I have been on sertraline for anixty disorder and depression

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Hello, I have been on sertraline 50mg for 6wks and

my GP up my dose another 25mg just 2wks ago.

I still have anixty but, its getting little better. I still have the neck and shoulder blades tenision. The neck tenision makes me dizzy. I'm wondering how long does it takes for the 25mg too kick in. I hope someday I'll be normal again and not in pain.

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    Im not sure Teria I wouldnt have thought long as you are already on it but Im not a doctor my love. i empathise with you because I have been in pain with my legs for over twelve months now not due to the stress or anxiety but it has created even more symptoms and intensified my depression and anxiety. I didnt realise this until my cbt counsellor made me aware I thought I just learned to live with the pain. If I could go one day without the pain and as you say be normal it would be a blessing. I am having nerve blockers next week to see if they help maybe then I can  start to reduce the other symptoms. I think thats all of us on here ask is to be "normal" again. I dont know if you want to try it but my manager takes turmeric and black pepper in capsule form (you can take it in food) she has rheumatoid arthritis Im going to start taking it as soon as it comes I believe it is a wonderful anti  inflammatory and  works wonders 

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      Hello, I'm sorry you are having pain. I hope the nerve blockers help you and you can start having a pain free life. I was wondering about the turmeric and black pepper. Are these vitamins and do they have a side effect too them? Thank-You for your response and I hope you start too feel better.

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      Thank you I am keeping my fingers crossed Teria. It was my manager who suggested them to me I believe she has been on them a while. there quite a few benefits for using these they aren't vitamins but I know that they are anti-inflammatories she uses them for rheumatoid arthritis, you can actually eat the turmeric and black pepper on your food. it can  give you an upset tummy  some caution says long-term use can cause liver problems but i suppose its like all precautions and I do know that in the Asian Indian culture they use this for years. Look up the benefits and decide for you self my love I hope you too can find the help that suits you 

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    Hi Teria - your doctor is doing the right thing by gradually increasing your dose of sertraline. It takes about six weeks for sertraline to kick in, so you have a bit of a wait on your hands.

    However, if after six weeks on 75mg, your doctor can increase the dose again........and again......until you reach the right dose for YOU.

    The maximum prescribable dose of sertraline is 200mg daily, so you have plenty of latitude! I personally had to go all the way to 200mg before i felt better, but after a year i feel so much better, that I'm going to ask my doctor to reduce it gradually.

    Hope this helps. Lots of love. xx

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      Hello, I was on paroxetine 20mg (paxil) for 9yrs before, I was put on sertraline. I'm taking the same mg of sertaline now that equals too 20mg of the paroxetine. So, I'm hoping that I don't have too increase my dose again. I didn't know that it could take 6wks more for the 75mg too kick in. Well it will be 2wks friday since I have been on the sertaline 75mg. I'm glad you are 100% percent better. Are you thinking about getting off the sertraline or cutting down on the mg. I was going too ask you if you had problems with your sleeping? My sleeping pattern hasn't been the same since, I have been on the sertaline. I'm hopping this will go away eventually. Thank-You for your response and it gives me hope I'll be my self again.

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