I am 74 years of age and have suffered bi polar since 1975. I have been prescribed sertraline with lithium/quetiapine. I am suffering from anxiety attacks which are now into 5th week. Is this unusual at my age?
Do the side effects of the medication called sertraline take more time to clear when older?
- 12 Sep 2018 by Jimatpounds
- 14 September 2018
- bipolar disorder, anxiety, lithium, quetiapine, sertraline, side effect, prescription, medication
Added 12 Sep 2018:
I should say that I was prescribed Quetiapine/Lithium in May this year and tolerated both well. It is the Sertraline prescribed 16.8.18 which is causing the side effects. Sorry for any confusion.
Hi, Jim! Side effects at any age really usually don't last longer than a couple of weeks. However, antidepressants taken by bipolar patients can sometimes provoke manic/hypomanic symptoms characterized by anxiety, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, etc.
I'd talk to your doctor and get her/his professional opinion.
Best regards, Wildcat
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