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User Reviews for Sertraline

Also known as: Zoloft

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7.6/10 Average Rating
85 Ratings with 84 User Reviews

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Zoloft (sertraline): "After being sexually abused, stalked, and threatened with death, torture and gang rape by my ex boyfriend, I developed PTSD. Every day felt like a waking nightmare, until I finally ended up in a hospital ER because I was suicidal. They prescribed me Zoloft, and I tried different dosages but the most effective for me has been 200mg. This drug has saved my life. I do not experience the same panic attacks and extreme anxiety/ depression and hopelessness that I did before. I highly recommend giving this a try if you have PTSD. It has worked a miracle on me."

   
10

Survivor (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 12, 2018

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Zoloft (sertraline): "I started taking this only as a last resort medication because the reviews scared me. I halved my 50 mg into 25 mg, gave it a few weeks & before I knew what it felt like and I was making progress more than I was in 2/3 months. This medicine picked me up out of my depression & panic but after a while it felt like I was back to being stable, just negative to myself. I talked to my doctor & she recommended I stop taking to medication bc I was on the lowest dose with bad thoughts, it wasn’t for me. I haven’t taken it since. Just my .25 mg xanax for when I have a panic attack & I’ve been doing pretty good. I'm still getting back to my calm & “normal” routine. I wouldn't take it if thinking about getting pregnant"

   
7.0

mraeced (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 25, 2018

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Zoloft (sertraline): "Zoloft got me through so much trauma over the past 6 months that I didn’t think was possible! Basically, this medicine saved my life. It has given me the ability to function. Stick with it!"

   
10

It saved me (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 19, 2018

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Zoloft (sertraline): "I've had PTSD since childhood. Outbursts of rage plagued me throughout most of my life. Lost a lot of jobs because of PTSD. Have been on Zoloft -50 mg for 4 months. Outbursts of rage have stopped. Big improvement for me. The downside of Zoloft for me is the loss of sex drive. I can live with it, since the absence of moments of rage is such a big improvement for me. When I first got on Zoloft, I had periods of drowsiness, but those have become less frequent. All in all, Zoloft has improved my life considerably. Too bad I can't go back to apologize to all the people who had to endure my past outbursts."

   
7.0

Wild (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 3, 2018

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"I've had PTSD since I was an infant, but didn't recognize/accept/understand my functionally challenged life (as PTSD driven) until I was 44 (I'm now 54). I have tried antidepressants, mostly Prozac. I remember hearing that Prozac was the goto drug for PTSD (it wasn't for me) I've since tried Effexor (a few years ago, which may have made it worse) and most recently about 2 months ago (I'm up to 150mg/day) Sertraline. I have chronic pain in my lower limbs and I think that sertraline is even helping me with that. I was prescribed clonazepam for triggers/panic at the same time as the sertraline, but I think the sertraline is making that drug unnecessary. I've lost 10 pounds since I was prescribed sertraline - probably because after being sedentary for a decade I'm doing things again, leaving the house, making things happen, sweating and even laughing on occasions. Its not a magical pill that changes your life overnight. Once you are saturated though the results are remarkable."

   
7.0

Shattered Mind August 29, 2018

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"In January 2018 I was depressed. I suffered from daily panic attacks, and order compulsions from OCD. I walked around like a scared cat all the time. Thoughts in my mind swirled like tornado. Worse case scenarios about my future. No appetite. Not able to concentrate. Horrible triggers due to underlying and unknown PTSD. After no success with Lexapro, my practitioner changed me to sertraline at 25 mg for two days, then 50 mg for two weeks, then 100 mg for two weeks, then 150 mg which I have taken since April 2018. Each increase on the medication helped the panic, OCD, anxiety, and depression gradually. The depression lifting was what I first noticed, then the panic went, then the OCD dissipated, and finally the anxiety and fear left. Today I am feeling so much better. My confidence and self esteem are back. My appetite is great. There is no OCD, haunting, fear, depression, and I have a very good outlook for myself and my life."

   
9.0

Surviving Life! Don't Give Up! June 29, 2018

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"I have been having problems for 25 years and over time getting worse since my teenage years due to abuse. I had seen so many doctors, and until my neurologist now, had been accused of making everything up. I had lost the ability to talk, to express emotion, to smile, to laugh, and to even understand how to be intimate with someone. My new neurologist started me on sertraline, and the effect has been amazing according to co-workers. I am bubbly and can laugh, and I am not as worried all the time .It has been an incredible change that I am still getting used to, but I really hope the positive changes keep happening."

   
10

An587693 (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 15, 2018

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Zoloft (sertraline): "I've been taking Zoloft 200mg every day for about 1.5 years now. I was lucky because I've never had any real side effects from it and I jumped up 50 mg at a time pretty quickly. It took at least 2 months for me to notice any changes in my unstable mood. Recently unfortunately it feels as though Zoloft has lost it's effectiveness and I'm feeling pretty awful again. I don't feel depressed, I just feel unbelievable anxiety, paranoia, stress, rage, disconnection from reality, etc. which is why I was taking it, although the stuff is like water for me, it barely does anything, although initially it helped take the edge off a little bit. Everyone's different so you'll react differently, there's no way of knowing unless you try it."

   
5.0

CMan27 (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 14, 2018

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"With a previous history of being abused which lead me to experience PTSD. This has been more full on since I moved countries for my partner and the possibility of this all disintegrating is terrifying. Any wobble in the relationship makes me feel TRAPPED... in the more metaphoric sense.. uncontrollable crying, throwing a book at him and now social anxiety. I'm on 25g of sertraline a day for which I take in the morning and it's helped a lot. I feel clear in the head, I had a couple of arguments with my partner but it didn't seem like my world was crashing in anymore. I have noticed my appetite is back to normal me. As for the negative effects, headaches and my throat feels tense but that lasts for about 5 to 10 mins and goes. I'm hoping for the best. A lot is relying this drug. I just want to get my life back in order. My dad is bi-polar so I supposed if I get a manic episode or as a lot of websites suggest suicide thoughts then I suppose I'm bi-polar too. Everyone has such diverse results!"

Neens June 10, 2018

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Zoloft (sertraline): "One of the worst drug to give any one. The side effects are out of control. The fact that a medicine that has been approved to treat PTSD that can make you harm yourself is beyond me. Took for 3 months before the active duty navy doctors finally changed the medicine. Not only did it make everything worse (not able to sleep, depression, and feeling of hopelessness among others). On a weekly basis my spouse was concerned for my well being. Requiring her to call the ambulance about 1 to 2 times a month. After being taken off the medicine I was able to get away from the awful feelings. A new up to date study needs to be done because I am not the only one that has had this effects."

   
1.0

Joe navy May 30, 2018

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Zoloft (sertraline): "I have been suffering from severe anxiety, major depressive disorder and PTSD for over 18 years. Anti Depressants, sometimes made the anxiety worse. I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2015 and my Psychiatrist prescribed Zoloft. Zoloft was really helping me but I gained about 15 pounds in 2 months so I stopped taking it. Fast forward to today. I finally got back on Zoloft after realizing that I NEED it. I literally have been in survival mode for years. After getting back on Zoloft I can finally function. I didn’t know what it was like to feel “normal”. The constant flashbacks, anxiety and depression are gone and when they do show up they are manageable. Zoloft has made such a difference I can’t believe I was living in the Hell I was living in for so long. As for the weight gain, I have weighed myself everyday since I started taking it and I have not gained any weight this time around. But I’ve decided it’s better to be pleasantly plump than to be paralyzed by my PTSD."

   
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Lotus68 (taken for less than 1 month) March 11, 2018

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Zoloft (sertraline): "I am so deeply grateful for Zoloft at this time of my life. Before I started on it, I was having constant intrusive thoughts of sexual assault. I was afraid of going outside. I was afraid of my phone. My anxiety was out of the roof. I was so easily startled, all the time, and would constantly be trying to suppress emotional flashbacks so that I could go to work or be with my partner or do menial tasks like wash the damn dishes. Now, I feel like I have mental space—like I have the choice to take care of myself and to work through my trauma. Memories which were incredibly scary for me to even think about are now memories that I am able to access (in part, sometimes) and confront. Zoloft has given me my brain back. I used to be so afraid of getting on medication because of the stigmas attached to it, but this has really been a lifesaver."

   
9.0

JinMooooo February 12, 2018

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"At first it aggregated my anxiety, and it took a whole month to feel any difference at all. I couldn't do with the insomnia and teeth grinding, and when given mirtazapine with the sertraline too it triggered a manic episode. By choice I kicked it cold turkey, and your doctor won't tell you how bad it is"

Nightmare266 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 14, 2017

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Zoloft (sertraline): "MIGRAINE SUFFERERS BEWARE: this medication took my migraine condition to another level of pain and frequency. The worst part is that my doctor did not share with me that Zoloft can make migraines worse before I started the medication. I had at least 2-3 days every week that not only was I completely incapacitated by the pain of them (something typical with migraines) to the point that I could not go to class, but the vomiting and nausea was relentless. I lost 15 pounds on this medication after taking it for just 6 weeks because of the vomiting from migraines. I went to the hospital toward the end of trying Zoloft because of dehydration and the worst pain I've felt in my life from the migraines this caused. be careful if you have migraines"

   
2.0

ptsd patient (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 21, 2017

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Zoloft (sertraline): "Military Combat veteran with previous history of trauma. After ten years of talk therapy, Zoloft cut panic attacks almost to nothing, also brought about a lot of memories, and real therapy finally began. Erectile dysfunction curbed with Buruprion daily and Viagra for intercourse. It took 4 days for side effects to wear off, it took about three months for therapeutic benefits - went back to school, made friends, found a girlfriend etc."

   
9.0

Frost1232 November 10, 2017

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"So the beginning of this year I witnessed a traumatic event when walking back from college. I saw a man hang himself on a bridge whilst cars were going & coming under neath. The bridge was quite high. After the event I thought, the event hasn’t shocked me as much as I thought it would? About a month or few months later I have PTSD, I’m suddenly anxious, scared of myself, on edge & depressed I go to the doctors when things got worse as I was scared of myself in the mirror lol, and she prescribed me the sertraline. I was on 50mg & am now on 25mg (I have to cut the tablet in half) I am back to normal and feel fine, happy and my old self! Sometimes dodgy. The event is in the back of my mind, but the drug is good. Hopefully will give it up soon"

   
8.0

Roseorora October 6, 2017

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Zoloft (sertraline): "Bottom Line: Zoloft worked for me. It saved my life! I used to read these reviews when I was waiting for Zoloft to start to take effect for me. I promised myself that I'd come here to share my experiences and hopefully, provide some encouragement for others. I'ma U.S. Marine combat vet. I had hyper-vigilance and anxiety for 30+ years. I increasingly isolated myself and avoided being "trapped", even avoiding going to the barber. I was in very rough shape. My doc gave me Zoloft - 50mgs per day. It began to work at 4 weeks and really took effect at 6 weeks. 6 months later, I can't say enough about how good I feel! Give the drug a chance to work - it can change your life for the better!"

USMC Grunt September 22, 2017

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"Hi, i just started 2 days ago and the only side effects so far us nausea and feeling sleepy however I have been getting good sleep so far compared to before. I will probably post again after 2 weeks. For as rating I haven't been on it long enough to really score on it."

   
3.0

sand1234 (taken for less than 1 month) September 20, 2017

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"I have PTSD and severe tremors related to anxiety and panic attacks. I was unable to do a presentation or even smile at someone without my face trembling and my body trembling. I've been like this since childhood and thought my life would always be this way. I went on propranolol which stopped my shaking a lot, I still take that in the morning. Sertraline I take in the afternoon as it makes me groggy and slurred a little if I take it on top of my propranolol. I can't sleep very well and have gained weight but I'm going to stick with it as I'm so much more in control of my thought process and I'm panicking much less. It's a journey really and I don't feel like giving up for once!"

La84 September 14, 2017

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Zoloft (sertraline): "I've got severe PTSD, OCD and social anxiety. I started taking Zoloft to help manage my PTSD symptoms, mainly anger/rage, flashbacks and dissociation. I'm a small male, I only weigh 125 lbs. I started at 25mg and then jumped to 100mg then 200mg within 2 months because this stuff's like water for me. I've been on 200mg for about 7 months now and it's helped a lot although not enough. I still feel my symptoms when they hit me, although they're slightly toned down. Btw I don't feel like a zombie at all, I still feel like myself, just more calm. It feels as though I'm not taking anything at all most of the time. I've basically also never had any side effects except the first day or two I had a slight sore stomach but nothing close to bad."

   
6.0

CMan27 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 5, 2017

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Zoloft (sertraline): "I was put on Zoloft for PTSD. I took 25 mg daily for just over 3 months. It really did help my anxiety and allowed me to finish the school year. With Zoloft I have been a lot calmer, and it really helped me with day to day activities. If you just started this medication and are experiencing side effects, hang in there! My first week made me very nauseous and gave me insomnia. The nausea lasted only a week for me. Even though it did wonders for my mental health, it gave me a lot of physical health issues, so I had to stop taking the medication. It caused me to gain a lot of weight in a short amount of time. Furthermore it caused a slight bedwetting issue and very elevated liver enzymes. Good for anxiety, but my body didn't like it."

   
7.0

CrissyGirl59 (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 26, 2017

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Zoloft (sertraline): "After seeing the man who beat and raped me get off with a slap on the wrists I could hardly function. I lived in such a state of constant anxiety and distrust. I really didn't want to live anymore and the only thing that forced me to was my children. This drug was a last resort but it really has helped me manage again and restored some sense of calm. Before I didn't want to leave the house and now I can. I feel like I'm becoming myself again. I'm so glad I stuck with it. It saved my life."

   
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Human Again (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 26, 2017

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Zoloft (sertraline): "I've been taking Zoloft for about half a year now on 200mg. I'm not taking it for depression, it's being used in conjunction with other things for rage and anger, hypervigilence, as well as dissociation. I've been pretty lucky with this medication because I experience absolutely zero side effects, in fact I could probably take a higher dose right now although I'd rather stick with the minimum and use coping techniques. I still feel like "me" on Zoloft. In fact I feel more like myself then I have in a long time. I still feel my emotions and everything, although I experience them in a healthy, normal way. I don't experience all of the irrational, exaggerated, awful feelings and sensations I used to, in a good way. I feel normal again."

   
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NoName27 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 19, 2017

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"I'm in my 40`s. I grew up in an abusive alcoholic family. My dad was the alcoholic and my mom a crazy liberal. I developed PTSD, social problems, and severe anxiety. I set a new year resolution to try to resolve my issues. I'm not at all depressed or unhappy but the anxiety was overwhelming me to a point where I could not sleep. I finally caved in and went to a doctor and was prescribed Sertraline 25 mg. For about the first 3 weeks I felt like a new man but I think I need to increase the dosage a bit because I still feel a little jittery. Overall this medication has helped me tremendously! I feel much better and I'm not bothered by stress any more."

   
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Erik1 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 12, 2017

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Zoloft (sertraline): "I'm a combat veteran with PTSD. My dose was 25mg daily for 2 weeks, then 50mg daily. I Started out with severe headaches and diarrhea for the first 2 weeks. After that the headaches went away. However, I started vomiting every night and morning. Not just minor vomiting, but exorcist looking vomiting. Sometimes about a gallon. I would fill up my toilet pretty good. The diarrhea never went away. I was constantly dehydrated. After a few months I couldn't take the side effects. Tapering off made my PTSD 1000% worse. I would have been better off not taking it at all. Before you start SSRIs look up other people's horror stories. These things are worse than hardcore illegal drugs."

   
1.0

PackingHeat651 May 9, 2017

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