I had my first panic attack in early December. Since then I have little small anxiety moments, knots in stomach, etc. For the past few weeks it’s like my heart is stuck day and night in the flight or flight response. I hardly ever sleep at all. Has anyone gone through this and took Zoloft and it made them disappear? O have been prescribed 25mg for now. I feel this will never end. I’m fatigued, worn down, etc from the heart palpitations. The more I feel my heart beat the more it beats harder from the stress I am building up. I went to hospital and they did X-ray, ekg, blood work, all being good btw.
No, sertraline is not for heart palpitations
Hi, Josh! Since all your tests were negative it's most likely that your palpitations and tachycardia are from an anxiety disorder. They are classic signs of anxiety/panic attacks.
Sertraline (Zoloft) does not directly affect the heart, but it acts to relieve the anxiety that's causing your symptoms. You are on the recommended initial dose which will help your system adjust to the medication with a minimum of side effects. You may note some improvement in the first week or two but it usually takes 6-8 weeks to feel the full benefits of this medication and your doctor may elect to increase your dosage if needed.
Try to be patient and keep a positive attitude and you'll be feeling better before you know it.
If you have questions or concerns along the way always feel free to post again, okay?
Best regards, Wildcat
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