People's Opinions On Zoloft?

Posted by EdCork @yangedd, Nov 27, 2018

Hey,

Is anyone on Zoloft here? I was with my Psychiatrist two weeks ago (Diagnosis of BPD, Depression and GAD) and we were discussing my severe anxiety and panic attacks and she prescribed Zoloft. I'm sure the dose was 50mg to be increased this week, but my mind seriously couldn't handle this drug. I had violent thoughts, I felt completely out of touch with my body, I walked out of a store and left my coat, hat and gloves there and even lit a cigarette in the middle of the post office (No exaggeration). It was like I was acting without even thinking and only realizing minutes later. After four days I had to stop because I couldn't function properly and went to my GP and told her. She immediately stopped the medication and left notes on her PC for my Psychiatrist when I see her this day next week. Has anyone ever experienced side effects to this level on Zoloft before?

Thanks guys,
Ed

@pharis022 It is NOT all in your head nor mine either. A support group can be beneficial. Sorry you are struggling at this time. It can be disheartening when one cannot find a medication that will help.

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@merpreb

@pharis022 – I am curious if you changed doctors during these medication changes. May I ask what you are on now? Fibromyalgia is an extremely complex illness. I've know several people who have had it. There has been recent breakthroughs using cannabis to treat it. Please know that I am not telling you to take it, but it could be an options for you. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29461346 Medications can cause depression and I hope that you go back to your doctor and discuss your present mental health situation. There is no reason to put up with medications that make you depressed.

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It took me quite awhile to get me the proper meds for my depression. It may take a doctor change but it is not impossible to find some hope. In my case the doctor needed to increase my dosage to a very high level. Have you.tried therapy along with the antidepressants? Let us know how you are doing.

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I started Zoloft, a low dose of 25 mg, first day I was on it personally, I was EXTREMELY nauseous after eating in the morning after taking the pill, my stomach was ruined the entire day and I have zero appetite. Also, (TMI) but I also experienced diahrea right after taking this pill, which never happens. As you explained, I, too, I felt like a zombie, my head was in the clouds but not in a good way, lol. I will never take Zoloft again. I also felt while all of this was going on, my anxiety went up, whether it was from the medication or me not feeling well, this med was not for me.

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@cardioqueen29

I started Zoloft, a low dose of 25 mg, first day I was on it personally, I was EXTREMELY nauseous after eating in the morning after taking the pill, my stomach was ruined the entire day and I have zero appetite. Also, (TMI) but I also experienced diahrea right after taking this pill, which never happens. As you explained, I, too, I felt like a zombie, my head was in the clouds but not in a good way, lol. I will never take Zoloft again. I also felt while all of this was going on, my anxiety went up, whether it was from the medication or me not feeling well, this med was not for me.

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This shows how we are all different. I take 150 mg of Zoloft and have no problems with it. There are other meds people have listed here that work for them but not for me. It is as I have said a trial and error to see what works and what does not. Zoloft is the only antidepressant that works for me.

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I have been on Zoloft for about 25 years. I tried going off once but I can always tell—my anger comes out! Key to my depression. I have thought about changing my dosage because the Zoloft interacts with another medication I take and gives me a “foggy brain.” With my doctors OK, I just reduced the dosage of both and the fogginess has gone. Talk with your doctor and let her/him know what you are experiencing. Most adjustments to new meds take about 2 weeks. But, talk to your doctor. I wish you luck—you don’t need added problems from medications!

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@olly

Can one day on Zoloft heighten anxiety? I think it has for me. It is also causing my tinnitus to kick up. I am trying to find help for chronic insomnia, but when you see a Psychiatrist, it seems they think you must have some depression I have just begun 100 MLG with a pill once in the morning and once at night. I am on an insomnia blog as well here, but this question has not been posted to them yet. Thanks

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@olly I take Zoloft and it controls my anxiety. It does take a while for it to take effect so one day is not going to do anything. I hope this helps you.

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Can one day on Zoloft heighten anxiety? I think it has for me. It is also causing my tinnitus to kick up. I am trying to find help for chronic insomnia, but when you see a Psychiatrist, it seems they think you must have some depression I have just begun 100 MLG with a pill once in the morning and once at night. I am on an insomnia blog as well here, but this question has not been posted to them yet. Thanks

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@olly

Can one day on Zoloft heighten anxiety? I think it has for me. It is also causing my tinnitus to kick up. I am trying to find help for chronic insomnia, but when you see a Psychiatrist, it seems they think you must have some depression I have just begun 100 MLG with a pill once in the morning and once at night. I am on an insomnia blog as well here, but this question has not been posted to them yet. Thanks

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Hi, @olly – I moved your post here to this existing discussion on sertraline/Zoloft so you can talk with others here about it. Glad you connected with @johnhans. Please meet @becsbuddy @cardioqueen29 @pharis022 and @parus, who also may have some input on how they felt right when they started this medication and how it went getting used to it.

Here's some information from Mayo Clinic on sertraline/Zoloft that may be useful, especially the section on side effects: https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/sertraline-oral-route/description/drg-20065940

I know when I started on buproprion/ Wellbutrin (totally different medicine, but an antidepressant), I had a couple months of heightened anxiety that almost made me quit. A pharmacist I talked to, however, advised me to give it a full 2-3 months for my body to accustom to the medication. That turned out to be good advice for me, cause I levelled out and my depression improved and the anxiety went down.

How is your anxiety today?

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So I'm on Zoloft at 13. I was in a hospital for about a week for my cutting addiction and suicidal thoughts. I started at 25mg. I noticed my eyes were glossy and my pupils were huge. When I got out of the hospital, I couldn't cry. It's like I lost myself. Then I got put on 50mg. I couldn't focus on anything. My grades got bad. I fell apart and I just didn't care about anything. Fast forward to now, I'm on 100mg. I try to explain to my mom that I don't want to be on this. I can't cry when I need to. I feel more violent. Like enjoying it when people die in shows and movies. I feel the need to isolate myself. I'm always tired. I can't sleep though. I don't go to bed till 3-6 every morning. I don't like to wake up in the mornings. I kinda just wanna dream. The only time I feel okay is when i'm by myself in my room, Sometimes I just feel numb. I get really sad because of my thoughts but it's like in my mind and my body won't process it. I get really dizzy. I start seeing black. I can't even have fun anymore. I don't like to go in public because I don't like people looking at me or seeing anyone I know. I couldn't get up for school. When I got home from school, I slept for hours till I got woke up. I just wanna be normal. Instead I'm out here not caring about anything and feeling way too numb.

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@am3

So I'm on Zoloft at 13. I was in a hospital for about a week for my cutting addiction and suicidal thoughts. I started at 25mg. I noticed my eyes were glossy and my pupils were huge. When I got out of the hospital, I couldn't cry. It's like I lost myself. Then I got put on 50mg. I couldn't focus on anything. My grades got bad. I fell apart and I just didn't care about anything. Fast forward to now, I'm on 100mg. I try to explain to my mom that I don't want to be on this. I can't cry when I need to. I feel more violent. Like enjoying it when people die in shows and movies. I feel the need to isolate myself. I'm always tired. I can't sleep though. I don't go to bed till 3-6 every morning. I don't like to wake up in the mornings. I kinda just wanna dream. The only time I feel okay is when i'm by myself in my room, Sometimes I just feel numb. I get really sad because of my thoughts but it's like in my mind and my body won't process it. I get really dizzy. I start seeing black. I can't even have fun anymore. I don't like to go in public because I don't like people looking at me or seeing anyone I know. I couldn't get up for school. When I got home from school, I slept for hours till I got woke up. I just wanna be normal. Instead I'm out here not caring about anything and feeling way too numb.

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@am3, I had to discontinue to Zoloft years ago when I was temporarily put on anti-depressants, because it was making me feel robotic. But my experience is less important to describe than it is for you to be able to communicate with your mother that you are not doing well and need to be seen by a/your psychiatrist for further evaluation, because it sounds like you have been taking the Zoloft for a while now and are experiencing no relief but significant and debilitating for you side-effects. If you are experiencing thoughts of self-harm, that's even more important to be seen, but I think you understand that, too. It's sometimes hard to get parents to listen to us, because they trust in medical advise over our own feelings, I know, but you need to have that conversation again in a calm way.

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I went on Zoloft for two months. I felt MORE anxious and suicidal……went to the Psych ward for 72 hrs. NEVER AGAIN WITH SSRI’s.

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@am3

So I'm on Zoloft at 13. I was in a hospital for about a week for my cutting addiction and suicidal thoughts. I started at 25mg. I noticed my eyes were glossy and my pupils were huge. When I got out of the hospital, I couldn't cry. It's like I lost myself. Then I got put on 50mg. I couldn't focus on anything. My grades got bad. I fell apart and I just didn't care about anything. Fast forward to now, I'm on 100mg. I try to explain to my mom that I don't want to be on this. I can't cry when I need to. I feel more violent. Like enjoying it when people die in shows and movies. I feel the need to isolate myself. I'm always tired. I can't sleep though. I don't go to bed till 3-6 every morning. I don't like to wake up in the mornings. I kinda just wanna dream. The only time I feel okay is when i'm by myself in my room, Sometimes I just feel numb. I get really sad because of my thoughts but it's like in my mind and my body won't process it. I get really dizzy. I start seeing black. I can't even have fun anymore. I don't like to go in public because I don't like people looking at me or seeing anyone I know. I couldn't get up for school. When I got home from school, I slept for hours till I got woke up. I just wanna be normal. Instead I'm out here not caring about anything and feeling way too numb.

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Please, please go to an emergency room and tell them what you just wrote and ask them to help you! You need help! This will take time too, months for your body to heal, there will be some bad times, but it will end and your life will be normal!!!

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Please, please go to an emergency room and tell them what you just wrote and ask them to help you! You need help! This will take time too, months for your body to heal, there will be some bad times, but it will end and your life will be normal!!!

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It's kinda impossible. I'm 13. Nobody listens to me. Trust me I have tried several times to tell my therapist, my doctor, my mother, and others that I wanna be taken off this stuff. People continue to laugh in my face because they think that "I'm fine."

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@am3

It's kinda impossible. I'm 13. Nobody listens to me. Trust me I have tried several times to tell my therapist, my doctor, my mother, and others that I wanna be taken off this stuff. People continue to laugh in my face because they think that "I'm fine."

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@am3, It is very distressing to me that you are finding nobody who will listen to you. Do you have a trusted adult family member, an aunt or uncle, who might be willing to help you get your voice heard? Have you considered approaching your school nurse, counselor or the principal to reach out?

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@guener, I don't really have any family that would listen. I'm known as a troubled kid. How I feel does not matter to them and school has been cancelled for the year due to Covid-19. Nobody can really help me and I'm becoming hopeless once more. I had no option but to take the medicine and I have once more talked to my mother about an hour ago saying how I feel about it. She, as expected, did not seem to understand. I am not going to give up though. I'm on my school computer and have not really been able to contact many people because my phone being gone. I had gotten in trouble and have not really had much contact with the outside world. Once I get my phone back I may be able to talk to my grandmother and that is it. If she hasn't given up on me like other family members.

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