Sertraline side effects

I've been on Sertraline for several weeks now. The side effects seem to have got worse. I am now suffering from insomnia, sore throat, pain in my legs, runny nose, nausea and diarrhoea. Do these side effects eventually go away or at least reduce? Or is it a case of putting up with it? Now as well as anxiety and depression, I am suffering physical ailments too. I really can't stand it, it's so frustrating.

Anna

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Oh dear, that doesn't sound good. Why don't you mention it to your doctor and see what they think? x

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I will do, I have an appointment next week, just a bit despondent about it all.

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Hi Anna2008

I agree with Lucy34. Definitely check with your GP next week. Let us know how you get on, good luck,

Lottie x

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Thank you, I will x

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I'm on sertraline, and don't get the same symptoms as you. I couldn't live without it.

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Did you get any side effects and if so did they subside eventually?

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Toilet issues I had which have subsided and I'm now on 150 mg.

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Thank you, I will just have to wait and see how I go...

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I don't recall any side effects at all. I just felt better slowly over 4 to 5 weeks.

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Thank you, that's hopeful I think part of the problem is I'm too impatient.. I just want to be better now! But I know that's not realistic and that these things take time...

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I don't know how long you have been on sertraline or your diagnosis but I have had a similar experience with the same medication recently. I couldn't tolerate sertraline at all. My GP put me on it (on top of my normal medication quetiapine, which I have been taking for years now). Sertraline isn't for everyone, I'm sure it made my depression symptoms worse. I became suicidal and hearing voices and crying uncontrollably. This was on our family summer holiday! My husband brought me home early and took me to the Drs. He also told me to stop taking the sertraline whilst on holiday. I to had shocking physical side effects. The worst was horrendous indigestion and heartburn. It was literally like a physical burning brick in the centre of my chest. It was so bad that I couldn't eat.

It takes time to find the right medication and it does depends on your diagnosis aswell. And you can be misdiagnosed too.

Hang on there, perhaps keep a diary and show your dr. X

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Thank you. I have anxiety and depression combined - double whammy nightmare and I don't know which is worse the anxiety or the depression..I was prescribed 50mg Sertraline initially, after 2 weeks this was increased to 100mg. I have been on 100mg just over 2 weeks now, so maybe I should give it a bit longer to see if the side effects ease off...did you find a medication to suit you? Hope you're feeling better now...

Anna

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I think you will know sooner rather than later if sertraline is for you. I know people who take sertraline and it's transformed their lives for the better. It certainly was not for me. If your side effects continue or get worse then it would be worth chatting to your dr about alternatives.

My dr has tripled the quetiapine dose instead and that is a lot better than how I was, at least I'm not suicidal anymore. It's hard dealing with these symptoms day after day, I know what it's like. I have a car crash every day. I was mis diagnosed with anxiety and re occurring depression for years and eventually diagnosed with bipolar. Just food for thought, it can take years for a true diagnosis and it can also take a long time finding the right medication for you. Hope you feel better soon. X

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Thank you.. I am glad you have got your medications sorted and the right diagnosis x

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I'm pretty much the same off sertraline after 8 weeks now at 50mg no real change and struggling to sleep doctor says I should up to 100mg unsure though :(

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I wish they could just give us a blood test to see what antidepressant would suit us personally without having to go through the hell that is trial and error..it is doing my head in!

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Hi Anna2008

You posted about Sertraline a few weeks ago, I'd like to know how it's going now? I thought I was doing well on 50mg because I'd been taking Prozac and having panic attacks. Then just felt nothing after a while, quite numb and went to 100mg and felt no different now 150mg since a month ago and still feel numb and suicidal. I do have a friend who's been great on them but I'm not sure if I'm expecting too much?

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Hi, I am currently on 150mg of Sertraline, but also on 300mg of Pregablin to treat anxiety, so I can't tell if that's masking what effects, if any, the Sertraline is having. Like you, I've been having suicidal thoughts - they were terrible at first, but thankfully these have eased off, though haven't totally disappeared. I know I am a lot better than I was, but still a long way off from total recovery. I still feel 'not quite with it', slightly unreal, and like as though I'm on a 'chemical cosh'. I think it just takes time, to be honest, but maybe checking things out with your g.p. would help? Best wishes to you x

Anna

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And please let me know how things go...

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Thanks for your reply -- good that you're feeling somewhat better and on the upward slope now -- it takes so much time with medication. I hope the side effects soon go and wish you well x

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Will do that

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Thank you!

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