I was wondering how I would know when Zoloft is starting to work? I’m new to meds and it can be really confusing.
Everyone reacts differently to medications, having said commonly in the first couple of weeks you should start feeling more active, improved mood, feel less anxious also your sleep and appetite may improve.
For Zoloft to reach its full therapeutic effect it may take 6 to 8 weeks, so you will have to be patient for the drug to start building up in your system. It is important that you take your dose at the same time everyday as prescribed by your Dr., and also communication with your Dr. is very important in order to keep him/her inform of your progress.
"How Long Does It Take For Sertraline (Zoloft)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 and lack of interest in activities may need up to 6-8 weeks to fully improve."
It's very important to work with your medication and look for positive improvements. When you're already anxious it's easy to dwell on negatives and worry that the drug isn't working.
Just a tip: You may notice some side effects such as increased anxiety and/or increased depression in the beginning and this is not uncommon. They generally resolve within just days to a week or two.
If you have questions or concerns along the way please feel free to post again. We'll be happy to share our experiences, okay?
I've been taking Zoloft 100mg twice a day for 12 years now, I take it for Bipolar 2, and PTSD, it took me about a month and a half before I really started to feel it starting to work, and when it does start to work, you feel like someone turned on a light bulb in the room, now everyone's body is different, so it might make you feel differently, but when the Zoloft finally kicks in, and I'm just going by my own experience, it turns night into day, you feel better, I don't know what you take Zoloft for, and it's not my business, but I hope it makes you feel, like it did me, I was in a very deep, black hole, with no way out, my PTSD kept me from doing alot of things, the Bipolar 2 would make me feel like I didn't care anymore, and I tried to end my life twice, the second time I almost succeeded, when I was diagnosed with my psych problems, I was started on different antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and stuff for anxiety and anger issues,
the first meds they gave me didn't work, but when they started me on the Zoloft, and it took 6 weeks for it to build up in my body and brain, but when it did, I felt extremely different, it lowered my PTSD issues, and started to get me out of the deep dark, black hole, where I had been stuck in for many years, I actually started to look forward to life again, I hope that the zoloft does the same for you, but give it some time to build up in your system, and hang in while it does, it takes a little time, I wish you good luck, and hope you feel better, like it did for me, I hope this helps a little.
- Zoloft Information for Consumers
- Zoloft Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Zoloft (detailed)
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