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New to all this.. May of this year I started experiencing shortness of breath. Thought it was asthma, treated as such for 8 weeks. Tests done (normal), ER twice until realizing its anxiety. Doctor started me on 25mg for 4 weeks then 50mg now for 10 days. My question is, will I ever be normal again and off this medicine? My breathing is getting better, still feel the anxiety in my chest.. will this antidepressant turn off the fight or flight response and once it does, life go back to normal? How so these pills work? I dont want to be on these pills for the rest of my life..

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    i myself came off sertaline very slow process.i went to the Heath food store and found powder magnesium drink with water at bedtime and it really helps with anxiety and sleeping and cramps.i feel better now.under dr care for this.

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      I know this is off the subject here but I am reducing from celexa as it didn't work for me so well, and I'm suppose to go back on zoloft (I was on that years ago). During this reduction I was told by a family member to try magnesium glycinate tablets for anxiety and all that while I'm coming off of them, I've taken one so far. Hoping that it helps!

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    HI kelly,

    I'm new ti taking this also, and its almost slow steps forward. I think from what i have read here that sertraline takes a while to kick in so you have to be patient. Hard i know because it can make your anxiety worse at first and it has for me.

    Last nite awful, but you get glimpses of normality even if its jsut for a short while. SO yes they will work, its just takes time! So keep strong..

    you will be normal again and off the medication .. . 😃 xox

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      Thanks Sam! Just the encouragement I needed! Yesterday I felt pretty close to normal.. today not so much, glad to know it is there and will stay out eventually!!

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      yes.. exactly

      i had a good day yesterday after a long nite lol..

      so it will get better.. Today was ok, bit i just take it each day for now.. Keep me posted and i will update you too lol im only on day 5..

      so a little way to go.. Stay strong and remember you will be back to yourself in no time 😃 xo

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      It is slowly going away.. still slightly there but I'm optimistic in a couple more weeks it will be completely gone!! Not feeling so panicky anymore.. feel like myself again!! Didn't think that would happen..

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      thats so amazing to hear kelly!

      i too suffer with the shortness of breath and tight chest at used to be worse but now its more at bed time when i try to close my eyes and fall asleep.. during the day its not there so i know the meds are starting to work. its such a scary feeling and so hard to deal with especially when im trying to fall asleep!

      hopefully in a couple of more weeks, itll be completely gone for us!

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