Have been very low for sometime, I have been prescribed sertraline 50mg

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Hi has any one had any nasty side affects on Sertraline i have been prescribed, 50mg to take at night, I have been very low and fought against anti depressants , but now feel I do need them for help, my son married someone who is very controlling I do not see him or my grandson and we were so close the family has been ripped apart, and lots of other factors too, I would be so grateful for some feedback , thank you peeps x

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    I started on 50mg about 2 years ago. All I can remember is that the first 5 days I felt worse (anxiety/panic/low mood) After that things improved quite a bit for a year or so xx
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      Thank you so much for your reply, I am going to give them a go as I don th think I could feel any worse than I do without them, once again, thank you for your time in replying, I do hope you are still on the up and enjoying life x
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    Hi there,

    The initial side effects vary but are transient, and often GI related, but don't last more than a week or two. 50mg suits many people, but a good proportion also take 100mg daily. 150mg is prescibed generally by psych's only. I too only took AD's when I felt like I had no choice left, I was pretty rock bottom. I did engage in CBT and other psychological therpies too, and also found Mindfulness a helpful technique for my particular situation ( whilst I apply many of it's princilpes still I am a little lapsed in the meditations, which are very good when you learn how, and should really get back into doing it daily ! very good for anxiety, and in my case chronic pain ).

    I will say that going on sertraline I found easier than coming down in dose....I have been on 150mg for a while, I have once again this summer managed to drop down to 100mg, but not without some increased anxiety levels which I have had to tolerate for a few weeks whilst my body readjusted, I accidently forgot to take my sertraline on a holiday to Italy for 5 days ( as I take other meds I only noticed when I started feeling poorly in a morning about day 3 with no meds )...not to be advised....I basically got very bad stomach cramps, mornign until lunchtime, nausea and hot flushes, feeling faint, ( but it was warm in Italy too, which made it worse )....I restarted on 100mg ( not he 150mg I had been taking ) on landing at the airport, and was fine again within 24/48 hours ( withdrawal effect free )...I managed on that dose until the dark long UK winter set in....but once again I have managed again this summer to decrease to 100mg, def. some rebpound anxiety that wasn't their before, but to be expected when filling your body with chemicals to this extent.

    From what you have written, sertraline may help you, but I think sadly you have many underlying circumstances that it will have no effect on. It may help you sleep a bit better, may help you feel less tearful and down, and put things into perspective, but it won;t be able to change the core problems....it may be worth trying to engage in talking therapies when you feel able. 

    Some people to suffer ''withdrawal effects'' and can find it hard to come off...can take a long time and dose tapering, and even a few attempts....whilst this seems probably the least of your worries right now, just consider this if you end up looking like you need this long term.....

    Hope your situation improves....

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      Thank you so much , I am going to give them a try anyway, Like i said I have fought against tablets for a long time , I do feel so alone and I know tablets will not help this but maybe they will take the edge off, thank you so much for your time in answering x

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