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User Reviews for Sertraline

Also known as: Zoloft

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Sertraline Rating Summary

7.6/10 Average Rating

240 Ratings with 219 User Reviews

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Reviews for Sertraline to treat Anxiety and Stress

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"I had high hopes for Zoloft, SSRI #3 that was tried. I didn't experience ANY side effects getting on it until about day 14, when I noticed my depression was getting very bad. I was getting mood swings (and I don't mean highs and lows, I mean neutrals and super lows) so my doc suggested I get off of it. I didn't notice it helping. It made me feel more emotional."

   
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missschris (taken for less than 1 month) September 22, 2016

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"So I have been given sertraline to take at 50mg i have just come back from a&e because I woke up at 3am and my heart was pounding out my chest resting rate of 125! The doctor done an ecg checked me over by then my heart rate had gone down and said its my anxiety and it's just the tablets working and I now have propanalol 10mg to take twice a day other than the heart rate issue I don't have any other side affects which I'm pleased about! Has anyone else had this issue too or is it just me!"

Loopylou92 September 19, 2016

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"Worst medication I've ever been prescribed for anxiety and depression. Took it for a little over a month (50 mg) with absolutely no change in symptoms. Absolutely not my doctors fault, she wanted to try something new to see if that would have a better affect on my mental health. Originally I was on Lexapro 20 mg and have since gone back to that. I feel like this really made my mental health worse and not better."

   
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StressedMessExpress September 19, 2016

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"I have been on 50mg sertraline for one week then just started 100mg yesterday,I have had deep depression ocd & panic attacks for 15 months and have been on several tablets and a stay in hospital I felt like life was not living I wanted to die I feel a bit better not so anxious but still have intrusive thoughts I'm hoping as the weeks go on this will improve"

   
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Katyf (taken for less than 1 month) September 9, 2016

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"I've been on sertraline for two weeks now after being recently widowed, stressing about the loss, stressing about money....i cared for my husband for 16yrs full time ss he couldn't move from neck down. Probably should have sought help before as the stress is big time....anyway, now he's died, its all come out and I'm a jittery, jumpy emotional mess. But I need to find work without breaking down at an interview. Yes its helped, I'm not jumpy now, I can keep my emotions for when I'm alone and I'm more in control. Only thing is , occasional horrific headaches?"

   
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Oooja booja September 5, 2016

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"Been weened off floxitine (prozac) and put on sertaline for my GAD , &I have had a few panic attacks. Been I bit more anxious & I have been crying quite alot this WK, as it is only 2nd wk. On pregabalin for chronic back pain, & notice they were helping my anxiety more , so it was only then that my anxiety was really addressed,and my doctors trying me on sertaline 50 mg per day."

   
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Donna68369 donna September 1, 2016

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"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."

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

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"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."

   
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Tier1ArmyEOD August 27, 2016

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"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."

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

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"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 !"

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

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"I was taking 100 mg of sertraline. This medicine didn't really help with my social anxiety, in fact it made it worse. I also couldn't enjoy things that I enjoyed prior to taking sertraline."

   
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Anonymous_ August 12, 2016

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"Hi- I am a guy from middle east and would like to share my experience with Lustral or Zoloft. I took it for about 7 months with 50 mg per day. It gave me good energy throught the day but couldnt sleep well in the night . The bad side effect that I hate really is low s3xual drive and unable to cum . It gave me some confidence but makes me aggressive . I shared my story coz i always come here and what others are posting . For me I dont know how much it takes to work perfect."

   
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arabic Guy (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 8, 2016

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"Ok so I'm a 18 year old girl and I stret taking Zoloft/sertraline at 200 mg about two years ago when I was in a psych hospital for suicide attempts and ptsd from a near death asthma attack. My parents think I'm better, but the medicine is making me have absolutely awful thoughts. I quit it cold turkey for about two weeks without telling them and I felt so much relief. They then found out and I was put back on. I am afraid of myself and my thoughts when I'm on this and I need to get off NOW."

   
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czeyk (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 31, 2016

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"I've been on 100 mg of Zoloft for 13 years now--though not a perfect fix, it's helpful, and I'm very thankful for this drug. Anxiety runs in my family but was never discussed. I'm 47 now, looking back I realize that wisps of it ran all through my childhood and youth- I "self-medicated" with alcohol and smoking. It peaked when I was pregnant and 9/11 went down--midwife urged me to try meds, but I was very stubborn. I wanted to do it "on my own." After months of struggle and desperation, I finally gave in. It helped. I could parent and function again. A couple times since, I've tried to wean myself off but never successfully--always needed it. Now I'm at mostly at peace with needing zoloft--wish I didn't, but I do, and it helps."

   
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Middle-Aged Mom (taken for 10 years or more) July 31, 2016

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"This medication does work. I had been through a lot of stress at work for 3 years and finally decided to start taking 50 mg of sertraline. I didn't have any side effects and within two weeks I noticed that I am finally calm and "happy". Nothing bothered me anymore. In a month after I started taking the medication I was laid off. I didn't even cry. It was a shock though so I checked with my doc and she advised to increase the dose to 75 mg. I was taking it for about three months and started feeling emotionally numb and it seemed that the med stopped working. Also my hands/fingers were "falling asleep" at night and from holding an iPhone for more than 2-3 min. They still do. I am on 150 mg and my mood is fine. its been 13 months altogether."

   
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Kot July 30, 2016

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"I was on venlafaxine 75mg for the past month and boy was that a crappy drug. Felt more sick than ever and didnt want to get on it ever again. Fast heart rate , raised my blood pressure and almost made me black out while riding my bike. Resting heart rate in bed before sleeping was 100-120 . Weaning off of it as of now, 1 week to go. Doctor gave me zoloft/sentraline which I was given a few years ago (helped me so well) I'm pretty happy with my life. I no longer think of my ex who cheated on me and left me for another guy, and no more suicidal thoughts. I FEEL HAPPY! Every drug effects and helps everyone in different ways. I noticed change in the first week. I'm on 50mg right now and Im so happy :) Takes time guys! LIVE ON ,LIVE HAPPY"

   
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Brandontakessentraline July 29, 2016

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"I've been on 200mg for 7 months now, yes you can tell a difference. Makes the constant thinking diminish a little, especially under pressure. Ask you doctor if sertraline is right for you. "

   
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Mikejoneswho (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 27, 2016

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"First time I got a panic attack was about 4 years ago, needless to say it was horrifying, took my about three months from one doctor to another to check heart condition, nerves, etc... after my maybe 10th visit to the ER (not knowing it's a panic attack) doctor suggested I should I should visit a psychiatric, who prescribed Escitalopram and Lorazepam, it took me a while before the drugs started acting up but fast forward one year later i'm feeling better. after than I relapsed and the same medication didn't work, so my doctor suggested to start taking Sertraline, it took me a couple of weeks before even remotely started to feel slightly better, side effects were horrible, but in 2 months I was back to my normal self. so, be strong, and wait"

   
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Tomtanks (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 19, 2016

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"Hi All, I started on 50mg sertraline and 100mg diazepam(sp), hated it I just felt spaced out all the time. stopped the Diazepam and went to 100mg sertraline, and it leveled my moods out, I would be the same Monday as Friday, but still not happy and joking as I usually am. I went to doctors today and he put me on 150mg sertraline, and 2mg diazepam as needed. yes sertraline does work, I had really bad stomach for about a month, now that's gone, I have had a few panic attacks but, they are less, I do struggle with my thought of line when I am talking, but stop rethink what I am saying then go again. I am a 46yr old male, head chef., started "

   
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KWACKS July 8, 2016

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"I promised myself when I was a wreck that I would post when I was myself again. Truth is these forums gave me hope when everything was hopeless and kept me going. I started on Sertraline 50 mg upped to 100 mg for severe anxiety that had been building up for a year. I focused on my anxiety all the time, life was not enjoyable.Word of advice-- if you are on Sertraline for anxiety you will feel worse beyond belief for a start!!! Please stick with it-- I never would have without forums. I felt much better after 6 weeks but has taken 11 to be me again. It is a slow process but the results are amazing. I needed a lot of time off work as I am in a surgical job-- don't feel guilty as I did . We have an illness like any illness. Don't ever lose hope"

   
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Cassy from UK (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 8, 2016

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"I've read so many horror stories about this drug, that I thought I best give a good review! I've gone from a self-harming mess. Scared of getting in my car because I might crash and die. Walking past a pond and not wanting to commit suicide, but thinking I could happily sink to the bottom and be at "peace". I've been on 150mg for three months now. I sing to my dogs again, I laugh at stupid stuff, I'm productive in work. I lost two stone in ten weeks from not eating and I didn't realise how ill I was until I went to see my Dr. I'm happy to put up with the teeth clenching and the fact that it's really hard to orgasm because I feel human again. Get past the first three weeks side effects when you feel AWFUL!! I've never felt better now though."

   
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Marplar (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 8, 2016

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"After struggling for what felt like years I decided to go to the doctors who referred me to a therapist, i felt like that was working and I was cleared by her. After a couple of months the stress of day to day life as well as studying in Sixth Form got too much for me and I felt like I had fallen into the same problem as before. I visited the doctors again and i got put on 50g sertraline, i have been on them for about 6 weeks now and i have never felt so low before. the side effects i have received are feeling depressed and suicidal thoughts, i have never felt this low before in my whole entire life."

   
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Milly1998 June 25, 2016

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"iv be on Sertraline 100mg for about 18 months for my anxiety they help me a lot but still have panic attcks or fell bad in big places and still have dark thoughts and if someone looks at me i think there out to get me then panic always think the worst thing is going to happen to me but not as bad as it was before taking Sertraline. the only side effects i got was head zaps witch fill fairs cool and wen i ran out of meds befor and couldnt get any over the weekend i was having real bad mood swings they also made me put on weight 1 was 10 stone 18 months ago now im over 13"

cagey13 June 18, 2016

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"I have suffered for years from extreme anxiety, ocd, depression and stress; this has saved my life. I have only taken it for a month but I feel "normal" for the first time in my life. It also has helped me from withdrawing from adderall I was taking for ADHD symptoms, and I can actually focus better now than I could before on the ADD meds."

   
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LaurenH2016 June 16, 2016

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"I started sertraline three days ago 50mg for stress and depression i also take propranolol 30mg a day and iv just felt spaced out always need to sleep not really hungry feel sick constantly and cant really get out of bed my legs feel really weird like tingling feeling but i feel a lot calmer already like im on cloud 9 i was getting bad thoughts not just about hurting myself but other people and for the first time in ages iv felt abit normal just hope the side affects soon wear off and start feeling myself agen"

   
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razo June 15, 2016

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