Hi. I've been on 50mg Sertraline since mid July. Had a very rocky start (first 7-10 days were hell) Then after 2 weeks I started to feel better, which improved every day for about a month. Then this last month my symptoms have slowly crept back in again. Time for an increase in dose or medication swap?? Thanks in advance.
Sertraline - Should I increase my dose?
Question posted by Crazymamma on 14 Oct 2021
Last updated on 15 October 2021
Hi there! For me it worked better to up my dosage very slowly. I had 25mg and 50mg. I was breaking the 25mg in half until I got to75mg which seem to really work for me so far. I had very little side effects if any. I've been taking 75mg for 4 weeks now. Definitely talk to your doctor.
Since 50mg is a relatively low dose (maintenance dose is 50-200mg) I would think a dosage increase might be the best place to start.
Switching medications could involve tapering off the sertraline and titering your dose of the new med and you might have a problem with discontinuation symptoms and the initial side effects. Since you had a rough start to begin with this might be hard on you.
That being said, an increase might mean new or recurrent side effects but they're generally milder and don't last as long as what you experienced before.
Let your doctor know what's going on with you and you can talk about what option is best for you.
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