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Anxiety starting sertraline

I've been back to the doctors and now been prescribed sertraline 25mg to start. I know this may sound crazy, but most of the time I do! My health anxiety is so bad im so scardd of starting the tablets and feeling worse because it's just me looking after my 1 year old daughter and I'm so worried it will make me worse when I'm terrified daily as is it? Also read it can give you insomnia which I can't be dealing with as don't sleep great with the anxiety anyway. Has anyone had any experience with this and knows tops for the side effects and or what time of day is better to take it etc? Thank you!

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Hi I was started on 50mg and I’m now on 100mg I can honestly say I didn’t really suffer many side effects. All I can report is a dry mouth which isn’t too difficult to put up with, slightly upset stomach which passes after a week and sweats other than that I’ve been fine. I take Mine with breakfast at work around 10am and find this works for me. Some people who struggle with sleep say night time is better but I struggle to sleep and think morning is better for me. Hope this helps x

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That is a help, thank you so much for replying. I know I need them I'm just worried they will make me worse and when looking after my little girl I struggle, may try and start them at weekend so first couple days I can see my mum. Glad to hear you didn't suffer with them! Thanks again for replying x

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You’re welcome! I was the same about taking them but I can honestly say things do improve. I do feel sleepy around 3pm but it passes I just keep on being busy and then I feel fine. That’s a good idea perhaps you will feel more reassured being around your mum 🙂 hope you get on ok x

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Yes I hope so, Thanks so much for your message and support x

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I can't be sleeping in the day as have my little girl to look after so that's what worries me a lot. Thank you so much to responding and glad to hear it helps you! X

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I would echo what my fellow community members have said here. There are some side effects - some mild queasiness for me - and give the medication time to do its thing.

As part of an overall plan including CBT, family support and exercise, this medication hasn't reinvented the wheel for me but gave me breathing space and helped me to see the world in a more balanced way.

Best of luck.

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I just feel I need something to make days bearable, the anxiety is overwhelming and I feel I can't use the things ive learnt in CBT because it just gets too bad if that makes sense? Thanks for replying x

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hey ! just wanted to ask if youve started the medicatin yet and if so how did you go?

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Hiya, no I still haven't started yet, I've got an appointment tomorrow with doctor to discuss my worries and see if there anything they can help with!

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