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

I am 14 years old had I have resently stopped taking Zoloft. It has been very hard for me. I have done many harmful things to my family and it gets to the point where my mother has had to pin my down just to calm be down. It is a very scary though. There has been many times were I have tried to kill myself. I have one piece is advice for you....don't takw Zoloft. I have tryed Celexa and it pretty much does the same thing but it is just stronger. And expecally if you have kids. Do not put your kids on Zoloft. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!!!!!!

Your truly,

Posted by: Maura Viles at October 5, 2005 7:40 PM

Have a 14 yr.old who has been put on Zoloft for beeing just a normal teenager smart mouth talking back sort of things the kid is smart as a whip has never been in trouble what soever .She just found out that her mother and Dad are doing some serious drinking(alochol)and the kid doesen't know how to deal with it so the mother goes and puts her on 50mg of Zoloft trying to keep her problem under raps. Is this the right thing to do to this child? She has been on it for about 3 months and says all the time she is so tired and her not doing anything at all, Please respond with some advice

Posted by: larry at October 28, 2005 4:35 PM

I dont know what you all are talking about with the emotional numbness and stuff. Zoloft did the exact opposite to me. I was numb during my depression and OCD and zoloft completely took away that numbness. Suddenly I was so much more sensitive and loving and caring. I could feel things again and cry and laugh and fall in love. I had an inability to achieve orgasm for the first few weeks but then after I had gotten used to the drug I was able to have orgasms again and became very horny all the time, just like I normally was before that nasty depression! In short it worked great. Then, like an idiot, I stopped taking it after about a year because I ran out of my perscription and decided I didn't need it anymore cuz I was feeling so much better and was too lazy to get it refilled. Big fat mistake, 6 months later my depression and OCD came roaring back even worse than before, so I have started on Zoloft again. I have been on it for about 4 weeks and I began to notice it's positive effects within the 2nd week. I am certainly not completely all better, but I have noticed my thoughts are more rational, in other words after my emotional breakdowns which used to just debilitate me for days, I can now snap myself out of them much easier and my life isn't entirely consumed with obsessive thoughts. It's gonna be a slow recovery for me it feels like, and last time I took zoloft it was slow to work too, about 2 months. But it worked for me originally so i'm sure it can work for other people. Good luck, all!

Posted by: Elisabeth at October 31, 2005 3:32 PM

I only can tell you that I married one year ago and this was the most unhappy year of my life, and not because of my wonderful wife, but because of her changes of mood, with great depression always. At the beginning I thought it was because her menstrual cycle. So, I told myself: you must be patient, this is only during some few days. But time was passing and her depressions were more and more usually every time. Finally, after one year, we truly forgot when our last day of happiness was. Then, I decided to look for information in Internet. And, after several days reading in Forums and Blogs, we decide to prove sertraline (zoloft). You cannot image how our life changed, she is taking 25 mg every day and her mood is normal as when we were fiances. Of course, she sometimes enters in depression, but it is only one or two days per month, and not 20 or 25 as before.

Healthy regards, and please do not break your life, maybe your problem can be solved taking this or another medicine.

Posted by: Frank at November 4, 2005 8:39 PM

A standard dose of Zoloft is 50 to 200 mg per day. It is taken once a day, either in the morning or evening, and may be taken with or without food.

Posted by: Tina at November 18, 2005 6:41 AM

Violent,explosive diareah; sleeplessness; zombie-like; appetite decreased; dry mouth ;excrutiatingly long wait for orgasm.....zoloft......

have you ever yawned and felt like you were falling very fast..........

Posted by: josh at November 24, 2005 11:16 AM

I started experiencing depression from puberty onwards. Symptoms included lack of interest in everday life, numbness, compulsive masturbation, oversleeping (during the worst times I would sleep around 18 hours a day), lowering of intelligence, aggressiveness and inability to adapt to my environment. I also ate lots of foods with high sugar content for energy boosts.

I first took Zoloft in July of 2004, and experienced a manic period during the first week of use, which ended as abruptly as it started. It took around 2 months to properly kick in and I was initially plagued with cerebral orgasms (same feeling as an orgasm, but without any physical stimulation or side-effects). I was originally on a 200mg dose.

When I take the drug I am a normal person for my age (20). I can sleep around 8 hours a day, my memory and reasoning skills are still slightly impaired but are much improved, I no longer masturbate compulsively, I can adapt quickly to my environment and appear to have a previously undetected aptitude for language. I still experience anger but I am able to reason my way around it.

I am currently living in China where Zoloft is expensive (not to mention difficult) to obtain. As a result, this year I have experienced several periods where I have been forced to either reduce my dose, or go without.

When the dose is reduced to 100mg I find that the length of time the effect of Zoloft lasts is shortened by around 4 hours, and if the dose is reduced to 50mg the Zoloft will provide me with a short burst of energy around 2 hours in duration.

If I have been taking a steady dose of 100mg+ for the past 2 weeks then I am able to go 3 or 4 days without before I notice the effects. I will experience minor effects for around 3 days after that, and then major symptoms of depression will begin to appear.

On the whole, I would describe Zoloft as having allowed me to get on with my life, and I am looking forward to being able to return to a steady dose when I get home.

This isn't a medication you should take because you feel sad, it's something you should only take if you have a problem that affects your ability to live your life properly. And even then you should only expect results if you have a genuine desire to change from within.

Posted by: Nick at December 1, 2005 11:10 AM

A few of the physical side effects:

Longer wait for orgasm (not really a problem, but it can be solved by going without for 2 days).

Smelly farts. And I mean REALLY bad ones.

Reduced desire to eat.

Higher endurance level (I have tested how long and far I can run with and without, there is around a 1km difference).

If I have gone without for 3 or more days I will begin to experience realistic dreams that increase in intesity the longer I don't take the drug.

The longest period I have gone without a regular dose is 1 and a half months. At the end of this time I was experiencing almost all the symptoms that I was experiencing before I began taking Zoloft. If you want to stop taking it, ask your doctor for help.

Posted by: Nick at December 1, 2005 11:16 AM

I am on my third refill of this med...My Dr diagnosed me with moderate to severe deppression. She put me on the Zoloft "Starter Pack" which included 7 25 mg tabs and 14 50 mg tabs....The only way i can explain it was how i "didnt feel" i didnt feel angry all the time...depressed, hopeless all those general emotions that those famous commercials mention so that you say "thats what i got!" .....I started feeling that almost right away...a little more easy going, not so "hot-headed" and i controlled my anger alot better. Did i mention i didnt get my PMS cramps as intense as before i started taking taking this med? Have not had those "vivid" dreams or night terror like dreams..most of the time i cant even remember them...the only thing that kinda scared me was i missed my dose by about 5 and 1/2 hours due to a refill clash but took it right away as soon as i paid for them right in the store..(hope i didnt look like an addict) i was just scared of the effects, all of a sudden im at home tonight when i get up quickly and i felt like i was tipping sideways no matter if i tried to balance or not. i didnt fall because i sat down right away...i quickly got up after about five minutes and led myself to the livingroom to grab the paper bag the prescription came in to re-read the side effects.......DIZZINESS an effect of an overdose however it said SEVERE DIZINESS and i did not have that..also i hear a buzzing sound in my ears but its almost gone....all in all it has affected me in all positive ways i can think of...only after reading the negative blogs im scared shitless of the time i decide to wean my self off of these..( not too long from now) ...p.s for informational purposes i am a 22 year old female.....no trouble with weight gain......yet knock on wood..

as for some of the neg feedback some of you people need to sue the shit out of your doctors...either you are making it up or you need to go elsewhere...you seem to be over prescribed ...you might need a lower dosage by reading some of those...p.s i am not or no where near a dr of any kind) however it just does not seem logical........thanks for your time, stay positive and love life...its to damn short to be pissed off all the time. K

Posted by: K at December 2, 2005 10:47 PM

took Zoloft for about 7 years. worked great, felt normal finally. But about 6 months ago after multiple attempts at losing the 15-20 lbs. I seem to have acquired over the past 6 years I decided to try Wellbutrin instead to see if it would help some of the weight come off (along with exercise and cutting back). Basically have not been happy since- is any one else convinced that Zoloft puts weight on? Doctors will tell you it doesn't. I want to take Zoloft again but am tired of the extra weight. Any help appreciated.

Posted by: Lisa at January 8, 2006 2:54 PM

im 20 yrs old and zoloft is the 4th ssri med i have been perscribed, ive been diagnosed with severe clinical depression since i was 13 although my symptoms started before then it took quite some time for me and my family to realise that i had a problem and needed professional help.throughout my teenage yrs everyday was a constant struggle and none of the meds prescribed to me helped without creating different problems due to side effects. about 18 months ago my psychiatrist changed my prescription to 100mg a day of zoloft, at first i was extremely skeptical about this decison due to my previous experiences with medication not working, however as the months passed i noticed great changes in myself; not only in my way of thinking but also physically. i became a more rational and calm person to be around and had more energy during the day, the dose i now take is 150mg a day and i feel like a whole new me. of course i still have my bad days but i also have good days which was a very rare occurance before zoloft. it has also helped control my extreme anxiety and now i dont need to take seperate anxiety pills everyday. since being on zoloft im able to get out of bed in the morning, i returned to finish my high school certificate and have just earned a place in the university at which i wanted to study! since being introduced to zoloft my life has definetly changed for the better. i can only hope zoloft has done the same for others in the same situation and continues to do so for future sufferers of the debilitating disease that is depression.

Posted by: danni at January 24, 2006 9:26 AM

I was first given Zoloft in 1994. The first thing that happened was euphoria, followed by horrific nightmares when I was finally able to sleep. The doctors who were treating me at Harris County Pychiatric Center increased the dosage and gave me something at night to knock me out. The nightmares got worse and they increased the dosage then dropped it some. I walked around in a daze and felt like I was on LSD. (I am a child of the 60's) The same squirly feeling in my stomache, the occasional halucination. The absolute worse side effect was that if you touched me suddenly, or bumped into me accidently I would beat the crap out of you without realizing what was happening until it was too late. Then I was thrust into a guilt spiral and confusion that would overwelm me. I would shake alot. I couldn't pee, and then for an hour or so afterwards my penis would leak. I would report everything to the doctors but they would just dimiss my concerns about what was going on. To this day my penis leaks and that upsets me. At different times when I felt I could not go on I would go and get me some Zoloft and isolate myself because atleast I would not want to die although; my memory has been greatly affected. In 1996 or 97 (I cannot remember exactly) I woke up in the Oklahoma City Jail and the Jailer told me I tried to beat up some cops. I hadn't a clue what he was talking about! I was homeless. The Mental Hospital in Norman Oklahoma had put me on the streets with a bottle full of Zoloft to keep me on my feet and another bottle of Trazadone to put me to sleep at night. I told the doctors at that hospital what was happening to me, I was fighting all the time and couldn't stop, but they didn't care and put me on the streets armed with insanity. I am a 3 or 4 time loser now and have no way to get a job because no one wants to hire a convict with a violent history. Never mind the only people I have hit are police officers while under the influence of Zoloft. (I have never been convicted of hitting anyone else because I was under the care of the doctors at the time w/the exception of my ex-wife also Zoloft related)

Posted by: Colin at January 31, 2006 12:33 PM

Got put on Zoloft to relax after being in hospital for chest pains (later turned out more likely to be a panic attack). Zoloft did not help at all with the relaxation and actually made me more tense. Chest pains have become more painful on the average, than before. Feel very edgy, nervous, and anxious; in fact, more so than before. THIS DRUG DOES MORE HARM THAN GOOD AND SHOULD BE BANNED!

Posted by: don't want to leave name at February 22, 2006 4:44 PM

I was having trouble with severe panic attacks, palpitations, and lack of energy---it was unbearable sometimes (this was going on for 5 years and getting worse). Therefore, I consulted with my gyn doctor and he notified me that this was PMS.

After a long research I did, I suspected that I was having the symptoms of magnesium imbalance. My suspicions were confirm because after one week of taking a magnesium supplement, I felt better, and feeling better ever since—I feel that my heart is stronger and able to deal with everyday stress.

I had a follow up appointment with my gyn doctor, and he communicated to me that based on my symptoms I told him about on my previous visit, I should take Zoloft 25mg, so he wrote a prescription; however, I am not going to take this medication. During this doctor’s visit, I explained to my doctor that ever since I am taking this magnesium supplement I am feeling better. His reaction was that magnesium supplement has a calming effect, and it was possible that a magnesium imbalance is causing all these symptoms---how come he did not suggested this before?

Please research about this supplement before taking any antidepressant drugs such as Zoloft. In some situations, I understand that based on your doctor’s recommendation, it is imperative for you to take medicines such as Zoloft, but first find out what is really wrong with your body, for your body is the one that gives you signals and messages that something is wrong; and, in most cases all you have is a nutritional imbalance. Also, the problem with magnesium imbalance is that it does not show up on your blood exam! I recommend reading this book: The Magnesium Factor by Mildred S. Seeling, M.D.

Posted by: Norah at February 25, 2006 3:46 PM

I have delt with intense panic attacks for 4 years.. It stopped my social life, i coudnt hang out with my friends because i feared i would lose control and have a panic attack.. I was terrified of thunderstorms tot he point i would watch the weather channel a week in advance all day and night to make sure no storms would be in my way of travel..(thats bad) I feared being in a argumentive conversation scared the other person was going to shoot me.. Well, i managed my anxiety with alcohol and if i knew a panic attack was comming on i could talk myself out of it..Well, about 4 months ago i was excersizing with my aunt and boyfriend when all of a sudden everything looked as if it would move forward and then backward and i felt like i was going to faint i never felt that way before so i had the ekg (you know i was having a heart attack or stroke) found out my blood pressure was 150/104 (whooo should have been there when i saw that!!!) and so there were plenty of trips to the e.r afterward..Ive been terrified to take "crazy meds" i tried effexor (hallucinated badly pannic attacks worse) i tried paxil (wanted to kill muyself) tried lexapro (seriously made me flip out) so i said no more drugs.. well damn that i had a talk with god one night and i fell to my knees and i said "lord please help me please ease up this anxiety and let me live!! if you do i will change my ways and i mean it" the lord said "my child meet me in the middle" so i did i started going to church and i dropped tot he alter and prayed. this is no joke!! the next day i got the nerve to go to the doctor and tell him to try something new.. I was either going to die or get better but i was not going to live my life the way i was.. I kicked my long time boyfriend out moved in with my mother started college (shoulda waited for that one)and i started my zoloft "please be advised to only take 25mg to start" i took it and what i would do is break it in half take half in the morning and half at night i still do that with my 50mg it milds the side effects.. okay so you want me to get to the good part...well lets talk about side effects first..yes you most likley will feel weird, yes you may get sleepy and you might get wired if you feel wired be gratefull go cleen up that dirty house that you couldnt get off your butt to do before (been there 2!)its okay your not going to die from the side effects i promise!! Crazy dreams? man people would give a arm and a leg to watch the movies you see in your sleep. The first night i took it i was driving down the road in my sleep and come across a bunch of deer with no eyeballs..I mean theres some seriously crazy dreams involved i like to call it the zoloft cinema effect.. just go with it its great..okay so i lost 5 pounds then gained 10 its okay because those 10 little vanity pounds aint nothing compared to the 100 i gained by self medicating myself with alcohol and xanex..so this is 5 weeks later of zoloft "I LOVE IT!!" i have my personality back i called my boyfriend to come home we married on valentines day.. we bought a new home and now trying to have a baby.. Im not scared to live anymore i love life for example the doctor called me and told me my papsmear came back abnormal with emnioentrisis or whatever you know what i said instead of wigging out and rocking in a corner?? i said okay tell me what i need to do.. "no big deal little surgery then fertility meds to have a baby" wooo go me but i will tell you i keep my blood pressure monitor at all times by my side when i start to feel bad i just check my blood pressure but always check it laying down and it runs as low as 120/59 thats great blood pressure by the way its a panic saver!! so if you are an emotional mess like me give zoloft a try and include god in your daily plan the Lord will listen and the Lord will help!!! if you have any questions or problems please dont hesitate to email me at joanna2k6@aol.com and good luck!!

Posted by: JoAnna at February 28, 2006 6:52 PM

Six months ago I decided that I would like to see what my life would be like if I no longer took my Zoloft. I had taken Zoloft for many years and was not depressed and wanted to see if I really needed to be taking it. I was slowly weaned off of the Zoloft and for six months had the following symptoms: upper right quadrant pain and pain in the middle of my back (burning, constant pain), a tightness around my rib cage that felt like someone was squeezing me which would make it difficult to breathe at times, abdomen would start out quite flat in the morning and then by evening I would look like I was 6 months pregnant, sitting was the most uncomfortable position- standing or laying down were they most comfortable position, urine had musty ordor, appetite poor but didn't loose weight, felt extremely full after eating child size portion of food and then of course I had a great deal of fatigue but that was from all the pain. Had a multitude of tests and labs taken and they all came back negative! Then one day I thought I'd see what would happen if I went back on the Zoloft. Well all my symptoms went away. This medication has done something to my body to make me dependent on it............I'm stuck!!! I'm a R.N. and this makes me very angry. I don't need the Zoloft but am now taking it to manage my PHYSICAL discomfort.

Posted by: Anna at March 5, 2006 10:00 AM

I've been on 50 mg Zoloft for about a year and have decided to wean myself off of it only because I cannot afford it anymore. I had very little side effects. I was sleepy all the time for the last nine months but that seems to have subsided as I'm going off of it. I have been taking 1/2 a pill for the past 2 weeks. Zoloft really helped me with my depression. It was a positive experience for me, other than the sleepiness! However, when I decided to start taking it I did it with the idea that it would be temporary. I don't want to become dependent on it for the rest of my life. As I'm weaning off it, I've noticed I am more anxious, irritable and depressed but I believe this is a side effect that will dissipate once the Zoloft is out of my system. I am also craving chocolate which I believe has to do with the decrease in serotonin. Anyway, I hope I can continue to have a positive outlook now that I am quitting Zoloft.

Posted by: at March 6, 2006 3:20 AM

It's been a wonderful experience for me. I'm only on 50mg a day...but it's been a life saver. I'm finding myself smiling on the inside lots and the outside. It's been fantastic for me...and it only took about 2-3 weeks to feel so noticeably better. My anxiety/depression got so bad I found myself unable to get out of the house some days. I love Zoloft...

Posted by: Robin at March 10, 2006 5:34 PM

Zoloft has been a nightmere, weight gain and withdrawl side effects! It has been 5 months now since my daughter has been off this med and is still trying to lose the 20lb weight gain. Limited calorie intake and excersise twice a day! Tell me please, will this weight ever go away??? Has anyone ever lost they weight after going off, if so how and how long did it take.

Posted by: Bob at March 23, 2006 3:10 PM

I started taking Zoloft about 3 years ago. Before that, I was on Effexor, which gave me horrible headaches. At first, Zoloft was amazing, I finally felt "normal" (does that even really exist?) but over time, I have become numb, emotionless, fatigued and non-existent. I have become someone I don't recognize. I have gained 60 pounds over this time period. Before the meds, I used to work out religiously, now i am exhausted just thinking about working out. It is awful. I am more depressed now than before. I have no libido whatsoever. I am consistently plagued by headaches, body aches and an overall feeling of being uncomfortable in my own skin. I can get plenty of sleep every evening (usually at least 9 hours) and still wake up feeling completely exhausted as though I haven't slept in days. I have not felt truly rested in years. I have been taking Zoloft for depression and less so for social anxiety, although the biggest difference I have seen is huge relief of the social anxiety. I hope that I can maintain that after being freed from Zoloft. At first, my partner was happy with me being on the meds, but now, she is tired of me not caring about anything. She thinks that I don't care about her but I don't know how to explain it. I am now off of Zoloft for 3 days and I am starting to feel the "zaps" that have been described. They feel more like extreme dizziness for just a brief moment, particulary when turning my head. The back of my head at the base of my skull and neck is very sensitive to touch, I think this is weird. I can't concentrate and find that light and sound are becoming very irritating. I also am finding that my ears feel "stuffy" like they have cotton in them. I don't know if that's withdrawal or just springtime allergies. My vision is blurry sometimes. My body aches all over and I just have that general flu-like feeling. Right now, my head hurts and my jaw too, right where my lower jaw connects to the upper. It feels like a dull headache pain. Good luck to all of you.

Posted by: NDO at March 24, 2006 12:09 AM

Have been on 100mg's of Zoloft for 7 months and have been given 150mg's of Wellburtin for probably about 2 to 3 months, I am having wierd feelings when some one tells me something it is as tho it has really happened to me and I don't know how to explain these feelings so some one can help me it is driving me crazy for all my friends thinks I am crazy and I never did have these feelings until I was put on both of these medications.I don't know how to tell the dr. so he will reduce the large amount of these Antidepressants, For I seriously do not need them.

Posted by: larry at March 25, 2006 3:04 PM

I am currently on Elavil 3 x per day. I was on it just at night before last doctor's visit. I have gained 5 lbs. in 6 days!!!! I'm will cut down to 2 X per day if this weight gain continues.

I also take 5 mg. of Zyprexa at night which my doctor increased to 10 mg. Both drugs increase your appetite. So what can you do???

Does anyone know of a newer drug than Elavil that is good for anxiety and depression? Some of the SSRI's have been too much of a stimulate for me. My mother takes "Celexa". I wonder if I could possibly try it?

Posted by: atpoem at March 25, 2006 5:45 PM

I started taking 50mg zoloft three days ago for anixety and the first night I could not sleep, the second felt ok, But the third eas a night mare, I literally could not function, I was grinding my teeth, having tremors, heart palpitations, anxiuos, paraniod, I could not do my regular routine and felt like I was going crazy, I am flushing this crap down the toilet, I would rather have anxiety than all theses other side effcets,I know you are supposed to take it for 4 weeks, but there is no way I could do it, I have a family to take care of, I dont think anyone should have to suffer the way I have, Plus the Drug is very Expansive!!

Posted by: jennifer at March 26, 2006 7:41 PM

I have been on 50mg of Zoloft for my panic attacks for about 4 months now. Since then I have quit smoking and lost 14 pounds. I have also been panic free. However I am having one terrible side effect. When ever I wake up in the middle of the night and get up to go to the bathroom or get water I start to feel very dizzy, light headed and my vision gets blurry. The only way I can describe it is the feeling of tripping on LCD. Once I go back to bed I can fall asleep fine and I never feel it when I wake up. This happens everynight and has been going on since I started Zoloft. I have told my doctor and had my blood pressure and sugar tested which are all normal. Does anyone know what I am talking about. If so please right back. I don't want to stop taking the Zoloft.

Posted by: Ramie at March 28, 2006 2:05 PM

I have been taking Zoloft for my anxiety for about two months. I have been experiencing severe bloating, acne, and rapid heart rate. These symptoms have seemed to make my anxiety even worse! I am talking to my doctor today to find out how to safely stop taking this. Has anyone else experienced these effects?

Posted by: Kelli at March 30, 2006 10:33 AM

I hope everyone here that has talked about zoloft never experiences the nightmare my son went thru while on this drug. My son was diagnosed with severe depression at 14 and put on zoloft. then the real hell began after 4 months on zoloft -- he could not sleep, gained weight, went from making A's in school to barely passing, had severely bad nightmares and was always paranoid. he never experienced any of these symptoms prior to taking zoloft. as a concerned parents, we talked to the pysch doctor about these symptoms and we were told that my sons depression was getting better and the side effects would dissapear. they did not. in the 5th month, he started cutting on himself and told his therapist he was having suicidal thoughts. the therapist told us he was not suicidal. just four days later, he put a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. by the grace of god, my son is still alive today. he is now 20 and has been drug free for two years. however, whenever he has tried to better his live, he can never catch a break and the let down always ties back to the zoloft and suicide attempt. so please, be careful and if you have suicidal thoughts -- SEEK HELP!!

Posted by: fkh at March 30, 2006 10:53 PM

I'm a 25 year old female and was put on Zoloft about 7 weeks ago for Depression and Anxiety. I started out with 25mg for 3 weeks, and now I've been on 50mg for 4 weeks. So far I don't think it is doing anything except giving me all of these side effects. I am CONSTANTLY EXHAUSTED - mostly in the afternoon/evening, but then I am also suffering from insomnia. So I will be completely wiped out and go to bed where I will just lie and stare at the ceiling for 6 hours until I fall asleep. Besides the sleep issues, I have had lots of diarrhea (which I can live with...), tremors in my toes, major sweating and hot flashes, and a very dry mouth. I could deal with everything else if I wasn't so tired all the time and could actually sleep at night. Anyway, I know every body is different and each drug reacts differently to everyone, so maybe Zoloft isn't for me. I'm going to my psychiatrist next week to see if I should up the dosage or try a different med or what. But it is interesting to see that other people out there have had experience with the same symptoms.

Posted by: Jennifer at March 31, 2006 7:14 PM

I started taking Zoloft 5 years ago. I started at a very low dose and am now up to 200 mg per day. The reason I started taking zoloft was severe depression. I was crying all day, every day. I stayed in my room in my bed for 20 hours a day. I was terrified to leave my apartment. I was going through a horrible break up--that was the trigger of my depression. Though, I've always had a "low grade" depression my entire life. Anyhow, within two weeks of starting zoloft something amazing happened... One morning I woke up and as usual, felt like crying. But as hard as I tried to cry, I couldn't. Keep in mind that I had been crying seemingly non-stop for months. And a couple of weeks after the zoloft started, my crying slowly began to taper off. The horrible obsession with my prior relationship began to lessen too. I began to feel a peacefulness that I hadn't experienced in years. Since then, during less stressful times in my life I will back off the amount of zoloft that I take. But in my case, zoloft was a true life saver. I still get depressed, but not the same intensity as before. Psycho-pharmacology had a positive impact on my life. It's like I had been walking around my entire life wearing cement shoes--then after zoloft, the cement shoes were gone. I could move easier, I wasn't weighted down by life. There have been some negative side effects--namely inhibited orgasm and weight gain--but I can live with these minor annoyances.

Posted by: Tom at April 5, 2006 2:27 PM

I am 24 and starting my third week of zoloft. The first week I had headaches and nausea. That has passed, but now I don't want to eat. I feel very sluggish and I have been going off into my own little world at work,just staring at the floor not realizing it. I'm taking 50mg right now. I guess I will stick with it and see if I feel better soon.

Posted by: mindy at April 5, 2006 9:25 PM

My mother is on Zoloft and has been for several years. She has been exhibiting behaviors lately of extreme rudeness, extreme impatience, very obnoxious, restlessness, OCD-like behavior, agitation, almost manic behaviors, and they are getting progressively worse, to the point where I no longer want her to visit me in my home, and I no longer want to be with her at all, because it's exhausting and hurtful, the things that she does. I wonder how many other people are dealing with these kinds of symptoms from Zoloft...

Posted by: S.R. at April 20, 2006 7:01 PM

Zoloft has been great for me, except for one thing:

I get stuck in a sad mood if I cry, and it's hard to get out of it.

I used to take Lexapro, and I was unable to cry on it. Then I stopped for about 8 months, and I not only was able to cry, but cried a LOT, sometimes up to every day.
However, I usually felt better after crying: crying got rid of some of my depression, and I felt chemically happier after crying--relieved and relaxed and comparatively happy.

I started on Zoloft about a month ago and it's been great. I'm taking only 12.5 mg, that's usually enough,...I don't have much in the way of sexual side effects at this dose, and I'm still able to cry and have emotions and all. And I can feel love.

But the annoying thing is that if I happen to cry, I feel like my brain gets stuck in sad mode, much more so than when I was not on Zoloft. I no longer feel the relaxed feeling I used to feel after crying....I don't get any benefit from crying, but instead it gets me stuck being sad for at least a day. It's painful, it feels horrible. I'm prone to crying when I'm like this...at every instant, I'm exerting mild effort to keep my eyes from welling up with tears...I could make my eyes start crying almost effortlessly at a moment's notice.

Other times when this has happened, I've taken a double dose (25mg instead of 12.5) to try to counteract the sadness..but doing this has sometimes made me manic.

The worst thing is that the things that used to lift my mood when I wasn't on Zoloft don't help any more, when I'm on Zoloft. I try positive thoughts, and it's as though my brain is high-inertia and sluggish and can't be bothered to feel happier, no matter how many positive thoughts I think.

I feel like on Zoloft, I have much less ability to lift my mood through positive thinking.

Posted by: Andrea Runyan at May 16, 2006 2:45 AM

My gyno recently (2 weeks ago) prescribed to counter-act the depression triggered by hormonal birth control. I'm finding that i'm emotionally blank, don't have much of an appetite (a good thing, really!), have an extremely dry mouth/throat, and have trouble concentrating at verious points during the day. I'm also experiencing pain in my jaw, as though I'm grinding my teeth when I sleep. Has anyone else dealt with the teeth grinding?

Posted by: A.B. at June 8, 2006 9:05 PM

hello, i am a 25 year old female, i was just perscribed Zoloft 3 days ago. i know its only been 3 days but i feel, so good. less stressed and at ease with everything. i have alot of emotional problems, where i become abusive, mean, upset at any litle thing and an extream bad case of OCD. for the past 3 years i have avoided all doctors and just took anything i could get my hands on..free sampels of depression medication. but i know thati need help. i went to the doctor a year ago and i will never forget what this B**** Doctor told me...."its life get over it!" i knew insdie that i had a problem, ive tryed to commit suidide and others things as well. but i feel apart even worse than before. latter one in life, i meet the love of my life, my husban! he is so patiient and understanding of my awful moodswings and problems. i relize how much i lo9ve him and that i need professional help! i went ot the doctor 3 days ago and siad planley....i feel like ive lost all control and i feel like im going crazy and im going to loose everything i have if i dont get help. i have a wonderful job, great husband, cute little house and i am very blessed, but it wasnt good enough for me, something is mi9ssing in my life and im still unhappy! i wake up in the middle of the night just angry and misrable...whats wrong with me? why me? i just want to be happy...thats all. honeslty i dont care if i put on 10 pounds i want to enjoy life and be happy. for those of you that stopn taking something that is helping you....think before you react, whats better..being happy and haveing a life or worrying about your weight and a few side affects? think about it, cuase i have felt some awful feelings and thougts in my time and i just hope that zoloft helps me. today i feel very good, calim, not stressing about small stuff and i wanted to come to work. thats a gret start and i have to do it one day at a time. at first i siad theres no way in hell im going to take a pill to be happy, but know i will di anything. good luck to everyone nad remember think before you react and live life to the fullest,m you nevre know when its your time!

Posted by: Cole Bentley at June 20, 2006 2:31 PM

Great, now i feel even worse. I've been on Zoloft for like 3 months now because i was having panic attacks. for no reason, just recently, i got a bad anxiety attack. ever since then, i have been in this weird sort of fog. it feels like i'm not really here kind of. i feel psychotic. life just kind of feels like a dream. sure, i could be exaggerating, but the thing is, i dont know. i just feel like crap. it's like my seratonin levels have just hit rock bottom. i don't know if this recent feeling i'm having is just depression, cuz i don't exactly know what full-on depression feels like, or if something else is wrong in my brain. or maybe it could be like extreme anxiety because i think i'm dying, and the worry is leaving me in a fog. i need help. i've cried about this for the past couple days because i just don't feel myself. it's the scariest feeling in the world. please help me, i'm begging you.

Posted by: Andrew at June 23, 2006 10:44 AM

Hello there, i have been experiencing this bloody insomnia for almost 5 years. it takes me hours to fall asleep and get back to sleep and always get up early in the morning (4 or 5 oclock). I have been told that depression might cause that. I am not sure if I have depressin. when i get enough sleep (of course i have to use sleeping pills)i feel great.

may question is: Has Zoloft eased insomnia if you expereinced any?

Posted by: at June 29, 2006 1:42 AM

I had 4 or 5 panic attacks (so my doctor says), so she put me on Zoloft about 6 months ago. It has been pure hell. I have my fun personality, I am dizzy all of the time. I tried to lower my dosage so that I could stop taking them and I would get zapping feeling in my legs, headaches, insomnia, very anxious and I feel like I am almost a zombie. Somtimes I feel like crying for no reason. I am worse now than before I was prescribed this medication, it seemes as though I have been poisioned. What can I do?

Posted by: Eve at July 20, 2006 11:48 PM

I am a 52 year old female and have taken Zoloft for 12 years, I have recently stopped taking my 100 mg daily dosage. I felt like things in my life had calmed down where I would not need this drug. I don't like to take medicine but I am unsure if I am going to be able to stay off the Zoloft. I can cry at the drop of a hat now. Just reading an e-mail can bring me to tears. It had gotten to the point where there were sexual side effects after so many years on this Rx. I had a minimal amount of weight gain, maybe 9 pounds in the 12 years, so that wasn't the issue. I just felt like I needed to be drug free. We will see if this is going to work or not. I didn't taper off from my usage. While I was on vacation the week of the July 4th I just stopped. I have noticed I am more agitated with my family especially my poor husband. I hate when my family says, "Have you taken your pill?" I want to stay off Zoloft but don't know if I can or not. Maybe it has not been long enough to get the drug out of my system. Any suggestions???

Posted by: CT at July 24, 2006 6:11 PM

I'm 43 and have suffered from depression and bulimia since I was a teenager. As an adult, I've taken Paxil, Wellbutrin, Prozac, Pamelor, Celexa...you name it. I always feel better initially, then the side effects kick in and I sink back into depression.
I have been on Zoloft for about 3 or 4 months now, prescibed by my general physician. At first on the Zoloft (50 mg.), I felt much better, like the fog had lifted. My PMS has not improved---I fly off the handle at my husband and threaten to leave him every cycle. Now, I am back to having suicidal and hateful thoughts almost daily. I don't cry every day, but I feel depressed and don't feel like doing anything. It's all I can do to go grocery shopping or wear makeup. The very worst part for me is the weight gain. I couldn't believe my eyes this morning when I weighed myself...I have put on ten pounds in just this short amount of time. I don't eat any more than I did before, but I now have a belly and a fat behind.
For a bulimic, this weight gain is causing a major conflict in my head, along with everything else.
I think it's time for me to wean myself off, but I'm so afraid to go off the medication at the same time. I have been so depressed in the past, and it affects everyone. I'm damed if I do, damned if I don't.

Posted by: LB at July 31, 2006 1:06 AM

I am looking for input from teens or parents of teens who are willing to share experiences with Zoloft. My 15 yr old daughter has been seeing a psychologist for almost a year for mild depression. They have told me therapy isn't helping and they want to try Zoloft. I've read the blogs; side affects sound scary and I am concerned with the things I've read about suidcidal thoughts. Is it worth it for mild depression? It's not indicated for use in anyone under 18 for depression and I am wondering if there's a better product. Prozac IS indicated for adolescent depression; anyone have experience with that?

Thanks very much for any information- I am so worried about her.

Posted by: S at August 2, 2006 10:54 PM

i have been on zoloft for about 1yr, and i used to get it from my Dr office and now they tell me that they are not getting the smalpes any more. i don't have any ins, can you help me please. i have never feeled better. and i want to stay on this.

Posted by: JALILA BARBER at August 7, 2006 12:12 PM

My name is lindsey. I have been dealing with anxiety for 10 years. It differs from day to day. I have taken anxiety attacks in the last little while, and i am tired of dealing with it. I feel sad, i feel what i like to call the feeling of inpending doom. I need to know what is right for me. Please help!!!!!

Posted by: Lindsey at August 11, 2006 10:48 AM

hello i am 15 and i am no longer taking zoloft i was 13 when i first got on zoloft in november of 2004 and within 6 months i became suicidal i know you say i'm young but if you don't believe me research zoloft and suicide and you will see. In june of 2005 i was hospitalized for suicidal thoughts and i wasn't giving zoloft for suicidal thoughts or anything related to it i was giving zoloft for behavior promblems nothing like having fits only because i like to state my opinion and i got me in to trouble so my mom took me to mental health and they gave me zoloft. At first it seemed to help but within 6 months i became suicidal just remember that i wasn't suicidal at first they even have that on records at mental health that i wasn't suicidal only zoloft made me

Posted by: kendra at August 15, 2006 5:03 PM

I was on Celexa with no benefits.. then switched to wellbutrin 150mg which gave me intense rage on top of the rage from the celexa discontinuation... now im on 150mg wellbutrin and 50mg zoloft and I've never felt better in my life. Anxiety and mood are completely stabilized after 5 days of this combination... ask your doctor to add wellbutrin to your zoloft.. its great.

Posted by: Adam at August 18, 2006 2:37 PM

Yes I would like some Samples please, yas Depression,Panic Attacks I am suffering, but U have to what till the 29th sy see a Phyciatrise,Iwould like some samples so I can sleep

Posted by: Bobbie Ground at September 9, 2006 7:52 AM

Yes I would like some Samples please, yas Depression,Panic Attacks I am suffering, but U have to what till the 29th sy see a Phyciatrise,Iwould like some samples so I can sleep

Posted by: Bobbie Ground at September 9, 2006 7:52 AM

I started having problems a couple years ago, and wen tto the Dr's for chest pain and panic disorder, its strange I never had any serious problems in my previous 50 years.
He tried the usual Valium and other meds to help me sleep it would work for a few hours and tehn I was up. I wasn't compfortable till dawn.
I finally convinced him I was having a very bad time exisiting with this panic attacks and lack of sleep.
He gave me the start up pack of zoloft, the 25 mg 1 week and 50 the second, by the third day I was euphoric , calm, my wife saw the change come over me.
I wasn't iriitable, and didn't realize how angry I wasa t the world till the meds cleared the fog.
I finally landed around 100 mg dosage and after a year I went cold turkey felt I was cured.
That was a big mistake, I had withdrawls by the third day and by the second week I was starting to have panic attacks at night while asleep
So if your fixed don't stop taking the meds, the symptoms will return and you will be surprised how painful it is to be off the meds.
The good news is I am able to hold at 50 mg after the 2 weeks off the meds. SO that was the only positive for stopping. Good Luck to anyone trying to find help keep trying it may take a different med, but some times you get lucky adn when your fixed its a blessing.

Posted by: Doug at September 11, 2006 9:22 PM

i was taking 50mgs for 3 months and was doing okay all of a sudden i started feeling really bad more ocd thoughts and a dpression that is imobilizing to the point to where you cant even live a normal life so then i went up on my meds to 100mgs per day for a month and now im sleeping less and still having deep depression just wondering if this stuff works or what also im having hyper sexual and every time i wake up to urinate at night i already have an erection then the next day my testicles hurt all day then i feel like i have to release and it puts all kinds of thoughts into my head to distressing to even talk about let me know if you think this stuff is not working or what

Posted by: zeke gomez at September 15, 2006 11:45 PM

I have been on Zoloft for approx 4 years. I have been on 100mg and have been advised to take 50mg for a month. At the begining It was fine, now after 12 days of weaning off, I am feeling tightness in my chest and seem to be worrying more then normal. I have also had very vivid dreams and headaches.Should I give it time or should I go back on my medication? Will my body learn to produce more natural seretonin?

Posted by: cassy at October 5, 2006 10:52 AM

Ive been on zoloft for about one week. i havent had any panic attacks or uncontrolable gagging since starting the medication. in that sense, its working just fine. But i have been taking 2 to 3 hour naps daily after taking my zoloft. Ive gained 2 pounds this week. And my main problem is that i cannot urinate. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes for me to finally be able to pee. Its scary when you really have to go. But i guess i'll keep taking it and see what happens. By the way, im eric, and 20 years old. i will keep you posted.

Posted by: at October 11, 2006 11:45 AM

Zoloft is the best thing that ever happened to my life. I have been taking zoloft 25 mg for the last 14 days. My entire family has noticed a big difference. I no longer "snap" or get angry. It was a total switch. If this is the answer to my "anger" and "anxiety" I don't mind taking zoloft for a life time.

Posted by: Marie at October 21, 2006 4:44 PM

Zoloft saved my life. I suffered from alcohol and drug abuse. Depression was always there. I would have killed myself if it weren't for the relief Zoloft gave me.

Posted by: dude at January 18, 2007 8:03 PM

PS: I started a Blog on Blogger called www.mymindisbroke.blogspot.com where I talk about my journey.....

Posted by: dude at January 18, 2007 8:07 PM

is it best to take zoloft in the morning or evening? is one better than the other?

Posted by: robin Ament at January 27, 2007 6:48 AM

Just took my first pill last night of Zoloft. I have been on wellbutrin before for panic attacks, and it made me mean. I am a non smoker now for 23 days, am using commit nicotene replacement. I have however been getting more and more panic attacks. You know the ones where you think your having a heart attack. Doctors tell me stress. I am a 38 year old female with a 2,7, and 9 year olds. I am worried that if I use this pill I might have thoughts of hurting them or myself. I have never had them in the past and do not want to start now. Should I be worried with this Zoloft?

Posted by: julie at March 7, 2007 11:04 AM

Im 13 years old and i would love to stop taking zoloft. Ive been on it for almost a year and it has been horrible. I feel confused, dizzy, bot hungry, very thirsty. When i go out to eat i drink 6 cups of water or diet coke. I always feel tired. My hands shake. All my life i made A's and B's until now. My grades have dropped to D's and F's! And I feel depressed! My parents don't understand whats going on and I'm t backward to tell any one how this medicine is Bothering me. I feel like i have no energy, i could lay around all day and feel sick. My head hurts!!!!! Do not Take Zoloft!!!! The only reason i'm taking it is for Bad Dreams!

Posted by: Keenan at April 15, 2007 7:45 PM

I have tried so many depression meds...I take Zoloft combined with Abilify. I have never been more happy! Thanks, this combination saved my life!!!

Posted by: Erica at May 4, 2007 12:41 AM

I have been taking Zoloft for 2 yrs, I have gained
40 pounds, I try everything and cannot lose. any sugesstions? I have read that it is common and I'm not sure why, ready to go off to see if I can lose the weight, that's depressing too.

Posted by: Debbie at September 6, 2007 9:29 PM

I was put on Zoloft and Welbutrin for depression and anxiety and regularly visited a psychiatrist to manage my meds. I am now a recovering alcoholic and was still doing some drinking while on the meds. As I began recovery I was reviewing paperwork done by my lawyer during a DUI case and found research linking both Zoloft and Welburtrin to increased urges to drink alcohol even in non-drinkers. I was honest with my Dr. regarding my alcohol use and history and yet I was put on a combination of drugs suspected to increase the urge to drink. It might be wise to consult your Dr. regarding these studies, especially if you have a habit of self medicating with alcohol.

Posted by: Kelly at October 2, 2007 9:54 AM

taking or not taking depends on so many factors. In my case, it has changed my life. I spent years thinking I was weak because I felt so crappy and knew it didn't makes sense because my life was fine. Zoloft changed all that. I now regret so many years not enjoying life.

Posted by: Armen at November 11, 2007 12:32 AM

zoloft completely destroyed my short term memory and because of it i am failing all my exams . i am forgetting everything that i've studied and when i take my exam i cant remember a single thing.
once i opened the door of my house to go out then i forgot my keys so i went back in to get my keys and on the way back out i saw my door was open and i thought somebody else opened my door .. i was shocked to see my door open even though it was me who opened it just a few seconds ago .. ! zoloft should be taken off the market asap!!!

Posted by: mark at December 8, 2007 10:48 PM

My brother is acting really sporadic ever since he started taking Zoloft. Its like he is not mentally stable...

Posted by: Rick Moralles at January 28, 2008 1:40 PM

I have been taking 50mg,For a few months,in the morning.Then for no reason switched to taking it in afternoonabout 6 pm.At first I didnt notice a difference,but for last 2 months ,my moods are changing for the worse.Can I switch back to mornings.Zoloft has really helped,if taken in morning.Please let me know

Posted by: dortha teeple at March 4, 2008 12:23 PM

I was just diagnosed with depression and prescribed a 50 mg dose of Zoloft. I have to say, these are depressing comments. If someone has something positive to say, please reach out. Because my life has been really rough (dad died 3 days before my wedding, severe financial problems due to economy, before that laid off from work, remodeled house, started new career, moved to a new state, left my best friends ). I am 36, married, but no kids and have had several panic attacks and went to the dr. for anxiety. He told me I was depressed. He's right. I cry every other day, feel hopeless, frustrated, angry. Never wanted to commit suicide but want to drop everything and flee to some Latin American country. Curl up in bed lots. No OCD, some alcohol abuse. Thanks for listening. Please give me a rainbow of optimism. Been taking it for 3 days. Will start regular dose (50 mg) in a few days.

Posted by: Zola at April 3, 2008 1:12 AM

have been on a combination of zoloft and wellbutrim for 2 years - recently lost my job and insurance. Without insurance I can not purchase my medications: this is what I wrote in my personal journal I have now title W.T.F. or "Same bullshit life:
"Depression … is like sitting in a blacked out room – the darkness swirls around you drawing you further and further in and down into it. The only light? An occasional person walking in and out of the darkness – you want them there – you want them gone – their light hurts your eyes – your soul which you know to be black as hell – the darkness is you – you are the darkness. Your very breath is seen before your eyes as soot – filthy dirty soot – God how do you step out? Nothing out there has changed – no one knows – it is your hell and only spills out in hateful words to those you love most – is there any love in there at all? Probably not – love is good – there is no good in you – only darkness, death, and depression … DAMN"

BOTTOM LINE: If you got 'em - TAKE 'EM

Posted by: judy at April 14, 2008 10:44 PM

I've been taking Zoloft for a few months and it's really helped my depression. I came here because the sexual side effects are bothering me. I have a new girl and we have a lot of sex but I rarely achieve orgasm and sometimes have trouble staying erect. I plan to try some herbal pills to see if they help.

As far as the depression goes, I feel cured. But I think it was because of therapy and self help books in combination with drugs that did it. Read "Feeling Good" if you haven't already. Then read "The Power of Now". They both helped me out a ton.

Posted by: Scott at June 3, 2008 5:12 PM

I dont take anti depression meds but iam very sucidal and i do need help theres no doubt about that, i refuse meds due to the crazy side effects and if they take you them you get worse.

and of course theres the story of the boy whom killed his grandparents and blamed it on zoloft because of the side effects he said that skin felt like it was crawling.

btw meds like that are not supposed to be given to anyone under 18.

Posted by: depression bites at June 22, 2008 5:33 PM

I started taking Zoloft in 1992, This has been a miracle drug for me. I noticed the effects within 1 week with a little nausea and diareha.
It has almost completely eliminated my depression as well as helped my back pain.
I still have an empty and detached feeling but I an going to try Celexa and see what happens.
Good luck with this drug

Posted by: charlie at June 29, 2008 12:27 PM

I have taken zoloft for 5days and am very dizzy I want off from it how long should it take to get off?

Posted by: Kerry Cantrell at July 8, 2008 3:59 PM

I have been taking 100 mg of Zoloft since 1989, about 19 years. DO NOT TAKE GENERIC ZOLOFT AS IT DOES NOT WORK. I took it in late 2006 for three months and spireled out of control until I realized is was the GENERIC ZOLOFT I had been taking for three months. The same thing happened to my adult son with generic Zoloft, and he never mentioned it to me until I told him my story. He even lives in another state.

Posted by: Dana at August 6, 2008 7:54 AM

Think you need Zoloft or any other behavior modification drug. Think again, what you really need is to allow your mind and emotions to work themselves out or you may just need a good kick in the butt. The human being has dealt with their own problems for thousands of years. We've been depressed and anxious many times before. Its a part of life.

Posted by: Eric at December 8, 2008 6:12 PM

i am a 24 yr old female. i started taking Zoloft because of a traumatic incident that happened in 05. I started taking it in January of 07. It is now December 08 and you can say im still on it but i have been having periods where i wont take it for like weeks. It has been a great help for my depression but only for like a year and a half or so. At the beginning of this year i noticed i put on weight. and thruout this year i have been sinking right back into depression but now its over my weight and my self-esteem. i have gained about a good 15-20 lbs and that is depressin in itself because i was exercising and eatin fine so i didnt know where all the weight had come from. ppl were telling me i put on weight and i always hate that esp when i know ive tried my best to be fit. I was gettin mad at mom cuz she was telling me i wasnt exercising and i was telling her that i was but she didn't believe me cuz i wasnt losing any weight even when i did my best to. That is such a frustrating thing. I guess i have a fear of getting too big. I do feel headaches, numbness in my extremities that was never there before, palpitations and fatigue. I want to totally be done with Zoloft. It helped initially but now its doin more damage than good.

Posted by: Genevieve at December 9, 2008 1:32 AM

I was started off on 100mg dosage, and after taking the drug for the first time every in my life, I had a more horrible experience than my panic attacks, and depression.

I became sick to my stomach, stomach aches, collar bone hurt, my head was throbbing, my eyes would not focus, and my vision was delayed during movement, everything is out of focus, my body felt like it wanted to tear out of its skin, like my inside were restless, I tried to sleep but could not because of heart palpitations, and my brain was so fuzzy, and I couldn't think straight.

I have not taken the medication since the first dose, and I do not think that psychotropic drugs are a good thing now. I use to think that until I actually experienced this. I do not know that I will ever trust the FDA and doctors again, because of the connection between american doctors, the fda, and the pharmaceutical companies.

I am writing this 22 hours after first taking the medication, and I still am not better. I think I will go to the hospital to see if there is something to counter-act this horrible medicine.

I'm sure that it is not like this in every case, but I think they are too quick to prescribe this, along with many other medications. I wish that the FDA, doctors, and pharmaceutical companies would stop working with each other to increase each others profits, and start helping people cope rather than giving crappy medications to people.

Granted my panic attacks are horrible however, they are not constant, and only last for a short time. I would much rather deal with that than deal with this anyday of the week/month/year/decade/century.

Posted by: Tim at March 25, 2009 2:10 PM

I am a 16 year old male i have been taking zoloft for the last 4 weeks about 50mg should i be taking this much at my age plus its not helping so they might be putting me on more im not sure i would like some opinions please


Posted by: corey at July 3, 2009 8:55 AM

i am 15 years old and on zoloft and so far it hasnt really helped much but ive heard it different for each person. my brother (18) is on it as well and it didnt help him much either, in fact he took to many and it made him throw up. but he takes it for deppresion and i take it for PTSD, OCD, and panicing. However, for my mom, it helping incredibly. she used to take it for anxiety attacks and it stopped them and she is great now. ive only been on it a few months and so far, it has made me able to get to sleep better. however, i am still having issues with cutting and sadness. so advice for putting your teenager on it, : if it is nessasary, it worth a shot, perhaps try it for a month and monitor him or her VERY closely to make sure its not presenting a negative affect. but perhaps try a psychologist first. talking things out helped me alot at first but when it wasnt enough, my councoler suggested adding zoloft. hope it helps. have a nice day!!!

Posted by: Sari at November 1, 2009 7:22 PM

To Cory: I am not a Doctor, but a combat vet. Many of my friends suffer various mental problems. The young ones seem to benefit more from Wellbutrin, becsuse teens brain are not well developed yet.

Posted by: Boyd at November 11, 2009 1:51 PM

I think it's very unfair to leave such negative comments about such a serious drug on here. People experience different drugs in different ways! I have been through many different anti-depressants before sticking to Zoloft. When I started taking it I would take it at night and couldn't sleep at night and would wake up really nauseous, then was VERY tired during the day. Of course this decreased as time went on. I now feel happy and don't have times where I feel completely useless and shouldn't be alive. I used to cry for no reason and get really really angry. Now I'm calm and loving. This is the best thing that's happened to me! This is the second time I've taken Zoloft. The first time was about 5-6 years ago where I was on it for a year before taking 5-htp (this helps me wean off without side effects). I was fine for years until I fell pregnant and the difficult birth combined with hormones made me depressed and anxious again, so I went back on it. After a year I plan on weaning off with 5-htp again and seeing how I go.

Posted by: Aleisha at March 14, 2010 1:40 AM

I started taking Zoloft August of 2009. It all started last April when my former doctor gave me some allergy medication that didn't agree with me called Xyzal and anyone thinking of taking Xyzal should consider some bad side effects. I only took 2 5mg tablets of the Xyzal and had 5 days of bad hallucinations. I then went to the er where they determined it was the allergy medication. I was doing very bad with anxiety so I started seeing a Phychiarist who gave me Zoloft and recently gave me a low dose of xanex. I am taking 200 mg of the zoloft which seems to be helping me very much. I used to cry at every little thing and now I am much more positive and as for the xanex it makes you tired which the zoloft doesnt so I take the xanex a couple of times a day but it is very good when I go to bed because that's when the hallucinations last year occured mostly at night. I believe that zoloft may not help everyone but it has helped me alot.

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Posted by: Sleepless at April 24, 2010 11:56 AM

zoloft is great when taken at the right dosage however affects many physical functions, such as sexual feelings. It can also leave you extremely depressed if accidentally missing one daily dosage. It is highly addictive and takes a while to wean off.

Lexapro is the newest SSRI (similar to zoloft) which attacks the nerve endings in the brain that need to be affected.

I suffer from this but am also a clinical psychologist and know the ins and outs of these drugs.

The dinasour drugs for depression were such as tryptonal which is a more sedative effect than an SSRI (ie. Selective Seretonin Reuptace Inhibitor.

Now days if people don't suffer from insomnia (a side effect of depression/anxiety) an SSRI is prescribed.

I hope this helps...

Posted by: Ally at May 20, 2010 11:19 AM

Is there anything that can be done for the not being able to sleep when you first start taking zolof?

Posted by: D Mastro at June 7, 2010 1:26 PM

my 8 yr. old grandson was just put on zoloft. he is taking another medication for mood disorder as well as clariton for allergies. he is also asthmatic. i am concerned that he is taking too much medication. will zoloft work with the other meds. his dad said the child is depressed, but i don't see him as being depressed. he recently lost contact with his mother and is angry.

Posted by: sylvia kline at July 4, 2010 7:41 AM

I just started taking Zoloft for insomnia and Post Tramatic Stress Disorder. I love it. It should be part of the food pyramid lol. It allows me to sleep and I don't feel as anxious during the day. It has only been about a few weeks since I started taking it but I haven't had any real side effects except a dry mouth. It's nice to be able to sleep :-)

Posted by: Amy at August 9, 2010 12:40 AM

My doc put me on zoloft 25mg for 7 days than 50mg for 21 days but im afraid to take it. I really need to be on some kind of meds because i suffer from depression,ocd,anxiety and sometimes depersonalization. I've been this way for almost a year now and im tired of it and need some relief but im so afraid of the side affects. can eny ne help?????

Posted by: SAMANTHA at October 14, 2010 2:27 PM

I have been diagnosed with Bi-Polar II and severe anxiety disorders, Along with these delights, I have developed a deep seated anger and rage. It just seethes below the surface and rears its ugly head at the most importune times. Usually at my closest family member whom I love dearly. I am on medi-cal which means I have to wait 2 months to get a proper psychiatrist. In the mean time I am stuck with my PAC who obviously knows nothing about psych meds. I have would up in our local Crisis walk in center 2 times in the last months for extreme suicidal idealizations and horrible depression. I just took out my Zoloft and took some again along with 200mg a day of Seroquel. I am not functioning well and I am afraid there is no hope of getting a proper shrink until Obamacare kicks in in 2012. I am scared and feel alone on this journey. So I hope u all understand this is serious and go get medical help if you are able.

May God bless the Republican leaders to soften their hearts and not kill the only access the rest of us will have to medical care.

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Posted by: gary Chan at June 1, 2011 8:28 PM

Have yall heard that Zoloft and other SSRI's could lead to autism and other serious issues? I read an article on CNN.com and they said they found links to taking zoloft in the first trimesters of your pregnancy with a 4 x's better chance of having a child diagnosed with it.

Posted by: Penelope Meshell at October 5, 2011 5:25 PM

Have you heard children whose mothers take zoloft or similar SSRIs are twice as likely to have a diagnosis of autism? If anyone knows anything about this please respond with some advice!

Posted by: Mya Harris at October 5, 2011 5:41 PM

hey my name is lacey I have ocd / anxienty and phobios and i took celexa and the side effects are were so bad and i have appt to go to a doctor and take new meds idk what they goign to be but what would be the best meds with my problems with less side effects i scared i am going to get sick off of them cause celexa made me feel like that and made me really dizzy and turmor.

Posted by: Lacey at October 13, 2011 1:40 PM

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Posted by: Law at October 20, 2011 6:17 PM

I stared taking zoloft 12.5 mg. for 7 days then went to 25mg. for 10 days then dr,upped to 50 mg. for 10 days. had severe headaches, nausea, and the runs everyday so dr. cut back to 25mg. for 8 days. symptoms still persisted. I have cut down to 12.5 mg. for past 3 day, Can I now stop?

Posted by: Tadpole at November 12, 2011 1:12 PM

I have "pbc" a liver disease. My doctor wants to prescribe Zoloft for the uncontrollable itching that comes with this liver disease. Not sure I should take it.

Posted by: Bev at December 14, 2011 11:56 AM

why do they do this

Posted by: emilee at February 17, 2012 2:57 PM

I have been on celexa with epival. I must say that celexa just on it's own is not an answer for my ups and downs.
My ups are exactly that. I am up early in the mornings and mid to very late nite sleep. I do take nitrazepam for sleep 10mg and 2 mg of clonazepam for anxiety and stress.
With all the above this combination does not change the instability. Getting to my lows or downs. They make me sleep for a multitude of hours of sleep and there is no practical or routine to any of this what so ever.
My doctor (psych)feels this is also due to PTSD and what I am asking is if so does Zoloft is a better recommended medication with a possible flux of moodstablizer and anti-anxiety meds. I do have to stick to epival as lithium caused problems with my kidneys.

Thank you,

Posted by: Julia at April 16, 2012 1:14 AM

I have taken zoloft for 10 year and all my teeth have rotted what can i do? I am 38 years old and have no upper teeth and cant afford to pay for new teeth

Posted by: Matthew M at April 23, 2012 2:57 PM

I have been taking Zoloft for 4 days I need it to help but my stomach is having waves of pain like it is turning inside out and I'm very nauseous has this happened to anyone else and does it subside after taking it a while or will I have to switch meds

Posted by: Delores at May 26, 2012 6:20 PM

I m got married after two month but i aferd about sex& bleeding after sex

Posted by: Neha yadav at July 26, 2012 12:30 AM

been on zoloft for 10 years, went off and entered hell i am doing eastern meds, acupuncture and struggling to climb back up. my problems are depression plus fibromyalgia which there are lots of meds for, one worse than the other. i hope to get better with the other alternatives.

Posted by: pat fraser at January 23, 2013 10:21 PM

I just lost a son at 38 weeks of pregnancy. My doctor wants me to take Zoloft temporarily until the grieving period passes. I'm nervous that once I start the meds then I won't be able to return to normal without them. Does anyone have any experience with just taking Zoloft under a year?

Posted by: tanisha at July 25, 2013 3:28 PM

I was prescribed sertraline for anxiety, and i will never ever take them again.
They should be banned.
They made me so ill whilst taking them and i have
lost so much time off work.
I weaned myself off them recently and have been off them
over a month and have felt so unwell and have more health probs than had before.
They are evil tabs and they should be taken off market
GP's are to quick to prescribe antidepressants
rather than deal with the root cause

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Posted by: Angry at zoloft at April 1, 2014 2:39 AM

Hi I am a 38 year old mother of 2, my family doctor perscribed me Zoloft for my anxiety and depression. After 2 months of taking the medication I started to shoplift when I have never stolen anything before in my life. I could not seem to stop myself when I was in a store from shoplifting when I knew how wrong it was and that I was gonna be so ashamed of myself later I still continued to do it. I was so embarrassed of what I have become and didn't understand why I started to do it in the first place so after 9 months of my bad behavior I couldn't stand myself so I ask my doctor for a referral to see a psychiatrist. I went to see the psychiatrist and we discussed what happened around the time the shoplifting started and when I told him I was currently on Zoloft and that my doctor first perscribed it to me about month before it first occurred and he stopped the medication Zoloft immediately he said that antidepressants can cause uncharector like behavior and is confident it is the cause. I can happily say it's been 19 days ago since my last 200 mg dose and I haven't stolen anything and I have the nervousness back about even thinking about it. What really stinks about it is the fact my reputation is now ruined in my small town people look at me like a thief when they have no idea I wouldn't have shoplifted if I was not perscribed the antidepressant Zoloft. I want to warn other people so they don't fall victim to the side effect of antidepressants I now have a criminal record for rest of my life when I have never even had a traffic ticket in my 37 years until my 9 months Zoloft ruined my life

Posted by: Tracy at April 21, 2014 11:35 PM

I started by taking 25 ~ half of 50 Zoloft for a week.
Then uped to 50 & yesterday I felt really dizzy ~ already had the, you know, typical Squamish to my stomach sic feelings.
So this am I decided to stop it.
I feel a little bit better but the off balance feeling is still there.
I was on Celexa for years & it really did not do much for me after a few years so took myself off of it.
I guess I will just try to cope without drugs...
Cry out to God & try not to obsess on worry, anxiety etc.
My insurance does not pay for anything except the generics & I have to try all of them & have side effects BEFOR I can get on anything newer or better & I do not want to go from drug to drug .
I just know my anxiety & ptsd are so AWEFUL I thought I'd try drugs again & this has helped in that I feel more under control & less full of the AWEFUL anxiety & all that goes with it.
I will see my doctor & tell him this on 3/17/15
Do not know what to do...the dizziness really scared me last night...I feel like it is disapating & hope by not taking any Zoloft today it will go away. Any thoughts that may help would be appreciated .

Posted by: Rainie at March 10, 2015 10:52 AM

I'm 15 years old and am turning 16 in May. I tried Fluoxetine awhile ago but had to stop due to a lot of symptoms. My psychiatrist has suggested to start Sertraline because of my major depression. She said that cognitive therapy and an anti depressant has more chance of working. I have read a lot into it and it does not sound right for me. It has no good effect on adolescents treating depression, only treating anxiety. I am concerned about gaining weight because that will make my depression worse. Not long ago I fell very ill due to afew reasons and I experienced a lot of nausea which I was prescribed pills for. It took me awhile to start eating properly and feeling better. I really do not want to go through nausea and appetite problems again. I do need an anti depressant because I've been seeking help for years now, trying to manage my problems but have not succeeded, so trying medicine I think is the way to a better life. Along with cognitive behavioural therapy. I wish to be normal, but I accept that I am not. I just wish it wasn't torture being this way.

Posted by: Bree Baxter at April 16, 2015 11:50 AM

My 20yr old daughter became suicidal in one month on Zoloft! now hospitalize had anxiety now trying to kill herself evil drug

Posted by: Linda at December 6, 2015 10:18 PM

I thought about taking zoloft for a long time and finally did it for 3 months. I appreciated reading a lot of others experiences on the medication so I thought I would add my own experience.

First of all, I was very reluctant to try a med to help some of my anxiousness and "glumness". I'm the kind of guy that thinks that some positive thinking and some self-discipline can go a long way to be healthy. Plus, I'm generally very healthy and consider myself to be a successful guy with healthy relationships and achievement oriented.

That being said I have always fought hard to quell a bit of internal anxiousness; I think I hide it very well socially this form of internal intensity that is probably much more dramatic than a normal person deals with on a regular basis. I've always had claustrophobia and I've always been ansty slightly to make things happen (I would always get the award in sports growing up as Mr. Hustle:)

After a big move and spending a bunch of money and our 4th child was about as finicky as they come - I kind got pushed over the edge where I would have trouble getting through an afternoon at work. I'm normally very motivated (i.e. intense) but because perhaps some of these triggers with moving, job stress, spending, and a needy toddler - I became a little concerned for myself if I could keep performing at work and have healthy relationships with my wife and kids. My biggest fear was that my kids are growing up and will look back and see me as a dad that was always iritated with them and never really happy. To me that is intolerable.

For the first time in my life I was willing to do anything to try and make myself better.

I read a lot of material and I diagnosed myself with high-functioning anxiety and recognized there were times and areas of my life that are not normal and I could use some help. I never realized for instance, my severe claustraphophia was tied to my anxiety (and now I know cleary it was).

So I have a sister with some of my same symptoms (but worse) and she had been taking meds for years. Her experience was that zoloft worked the best out of the few she tried over 15 years.

Started on 25mg and moved to 50mg after two weeks.

Here is what happened:

Right away I slept probably 25% better and started taking longer naps than I ever had in my life (I work at home by the way). I normally would wake up early and not be able to go back to sleep but now, I would wake up and go back to sleep and wake up at 8:30am. My body felt heavy and relaxed in a good way - not sure if this was the medication or the extra sleep just helped me sit in a bit of a daze and for the first time in my life I would be saying stuff to myself like "man, this couch is comfortable."

There was the zombie/dazed feeling right away but I didn't mind it too much because that dark/glum feeling subsided that I was experience in the afternoons.

My sex drive decreased right away. Not only more difficult to "o" but about 90% less interest or thoughts about even wanting to have sex with my wife.

My claustrophobia went down sharply. This was great because flying on planes or being on a bus was torture and it seemed to be fixed 90% right away.

I never had such bad gas in my life. Didn't bother me too much, but my stomach was rumbling a lot. It bothered everyone else though, ha ha:)

Also, I had intense hunger pains all the time. It's hard to explain the feeling but the word "ravenous" comes to mind. Didn't gain any wieght but just felt incredibily hungary more often.

My wife noticed the difference that I was not getting wound-up as much and things didn't bother me nearly as much...like messes around the house or my kids misbehaving.

I also became a lot more apathetic to things that I enjoy doing - going to the gym, playing my guitar, riding my bike, getting an early start to work...it sounds odd but I felt like the sound coming from my guitar on zoloft wasn't as intense (or my emotional connection to music was decreased sharply on the med). Hence, I litterally stopped playing/enjoying my guitar right away on the med.

While on the med I did read a lot of stuff and I would recommend a book called "Telling yourself the Truth" and I think that book was very helpful for me to recognize a lot of beliefs I have in my head that are clearly not true but I let a lot of mistruths linger in my head like: "if you lose your job one day you will lose everything and live under a bridge"....the book gives a lot of helpful tips on recognizing that people allow themsevles to expect worst case senarios even though our experience will tell you that things are never as bad as you let yourself imagine them.

I never intended to stay on the med forever and was generally feeling better and the house move was over and life felt a little more in control. So a tappered back down to 25mg for two weeks and then finally came off it toally now for the past couple weeks.

I have instantly recognized off the med that my more intense feelings came back but not in an entirely bad way. I instantly started playing my guitars again and found myself really enjoying some things like biking, reading and being a bit more charasmatic around others. Honestly, I have never felt more energized and greatful in my life.

It has been wonderful to be honest to have all my motivation back. My theory as of now (and it could change) was that the med helped slow me down and give me a much needed change of pace in my life that I hadn't had in 20 years. It is almost as if the med kind of helped me moderate my emotional respons to things...not letting me get as sad/glum as I was but also not allowing me to feel those intensely happy feelings.

I do worry that all my motivation and intensity and my thirst for "productivty" will wear me out again and be back in the same boat. Not sleeping as well and noticed myself feeling those agitated feelings when my kids are creating chaos around the home. But way better than 3 months ago.

Anyway, sorry for the long post. Hopefully it helps someone out there.

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