Extereme Side effects?

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Hello! My husband has started taking 50mg of Sertraline due to his anxeity. He has only been on it about a week, but im hating his side efftects. After he takes it he pretty much passes out for 2-3 hours and once he wakes up he is not himself at all. He has an exteremly slowly reaction time, and can barely process anything I say. Im am so worried about him driving to/from work like that. On top of that since taking it seems like his anxeity is worse, he gets chest pains from going into a store (something that didnt happen before). Does this sound like normal side effects that he just has to get use to, or does this seems exterme??


Worried Wife

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    Hi, I started sertaline 50mg on May 1st. The first time I took it I didn't sleep I was more depressed than I was before. My anxiety which I've never had was so bad. I went to the doctors (after being on it a week) as it got so bad and I got told that the first week it so is the worst. She also said that it's good when you get the side effects as it's a sign the medication is working. She also put me on 2mg Diazepam for 7 days to deal with the anxiety side effects. I can honestly say that now on day 12 I feel great. The side effects have gone and I haven't felt so good in a while. I would definitely say for him to stick at them but if you are that worried to see if they can give him something to combat the side effects like the doctor did with me.

    Hope this helps and he feels better soon 


  • Posted

    Hi, i was given sertraline 6 days ago and i can't sleep which leads to anxiety but the doctor told me that eventually I would be able to deal with that . If your husband is having these serious side effects I would go back to the docs .wishing you both well xxx
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    Hello, Don't worry, it takes a week or two to get used to Sertraline, I have been on them ( 2 x 50mg- One AM-- One PM) for about 3 years and without them I would not be able to cope with life.

    It is not advisable to drive when first taking Sertraline as it will without a doubt impair you husbands judgment and if he was involved in any type of traffic incident, he would 100% be banned for some time. I know it will be hard to understand that he must not drive but in a few weeks he will be settled down on this drug. . Take care and best regars to you both.

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    Hello Sarah, so sorry your husband is having these side effects. Since I am withdrawing from sertraline, from 150 mg. for 20 years. I am having all kinds of side effects coming down, which it am at 75 mg. a miracle to me. It sounds like your husband was given too much at once. The dr. Should have at least cut his dosage at first. When I started, my body kept rejecting the substance, so my doc give me 25mg. and to cut it in half. And then go upwards. This is something everyone should do a lot of research on, before taking. At the time, I was desperate, having panic attacks repeatedly. Finally got them under control, so decided after two years to lower the dosage. My body reacted terribly, almost a few times had to go to er. So back on, and continued taking. I will, I am going to be free of these.they are good for a while, but keep check to make sure you need them in the future. I hope he gets better. You need any more answers, be sure and ask. God Bless!
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      Hi, are you doing better at reducing your dosage? I can finally see that everything will be ok( most days). Still having a hard time getting motivated to move away from the city where I've lived my entire life. Moving to another state 9 hrs. away. It doesn't take much to throw me into shutting down mode! Hope you can get off too, I took them for almost 15 yrs.
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      Hi Kim, yes I am hanging in there, by the grace of God. Are you still taking them. Wow, you know quite a bit about this substance. I have also been successful coming off of pain pills. Was on for five years. I'm so happy. But I need these to be gone too. Are you doing ok in moving? I will keep you in my mind, and, of course, can post here. Hope I hear some good news!
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      Oh, about moving. When I was younger, I had the same thing happen to me. Got married, moved 45 min. away( now don't laugh) and never was so depressed. I didn't know if marriage was worth it. But after 41 years, I guess. It is. The thing about me moving was, I was born in a house, lived in the house, and had never been very far fron home. I cannot even compare to you, but I KNOW how you feel. It is terrible.  

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