I am on Day 2 of sertraline. It has increased my anxiety to levels that need me to sedate myself to not freak out. Of, course, I have read about the possible increase. But, that still doesn't mean I get worried and scared. I was on citalopram for 6 years then off briefly for 5 months of hell. Back on then switched to Cymbalta. After getting scared off of that one, I weaned off slow. 10 weeks of growing hell later, I went back to a new doc and started sertraline (Zoloft). Day 2 here. I feel weird, too up, and super anxious. I can't even cry. It feels like the antidepressant part is working, but not the anxiolytic part. I am struggling. I just feel wracked with burning anxiety. The lorazepam is working, but I can't keep popping those. I am worried that what I feared could be true, that it will only increase my anxiety and not bring it down after a while. But, I understand, it's only day 2. I just need guidance and support.
Hi, amanda! First, stop freaking out! You're just making things worse than they need to be because everything you're experiencing is "normal" and will resolve quickly if you can just stick with the plan and think positively:
"Side effects have been reported to be generally mild and transient. They are most common during the first 2 weeks of treatment and decrease in intensity and frequency with continued treatment. They generally do not lead to treatment cessation (stoppage)."
Zoloft is a great drug for anxiety but you have to allow time for your metabolism to adjust to the medication... and time for the drug to begin to work:
"Sleep, energy, or appetite may show some improvement within the first 1-2 weeks. Improvement in these physical symptoms can be an important early signal that the medication is working. Depressed mood, anxiety, and lack of interest in activities may need up to 6-8 weeks to fully improve."
So try to hang in there for a few more days... everything will get better every day... and in the end you'll find it was well worth the wait.
If you have questions or concerns along the way, always feel free to post again, okay?
Best regards, Wildcat
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