I was asking for peoples opinions about it. Do any of you have or know anybody with kids that are on it? I am worried about the side effects.
That was the first medication that the doctor gave me for Depression. He also gave me Ambein to take to sleep. I would be up for days. Take a Ambein and still be awake. I would take like 4 or 5 and still wouldn't go to sleep. Thats the only thing I didn't like about it was the not being able to sleep. She is already having to take depression medication at 14? WOW. With my 6 year old we just found out he has ADHD and he goes through a depression when his daddy is deployed. But the Psych doctor only gave him medicine for his ADHD. That brought out anger that was built up inside. He was out sick and one of his other doctors upped my son's dosage to 20mg. He took his anger out on his daddy's stuff. So when I called the Psych doctor ( that was the day after her painted his daddy's brand new John Deer Riding mower white) he put him on this medication that I am suppose to give him twice a day. He started looking like a zombie.
So I did my own adjusting to his meds. He gets Adderall XR in the morning before school and his Anit anger pill at 5pm. We have no problems out of him. The pill he takes in the evenings helps him come down off of his Adderall without giving us fits. And it helps with his built up anger ( we never knew he had). But since we found all that out my husband is doing his best not to deploy. He see's his children needs him at home.
i am personaly on this (200 mg, supposed to be max dose but can go higher) and i have 0 side effects and it cleared up my depression very well. however it didnt help my anxiety at all so now im trying to ease that my self. with a 14 year old you need to watch them closely. hormonal spikes are very common at this age and thats why there is an increased risk of suicidal thoughts/behaviors.
I have no experience with this drug myself, I take other drugs for my PTSD, anxiety, and depression! I just wanted to comment that the anger issues, if any, should be addressed, they can only get worse as kids grow into adults and hormones really kick in. I am dealing with some anger management issues at 45, that I wish my parents had dealt with when I was younger ( they refused medications for me), some kids need to have the medication options available to them under the close watch and monitor of doctors and parents! Good luck and document those side effects to discuss with the doctor.
I also have a teen age daughter who is being treated for Anxiety, depression and PTSD since the age of 14. At 16 she was switched to Zoloft and it appears to work better than any of the other choices. It can be very difficult
with teens because of the hormonal spikes to know whether the drug is working or not. I have found that my daughter starts becoming agitated,
depressed, moodier than usual, more argumentative and somewhat agressive when the dose needs to be adjusted. Learn your daughter's
behavior patterns and watch them carefully in order to know when the dose is not working. I have found that keeping an open relationship and line of communication helps tremendousely. We talk openly about how she feels,
how she is handling school, and relationships with friends and family. She does not seem to have any serious side effects as of yet. She has been on zoloft for 6 months now. We recently increased the dose due to the above mentioned behavior changes. She is doing good again, but she is also growing and changing alot at this point in her life. The hard part for me is
knowing at what point we should try to wean her off the drugs and see what happens. I hope your daughter improves on Zoloft, and I know how difficult the next few years will be for all of you. Hang in there!!!
A very close friend of mins son suffered from anxiety and depression. He could barely fo to school and worried about everything but held it in He was prescribed Zoloft at age 11. He did very well with. And feels like a 15year old should feel like. The zoloft took away all that baggage he was carrying around with him. Good Luck and God Bless. Being a Mom is hard job and it is refreshing to know that some parents really want to understand their child's isues instead of just pushing them under the run can hope that it is just the age. I hope this helps Barb
I took Zoloft the first time I found out I had depression. The doctor gave me ambien to help me sleep. I was having problems before the Zoloft. But when I took Zoloft I could not sleep. Even if I took a ambien. I would be up for days. One night I wanted to get some sleep so bad. I took 3 ambien and I still didn't fall asleep. Thats when I went off of Zoloft. I started sleeping again once I stopped taking it. But now they think I am also suffering from PTSD. I got Spinal Bacteria Meningitis when I got a epidural while in labor with my now 2 year old son. When they finally discovered I had it. They said if I had waited one more day I would have been dead. But every year around that date something happens with my body. The first year my anxiety came back 10x worse. This year the day before my son's 2nd birthday I had a seizure. So its like my body remembers that date and time frame. So they said I am suffering from PTSD. I hope it goes away. Because I cannot handle something happening every year with me and my body.
i took zoloft for many a year with no side effects. but i was an adult of 35-40 and i have always taken ativan for my panic disorder sometimes i only need small doses and then other times larger ones. although my depression med's change my ativan never dose's best of luck with your child. missy2
I am 14 years old and I am taking it for my severe depression with the loss of both of my parents. Make sure she eats something, I didnt and I felt really dizzy and sick to my stomache, but besides that make sure she isn't suicidal, more than usual if she already is, that is what my aunt and uncle and phsychiatrist are looking for signs for me, but she should be fine on it.
Sertraline may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
•gas or bloating
•loss of appetite
•pain, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet
•uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
•changes in sex drive or ability
My daughter has taken 25mg sertraline for about three months and all of a sudden she is severely allergic to animals. I don't mean the sniffles. She gets a severe reaction. Until last October we lived with cats and dogs inside the home since she was born. She's never had allergies before. About two weeks ago she started showing symptoms and now she has allergic reactions to any animal even after taking Flonase.
The only one thing different in her life is taking sertraline. im very concerned and she is very upset because she loves animals.
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