User Reviews for Zoloft to treat Panic Disorder
Zoloft has an average rating of 7.5 out of 10 from a total of 342 reviews for the treatment of Panic Disorder. 69% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 17% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Zoloft
"Hi everyone! My name is Abby and I’m 24. I’ve always been a worrier, and have been in and out of therapy since college, and consistently for the past year now. While I am a huge fan of therapy, no matter how hard I worked I still struggled with intense anxiety and moderate depression. I went to the doctor once last November and was prescribed Zoloft, but didn’t take it because I was scared to start a medication. After another rough patch this summer, I went back and took Zoloft. It’s a game changer. I still am me - but a much more stable, level-headed version. I am more present and can sort out my anxious thoughts much more easily. For the first time in forever, I’m feeling happy and hopeful about the future. All I want to say is, if you’ve been struggling, please seek out professional medical help and do not be afraid to take the medication you are prescribed. It’s absolutely possible to feel like you again. All my love ♥️"
"I’ve been having panic attacks/ anxiety since I can remember. (I’m 27). About 3 years ago I couldn’t take it anymore I quit drinking, quit drinking caffeine, stopped smoking cigarettes. Nothing helped. In January of 2020 after trying about 7 different medications, (at this point I was terrified after so many failed attempts) I didn’t want to try anything else, nothing seemed to help. So let me Start by saying ZOLOFT SAVED MY LIFE, let me say it again so the people in the back can hear, ZOLOFT SAVED MY LIFE. I feel like everything is so much brighter, I gained some weight but that is minor to not have panic attacks for days on end. I’m on 50mg I started very slow which helped the side effects I started at 12.5mg and after 3 days bumped up to 25mg and after a week to 50mg. I couldn’t be happier and feel like for the first time I have my life ahead of me. I would recommend this drug to anyone. It changed my life for the better."
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"This drug Zoloft saved my life. I was in the darkest depths. Rampant anxiety to the point it was almost impossible to go to work. I couldn't go out in public, get haircuts or go to the dentist because I would have panic attacks. Every time I woke up I was sad that I was alive because the anxiety would hit me like a flood of terror. Zoloft took me 180. I am absolutely fine now. I still have minor anxiety but just a normal human amount. I am happy and healthy and I have a girlfriend for the first time in my life and I am working out and I am doing well at work. The bad side effects are non existent for me. Sleep, appetite and weight were unaffected. When I started Zoloft the anxiety skyrocketed. But after 4 weeks I woke up one morning and it was like an angel drew the curtains open for me and the light was shining. I woke up and instantly felt better and had hope for the future. If it weren't for Zoloft, I wouldn't have made it. "
"This message is for anyone out there right now reading this. I am a 32 year old father of four with a wonderful wife. Good career/nice home. I had no reason to feel depressed/stress/panic/ anxiety however, a few months ago it happened and all started with first panic attack on night of my birthday. I fought doctors advice and tried to only take Xanax as needed all the while the symptoms became worse. After 3 long months I broke down and took my first Zoloft. 2 weeks later I am me again. Going places/eating/enjoying/laughing/living. This is the medicine you need/TAKE IT/don't think about it/TAKE IT. Your life will come back and only memories of panic/anxiety. Your brain is off balance due to stress. You need this medicine to correct it."
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"Before taking this drug, I spent 2 weeks researching side effects as I was so nervous to take it. Let me just tell you that you will feel the side effects in the first 1-2 weeks (first week was awful) and I was only on 25mg. I kept reading reviews in hope that I just needed to stick it out. I AM SO THANKFUL that I did. I have been on 50mg for 3 weeks now and everyday feels better. I can talk to people, I feel calm, my heart doesn't race at a 1000 beats per minute anymore. I suffered from GAD, Panic disorder, depression and social anxiety for years. It always impacted my relationships at home, at work and I was finding it so hard to get through university. After years of never wanting to take ADs, I reached a point where I had suicidal ideations and ended up in the ED. Since then I have not looked back and I will keep taking this drug as long as I feel like this. THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL I PROMISE!! I had no hope. I thought I would feel this way forever. GOOD LUCK"
"Hi everyone. Around a month and a half ago I had hit a VERY LOW point in my life after a panic attack. I knew there was something wrong. I couldn’t sleep, I was CONSTANTLY worrying, and I felt very empty. I had bad tremors, I felt numb, and could not stop crying. I developed general anxiety disorder. It put me in a deep spiral. After being prescribed klonopin to help me sleep, I knew I had to try out a medication. My doctor put me in Zoloft 25mg, and a week later bumped me to 50mg. Zoloft literally saved my life. I never thought I could begin to feel myself again, no worrying, not anxious to do things, and very much more present. I will say it gets much worse before it gets better. Stick it out. Literally changed my life."
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"I started having panic attacks/ anxiety since I was 16 years old. Things got real bad in my late 30’s early 40’s. I would drink alcohol at night to self medicate. I tried therapy and my doctor would always try to put me on an a anti depressant. I was too scared ,thinking it would make it worse! After having a nervous breakdown and being hospitalized 6 years ago they put me on Zoloft 50gm and Lamictal 25gm and I finally have my life back!!! It was like a light switch finally came on in my head! So much more calm, not worrying all the time, not wanting alcohol to cope. I haven’t had a drink in 6 years! It has truly has been a life saver for me and I give God all the glory. Sides effects were minimal, 1st week - insomnia and night sweats after that, completely fine! I wish all of you the best of luck and it will get better! Trust me, I thought I was hopeless!"
"I promised myself after reading so many reviews that I’d come back and leave one myself, but I’ve been doing so good I almost forgot. I was so nervous about starting this drug. Last January my anxiety had gotten absolutely debilitating; I was having panic attacks nearly every day. I truly couldn’t imagine ever feeling good again. And I was so scared to start taking this. I started and stopped maybe 3 times before sticking with it. I’m so glad I did. If you’re reading this, and you’re nervous about starting, and you’ve been scouring reviews online to try and convince yourself, consider this your sign! Life is tough but it doesn’t have to be. Good luck out there friends ❤️"
"Before Zoloft, I had panic attacks every single day for weeks. I was starting to feel hopeless and I didn’t know what to do anymore. When I started taking Zoloft, it was a roller coaster the first week. I had several huge panic attacks on Zoloft (assuming that was just my body getting used to it), but they’d always go away just as fast as they showed up. I almost stopped taking it but I decided to keep trying it for a while, and I am SO glad I did. I’ve been taking it for almost over a month now and I haven’t had a panic attack in WEEKS. At all! I also find it much easier in social situations as well. I can talk to people without all of the overthinking and I haven’t felt very anxious about anything. Anxiety was a MAJOR part of me for years so experiencing this was an absolute life changer. I will not stop taking Zoloft. I believe it has genuinely saved my life. I highly recommend it!!!"
"I have been taking Zoloft for a month now and holy cow it is a miracle drug for me and my panic disorder. I was diagnosed with Anxiety/Panic disorder and Moderate Major Depression and so far it has worked! I started out on 25 mg for a week and after that week went to 50 mg. (I'm small, female) I did have a few side effects the first week (feeling "out of it", night sweats, and just generally feeling the medication. But after that week my mood has improved, I laugh more, and I feel like my old self, less anxious and I haven't had a panic attack. I will probably be on Zoloft for the rest of my life and I'm okay with that because I love how I feel on this medication. I've never taken any other medication but this one has helped me get back into hobbies that I was too depressed to enjoy and be able to perform tasks that used to make me anxious, even simple tasks."
"Hey everyone I’m a 32 year old female that started taking Zoloft a week ago! Your comments really helped me to even start taking it so thanks to everyone that left a review because I’m scared of medicine. I am to leave a review in hopes to help someone like me! I started on 25mg but broke it in half to get it into my system for one week and I will move up to my 25mg but my experience so far I have had sleepless nights, headaches, diarrhea, not really been hungry but y’all don’t let that scare you like it did me. I’m telling you even on a small dose I can tell a small adjustment already and I will be back in another week to update y’all on the dose increase, but take a leap of faith and try it I can already tell I’m feeling some what better just in a week! We are all in this together!"
"I read these reviews, body tingling, shaking, concentrating on every breath or I would choke to death, using all of my will to focus on these reviews with tears in my eyes imagining that some of these success stories could happen to me and promised to write one if i could make it out alive. I'm 22 and started having severe panic 2 years ago. Don't worry about the side effects. If your experience was like mine every day, side effects would be a break from the dread and torture I felt every second. Zoloft brought me right back to the person I remember being before the panic. Just try it and give it time. It gradually got better over 3 weeks along with klonopin for attacks in that time. I hope this gives someone the hope and courage to try it."
"I never ever review anything but after being on this drug for now 4 weeks I felt the need to review. I was previously on Zoloft (25mg) for 2 years before going off of it and it was AMAZING. 6 months after stopping it, I could feel my anxiety slowly coming back and decided to go back on Zoloft (25mg). The first 3 weeks were horrible. I would wake up every morning with extreme anxiety, nausea/ vomiting and felt really out of it. For those 3 weeks I had no energy or appetite (lost 10 lbs) which is hard when you need to work and go to school! I was living in a foggy state of 24/7 anxiety and felt like I couldn't escape from it and I knew it was the medicine making it worst but I wanted to ride it out since I had positive experiences before. FINALLY after 4 weeks I am starting to feel back to normal. I can get up in the morning without crippling anxiety and dread, attend school and enjoy my relationship. Please give this medication AT LEAST 6-8 weeks to work. It eventually gets easier!"
"I promised myself that if this drug made my life better I would come back to comment on this thread. I'm a 21 year old male and started Zoloft about 3 months ago after being on Remeron for 4 years for GAD and Panic Disorder. I had no appetite, lost 20 pounds in about 2 weeks, throwing up twice a day, multiple panic attacks, and was in a dark place. My doctor suggested I try Zoloft to which I reluctantly agreed. I was titrated up to 150mg in about a week. My first week was awful. It peaked my anxiety, I felt extremely tense, racing thoughts, nausea, pacing around etc. 2nd week I felt extremely numb, emotionless, and just out of it. My least favorite side effect was brain fog. 8 weeks later and I felt amazing, I'm back to my old self but a lot more confident and happy. My advice is don't look at your progress day to day but rather week to week you'll see the improvement. I came on here everyday my first few weeks looking for hope that things would get better and now they are. :)"
"I promised myself that I would write a review and try to help someone else if the medicine worked and boy did it!! This is truly a miracle pill. It helped me with everything including my panic attacks, anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and OCD rituals. I’m free again able to live a calm life. I will say the first few weeks were brutal. I had every side effect, nauseous, diarrhea , headaches, dizziness, some minor hair loss and more. I prayed this pill would help me and it did. Before it I had no quality of life and, to me, the side effects were worth it. I stuck it out for 3 months and I’m back to my old self and even better. I had very dark days. The fear was paralyzing and I couldn’t function. I couldn’t get through the day without my Xanax 0.25 frequently and now Xanax free! I started with 50mg for a month and then 100mg for 8 weeks. Today, I’m working, exercising, being the mom I want to be and take stress better. My panic suffering is over. Thank you Lord and Thank you ZOLOFT!"
"I was so nervous about starting this Zoloft. I read these reviews over and over for days. I was experiencing extremely bad panic attacks and suffered from depression. I finally bit the bullet and took it. The first day (took it in the morning as directed) I felt really weird, super drowsy and lethargic. Switched it to taking it at night and it was much better. I was still drowsy during the day for about a week though even after taking it at night. I didn't have much of an appetite at first either and lost some weight which I'm not complaining about. lol. Now after almost a month of taking it I am soooo glad I did. I feel like myself again. It might be weird at first but please if you need it then try it, and if it sucks tell your doctor but if you can handle the side effects stick with it, it really does get better and totally worth it! I'm having almost zero negative side effects now and am out and about doing the things I had a seriously hard time doing before."
"Let me start out by saying THIS IS THE FIRST REVIEW I HAVE EVER WRITTEN. I felt compelled to share my story and experience with Zoloft in hopes that it helps someone else. I agonized over the decision of whether or not to go on medication for an anxiety and panic disorder that was ruining my life. I was so fearful of side effects, weight gain, increased anxiety and all the other "what ifs". Finally, I submitted and figured I had nothing to lose. Let me just say 4 months on 50mg of Zoloft and I am loving life. Give this medication a chance, no one was more skeptical of me, to the point that I suffered more than 2 years before finally trying it. This medication CHANGED MY LIFE and I am so happy I decided to try it."
"Zoloft is a miracle worker. I am 20 years old, and I have had extreme panic attacks/anxiety for 3 years and never took any medication for it. It finally got to a point where I couldn’t even go to the bathroom without freaking out thinking I was going to pass out or die. I finally went to my OBGYN and she prescribed me Zoloft. My family and all the reviews scared me out of taking it and finally one day I had enough. I took it 8 months after I was prescribed and it changed my life. I had ZERO side effects and after 2 weeks I was wondering if it was even working. About 3 weeks into taking it I realized I just went to the bathroom without freaking out and I just drove home without a panic attack! It was the best feeling in the world. I take 25 mg every morning and life feels back to normal like I was when I was 16. I feel like I can do anything. If you are hesitant about taking Zoloft DON'T BE! Try it. I wish I would have taken it sooner. This stuff is a life saver."
"Ignore all negative comments, it stopped me from taking this medicine for two years. I was unable to work, drive, fly, function. Panic attacks, exhausted all my life. Sporty, lived for exercise, tried CBT. Am pill phobic. My life was a mess so I worked with a great doc starting very slowly and here I am 6 months later and I'm a new person. No panic, mild anxiety every now and then like normal people but I'm manageable. Please do it. It's a wonderful medicine, no side effects and it'll change your life. Start living."
"After trying just therapy for panic disorder, major depressive, and general anxiety I finally gave in and starting taking Zoloft. THANK GOD! I haven't had a single panic attack in 5 years when at one point I was having them up to ten times a day! I have had zero side effects. I also took it through pregnancy. I'm 28 and I'm fine with taking Zoloft forever, living without anxiety is just amazing!"
"Ok, Here I go. Thank God for Zoloft. I'm 39 and started suffering panic attacks that would last 2-3 months. I was put on a line of meds which didn't help until I was prescribed Zoloft. I started at .25mg for a week and after day 2 my anxiety started to lift and my panic was going away. Its now been 1 year and I have not experienced anymore Panic episodes or anxiety. I can't tell you enough how much it helped me. I thought I was doomed as nothing worked and I couldn't go on feeling they way I was. I didn't want to be left alone as I felt so scared about everything. My mind was a spinning wheel of negative thoughts and I kept spiralling deeper and deeper until I was given zoloft."
"Never written a review in my life. Was often on these sites reading peoples experiences and hoping 1 day i would be me again. Im not me , im happier then i can remember . When your used to living with anxiety daily you dont realise how it actually feels to be "normal". Suffered panic attacks at night that came from absolutely nowhere, no warnings or triggers and gradually effected my day to day life. Started 50mg, first 2 weeks side effects were pretty harsh ; insomnia , increase anxiety , nausea. Was having second thoughts at 4 weeks as didnt see much improvement . Week 5 felt like a switch was turned on in my head. Give this drug 6-8 weeks minimum. it has been life changing for me"
"For me personally, it takes some time to start working, but on the other hand, it is a life saving medicine. I am the best version of myself on Zoloft. Although I hope that one day I will be able to be that on my own:)"
"I have suffered from severe anxiety and panic attacks for almost 13 years. Literally every day I was anxious from the time I woke up until I went to bed. Racing thoughts, constant anxiety, and at one point would hardly go out in public fearing a panic attack. Zoloft has changed my life COMPLETELY!! No more racing thoughts or anxiety!! Feeling like a normal person again and actually enjoying life and even laughing! Took two months to start feeling full results. Main side effect was sleeping all the time and loss of appetite. Highly recommend!!"
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"I suffered from panic attacks back in 2017 I was terrified of going on medication But I was sad all the time, I felt empty. After my panic attacks came depression. No one understood what I was going through. So after months of anxiety and depression my dr suggested Zoloft. I was scared to take it. the thought of being on Zoloft scared me. I sat in my car holding the Zoloft and cried “I’m gonna be on medication my whole life”. But I took the Zoloft! I felt really panicky the first two weeks but after the two weeks, I noticed my anxiety calm down and panic attacks went away I was on it for about a year and and decided to wean myself off of it. I’m seriously so happy I decided to take Zoloft it helped me when I needed it I’ve been off of Zoloft since and I’m happy and healthy. My advice is take it if you have no other choice yes it’s scary but, don’t take advice from people who don’t suffer from anxiety and depression!! It helped me so much. Dom"