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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
If you or someone you know has had a problem with Zoloft feel free to call the advertising section of FDA at (301) 827-2828. Also fill out the Medwatch form and also call FDA at 1-800-FDA 1088 press 0 or call (301) 443-1240.
Zoloft Feedback and Side Effects

Hi. I am a 40 yr old woman who was prescribed Zoloft by my doctor when I told him that I had mild PMS every month. He prescribed Zoloft even when I told him that I was NOT depressed, I just had PMS. He told me that if I smoked, I was depressed. Amazing, I've been smoking since 13 yrs old. Anyway, I was abt 106 lbs before I began taking. For over 1 year I took the Zoloft. I dropped down to 85 lbs because I was constantly sick to my stomach and could barely eat. Every time I went back to doctor and told him, he would say that if I would quit smoking, I would feel better. Finally, thank God, a friend mentioned that someone she knew was prescribed Zoloft and that she was vitally ill and had to quit. It hit me like a freight train realizing that was what had been wrong with me for the past year. I also started smoking Marijuana again (since teen years, ha) because it would let me sleep (I had intense insomnia also) and would settle my stomach so that I could eat something. When my friend told me about the side effects and I checked online, I realized what was literally killing me. I had to wean myself off of the Zoloft because you CAN NOT just quit taking it. It will make you so dizzy that you can not stand if you do not take daily. I slowly (took me 3 months) weaned myself off of the Zoloft. During this time, I was fired because my boss said that my attitude had changed and he no longer liked me. Everyone around me saw the side effects of the Zoloft except me. I was in Happy Land (one side effect is an unrealistic sense of well-being) and did not realize that my attitude had changed or that I looked SO bad. Now, I really am depressed. I cry almost daily and can not seem to get myself back together. I dropped the quack doctor because I figure, hey, he weighed me every time I went in (at least 6 visits during the year that I was on Zoloft) and he supposedly should have known the side effects but continued to let me take this medication. I have had thoughts of suicide (as recently as today) but I will never act on them because I believe that I will go straight to hell. I thought today that it would be sweet to carry a gun up to the bank and let someone else shoot me (but I don't think God would let that slide since I would have done it on purpose anyway). If I got shot, I would just say "Thank You". I would do it myself, but I do not wish to hurt my family OR go to hell. PLEASE, WARN EVERYONE, DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG, DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG, DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG...............

[Moderator response: while some drugs are bad, others are just a bad fit for some people. Misprescribed legal drugs are sometimes far worse than illegal drugs. Your doctor should be ashamed of themselves for not listening to you. If I had a doctor that did not listen to me, I would get a new doctor.]

Posted by: Sherrell at February 5, 2004 9:50 PM

Zoloft worked or me. I started with Paxil but was worse, so Zoloft. My health care plan at work changed and they suggested a different medication. My doc said for me to come in. He was out of town. So, I've gone with out.I started noticing shock waves and weird feelings. Giddy at one and recently anger....
I've been on Zoloft since February 2002 (paxil first) now I'm worried that I'll never quit it and the anger part is extremely surprising as I am mellow.

Do you know any thing about Zoloft withdrawal and anger management?

Posted by: Terry at February 6, 2004 7:40 AM

After all 9 or 10 days on Zoloft I began to research more of its side effects and opted to try an experiment. The other night I meant to take it, then forgot, but found out I felt better. I was having vision problems, muscle aches, nervous, chest pains, and knew that after having a clean bill of health from even my eye doctor, I wasn't or shouldn't have been having any problems with my eyes. I began to freak out thinking there were problems and there weren't any. I decided to stop taking the Zoloft on my own.

I am willing to go through the withdrawal, and deal with coming off of it, then putting myself through the torment of a drug that was not working. I decided on holistic approaches that have worked for years.

Zoloft might be good for some, but not for me. I wouldn't recommend it to anybody who asks.

Sincerely,
Maria

Posted by: Maria at February 6, 2004 7:10 PM

I was happy to find your web site. i started taking Zoloft six weeks ago for stomach pain ie: functional dyspepsia. i started at 25 mg. and then went to 50mg qd. After about two weeks it started to work wonderfully. My stomach pain is 90% better. However, I have gained 5 pounds although my diet has not changed and I am actually exercising more. The various "official" web sites for Zoloft talk about weight loss but not weight gain as a possible side effect. It was confirming to read from your web site that others have gained weight on Zoloft. I will contact my doctor and perhaps switch to a different ssri. I just want to thank you for this
web site and give my story for others to see.

Posted by: Frank at February 14, 2004 6:32 PM

I would like some feed back. I have been in psycotherapy for a month in a half. I have had symptoms of deprression off in on that is why i went. My appetite decrease,concentration level with down, i am also angry, irratible, and withdrawl from others. I feel extremely sad. I dont know what is wrong because i feel like this for a week or two than it goes away. i hane not been diagnose with anything. Zoloft was recommended. havent taken yet. Should i?

[moderator response: hello Robin

people need to know more than a few sentences of information before they can tell you wether or not its ok to take drugs. i generally believe that one would be better off trying natural alternatives prior to using prescription drugs. often drugs mask problems by treating symptoms.

when i feel like crap i use 5 htp. i also take multivitamins and a b vitamin complex pill.
eating well, exercise, and going after whatever your dreams or goals are will make you feel better.
never underestimate the effects of environment on depression

go after your dreams, try something creative.

if you need an outlet you can set up a free personal journal at blogger
http://www.blogger.com

if you have any more questions or need more help feel free to ask
best of luck
aaron]

Posted by: Robin at March 5, 2004 8:32 PM

i was only on ZOLOFT for 2 days and couldn't believe the side effects i was having!
stomach pain, nausea, out there feeling, shaky, tired problems thinking, with memory and mood shifting from angry to happy .
i quit taking it. i figured if it has only been 2 days what would happen if i took it longer.

Posted by: lorie at March 17, 2004 1:36 PM

I have been on zoloft for 3 years. I stoped cold turkey ,could not stand the tiredness all the time.I would sleep all the time,had no live this made me more depressed.What side effects will i get. And why consult your doctor if you want to quite?

[Reader Comment: Do not suddenly stop taking Zoloft, especially if you've been on it for three years. You need to wean yourself off of it. How long ago did you stop taking it? Within a few days of stopping suddenly, you will experience dizziness, irritability, nausea, headache and just a myriad of very unpleasant sensations. You need to consult with your physician to develop a plan to gradually take yourself off of it. I'd be very surprised if you had no problems coming off of it if stopping abruptly. The effect also depends on how high a dose you've been taking. Good luck.]

Posted by: Christina at March 18, 2004 11:09 AM

My Doc just gave me a 1 month trial dose of this stuff as he says I have "situational anxiety", basically I'm stressed out from a high stress job and my blood pressure is elevated despite taking blood pressure meds.....he says this stuff is good for this and from what I'm reading it is not, I think I'd rather take Xanax and tough it out...any input is appreciated as I seem to remember my sister being put on this stuff a few years ago and it made her weird....

[moderator comment: I would recommend to your doctor that he put himself on the same prescription as he wants to put you on since its just a situational thing. He should be able to come off it just as easily as he expects you to be able to.

If you already know what your problem is (your job) then address it, don't throw a band aid over the problem. Especially a band aid that alters your neurochemistry and your very ability to think clearly. If it has harmed your sister there is no reason to let it harm you too.

I recommend trying natural approaches to getting better before trying those prescription drugs out.

thanks
aaron]

Posted by: Terry at March 21, 2004 10:37 PM

i have been on zoloft for approx8 months and have stopped taking it 3 days ago, my head feels really strange, like i'm drunk but i haven't been drinking, very tired and lathargic. can you please help with any info.

[moderator response: Your mind is adjusting to lower serotonin levels. Many people who go off these sorts of drugs taper off so as to minimize this side effect. It can last for a good while, but you can minimize those side effects by doing things that will aid you in naturally creating serotonin. (exercise, vitamins, healthy diet, and going after doing whatever you were created to do) Exercise such as running really helps me, but activity as simple as chewing gum helps create serotonin. ]

Posted by: Phil at March 21, 2004 10:44 PM

I started on 50mg, with little or no effect, then 100mg, reduced morbid depression but increased anxiety and agitation , then 200mg with further negative effects and very suicidal thoughts.

Posted by: wa at March 22, 2004 12:43 PM

I'm so happy that I finally found other people who feel my pain (and anger!) I wasn't extremely depressed at all, just quite sad, but my doctor said Zoloft would definately help. When I went on it (for a year and 1/2), I was the same when I was happy. But as soon as I got angry, I got ridiculously out of line. When it was happening, I couldn't stop it. I knew how I was acting, but I couldn't stop. I would throw things, scream, and storm out (in work! how embarrassing) No one knew what to do. I finally went off of it because it wasn't worth losing respect over it. I weaned off of it, following my doctors orders. What a mistake. I got even worse for a month straight. I cried every night, over any little thing. When I shut my eyes I heard glass breaking, and when I turned my head to either side, my vision turned black. It was very scary. I got even more angry because I tried to explain to everyone that it was the Zoloft, but no one believed me because why would an ANTI-depressant do that? I'm over all those side-effects, but I now have NO libido what-so-ever. It's been 2 years. I'm so sorry that I ever went on Zoloft. It's about time that people are speaking out about it!

Posted by: Kara at March 31, 2004 10:00 PM

I've been taking Zoloft for three weeks now (25 mg), after two weeks on Paxil CR. Since I've been taking the Zoloft, I've been tired all of the time, and have noticed a decrease in appetite. I also feel pretty much emotionless, and have no drive or ambition to do anything whatsoever. I feel like my personality has been sucked out of me. On the positive side, I haven't had the urge to "do myself in" (with the exception of one occasion), and I'm not miserable anymore. I don't feel much of anything. So I'm not sure which is better....being miserable, or not feeling anything at all.

Posted by: LeAnne at April 2, 2004 3:54 AM

So I've been on Zoloft now for four months for depression. A few weeks after I started it my symptoms, or depressive ones at least, disappeared. Now I don't obsess about things and have more energy. The only think I hate is the fact that I have absolutely no emotion. I would be mad at that, but it's like I've lost the ability to feel anything at all, positive or negative. I recently got off the Zoloft two days ago. I don't know how long it takes for the shit to get out of your system, but I hope my feelings come back soon. I just feel like a lazy piece of wasted space.

Posted by: Nate at April 4, 2004 9:49 PM

Okay, I know this is a-lot to read, but itís important that you right back because I need your help---Iím going crazy. So it started when I was having the worst day of my life, basically my best friend (only person a care about, girl who got me depression help) got in a fight, and she ditched me, so I didnít eat any lunch. and thought I was meant to die then. It wasn't just my BFF, other causes like going to principles office, and being mad at mom, too. So instead of taking my pills normally (before then i was just taking one a day), then I took all 30 at once. That's 3000 mgs. So that night (i took them all at 3). About, 7 pbly, I started hallucinating people I knew, but they weren't there, and I would hear weird noises coming to attack me, my legs shock in fear, I had to lay there all night with the light on. To me it was all so real, I have never been that scared. And most of the time I had my eyes closed, and just heard sounds.
The next morning I woke up and couldn't move at all, my head was so dizzy that I couldn't walk or see. My hands shook so It took my at least 20 minutes to get my contacts somewhat-in. And all the little sounds every sound were loudly heard by me, I was freaked out, I was really jumpy and jumped when to toaster popped, or when my mom talked. My sister even asked me if I was on drugs, and no I;m not. This is all true. Almost all my main muscles hurt- still do- and that scares me; neck, top-part of arm, center bending part of my arm(really bad, lower back stomach, calves. My eyes were really big and sparkly, and my whole mouth was numb, my lip was like three times bigger. My voice was very horse. I woke up all drenched in sweat.
It has been 3days since then, and I'm feeling just a little better. I've been drinking a-lot of water, sleeping all day, and icing my muscles; I went to the bathroom a-lot and have clear pee. I have lost a lot of weight. Some important facts that you might want to know is I'm 16, severely depressed, have been on normal medication for one month, weigh 110, now am really tipsy and have no balance, imagine shadow, am really slow and confused, tired, and have a "ghost friend" who lives in my room. Yeah... this is weirder than that too, he turns on my light, started the back massacre, and radio in the night all by himself. And even when I unplugged it, music was still on and it was static, we communicate by reading each others minds, he is clear though so I never see him, but hear his footsteps. I donít think itís all in my mind, I just hurt all over. It is real to me, help me feel better...Iím glad I got that out of my mind, and no Iím not lying. Write your ideas on this please...

Posted by: Ashley at April 21, 2006 4:54 PM

if i have been taking zoloft for only two days, can i get off of it? and how should i do so. i have taken 50mg two nights in a row. it seems to make me feel worse

Posted by: fleetie at April 22, 2006 4:31 PM

Now I wonder about myself and dont understand why I feel the way I do but I use to take zoloft and I told the doctor that I felt worse taking it then if I didnt take the zoloft. Hr told me to take it at night right before I went to sleep and I would feel better in the morning. Haven't tryed that yet! And I am afraid too. It's funny I only went on this site to see if I was able to overdose on zoloft without having to really cause a lot of pain other wise as far as using a weapon. I strongly feel I want to cause harm to myself and this has been strong for the last 2 days now and I am going crazy. I have been off of Zoloft now for some time but the drpression comes and goes and at times it comes very strongly at that. PMS sure doesnt help neither and a very self centered husband just makes you want to do it more when he says that he wants to divorce you when you dont work and going to school. But anyway, I feel no hope and all I do is fight it everyday and the bad thing about it too I can picture it so clearly in my mind that I am doing harm to myself too. I would get help but i dont want to be put into a mental hospital because they say that I am nuts when I am not and take my son away from me too. No I dont think I would tell no one to take Zoloft and I am glad to find thsi site.

Good luck to everyone

Posted by: sharon gibbons at June 17, 2006 4:57 PM

I started on Zoloft 25mg. and after two weeks I have decided it is not for me. I need to know if after only two weeks if I can have withdrawl symtoms. If yes, I will go back to the Dr. - But please give me some idea if I will be experiencing some or any at all :)

Thank you for your time,
Elly

Posted by: elly bogert at July 10, 2006 1:34 PM

I want to stop Zoloft. I've been on 50 mgs. for 3 yrs. for anxiety and depression. I no longer feel it is helping, in fact I feel depressed. The dr. wanted to increase dose and add Welbutrin last fall. I stopped the Welbutrin after Christmas as I didn't like the physical symptoms and I didn't think I was feeling much better. I am decreasing dosage by 50 mgs. per week and I feel like a zombee. I am doing this without a dr. as I fear he will only tell me I need more meds., as before. I want to know what to expect as I withdraw. What is normal and how long and what to expect. Can someone who's whose been there please advise??? Help! Thanks, Sue

Posted by: Sue at July 15, 2006 8:41 PM

I just recently tapered off zoloft, according to my doctors directions. Since then I have been having weird feelings in my head and being lightheaded. I couldn't explain it, so I kept these symptons to myself. I felt noone would understand. Then I wondered if I could be having zoloft withdrawal. I didn't even know if their was such a thing. I was so happy to find this sight, now I know I'm not going mad and what I have been experiencing is shockwaves to the head. I don't know how long it will last. But at one time I thought I needed to go back on zoloft again. But that will never happen.

Posted by: at August 5, 2006 11:58 PM

Can someone please tell me how long the shockwaves in your head will last?

Posted by: at August 6, 2006 12:12 AM

I recently took a 3 week trip to Asia with my family. I was very good about taking my zoloft every day while I was there, but when I came back, my sleep pattern was so random that I forgot many days to take my zoloft. I began having huge headaches and not being able to sleep; then, I couldn't keep any food down and got so dizzy standing or walking that I couldn't do anything for 3 days. It dawned on me that I hadn't been taking the zoloft... which is nearly as high a dose as you can take... for about the amount of time that I'd been feeling so ill. I hope that after this week of taking the zoloft, I will be back to "normal." This experience has sure been a good reminder to take my meds. I have never felt so awful. I know zoloft might not work for everyone, but it has been great for me. I highly recommend giving it a try.

Posted by: Kate at August 14, 2006 6:28 PM

I've been on Zoloft for about six weeks and am up to 200 mg. I like the way it lessens the OCD, but I am experiencing hair loss, as well as blurred vision. I was previously on Lexapro for about 3 years and will probably begin taking it again as I gradually go off the Zoloft. I started taking it by taking 50 mg. for a week, then 150 etc. until I was up to 200 mg. So I'm going off it the same way-cutting down by 50 mg. per week and gradually adding back the Lexapro.

Has anyone else experienced hair loss, and if so, did your hair grow back when you went off the med?

Thanks,
E

Posted by: Emily at September 2, 2006 3:57 PM

I am 30 yrs old and recently have experience of panic attacks in MAy. I have procrastinated from May until now to tkae medicine for it. The doctor is treating me for depression and anxiety disorder. I am taking Zoloft 25mg for 5 nights now and dont like the feeling. The anxiety is gone but I feel in a cloud and EXHAUSTED. Now I am afraid to stop it because of the withdrawls I read. SOMEONE PLESE HELP!!!

Posted by: Kristina at September 5, 2006 1:36 PM

I am 30 yrs old and recently have experience of panic attacks in MAy. I have procrastinated from May until now to tkae medicine for it. The doctor is treating me for depression and anxiety disorder. I am taking Zoloft 25mg for 5 nights now and dont like the feeling. The anxiety is gone but I feel in a cloud and EXHAUSTED. Now I am afraid to stop it because of the withdrawls I read. SOMEONE PLESE HELP!!!

Posted by: Kristina at September 5, 2006 1:36 PM

I've been on Zoloft for about 3 or 4 years (lost track). I have been trying to get off zoloft by weaning myself off. I have noticed that when I am on zoloft, I like myself and everyone around me. But when I am coming off of it, watch out. I am moody, mean, and I cant stand myself. I want to get off this stuff because of the side effects. I feel sharper when I am not taking it, but the down side is it's hard to get off.

I cut my dose in half for about three weeks, and then stopped taking it altogether. But my husband and family were ready to kick me out. So, I started taking a half dose again.

I notice the change in me even with a half dose...but it is at least endurable.

How long will it take? Or what can I do to get off of this. I started taking it because of OCD, and it has really helped me. If the lack of libido side effect wasnt so intense, I wouldnt mind staying on it.

Posted by: Lisa at September 28, 2006 3:11 PM

I've been on Zoloft for 4 years. Stared with 25mg then 50mg then 100mg. I decided to leave it for many reasons: lack of libido, dependebility..,hate how scared I used to get if I missed a day,hate the comments of others (because I did not have the rights to get sad or upset) "why you're upset today!,did you take your med? or " Oooh, boy! take your med!!"(meaning Zoloft)... So I decided to stop taking ZOLOFT 2 months ago. I'm down on 25mg. It's hard!! The side effects are horrible:from confusing my golden retriever with a lion..,from swets to chills..,insecured..,my hair looks like a brum...EXHAUSTED,can't stand my family can't stand my self..,cant stand my job.BUt the worst: Can't stand docs that prescribes ZOLOFT.

Posted by: at November 6, 2006 11:56 PM

Hi all! I have been on Zoloft for 13 months due to anxiety attacks. I feel like I am ready to come off of it now and have recently started taking .5 mg. of Ativan at night. I was on 100mg. and have weaned myself down to 50mg. The past two night I have started taking 25mg. how long should I wait until I come off completely? I feel a little anxious now that I am on 25mg. but it's not so bad that I feel that I have to increase it again.

Posted by: Donna at January 14, 2007 1:26 PM

So I recently got switched from 100mg of the generic Zoloft to 10mg of Lexapro. I have had a rough past few days, (details we wont mention) and I ended up taking the twenty some leftover 100mg zoloft. I haven't been able to sleep at all since. PLEASE respond ASAP. Do i need to go to the hospital/doctors?

Posted by: Sue at February 2, 2008 10:49 AM

Hi everyone,
I have been taking zoloft for 5 years, I am 19 yearsold and suffer from serious anxiety and panic attacks, I am a hypercontriact and often feel depressed and anxious from worrying all the time about my health.
When I was 15 I started to worry about my health so I started taking 50 mg of zoloft, last year I went up to 100 and to be honest all of this anxiety has been happening since I've been on zoloft...I get chest pulpitations, can't sleep, cry over tiny things, can go from being really happy to be really sad or mad quickly, shakes, panics, panic attacks, worry about my health constantly, low self esteem, moodiness etc.
I am still taking zoloft at the moment basically due to the fact I'm too scared to go off it, theres been times where Ive stopped having it because I ran out for a few days and have felt better and happier...I'm confused and don't know what to do or who to turn to.
I am so shocked and kind of relived to see I'm not the only person who suffers...I am thinking of trying to natural medicines, seeing a counsellour and weaning off zoloft but I'm just so afraid.
If anyone is the same please email me...

Posted by: Sarah at February 24, 2008 6:37 AM

Ive been on sertraline for 1o days for both anxiety and depression the anxiety has now gone through the roof and im so agitated just cant relax will this get better or should i stop taking them

Posted by: Corinne at June 13, 2008 11:03 AM

Hi,
I started taking zoloft about 4 years ago for panic disorder. I suffered for many years and had many years of therapy that did absolutely nothing. After my 2nd week on zoloft I'm a new person. My old happy self back again. No panic attacks and am able to do things I was unable of doing because the fear of having an attack. Very few side effects and most lasted only a couple weeks. The most bothersome was some muscle pain and cramps, but they were nothing like a panic attack :), so I could tolerate them. I've been off the zoloft for about a year now and so far so good. Got off of it in about 3 weeks without any problem. Oh and I was taking 150 mg.

Posted by: Linda at December 2, 2008 10:57 AM

I started taking Zoloft and after 1 week was so sick to my stomach that I just couldn't take it anymore. I went off Zoloft completely and after about 3 or 4 days, I felt much better. I recently tried it again just in case it was a fluke virus I had contracted as the same time, and again was miserable. My doctor gave my anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds to help me combat the constant stress and insomnia I was experiencing due to depression. I could not sleep but was exhausted on the Zoloft. My stomach hurt so badly and I felt so nauseous I didn't want to get off the couch. I had a near-constant headache from it. My doctor said that after a month or so, my body would adjust and the side-effects would disappear. But who wants to feel that way for a month or so?

Posted by: Karrie at December 16, 2008 2:11 AM

i took 200 mlg of zoloft when will i start to feel better. what r the side effects i feel horrible?

Posted by: Misty hudson at January 19, 2009 4:29 PM

I am not taking zoloft yet never have. I occasionaly get depressed, and i have my good days too. the only reason i was prescribed zoloft is because i cant eat i get nervous that im going to choke on food. and its terrible like if my brain signals and throat signals are not in sync. I eat ok sometimes. anyway i picked up the habbit of needing to put my hand under my nose as i swallow and i tend to move my feet i guess for comfort or concentration. dr. said it was compulsive behavior. I dont go to eat at restaurants cause of my fear. and big loud dim light places make me uncomfortable when i eat.

So im just wondering if i should try the zoloft after the negative side effects i've read.

Posted by: Bel at January 29, 2009 6:31 PM

I have been taking 200 mg Zoloft for more than Four years, since I was fourteen. I was prescribed the medication along with many other anti-psychotics by a children's psychiatrist for the simple diagnoses of ADD (Which was revealed false after brain spec imaging). I gained nearly 80 pounds , become lethargic, moody and suffer brain chills.
Finally after two years I became irritated with the doctor treating me like a lab rat and went to a different psychiatrist whom kept me on the same dosage for another two years. I became more and more ill as time went on, until I was hospitalized. I had began to vomit blood, have amnesia and went into a seizure. After four days in I.C.U (intensive care Unit) and a million and one painful tests trying to find out what was wrong with me, the doctors sent me home baffled.
Being the curious I looked up effects of Zoloft and found myself eerily aware of every single side effect. The next week after my hospital release I tried to wean myself off Zoloft, but wound up going into a hallucination induced fit...I am still taking Zoloft and am afraid to go to a doctor or go off Zoloft...And doctors refuse to seen me anymore without phone interviews and three weeks notice while I suffer through symptoms still, What do I do?
P.S: Anyone thinking of taking Zoloft or any Anti-Depressants or medication, research it fully before ever trusting you're doctor. I learned the hard way they aren't always there to help

Posted by: Tessa at March 26, 2009 3:22 PM

I have been on Zoloft for four months. Three weeks ago I started to have problems with my stomach. Every time I eat it hurts. I started having blurred vision and horrible headaches. I went to urgent care and they ran some blood work. They called me the next day and said I was anemic and my red blood cell count was high. I was referred to another doctor who found blood in my stools. I am in so much pain now and can hardly eat. I'm going next week for a colonoscopy and so frightened. I know it was from this drug. Has anyone had this problem and found out why they had blood in their stools? I am so scared!!

Posted by: kellie at May 2, 2009 8:07 PM

I have been taking 25mg of zoloft for four days, the first day i had headaches as if id bashed my head into concrete, and since then im getting a fever and chills, stomah pain and diorreha to the point where i can no longer stand to eat because it makes me feel unbearably sick. Im meant to go up to 50 mg a day now and im not sure if i will be able to cope with it. how much longer will these symptoms last?? and if i decide to stop taking it will i have with drawl symptoms?? please reply asap. thankyou :)

Posted by: Jay at May 15, 2009 12:11 AM

My friend takes Zoloft and he told me to try it, I just tried it for fun being as retarted as I am.
I took 2 100mg capsules and now I can hardly get sleep, Im nauseas every time I yawn, and I am not eating much. I havent taken them ever since. Its been 2 days and I can still feel these side effects, how long do you think this will last?
Please respond asap.

Posted by: jmannn at June 7, 2009 4:21 PM

can a hospital tell how much zoloft you took if you take to much and they do a blood/urine draw?

Posted by: kelly at August 21, 2009 1:22 AM

hi
the doctor told me to take 50 mg for depresion pls can I start with 25 mg and how long
regards
hizam obeid

Posted by: hizam obeid at September 16, 2009 6:43 AM

i have been on zoloft 25mg for five days i want to stop them do i wean myself and how do i do that

Posted by: diane demola at September 29, 2009 9:42 AM

i was on zoloft about 1 month ago, (as a trial run basically) for depression. i ran out of pills, and havent been able to get back to my doctor. about a week after being off it my boyfriend started to notice more about me. i would freak out when i had to clean my room, becuase i would need eveything to be spotless, and it something fell, or wouldnt fit, i would yell, and start shaking basically. is it possible to devlop OCD after coming of zoloft?

Posted by: amanda at December 6, 2009 10:50 PM

I am loosing my hair... apart from that i have never felt better... DOES IT GROW BACK?

Posted by: michele at February 7, 2010 2:43 AM

I want to know if a person on Zoloft can not feel well all the time, and also if it can cause Anger management problems?

Posted by: Wilson Sehorn at April 6, 2010 1:17 PM

ive been taking zoloft for two weeks now and cant say i feel anything from them...not even side effects. should i be worried?? does this mean that its not going to work for me or should i give it more time? please help

Posted by: tim at April 6, 2010 11:49 PM

Is there a medication like zoloft that does not have the stomach discomfort that zoloft has?
Deb

Posted by: Debbie at April 7, 2010 8:32 AM

i would like to now what would happen if i was to take more then the 200 mg of zoloft per day ,so let say if i was down and i just want to sleep i take10 pills at 100 mg each what would happen to me . ok

Posted by: jim mayo at August 9, 2010 10:23 AM

ive cannot get off this zoloft..its so hard ive been trying for years

Posted by: me at December 7, 2010 1:32 AM

My best friend has been on zoloft for 5 ish days (prescribed by her doctor). And she is 15. She is suffering side effects such as tremor, memory loss (very bad), uncoordination, neausea, and headache. I am worried. What should she do? I feel like I am losing her. She asked me the same question 3 times in 5 minutes and when I mentioned something that happened the night before, she didn't remember it happening and thought I was lying. I am losing my best friend right before my eyes, help me help her!

Posted by: Sherrie at December 16, 2010 11:26 PM

I was prescribed Zoloft for PPD. I have only been taking it for 2 days (25 mg) and I feel terrible. I do not want to take it anymore. I'm jittery, have a headache, scared and have no emotions all at the same time. Since it has only been 2 days. Can I just stop or will I have withdrawal symptoms?

Posted by: Leann at December 28, 2010 9:01 AM

I am a 15 years old and have been on zoloft for over 3 years now. I was prescribed a heavy adult dose (175 mg) after a few months of climbing in dosage and I am perfectly happy with it actually. It still hurts my stomach if I don't have a hearty meal beforehand, but compared to other anti-depressants, Zoloft has very mild side affects for its strength. I can see a big difference in myself when I do and don't take it, although withdrawal sickness might play a large role in that; Zoloft can cause some nasty SSRI withdrawal if you quit taking it suddenly. It worked for me though, and I'm glad to have it. I am truly saddened to hear that some of you had less pleasant experiences with it however, and I hope you find the right medicine for you, provided that you actually need it! Best luck!

Posted by: Millie at February 1, 2011 2:37 AM

currently was prescribed zoloft for anxiety and depression as i go through divorce. Took 50mg for 5 days and i am quiting it. This drug scares me after reading all the negative posts about folks trying to get off the drug. I experienced sleeplesness, shakes, and many other side effects. I will deal with therapist to get over and on with my life during this divorce. This drug for me is BS.

Posted by: craig at February 23, 2011 9:10 AM

Can zoloft cause eye problems?

Posted by: pamela alford at March 22, 2011 10:29 PM

i leave Zoloft suddenly after taking it more than two months 100 mg per day, know i feel that i have problem like i feel with electricity in brain i dont know how to explain it but i feel problem in concentration from time to time and i feel with increase of heart beep not to much. is it from leaving Zoloft suddenly?

thanks

Posted by: faihan at March 25, 2011 8:03 PM

Hi I recently switched doctors, my old dr had me on Cymbalta and Abilify. My new dr. took me off those and put me on 300 mg of Zoloft. It seems to be helping, but I have been having vision problems and after reading some of the post I see other side effects. I just wont something that will help with my depression and mood swings. What should i do?

Posted by: danielle at March 30, 2011 11:23 AM

WHY is everyone complaining about the #1 SSRI that exists??! If I wasnt on Zoloft, I would have been dead a long time ago. I had a complete nervous breakdown at the University of Florida and the only thing my millionaire parents did to assist me was offer the use of a decrepit antique gun (to finish off the overdose that failed). Since then, I have grown up, gone from riches to tattered rags, etc. etc. Do I care that I am now at poverty level - all alone in this world?? No, because no matter how bad off I am today, at least I am now cognizant that this isn't "all in my head" and it truly is a viable illness. My so-called "family" is "dead" as far a s I'm concerned; abandoning me at the most horrifying time of my life... Zoloft is what enabled me to survive & all of you who are condemning it are so far out of your minds, that naturally it will not work for you - practically each & every one of you is in dire need of a major ANTIPSYCHOTIC - not an ANTIDEPRESSANT!

Posted by: Lexy Bernard at April 28, 2011 3:15 AM

I believe that Zoloft and other drugs of its kind are being prescribed by doctors without really examing the patient.

I just went in to my doctor and said I was depressed and he gave Lexipro to me.

I started with Lexipro and then a friend suggested I try Zoloft.

Neither are good for you. I weaned myself off the Zoloft, I was taking 50mg, went down to 25mg, then just quit taking it. I told myself I really don't need this. I still get dizzy once in awhile and a few headaches too but I've bben off of it for only a couple of weeks.

I've found out that keeping myself busy and not dwelling on the silly things helps out alot and although I still get angry at times I try to laugh off things that are not important.

I'm a healthy male in my 50's who has also had a very thick head of hair and I noticed my hair was thinning on top. I'm hoping it will grow back.

Another really good remedy giuys is no matter what age you are start working out. You don't have to be fancy and order one of the many expensive items advertised on TV or even go to a gym. Stop by your nearest second hand store, or Goodwill and there will always be some kind of excersize equipment for sale.

I just have an old Schwinn strationarry bike and some free weights. Find the time, make the time to ride the bike for 15 or 20 minutes a day while listening to your favorite rock, or any music loud of course, get a sweat going and calm down. You'll also shape up!

You haved to let the little stuff in your life just go, laugh it off.... Take DEEP BREATHS OFTEN! Get off the stuff! It's not good for you.

Posted by: Partner at April 28, 2011 12:20 PM

I started on 50 mg of zoloft and have noticed a lot less anxiety. The trouble is I'm tired all the time...even tried to take it at night instead-wake up late now. I'm experiencing sexual duysfunction from it as well. I'm thinking about cutting down to 25 mg/day and see what happens.

Posted by: al at October 6, 2011 8:11 PM

Hello\
I started taking zoloft 3 days ago and havnt really felt any side effects as yet do struggle to fall asleep a bit more, and find that I grind my teeth a bit, after reading some of the posts it really does scare somebody not to take the Zolof, my main concern is that my depression is just way to overwhelming and needs to get sorted out, I would like to know how effective zoloft is with depression and ocd, if anyone could help with some clear answers in terms of this. many thanks

Posted by: Claudio at February 16, 2012 8:55 AM

hello, im a 17 year old about to be 18 in may, i was prescribed zoloft in febuary of 2012 and ive been taking for about a month. The doctor told me i had anxiety and depression, and i needed to take 50 mg. of it the first four days of it then go to 100mg. i called my doctor and asked if i could still use the 50 mg. because it started going away within a few days from taking zoloft. Ive felt so much better knowing that my anxiety has been going away and same with my depression. within February going into march ive missed a few times taking it because i felt the need not to take it becuase i dont depend on it.do you think it would be smart to ween myself off of it this early even though i havent been on it very long? please help.

Posted by: brittany at March 16, 2012 2:14 PM

Some of the people posting here obviously don't realize that anti-depressants do nothing for you in the first week that you take them. They do more, but still very little in the second week. You cannot assess their effectiveness in under a month. You also need to understand that each one works for some people, and not for other people. You cannot say that one is bad just because it didn't work for you.

Posted by: steve at March 21, 2012 12:07 AM

I take the drug Celexa, and I havent taken it in a few days because I havent had the money to refill my prescription. I just got home to my parents huse andhad a huge freak out and was very suicidal. This all just happened. Just stay on your meds.....

Posted by: Samantha at May 22, 2012 2:06 PM

I am suprised by the responses here. You go to a dotor and tell him all your symptoms so he can prescribe what he beleives would help the most, it is important to tell him the side effects at 2 and 4 weeks, so he can adjust accordingly. Zoloft takes about a month for it to do what it is intended to do. Practically all pills cause side-effects, and 2 days isn't anything to stake the pills worth on. Anyone taking medication should really research it themselves thouroughly so they know what they are getting into. If after a month of taking a medication and you feel WORSE, you are supposed to tell your doctor so he can CHANGE YOUR MEDS. Docs and meds are not miracle workers and you really need to use your own education, common sense, and commitment to help the process work. .... As far as my results, Zoloft has worked very well for me in the past for mild depression and high anxiety. I did not gain or lose weight, but had thinning hair. I took it for two months total, noticed amazingly positive results in 1 week, and practically quit cold-turkey after getting over my hump. I had some shocks to the brain and general ill-feeling for niavely quiting cold-turkey and not following docs recommendation of weaning, but wasn't anything to complain about. ... Mood disorders are caused by differant things, for exmaple low dopamin versus low serotonin, and differant prescription meds are needed. Keep your doc in the loop so he can adjust in case it was the wrong initial med. Good luck to all. Don't mind my mispellings.

Posted by: afakeleg at June 19, 2012 5:27 PM

I dropped a 50mg tablet of zoloft onto the street. Could not find it. Is it a danger to say a child?

Posted by: Judie at August 10, 2012 10:55 PM

I have been taking zoloft for the last 15 years. It helped my depression, but it has hurt me in so many other ways.
John G. Parisi

Posted by: John G. Parisi at August 13, 2012 8:08 AM

So called experts prescribed zoloft for fibromyalgia. All it did was knock me out for 23 hours a day. I gave it a week. They switched me to paxil. Same result. Then then had the nerve to say neither induced sleep. Dumb azzes!

Posted by: lia at September 27, 2012 12:23 AM

hi. i am really concerned about my sister she is 14 and has been on and off of bipolar medications and anti-depressants. I don't see anything wrong with her. These doctors just jump from one pill to another and its not good for her i'm afraid there is damage already done to her brain. When she misses a dose she feels better but her guardian forces her to take them, i don't know what to do. She is on Risperidone 0.5mg, Sertraline 100mg, Clonidine 0.2mg, and Oxcarbazepine 300mg. My whole family is for this, my aunt told her the other day if you quit your going to go crazy and end up homeless. HOW F'D IS THAT. They are trying to convince her that she is crazy and can't survive without a friggin pill. I need some advise and if i don't get it then im just going to take her away from this. Nobody seems to care except for me and my husband we both come from bad homes and we know how she feels. Everything that she has been diagnosed with, i have to. I was on all kinds of stuff and nearly commited suicide because of the pills, maybe i could stop myself but im not so sure if she will be strong enough. Please somebody tell me what to do, im so worried that the worse can happen because it has happened to other teens and adults.

Posted by: jade at January 7, 2013 4:57 PM

how long does 175mg of zoloft sty in your system?

Posted by: cody at February 4, 2013 12:11 AM

I've been taking 100mg Zoloft for 5 days now. I don't sleep. I can't really eat. When I do eat, I throw it back up. I'm hearing voices. Like someone is right in front of me talking. I could carry on a full conversation. I have migraine that will not go away. How long does it take for all of this to go away? My doctor put me on this for severe Manic Depression and anxiety. My anxiety is through the roof and it's scaring the hell out of me. I feel emotionless.
When I see my 11 year old daughter smiling or laughing, I just want her to go away. That's not normal for me. I don't want to hurt her feelings.
How long should I wait for it to get in my system? Please help me.

Posted by: Amber at June 18, 2015 2:49 AM

Zoloft has destroyed my life! Hair loss was the final straw. I have gradually stop my medication. If symptoms become too much i will take it. This drug is nearly as bad as ice. This drug must be taken off the shelve now. I want the old happy me back again! If my hair doesn't grow back in the next 3 months i will sue this company for every cent they have and give it to deserving charitys

Posted by: nath at July 22, 2015 5:17 AM

My doctor stopped giving me all my medicines because of the DEA crack down on drugs and was left hanging with none of my meds for nerves or depression. I am a cancer survivor twice and have great anxiety. Was forced to go to a psychiatrist because the doctor would not risk her practice for these medicines. This psychiatrist would not give me what I was on before which helped me but would only give me Zoloft and some other pills and almost killed me with this stuff. The first and only doze made me crazy with fear and stress and then made me pass out for over twelve hours. I do not even remember passing out but found myself later in a chair with a unbearable headache, dizzy and heart throbbing in chest. The doctor would not return my calls for help so decided that this was not something that is good for you. Why would a medicine that is suppose to help you make you where you cannot function at all. This is pretty scary stuff and will not take it no matter what any doctors tells me.

Posted by: shirley marrs at February 6, 2016 10:55 PM

I'm 38 years old, a woman. I've been on antidepressants since I was about 19 years old. I honestly can't even say what all I've taken.... Lexapro, Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Effexor, Abilify, Xanax, can't remember if any others. Currently taking 200 mg Zoloft, 300 mg Wellbutrin, and 5 mg Abilify every day. I still feel depressed. I have NO motivation toward ANYTHING. My boyfriend is ready to give up on me, tries to "help me" with talks, but basically just makes me feel like I want to drive off of a bridge, like, for real. I feel worthless. My job situation is shaky - not good. Left a decent job because I was sooo stressed out from it, I was literally having mini nervous breakdowns at work, crying uncontrollably, feeling so stressed I couldn't take it. This was just about two months ago. Am I overmedicated??? Should I wean off of all, some or what? It's very easy for me to cry, and I have suicidal thoughts. Very hard to feel good except for about an hour after I run. I also drink way too much, every day. I just feel fu**ed. Help!!!!

Posted by: Els at March 22, 2016 11:24 PM

I've been taking Zoloft for a little over or right at 20 years @ 200mg a day.I tried 2 maybe 3 other antidep.but they didnt help.I was giving antidep.in the 1st place because I having a very hard time after having my 1st child we both almost didnt make it! I had an ER-C Sec.3 weeks later I had to have my galblatter removed ER.another touch & go moment for me I almost didnt make it. Well soon as I was home I started crying all the time,very depressed,insomnia,bad dreams if I did sleep for just 30 minutes.Then came the panic disorder,memorey lost,not be able to trust( ANYBODY) anxitey,very anger and so many mood swings I didnt even know who I was anymore.Zoloft was the one for me it worked I have to say it fixed me.But now im 42 yrs old and I have so many health problems just a few Crohns,CHF,RA,PTSD,too many to list but due to my health 3yrs ago my heart stopped I was in a coma for over 2 mo.'s I Lost Everything!I have been denied disablitiy and now waitting for a hearing.I couldnt pay for my Zoloft an had to stop cold turkey!That was able 1 1\2 mo.'s ago.I feel-I cant even try to tell how I FEEL I CHANGE EVERY MINUTE! I hurt all over my body from my skin to my bones a headache that wont stop.I feel like that crazy girl from 20 yrs ago.And no one understands they just dont know what im dealing with.My story my be differnt from other and I understand if Zoloft was for u but it sad to say its held me together.A single mom of 2 kids that are married and one is having my 1st grandchild in just a few mo.'s away and I want to be normal again for my grandchild,my childern,and myself.If anybody knows a way or a program that can help me pay for the Zoloft I truly need please comment back an/or email me - danacoopermorgan123@gmail.com
ALL COMMENTS WELCOME! Thank You for your stories and time to read mine and any comments back!

Posted by: Dana at April 30, 2016 12:03 AM

I have been taking zoloft 300mg daily for about a year now...I was informed today that it is a very high dose as the highest recommended dose is 200 mg daily. Now I am worried that there may be some bad effects for taking such a high dose for so long. I have been experiencing some chest pain for the past week and I am wondering if it could be from the zoloft.....any thoughts?

Posted by: Martha at July 20, 2016 7:53 PM

I was put on cymbalta, for neuropathy, the doctor couldn't figure out why I have this progressively worsening neuropathy, solve 25, I just turned 40. And I still haves neuropathy, no one knows why, but i cry, almost daily, because I feel crazy, it hurts so bad, and numb at the same time. So I was put on cymbalta, after they tried nerontin for a while but nerontin made me extreamly tired, I could not function and it didn't help the pain. At age 30, put on 60mg cymbalta, so 10 years. I had no pain relief, however what I did go thru, was this horrible effect of cymbalta, which was like turning me into an emotionless empty shell, not Karen, not who I was, which was happy, happy and full of laughter and fun, loving too, very loving, I was close to my family, I was at my parents daily to visit. After a year of cymbalta, that stopped. I fell into a shell, so sad so empty. Scary as hell, but after being on it longer and longer, I didn't even care. I stopped visiting family, stopping laughing, stopping crying, even movies that made me laugh and smile, or cry, nothing... Just empty. I even stopped watching TV, because every TV show, or movie bored me. So a few months ago, my doctor was out, he had been on vacation and I'm not aware of details, but he was hurt, so I didn't get a refill. His nurse was trying to organize the best she could, and the nurse practitioner was filling in as best as she could. I called my cymbalta in, over and over, i called the pharmacy, but no refill was there. The pharmacy gave me 14 pills, they knew me, they knew I'd been on it 10 years and my pharmacy warned me of a withdrawal I'd have after stopping, they told me, do not stop, you need to be weaned. That scared me half to death. The only feeling I'd had in 10 years was that!? So that upset me. I took my 14 pulls, 2 weeks supply of 60mg, and I started to take 1, every other day, for 4 days, then I did 1 pill on the 4th day, and going 4 days, I started the withdrawal process. Pain everywhere, pounding headache that was non stop, buzzing in my ears!! This horrid pain that shot thru my head. It was like that shooting neuropathy pain you'll feel in your feet, and hands, that's what it did but to my brain, it certainly felt like my brain. I was just terrified. I tried to find as much information on cymbalta online and I kept finding these blogs and ppl who were suffering exactly like me. I ended up following a suggestion I saw online, to open my cymbalta pill, to dump out into half, take the half dose with the half piece of the outter pill. They person cause that while the inside of the medicine was time release in small balls, uber time release was also factored by the capsule too. So half dose with a half piece of capsule, for a few days. I actually felt a bit better. Because the missing 4 day thing I did was so bad. Stop I kept going and I realized, I only have 14 days and even if I cut it in half. That's 30 days but I don't kno if I'll still withdraw, 30mg a day is so much. Stop I bought some Tylenol time release tabs, to use the outter time release capsule. I cut my cymbalta down to tiny tiny doses, not sure what by mg it was but I made 6 pills from 1, and then I made 10. So very very tiny. I took it every day but only for a few days. Because I decided to take it every 3 days. OK so it's now been 2 months, since I've had no cymbalta, my neuropathy is just as bad, no worse tho, so that means, I guess the cymbalta never worked. But 3 months cymbalta free, why don't I feel like me? Will I come back? I'm so bloody terrified that who I was, funny, fun happy and loving Karen is gone!!?? Will that old me return? Does anyone kno? Why do I have this still lingering no emotion crap still in my life but cymbalta free? I'm so scared. I'd also like to add, i hate you cymbalta and which ever drug pharmaceutics made you. You're some evil bastards, to do those to any other human is a crime. You didn't tell me I'd turn into a bloody zombie and lose my life. My happy fun loving person who I was all my life. Please does anyone know what I'm going thru? Does anyone understand what I mean by emotionless zombie? And please can anyone tell me that there is light at the end of this nightmare? Will I come back? Will I laugh or love again, will I care? I don't feel like I care about things I once loved. Will I? Can I go back to normal? Oh God please tell me that I will be me again?? Thank you footy any help, karen

Posted by: Karen at September 4, 2016 3:12 PM

My son is 18 years old and is on Zoloft 50 mg for anxiety. He has not been wanting to go to school and is so scared to do anything. He has never been on this and I have seen a kid that loved to do everything to where he wont even talk to anyone anymore. Does this drug have reverse reactions to it because I just want to have my son back. He is so close to graduating and he does not even want to go back to school.

Posted by: melinda at November 28, 2016 10:36 PM

I have had a terribly stressful life for the last 5 years. I married my husband with teenagers, 3 months later my brother died whom I loved dearly, 2 years after that I found out my stepson was sexually molesting my stepdaughter and it happened not once but 14 times. Lawyers, law enforcement, Children Youth Services (I can't remember the actual name, it was all a nightmare). Separation of our children. Husband's exwife cut the brakelines in my car, then my mom's demensia and my father's diabetes. Dad lost his toes, then his foot and now his leg and he will not admit he has diabetes. His diet is almost constant sugar - he will not eat real food. Cake for breakfast, Ice Cream for lunch. After all of this I saw a therapist who prescribed Zoloft. At first, I felt really good and my memory came back! But after two weeks I noticed I had too much energy and was having trouble sleeping and eating. I went to back to the doctor and he now said I had bi-polar and needed more meds. WTF. I didn't have all of the over the top energy until I started Zoloft. I was on it for a month in total and will never do that again. SMH, bipolar.

Posted by: Kim Delaney at December 3, 2016 12:08 AM

I started Zoloft last month for social anxiety disorder, and it SEEMS to have helped, but I wonder if its a placebo effect. I take 50mg along with 60 mg of Cymbalta. So it works as a "booster". My only concern is it takes forever to orgasm, if at all. Not something I'm willing to deal with long term. So would cutting to 25 mg make a difference, or since I've only been on it about a month, should I just stop taking it?

Posted by: Jeff at January 9, 2017 11:55 AM

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