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   Posted 1/17/2012 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   

I have been on zoloft for 4 weeks now at 25 mgs. I have been steadily improving, but have been increasingly having crazy dreams. I seem to wake up each morning around 4 or 5 and shake from anxiety. As I approach that time, my dreams become weird and dark. Does this improve over time? My doc wants to increase me to 50 mgs, but I don't want the dreams to get worse. Even the good dreams are vivid and make me feel weird. That said, it is a blessing to be sleeping! Zoloft users, do you notice this side effect changes and gets better with time? Zoloft has really helped my anxiety, I don't want to change now!

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   Posted 1/17/2012 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Good to meet you. I am glad that the Zoloft is helping with your anxiety that is good news it can take between 6-8 weeks to feel the full beneficial effects of the AD. I have never taken Zoloft but have taken other ssri's I am on Lexapro at the moment and that can cause vivid dreams. I have had problems with bad dreams for as long as I can remember and it is unsettling.

I would suggest if it does not improve in the next week or so then go and speak with your doctor. Keep posting to let us know how you get on.

I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.


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   Posted 1/17/2012 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Kimomile, I take Zoloft, and in the beginning you do get some pretty srange and vivid dreams, but I can tell you that they do get better, and go away. You might have a weird dream every once in a while but that's it. Don't be affraid to step up your dosage if that's what the doc wants you to do. It does get better! Good luck! Fox
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   Posted 1/17/2012 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I am also on Zoloft and I agree with Fox.  The dreams do go away as your body adjusts to the medication.  This is one of the side effects of several of the SSRI meds - vivid dreams.
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   Posted 1/20/2012 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on and off lexapro for years. SSRI's cause repetitive freaky dreams for me. I have 3 basic dreams. I am back in a college dorm/apartment, wondering when I can return to my wife and kids. I am in an airport/train station trying to get home, but i have no ID/money, I have to find a bike to get home, but it has flat tires, and I have to pedal through a West Philadelphia ghetto to get home. I have to urinate, but my only option is a public bathroom where the floor is covered in feces and I have bare feet.
These dreams must have some meaning, but I haven't figured them out. They go away when I drop the lexapro ( along with weight and painful ejaculations). But my anxiety creeps back up.
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