How important is taking the tablet at the same time?

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hi all,

ive been on 25mg for beginning week 9 tomorrow. started on 50mg but had to cut to half as side effects were so bad. i try to take it at 8am every morning but sometimes it may be 9 or wont be exactly 8, im still anxious could this be something that causing it with the not being the exact time? i have had good days and bad days does this mean its working? how long do i wait?

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  • Posted

    l am interested to read your replies. l don't think the slight variation in time will matter. l have changed from morning to evening. That doesn't seem to have made any difference. l think the side effects go on for a while, yesterday l thought l the sertraline was really working and l had a good day, today l am feeling tired, heady and anxious.

    • Posted

      does evening work better for you? i was worried it would keep me awake. how many mg are u on and how longs it been? sorry to hear that its draining isnt it! my days vary but i have had some good moments so hope that shows its working!

    • Posted

      Hi Jane. Evening seems to work better for me, l take it after evening meal -- 7.30 ish. l haven,t slept well for months so it's not making any difference sleep wise.Took 25 mg for 2 weeks and have been taking 50 mg for almost 6 weeks. Having some better days, good yesterday but bad today, always seems worse after a good day.

    • Posted

      ive been quite lucky with sleep, the tablets havent affected my sleep at all which im so thankful for as i know they can but had every other side effect. hopefully when these tablets work for you, you will sleep better. glad theres been good days. i know it feels like a step back when that happens!

  • Posted

    hi jane859

    i would say 100% try and take it the same time everyday!! i do half 8 in evening for me day 20 today and im feeling a lil better xxx god bless good luck

    • Posted

      i will try do this from now on! are evenings better for you? glad ur feeling better!

    • Posted


      evening is better for me but everyone is different of course im on 50mg at the moment today ive now been told ive got to go up to 100mg oh joys!! ocd is really bad !!! to the point im cleaning the same things more than 20 times aday!! and the anxiety is severe too.... if u need any help or just a natter my lovely u welcome to msg me anytime!!!

    • Posted

      sorry to hear this! i can empathise with everything going on right now mines is getting bad too. 20 times a day is def not good! thank you so much, you too!

  • Edited

    1 to 2 hours window is not an issue at all especially you have completed almost 2 months.

    now, changing in dose could bring side affect but it wont be as tough as the starter side effects and usually will go away within a week or so. i have been 2 times on med and now i am on my 3rd time and i am telling u from what i have experienced

    • Posted

      okay thats great to know thank you. not sure if i will up just not sure 25mg will be effective enough but with having good days it must be, mainly morning/early afternoon anxiety is bad.

    • Posted

      well, some people do ok with 25 but it seems that it does fine with depression. anxiety however needs a bigger dose and in ur case 50 mg would be perfect.

      hope u get better

  • Posted

    Hi Jane, I've been on this med on/off for more than half my life, so I can tell you that this med appears to be working for you because you've had some good days.

    My guess is that you are not having more good days because the 25mg dosage is too low for you. When I first took this med, the side effects were so awfully bad I had to drop out a semester of college. But at a certain point, I had to decide which was worst, the side effects or the OCD thoughts/anxiousness that were preventing me from functioning. Perhaps you need more time for you body to get used to the new meds so the side effects won't be so bad, but it seems to me that 25mg is not enough a dosage for your anxiety. I too take mine in the morning and am on 100mg a day. I've gone as high as maybe even 200mg daily for a few days here and there.

    Prayers coming your way, get plenty of rest.

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