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User Reviews for Sertraline

Also known as: Zoloft

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Sertraline Rating Summary

7.8/10 Average Rating

80 Ratings with 84 User Reviews

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Reviews for Sertraline to treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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"Have gone off and on this medicine a couple times, 50 mg for anxiety, especially social anxiety. Am just starting to go back on it for the third time because it’s been a month since I was off it and I’m back to having panic attacks. Only went off it to lose weight (it definitely makes me gain weight) but it is worth it to be on it for the peace of mind that I feel when I’m on it. I know a lot of people worry about losing or changing their personality when they go on medicine - but it makes me feel like “myself” only better. Everyone’s different but this could really help and work for you too."

   
8.0

Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 1, 2017

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"I started on sertraline in April. I have had lifetime high functioning anxiety but an early menopause resulted in me having acute severe anxiety. I felt like I could not go out of the house. It was absolute torture. Today I gave a 3 page speech in front of 100's of people. I have my confidence back. It has been a rocky ride and I am still having bad days but my mind is clearer and I have not had a panic attack for a very long time. 2 weeks in I thought this is making me worse. I got a rash, teeth clenching and had vivid dreams but I hung on (not easy) and with support from friends who had suffered too I retrained my thinking. Sertraline gave me space to do that. It is not a quick fix and you have to put the work in too and BELIEVE in recovery."

   
8.0

Kbowz (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 28, 2017

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"Stick with this medication and you will feel better within 2-3 months! I was very skeptical and afraid to take this medication after I read bad reviews on it, but I was tired of suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. I really wanted my life back and be 'normal.' I have been on Zoloft for now 8 months and I feel so much better! I'm seeing a psychiatrist and psychologist because I don't want to be on medication for the rest of my life."

   
9.0

La-la (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 19, 2017

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"Nausea on taking first 50mg then again when increased to 100mg. Slight dizziness at times and prolonged lethargy with excessive sweating when exercising. Sexual function impaired slow erection and very slow or impossible orgasm."

   
7.0

Corky-loo (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 11, 2017

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"I started this medication to treat my GAD. I had terrible diarrhea for the first four weeks, but I stuck it out with hopes of some relief. I did get some slight relief from the anxiety, but I went into a deep depression that I had never experienced before. I tried increased dosage as well as add ons. I only got worse depression and only slight relief from the anxiety. I had a lot of dark thoughts. I lasted on it for 5 months and finally demanded to switch to another medication . For me this was not a good experience. My doctor kept me on it too long, in my opinion. I lost 5 months of my life and still am struggling to find another medicine that works for me. Lost 20lbs during the misery."

JJ120 (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 4, 2017

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"I posted here 2 weeks ago about this drug. I am now posting an update. Yes for the 1st 4 days it gave me my life back except for drowsiness. I switched to taking it at night and insomnia for 3 nights. Very little sleep. Switched back to mornings then. Drowsiness went away. Anxiety is back with a vengeance and it's interfering with my heart rate. I have been on a medication for 7 years for an irregular heat rate. I am 63 yrs and on week 3 of generic Zoloft and will ask Dr to put me on something else soon as my next appointment is Oct 3. The side effects are only getting worse and not better. I've been on these type of drugs for 20 years. I've tried numerous ones. For those of you that this drug works, great and congrats!"

PS cat lady September 20, 2017

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"Since my twenties I would have anxiety from time to time. In 2003 my mother passed away and my anxiety came on to the extent that I thought about suicide. My Dr put me on Sertraline, a packet to start 12.5mg, 25mg, and then 50mg. While the first 2 or 3 weeks I still had some anxiety, and for maybe a month or so my emotions were flat, eventually I felt normal again. I can even drive on the interstate without fear after years of struggle. I have been on Sertraline for 14 years now, and although I still have some issues with sleep, I feel normal most of the time. It takes a few weeks for your body to adjust, so hang in there if you can."

   
9.0

McPhyl (taken for 10 years or more) August 30, 2017

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"Reading through all of the reviews I wanted to share my experience. I was extremely depressed and borderline agoraphobic and didn't really want to leave the house. So I started Sertraline in conjunction with Xanax and therapy. Sertraline at the beginning was very very tough. Very activating, trouble sleeping, increased anxiety, strange tingling sensations in my arms. Yes I wanted to give up. Yes I wanted to rage against how I was feeling. But somehow I stuck with it because frankly I didn't know what else to do as my life was already untenable. Started with 50mg for a month, not much help then 100mg for 6 weeks, started coming out of my funk (and I mean torturous funk), then recently switched to 150mg and feeling better and better."

JoWilli (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 16, 2017

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"I have been on Zoloft for almost 5 months and I can honestly say it has saved me and and made my life brighter in so many ways. I was really struggling with GAD and panic attacks for about 3 years before I began and was struggling to cope, which felt very isolating. Zoloft has made me more feel more at ease, I feel more productive and motivated every day and far less irritated and impatient, to just name a couple of the benefits. I wish I hadn't waited so long to start (I was afraid of side effects), but I'm happy to say I'm feeling so much better. The side effects are difficult, I won't lie, for me they lasted about a month. I mostly just felt tired and spaced out and not very hungry. They do disappear however and it's so worth it."

   
9.0

Natalieeeeeee August 1, 2017

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"I was in the darkest place I had ever been before taking Zoloft. I was on Prozac prior, and I would have 3 to 4 panic attacks a day. I would go to to class and need to excuse myself so I could scream and cry about how I would lose everything if I failed out of university, my family, my fraternity brothers, my reputation etc. I am so grateful my GP prescribed this to me. The first few days, all I wanted to do was sleep. I took about 1 week to get any sort of reaction. I was finally able to focus on school and relax/ play video games. I haven't had a single panic attack since starting this medication, and I couldn't be happier! My friends and family all noticed the difference too!"

   
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Satoshikun July 14, 2017

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"I started sertraline 50mg nearly a year ago, I was very stressed constantly! Shouting at the kids for silly things, I hated myself and was always looking at the stuff I didn't have!! Very moody and miserable and this started affecting my relationship! I went to the doctors and she gave me sertraline, I did not have any side effects other than a unsettled stomach for a week or so. I started seeing improvements in the first week! It completely changed my outlook on life and I am so happy now and can enjoy the simple things in life again.. would highly recommend this drug!"

   
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Lisajones12e345678 July 13, 2017

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"It's helped my life. I am more focused, more balanced, want to go out more, and I am eating healthier and exercising, which results in the weight loss. Only downside is that if I forget to take it for even one day, my depression comes right back at me and I am in bed all day."

   
8.0

Alia8744 July 12, 2017

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"I've been on 175mg Sertraline for 3 weeks now. The first two weeks were not great with heightened anxiety on some days, some brain fog but I also experienced some good days. My depression lifted almost completely. I started at 25mg 10 weeks ago and slowly moved up. Each time I moved up a experienced the heightened anxiety and brain fog. The last 5 days I have been feeling much better. I wake up with anxiety and nervousness which I believe is now just a habit I have to change but the anxiety lifts much faster than previous. I'm going to report back in a few weeks but I would say I'm already 80% better."

   
9.0

PaulMartin16 (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 20, 2017

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"I've only just started taking Sertraline 50mgs today. I've been on amitriptyline 25mg for last week to help me sleep at night and help during the day but hasn't done much. At the moment I'm unable to go out of my street with out having panic attacks. I've not been anywhere for over a month now apart from Dr's having to get taxis there instead of bus as can't cope with being out. How soon will I notice any difference with this medicine. As I need to get out and about again for my daughter's sake (she's almost 3) until last 2 months I was always out and about with her. I'm meant to be going away next weekend for a big family get together for my parents 70th birthdays but way I am I can't go. Will meds kick in b4 next Friday?"

Sezmaya June 16, 2017

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"I have only been sertraline for a week and already I feel so much more relaxed generally. The only side effect I have noticed so far is bloating. Did anybody else experience this?"

   
9.0

Jean 3684 (taken for less than 1 month) June 13, 2017

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"I have not found that I have any side effects from this but I notice a huge difference in my mental health. Actually, my boyfriend wasn't really a believer in antidepressants but when he saw the change in me when I started taking these, he completely switched sides. Some people really do need them. I'm so glad I got on this, I feel so much better."

   
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Kirstin123456 (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 28, 2017

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"My doctor prescribed me 25mg of sertraline after 2 years of trying to manage my depression and anxiety without medication. So far, it's given me headaches, made me tired all the time, and I have found my sex drive to disappear. It's been one week, and I've had a few bad days and panic attacks, but I know from reading other's experiences and from what my doctor said to give it at least 4 weeks to feel the effects. I am hopeful that this medication will help me despite the rocky start!"

   
6.0

anxiousqueer (taken for less than 1 month) May 3, 2017

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"I've now been on sertraline for over 8 months. These 8 months have been some of the best months of my life. I no longer wake up filled with dread, but rather I feel vitality to get on with my day. My grades at university have improved as I feel more relaxed and able to focus. I have made many great friends and had plenty of good times. That being said, it is also crucial that you do more than just take the drugs. Getting plenty of exercise, eating healthily and meditating also helps, and of course going outside! Although some of the side effects can be frustrating, I find them well worth it compared to a life without the medication. For anyone suffering from anxiety and reading this, go see a doctor, there really is a way out."

   
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SteveCake (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 1, 2017

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"I am prescribed generic Zoloft (Sertraline) 50mg once a day for anxiety and depression. I am sensitive to drugs so I only take half, 25mg. Since I've been on it, I've only had one or two mild panic attacks over the course of 2 years! I was having attacks 3x a week or more before taking it. It helped reduce compulsive behaviors and definitely helped my social anxiety issues IMMENSELY. Before Sertraline, I felt like I couldn't even act normal in public. For me, there is a mental as well as a physical effect. Even being in public spaces where I would normally be incredibly anxious, I feel physically better, smoother. The only side effect was a light headache that only lasted the first week. I would definitely recommend starting on a low dose!"

   
8.0

Elizabeth Knox April 22, 2017

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"I'm gonna start with saying do not read all the negative reviews! I was iffy about taking this and read the reviews, huge mistake... I had anxiety about taking the anxiety medicine. I waited a few days before taking it and after speaking to a few people who have been on it and a friend of mine who is a pharmacist, I decided I would try it! I am so surprised at how different everything is, so different I can't believe this is normal for people. I often catch myself thinking about how clear my mind is and I'm not freaking out about car accidents, fires, natural disasters or death. I'm not living in fear or anything, although it has only been a few days I can definitely tell a difference the only side effect so far is cotton mouth. Good luck:)"

   
9.0

Tankers12334 March 20, 2017

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"I highly recommend anyone suffering from anxiety to try this drug. I am 19 years old and in my second year of college, and I started experiencing anxiety attacks. My anxiety got to the point where I did not want to leave my apartment and was affecting my daily life. I did have a few side effects the first few weeks, but now I feel like my normal self! Highly recommend!!!!"

   
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emily_97 February 3, 2017

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"This drug distorted my son and took his life. Stay away and learn to cope with you problems through natural methods. So what if you are OCD, deal with wanting to make sure your bar of soap sits squarely in the dish. It's a much better than killing yourself. STAY AWAY!!!!!!!!"

   
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Bill Moryto January 22, 2017

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"After at least a year of worsening anxiety, I tried essentially anything I could think of to manage it, but resorted to something I never wanted to: medication. I started off taking 25 mg once a night before bedtime and it made me have some really vivid and bizarre dreams (I probably dreamt more in the past month than I have in the last three years combined) and kind of felt like I hadn't slept at all the next morning. The day after I started taking it, I felt Really exhausted and depressed. The second day I felt almost manic but every day after that, I've felt amazing. No sickness to my stomach at thoughts that used to rule my life, and I've got so much more energy. Give it a shot and keep in mind that it can take a few weeks to help. :)"

   
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Ckerased (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 29, 2016

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"I started taking Zoloft about 6 wks ago, at first it was ok was feeling a bit better, then I was increased to 50 Mg's? Horrifying panic attacks, extremely fatigued, weak. The only thing getting me thru is knowing it's not me it is the med. I actually felt worse than before I started"

   
1.0

Dani91806 (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 16, 2016

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"I have dealt with severe panic attacks for over ten years recently they stepped up in intensity to the point of hospitalization multiple times. I was originally given buspar and worked for about two weeks and then my attacks overwelmed the meds. I recently met a doc that put me on sertraline, the first two weeks were very rough due to the transition but then I woke up one day with a literal smile on my face. I take it in the morning cause I have insominia without the med and have no side effects besides a prolonged effort to finish during sex, and a decrease in appetite. This med is what has brought me back to the person loved ones know and miss."

   
8.0

Fishinfoo December 5, 2016

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