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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 Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.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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skittleburst14
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Registered: August 2008
Sun August 10, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: mild relief from depression
CONS: not enough for major depression relief, terrible headaches

I tried this drug on three separate occasions separated by about 3-4 year intervals, hoping it would ease my depression. Every single time I started a trial, I thought, "oh yeah... I think it's working...I think..." And then by about the second week I had to admit that it really wasn't doing much aside from giving me a good headache. It may work for some people, but it truly didn't help me at all. I highly recommend Provigil for depression if you are not having luck with the SSRI/SNRI category. I think it may work well for people who suffer from a depression that has more "rage/aggression" symptoms, but my depression was more of an atypical one, and not associated with angry feelings. Subtypes of depression make a big difference in terms of what medication will work for you.

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Tracy1980
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Registered: July 2008
Location: Marin County, CA, U.S.A.
Posts: 45
Thu July 31, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $0.15| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Does make you feel better over time
CONS: Very tired when first started drug

Once the drug had some time to work, I did find that I felt better overall. In the beginning, I was very tired as a side effect, but this got better in time. Have not had any weight gain on drug so far.

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lotusblss
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Registered: July 2008
Sat July 19, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: made me much happier, helped my sleep
CONS: a little nausea at first, some twitching, orgasms are disappointing

I was initially prescribed Wellbutrin SR for severe, suicidal depression. The Wellbutrin jolted me out of it, but made me a bit manic, unable to sleep or eat.The dr added Zoloft and they work great together. When I was on Zoloft alone, I felt kind of apathetic and had *no* sex drive. Now that I'm on both, I have a healthy drive (it's just that my orgasms are blah), and I still have emotional ups and downs. The difference with meds is, I can put them in perspective.I'd hoped Zoloft would help me gain some of the weight I lost from depression/being on Wellbutrin, but it hasn't yet. The dr says it's only been a month, give it time. One annoying thing is, I can't drink. Even if I have just one or two, I feel completely hammered and I get terrible headaches the next day. I know these meds have side effects and they can be difficult to deal with, but a lot of days I feel that they literally saved my life. I would've carried out a successful attempt eventually. Or I would have killed myself or somebody else with my severe drinking problem. I'm glad they exist.

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LLMF
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Registered: July 2008
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 4
Wed July 9, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: no benefits, just side effects

I was on zoloft for approx a year and a half at 175mg a day. During the entire time, anxiety stayed the same or worsened. Depression stayed the same or got worse. I would sweat all the time, especially night sweats. The worse part is the zombie feeling. You could have punched me in the face I wouldn't have cared. Extreme apathy, like detached from reality. Pretty much felt like a burn out...

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MyCatPete
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Registered: June 2008
Posts: 2
Wed June 25, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Decreased anxiety
CONS: Sexual side effects, headaches

I was on Zoloft for a few years for anxiety and depression. It helped my mood considerably. It had wonderful results, except for the sexual side effects (not interested in sex AT ALL).

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Hermetic
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Registered: June 2008
Sun June 22, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Helped anxiety
CONS: Tiredness, lethargy

Zoloft helped my anxiety, but did nothing for my depression. I found it be quite a useless med as its effects wore off quickly. I do however know that many people have benfitted from it.

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hunnykisses
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Registered: June 2008
Tue June 17, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $15.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: no weight gain, motivated, thinking more clearly
CONS: no energy, sleepy, loss of appetite

Research before walking into your doctor's office!!I took this for a couple of months rite after Paxil. So i was treated for social anxiety and panic attacks- 25mg zoloft and .25 mg of xanax. It worked great at the beginning, but then my anxiety & panic attacks returned, as well as my depression. And they increased the dosage- 50 mg zoloft, 1 mg xanax. Finally I went to a psychiatrist, and I was told that I been given the wrong medication for the wrong illness- he claims i have bipolar disorder, which means paxil, zoloft and prozac, actually makes it worse... so make sure to ask a lot of questions when you are prescribed something!I did lose weight and it seemed to be working so it doesn't hurt to give it a try- no significant side effects.

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gintey
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Registered: April 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 7
Thu May 15, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: No more crying, feel a little lighterin my moods (i'm a rapid cycler, bi-polar 10 yrs, also borderline personality disorder)
CONS: weight gain, no interest in sex, still searching for the right combo

I have been tried on many different meds since i was diagnosed 11 years ago. It wasn't till I stopped drinking and drugging that the total effects of my conditioned showed its true colors. I ended up in hospital in Feb/08 and had a new doc who changed my meds. Zoloft is one of them, i dont see her till the end of the month, i will be disscusing the way i feel about this med then.

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MissImperfect
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Registered: April 2008
Thu April 24, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: Nothing
CONS: Drowsy, thirst, depression..

I was on Zoloft for a year before I decided to switch my medication. The doctor told me it could take months before it would kick in. My depression worsened. I felt suicidal at times. I fell asleep during class. When I was awake, I was thirsty all the time. It might help others, but for me, this wasn't the right medication.

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rutherford26
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Mon April 14, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $24.99| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: less depression
CONS: Fatigue, Thirst, feeling of "overwhelming numbness", Sever head aches

I was on Zoloft for 7 weeks and then my head aches became unbearable and so I was taken off it.While on Zoloft the first side-affect which came almost as soon as i started taking it was at around 2:00 everyday I would just crash and need to sleep, which had affected my studies.Also I got occasianal feelings of overwheming emotions (feeling really happy, really depressed, anxious etc all at the same time) which was quite strange but it didnt happen often.at about the 4 week mark I started to notice that i felt less depresses, although i also started getting bad head aches, and over the next few weeks they got worce and worce untill i had to be put on prescription pain medication for the pain.at the 7 week mark i was taken off Zoloft

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Anonymous
Fri April 4, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: None, unless you like derealization
CONS: Headaches, insomnia, suicidal thoughts, decreased libido, shaky, horrible withdrawal

Hating pills in the first place and having a bad experience with my doctor and the pills, leads me with nothing positive to say about this drug.

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poolew4eva
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Registered: April 2008
Thu April 3, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: It gave me energy/
CONS: weight gain

I just hate that i have bpd and bipolor so they have to watch and hope that i dont get so manicky.

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Savvi
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Registered: February 2008
Wed February 6, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Defintely halped the Depression
CONS: "Emotionless" & low libido

Besides the loss of libido, I didn't experience any other side effects. I started at 50 mg, then went to 100, then to 150. 150 made me too tired so I went down to 100 and stayed there for 8 months. I only went off it cause I had no desires in bed, the idea of it actually disgusted me. Also, it made me feel flat. I tend to be a "crier" even in happy situations, I didn't shed a tear, happy or sad, or even get a lump in my throat the entire time I was on the drug.

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DJChicago
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Registered: January 2008
Tue January 15, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $1.00| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: depression not so present
CONS: no emotion is present, and libido is dead. weight gain.

Zoloft made me feel like a Stepford wife. I was placid and undisturbed by most things. I would reccomend this to anyone dealing with truly serious depression, as a way to get out. But the result is little to no interest in much of anything, including sex. If your self-conception or relationship involves a significant component of sexual desire, that is such a serious side-effect that this drug can only be called therapeutic if you have serious, debilitating depression.

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BrandonSS90
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Registered: December 2007
Location: Michigan
Posts: 107
Sun January 6, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: About the 2nd day I took it, I felt.. more.. uplifted, and energized immediatly after I took it.
CONS: Dry mouth and very jittery.. and sleepy at the end of the day..

When I took it, it worked for about.. a month. And then it just stopped working. But I felt like I wasn't even depressed anymore during that month! It was great! I felt, energized, ready to start the day, and just more alive.

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Piecesofme
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Registered: December 2007
Posts: 4
Mon December 31, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Helped for a little while with Depression
CONS: Worsened anxiety, suicidal thoughts

This was good with side effects, I had headaches on and off the first couple of weeks. But that was it.It was good for a little while (I was on it, up-dosing, for about 3 or 4 months) but then it just kind of drained off.

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tanbeachbunny12
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Registered: November 2007
Tue November 20, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: Nothing
CONS: Felt drowy,sad,depressed felt like couldnt move

I have panic attacks take xanax for and the dr gave me a prescription for zoloft which i took one day and my mood changed I was very drowsy and my mood went to very very sad and depressed feelings I stopped taking it and will never take it again it was horrible!!!

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Elbarto150
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Registered: November 2007
Mon November 12, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Extra energy, increased pleasure and hapiness
CONS: impotence, edginess, missed dose = hell

I have been on Zoloft, Lexapro and Prozac for depression and Zoloft is definitely the best out of all three. Not only did it leave me feeling happier but it gave me extra energy to make it through the day. A few issues i have with Zoloft is that it kills your sex drive and makes you a little bit more tense and on edge feeling. Also, never stop cold turkey because you could start hallucinating and feeling really dizzy and out of it like I did.

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anna342
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Registered: March 2007
Posts: 574
Mon November 5, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Helps with mood
CONS: Miss a dose and I feel horrible

I'm on the maximum dose, and do see that my mood has lifted, but it feels artificial, I don't feel like I am myself anymore. By no means do I feel happy though. I get shakey if I miss a dose.

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Sultrysorrow
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 77
Thu October 4, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: You could have bullets flying by your head in a combat zone and not even blink.
CONS: You'll feel as impotent as a corpse!

I was on the max dosage while serving in Iraq under constant mortaring and gun fire. I didn't feel that "impending doom" and everything else that went with it. I was like Tom Sizemore in the movie Blackhawk Down. Heh heh... But other than the sexual side effects, it works great. So if you're a monk or nun you'll be good to go.

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xp1155
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Registered: August 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 150
Sun August 26, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: minor side effects
CONS: dry mouth, some drowsiness at the beginning

This did not help much with my depression, but I tolerated the drug very well. I would recommend people talk to their doctor about this treatment option over all other SSRIs.

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sweetleaf
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Registered: July 2007
Location: south florida
Posts: 15
Sun July 29, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: works well on depression, less hypomania than prozac
CONS: terrible stomach cramps that stopped as soon as i was off it

I have bipolar2. Prozac had begun to poop out, so i tried zoloft. it worked well for the depression and did NOT cause the hypomania like Prozac did. I had to stop taking it because of the stomach cramps.

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mamakitty
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Registered: May 2007
Sun July 22, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: really helps keep my anxiety down so I can think clearly
CONS: severe mental changes with too high of a dose

I didn't start driving until I turned 26 because of my anxiety. My doctor said it was likely PTSD from the car accident I was in as a small child, and he perscribed Zoloft. I started driving without a problem.Now, I'm 30, and after having tonsil surgery in March and being off of my meds during recovery (two weeks), I noticed that I didn't feel any different and assumed that meant my anxiety was gone, so I convinced my doctor that I didn't need to be on Zoloft anymore.Bad idea! After about three weeks total of being off of Zoloft, I almost caused a deadly carwreck. I was waiting to pull out onto a busy 65MPH highway, and for some reason I got this nervous energy that completely froze my mind up. I just had this overwhelming need to do something with myself--anything, so I automatically started pulling out into traffic without first making sure I could see around the cars turning off. I was almost hit sideways at 65MPH at least, and we were so close I could see the other driver! Thankfully I managed to realize what was happening and floored it while the other car still had to swerve to avoid me.On Zoloft again, my driving is back to normal, and now I won't drive without it! I think when I was at home recovering from surgery, I didn't feel any anxiety because there was nothing to trigger it (for me, it is being in a car, and being in social situations).

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tranquility
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Registered: May 2007
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 805
Wed May 23, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: helped depression agitation
CONS: none

took zoloft for 16 years. worked very well for me. diagnosed fibromyalgia and depression worsened. added wellbutrin on top of zoloft and it didn't help, so weaned of zoloft and switched to cymbalta. I would still recommend zoloft - and after all those years it's finally available in generic form!

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Melissa_Ann
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Registered: June 2006
Sun May 20, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Helps ease anxiety & depression
CONS: Keeps me up at night

It is working pretty good so far. I've been taking it for a few months now. Except when I forget to take it, everything crashes down immediately.

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chichi
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Registered: January 2007
Location: canada
Posts: 66
Fri May 18, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: it works,
CONS: 2 weeks before my period it quits working my level of anxiety is higher

I had a bit of nausea every now and then I only take once a day and I take 50 mg. If I continus to do well my doc said we will go off it after 9 months of taking it as long as I don't have any relapses. Looking forward to that day when I'm off it...but glad it helped when I needed it.

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marshall
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Registered: April 2007
Sun April 15, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Works well once you get to a therapeutic level and the side effects cease.
CONS: Annoying side effects for the first few months. Had to start on a low dose and work up gradually.

Made me feel miserable for the first two months. Main side effects were queasiness, constant churning stomach, and restless nerves. However I stuck with it and gradually increased the dose. You just have to be patient. The toxicity side effects gradually go away as your body gets used to having it in your blood stream.When I lowered the dosage by 75 percent I had occasional head rush feelings that were sometimes accompanied by orange shooting stars in my field of vision (has anyone else experienced this?). A bit trippy at first, but it eventually went away and I felt totally normal.

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DoubtingThomasina
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Registered: April 2007
Location: North Dakota, ASA
Posts: 13
Wed April 11, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $12.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Works like a charm
CONS: Watch for mania in Bipolaroids

After bad experience with Lexapro and Wellbutrin, Zoloft was an anwer to my prayer. People sensitive to antidepressants should start with small doses and slowly have your physician evaluate your progress as you increase your dosage.

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tricia
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Sun March 11, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $60.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: no bad side effects
CONS: none

this drug has helped me no bad side effects

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catwoman
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Registered: January 2007
Location: san jose, ca
Posts: 3
Tue January 30, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: energy, no more crying spells,
CONS: headache, nausea at first while on it

I have been taking this since 12/98 for "crying spells". it does not work as much as it used to. my first year on it i was oh so happy and 1999 was the best year of my life! i bought a new car, had a great job, manic? kidding...it really helped me out as a 22 year old back then. i did go off of it from 2003-2005 and cried every day. i was so depressed and even suicidal without taking it. so to say "it does not help as much as it used to" proved me wrong when i quit it and was severally depressed and mean.

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liz_c
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Registered: January 2007
Posts: 2
Mon January 22, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $6.50| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: no feelings of guilt, dependency, anxiety, made me feel safe and like i could accomplish things on my own and I did
CONS: Needing to increase dosage (I guess that is for all psych meds)

After a few months of taking this medication, I was free of fear, anxiety and I even went back to school to further my education. Something I would NEVER have done or even thought about doing.

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mama2ak
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Registered: December 2006
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 4
Sun December 31, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Worked temporarily for me
CONS: Zombie feelings, stopped working after awhile

Glad it came in generic. I was on 200 mg of it for postpartum depression and with my first pregnancy, it worked pretty well, with this pregnancy it has done nothing so I got switched to Celexa. I don't think I'll try Zoloft again but was on it through my pregnancy because it's the safest for pregnant/nursing mothers.

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tryingtofixme
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Registered: December 2006
Posts: 8
Thu December 28, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: helped me leave my house with a little less anxiety
CONS: if you are in a relationship,,, beware,,, this made me lose all interest in men and so my relationship is ruined. It made me horribly sleepy where I could only stay awake a few hours a day.

Everyone is different and this medicine could help people. Please make an informed decision about taking it first. The side effects were very bothersome to me. It could save someone's life though. Just beware as with any meds.

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sallyoop
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Registered: December 2006
Wed December 20, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: I never realized how miserable I was until I took this
CONS: gained 30 pounds; hellish withdrawal

When I first started taking this, I experienced profound relief. I realized I had never known what it was like to be content and happy, or at least it had been so long that I had almost forgotten. For the first two weeks I was in a terrible fog, though, and didn't think that I could continue taking it. After that, I was sharper than I had ever been, and my memory was awesome. I gained 3o pounds on this, though (I've only lost about 5 pounds of it in 6 months) and I had terrible hot flashes, night sweats and nightmares (when I could sleep...I had to start taking Lunesta to help me sleep). Sugar cravings were out of control, but I had never felt happier. I just got sick of gaining weight, so I switched to Wellbutrin. I had brain zaps for at least two weeks after Zoloft...they are indescribable. It feels like your body moves, but your head stays put, and then, like its on a spring that has been stretched too far, your head snaps back, but it overshoots your body. And just like a spring, it takes it a while to quit moving back and forth. Despite all of that, I'd take Zoloft again. I kind of miss feeling the way that I did when I took it...I've not been as happy on Wellbutrin even though Wellbutrin has fewer side effects.

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Raven417
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Registered: November 2006
Location: VA
Tue November 14, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Helped Tremendously after about 3 weeks!
CONS: Dry mouth

It has greatly helped with my anxiety, OCD, and agoraphobia! But, people around me tell me that I don't seem to care as much about certain things as before. I believe that I'm fine and I feel great!

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whittpat
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Registered: October 2006
Location: California
Wed October 25, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Started working the 3rd day.
CONS: Upset stomach

I switch from Prozac to Zoloft and the change is amaizing. I have energy and I feel like being human.

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SerenitysWave
Grand Poohbah

Registered: December 2005
Location: Vermont
Posts: 1529
Sun October 22, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: relief from many depression, anxiety, panic symptoms as well as SI urges
CONS: withdrawal symptoms after missed dose

This medication is expensive... I am currently taking this medication. I am happy with the results so far, I have been taking it for a year now. I have had a couple relapses and had to up my dose, but once I got the proper dose it has been much easier to function and fit into the world. Hopefully it will last.

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darkeyes
Elder

Registered: May 2001
Location: US
Posts: 6683
Fri September 15, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Does address depression subtly and should be titrated to therapeautic level(s),as well as many other medications
CONS: When coming off of med,and gradually dosed down,"brain zaps" occured and frightened me,thinking I was now permanently neurologically damaged

Overall,I think Zoloft can be very beneficial for those just suffering with clinical depression. But not much for Bipolar depression.

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eskielover
just me wantng to be free

Registered: October 2004
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 11337
Thu September 14, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 4 

 
PROS:
CONS: caused me to not sleep, kept nausea & weight loss going, & ended up with migraine pain

This med caused me to stay awake & lack of sleep kept the anxiety level extremely high. As the anxiety level stayed high, my weight loss continued & my migraine headache pain continued to get worse. This med was stopped very soon after it was started.

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alisandria
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Registered: August 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 303
Fri September 8, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: fast acting???
CONS: headache, anxiety, rash

My personal experience, I suffered once again headaches, increased anxiety (I fashion probably cause of the nasty headaches) and rashes on my arms. I tried this on three separate occassions with the forethought of the rashes and headache may have been seasonally related (not that I break out in rashes, but...). Each time I used it I unfrotunately had the same reactions, that did not dissipate after a month or more of being on it. ;(

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tita
Member

Registered: May 2006
Location: New York new york city
Posts: 193
Sat July 22, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: it's seems to get in your system fast
CONS: none so far

Zoloft also to help with anxiety in socail situatations this med helps in socail situations that cause anxiety which was unexpected but a great help.

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jennie
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Registered: December 2002
Location: DC metro area
Posts: 1366
Thu June 22, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: increased energy
CONS: tremors * agitation * nervousness * thirst

At very low doses, this medication may be beneficial for some moderate depressions.

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