Zoloft- negative side effects, weight gain, dizziness

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New Member

Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 6/17/2010 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi new to the group.. I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder and prescribed zoloft for the symptons.  I have gained 15 lbs in a year and that is extremely abnormal for me. I also had night sweats and teeth grinding.  All of which I read are side effects (after the fact).  So I am no longer taking zoloft.. about a month.. has anyone ever gone through this before?  I would think my weight gain would turn into weight loss but haven't seen any changes?
Thank you!

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   Posted 6/17/2010 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome to HW
I hv never been on zoloft but my daughter was n yes she did gain some weight n had some issues with grinding teeth
im not really sure why but i know others will post that are on it n give you some advice/ input.....
stay with us n let us know how u r doing

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   Posted 6/26/2010 3:57 AM (GMT -6)   
hi I was on zoloft for many years before switching to lexapro.
Zoloft really helped with my depression and anxiety (together with CBT) but I gained weight that I still have not been able to lose, had increased trouble sleeping and night sweats (not all the time). It's unfortunate that so many medications have side effects. It is all a bit of trial and effort i think.

Good luck:)
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Date Joined Apr 2013
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   Posted 4/4/2013 3:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking 50mg for eight weeks and the side effects have become so severe that they they are now starting to overshadow the benefits of stabilizing my mood and reducing the feeling the grief.

Side effects I have been experiencing include:
Diarrhea - very sever with up to eight movements a day
Muscle tremors
Jaw stiffness and teeth grinding
Sharp headaches behind my left eye

When I tried to reduce my dose to 25mg to slowly wean myself off I experienced Severe vertigo and dizziness, immediately lost my temper and began fighting with people and became tearful all over again.

My body really can't sustain the daily diarrhea and fatigue as I am unable to get my job done. But How do I stop safely without turning into a lunatic?

My plan is to continue with half my does for another week at 25mg
In second week to skip every second day a
Third week to stop completely.
In them meantime I am taking natural 5htp and will increase my dose as I stop the Zoloft.

Anyone else dealing with matching symptoms?

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 4/4/2013 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi galago and welcome.

I am sorry that you are dealing with these issues regarding your med.:(

Wh have had a few threads on this subject here...have you tried a search?

You can do this by clicking on search icon (upper right of page) and inputting key words.

Here is a recent one with a lot of posts that may be helpful.
We also have a great link in our Resources that may help you with your tapering/weaning. 

I wish you the best, and invite you to keep posting. I am sure that you will find much understanding and support here.;)

Scaredy Cat

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 4/4/2013 8:57:20 AM (GMT-6)

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