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Looking for advice on Zoloft..

Let me begin by saying, I know its a bad idea to search up side effects and other peoples experiences of a drug, but I have anyway..and now Im terrified! I have just been prescribed 50 mg of Zoloft to treat OCD and anxiety, and now I am too anxious to start them! Especially after hearing about "electric brain jolts", and a bunch of other scary side effects. Im basically terrified to take them because of that, but at the same time, tired of dealing with the symptoms of OCD and being so anxious all the time! Please, and advice? What have been your experiences, good or bad?

Thanks!

Shell.

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I have started citalopram which is from the same group of ssri’s. I was scared to take tablets too and it’s took me 3years to finally give in. I first got prescribed Zoloft too but never ever took them. Try not read side effects as u will get it in your head that you’ve got every side effect going. Every one is different so u may not even get side effects. All I got with citalopram is tiredness and yawning a lot which is quite easy to deal with. Once u take that first tablet u will be pleased with yourself that you’ve took that initial first step to getting better 😀

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Honestly, taking that first tablet to me, is scary! Just hearing about how hard it seems for some people to get off of it. I have a fear of taking drugs too and is part of the anxiety, which is kind of ironic..take the pill that you're scared of in order to not be scared of taking pills. Thank you for your advice!! I agree with you as well that I could end up thinking I have every symptom out there. I will end up taking them, just not tonight..I need to work up to it, and your advice is helpful :-)

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My family and friends just couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t take the tablet. I kept saying to them when your an anxious person ya get anxious about taking the actual tablet! I may have to switch to Zoloft if these meds don’t kick in a bit more. I was doing good but had panic attacks again this morning so not sure if I need my dose upped or whether I need to go on Zoloft too. If your worried bout it get someone to sit with u to take your mind off it. I’m a hairdresser so my friend came for her hair done when I took the tablet nd it stopped me thinking bout it so that helps a lot to keep yourself distracted when u first take it

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I totally understand that. My people wonder why I am so fearful of these things and I always feel like nobody understands me! I haven't had a panic attack in a while, but a few times I almost went full panic mode, Now its just the constant worry, every day, all day. I think its a great idea to have someone with me when I take it for the first time to distract me. Just having someone there will definitely help.

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Would this be your first anxiety med ever?

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I have tried citalopram years ago for a couple weeks, but stopped taking them because I didn't like the way I was feeling..numb, zombie ish, dry mouth.

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I didn't think Zoloft was that great. Had the brain zaps coming off of it. If you can live without it that's best, but if you can't do it on your own anymore I would try something. I was glad I started doing something about my tension headaches.

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I’m at a point where I need something to get by..the anxiety is causing heart palpitations, chest pains, I’m always thinking I have cancer, that I’m going to have an aneurysm etc. Can you describe the brain zaps? I can deal with other side effects but that’s the one thy scares me. I already think that any little pain in my head is a stroke or something.

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same issues. those physical aches makes me think I have or going to have something..

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I hate it. It consumes me some days. Do you take anything for the anxiety?

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Nope, I try to get them rid off by my power when ever I can. Sometimes I use some CBD oil which ease my anxiety.

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I really don’t like the thought of being on medication, but I can’t deal with it on my own anymore.

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Omg I hate the heart palps. I'm hoping they stop the more I get use to the meds or at least where they don't bother me as much!

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Are the heart palms from Zoloft? Have they stopped?

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I talked to the doctor about my concerns and how I was having a lot of anxiety about taking Zoloft, and she switched me to Prozac. I’m going to give it a try and see if it will help me. I need something at this point.

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I've taken this a few times and it was the easiest to start and stop. I've tried others that had lots of side effects but Zoloft was not bad. No brain zaps. I would just take them every day and try not to think about them. Let them do their job. Don't look up side effects. If you feel things that may be a side effect try to ignore them. It takes atleast a month to start working so just give it time and try not to over analyze it. Zoloft helped me a couple times in my life :). Good luck💗

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I just gave the Zoloft back to the pharmacy and got the Prozac. I appreciate your advice!!! I will start on them tomorrow and hope that it helps. Thank you 💛

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Did you ever start them?

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I started the Prozac, I’m on day 4. I just had a full on anxiety attack. I was asleep and thought I was

Dying and shot out of bed panicking. Taking me a while to come down from that.

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That stinks... this is so hard

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😞 yes

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It’s been 6 mo the since I had the night terror on Prozac. I got a new prescription for Zoloft, so I am going to finally give it a try. Fingers crossed I don’t get the dreams again. I hate this. Drugs are so scary to me. The doctor thinks I need to give them a try because I shouldn’t have to live with anxiety. She’s right.

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