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Zoloft (sertraline)

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Zoloft®

Generic Name: Sertraline SER-tra-leen

Drug Class: Antidepressant, SSRI

 

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Description
Zoloft is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Zoloft is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for other conditions as well.

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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
This medicine should be taken about the same time every day, morning or evening and can be taken with or without food. This medicine may take up to 4 weeks to reach full effect, but you may see symptoms of depression improving in as little as 1-2 weeks.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Storage
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.

Possible Side Effects
    • dry mouth
    • tremor or muscle spasms
    • nervousness
    • trouble sleeping
    • headache, drowsiness
    • nausea
    • drowsiness
    • insomnia
    • headache
    • increased sweating
    • dizziness, lightheadedness
    • changes in sexual function
    • Unreported side effects are possible, talk to your healthcare provider if any other symptoms occur.
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Warnings/Precautions
    • This medicine may cause drowsiness or dizziness.
    • Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
    • Smoking cigarettes can decrease the effectiveness of this medicine.
    • If you are planning to have surgery, let your doctor know.
    • Do NOT take this medicine if you have taken an MAO inhibitor [phenelzine (Nardil) or tranylcypromine (Parnate)] in the last two weeks.
    • This medicine can increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in some children and teens. Parents of children taking antidepressants should watch for signs of worsening depression or unusual changes in behavior.


Overdose
Seek medical attention immediately. U.S. residents can call the national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.

Drug Interactions
    • If you are taking a tricyclic antidepressant, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
    • St. John’s Wort should be avoided while taking this medicine due to the additive effects of serotonin.
    • Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs:
      • blood thinners (Coumadin)
      • other antidepressants
      • metoprolol
      • antihistamines
      • carbamazepine (Tegretol)
      • cimetidine (Tagamet)
      • estrogens
      • fluoxetine (Prozac)
      • intraconazole (Sporanox)
      • ketoconazole (Nizoral)
      • levodopa
      • lithium
      • muscle relaxants
      • birth control pills
      • sleeping pills
      • thyroid medications
    • Do not take this medicine with thioridizine, or within 5 weeks of taking this medicine.
    • Caution should be exercised when taking this medicine certain antibiotics, such as erythromycin, clarithromycin, or azithromycin.
    • If you are taking medications for migraines such as Imitrex, talk to your doctor before starting this medicine.
    • This medicine should not be taken with MAO inhibitors. If you think you are taking an MAO inhibitor talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

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Pregnancy/Nursing
If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss the benefits versus the risks of using this medicine while pregnant. Because this medicine is excreted in the breast milk, nursing mothers should not breastfeed while taking this medicine.
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More Information

Antidepressant medications are used to treat a variety of conditions, including depression and other mental/mood disorders. These medications can help prevent suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other benefits. However, studies have shown that a small number of people (especially children/teenages) who take antidepressants for any condition may experience worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms, or suicidal thoughts/attempts. Therefore, it is very important to talk with a doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication, even if the treatment is not for a mental condition. Tell your doctor immediatley if you notice worsening depression, unusual behavior changes, (including possible suicidal thoughts/attempts), or other mental/mood changes. Be especially watchful for these symptoms when a new antidepressant is started or when the dose is changed.
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livex21
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Registered: August 2014
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 2
Fri August 29, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $3.95| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: calmed anxiety
CONS: caused every crazy side effect in the book ...and then some.

Oh zoloft... I was only on 25 mg for several days, but the side effects were SO bad for me that I had to stop taking it. The first few days on it were pretty nice - anxiety seemed to melt away fairly easily and I overall just felt nice and calm. But, then the side effects began; first it messed with my appetite big time - I literally had to force myself to eat, even after a whole day of not eating much of anything due to the medication. I hated that, because I love to enjoy good food, but this made me lose all interest in food, period. That's not like me at all. Zoloft made me lose 5 lbs in one week, which was not good considering that I'm not overweight and I'm in good shape. So needless to say, I did not want to lose that weight. It also made my muscles sore/tight which resulted in me not being able to sleep, due to the fact that I was just so uncomfortable. And then out of nowhere on about the 5th day, I suddenly felt extremely hot, then really cold, and overall just not well. I took my temp. and had a fever of about 100 degrees. Then, I had this weird burning sensation running through my hands and the back of my neck. Also, I couldn't even form a coherent thought in my mind, literally. It was terrible. I felt like I was going nuts or something, I couldn't focus, and just felt plain horrible. Thank god I'm not suicidal, otherwise I'm sure that'd have been a moment where I would have had plenty of those thoughts floating around, too. I called my doctor and she told me to stop taking the zoloft immediately, so I did. But it took a good week for my body to slowly get back to normal. That week of getting the med. out of my system was rough as well. I had severe nausea, diarrhea, and I would get these odd feelings of detachment from reality, agitation, and just an overall feeling as if I didn't know what to do with myself and like I wanted to crawl out of my skin. Oh, and zoloft made me EXTREMELY forgetful ..I had trouble remembering conversations I just had 2 days before (I'm only 25, so this is not something that is normal for me). Ugh it was just so uncomfortable and such a bad experience. I never want to feel like that again, because it was just scary. That was my first experience with taking an SSRI, and I can gladly say I'll never try another one. I don't know, I guess my body just doesn't tolerate them at ALL. But, I'm feeling much better now though (1 month later) and I'm mentally back to my old self (thankfully). I'm seeing a therapist whose teaching me breathing/relaxation techniques instead of taking a med. every day to deal with the panic attacks. I feel this approach is much better for me

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monkeybruv
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Registered: April 2013
Posts: 152
Mon June 9, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: gave me mental energy
CONS: gave me insomnia, worsened anxiety

Didn't work well for me but it did have an effect which is more than I can say for some. Not a lot happened at 50mg and then I went to 100mg. At the time I thought the worsened anxiety was a sign of getting better, the numbness of depression going away, but in all honesty I now realise I was not well. I was buzzing with energy, unable to sleep all night then exhausted physically all day. In general it seemed to worsen all of my anxiety symptoms (nausea and throwing up, suicide thoughts, panic attacks, poor concentration). On the other hand, I don't recall any side effects. If I missed one nothing bad happened. It just didn't suit me.

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ItGoesOn
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Registered: March 2014
Location: Virginia Beach, VA/ Columbia, SC
Posts: 21
Mon May 19, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $11.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Helped a lot with anxiety
CONS: Worsened depression

I originally went on zoloft because I was having panic attacks several times a day and it worked very well for these. However, it worsened a lot of my depression symptoms. I do however have mild bipolar disorder so that could be the cause of the worsened depression. Great medication for anxiety, liked it better than stuff like xanex.

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eclipselightning
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Registered: January 2014
Location: Canada
Posts: 42
Wed April 9, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $15.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: helped social anxiety greatly
CONS: upset stomach occasionally, takes a while to work

Greatly improved my anxiety over a period of 9 months. It was a hard medication to get used to. Really affects the stomach and cause huge changes to your appetite... Which is good sometimes

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235791113
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Registered: March 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 11
Sat March 8, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: Inexpensive
CONS: Sexual side effects, did not treat problem

I took this medication for generalized anxiety twice, discontinuing it both times. The longest I could go on it was one month; shorter was 10 days or so. Note that neither of these are long enough to realize the full effects of the drug (can take ~6 weeks). I quit because there were pronounced sexual side effects; it took me DAYS to ejaculate, which my girlfriend did not appreciate. I have since tried bupropion, which was effective immediately and with few side effects. Basically, your mileage may vary.

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charo224488
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Registered: October 2011
Posts: 88
Fri January 24, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: not a lot of side effects
CONS: doesn't work for long

I have been on and off of zoloft for years and years. It is my go-to, safe med.. Unfortunately, it stops working after a few months. I have taken as much as 200mg, but anything over 100mg. makes me very anxious. It does not help with panic attacks for me at all.

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AnxietyGirl916
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Registered: September 2013
Location: Northern California
Posts: 335
Wed January 22, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Reduction in depression and anxiety,
CONS: Weight gain.

I have been taking Zoloft for 3 months and I've had immeasurable improvements in my anxiety and depression, even on the lowest 50mg dose.

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misskrome
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Registered: January 2014
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Posts: 229
Mon January 20, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: terrible side effects

no improvement in mood, in fact, made me very irritable. after about 2 weeks: excessive drooling, visual hallucinations, irritability, paranoia, dry mouth.

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Saigon
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Registered: November 2013
Location: South Africa
Posts: 2
Tue December 24, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Kept my depression at bay
CONS: had to increase dosage to maintain effectiveness until even the highest dosage didn't work

Periodically got hot flushes (I'm only 20) and terrible night sweats. Spent five years on it and it worked well mostly.

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RainmanTwentyEight
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Registered: December 2013
Location: Riverside, CA
Posts: 10
Mon December 23, 2013 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: Zoloft helped me sleep for some time when I was unable to do so
CONS: Caused me to have worse suicidal thoughts

I was on Zoloft for about six months. I took Zoloft to treat depression after my brother died. I was being treated by a primary care physician and was never referred to a psychiatrist. The only person who cared about how the medication was effecting me was my psychologist. The medication helped with some anxiety but other than that my depression got worse and I nearly committed suicide because of it. I quit Zoloft when I developed an addiction to Vicodin.

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Fastidious Raptor
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Registered: June 2012
Location: Sonoma County, Ca
Posts: 4
Tue November 26, 2013 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: No significant positive effects experienced
CONS: Increased depression

I had no improvement in my symptoms associated with depression after taking this medication for 3 months.

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catsandcoffee
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Registered: November 2013
Location: United States
Posts: 19
Thu November 21, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: It has calmed my anxiety down tons in the past (and in the present).
CONS: From what I experience, it can cause you to have random muscle jerks, but that's about it as long as long-term side-effects go. It can be a big rough when you first start it, but after you give it a month or two, it should work wonders (if it's the right

I have been using it on different does for close to 6 years, and it has done WONDERS. I would definitely recommend this for GAD and OCD.

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zoloft4unme
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Registered: November 2013
Location: san bernardino
Posts: 3
Mon November 4, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Less anixty
CONS: shakyness

http://zoloftexperience (seriously, this place sucks) / Zoloft has really helped my life a great deal you never understand how much you needed help until you get treatment and be able to see such a better difference in your live but it all starts with you and yes its a journey but its one worth taking

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psw5654
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Registered: July 2013
Location: Alaska
Posts: 14
Tue July 16, 2013 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: None!
CONS: diarrhea, nausea, headache, insomnia, sexual disfunction

After a few months of Paxil I switched to Zoloft. After being on Zoloft for a month I had a week of miserable side effects two different times. After each dose I had horrible diarrhea and nausea. I couldn't sleep and when I did, I woke easily and it would take forever to get back to sleep. I always felt nervous and on edge. I was better off without the drug.

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Registered: April 2012
Posts: 4
Fri May 10, 2013 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: black out bat room runs

I blacked out and had too pee all the time several times I would loose time.

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pbutton
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Registered: July 2011
Location: in a house
Posts: 4111
Wed May 1, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $7.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Helped with GAD - more than anything else I have tried
CONS: sexual side effects

Worked wonders on my anxiety, but I had to discontinue due to sexual side effects. I miss the lessened anxiety, but it just wasn't worth it for me. I would say this is definitely worth a try to see how it works out for you, as I had no other side effects.

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rossiv46
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Registered: December 2012
Location: California
Posts: 119
Wed December 19, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $20.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Helped with my depression
CONS: Diarrhea

I started taking this about 2 months ago. Started on 100 mg and worked up to 200 mg. I feel better but after I take it I get diarrhea.

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Sr564231
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Registered: July 2012
Posts: 44
Tue July 3, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: none
CONS: didnt help with GAD, super tired

didnt work for me

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PsychoSpaceman
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Registered: August 2011
Posts: 4
Wed May 30, 2012 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $4.00| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: May have worked slightlly for the first few months`
CONS: Comkpletely stopped working and nothing made it work again

Completely lost its effect on depression pretty quickly. The dose was doubled from 200mg/day to 400mg/day and this did not change its effectiveness but did cause nausea for the first couple of weeks.Also did nothing for anxiety.During the brief period when it seemed to work, it was only slightly effective. I still had suicidal thoughts after being put on it during the first several months when it was helping.

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Ahleksei
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Registered: May 2012
Posts: 6
Sat May 12, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Well basically, it works pretty well
CONS: Some side effects the first (and last) weeks, nothing worrying though

I've been taking this med for almost two years, I'm just now trying to stop, not because of problems with the med but because I'm feeling very well lately and I'd like to try and see how I feel without it. Initially I took it to deal with depression and anxiety.

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hobgoblins
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Registered: November 2008
Location: Sacramento
Posts: 3
Sun April 15, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Has really helped.
CONS: Upping dosage ONCE caused insomnia.

Has really helped for anxiety.

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Oldenboy
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Registered: February 2012
Posts: 4
Tue February 28, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS:
CONS:

No major side effects - except a bit of ED and not ejaculating. A small dose of Cialis helps.

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SnowCone
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Registered: November 2011
Posts: 1
Sat November 19, 2011 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: n/a
CONS: side effects

Hello , I was wondering if it is possible to find a list of the side effects for sertraline , for doses outside of the maximum licensed amount . I have been on more than 250+ for years , 99% of that was at 300 . Doctor changed , the new doctor had no idea I was on more than the maximum dose a long time after becoming my doctor , I assumed that she then at least read the details pertaining to the dose , however she recently stated that I was above the maximum dose for less than a year and it took me to inform her that it is actually been multiple years , she then asked if I would like to reduce it . I have no confidence in the doctors that I have delt with as a result of incompetence such as this . I would like to find out what the side effects are for the drug at 300 , 100 more than the maximum licensed dose over multiple years , what the side effects are when reducing it and what the side effects are of stopping it , also what needs to be done to counter the side effects . It would be nice to have been told what to expect if I was in a situation without the medication overnight for months / an extended time / reduced amount .The obvious thing to do is , request said information from the doctor , however they have yet to give me the information , the doctor actually told me that she doesn't know which is nice .Im looking for all side effects , not necessarily specific to any illness i.e what the effects would be if it was a clinical trial .

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bathory
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Registered: November 2011
Posts: 7
Mon November 7, 2011 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: made me cry for 3 months

i could not stop crying, even comercials on tv made me crry

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animeupload343
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Registered: August 2011
Posts: 1
Thu October 13, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: works well for certain periods
CONS: jittery, sometimes more suicidal, impulsive

I started taking this in may, and it seemed to work a little for a month, then i crashed again. they upped my dose and it made me feel great for like a month then i had another crash, then i felt content and normal, and now another month later im on another crash

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sumer2000
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Registered: September 2011
Posts: 1
Sun September 25, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: Nothing
CONS: Made me feel worse

I did nothing.It made me feel worse, it was terrible.

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velvetweb
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Registered: August 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 2
Wed August 24, 2011 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: muscle pain, stomach pain, feeling crazy, extreme anxiety

I pretty much got all the bad side effects with zoloft, it made me feel so crazy with rapid mood swings, muscle and bone pains, stomach pains, headaches, extreme anxiety bordering hysteria. I felt very out of control and don't think they help with bipolar at all.

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AndreaJMo
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Registered: August 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 7
Fri August 12, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Decreases Anxiety
CONS: High Dosage Required To Work For Me

I have been taking Zoloft (Sertraline) for approximately 4 months now and I have only had a couple of headaches and a little dizziness the first couple times that I took the medication but they were just side effects and quickly surpassed. Other than that it helps decrease my anxiety level and is quite effective for a person with OCD and Depression. It works best if you are also in therapy as it conjoins and works together to help you deal with certain issues.

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Registered: August 2011
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 72
Sun August 7, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS:
CONS:

I've been taking Zoloft for about a year now, and it's been alright. Not as effective as other anti-depressants I've been on, but it's okay. I am taking a high dose along with Lamictal, but my psychiatrist is telling me that it's possible that the Zoloft is causing more manic phases than I used to experience. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in June 2010, so I'm going through the long process of finding the correct medication combination. But overall, Zoloft is okay with me, but the side effects are not-so-great (especially the dry mouth).

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saphirrain
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Registered: June 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 26
Sun June 5, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $3.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: helps with depression
CONS: not great for Bipolar

It's not the best antidepressant

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erin654
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Registered: May 2011
Location: Orem, UT, USA
Posts: 16
Sat May 21, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $13.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS:
CONS:

For me, the side effects were bad. Lightheaded, hot and cold flashes, headaches. This medication worked well for me for almost a year, then I guess my body built up a tolerance or something.

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Zabine
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Registered: May 2011
Location: US
Posts: 133
Mon May 16, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Elation
CONS: Impulsiveness

I really liked this medication it eased my GAD symptoms. However, I became very sexually impulsive and experienced a great deal of guilt when I gave into my impulses.

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stephtay26
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Registered: August 2010
Posts: 1
Fri March 25, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Increased energy, no anxiety, high motivation
CONS: Cold turkey if miss a dose

This medicaation has changed my life! It was the first one I ever took and I have now been taking it 8 years. Before I couldn't hold down a job, was tired all the time, no motivation or energy and constantly having panic attacks. Now, I have nearly finished a Uni course, have held down a job, loads of energy and motivation and rarely have panic attacks. If I miss a dose or two though it gives me an awful headache, and get an unwell feeling. In addition I feel more lathargic and unmotivated.

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Draven
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Registered: February 2010
Location: This Universe
Posts: 1
Tue March 22, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Relieves depression and anxiety
CONS: Initial mild side effects

I only take a small dose of this med daily, and still I feel it helps me a lot, very good for keeping panic attacks at bay.

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crazypurple12
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Registered: January 2007
Location: Beantown
Posts: 4
Mon December 13, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: better and think positive
CONS: must remmy to take meds

this is helpful for me. I was soo depression but now i am mild depression.

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Sultrysorrow
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 77
Wed August 18, 2010 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Bullets can fly by your head and you don't care..
CONS: Jacks up your sex life

Took it for a long time twice. Messes up your sexual orgasmic ability.

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rosa8400
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Registered: July 2010
Posts: 2
Fri July 9, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS: decreased generalized anxiety
CONS: orgasms very difficult to have

I forgot to mention one important side effect. I used orgasm easily and with this, it is very difficult to.

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rosa8400
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Registered: July 2010
Posts: 2
Fri July 9, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $15.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: made me not take everything so seriously; reduced inhibitions
CONS: didn't totally cure anxiety, just made it manageable.

I'm on 100 mg a day of the generic form. I've been using it for 6 months now and it makes me not so moody or irritable. It has reduced my stress and general anxiety. It has not totally cured any of this but it has brought it to a level which I can handle. I would recommend this to anyone with low levels of anxiety or irritability. But keep in mind you must put forth effort as well. Now, maybe it would cure me if I took the higher dosage (my doctor recommended 200 mg) but I'm happy where I'm at and don't want any nasty side effects. So far there have been none.

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76kendra
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Registered: May 2010
Location: Illinois
Posts: 5
Sun May 9, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: weight loss,higher energy,improvement in mood
CONS: none

I am currently taking 100mg of sertraline and find it very effective and have no side effects.

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Scolaiocht
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Registered: April 2010
Location: US
Posts: 28
Sun May 2, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: does help with depression, side effects are minimal
CONS: seems to lack day to day consistency

I've been taking Zoloft for a few months and have also observed family members on the same medication.Side effects are minimal overall but have affected some of my family quite severely. Zoloft also tends to run quite high in price, depending on your insurance coverage.

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NJRealMan
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Registered: April 2010
Wed April 7, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: No more falling into psychoemotional holes; far less paranoid feelings
CONS: Decreased libido

I started with 75 mg in October 2010, and eventually increased to 150 mg. This was the plan set out by my psychiatrist. She moved to another practice. The head of the practice took over, and he decided that I get to 150 mg by splitting a 100 mg tablet, instead of separate 100 mg and 50 mg tablets. Is this right? I think I am losing effectiveness earlier in the day.At any rate the only thing I have noticed of late (and it may coincide with the new practice) is a decrease in libido to the point that I have almost no desire at all.The good news is that I am going to change doctors soon anyway. He made changes to my ADD dosage that I have always heard is counterproductive.Not everyone is the same, so medications affect different people different ways. Sertraline has overall been good for me.

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Autymn Payge Rose
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Registered: December 2009
Location: Private area
Posts: 2
Sun December 20, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: used to treat depression, general anxiety disorder, obcessive compulsive disorder and other condiions not listed
CONS: Antidepressants dont respond on me so I am trying another approach for depression which is called the vagus nerve stimulator, its an implantable device they can surgically insert for patients that have tried more than 4 antidepressants and havent worked.

Zoloft didnt work for my depression isssues but that doesnt mean that it work for others. Everyone responds to different medications differently because of brain chemistry diagnosis, genetics kinetics and other reasons that are not listed. If you have any questions about this ask your doctor.

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Dave21
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Toronto, Ca
Posts: 24
Sun July 19, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Stopped depression. Even a slight cheerful!
CONS: nothing for me

This (esp. for myself.)has STOPPED my blues... so if you've tried to stop feeling over-sad.This will put you back up again. For me, the idea of no side-effects is a great asset + it works effectively

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staticmwp
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Registered: April 2009
Sat April 25, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $17.97| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: sleep better at times but symptoms come back anxiety a lil better but still there..
CONS: feel fatiqued and tired during the day, and brain zaps

been on it 4 months and hasnt really help as much as i thought it would thinking bout stopping my medications...

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thalia2
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Registered: September 2008
Posts: 31
Wed April 22, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: Helps keep you from getting too low.
CONS: Huge apathy - can really keep you stuck w/o realizing what's happening.

This is one drug my psychiatrist was pleased with but was really bad for me. It's a little like a lobotomy. It put me into a totally apathetic state where I was fairly functional and not tortured (good) but didn't care about anything (really bad). I didn't realize just how bad it was until I got off it and started feeling again. I was on it for a few years which I consider lost years. An illustration - in all that time I never listened to music because it had no effect on me. When I went off of it suddenly I could be touched by music again. I didn't move forward at all and I wish I could go back in time and have those years over. They're actually a bit of a blur since no memories really stand out - nothing moved me. Also I had tremendous weight gain (which I didn't care about either) that I've never been able to lose since. At the time I took it my depression was more dysthymia (mild chronic) and social anxiety (btw it did little for the social anxiety). In the decade since then I've had more serious and dangerous depressions and so I can now appreciate that for some people even severe apathy might be the lesser of two evils. But in my case I've been desperate to try anything else first.

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kris10
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Registered: April 2009
Wed April 15, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: Works for a while
CONS: Decreased libido, tiredness

The pricing is excellent on this medication, especially if you take generic. It worked for me for about a year...but the side effects never stopped. I was tired all of the time, I had NO desire to have sex at all...I felt like a zombie. I didn't feel like myself at all, basically like I had no emotions. I do NOT recommend this, at all.

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Tinaleigh
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Registered: February 2009
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 25
Thu February 5, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $6.00| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: none
CONS: sent me into a huge manic episode

I took Zoloft to combat acute depression in Bipolar 1 and before I could even feel the benefits, I flew into a horrible mixed episode and became aggressive and suicidal. I would not recommend this medication to anyone with any type of bipolar disorder or mood dysregulation.

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aymie
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Registered: January 2009
Location: Georgia
Posts: 4
Tue January 27, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS:
CONS: severe insomnia, tremors, headache.

After 3 days on this med, I knew it was not right for me. I began my first dose on Thursday, did not sleep Friday, Saturday or Sunday. My body was exhausted, buy my mind would not rest. I was the worst weekend ever.

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musicfanaticx100
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Registered: October 2008
Wed November 26, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: works well for self esteem and depression
CONS: causes insomnia

Zoloft really helps me focus and not to be as sensitive to what people are saying.

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Callista
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Registered: February 2008
Location: United States
Posts: 217
Thu November 6, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $12.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: May have kept depressive symptoms under control.
CONS: Symptoms did not decrease noticeably.

The side-effect for me was being so lethargic that I couldn't do much at all... Eventually I had to switch because Zoloft wasn't doing any more than just keeping me from killing myself--the depression stuck around despite being on very high doses of it.

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