I have been taking 50mg of sertraline for anxiety for 16 days and the side effects are still really bad. Sweating, hot flushes, headaches, nausea, waves of anxiety and panic, running to the loo and generally feeling awful. The doctor doesn't know if this will settle or if I have Serotonin Toxicity so they are unsure if to take me off them. It seems a shame to be three weeks in and to have to now try something new. I have never felt so bad. Has anyone had a similar experience??
I'd say 21 days is usually enough time for this to settle down, if not I'd agree a change is in order, be sure they take the time, 7-10 days to get this out of your system before starting something else. What you report the Dr is saying is a bit concerning, sounds a bit "lost."
I have been on 25mg of sertraline for 7 days. The side effects have been awful as it has felt like both my mind and body are out of control. I have been told l am hyper sensitive to medication. Luckily these feelings haven't been continuous so l have had periods of calm. I have been back to see my doctor who initially prescribed beta blockers, which again gave me awful side effects. He has now prescribed 2mg of diazepam when required, this is the lowest dose and only for two weeks. This has definitely helped the extreme anxiety. I really thought l was going mad yesterday but with persuasion l kept on them. I do feel much better today, fingers crossed, and feel l may be through the worst. My doctor has however told me that he will leave me on 25mg for at least 3 weeks due to my medication sensitivity.lf as me trolled the internet looking for help and reassurance that your not losing your mind.
Your not it may feel like you are but if you can stick with the medication please do as l do feel much calmer presently.
just one thing, l live alone and if you are in the same postion please ask friends to be available in the night for a phone call as that feeling other people were alive and sane helped me enormously, even though l never phoned them. If you don't have friends that are able to do that. The samaritans or a mental health line are also brilliant. I know its still very early day's but l thought it important to say that there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.
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