I am due to be starting Sertraline 50mg tomorrow for panic attacks and health anxiety. However, due to my health anxiety I am absolutely petrified of the side effects (especially the dizziness as it's a huge trigger for my panic attacks). I understand that everyone's experience is different, but was just wondering if anyone else could share their experience of this drug and its side effects?
You shouldn't experience too much dizzyness as long as you always eat before/with taking the pill. I felt a bit funny for the first day on it but since then I've been fine! (So maybe start taking it on a day when you're not busy).
The primary other side effect I've experienced is some trouble orgasming unfortunately I'm a girl so I've just dealt with this by incorporating a vibrator into sex. Taking half pills has also helped but ofc go with your doctors recommended dosage.
When I first started taking the pills I thought they were making me have trouble sleeping, but turns out that was just the excessive amount of caffeine I was drinking and my crap sleeping pattern.
Also be aware, as somewhat indicated above, sometimes the side effects (if any) are worse in the "initial" take up period and diminish once you've "settled into" the course of medication. If you "stay the course" it may well improve - provided you are able to do so safely with the GPs recommendation, I'd suggest trying to stick it out to the two month mark, as by then you should usually be well set with it, on a physiological side at least (as I understand anyway, I am neither a medical professional or bisocientist ).
Obviously if side effects are persistent and/or debilitating either before or after this period, talk to your GP about it; they might switch you to something else or reduce your dosage (I had this when I was taking citalopram, which was effective before I went back to uni and then I had increase the dosage, and THEN I started getting side effects - terrible heartburn and stomach issues - which meant I had to switch because it was worse than not taking it...)
Calm down and re-read my post. I am telling them to find a better doctor because the one they're with now clearly knows nothing about anxiety.
Are you one of the unnamed physician's patients who has a direct experience of their care and has concerns based in reality and not skim reading the wikipedia article on anxiety, allowing you to critically evaluate their quality of care?
If not, your comment is not only irrelevant but potentially harmful to either the OP or someone else's health by undermining their relationship with the GP and encouraging them to ask for prescription drugs that have a real chance of generating dependence and addictive behaviours. Needless to say asking for said drugs would also likely send off red flags for other GPs and make them believe they are a drug addict looking for a source, rather than someone with a valid health concern seeking treatment - which may prevent them from receiving proper care for their actual health condition(s).
I have recently been moved to Citalopram, however, and it seems to be working well so far. I have also come across only positive feedback for this specific medication since I have started and searched around for info on it... So, if Sertraline doesn't work, perhaps ask about Citalopram if you haven't had it before?
Also, at people who are talking about benzodiazepines, I understand they work really well (especially for panic attacks, which I suffer from) but they have a limit due to the addictive nature of them. SSRIs are the next best move, and if you are still receiving prescriptions for benzodiazepines I am worried as to why? Especially since my GP has been so strict with my limit on them.
Here’s some literature for you, showing that benzodiazepines don’t have 100% efficacy.
And here’s some more showing some pretty good evidence for antidepressant use in anxiety.
Here’s another, comparing antidepressants to benzodiazepines in anxiety disorders. Which is if would like the TL;DR version. Shows a clear, almost equal ability for both classes to treat anxiety.
Now if you’d like to refute these points, please bring evidence. Otherwise I’ll not be arguing with non-significant anecdotal premises.
The studies you posted are in no way relevant to what I said. I am saying that they work 100% of the time for the symptoms of your anxiety, not that they will cure your mental health problem because no medicine can do that.
It takes a little while to notice a difference, around three weeks for me. I honestly wouldn't be functioning right now if I wasn't on this medication.
It's important to be transparent with your doctor about any possible side effects, no matter how insignificant you may find it. It's worth checking out these links for more information: https://beta.nhs.uk/medicines/sertraline/ and http://chealth.canoe.com/drug/getdrug/sertraline
Overall, the worst side effect for me is the FATIGUE. All the SSRIs I've taken have caused extreme tiredness for me, which is nearly as debilitating as the anxiety. You can get solid 10-12 hours sleep every night, but you always feel like you haven't slept in days.