wow! That is so strange how it can be so bad for days and over night it cleared up. I had read other peoples stories of this happening and I didn't believe it. My advice to anyone starting out on Zoloft is to hang in there and know the side effects can leave over night. Day 9 was my magic day. Yay!
This is great jrlundy; Glad it is working for you make sure you let the doctor know to that it is normal for this to be this way so if he runs into it that the beginning side effects almost always go away if you can stick with it and you did good job. Glad it sounds like it's going to work for you. Remember it should get better to in 6 to 8 weeks when it reaches the full blood level Keep at it
I have been on 50mg of Zoloft for about two months. I was having some minor anxiety problems so my doc upped the dose to 100mg. Now I really feel anxious but have faith that it is temporary. I take a 25mg of Trazadone (1/4 pill) in the morning and it seems to smooth things out.
Is my second day in 50mg of Zoloft and feel so bad. I have nausea is so hard to eat, lack of energy. And I fell anxiety, I'm so scare about what I feel. Is this normal in Zoloft treatment?
I just started Zoloft again. Was feeling angry a lot and doctor won't prescribe my Ativan anymore so this was my option. I am only on day 2 and I hate the onset of panic attacks and anxiety I am getting. It is nice to know this is temporary but ugh it is hard.
I have started taking Zoloft 25mg 14 days ago.I am having alot of increased anxiety especially in the morning. My doctor wants me to up my dose to 37.5 cause she thinks the anxiety is caused from to low a dose. Should I stick it out a bit longer on the 25mg or try uping the dose? I'm miserable either shaking or crying. I just want to be normal.
How are you doing on this now? My husband switched from duloxetine to sertraline 8 days ago & his anxiety is through the roof!
Relieved I am not the only one! I am switching from 300mg of Wellbutrin that had my anxiety only getting worse and worse after several weeks so just started the switch over to ZOLOFT. Yesterday was my first day and had the most terrible anxiety ever. Today was rough too. But not quite as bad. I will be so glad when I can feel halfway normal again.
I am on day 2 of Zoloft and also day 2 of the most ridiculous nighttime anxiety/insomnia EVER. I’ve tried several different daily anxiety meds in the past, each with similar outcomes, and have quit them within days of starting due to not being able to cope with the increased anxiety. This thread gives me hope that I’m not alone, these feelings will subside, and I WILL start to feel like me again sometime soon. Has anyone tried taking it during the day instead of at night? Even though it says “may cause drowsiness”, it seems to have the opposite effect on me. Any advice or encouragement would be appreciated!
I am on day 8 of Zoloft and just yesterday my anxiety went through the roof. I’ve never felt so panicked in my life. I felt like I was losing control. I was experiencing the worst episodes of my life. These stories I’m seeing do help subside the anxiety some. I really hope in a couple days my anxiety subsides more. My wife and I are having a baby in 5 days so I don’t have time for this. My OCD isn’t helping either. Thank you everyone for sharing! I’ll respond back in a couple days and give the update on my situation! God Bless to all
"Side effects have been reported to be generally mild and transient. They are most common during the first 2 weeks of treatment and decrease in intensity and frequency with continued treatment. They generally do not lead to treatment cessation."
Hi, I've been on Citalopram for a few years, but never felt great taking it, the best I was was just neutral. I was taking 40mgs of Citalopram but when you are over 60 the recommended dose was 20mgs, so I dropped to 20 and felt a bit better. I had discussed the efficacy of my drug with my Dr and he suggested switching to Sertraline and prescribed 50mgs. I was reluctant to change over at first as I was feeling ok with the 20mgs of Citalopram, but things kind of got worse one day and I sank into a very low mood. I decided to switch to Sertraline, after a week I felt no better so the Dr suggested upping to 100mgs. I was now getting awful feelings of anxiousness and dread, a week later he upped to 150mgs, I had propranolol 10mgs to help settle my nerves, and had taken before and it was kind of ok in the past, but wouldn't even touch the sides of my now panic and anxiety.
I met the Dr again to discuss and he said there was nothing he could give me to help, he gave me the telephone number of the mental health crisis team 'in case I needed it'. In the meantime I was trying anything and everything to self help me, meditation, online apps, seeking out depression groups, counselling etc. I called the crisis team (this is in the UK) who said he should have given me something like Diazepam to help me out but hadn't, but they would send an email to the Dr requesting him to prescribe. 5 days passed and I'd heard nothing, I called the Dr, they hadn't had any email... back to the crisis team who said they would send off again, with the advice I need to 'distract' myself. I contacted my pharmacy who still haven't received a prescription for me. Every morning I felt like I was having a nervous breakdown, I was reaching out but no one was helping. Yesterday (saturday) I called the non emergency helpline who arranged an urgent appointment with a different Dr, my Dr's is closed on a Saturday. After 20 mins of explaining what was going on, I was given 21 x 2mg Diazepam. I took my first one yesterday which calmed me down. Today I've taken my second in the morning, I still feel like I'm breaking down, but the advice is to stick with it. The Dr I saw yesterday said he thought I had gone to 150mg too quickly, but to discuss with my Dr. I have a family gathering in 5 days time followed by a trip to the US, the way I feel at the moment I cannot see myself going but that is causing no end of problems with my family. I'm encouraged others have felt the anxiety and have got through it. I'm now into my 4th week of changing over and feel as bad as I ever have, I just hope one day I wake up and it's over. Thanks for listening.
I know last time, years ago when I started Zoloft that it took several weeks to get in my system and level out to where I didn't panic or have anxiety, was at 100mg. I had taken myself off of it back in 2010. Now, I have restarted on this medicine back in Aug on 12.5mg and 2 weeks after that went to 25mg. I know I will get better but it takes time. I'm now taking 50mg, day 3 of it. Today I have had anxiety just about all day. It just gets me when all I can think about is the symptom (left side of neck and face gets tingly and when my throat feels like it's closing/ too dry) that I'm having and the anxiety keeps going. I don't go into a panic, so I know the med is working.
My question is - Should I keep upping my dosage every other week to get to 100mg or should I wait till I get antsy to up it again? I only up it 12.5 mg at a time. I try to stay on a dosage as long as I can and when I feel antsy after a couple good days, I up my med again. Then I go through the same symptoms of headaches, tiredness, feelings of being on a cloud in my head, night sweats, ears being sensitive, and the constant fast beating heart. I do call my grandma, parents and both my sisters, as they have panic/anxiety attacks, and I seem to feel comfort for a bit. They remind me that it will soon pass, that I'm taking the medicine and to give it time. My mom had said that I may need to be back on 100mg or possibly higher.
I was taking 50 mg of zoloft about 8 years ago, it took 3 1/2 weeks to start working. One morning I woke up and for once I wasn't able to feel my heart pounding. I'm on it again but only on day 11.
Give it some more time & good luck.
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