[Help] Has anyone taken zoloft /sertraline/?

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So, that's my new med I will be taking from tommorrow. I want to ask if any of you has taken it and if it was useful. Also did it have any strange side effects? Thanks in advance for all the answers.
 
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So, that's my new med I will be taking from tommorrow. I want to ask if any of you has taken it and if it was useful. Also did it have any strange side effects? Thanks in advance for all the answers.
Hi! I was prescribed Zoloft a few years ago. Of all SSRI class of antidepressants it worked the best for me (I also tried Prozac, Paroxetium and Brintellix). It made me more stable in the morning, which is the hardest part of the day for me. Didn't notice any side effects, but really advice you to abstain from alcohol while you are taking Zoloft.
 
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Hi! I was prescribed Zoloft a few years ago. Of all SSRI class of antidepressants it worked the best for me (I also tried Prozac, Paroxetium and Brintellix). It made me more stable in the morning, which is the hardest part of the day for me. Didn't notice any side effects, but really advice you to abstain from alcohol while you are taking Zoloft.
Thank you, I don't normally drink alcohol so that would be easy for me :D Glad it helped you and I hope it works for me too.
 
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Thank you, I don't normally drink alcohol so that would be easy for me :D Glad it helped you and I hope it works for me too.
No problem! I wish you the best on your recovery journey :)
 
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I've taken it. It's helped with my depression a little. Now I'm on Prozac
 
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I've been on it. It made me sleep most of the day and when I wasn't sleeping I was angry all the time for no reason. It was the beginning of the end for me. I thought it was a rare side effect until I found what others had to say about it.


It's long but the people in the comments section shows what happened to them.
 
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I've been on it. It made me sleep most of the day and when I wasn't sleeping I was angry all the time for no reason. It was the beginning of the end for me. I thought it was a rare side effect until I found what others had to say about it.


It's long but the people in the comments section shows what happened to them.
Thank you for the informative post. I glanced through it and will read it when I have some more time. I hope I won't get all angry although I would prefer anger to apathy.
 
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I take 200mg daily of Sertraline, it works for me as in it makes me feel numb to most things, but it absolutely killed my sex drive, so if you're sexually active that might be an issue for you.
 
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I take 200mg daily of Sertraline, it works for me as in it makes me feel numb to most things, but it absolutely killed my sex drive, so if you're sexually active that might be an issue for you.
Thank you for the answer. I wish it makes me feel numb to all my stress factors which fill my day, I am willing to sacrifice what little joy if any I get from doing the things I love. My sex drive is nonexistant when I am depressed which is most of time for the past year or so so I don't think this will be a problematic side effect for me.
 
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All ssri/snri I've tried only caused adverse effects. SSRI indifference and killing dick, libido. Excessive yawning passes quickly.
Also taper off slowly, if having capsules you can open them and split the dosage, you dont want brain zaps or any other withdrawal symptoms. Good luck.
 
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Meds are very hit or miss. The meds that work great for me might not work for you, and you may not get the same side effects that I do. You're the one who has to decide how long you want to stick it out for.
 
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I'm on it right now. I asked them to raise my dosage but they declined. I feel more functional when I sort of feel numb. When I get used to it too much I start to think I'm okay and that I don't need it anymore. Then I stop taking it and everything spirals out of control again.
 
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I used to take it. I don't think it helped much but maybe it did.
 
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Why is that if you don't mind me asking? Are you experiencing some unpleasant side effects?

I have been on various SSRI meds for many years. I feel they helped me at the beginning, when I was having bad panic attacks. But now I learned now to cope with panic using CBT techniques so I don’t need SSRI.

The problem is that I’ve been on them for such a long time, I get extreme side effects when I try to quit.

I made two attempts so far in the past two years. Both times I stuck it out a couple of months and then ended up taking Sertraline again because I could not function.

I am hoping this year is the year and that there’s some truth to the saying third time is a charm.
 
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I have been on various SSRI meds for many years. I feel they helped me at the beginning, when I was having bad panic attacks. But now I learned now to cope with panic using CBT techniques so I don’t need SSRI.

The problem is that I’ve been on them for such a long time, I get extreme side effects when I try to quit.

I made two attempts so far in the past two years. Both times I stuck it out a couple of months and then ended up taking Sertraline again because I could not function.

I am hoping this year is the year and that there’s some truth to the saying third time is a charm.
Could you transition over to fluoxetine? It's the least bad SSRI to come off of.
 
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I took it when I was first diagnosed with depression. It blunted my emotions. I wasn't overcome with depression after taking it...but I wasn't happy either. I just didn't feel anything.

It also gave me INSANE dreams. Insane. I would lie down to fall asleep, and I would immediately begin dreaming. The dreams were incredibly vivid, picturesque, and detailed. They were reminiscent of a fantasy sci-fi film. It sounds pleasant- and it was quite fascinating at first- but after a while, I began to struggle to even wake up in the mornings because the dreams practically enraptured my mind. I legitimately could not get out of bed to go to school in the morning sometimes. I'd be dreaming, my alarm would blare, I'd wake up briefly to shut it off, and then immediately fall back asleep. As soon my head hit the pillow again, whatever fantastical dream I'd been having minutes before would immediately pick back up right where it had left off before my alarm went off.

It was fucking weird. I eventually had to stop taking it
 
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I was on Zoloft for a while. It didn’t help me much, but each medication affects each individual differently. Hope it works out for you.
 
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I took it when I was first diagnosed with depression. It blunted my emotions. I wasn't overcome with depression after taking it...but I wasn't happy either. I just didn't feel anything.

It also gave me INSANE dreams. Insane. I would lie down to fall asleep, and I would immediately begin dreaming. The dreams were incredibly vivid, picturesque, and detailed. They were reminiscent of a fantasy sci-fi film. It sounds pleasant- and it was quite fascinating at first- but after a while, I began to struggle to even wake up in the mornings because the dreams practically enraptured my mind. I legitimately could not get out of bed to go to school in the morning sometimes. I'd be dreaming, my alarm would blare, I'd wake up briefly to shut it off, and then immediately fall back asleep. As soon my head hit the pillow again, whatever fantastical dream I'd been having minutes before would immediately pick back up right where it had left off before my alarm went off.

It was fucking weird. I eventually had to stop taking it
This sounds crazy. I actually hope the med will blunt my emotions, I think I need that in my current state of mind. The thing about your dreams does sound interesting at first - I usually don't remember my dreams and they are rarely realistic but I still have trouble getting out of bed in the morning when I dream. I heard my doctor today and she said I will start taking the sertraline on the next monday so I guess I will see what happens soon :D
 
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Could you transition over to fluoxetine? It's the least bad SSRI to come off of.
I guess I could, but I am not willing to experiment with any other meds. I would rather take the known instead of the unknown. I have always really bad side effects from all the meds I have ever taken - even metoclopramid against nausea - so now my goal is to be completly free. Setraline is the last fortress to be conquered, and conquered it shall be.
I took it when I was first diagnosed with depression. It blunted my emotions. I wasn't overcome with depression after taking it...but I wasn't happy either. I just didn't feel anything.

It also gave me INSANE dreams. Insane. I would lie down to fall asleep, and I would immediately begin dreaming. The dreams were incredibly vivid, picturesque, and detailed. They were reminiscent of a fantasy sci-fi film. It sounds pleasant- and it was quite fascinating at first- but after a while, I began to struggle to even wake up in the mornings because the dreams practically enraptured my mind. I legitimately could not get out of bed to go to school in the morning sometimes. I'd be dreaming, my alarm would blare, I'd wake up briefly to shut it off, and then immediately fall back asleep. As soon my head hit the pillow again, whatever fantastical dream I'd been having minutes before would immediately pick back up right where it had left off before my alarm went off.

It was fucking weird. I eventually had to stop taking it
Oh yeah, vivid dreams from Sertraline ... what a nightmare! I would wake it dazed and scared out of my mind. They disappeared now that I am on 25 mg. But when I was on 100 mg I was living a double life - my life and a crazy, weird one in my dreams.
 
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did absolutely nothing for me took it for 6 months. However a dear friend of mine took it and it made him manic. He would get the craziest ideas and I had to stop him from doing stuff that would have gotten him/us in trouble several times.
 
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For anyone who cares - I just took my first 25mg (as per my doctor prescription I will take 25mg daily for now). I kinda feel more relaxed in a way. The noise in my head is a bit less. Boy I hope this med helps me. Thank you again everyone for posting on this thread. You have been very helpful.
 
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