Hi I am 39, female, I started taking Sertraline on Sunday, 50 mg. I was having high anxiety, dry mouth, restlessness, loss of appetite, loose stools. Then Monday I felt a little better (side effects lessening as the day went on, bad the first 6-8 hours after taking then better through the night). But then Monday night I woke up in the middle of the night and had a full blown panic attack which is not at all normal for me. I called my doctor and he said to cut it in half and take 25 mg the next 4 days to see how I feel. So yesterday I took my 1st dose of 25mg. Still some of the side effects, not so bad, but had a weird vision problem 2 hours after taking it. It only lasted 20 minutes. But I woke up today really anxious, sweaty palms, slightly high blood pressure (117/83) (last night it was higher, 125/93) which I know anxiety raises bp but I'm just so anxious I'm wondering how long this will last. The side effects are terrible to deal with. I'm really hoping it's worth going through this.
Hey there, I experienced a lot of similar things when I first started taking setraline. I started on 25mg, and gradually increased the dose as my body became more accustomed to it. The worst of it occurred in the first week of the medication, and then certain side effects disappeared completely. I would experience them again each time I increased a dose (up by 25mg increments) but only for a couple of days.
Of course, there are certain side effects than can continue to last throughout the entirety of the time that you take the medication. For me, I experienced insomnia and frequent night sweats nearly the entire time I took the medication. I think its one of those things that vary between each person. But my doctor is always telling me with these types of medications, it often gets worse before it gets better, so try and stick it out and if things are still unbearable after a few weeks, then perhaps its time to make a switch. Best of luck to you!
- Sertraline Information for Consumers
- Sertraline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Sertraline (detailed)
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