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.
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I have been taking Zoloft for anxiety and insomnia for two months now and altough my anxiety is vastly improved and I am generally very happy. Ihave begun drinking daily and smoking (I quit four years ago!). I am concerned and wonder if anyine else has experienced this? will cutting my dose perhaps stop the compulsion to drink?
I guess I have both good and bad things to say about Zoloft. I went on it for panic disorder and mild depression. I have been taking it for about 2 months now, and I notice a drastic change in my emotions and anxiety levels. I haven't had a panic attack since I started the drug, and I handle stressful situations so much better than I used to.
The side effects I've experienced have been more annoying than anything else. My sex drive has noticeably decreased, but not to the point where I have completely lost the desire for sex. It just takes a little longer now. I think the worst side effects I've had are the night sweats and weird, vivid dreams. I keep having dreams about the very things that used to give me panic attacks or the issues I would dwell on when I was depressed. They're not so much disturbing as they are simply odd, and they usually wake me up at night. So other than waking up either sweating to death or freaked out by some strange dream, I really haven't had too bad of a time with Zoloft yet...although it's only been two months. On another note, I've lost most of my desire to go out on the weekends. I've become perfectly content to sit home and watch tv, and I no longer have any desire to drink. I haven't noticed any weird interactions between alcohol and Zoloft, but I just haven't felt like drinking at all ever since I started it (I was a social drinker before).
Overall, I honestly have to say that the good effects of the drug definitely outweigh the minor side effects for me.
I was on Zoloft (25mg) for 9 days and then increased to 50mg. By the next day I developed what at first seemed like a drug rash but in the end seemed more like a bad case of acne. It covered my face, neck, chest & back. I am 40 yrs old and didn't experience anything like this in my teens. Has anyone else experienced this for Zoloft? Maybe this reation was actually some crazy hormonal thing that lasted a couple weeks.
I have been taking zoloft--50 ml. per day--and have in the past--I think I've had probelems with depression, as well as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. To the person with the blood pressure problems--I hope you get your blood pressure checked out right away, because, I think that it is really high--from your description--though, I am not a doctor. I haven't had blood pressure problems with zoloft--that I know of--but I have had diarreah on it, and I don't like the way I feel on it. I hate that I don't have a sex drive on it. I don't feel 'right' on it.
It's been 5 Years now since last taking Zoloft
Still no sexual desire or orgasm
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I had taken 50mg of zoloft for 2 years and recently weaned my self off of it. The withdrawal symptoms have been worse than the depression was in the first place.
As of today I have been 2 weeks and 3 days without the drug. Severe headaches, weird dreams, and uncontrollable crying have stopped the dizziness and ringing in my ears has gotten increasingly worse and is driving me crazy to the point of not being able to sleep. How long will this last???
My experience with Zoloft has been very negative. Tremendous weight gain--27 lbs: 15 pounds while on (100 mg for 3 years) and 12 pounds post-zoloft (7 of those in less than one week!) Everyday is a battle not to put on another pound and I have been off the awful drug for 9 months!!!!
I urge everyone to read any mental health forum to truly understand the devasting effect these drugs have on people's bodies.
I am so furious that NO ONE can tell me "why" I gained this weight and how I can lose it. I am now considered obese and have to shop in plus size stores. Before zoloft, I wore a size 10.
I also had night sweats so bad I had to change my shirt every night, terrible acne which I never even had as a teenager, more dental problems than ever before, good ole weight gain, bowel problems, stomach problems, no libido, tremors, shakings, brain zaps, twitching etc etc.
I feel totally abandoned by everyone. Most Dr. out there truly do not understand all the side effects of these drugs and can't recognize them as the drug company's studies did not go for long enough for all the effects to show up.
I've taken Lustral/Zooloft/Sertraline for nearly two years. I feel I've been in a daze for this period. I'm supposed to be a student, but haven't been able to study. I started smoking again after 5 years. I went cold turkey last week, and became very clear headed, but then the withrawal symptons started!
I must give up soon or my life will be permanently on hold.
Don't let me put anyone off though, as it has got me through some pretty tough times and hopefully I've learnt enough about myself to live without it in the future
been off zoloft a week no side effects went off bc i gained 20 lbs in one year
VERY VERY TIRED! Absolutly caused severe insomnia! Feel very de-personalized.
when i was on zoloft 1 year from p t s at ay rate
when i was useing this drug i did have some side affects but over all it helped my depression my peoblum was when i could no longer afford the drug i was forced to stop cold turkey this experance allmost killed me the horrible affects lasted 6 months it made the depression i was fighting while on the drug was a walk in the park compared to the living hell i suffered coming off it BEWARE COMING OFF OF ZOLOFT IS
I have been taking Zoloft for nearly three years. I have gained approximately 65 pounds(from a size 10 to a size 18W), I have blurred vision, headaches, two episodes when I was hospitalized with possible heart attacks, severe night sweats, high cholestrol, bone loss, loss of hair, no self-confidence, a craving for sweets, loss of balance, severe coughing and sinus problems, and worst of all...no interest in sex. I started taking it because my new husband said I was getting "bitchy".
I have been off of the medication for four days and feel better already...sleeping through the night, without sweating, the sinus problems have cleared up, as have the coughing spells. My appetite seems to be returning to normal, and I don't crave sweets constantly.
I have an appointment with my doctor, and I plan on approaching the cardiologist who took care of me with my theory. I really feel, after close examination that Zoloft almost killed me(twice) and that it has diminished my quality of life greatly.
I hope that my experience will help others to evaluate their situation BEFORE taking this drug!
My experience with Zoloft was like a vicious cycle. See, I started taking Zoloft for obsessive-compulsive behaviors and depression. I guess you could say it was starting to work. Well, the first night, I actually felt euphoric when I took it. See, the problem is, it also caused me to be very restless and anxiety prone. This also cause me sleeplessness. So at night, I would have to force myself to sleep. I think this is where the problems arose. I feel that forcing myself to sleep for countless months and years actually altered my brain chemistry, for the worse. Now i'm more depressed, compulsive, and socia-phobic than ever. I'm even borderline suicidal. So if anyone shares these same symptoms, or knows any Zoloft-reversal techniques, please E-mail me. I'd love to know.
I had to be evaluated for dizzy spells and I have BPPV my Dr wants me off Zoloft.
I took 100mg per day for 10+ years.
My last dose was Sunday Sept 11th 2004.
I feel great, no bad withdrawel symptoms, except for a strange feeling in my head, feels like a ZAP or shock that occurs through out the day. Is this normal and how long will it last ?
Hope someone can tell me as I don't want to go back on the Zoloft..
I'm on Lustral(Zoloft)several months now.I get awful nightmares,have started smoking and drinking,developed a rash on my neck and upper body.I'm on 100mg daily but still feel very sad,although the suicidal feelings have gone. My kids tell me I've started sleepwalking some nights.I get terrible headaches if I miss a pill or if I forget to take one.my mother has disowned me...she says I've changed a lot since starting this medication,but I'm afraid if I stop taking it,the thoughts of commiting suicide will return.
I was prescribed zoloft for at least 3 months. I have only taken it for 30 days. The reason why I stopped was because I have no insurance,and it costs about $76 a fill. I guess you can say I experienced weirdness in the begining when I started, then I thought I was getting better. I was put on for anxiety. I am a very speedy person as it is anyway, just naturally. My therapist thought this would be good help for me. However after stopping the medicine only for about a week now, I've been experiencing HELL! Massive headaches than I've ever gotten before, these electrical shocks in my brain, hyper-sensitivity, super emotional, hot flashes like I'm going through menopause. I'm only 27 years old and haven't been on any prescription drugs before except the birth control pill. my boyfriend was worried about me taking Zoloft when I told him what was up. He was mad because I didn't consider the side effects or what happens when I stop. Now I see why. All I have to say is that I've been looking into natural remedies for what can replace drugs,because I do NOT belive in them. They're a scam! They make you feel like you want to die when you come off of them! That's not a cure to our problem! Our doctors and psychiatrists are shoving drugs and bills down our throats promising us "a new life" and renowned hope for how we were before these drugs. Well let me tell you my friends, I was attacking my boyfriend, having night sweats, irritibility beyond control and these CRAZY electrical shocks in my head! I was scared that I would have to consult a neurosurgeon, afraid I would have a brain anyrism or something. Only to find on help websites that other people were experiencing my troubles! How absurd, these doctors and they're control with drugs! What happen 100 years ago when herbs and natural therapies took place and there were no drugs like today. Or, what about the all too familiar Chinese-medicine and what the Indians believed in. Forget this synthetic crap. I am opting for what seemed to have worked before these money hungry, greedy doctors that don't even have your best interest of health towards you except that their high-end fancy car payments are being made! After my final days of these crazy side effects I'm looking into the book, "Handbook for Herbal Healing, A Concise Guide to Herbal Products", by Christopher Hobbs. If anyone is interested in some good ol' fashioned solutions to our problems instead of creating more, pick up one of these guides and go with your intuition. Thank you for reading.
I'm on Zoloft for severe depression, suicidal thoughts, social anxiety, and severe stress. I have been on it for a couple of months now, and I'm experiencing some very difficult side-effects. I am very regular on taking my pill, I have never missed taking it once. I am very careful to take it the same time every single day, but I am still having very difficult side-effects. I am experiencing night-time sweats, dizziness, severe headaches, upset stomach, weird and disgusting nightmares, continued depression and suicidal thoughts, and insomnia. I have had very little help from Zoloft, but I know the difficulties of coming off of it, so I am reluctant to do so. I had been on Effexor several years back for severe depression, and when I came off of it, I experienced a lot of the listed side-effects for coming off of it.
I honestly don't recommend anti-depressants for anybody. They just mess a person up.
I have DID(Disociative Identity Disorder)as well as severe anxiety and depression and have been on Zoloft for two years and have done pretty well on it. Recently my dosage was increased from 200 mlgs to 250 mlgs and I started to experience severe nightsweats, fatigue and analyzing things to the point where i get too emotionally high and risk getting severly depressed(crashing)>though I find my head is cleare and it is easier to focus as well as use my coping tools, still this alarms me because i thought Iwas alone and that I was Crazy. Please E-mail me. Thanks. J
I have depression and my zoloft was increased-I have experienced some bad side effects. I'm tired most of the time,my depression has gotten worse,I sweat a lot,find it hard to concentrate,have no desire to cook(one of the things I love to do, it has made my agoraphobia worse, and I can't sleep well at night.I'm thinking of decreasing my dose back to 200 milligrams(I'm at 250 now).I'm scared to get off it completely. E-maill me
does it cause shortness of breath
I have been taking Zoloft for about three years now going on 4 for depression. When i first started it was great. I was happy and stressless than I pevously had been. But about 2 years into it i have been feeling the the same way i had been before I started. I take two 25mg tablets two times a day and it makes me feel no different than I did before. I am 17 years old now my grades were great after i started zoloft but now i am 4 credits short of graduating. I lost my job and my freinds becasue they say i am just not the same anymore. I was very popular. NOw my dodctor never told me how long i have to take it but it has been 3 olmost 4 years. Am i going to waste money buying a expencive drug that doesn't work? Am i amune to it or am i just not taking enough? I dont know what to do any more i am getting suiside thought again. I'm scared.
I was prescribed Zoloft about 3 months ago to help stabilize some IBS symptoms I was having difficulty managing. I wasn't able to keep weight on so the doctor said this might help. For fear of becoming addicted, I took myself off of Zoloft about 2 weeks ago. Anxiousness has returned, depression, crazy headaches, restless nights, & when I am able to get to sleep I have such terrible nightmares. They make me wish I'd never tried to sleep at all. If anyone knows any Zoloft-reversal techniques, please E-mail me. I'd love to know as well.
I was on Zoloft for a total of about three years (of and on...mostly on for two years straight) and I am going through hell now that I stopped it "cold turkey" (as my doctor advised me to do). Mind you, I was on other drugs too, all of which I stopped recently. I had been diagnosed as bipolar, and they had me on antipsychotics, which I also stopped abruptly. It is pure hell. I have crying spells, I get hysterical because I am scared that I won't get better even though everyone assures me I am getting better. My head "buzzes", I have been up all day working and yet I feel this alert sensation in my head and I can not sleep. I wish to God I had been diagnosed properly--I'm not bipolar. I have unipolar depression. I wish I had stayed away from psychological drugs. I don't advise them for anyone but the most severely depressed--then they may be worth a shot.
My husband has been taking Zoloft for 4 months. At first he started behaving strangely after 2 weeks, Ingorning my phone calls, being very distant and wanting to be alone. The Dr. said that he just needed time for the drug to get into his system. Now after 4 months, I never kniw who is coming home. One week he is affectionate(although no interest in sex) and then next week, he is hateful and starts arguements. He goes off to be alone and ignores our children. His friends notice this so it is just not me. He likes the drug, because it makes him feel less tense at work. I am wondering why he is on this pill and not just a nerve pill??! I hate this drug and what it is doing to our marriage. I feel I may be divorced becaause of this drug..yet he takes it like gold. Anyone feel like this or has a sopouse taking this?
Now that I have read so many stories similar to mine, here's my story.
When I was 19 years old, I went to the doctor because I felt like I was having these weird breathing problems and twitching when I would sleep. He diagnosed me with anxiety and depression, and put me on 50mg of Zoloft. For the first couple of years, I thought that this drug was a miracle.
I had been very depressed and suicidal all through highschool and directly after, and was prone to abuse OTC drugs because I felt like I HAD to.
Once the Zoloft had established itself in my system, I was a very happy-go-lucky person. But when I look at the big picture, I realized that I had turned into this zombie that didn't care about anyone or anything.
I used to be very careful with my money, and never paid a bill late. After Zoloft, I could care less about paying my bills ontime... if I paid them at all.
Although I am still a caring person, many people have told me that I have changed into a bit of an 'unthoughtful' person. To define this further, my personality has changed from 'caring and worrying about what other people thought of me' to a personality of 'I don't really care what other people think, as long as I am happy'.
Furthermore, I used to obsess about how I looked. I always had to have the perfect body, clothes, hair, makeup, etc.... Now I am overweight (having not lost weight after a pregnancy), I don't hardly wear makeup anymore, I barely style my hair, and my clothes are just "whatever". When I really think about it, I am most happy when I know that I've put the effort into looking great, rather just being plain.
So all-in-all, Zoloft has turned me into a someone who just floats through life.
Other side-effects that I have experience on this medication are terrible, vivid nightmares that leave me feeling 'out-of-body' and fatigued when I wake up in the morning. I also have a consistant buzzing in my ears, which I've gotten so used to, that I really only realized the buzzing when I am in a quiet environment. And recently I have come to relate my memory loss to Zoloft as well. I've always been an intelligent person, but since being on Zoloft, I often have lapses in memory and judgement. I forget small details and conversations that I have had in the past. This is something that bothers my husband the most! He just feels like I am being 'dumb', but it's something that I can't help. Adding to the list of things my husband doesn't like, would have to be my lack of sex drive. We are newly-weds (married less than a year), and the love-life just isn't there. I usually just don't feel like engaging in sex, or if I think I want to, then orgasm is very difficult for me to achieve.
It seems that I could write a book on all of the negatives of being on Zoloft, doesn't it? Another symptom that popped into my head is my lowered 'wanting' to constantly be doing something. If an exciting situation comes up, most of the time I am just like, "Eh, I really don't feel like doing anything." I used to always be up for hanging with friends as much as possible, or going out, or whatever. It's not that I am avoiding social situations... that doesn't bother me. It's just the lack of "wanting" that is there, and wasn't previously there during my "pre-Zoloft" days.
I would really like to come off of Zoloft, but as most people in my situation know, the withdrawl is like HELL! Even just missing one whole day of the medication, I become extremely irritable, nauseous, have headaches, and the worse feeling... the 'electric zaps'!!! I can't stand that dizzy feeling that I get in my head and body from not having the medicine in my body.
I am going to be meeting with my doctor soon to talk about going off of Zoloft. I am considering staying off of prescription anti-depression/anti-anxiety meds, and trying the herbal remedy, "Valerian Root".
If anyone is interested in talking to me about this, please find me on MySpace.com and we'll chat: www.myspace.com/ashleighsmilf
I was on Z from 1995-1997. During that time I had just about every single side effect mentioned on this and every page of side effects. My formerly involved, consciencious self became uninvolved and careless. I began shoplifting compulsively and was finally arrested. I was a law enforcement officer with an untarnished record with the department. I couldn't have cared less about what I was doing. After my arrest, I could only cared about whether or not I'd get Zoloft in jail. Going off the meds. was tough, but the zapping and the hyper-emotionalism finally went away. My life as I knew it was destroyed and I moved to another state and started reassembling me. It's been ten years. It will only be a matter of time before the SSRI horror we've unleashed on ourselves is understood and accepted. SSRI's as we know them will one day be remembered as the dark ages of psychiatry. Good old coping skills like exercise, living right according to the conscience God gave you and working hard will win out as the vehicle to mental health (the exception being that those who are truly, morbidly mental disturbed can and do truly benefit from these medications)
It's amazing how many of these stories relate to mine. My doctor decided to take me off of Effexor (Venlafaxine), and put me on Zoloft about five months ago. Since I have been on Zoloft, I have had depressing/suicidal thoughts, nightmares, night sweats and anxiety. I have also gone up two pant sizes since starting the drug. My sex drive is non-existent, and I recently had a horrible drug interaction with the painkiller Tramadol for broken fingers, and a Serotonin Syndrome scare related to the medication mixture. I have also picked up smoking, which I never had the desire to do in the past.
The side effects have been so persistent, I stopped taking the drug cold turkey after my prescription was gone. I am currently experiencing horrid withdrawal symptoms such as "brain zaps", headaches and bowel problems. I would not recommend this antidepressant to anyone!!!!
I have been taking Zoloft for 1year and a half now since having my first child. I have found that i have gained 15-20kg in that time and have totally disconnected from my Son and have been reckless and out of control!! I go on w/e benders and am not the same person at all anymore!! I havnt concerntrated at work cant put my energys into anything. 4 days ago i have a decress in appetite and im feeling rushes and sweats and my heart beating really fast then slow im a little worried?? any advice?
Is there anyone out there who has noticed a problem taking Zoloft and birth control pills at the same time of the day? I was ok until I did so, and now am bleeding, cramping every day. Please help if you are out there. Am I crazy?
I had been on zoloft for 6 1/2 years, and had gained 20 pounds almost immediately. I also developed a hoarse voice. I was told it was due to my underactive thyroid that had gone undiagnosed for several years and that my voice would always be this way due to the damage that had already been done. I was taken off zoloft and put on pristiq, within three weeks my voice is almost back to normal.
well, wow, I must be the only person in the entire world to benefit from Zoloft. I have lost 10 lbs without trying in a week and a half, which I needed to lose - had gained b/c of depression - have tons of energy. My husband says I'm me again and I've enrolled my daughter in all kinds of activities that I used to avoid b/c of shyness/lack of energy.
The best thing of all tho is the sense of motivation, purpose and hope for a bright future that I now have. Everyone I know is commenting on how "bright", "sparkling" and "lively" my eyes appear these days. So, Zoloft does work for some people!
Wow.. Reading all of these comments has really boosted my anxiety level. I was just put on Zoloft 4 days ago and came online to check out the side effects of the drug. I had tried Zoloft 8 years ago and from what I can remember it worked well for me, but my doctor took me off from it because I was experiencing some IBS symptoms and they were convinced it was the Zoloft. So they put me on Lexapro. The Lexapro made me gain 40lbs in 6 months. Then I ended up getting pregnant and obviously gained even more weight. The Lexapro just made me more depressed because I was fat and repulsive looking, so I stopped taking it. The withdrawls were horrid, but I knew that I would feel better after that was all over with. So I went for a year without any meds but the weight that I gained didn't come off at all. About a month ago, I started to feel depressed and anxious again and it got really unbearable, so I made the decision to go back on the meds. I chose Zoloft because 8 years ago when I first started to take it, I felt great. I had energy and could focus, I could set a goal and actually follow through with it. I even lost 30 lbs while on the drug. But like I said, my doctor took me off from it because of IBS symptoms. Well even without the Zoloft, I still had the IBS symptoms, so I decided to give it a try again. I'm having some side effects and anxiety but I'm hoping that it will go away. I just want something to work for me and make me feel good so that I can work on taking care of myself and feel better about myself. I avoid cameras and mirrors and people in general because I'm completely mortified by the way that I look and feel. I hate going out in public but I do, I just hope that I don't run into anyone I know. I pray that I have a positive outcome with Zoloft and that these side effects go away soon!!
I have been on Zoloft for 4 years, and have gained 75 lbs! I do believe it has helped me become less angry, or critical of people. The problem now is, even though I have improved in those areas, because of my weight gain, I now am soo tired, depressed because of my weight, and lack any motivation. A no win situation.
I've been perscribed Zoloft twice, each time I took them for about 6-9 months, I'm currently off of it for 4 months..
Why I was on it: I have mild-moderate bouts of anxiety and depression. Nothing needs to spur on these attacks, but when I get them, my sleep is thrown off I don't want to leave the house and I don't have any motivation to do anything ( I make myself though, and often don't enjoy doing so without booze) I get very overwelmed, irritable, and sad.
The first time I was on it, I slowly went up to 100mg, I felt great and lost all the anxiety and depression, unless I drank to much and it came out like crazy. I had sexual, weight, and sweat side effects. Weened off out it because I fealt good and thought I would attept to cope with life without it. Coming off of it was an awful experience, I had the spins, electric shock type feelings, anxiety and depression. after the withdrawals I felt great for months, when all of a sudden without reason, the bouts of depression were back.
I thought I would give it another shot, but this time I would try being on the lowest does I could be on with minor depression and anxiety, but not debilitating bouts. 25mgs worked for a long time and I would just work through those down times, which were completely tolerable and infrequient, and were brought on by real life events, which everyone has. I still had a few side effect (weight gain and a feeling of not being myself) I decided, lets try to get off this stuff again, so I did that, and had a much easier time getting off the lower dose, once again a few months past and bam, bouts of depression and axiety are back. I'm currently trying to see a therapist and do it without drugs, it's not easy and something are working but the bouts of depression can still be pretty bad.
So here are my pros, cons and suggestions
pros-if it works for you.
You will feel better and can enjoy the short time we have on this planet
you are not forced to take it and you can always get off the stuff, even with a struggle
may not work for you
side effects can be a complete drag, you need to weight out if they are better or worse than how your life is with this terrible anxiety and/or depression
you may not feel like yourself and you may not express the normal emotions of life, good or bad.
There is very little long tern studies done on these drugs and that worries me a lot..
Try getting on a low dose, and set a goal for that dose, don't plan on being happy all the time and not experience the down sides of life, but if it can take the edge off and allow you to function and enjoy the majority of your days, it sounds like a nice step forward. I also recommend combining it with a therapist that can help you work on the things you would like to change.
husbands on zoloft and no sex drive. what is there to do?
I have been taking 25milligras of Zoloft for about one year now. I have not gained or lost any weight. I am more socially active than before taking Zoloft. I use to be afraid of talking in public, working with people and I had anxiety attacks frequently. Zoloft has helped me in many ways. Sexual side effects are delayed orgasm, which is fine, cause the sex lasts longer. I am more outspoken which had effects on friends, cause now I stand up for myself more. I know reactions are different with all different types of people , but I cant say much bad about the drug as far as aiding me in conquering my anxiety disorders.
I am surprised by the responses on here about Zoloft. Zoloft is a psychoactive drug, and only taken if you really need it. If you are irritated by side affects like weight gain/loss insomnia, sex drive etc.. perhaps you were not in need of it originally. The relief of being treated for my OCD is immense - my anguish was such that I could have killed myself. I wouldn't care if my hair fell out on this drug. Further, consider that you're blaming extraneous issues on the medication, weight gain is uncommon with Zoloft, weight loss is most frequently observed. Mental slowness is present in depression and mental illness and rarely evident in trials for Zoloft. I am a medical student and the number of patients who are on this drug for a bad break up is insane.
I have anxiety, depression and ocd. Well for seven months I have taken Zoloft and I feel a lot better. I just recently went up from 75 mg to 100 mg per day. I was a heavy smoker before going on it, and a social drinker with cravings for alchol the next day. Now that I am on Zoloft I have cut back on smoking and when I drink no longer crave alchol the next day. I no longer worry and my depression is gone because of the Zoloft. I feel a lot more energized too! However I have been aware when I am dreaming ever since starting on Zoloft which I like! However my dreams are stranger than normal. I don't know if that's a side effect or not.
Weaning myself off Zoloft 50mg. Took it for 3 months. Wow. I'm feeling "out of myself", like my body is 4 steps ahead of me. I am very light-headed and super tired I have no energy whatsoever. If anyone is experiencing these sxs, please let me know.
I've been on Zoloft(100mg) for about 2 weeks, and its been a relatively wierd 2 weeks. I Take the medication at night, in the middle of the night I am woken up and vomit. I then go back to bed and get up in the morning and vomit again. Sometimes I feel restless and moody, and other times I'm just in a daze and I don't feel like I'm in touch with reality. Has anyone else experienced these things? I've talked to my Doctor about these side effects and she tells me to continue taking the meds.
Hello everybody in Zoloft land. I take it for anxiety, depression, also I used to dwell on things to no end. I also used to have so much anger pinned up in me that my fuse was dangerously short(I'd go from mellow, skip mad, and go straight to flipping out). The scary thing about this is that the stupidest little thing would trigger my short fuse. So insignificant to the real under lying issue that I would not even remember what the hell made me so angry in the first place.
I may have a mild case of OCD, for example: If I see the #'s 666 on a license plate or on a product SKU # or serial # I have to say "777 777 777" three times and not look at the # of the beast again. If I order fast food and the amount comes to $6.66 I have to add an item or make my drink a large so the total amount will come out different(this has actually happened to me on 3 different occasions in the last couple of years). If I see the # of the beast repeatedly in a short period of time I find my self repeating the "777 777 777" chant in my head while looking to find the # 7. For example: If I am on the interstate and see the # of the beast on more than one cars license plate(does not have to be in sequence)I have to luck out and find a car with three 7's on the plate(impossible you would think) or I have to find three different cars one right after the other with one 7 on each of the plates. Or it can be one car with two 7's and one car with one 7(one right after another). If I don't see a # 7 on a cars license plate one right after another, I have to start over until I do. I know, Its crazy. On the other hand If I see a license plate with three 7's in a row I get this overwhelming feel of joy as if I was blessed by Jesus himself (this actually happened to me twice, 2 days in a row on the way to work), amazing. The weird thing about all of this is: I am not even religious. I have not been to church since I was a kid(I am a recovering Catholic so maybe that has something to do with it?) Yeah, I guess you could say I have OCD. The Zoloft does tone it down quite a bit though and makes me conscious of doing it unlike before.
I have been on this shit(Zoloft) for almost 5 yrs. Started at 50mg, then 100mg the second year. Then the 3rd year it went to 150mg and I have stayed at that dose ever since with out any urge or need to increase to any higher of a dose. I must say, it took me 2 years to figure out what dose worked best for me. So anyone that has not taken Zoloft for at least 6 months to a year at a steady dose really won't have any idea as to what works for them and what does not. For example: 50mg made me feel loopy and not my self at all. 100mg made me feel tired and useless. 150mg makes me feel fine, focused and normal. This is the dose that works for me. I have experimented with taking larger doses up to 300mg and it seems like the initial cycle starts over at 200mg for me. For example: 200mg makes me feel loopy and not myself. 250mg makes me tired. 300mg would probably bring me back to how I feel on my steady dose of 150mg except that dose makes my stomach turn and I will sweat like a whore in church. Plus I did not feel any better on 300mg in contrast to the 150mg.
I too have had substantial weight gain over the last 5 years. 7 pounds per year topping out at a total of 35 extra pounds. There is nothing I can do to loose it. I was already a stocky man at 5'8" and 205 pounds when I started the Zoloft. Five years later I am still 5'8" but now I am 240. The way that I deal with it: I do sit ups and push ups so at least the bulk of the weight is muscle. But I am really stocky now and my size is so screwy that I can't find cloths that fit me at all. It's rediculous. my lower body is an XL and my upper body is a minimum of XXL if not XXXL. I look like a total meat head bruiser and the funny thing is I am one of the nicest and honest people you will ever meet(as long as I take my Zoloft).
I got the flu bug really bad about 3 months ago and I was so sick I could not go and get my prescription. I did not take my Zoloft for almost 4 days and on the 3rd night I started having these electric shocks in my head like there was a lightning storm going on up there. I had a really high fever(103.5 to 104) and thought that was the reason until I read some of these other posts. I thought I had Swine Flu or something. I accepted the fact that I was going to die that night. It was scary! I thought I was going to have an aneurism in my sleep. The lightning storm in my head immediately stopped when I got my prescription and took my normal dose of 150mg that next morning. So, it definitely had something to do with not taking the Zoloft for over 3 days.
I also have ran out before because of not having benefits being between jobs. It is really expensive with out medical insurance. I have to mention that on the end of the 2nd day of not having it I start to become this irritated jerk with absolutely no patients what so ever. In other words; a total asshole to everyone. So after experiencing that a couple times, I call them my "Anti Asshole Pills".
I also sometimes have these dreams that are so vivid and disturbing(usually very violent). I am also known to sleep walk now and then. On several of these incidences I have eaten a gallon of Ice cream and not remember any of it. No shit, a gallon, LOL!!! It is kind of funny because each time I did that I put the empty plastic container back in the freezer and the next evening my wife is pissed that she did not even get one spoon full and I don't know what hell she is talking about.
My sex drive has been reduced to about 1/2 of what it used to be. Bare in mind that I used to be a total nympho maniac. Now istead of thinking about sex every 6 seconds, I think about it every 12 seconds. It does make me last longer because the most sensitive part of my penis is about half as sensitive as it used to be. My sexual life has dwindled down to nothing at this point. But, that has to do with my wife, not me. Thats, a different issue all together. Its probably a good thing that I am not as horny as I used to be. Just for the record I still desire sex at least 2 to 3 time a week. But that is a lot less that wanting it 2 to 3 times a day.
One more thing while its on my mind: I had thrown my back out about 6 months ago and my older brother gave me some Vicodin to take the edge off the excruciating pain and I ended up being in for a real ride. Turns out that taking Zoloft and Vicodin is like taking speed(for me anyway). After researching it on line(Should have did that first) I found out some interesting information. The Zoloft makes the Vicodin come on stronger and the Vicodin makes the Zoloft come on stronger. So much stronger that I only had to take 50mg of Zoloft along with 1/2 of a Vicodine to feel really really good. Of course I had to find that out the hard way. When I originally took my 150mg Zoloft dose with a whole Vicodine I was so spun out that I could not do anything except figure 8's in my head. Then I researched it on line and found out that if you take less of both it is like taking more of one or the other because the interaction of both drugs cause them to both come on way stronger. The Zoloft enhances the Vicodin and the Vicodin enhances the Zoloft.
That about sums it up for me. What more can I say, It seems to work well for me. Like I said earlier in this little novel I just wrote; "So anyone that has not taken Zoloft for at least 6 months to a year at a steady dose really won't have any idea as to what works for them and what does not." Drugs affect everybody differently. I know with out this drug I am a really f---ed up nut job that is an asshole on the side. With it I am just a little f---ed up like everybody else.
I hope this helped somebody besides me. Because I sure feel a hell of lot better.
P.S. Everybody thinks of suicide. Some people actually commit it.
I'm one of the few who've completely benefited from taking Zoloft.
I find those of you having the most problems were on very high doses.
I'm 19 and I started at 25 mg for the first month,
and then went up to 50mg midway through my second month.
I have been on Zoloft for about 6 months now and have had nothing but good experiences.
The first month I was nauseas and had headaches,
but that's common when starting a new anti-depressant.
I dream much more vividly, at first I had very vivid nightmares but they weren't anywhere near the flashbacks I was previously having.
Now I don't have nightmares at all, I just Dream very vividly.
I put on a little weight, but my anxiety had put me Underweight. I'm now at a very healthy weight, and am not having any issues with weight gain Or weight loss.
I haven't found a loss of libido at all, if anything I'm much more responsive than I was before taking Zoloft.
My desire to drink and party has gone down, my desire to smoke is still the same as it was before the zoloft.
I'm on zoloft for PTSD, Anxiety and Depression.
I've found myself Much more active and aware than I was before. I'm a much more empathetic and compassionate Go-To person.
Before Zoloft I couldn't care about anything, was either being extremely reckless or hiding.
Now I am able to Work, and interact with people and actually have the desire to do so.
I have the desire to Clean and Cook and make friends, where there was none of that before.
Zoloft is working wonderfully for me and my suggestion is that you start at the lowest dose and up it as need be- Don't start at 100mg or 200 mg like some of the people I've seen here. Too high of doses are obviously hurting more than they are helping!
I was put on Zoloft back in the winter of '07. It was believed to help my insomnia and borderline personality disorder. However within a week or so of taking it, it made it a lot worse. It turned out when I thought I was asleep I was actually having another personality all together. I came to this conclusion after I was not caught sleep walking and sleep driving but interacting on a whole other level. I even snapped out of it late one night driving down the road with a car full of strangers that I apparently had been club hopping with. I don't think, in words, I can express how disturbing that was.
It also had a horrific effect on my personal and finical lives as well. Seems I was on the "more aggressive than normal" binge that I was only warned about 5 months after taking. I had honestly been wanting to sue someone over it. I had to drop taking it against several doctors orders to stay on it and "let it come into full effect". I felt like I was losing control of myself.
Late one night, it was snowing. Me and my good friend were out on his back porch smoking and watching it snow when he made some kind of smart ass comment and ruined the moment. I beat him to a bloody pulp over it. Apparently I felt so bad about it I bought him a 350$ watch to make up for it.
I don't remember ANY of that. Infact I don't remember 3 days of my life where I was apparently fully active and overly generous with my money.
I stopped taking Zoloft after that span. Since then, and well under proper supervision, I've used Zoloft in a number of dosage forms, as an experiment to see what sort mental side effects it was having on me. I WOULD STRONGLY NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE TRY THIS! (i suppose it's a fair disclaimer to begin with and that curiousity can kill the cat.) I know several people that have taken the drug and are still on it with good effects and change in their overall behavior and life. However every time I've tried to take the drug again I've only worsen my mental states. I've got more mental problems that I would like to admit to and adding Zoloft is not one I'd recommend.
I've been told Abilify with Zoloft could help. I'm not even going to think of what would happen if I tried that combination. Granted it might make it work "properly" then again I might lose myself all together. My advice is don't listen to doctors that throw new pills at all the problems.
For those of you who are having sexual side effects from Zoloft, ask your Dr. to add Wellbutrin. 100mg of Zoloft per day had the desired effect of stopping my depression, but, just like with Lexapro, I couldn't have an orgasm to save my life. 300 of Wellbutrin per day added to the Zoloft, and that problem was gone in days.
My only side effect now is severe sweating (just from the armpits) all day long.
My MD prescribed zoloft for my "depression". I have suffered migraines, vomiting, wt loss (40lbs),feelings of fuzzy scrambled eggs for brains, nightmares, feelings of displacement,seroius anger and rage, inability to concentrate, pain all over (even my skin hurts with clothes on), I can sleep for days at a time, and more ...this is my lfe since oct 07. Before that I was fine, I worked as a nurse for 20 years, my ours were between 40 to 60 a week, I had energy, I had a life. Now on the zoloft the only thing changed is I no longer rage but nothing else has changed in fact its worse. ANY IDEAS??
I can't live mylife in bed feeling like crap and the MD thinks its all in my head....I don't. If anyone can help me email e at cbeakley@hotmail PLEASE.....I want my life back.
p.s thank you for everyone who posted their experiences on Zoloft. If it wans't for you posting your stories, another person (me) would have been sent on a journey to hell that probably could have been avoided. thank you!
I've been on 50mg Zoloft for the past three years for anxiety and depression. Over the past three years I have gotten these two things under control. The problem now is the weight gain. I was 124 pounds when I started. I am now 155 pounds. I don't llike all of the weight gain. Also I have noticed that I don't care about doing anything anymore. I just want to sit around and sleep all of the time. I've decided to wean myself off the pills by myself because my doctor thinks I'm fine and that the weight gain is from not eating healthy. I don't eat junk and I am a very athletic person. So with that said, I'm becoming a very depressed overweight person. I have read on many posts and blogs that other people have gained massive amounts of weight while on this drug. The doctors don't agree....hmmm maybe because they get a big kick back every perscription they write....
I have been on zoloft fot the past 10 years !
tHis drug saved my life and I am ding very well on it !
I even had lost weght at the beginning .
It really is the Best thing that could have happenned to me
Except that lately I have been having meomry loss .
THat is my only concern lately !
After the third day on 50mg ZOloft for anxiety/zoloft its been the worst feeling in the world on the third day. I feel extremely nervous and tension in my feet. Going to the doctors to talk to him about it. This drugs is awful.
I love to read all these comments. it has been bugging me. so many things have bugged me. most important... sex drive and impotence. i have been hanging with my girlfriend and she thought it was her fault till i finally found out it was this. if i stop cold turkey... how long till i am not impotence?
I took Zoloft for 7 days and it rocked my world. It sent me into the worst darkness ever. I took it for mild anxiety and what ended up happening was an increase in anxiety to the point of panic. Suicidal thoughts, insomnia, loss of appetite and deep depression where I could not get out of bed. While on it, I broke up with my partner out of the blue and decided to give up the rights to my child. Luckily I was reeled back into reality when someone said to me, are you having side affects from zoloft? My friends told me that I was not the same happy person and that I seemed intense and agitated. After not sleeping for 4 nights and having severe panic attacks and racing thoughts, I was forced to eat and go for a walk and then was given a mild sedative last night. I woke up this morning feeling mostly like myself again. I still feel it in me but nothing like yesterday where there was no hope whatsoever. I hear this pill works for lots of people but for me no. I will just keep going through life chemical free.
I have been taking zoloft over a year now and past few weeks started having weird dream I remember very detail to. All of the dreams have been very negative. Could this be causEd by zoloft?
I have been on Zoloft for the past 13 years !
this drug saved my life and I am doing very well on it !
It really is the Best thing that could have happened to me
Except that lately I have been having memory loss .
that is my only concern lately !
I took zoloft for 4 yrs now, I currently just quit taking it but I never had any symptoms except decreased sex drive. It really helped me with my anxiety and worring all the time. The thing that docs don't tell you is the way you feel when you stop taking it. It has been 5 days now and I'm very tired and very very dizzy. Im waiting for this affect to go away so I go be back to normal again. If your considering taking any kind of meds I suggest you try natural pills and relaxation even praying. Do not take pills if you don't have to. I wouldnt wish the side affects on anyone.
I have been on Zoloft for about 2 months now, was put on it for anger and depression (minor). It has totally changed my life and the lives of my wife and children. My aggravation level has dropped massively and I am enjoying my life again.
Zoloft has changed my life for the better in a big way. It has saved my marriage and is helping me be a better man / husband / father.
I do sweat a bit when sleeping, not a big deal. No headaches, actually I used to have chronic little headaches and those are gone now. Sex drive has decreased but no problems with the actual physical part of getting an erection. My stomach does hurt some, not bad, just a bit unpleasant. Probably my fault because I don't eat right. No weight gain.
For me Zoloft is currently working and the pro's far outweigh the con's.
just wanted to say how incredibly grateful iam for coming across this blog. i've been on zoloft for 4 months and have been having an interesting experience. i can relate to most of the posts on side effects. i think the pill is right for you if are able to cope with the side effects...bc there are many and they are not fun. memory loss being the worst. but i equate the use of zoloft to moving to a different country.. you have to learn how to live a little differently. like adapting to a new culture. i feel like i can FEEL my brain rewiring itself somehow (that's both fascinating and a little scary). bottom line, the pill is a miracle for me. it's cured what needed curing and, consequently, rendered "not fun" side effects. i can totally understand why people hate it. it's odd: while i'm aware of the negative things going on (physically and mentally) at the same time i have found a new-found "bright side/glass half full" type of mindset... ultimately this "mindset" paired with these side effects makes for a change... you have to get used to yourself again. "grow up" with the medicine. all that said, very glad i came across this. great to know there are tons of people and can pretty much relate to everyone.
i went on zoloft for depression and anxiety, it shocked my body at first and i felt worse before i got better. i now also take xanax for the isolated panic attacks as i think zoloft is more for depression which anxiety can be then a symptom of. i put on a bit of weight but only because i became very tired and nauseaus but now the weight is coming off as i'm back to my old self, full of energy and happy. i would say zoloft is a help but you need to be taking it under the guidance of a psychiatrist. talking to a good doctor is this way and taking xanax really really helped me. i've actually started to wean myself off zoloft. 100mg every other day and i do experience some dizziness. this is normal. no one should come off it cold turkey. very dangerous. i would say that most people only put on the weight because they crave to eat random things, for me it was bread bread bread at first and beer bizzrely. never drunk it before. but you have to be strict with yourself. throw yourself out of bed, eat healthily and go to the gym. so hard. believe me. i'd have panic attacks in the gym and pass out. its a battle but you will get through it. good luck to all.
I thought I would post my experiences on here.
Firstly, a lot of people seem to be complaining about side effects after being on the drug for a very short amount of time. You can't really get as decent idea of how the drug is affecting you until you have been on it for the 4-6 week uptake time recommended. Of course don't put yourself through hell for it, but this is just something to consider.
As for my experiences, they have been in many ways been very positive. I used to be on Prozac, but came off it accidentally after forgetting to take my pills. After about 6 months the chemical depression started kicking in again, so back on the pills, but this time the doctor suggested zoloft, generally considered to have less side effects than prozac.
My initial reaction was very positive. I respond to anti-depressants very fast anyway, but after a week the undercurrent of negativity that was the main symptom of my depression was totally gone, and now the only time I feel depressed is when something in my life makes me feel that way, rather than a permanent feeling. Being able to feel normal ups and downs has been fabulous.
Despite the purely positive effect of zoloft on my mood, however, over time I have built up a number of side effects, which are now making me consider other treatment avenues. Firstly I noticed increased sweating - I have never been a sweaty person, but now have to use high strength antiperspirant. In tandem with this my skin has become greasier, increasing a tendency for spots. It is purely aesthetic, but does make me conscious about my appearance.
Most importantly for me, however, has been the complete vanishing act performed by my ability to reach orgasm. I no longer care about sex as much as I used to, although I still enjoy it, but it got to the point where achieving orgasm was a bit of a non starter. It seems zoloft has some of the highest rates of sexual dysfunction, and it is enough to make me consider other options.
Having been off the drug for a week now (I need a medication review, but my doctor was only free 3 weeks away, and I only had 2 weeks worth of pills left), I experienced many of the usual withdrawal symptoms. For me the worst is dizziness - I feel more like I am on drugs when I am off them! Also when I close my eyes I feel all of the bloody rushing around in my head - a very disconcerting feeling. However, alongside this has been a steady increase in my ability to reach orgasm - I had forgotten how easy it used to be! This is one of the main reasons I am now considering other drugs.
In summary, don't get me wrong. Zoloft is the fastest and most effective anti-depressant I have tried. As someone without root psychological causes to her depression, I would recommend it. However, there are side effects, and for me they have now got a bit too much. I may well come back to it in future, but for now I want to test the water with alternatives.
Hope this helps someone!
p.s. my blog quite often bears the brunt of my depressed ranting - if anyone is interested / if it helps anyone, the address is http://mysterycreature.wordpress.com
Ok, like many of you, I love the good things about the drug but also HATE the bad. I have been able to control both my depression and OCD while using this drug but now I am starting to worry my family about my memory loss. I dont know what to do and until today I thought that I was alone. Ugh! It's so annoying because I am very smart and the "go-to" person for our family's history. But lately I can't remember too much of $h!+.
I took zoloft about 6 years ago. After about 1 month of being on zoloft my hair texture changed as well as my hair started to fall out.It never grew back. A permenant side effect.
Zoloft, is the wosrt shit you get. It ruins your body. One fucked up company knowing it and selling it for money. They sell fucking death in a tiny pill saying its heaven. PLEASE its shit just admitt it ok dont lie for them.
Im an 18 year old girl who was prescribed zoloft For depression and bad Anxiety . All Tho i think this levels me
Out at times
. I have all these new worse syptoms that im dealing with . I do for sure
Notice the blurred
Vision. And im having problems with control such as
And intoxicants. Ive been smoking more mj for the insomnia and mood swings
Awful headaches .
Feel as tho these antidepressant mess
With the natural neurotransmitter chemistry too much to call it a
Positivedrug . Ur left with worse symptoms of the extreme
Start lookjng natural ... There
R herbs which elivate those levels without the side effects
Id do that but im dreading having to withdraw!!!because the symptoms multiply!!
If i can be prescribed this side effect pill causer
Im gonna roll my herb to help too !!
The symptoms of fibromyalgia . I have a theory that these unbalances cause this condition Made
Worse by the drug
I was on Zoloft 20 mg's for 5 years. My memory got progressivly worse. It effected my job to where it made me look down right stupid. I switched to another med. and over a couple of months my memory was noticably improved. I thought I had Alzhiemers. My doctor had even scheduled me for testing till I told her about Zoloft info I found on line about memory loss. Zoloft was the culprit. Wheeeeeeeeew.
Generic sertraline. No more insomnia, sleep walking, sleep eating, night terrors. I have always been a sleep walker, my Mom had to dead-lock the front door to stop me from leaving the house whil asleep. Decreased sex drive. Sometimes I do have night sweats, but I put that down to Perimenopause until now...may be the drug. Overall, the drug is a God-send, as I never thought that there was a cure for night terrors and sleep walking.
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Demystifying Depression is a great article which helped me understand some of the ways depression was affecting me.
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