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Can Zoloft cause increased anxiety, shaking, diarrhea, and tiredness, on the first day of taking 12.5mg of it? What would help with these side effects

Can Zoloft cause increased anxiety, shaking, diarrhea, and tiredness, on the first day of taking 12.5mg of it? What would help with these side effects

Unusual but possible: Contact your prescriber. You may not be able to tolerate this medication. If side effects are mild it is reasonable to wait but if moderate or severe call your prescriber and consider other options. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Hello I've recently increased my zoloft (sertraline) and experieincing worse anxiety since increasing. Is this normal?

Hello I've recently increased my zoloft (sertraline) and experieincing worse anxiety since increasing. Is this normal?

Not usually : Without knowing dose or condition being treated it is impossible to be more specific. Please discuss with your prescribing doctor or initiate a consult if you wish to have a second opinion. Thanks for using healthtap. Best wishes ...Read more

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I started 50 mg Zoloft (sertraline) five days ago i have headaches and decreased in appetite increased in anxiety should I stop Zoloft (sertraline)?

I started 50 mg Zoloft (sertraline) five days ago i have headaches and decreased in appetite increased in anxiety should I stop Zoloft (sertraline)?

Talk to your dr.: Don't do anything without talking to your dr. It can be hard starting a new medication but you need to be able to understand the side effects and the goal of the treatment. It sounds like you need help with this transition. Are you in therapy? Therapy can be very helpful with the problems that you describe. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Just started Zoloft (sertraline) 3 days ago and have increased anxiety and feeling antisocial — initial side effects?

Jitteriness syndrome: One side effect of antidepressants like Zoloft (sertraline) is something called “jitteriness syndrome” or “anxiety syndrome” — after starting antidepressant therapy, some patients feel more anxiety than before they had started. This side effect should goes away after consistent use of the drug. Nonetheless, make your doctor aware that you are experiencing the side effect in case s/he decides to alter therapy. ...Read more

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Zoloft (sertraline) 25mg for 1wk;just upped to 50mg past 2days; normal for increased anxiety during adjustment period?

Zoloft (sertraline) 25mg for 1wk;just upped to 50mg past 2days; normal for increased anxiety during adjustment period?

Yes: You can feel more anxious while you are adjusting to the medication. Hope you start to feel better soon. ...Read more

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On day 5 of getting back on Zoloft (sertraline) 25 mg. I have had increased anxiety and dizziness. Will the effects decrease every day?

On day 5 of getting back on Zoloft (sertraline) 25 mg. I have had increased anxiety and dizziness. Will the effects decrease every day?

YES WILL GO AWAY: It should it might be helpful to add faster acting anti anxiety to help while zoloft (sertraline) trying to be effective
it take up to two weeks gor the zoloft (sertraline) to be effective. ...Read more

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Just started Zoloft (sertraline) — anger for no reason and increased anxiety? Initial side effects?

Just started Zoloft (sertraline) — anger for no reason and increased anxiety? Initial side effects?

Watch carefully!: While it is possible that those side effects may disappear, it's usually a reason to make a turn-about and find other approaches to your depressive symptoms — including psychotherapy. These are not uncommon and in young men, they may be especially worrying. Definitely tell your provider and ask for alternatives to consider — especially if it doesn't change very, very soon. ...Read more

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Just starting Zoloft (sertraline) — anger for no reason and increased anxiety? Initial Side effects?

Just starting Zoloft (sertraline) — anger for no reason and increased anxiety? Initial Side effects?

No: Zoloft (sertraline) or Sertraline is a selective serotonin reuptake indicated for anxiety and depression. However, different people respond to SSRI differently. Sertraline may not be the right medication for you. You may want to consult your doctor to try a different antidepressant if your symptoms do not improve or worsen. ...Read more

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Having increased anxiety, insomnia, and hot flashes. I increased Zoloft (sertraline) 50 to 100 two weeks ago. Can these be delayed side effects or just my anxiety?

Having increased anxiety, insomnia, and hot flashes.  I increased Zoloft (sertraline) 50 to 100 two weeks ago.  Can these be delayed side effects or just my anxiety?

Zoloft (sertraline) : Zoloft (sertraline) can be used to help all those symptoms, but in some people cause sweating, jitteriness, and insomnia as side effects. Please contact your doctor and let him/her know what's happening. You might need a different medicine or a slower titration upwards -- your doctor will want to help you get the best results. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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I take Zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety. My doctor upped it from 50mg to 100mg for increased stress. I have chest pains from stress at work, what can I ask for?

I take Zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety. My doctor upped it from 50mg to 100mg for increased stress. I have chest pains from stress at work, what can I ask for?

Ask for talk therapy: In addition to the zoloft, (sertraline) you can ask for a referral to a good psychotherapist to help you with your anxiety. Medication alone will not manage it successfully. Also, if you're having chest pains you need a checkup with your family physician. Anxiety can certainly cause chest pain, but your doctors would not want to miss anything else. ...Read more

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Is it possible 2get a bit of increased anxiety & agitation after first 4weeks on zoloft (sertraline)? I've had a few heart palps too, does that mean its dangerous?

It is possible: It can cause an initial increase in anxiety, but after 4 weeks, that should go away and anxiety should decrease. Some people have paradoxical responses and become more anxious, which may mean it is not the best drug for you. The Worst case, the drug could precipitate a manic episode in someone with undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Have a discussion with your doctor to discuss your treatment options. ...Read more

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My anxiety happens daily, my dr suggested Zoloft (sertraline) but im affaid of side effects?

Trust your doctor: After they evaluated you they made the best recommendation for you. Every drug has the potential for side effects. The key word there being potential. Most people will not experience any side effects and if they do, they're usually mild and transient. ...Read more

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I took Zoloft (sertraline) for my anxiety but it was too strong, is there something else I can take?

I took Zoloft (sertraline) for my anxiety but it was too strong, is there something else I can take?

Try alternatives: These include: other medications, low doses, or no medicine and lifestyle changes. Therapy and lifestyle change (especially exercising and healthy eating) can be close to or even as effective as antidepressants for many people. Don't be afraid to try these options, especially if your depression is not severe. ...Read more

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I would like to stop taking my Zoloft (sertraline) (it was for my anxiety). What is the best way to quit?

I would like to stop taking my Zoloft (sertraline) (it was for my anxiety). What is the best way to quit?

Talk with provider: Coming off Zoloft (sertraline) too quickly can produce withdrawal so please make sure you talk with your prescribing provider about how to taper off the medication. Not only is this important for effective communication about your healthcare and treatment planning, but your provider can best advise you on stopping based on your health history and dosage. Be well. ...Read more

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Have been taking Zoloft (sertraline) for 2 months and the anxiety gets worse each day. Is this normal or cause for concern?

SE: Hello. Please let your prescribing physician know. You may not be on a high enough dose. Another possibility is that it is activating you and making you feel worse. I would flush this out with your provider. ...Read more

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What time is best to take Zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety morning or night? Would taking it at night lose its effect by morning time?

What time is best to take Zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety morning or night? Would taking it at night lose its effect by morning time?

AM vs PM: Zoloft (sertraline) is considered to be neither activating nor sedating. I recommend a patient start taking zoloft (sertraline) in the am (with food to promote absorption). If one becomes sleepy or tired later in the day I move it to bedtime. I don't start a medication at night that could induce insomnia you would have an upset patient in the am. After taking zoloft (sertraline) for several days you will have 24 hour coverage. ...Read more

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I start Zoloft (sertraline) senc 16 days. 50mg then 75 mg but I steel have anxiety and deepresst when I well start feel good?

Not to worry: It often takes 4 to 6 weeks before you start really feeling the benefits (at an optimal dose). Take care. ...Read more

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I was on Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg daily for 2 months and stopped it 9 days ago. I been having some anxiety ever since. Is this normal?

I was on Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg daily for 2 months and stopped it 9 days ago. I been having some anxiety ever since. Is this normal?

Contact provider: Unless this was prescribed for anxiety that has suddenly returned, What you are describing sounds like withdrawal symptoms from sudden cessation of the medication. Usually Zoloft (sertraline) and other SSRI antidepressants are slowly tapered off. Please contact your provider to coordinate what to do next — withdrawal symptoms may produce some other complications. ...Read more

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What are the consequences in the short & long term..... If I used "zoloft 50mg" for 1 month for my anxiety and then I decided to give up?

Zoloft (sertraline) consequences: There are no direct consequences from having taken zoloft (sertraline) for one month. However, what concerns me is that I believe that would be a mistake to not try either a different medication or getting into psychotherapy, yoga, acupuncture, meditation, neural feedback, or any of the other modalities that are capable of treating anxiety. Chronic anxiety is a miserable experience. Take it from one who's been there. ...Read more

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I was prescribed zoloft (sertraline) for my anxiety, but I'm nervous to start taking it. Are there any words of advice to calm my worries?

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I was prescribed zoloft (sertraline) for my anxiety, but I'm nervous to start taking it. Are there any words of advice to calm my worries?

Zoloft (sertraline): If prescribed & you are informed of benefits & possible side-effects, at low starting dose, it is safe. ...Read more

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Doing pretty well with Zoloft; just upped from 100 to 150mg; feeling a bit anxious &jittery; normal for a dose increase? Taking for anxiety

Sertraline: Can sometimes work wonders for anxiety, I am glad you are having some success with it. It is normal practice to increase doses of this medicine by 25-50mg. ...Read more

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I took 50mg of Zoloft (sertraline) without prescription3 days ago and I have had terrible anxiety ever since, will it go away or is the damage permanent?

I took 50mg of Zoloft (sertraline) without prescription3 days ago and I have had terrible anxiety ever since, will it go away or is the damage permanent?

No damage.: Zoloft is an antidepressant of the ssri family. Antidepressants do not work as rapidly as the antianxiety medications like Ativan or xanax (alprazolam). Iot takes 2-4 weeks on the right dose for it to work and it usually alleviates the anxiety that often accompanies depression. The half-life of these medications when taken once is less than 72 hours. ...Read more

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Re enter. Started taking Zoloft (sertraline) 15 years ago for anxiety 5'4 192 lbs how can I lose this weight it is depressing should I stop Zoloft (sertraline)?

Zoloft (sertraline) and weight: Stopping zoloft (sertraline) without your physician's agreement may risk anxiety relapse. Also, stopping zoloft (sertraline) may not by itself change your weight. It may be more helpful to work on your anxiety with a psychologist or other therapist so that you have other methods to deal with anxiety, and change your personal exercise and food plans so that you begin losing weight. Personal trainers can help you as well. ...Read more

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I've been on Zoloft (sertraline) for 3 months now for anxiety. I've gone from 50 to 100 to 150mg (current). It hasn't seemed to have any effect. What should I do?

I've been on Zoloft (sertraline) for 3 months now for anxiety. I've gone from 50 to 100 to 150mg (current). It hasn't seemed to have any effect. What should I do?

Talk: Would consider making an appointment with the provider who is prescribing/managing your zoloft (sertraline). There is a wide array of effective treatment strategies for anxiety that your doctor can review with you. ...Read more

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Iv been taking Zoloft (sertraline) for 2 months, my anxiety is under control, but IV noticed that I don't get as excited anymore about happy stuff. Is this normal?

Yes: Antidepressants like zoloft (sertraline) do have side effects. Some patients feel that their mood sort of flattens out and they do not get overly excited or angry in appropriate situations. Usually as the depression lifts with appropriate dose, then the mood improves and energy & motivation is restored. Continue taking your medicine and discuss this issue with your physician on next appointment. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sertraline (Definition)

Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Zoloft (Definition)

Zoloft is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more