Muscle Twitching...Zoloft?

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dmarie725
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   Posted 11/12/2013 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I'm wondering if anybody has had any experience with muscle twitching as a side effect of any type of SSRI? I'm on 75 mg of Zoloft/day. After about a month of taking this, I started getting random muscle twitches (which has now been going on about a month). They are muscle twitches all throughout my body, not localized to any particular area. They are small, but I can feel and see them. They are worse when I'm sitting still, trying to sleep, etc, but they still occur throughout the day on and off. I'm starting to let my mind wander and be concerned that this is possibly something non-related to the medication (wondering about any type of neurological issue). I asked my psychiatrist who prescribed me the medication, and he said it can be a side effect of Zoloft. I just haven't heard much about this side effect. I had been on Paxil in the past and never had this type of issue.

If anyone knows anything or has had any similar experiences, please share....I'm very curious.

coopsmom
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   Posted 11/12/2013 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, my muscles twitch all the time and always have! I am not a doctor, but I can tell you with confidence, that people who suffer from anxiety suffer these annoying twitches because of chronic muscle tension! I can also say that if it were (which it's not) a neuro disease, the twitches would not be widespread. Also, just to calm your fears a bit, twitching is so common even in people who don't suffer from anxiety. Just recently my 12 year old was like, "hey mom, check this out!" his thigh muscle was jumping all over the place. Of course he thought this was really cool!!! Please don't worry too much about the muscle twitches! I once had one that lasted a few weeks! Take care, Lisa

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   Posted 11/12/2013 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
There have been reports by patients on Zoloft that experience muscle twitching. There is usually no treatment necessary for benign muscle twitching.  I would encourage you to let your Dr.  know you are having muscle twitching so he can decide if it is benign or not.
 
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dmarie725
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   Posted 11/12/2013 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply. I did tell my prescribing psychiatrist about the muscle twitching and he said it can be a side effect of Zoloft. I also just mentioned it to my old migraine doctor (a neurologist) to get his opinion as well. He wasn't sure on the specifics of Zoloft. He asked me if I had any accompanying muscle weakness (which I do not). He said most twitching/fasciculations are benign and most likely I shouldn't worry.

The question is...do I just assume it's related to the Zoloft? Or do I pursue some type of test or something? I don't want to overdo it with unneccessary testing...but don't want to ignore something that could be a problem.

Thoughts?

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   Posted 11/13/2013 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
dmarie,

I think that since you have had two doctors basically tell you the same thing...that this symptom/side effect is expected and benign...that you can safely put this worry to rest.

I have muscle twitching as a result of anxiety. I don't take meds, so it is simply a symptom for me. The less I focus on it, the better and less frequent/bothersome it is.

Here is a excerpt from a site in our Resources...a very comprehensive list of anxiety symptoms:
 
  • Muscles that vibrate, jitter, tremor, or shake when used  (click link)
  • Muscle twitching


  • So, this could be either an anxiety symptom or a s/e, but surely nothing to worry about or seek further testing for. Try some progressive muscle relaxation exercises....also found in our Resources.:)

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    Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 11/13/2013 10:22:06 AM (GMT-7)


    PaisleyG
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       Posted 11/13/2013 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
    Yes I am on 50mg of Zoloft and I have muscle twitches.

    dmarie725
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       Posted 11/13/2013 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
    PaisleyG...

    You do? It's good to hear someone else does as well. Did this start as soon as you began the Zoloft or a while after? Can you describe your twitches? Are they on and off throughout the whole day, different parts of your body? Everyday? Sorry for all the questions. I'm feeling a little desperate in worrying if it's related to the Zoloft or possibly something else. Any details would be great. Thanks!

    Wilkerson89
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       Posted 11/11/2014 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
    I'm on 50mg of Zoloft and I have those pesky all over muscle twitches! It can be really annoying. :(

    steven70
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       Posted 12/6/2014 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
    I am happy to read i am not the only one to have this problem i have been on 50mg a day for 3yrs and was recently increased to 100mgs thats when i started having muscle spasms in my legs arms and wrists i also have a very dry mouth it mainly occurs at night in bed and the more i try not to think about it the more it happens and i take the tablets for anxiety.

    Scaredy Cat
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       Posted 12/6/2014 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
    Hi Steven and welcome!

    I am glad that you are taking comfort in reading about the common effects of anxiety and/or meds here...

    Post with us anytime!! We understand and are here to support.:)

    S.C.
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       Posted 12/7/2014 3:23 AM (GMT -7)   
    Hi Steven

    Welcome to the forum.

    Yes the muscle twitching is a common side effect of most ssri's and a dry mouth is an other common one.

    Stay with us and keep posting we are here to support you.

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    andwes
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       Posted 12/7/2014 4:00 AM (GMT -7)   
    I have muscle twitches all the time and I'm not on Zoloft, so they can just be the result of anxiety. Currently I've had one on my bottom eyelid for week and it comes and goes. Muscles tense up when were anxious so it's no surprise they twitch now and then just for their own release I suppose...LOL! I wouldn't worry about them...from everything I've read on these posts....alot of us experience them.

    steven70
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       Posted 12/7/2014 4:18 AM (GMT -7)   
    Its good to hear its probaly just a reaction to the increased dosage of medication hopefully i will sleep a bit better tonight thanks for letting me no im not the only one with this problem.

    DontPanic35
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       Posted 1/25/2015 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
    I too have been experiencing muscle twitches all over my body as well. I recently switched from Celexa 10mg to 50mg of Zoloft... I am freaking out i regards to these twitches because in addition to the twitches I have been having really weird head pains along with pins and needles all over my body. Yesterday I had a breakdown because I am so overly concerned with my health and feel as though I am slowly dying from one horrific disease that doctors are unable to diagnose.

    I am suffering with severe health anxiety and Google makes it that much worst. I just want my life back :(

    coopsmom
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       Posted 1/25/2015 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
    Hi there, muscle twitches are often a result of fatigued muscles. You may not realize how much you tense your muscles regularly.
    Tingling and pins and needles are almost always a result of chronic hyperventilation.
    I do t mean the type where you are breathing super fast and such, I mean the silent type.
    Many people over breathe ( myself included ) and as a result, we end up feeling anxious and lightheaded and a whole list of other things.
    I know it's tempting to ask Dr google, but maybe start looking up things that pertain to anxiety, like how to deal with the symptoms instead.
    I know how difficult it is to accept that these symptoms are innocent, but really they are!
    If you do a search on chronic hyperventilation, you will see alot of what you suffer with on the list!
    Please do t be afraid, you will get through once you accept that most of your symptoms are just a nuisance and nothing more.
    I know I know, easier said than done!
    I've been through all kinds of anxiety symptoms off and on for 23 years and I'm still here!!!
    Be well, and continue to work with your doctor to find the relief that you deserve! !
    Lisa
    225mg effexor xr

    Eanne01
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       Posted 4/11/2016 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
    Hi everyone

    I started on Zoloft about a month ago and I've noticed the past couple of nights, I seem to be twitching more than usual. I also started reading the web a little too much and convinced myself I could have Parkinson's. The twitching isn't confined to one area and it's definitely not a tremor but I'm pretty worried. I only notice it when I'm trying to fall asleep.

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       Posted 4/11/2016 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
    Hi Eanne and welcome!

    Sorry to hear about the annoying symptom you are currently dealing with.

    However, rest assured that twitching is a common issue with anxiety...as well as a possible s/e from an Rx. (one that should phase out after the initial start up period. )

    Try to stay off of web symptom searches...and instead, have a look at our Resources at the top of the main forum page here. It is filled with great self help material that is really beneficial if practiced regularly. :)

    I am now going to lock this thread down as it is getting old. ..

    ...but please feel free to continue posting with us. ..and start a thread of introduction for yourself anytime you feel comfortable doing so! :)

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