Help with Sertraline (will it work & when will i sleep)

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Hello my name is Lola and am 18 years old and thank god am not alone on this problem, but am on my sixth week but still feel super worried about stuff, and I have sleeping problems and I still fear sleeping and am scared..because I cant remember if insomnia came first or anxiety, I mean I've always anxiety all my life I worry about little things and I guess this happened when I got sick and started searching on the internet for the worst, and I always think the worst , like that "fatal insomnia" disease I heard about today now am freaking out and I can't believe I would let myself fall for little things. Like its only 9 cases they've had in the whole world. And of course I freak out... i feel stupid. And ugh, its just so bad how I make myself believe things, and its like my chest is so tight 24/7 and this head sensation thats killing me, plus feeling shaky or mad for no apparent reason.. I don't know anymore but, I'ma leave my hope on sertraline, am just so scared... and feel like am staying like this for life. oh and I forgot to mention my does was 25 mg and doc raised it to 50mg the 2nd week, but I developed a random bruise and idk if its from the sertraline or Trazodone 100mg that i was on. Right now am not sleeping much either and it makes me feel sad and depressed . and when i am gonna go to bed my anxiety gets terrible .Helpp please.

Please any suggestions

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    hi how did you feel on 25mg usually its 4 weeks then they up it a was on 50mg for 4 weeks then 100mg for 4 and after that till a felt it was to much and an out of hours doctor thought so to then my doctor put me back to 50mg a felt better after a week so came down to 25mg still on that even though at my last review he said go back up to 50mg for two months then come down to 25mg but no way am feeling better sleeping better am going by how my body feels not what they think the point am trying to make is maybe 25mg might be a lesser better dose for you when a started these my anxiety went up and even more when they upped the dose so much so it was unreal but feeling much better apart from the heavy head feeling and buzzing noise anxiety very very low do not worry so much a hope this was of some help to you smile.
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      Hey, and when I was on 25 the first week was pretty much the same crying and afraid to sleep and all that, and the second week my doctor gave 50 mg. And i forgot to mention I jump so much in bed and feel so shaky at times that it scares me and then i can't sleep. And I used to sleep so much like 11 hours and nap normal. I never had a problem. Now i sleep maybe 4 , 5 and 6 if I get lucky but on & off , waking up once or twice and going back to sleep..I forgot to mention I haven't seen a psychiatrist, my appointment is this month on 20th. I can't wait. And am so glad theres hope still. Thank you so much for your help😊.
    • Posted

      hi and yor welcome good your seeing a psychiatrist as it is usually 4 weeks on any dose but am sure that will be sorted once you have your appointment and the sleeping pattern will return wishing you well take care x.
    • Posted

      Hey i was feeling bad today and the other day cause of not sleeping much, you think this will really go away.?. its like I get scared to sleep .. but if I calm myself which takes a hard time to do I get to sleep... I don't know if its that my doctor took away my sleeping pills because she said they elevated my liver enzymes.. please help... I don't know how much longer to hold this
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      hi go back to your doctors and tell them you need something for a sleep a take zopiciclone 7.5mg a get them off a friend but they do not know and a have had they liver tests and they never said  that to me they are trying to stop you because they are addictive but if you take one every second day you will get at least a few good nights sleep lack of sleep can bring on all sorts of problems actually a found out that was the main contributer to my problems did they give you diazepam that would help you a take half a 5mg now and then a know at the moment you feel as  if it is never going to stop but it gets worse before it gets better the biggest step is forcing yourself out once you come to that stage your on your way to recovery let me know how you get on.
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      Yeah that is actually exactly what I am going to do because I have a blood test anyways in Friday to recheck my liver. I think she shouldn't have took my pills away like that.. thank god my appointment with the psychiatrist is close.. I was on Clonzepam. But she took it away cause am "too young" and cause my liver enzymes..I hope that is how it is. And thank you so much again. By the way if you don't mind me asking, if not you don't have to answer but how old are you? Because maybe if you're older they let you stay on those types of pills.
    • Posted

      am 35 and no thatis not true no matter what age you are they do not like you taking them a was on diazepam they took me off them as they are with everyone of them same as co-codamol which they have gave to so many peoplle and now realise people have habits with them they do not give me them a friend still gets them but does not use them so gives me some plus some zopiclone a take a half a 5 now and again diazepam and a zopiclone or half if i do not sleep a feel better for just having some a have told the doctor a thought he may have gave me lorazepam a was on them before but no he said up the sertraline but no way am going walks doing the weights and feeling happier more confident you should try and get off the sertraline a was on fluoxetine from dec 2012 till jan 2015 they were really good there called the happy tablet in america but sertraline well a was on 100mg my brain was fried but at 25mg with a wee diazepam or zopliclone now and then am getting there and taking they things less once you get to that stage you will be feeling better and not needing they things but until you do a would ask for support your psychiatrist will understand better doctors are under pressure to stop them but your liver will be fine more chance of the sertraline doing it damage let me know how you get on you will ge there it took me a while smile.
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    Yeah about the addictive part is true because my doctor said, and its mostly like my OCD problem that affects me to sleep .. i have to like fight with it.. I guess then that my psychiatrist will prescribe me with a sleeping pill when I see her and maybe i can get on Fluoxetine if its better than sertraline. I just hate being like this , it fustrates me makes me & I get impatient....and start thinking like ama die or something. By the way do you have any other place we can communicate a little quicker, if you wouldn't mind. For help since you know what I am going through..
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      hi ocd was the main reason i started on the road i am on just now but sertraline definitely caused increased anxiety which has now decreased to the point a do not think about it much a used to have all that with the sleep thing but a would say the sertraline made that worse to but my sleep pattern is 100 times better but still take a zopliclone now and then just a half now if a was you a would stay on the sertraline a bit longer think back to before you took it and now if you see no difference then change but remember you might have to go through all this again as some work quicker than others and some do not fluoxetine worked brill for me but a have heard others say it did not talk to your psychiatrist see what he says but am sure he will give you a sleeper my friend gets them off his and has been for years they can over rule a doctor as regards an e-mail adress if you have a message box on here a would leave it in there but a would be stupid to but it on this a will look and see if you have private mail but a will always answer here if not because a know it is not nice but it does get better.  
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      hi and yes through time they are like most other drugs legal or not a wrote a reply but for some reason it did not go up a started on this type of medication because of ocd which caused anxiety but the sertraline made it go through the roof but now it is okay well better than that a used to get the sleep problems but a know the sertraline increased that to but am sleeping better now but still take a wee sleeper now and again or half as regards changing a must say fluoxetine done me good but stopped working if your going to change ask yourself this think back to before and now if you see no change well tell this to you psychiatrist but a lot myself included got to hung up on the side effects to notice there was improvement a would have left an address by private mail you do not seem to have it but a could not put it on this people on here wanted to talk to me but a had to go into my settings to put it on but a have not used mine for a while if you want leave an address and a will contact you on that either way let me know how you get on but in the end up you will notice it meaning you feeling better smile.
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      oops sorry a thought none of them went through.
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      Yeah OCD is my main problem and anxiety too.. I always think too much. Lol but yes there is a difference from when I started to now. I was crying before 24/7 and never smiled and now I actually can laugh and smile but the sleeping also affect my mood I believe but yeah psychiatrist know better about my problem so I'll just wait on them..And well i'ma give you an email I barely use just in case & from there i'll give you my real lol its _____ and yeah I get you i wouldn't put that on here either. And of course people want to talk to you, you give a lot of people hope and you're a great counselor 😉😀 well i'll wait on your message

      Emis Moderator comment: I have removed the email address as we do not publish these in the forums. If users wish to exchange contact details please use the Private Message service.

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    • Posted

      Oh god I wrote like a whole freaking paragraph for nothing... 😒 lol well i was gonna give you an address I barely use to communicate through ans then give you my actual address
    • Posted

      hi a have done that a few times and then lost the lot lol as well as posting a few times as you seen lol if you want to put an address on this fair enough but that would be silly because it would be on display or is it some other way am not sure what you mean.
    • Posted

      Am giving you an address I don't use so no worries. Lol
    • Posted

      yes i do it actually came up on my mail much clearer you are not from africa are you.
    • Posted

      lol it just a get mad messages a think once one has your email they pass it about am from scotland.
    • Posted

      What do you mean , and so you cant see the email i wrote in seperate letters? Cause I see it still.. i get messages to my email to when you reply back, its normal
    • Posted

      lol no a see it am talking about other messages not on here a was just about to send you a message.

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