Been suffering with anxiety and depression for a long time now. Things have recently gotten worse so my gp has upped my dose of sertraline to 150mg. I didn't get many SEs with the jump from 100mg to 150mg, just a little tiredness and tummy upset that improved over the first week but did feel a significant improvement overall especially in anxiety symptoms after a few weeks. I took my first dose today and I am feeling so ill. I then was increased to 200mg - that floored me, I was permanently exhausted and a living zombie. Nausea, dizzy, headache, sweats, it's terrible. After 4 weeks I took it back down again and am staying at 150mg. I'm diagnosed with alcohol abuse, depressive disorders, specify type, (not sure what that means, it says it on my medical diagnosis form). We all react differently, but usually side effects balance out after the first few weeks and you can see if the meds change is going to suit you or not. Just trying to find out as much as I can about it all. Are you also having talking therapy as well as increasing meds? I reported that my depression was not managed with sertriline, though I think with a better CBT it may work. The mental health team were talking about changing my medication, though I wont be seeing them till the new year 2019. Sertraline is a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It's often used to treat depression, and also sometimes panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sertraline helps many people recover from depression, and has fewer unwanted side effects than older antidepressants. Sertraline comes as tablets, which are available only on prescription. Sertraline can be taken by adults for depression or obsessive compulsive disorder. Sertraline can be taken by children aged 6 to 17, but only for obsessive compulsive disorder. Check with your doctor before starting to take sertraline if you: If you have diabetes, sertraline can make it more difficult to keep your blood sugar stable. You can choose to take sertraline at any time, as long as you stick to the same time every day.
Serotonin, one of the neurotransmitters , is a brain chemical that carries nerve impulses from one nerve cell to another. Researchers think that depression and certain other mental disorders may be caused, in part, because there is not enough serotonin being released and transmitted in the brain. Like the other SSRI antidepressants, fluvoxamine (Luvox), fluoxetine (Prozac), and paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline increases the level of brain serotonin (also known as 5-HT). Increased serotonin levels in the brain may be beneficial in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, alcoholism, certain types of headaches, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pre-menstrual tension and mood swings, and panic disorder. Sertraline is not more or less effective than the other SSRI drugs although selected characteristics of each drug in this class may offer greater benefits in some patients. Fewer drug interactions have been reported with sertraline, however, than with other medications in the same class. The benefits of sertraline develop slowly over a period of up to four weeks. Sertraline is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Sertraline affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders (including panic disorder and social anxiety disorder), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). You should not use sertraline if you also take pimozide, or if you are being treated with methylene blue injection. Do not use sertraline if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine. Some children and young adults have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor. Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as: agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Sertraline is indicated for the treatment of: Major depressive episodes. Prevention of recurrence of major depressive episodes. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in adults and paediatric patients aged 6-17 years. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Depression and OCD Sertraline treatment should be started at a dose of 50 mg/day. Panic Disorder, PTSD, and Social Anxiety Disorder Therapy should be initiated at 25 mg/day. After one week, the dose should be increased to 50 mg once daily. This dosage regimen has been shown to reduce the frequency of early treatment emergent side effects characteristic of panic disorder. Depression, OCD, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder and PTSD Patients not responding to a 50 mg dose may benefit from dose increases. Dose changes should be made in steps of 50 mg at intervals of at least one week, up to a maximum of 200 mg/day. Lexapro (escitalopram) is an ssri and is basically the "pure" form of citalopram. Read more See 1 more doctor answer Common Lexapro (escitalopram) side effects may include: drowsiness, tired feeling; sleep problems (insomnia); mild nausea, gas, heartburn, upset stomach, constipation; weight changes; decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm; or increased sweating. Both of these may affect mood, especially the former, which can cause nervousness and a "hyper" feeling. Read more My patients have tolerated Buspar (buspirone) exceptionally well. Most common se's effects are constipation, decreased sexual drive, GI problems, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, sweating, decreased appetite, and disrupted sleep. Stay on the medication for a couple of months to give it a chance to work. If zoloft (sertraline) is being taken for anxiety, the advair may work against it somewhat. The most common side effect they have reported is dizziness. However, it may be especially worth mentioning that the anti-asthma medication advair combines a beta-agonist and a steroid. Usually mild if at all and tremendous benefits in treating depression and anxiety. Read more See 1 more doctor answer Zoloft (sertraline) side effets: most common: nausea, diarrhea, headache, insomnia, sedation, nervousness, switch to maina, weight gain/loss, sweating, dry mouth, high blood pressure, rarely hallucinations, serotonin syndrome when mixed with other serotinergic agents, sexual side effects, for hydorxizine: sedation, paradoxical excitement, dry mouth, constipation, urinary retention, tachycardia, blurry vision. It can cause sleepiness, a hung-over feeling the next day, blurred vision, dry mouth, increased appetite, incontinence among other things. Mostly, your individual should be concerned about the drug/drug interactions. The prescribing md should talk with the patient about what the drugs will do and more importantly what the drugs will not do. Read more See 1 more doctor answer the combo of zoloft and effexor (venlafaxine). Although we classically think of serotonergic syndrome occurring with highly serotonergic levels - sometimes the person can actually be on doses that are not that high. Read more Citalopram is a safe medication but as with any drug in susceptible individuals side effects can occur read the brochure but remember that some of the side effects mentioned are very rare. Read more Both zoloft (sertraline) and advair have possible side-effects. Read more Generally very well tolerated, side effects may include constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; increased sweating; light-headedness when you stand or sit up; loss of appetite; nausea; stuffy nose; tiredness; weakness; yawning. Read more Like many antidepressants may cause weight gain, fatigue and sexual dysfunction. Some are mild and will go away after a week or so; others should be reported to dr. Educate yourself either by visiting above website, or by checking out the insert that comes with the meds & make sure to communicate closely with your prescribing dr. Read more See 1 more doctor answer Trazodone is an antidepressant often use to help with sleep. If you check with side effects in the pdr, you will not want to take another drug. Other potential side effects can include: headache, feeling tired, ringing of ears, paradoxical feelings of restlessness or anxiety, blurring of vision, nausea, GI upset, dry mouth & congestion. Read more See 1 more doctor answer Most patients do not experience side effects. Priapism would be a very rare but serious side effect. For those that do, increasing the dose can lead to fear and reluctance.
I have been taking 150 mg of sertraline daily, for nearly a year and a half, I didn't consult with my doctor and I have been weening myself off, I. Oct 28, 2014. Adults Major depressive disorder/obsessive compulsive disorder Take 50 mg once a day. Panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD, and social anxiety disorder Begin with one 25 mg dose daily. After you are using the drug for one week, the dose should be increased to 50 mg per day.