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User Reviews for Sertraline

Also known as: Zoloft

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7.7/10 Average Rating

232 Ratings with 210 User Reviews

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Reviews for Sertraline to treat Anxiety and Stress

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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 !"

   
8.0

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."

   
1.0

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."

   
8.0

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. "

   
9.0

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"

   
9.0

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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"I have terrible anxiety and occasional PTSD and panic attacks (which I also believe cause my ulcers and IBS). It got to be that I was so afraid of everything I'd get myself physically sick. I got the courage to tell my doctor and he prescribed Zoloft. I've been taking half a pill this week and have to go to a full pill next week. It's absolutely amazing, my thoughts don't linger on every little thing now, I don't worry at all or panic. I don't assume people are mad at me anymore, I can sleep at night, and I can eat without getting sick. The first few days were ROUGH. I got literally every listed side effect, but they cleared up as the week went on. If it's working for you, keep at it, the side effects will go away."

   
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Buri (taken for less than 1 month) June 14, 2016

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"I've been on Sertraline for 4 weeks now for PMDD, OCPD and anxiety. At first I actually felt really great. Even felt like it held off my PMDD symptoms until just a few days prior to my cycle. However could still feel the symptoms of my PMDD so I had my 4 wk chk up w my Psych. I asked to be increased to 100mg to which he agreed. However before I had a chance to pick up the new script - I noticed that the day I ended my cycle my PMDD symptoms hadn't subside like they usually do. I feel spaced out am having anxiety worse than before, feel irritable, dizzy and am even experiencing a little bit of depression which was never a symptom I suffered from prior. I am afraid to up the meds for fear of these side effects? getting worse."

   
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Stillhopeful2 June 14, 2016

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"hey ive just started sertraline 4 days ago doctor put me on 60mg and at moment i feel jumpy,tired,and very sickley,but i hope these feelings go away am starting to sweat i feel anxiety setting in as well,i do suffer from bad anxiety anyway but on othr medication to help that.so am hoping this will settle down i am sleepin okay,but waking up earlier than normal.i think i might give it time to settle in am hopein these are some side effects am having:)"

   
8.0

Rizzoo2 June 10, 2016

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"No side affects for me."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 7, 2016

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"I suffer from PTSD from my military experiences. I am in my early 40's female. I to find that 25 mg works for me. Any thing more and I have several side effects. Seriously, I am told it isn't much. it seems to be just enough. Without it I am grumpy and a bit mean, negative in my head and really anxious around crowds. With it I am normal, nice, funny, easy going, and my head is still clear because of the low dose."

   
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Jen2016 May 7, 2016

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"After breaking up with my high school sweetheart, I would have panic attacks that would violently wake me up at night. I knew I had a problem but it wasn't depression (later I realized anxiety) since I was happy to start over in college. My stress of attending school even as a commuter laid heavy on my mind as well. I went to my doctor, crying that I did not know what was wrong. After 3 years, I still remain on Zoloft/Sertraline at 25mg. I've always been told it's not a lot but it still really helps me. I rarely get panic attacks anymore, and if I do, I don't throw up or feel dizzy. I am happy that I haven't had any side effects or problems involving this medication."

   
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Melissa S. April 28, 2016

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"Seretine saved my life .. I'm now on 150mg And feeling fine"

   
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alion_66 (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 15, 2016

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"Out of nowhere I got extremely depressed and had horrible anxiety! I was horrified.. I even had to quit my job. I went to the doctor so many times, I just knew something was horribly wrong. I had blood work done, urine tests, Ct scan on my stomach and MRI on my brain.. After ALL of that came back normal..I knew it was anxiety/depression. I tried celexa 20 at first but it made me so weak I quit taking it.. the doctor switched me to Zoloft and it gave me my life back. It took about 4 weeks to fully feel like myself again. I want you to know if you're reading this searching for answers..I was once you and I turned to these forums to help me. The Zoloft made me nauseous but it goes away, the side effects go away. HANG IN THERE. I'm on 25mg."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 14, 2016

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"This drug has been amazing for me! I went from not being able to think clearly and rationally after a very abusive marriage and stressor of special needs children to being a calm supportive single mother. I used to avoid cleaning or spending time with my kids because I was so in stress survival mode that I could not handle the little things. The side effects for me are near to nothing and I think it even helps my metabolism. I was really reluctant to take a drug but I am happy I listened to older experienced people and my therapist. Really has helped so much. I still hate the idea that I need it. Yet, I am so happy that I have it available to me. I don't have a foggy brain and I sleep really well. I used to even avoid sleeping."

   
8.0

Onyx23 April 11, 2016

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