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Zoloft is a drug that was released by the Pfizer corporation in 1991 which aimed at fighting depression. The FDA approved Zoloft in October of 1997. Zoloft is a member of the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor family, which increases serotonin levels in the synapse by blocking serotonin reuptake into brain cells. Official Zoloft Site
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Zoloft Feedback and Side Effects

I let my doctor prescribe Zoloft and took it for two months, then because it made me feel like a zombie in more than one way I just quit taking it. I am having headaches, dizziness when I turn my head too fast, extreme ringing in my ears, and trouble sleeping, I also have a slight cold and sinus problem at the same time, but that has never made me feel as badly as I do right now, do you think it is because I quit cold turkey on the Zoloft, and if so, should I go back and take it and slowly wean myself off?

Posted by: from prior site at November 27, 2003 12:26 PM

I took Zoloft for about 6 months and I gained 15 pounds during that time. I also have had severe sinus and cold symptoms for the last three months. I stopped taking Zoloft last week, I tapered off from the 50 mg prescribed down to 25 mg for four days then I stopped completely. Since then I still have the cold and sinus problems and I am so crabby my husband cant stand me! I am wondering if these side effects will ever go away?

Posted by: from prior site at November 27, 2003 12:26 PM

I am from Australia and have been researching the side effects Zoloft can have if used long term. I have been on these tablets for a year now. I began at 50mg, then, 100mg, now I'm at 150mg and have been for 10 months.

My doctor said the tablets would most likely supress my appetite but I feel like a complete opposite. I am always hungry, I have put on weight, and now I'm feeling the lowest I've felt in a while. I'm not sure if it because of the tablets I'm feeling this way, or because my weight gain.

I have 3 children and there are days when I want to be doing nothing more than sitting around on the couch. I am always tired throughout the day due to lack of sleep at night. A 'normal' day for me ends at 2.30 - 3.00am and it begins again around 7.00 - 7.30am.

I have also been expereincing some awful headaches somewhat like migraines.

What I'd like to know is, are there any proven scientific documented facts about some of the side effects I'm having - weight gain, sleepless nights, headaches. I have read what some other people have expereinced and I know where they're coming from because I'm in the same situation

Posted by: from prior site at November 27, 2003 12:26 PM

I have been taking Zoloft for a week now and every time I take it I have severe stomach camping, diarrhea, I have trouble sleeping and I still have headaches. I started off taking Paxil but I got a non controllable migraine. I had a lot less side affects with the paxil. Don't know how much longer I can take these affects.

Posted by: from prior site at November 27, 2003 12:27 PM

Just started taking zoloft for a week for depression and anxiety. Feel less anxious, feel a bit better, but my stomach is killing me. Since Friday I have had horrible stomach aches. Plus my stomach makes all
sorts of funny noises. I understand that the symptoms will probably go away, but it isn't getting better. Not sure what to do.........

Posted by: from prior site at November 27, 2003 12:28 PM

hey,
have you ever heard of anyones blood pressuring going high when taking zoloft?since i started taking zoloft my blood pressure has been anywhere from 173/111 to 197/111 the latter being the highest.i have severe headaches and feel like whats going on around me is a dream

Posted by: from prior site at November 27, 2003 12:29 PM

I cannot sleep after taking zoloft for about a month. I have to take ativan to get to sleep at all and I was wondering if this side effect goes away after awhile?

Posted by: from prior site at November 27, 2003 12:29 PM

I ve been taking zoloft for around 3 years, i take 200 mg a day, i was in a lower dose, but then Dr put me in 200 mg cause i was feeling relly bad, it works when i take the medicine, if i try to leave it depression returns worst, side effects - i have no physical ones, but i have violent dreams, weird dreams, weird thoughts all the time, and most of the depression symptoms are still there, dont know, my doctor doesnt help i think but im not going to a psycologyst i dont like it, anyway hope this can help

Posted by: from prior site at November 27, 2003 12:30 PM

Just wanted to let some of the people who were wondering about weight gain and zoloft, that i too have gained alot of weight after starting zoloft.I have been on a very low cal .low fat diet and haven't lost one ounce and have instead gained more weight.Glad to know now that I am not the only one who has expericenced this and will ask my doctor to change me to somethng else.

Posted by: from prior site at November 27, 2003 12:30 PM

I have been on Zoloft for about 4 months and initially felt much better (within a few days of taking it). I had much less social anxiety and my depression seemed to lift. But after a few months, I felt depressed again and have had intense nausea and insomnia. I can't really decide if it is worth having less anxiety or having these side effects that really compromise my health. I may try going off and try a natural approach.

Posted by: from prior site at November 27, 2003 12:31 PM

I started taking zoloft a year ago . I did't feel good right away but after a few weeks i begain to feel good the deppression seemed to go away;i was 135 pounds. After 4 months i gained 55 pounds i did't eat alot.Can anyone tell me if they have gained a lot of weight off these pills. I'am no longer taking the pills its been 2 months and i still don't feel any better . Are they side effects? Can anyone tell me if you can every get off this shit.

Posted by: from prior site at November 27, 2003 12:31 PM

I've been on Zoloft for 5 months (for PMDD) and have gained 11 lbs (while carefully watching my diet and trying to lose weight!!).

Posted by: from prior site at November 27, 2003 12:31 PM

I have been taking zoloft for a year now for mild depression. I stopped it a week ago. The first 3 days I suffered from headaches, insomnia and nausea. Those symptoms have now gone bit I still suffer from dry mouth, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, tremors with palpitations and worse of all a feeling hard to explain, sort of "electric zaps". Will these feelings go away? What can I do? I don't want to take zoloft for the rest of my life...

Posted by: from prior site at November 27, 2003 12:32 PM

I was prescibed zoloft a year ago for my panic attacks, but after awhile I felt better and decided to try to get off them. I had withdrawal for a month- I would have an 'electric zap' feeling in my head. However a year later the panic returned so I'm back on it. I've been taking it for 4 days, and now I noticed I feel hungry all the time. Its like when I have food I only want to eat a little bit, but then later I get hungry. I think its from the zoloft because normally I eat alot- I love food!

Posted by: Emily at May 5, 2006 8:51 PM

I am on epilim and abilify can i ever get off it.

Posted by: shane grgurovic at June 7, 2006 2:48 AM

i been taking a half of pill of 50mg which makes it 25 and i been taking it for a week tomorrow and i just feel drained and my body aches especially my left side and i take it in the morning. at night i really ache to where i have to take ibrophen so is a normal side effect until my body gets use to it? please email me back and let me know thanks diane

Posted by: diane brown at January 25, 2007 1:11 PM

i take zoloft for panic attacks. i'm on 50 mil a day and i'm on my first week.

side effects for me is constant nausea, not really headaches, but like pressure aches that seem to effect my breathing...i have to force myself to eat and cant sleep. i know this is "temporary" but it sucks right now.

Posted by: fatlando at March 18, 2007 6:00 PM

What happens if you take 300 mil of welbutin and 100mil of zoloft at 10 a.m and forget and take it again at 4p.m.

Posted by: Rocy at November 13, 2008 5:29 PM

I'm only 16 years old and i've been taking zoloft for about 7 months, i go out of town from time to time and often forget to pack my medication. When i do go out of town, it's only for maybe 2 days. but now im out of town for 3 weeks. I had to medication with me, but i threw it all out when i felt like i didnt need it anymore... which was about 4 days ago. I hear my heartbeat in my ears. I'm dizzy, anxious, jittery, irritable, and i have a very very sick feeling in my stomach. Should i continue not taking them since i've spent 4 days without them? or should i get on them as soon as i can?

Posted by: Alexandra at December 24, 2008 3:08 AM

hey, ive been dealing with depression for a while now, i am a 26 year old male from nova scotia canada, i finally went to my doctor to get help with it, he put me on zoloft, before zoloft i was downa nd out all the time and thouight about suicide alot, now that i ma on zoloft i think about it more and more almost everything i think about involves me ending it,,, what can i do

Posted by: ty at May 17, 2009 2:20 PM

I have just stopped zoloft and am having severe buzzing in my ears. Will this go away or am I doomed to yet another physical downer after 12 back and related surgeries?

Posted by: Susan Shumway Phoenix Az at January 24, 2010 1:18 AM

I have been on Zoloft for nine months now, this is my second time to be on Zoloft, I been on different medicines for 14 years now. I have tried getting off of them about 4 times.that's when I want to end my life. my panic attacks are so so bad. I just want to run and scream as loud as I can. I feel like I'm going to die.My depression was brought on by my husband walking out on me and 5 kids.the torment of seeing him with what was supposed to be my friend. my dad passed away very suddenly. my brother got killed. I saw his burnt body. I took care of my mom,she maid things very very difficult for me, I was pushed to the limit. this isn't even half of it. After reading all the things that have been posted online. I don't think we will ever get of this drug. I would love to get off of this drug. I have heard of people getting off there meds. and be fine. but that has never worked for me. I got off of my meds very slowly. I could feel my self getting wears all the time. I had no choice but to get back on meds.Good luck to you all. If there is anyone out there that knows how to get of this stuff, and live a normal life,PLEASE let me know.

Posted by: Helena at February 1, 2010 2:28 AM

I took sertraline for 7 weeks.Lost weight considerably & I stopped it.Now I am having bad feelings&effects.What should I do?

Posted by: M.Ravindhiran at July 24, 2010 1:25 AM

i STARTED TAKING 25 MG OF ZOLOFT JUST TODAY, AND HAVE DECIDED AGAINST TAKING IT. iS IT POSSIBLE THAT i WILL BE AFFECTED BY NOT TAKING IT TOMMORROW, IF i JUST STARTED TODAY? iF ANYNE CAN ANWER THIS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. tHANKS!

Posted by: MARY at July 26, 2010 9:29 PM

Zoloft works really well for me but it isn't for everyone. It actually suppresses my appetite and makes me a lot less crazy. I started out with 25 mg and then went to 50 mg. The days I forget to take it, I feel awful and grouchy and very achy. When I tried going back to 25 mg from 50 the pill still worked but not as well. My doctor told me that one shouldn't quit cold turkey. She said that some of my side-effects like tremors and loss of appetite and the feeling of being removed from life. In the end, I think it my temperament is going to equilibrate and I'll get used to everything again.

Posted by: Anna at March 14, 2011 6:17 PM

I just started taking Zoloft (or the generic) today...just wondering how long I should expect the nausea to last...I feel better already with the anxiety and depression, but still feel immobilized from the upset stomach.

Posted by: sarah at April 21, 2011 2:28 PM

I've took xanax for 2 years for my anexity and panic attacks. my doctor put me on zoloft yesterday, I feel sick, pressure in my head (almost like a headache but its very mild), I feel like im going crazy. I do not feel normal, I have no appetite and I really dont want to get out of bed. This is day two of taking zoloft, if anyone can give me feedback as to how long these symptoms are going to last I would really appreciate it.

Posted by: Courtney at June 22, 2011 9:38 AM

I've been taking zoloft for about 6 months,my doc prescribed it for my anxiety,panic attacks and mild depression,but its also helped my adhd and ocd.
In the first couple months it made it hard to sleep,but that side effect went away.
It decreased my sex drive,but I'm ok with that because I'm not a nympho anymore.

I get weird dreams from it and from about month 2 to month 5 it made it more difficult to orgasum.
And the past couple months since I went from 50mg to 75mg,my appitite has increased a bunch,I'm always hungry but I haven't gained any weight.

I get the shakes sometimes if I'm abruptly woken up.

For me none of these side effects actually bother or annoy me.
I'm fine with a slightly decreased libido and increased appetite.

Posted by: aerynjbson at October 17, 2011 4:49 AM

i have been taking zoloft for about eight years. it only helped with depression a little for maybe a year. then my depression got worse. Now, about seven years later, i'm tired aaaall the time, i have really bad sinus headaches, migraines, sensitivity to light, fatigue, my body/muscles/joints always hurt, i get confused easily, i have no train of thought, i forget everything, i can't even hold a conversation without stopping (uuuuum...) a hundred times. and that is not all. i started taking it when i was in seventh grade (i didn't know any better and i trusted doctors: bad idea)and now i'm twenty yrs old. My brain has grown on this drug and hopefully ill be ok once i stop taking it, but i don't know. In my opinion, Zoloft is a terrible drug. It does more harm than good and it's only been around since about 1991 (20/21 yrs.) that isn't something you should trust. who knows what the effects are after 20, 30, 50 yrs. No one knows because it hasn't been around long enough. Its a scary thing. Don't blindly trust doctor's or the FDA for that matter. There are exceptions, but the majority of them care more about money than your health. Harsh reality....

Posted by: chelsi at March 19, 2012 8:47 PM

I have been on zoloft for 7yrs and i have tried everything to come off them. I know cold turkey isn't the best solution but if it's the only way to stop the consistent ringing in my ears 24/7 then ill be happy to do it. Please tell me that the ringing stops?!

Posted by: Jaye at September 7, 2015 5:16 AM

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