Well, I just took my first pill of Sertaline (generic Zoloft) to help quiet the anxiety I have felt non-stop since my back surgery in April. Please keep your fingers crossed that everything goes OK this time.
If you read my last post, I began taking Sertaline about 3 weeks ago at 50mg and had either a panic attack or drug reaction (severe aggitation, pounding heart, feeling like I was on speed, restlessness) the second night. I panicked and went off of it only 2 pills in. Fear of medical crisis is what gives me this horrible anxiety anyway, so to have that happen and feel like I was having an out-of-body expereince made me absolutely lose it. My therapist keeps urging me to start it again. In desparation to hopefully get me back to my old self, I decided to try it again today. I have gone down to a 25mg dose and this time I am taking it during the day to help keep me calm knowing that if something goes wrong, my dr is in the office to answer any questions. What a horrible life it is living like this :(. I have been on zoloft twice before and had extreme success with it. I don't know why I would've had such a horrible reaction the 3rd time.
Here is what I am hoping you can post back. If you have taken zoloft in the past....what experience did you have the first week? I was told by a nurse that the reaction I had is common and should subside within 2-4 weeks. I was convinced after researching the drug online that I had sertaliine syndrome and was about to die.
Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated. I need to know that some things will occur while taking this and if they do, it is normal.
Thank you so much.