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User Reviews for Sertraline

Also known as: Zoloft

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Summary of Sertraline reviews 1406 reviews 7.2

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Zoloft (sertraline) for Panic Disorder: "Everyone is different how they react to meds . But omg this medicine is the worst for me I tried it over a year ago lasted three days because I just got so sick . Well then I months later I said I'll try it again maybe I just got the flue or soemthing at the same time of taking it the first time well I last 5 days on the lowest dose and again sick as hell this medicine made me feel like so much worse like I was in a panic attack 24/7 . Headache , stomach issues , feeling out of my body , I just don't get it how they say you need go threw the side affects to get better like there's no way they can expect you to stick with something that's making you 20 times worse like sure I little unpleasant but this is over board how it made me feel .:("

   
1.0

Jjbegood (taken for less than 1 month) August 29, 2016

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For Borderline Personality Disorder: "I first started taking this in 2012 and at first all it did was make me incredibly tired but then it also made my moods more up n down and caused me to have psychotic episodes. i abruptly stopped taking it at that point (stupid i know....i shouldve tapered off) and from doing so i had extreme psychotic episodes. Ever since taking it all those years ago, ive had numerous psychotic episodes. My dr thinks it was the sertraline that reacted badly with my brain, leaving me now prone to having psychotic eps. I tried different dosages too, starting from the smallest dosage. I would never recommend it to anyone after what i experienced with it but then again everyone is different. All i know is that Sertraline made me worse mentally."

   
1.0

TamHighett (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 29, 2016

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Zoloft (sertraline) for Major Depressive Disorder: "I had a horrible experience with Zoloft. I started on a low-dose liquid form and at first it seemed to be really lifting my mood, reducing my anxiety, and boosting my self esteem. But I soon began experiencing extreme irratibility and episodes of destructive rage aimed at my belongings or myself. I loved the benefits, but the side effects were ruining my life and relationships, so I discontinued. In addition to rage, I also experienced severe prolonged pms (3 weeks duration), constant breast pain and swelling, unrestorative sleep, and awful vivid lifelike nightmares. In terms of reducing depression and anxiety, I'd give it a 9, but the side effects didn't enable me to continue taking it."

   
5.0

Jennifer1201 August 28, 2016

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Zoloft (sertraline) for Panic Disorder: "Have experienced anxiety my whole life along with occasional panic attacks that come and go. I was so excited to try Zoloft after reading all these positive reviews but I only ended up taking one pill and I won't be taking another! It's different for everyone, but for me, I took 25mg at 5pm and the next morning I was nauseous, was pissing out my butthole and couldn't eat for another 12 hours. I woke up again this morning still feeling very sick with diarrhea. I would rather have the stomach flu than ever experience that again. I'm going on the second day without taking it and I'm still not fully recovered from being that sick. I gave it a 3 because other than that, I felt no other side effects except a little tingly the first hour or so."

   
3.0

Bekah202122 August 28, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "This medication has changed my life for the better. I started to feel better within about a week of taking it. I chose to take it before bed rather than in the morning which I think helped me to not feel any negative side effects. I've tried 2 other types of medication but this is the only one for me that's helped reduce my anxiety but everyone is different so may not work for everyone but my experience on it has been positive."

   
10

SGH91 (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 28, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I'm a 35 y/o army combat veteran. I have PTSD & one of my biggest challenges is the ANXIETY & PANIC ATTACKS. I was discharged when i was 25, but the anxiety has gotten worse. I can't go into a market, target, mall or even outside when its very sunny. Apparently any stimuli triggers a panic attack for me. I wish that I had the experiences you guys have with sertraline. I took it for 3 days & it was absolutely unbearable. I was super jittery. I had bad tremors. My hands & fingers could not stay still. I could not sleep. I got mild lockjaw (especially when I yawned). It was horrible. •••BUT••• Somehow I did not suffer from any panic attacks whatsoever. My Dr. took me off that & put me on mirtazapine. Ugh. I need help, seriously."

   
3.0

Tier1ArmyEOD August 27, 2016

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Zoloft (sertraline) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "30/F. I developed severe anxiety due to obsessive "bang your head against a wall to make it stop" intrusive thoughts at age 7. I "grew out" of it as I got older, but it hit back in full swing at 18. After years of walking around with a constant stomachache and having obsessive thought-induced panic attacks (all while living a "normal" life) I finally went to see a doctor. I started out at 50mg and later bumped up to 100. First few days felt like I had mild morning sickness and brain fog, but faded quickly. The only real lasting symptom is restless legs/sleeplessness at night, and I'd rather be awake and restless than awake and hysterical. I do think about/initiate sex less, but have found that (for me) getting started anyway does the trick."

   
9.0

kyriej (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 26, 2016

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Zoloft (sertraline) for Postpartum Depression: "It took a few weeks, but I feel so much better. I felt like I was stuck on the bottom of a seesaw and couldn't balance out my mood. I couldn't handle my rage over the smallest things. I would wake up and couldn't shut off my brain. Now I'm sleeping better, I wake up in a normal mood and no longer "sweat the small stuff." In addition, I am getting along much better with my family and friends. Let's just say I am better to be around. Don't worry about the side effects. I stayed away from Zoloft for a long time because I had anxiety about the side effects. Guess what? No side effects! Just a better life."

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 25, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "This medication changed my life! Looking back, I had always struggled with social anxiety. I made it through college without any medication due to self-medication with drugs and alcohol and alienating myself. The panic attacks began when I secured a full-time job and became financially independent. Something as simple as ordering a pizza caused me a great deal of anxiety. Dealing with all of the social interactions it takes to be a fully functional adult was too much. I would have about 5 panic attacks a week. My doctor gave me only 25mg of Sertraline and after about 2 weeks everything was different. No more attacks. No more sleep paralysis. My sex drive actually increased because I could enjoy it! I got a promotion! I'm so thankful."

   
10

Kwalks (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 25, 2016

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Zoloft (sertraline) for Depression: "I had to start off at a very low dose, 12.5mg. Starting at anything higher made me feel like I was having a heart attack. Gradually increasing by just 12.5 mg for dose increases were much kinder. My mind is becoming more clear and focused, my thoughts dont seem so cluttered, and I have a little room for improvement so far. I target between 75-100 mg for feeling my best. Typical warned side effects (GI upset) is as expected but with each small increase, resolves. Sticking with it! :)"

   
8.0

focusedandhappier August 25, 2016

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For Depression: "post natal depression took over me last year and cannot even pass a day without having an argument with my partner that almost bring us apart. After all sorts of counselling and course to put myself straight I ended up wigh sertraline. I started at 50mg and the first day I toom it, it feels like a joke. I was laughing at my partner getting annoyed which used to made me angry and irritable at him. He even ask me if what im taking is happy pill. On the first 3 days were pin and needles on my palm, stomach upset and feels like vomiting all the time. After 2 months was on 100mg sleepless night no sex drive weight gain. But im happy and feeling great until now after 10 months cant sleep again. Will see gp soon. This help me get my life back thou"

   
9.0

twisted13utterfly August 25, 2016

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Zoloft (sertraline) for Major Depressive Disorder: "It made me zombie like, felt l nothing at all! That is not a good thing!"

   
2.0

saschbacher August 24, 2016

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For Depression: "I have been using setter alone now for around 4 years and they help with my mood and anxiety, I am on 100mg, 1 tablet a day. My hair has gone extremely thin, losing loads each day, via combing; I thought initially it was after having my son who is nearly 4 years old, as hair loss can be associated after bearing a child but its getting worse, to the point where my daughter said gosh mum that's not normal, your hair comes out in clumps! I am rather worried as may be it could be the medication? Plus Iv put on weight and my appetite has increased! Iv put on 3 stone since having my son. I think I'm going to reduce the amount gradually and stop taking it as il end up more depressed if these symptoms continue!"

   
6.0

Tanny75 August 23, 2016

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For Depression: "It can take you out from hell.Simply the best."

   
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Peter72 August 23, 2016

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For Depression: "On day 8 taking 50mg dose and I cannot believe how effective this medication is. I was suffering from anxiety, extreme irritability & low moods for a number of months before my doctor prescribed it for me. So far the only side effect I have experienced is mild headaches, usually in the evening time. I take my dose in the morning after breakfast and I feel so much calmer, good humoured and relaxed - more like the old me. I don't sweat the small stuff anymore and feel my stress levels have dropped considerably. Fingers crossed this good feeling lasts!"

   
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Indmag (taken for less than 1 month) August 23, 2016

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For Depression: "I probably was always prone to mild depression and the odd mood, but the strain of looking after my aged and ill father for about 4 years 24/7 took it's toll. As my wife said at times it was like treading on eggshells with me. I was put on 50mg of Sertraline and after a week or two I felt human and happy again. I came off the tablets last week after about 3 years (had tried after one but it was too soon) and feel fine. If I suffered any side effects then not sure what as some things could be put down to getting older although not too old, just coming up 59, but feeling tired at times and yawning is about as bad as it got. Maybe some colic but easily sorted with the very occasional domperidone pill. Anyway for me Sertraline was good."

   
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Life is for living (UK) (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 23, 2016

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Zoloft (sertraline) for Social Anxiety Disorder: "Been suffering with anxiety since Jan this year, tried natural products,CBT also citalopram. Citalopram made me worse, sick, crying just feeling awful. Doctor suggested Sertraline to which I was very nervous to try, started 25mg for one week then increased to 50mg, no side effects at all. Day 18 on 50mg feel more myself, feeling better daily. My advice don't read any negative reviews only the positive, give them a go. Def working for me."

   
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Croatia August 23, 2016

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Zoloft (sertraline) for Depression: "Hi all, I've just commenced Zoloft for moderate depression. My Psychologist said that it will assist me to get more out of our sessions and will greatly improve my mood. I'm on 50mg. Last night was the first night I took Zoloft and my god I was so sick during the night and even this morning. I've taken today off work as I was still unwell at 11am. I'm going to hang in there. Thanks for your honesty and sharing your positive/negative experiences."

dons1980 (taken for less than 1 month) August 23, 2016

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Zoloft (sertraline) for Major Depressive Disorder: "I have been taking Zoloft for 20 years. I started on 50mg a day and remember the very overwhelming feeling of "normality" within a month. I was at one stage, 12 - 15 years ago on 400 mg per day. Since then I have been on 300 mg per day. It is the only SSRI that seems to work for me. Of late Zoloft has been difficult to obtain and I have tried several generic brands. For me , contrary to the statement that they do exactly the same thing, they don't work as well as Zoloft. In fact some are quite detrimental. I have MDD, OCD, ODD and minor agoraphobia. Zoloft has saved my life."

El Jay. (taken for 10 years or more) August 23, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "Took two weeks for Zoloft to kick in . Started on 100 mg made me too nervous dropped to 50mg , seems to work better for me. Also take 1 mg Ativan at night for Restless Leg Syndrome and to help with sleep . No bad effects from either , slight nausea with Zoloft on empty stomach . Anxiety hit me hard and sudden . It is a terrible experience !"

   
8.0

Xxx45 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 20, 2016

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For Depression: "A little over month ago, I was in a dark place. I was having horrific thoughts that were consuming me. Waking up in a panic with a constant nervous feeling. I had zero patience for my kids in fact I did not want to be around them or alone with them. I was constantly upset and teary. I was so against medication and did everything to avoid it. I would visit these forums over and over. I have been on Sertraline for approx a month now. I built up from 12.5mg to 50mg and this drug has saved my life. It really is a miracle. Although I did get side effects to begin with, it was all worth it to feel happy again."

   
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CJ2410 (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 20, 2016

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For Depression: "I have been on this medication since last February, so almost two years. Wow, what a wonderful change it has made for me. I am so indebted and thank God so much that these medications are now available and are helping to make lives better. I had severe OCD, crying spells daily due to the overwhelming constancy of the anxiety, heart palpitating constantly, I was a mess on the inside. I never felt at peace even though I tried many things to help feel more calmed. I am 21 years of age.I am now so at peace, I notice that when the OCD comes, which it still does, the overwhelming anxiety is not there anymore. I have less fear of the future. It's a miracle for me. Side effects: Weight gain/sex drive/sleepy. I was 145 pounds and now I am 175 pound"

   
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goldeer59 August 19, 2016

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For Depression: "I was prescribed setraline for post natal depression and anxiety. At the start i felt irritable, more anxious, nausea, had severe diahrrea and my insomnia got worse. Two months on i am getting less than four hours sleep a night. Not a good combination with a lively toddler. I still get diahrrea but not as severe and my anxiety levels have decreased dramatically. However i still struggle with everyday tasks/chores/eating etc. I have also noticed my depression increases drastically for three weeks every month, when my period is due. I am seeing my doctor shortly and hope to switch to something that might allow me to sleep. I can cope with everything but sleep deprivation. Three years of less than four hours sleep a night is not good."

   
2.0

Insomniac.less.than.4hrs August 19, 2016

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Zoloft (sertraline) for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: "Have previously used progesterone tablets which worked fairly well however I had a break and then my gp told me to use these instead. Horrid 3 days! I could deal with the nausea and low mood as I was prepared for it, but I lost my orgasm on just 25mg and 3 tablets. Not for me!"

   
1.0

Sanderlair August 16, 2016

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Zoloft (sertraline) for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: "I was prescribed this med last spring (over a year ago), I am professionally diagnosed with PTSD, OCD, depression, ovary issues and severe anxiety attacks.. these were diagnosed PRIOR to being on Zoloft. It helps me feel less in need of doing things NOW with my OCD "rituals", my ovary issues are getting better, it does also help with social anxiety for me. I'd like to say and point out, I heard of a lawsuit going on with Pfizer on this med and I'm very upset on that. First off, if your going to become pregnant, ANY doctor should tell you not to be on anything except for prenatal vitamins. It's the doctors getting the money for prescribing the meds, don't let that fool you. If you are nursing, pregnant or want to have a baby, do without!"

   
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Lady Jerrico (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 16, 2016

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