I started taking sertraline 3 weeks ago at 25mg , have been on 50mg for a week now. There are minor uncomfortable side effects, but a big change in my anxiety, so that's alright! However, I've been experiencing severe stomach pain in the early evening that lasts for 3-4 hours. No vomiting/diarrhea, just severe pain in my stomach. I take this med in the am, with breakfast. Please, does anyone have advice on how to avoid this? the pain is comparable to childbirth pains, except constant, and the following morning my stomach feels weak and achy from all the cramping.
I, too, take 50mg of sertraline daily. I was told to take it at bedtime. I have no digestive side effects, and I have GERD and IBS. Have you mentioned this stomach pain to your doctor? Perhaps a muscle relaxer would help. Feel better!
Are you constipated or have gas? I can think of only one reason an antidepressant would cause stomach pain that far away from when its taken, and that is gas. They can increase the gas formation.
If it is not constipation or gas, then you should mention it to the Dr. Since it is occurring so far past the time you take it, I tend to think it is likely not related to the Sertraline. If it was caused by the medication, you would have it within the first hour or two of taking the medication.
Did you ever figure out what this was as I am currently suffering very badly from the symptoms you are describing here and looking for any help that I can!
I used to take this Sertraline 100mg twice a day. It was prescribed for depression, but also greatly assisted with premature ejaculation. I have a lap band and began having issues taking it after the installation of lap band. Same as you described, incredible pain in stomach, bloating and have even vomitted a few times. My Dr. took me off of it and now I use Bupropion, however, still use Sertraline the day of having sex as it is wonderful for premature ejaculation. It works so well that 100mg for me makes me have a normal timed orgasm and 200mg will have lasting like Iron Man! However, taking those 1-2 pills that day is like playing Russian Roulette. If I take 1, I literally will know if it will be a bad reaction within a few minutes as the stomach Pain will start and could get debilitatingly painful... so much for sex! If the first pill goes down without much issue, I dare risk my luck to take a 2nd to get to Iron Man status.
Interesting enough, the last 3 times I took it, I immediately put a Extra Strength Ricolla throat losenge in my mouth and sucked on it until it was gone... seemed to ward off the Sertraline gut pain. Maybe the strong menthol in the stomach?? I don't know, but if certainly helped.
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