Anyone else on Sertraline/Zoloft? If so, did it help you with panic attacks /Agoraphobia?

Hello everyone,

This is my first post so be gentle with me :-) I have been taking Sertraline/Zoloft (50mg) now for 54 days and I'm not sure if it working?

I was previously on Paroxetine (Paxil) for 24 years for panic and anxiety disorders but after a massive panic attack saw a psychiatrist who eventually put me on Escitalopram (Lexapro) 15 mg but that didn't seem to work either.

I had become quite housebound because I also developed a Vestibular ( balance disorder) this led to agoraphobia and increased panic attacks.

Right now I feel quite desperate to be honest, as I feel like I will have a life of agoraphobia if I do not start getting back out into civilisation soon. But I feel too anxious to get out and about.

I am now 49 and have panic attacks since I was 20.

I used to be a very busy engineer for 28 years before the balance disorder stopped that line of work but it gave me a routine and got me out of the house even though I still had panic attacks and avoided things like flying.

I guess I'm asking to see if anyone else has been in a similar situation and did Sertraline/Zoloft work for them with panic attacks/agoraphobia.

Really appreciate any replies

K.

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  • I was on Zoloft for 4 years it made me feel nothing I felt like I didn't care about anything. I still had bad agoraphobia and still do. But meds can work differently for different people

  • Hi there, K. Zoloft was the very first antidepressant I ever took. I was on it from 2001 when my anxiety and agoraphobia went through the roof after the death of my father until 2008 when I found out I was pregnant with my son and my OB thought it best to change it while I was pregnant. It did take about 8 weeks to start noticing a difference and in the time my doctor gave me a low dose of xanax to help me through the really bad days. I saved them for really tough situations or r extreme panic or anxiety breakthroughs. I did have some nausea and muscle twinges the first couple of weeks, but after that I was just fine. Don't be surprised if you do have to change from time to time. SSRI antidepressants can be fickle things. I've been on them since 2001 as I said, and I've gone through Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac and now I'm on Lexapro which seems to be doing a somewhat adequate job. Best of luck to you. I hope you start feeling yourself feel better very soon.

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