Is this Acid Reflux and what to do about it?

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Hi,

I've been taking Sertraline for about 18 months for general anxiety. I take 50mg, and the Dr told me to take it at bed time. Every few weeks, after I take it I start to feel nauseous and then end up being sick for about an hour, not proper sick but clear slimy liquid. It keeps rising in my throat and I have to spit it out, and then I get episodes of vomiting it too. Sorry for the detail sad It's really horrible and it makes my throat really sore and gives me a pain in my chest.

I asked the doctor about this ages ago, and she said to eat something before taking it. I think that helps, but I still get it sometimes. It happened on Saturday when I was already ill with a cold and I was so tired and I had to sit up in the cold bathroom for hours until it stopped. I was so fed up I decided to stop taking them. I've been thinking about it anyway, and I've missed one or two before so I didn't think much of it.

But then yesterday I started getting really bad withdrawal symptoms, like weird feelings in the front of my head and feeling really out of it. It got really bad and I read about other people's withdrawal on here and realised I should have cut down slowly. So I took one and I feel a bit better today. I won't stop suddenly like that again! Although it made me realise that coming off them isn't going to be that easy.

I'm so glad I found this forum, yesterday I didn't know what to do and it is so good to hear about what other people have gone through too. Thank you all!

Anyway, my question is does anyone else get the vomiting thing? Is it acid reflux? I don't really know what that is like. I do get heart burn sometimes. Why do you have to take them at bed time, I wonder if it would be better to take them with a meal.

Thank you.

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    I make sure ive had some toast then take 50g Sertaline otherwise its horrible indigestion & queasy feeling.Im due to have my dosage changed as only on them three weeks.Im not convinced sertaline is for me.Used to be on citraplam 40g two years.I don't like breakfast so for me its a change of routine re side effects.Still waiting for my "lift"
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    campergirl I think maybe I slept so soundly because I wasn't staying awake being anxious and insomniac.

    I've been taking the sertraline with my tea for the last fer days. and seems to be working ok. I only get the retching every few weeks so will wait to see if it happens again.

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    Tam

    Gastric reflux typically presents as heartburn, irritating trickle of liquid upwards through the oesophagus, often further up into the mouth and even sinuses, metallic taste in the mouth (from the stomach acid being there), slight nausea. You probably won't find any info showing that Sertraline causes reflux, but it may be just a very unusual cause-effect specific to your body. Hopefully Doctor has tried out a different SSRI on you by now....... those issues seem withdrawal symptoms, well documented. 

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    Hello I noticed that I got an acidic feeling in the morning which I thought was just my general digestion problems but due to me having to eat to ease the feeling and gaining weight I started looking into it. There does seem to be a link between sertraline and an uneasy acidic feeling.  Its very minor for me except for my weight gain.  I bought antacids to take after my holiday. I read that some users do that to alleviate this feeling.   I would do that but it sounds like you have a strong upset stomach to this medication.  It is a known side effect so its up to you how you go foward with it.  Hopefully it will lessen over time.  
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    I have been takignSetraline for a few months. I take it in the morning and find that if I dont use enough liquid I get very bad acid reflux. My mum is also o it now. She tried taking it at night and ended up with a bad stomach so she now takes it mornings ad is much better.

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    Hi tam77, I get the same exact thing you are describing here from sertraline, i am having it right now.. It hurts SO bad.  something is wrong.  I am trying to get a hold of my dr. which is never easy.  Worst part is that it has been really help my depression/anxiety..Wish this pain would stop.
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    Hi, I don't think it's acid reflux. I just had this happen. It lasted for about 40 minutes. I took my pill and laid down. It was within 10 minutes that I started getting that slimy, sick, heartburn abd chest pain. I think if you don't drink enough to make the pill go down it dissolves in your esophagus. Besides today I normally take the pill wig tons of water or juice then sit up for 10-15 minutes. If you forget sip milk slowly and keep spitting. Sounds dramatic and definitely doesn't help my frickin panic attacks when I think I'm going to die. Hope that helps.

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    I thought I was having a heart attack or angina. I have recently been on 25mg a day of sertraline for about 3 weeks. The acid reflux is getting worse. Now it's every time I take it. I already have a heiatis hernia and take something for that. You would think it would prevent the acid reflux discomfort.  I'm thinking of just taking myself off of it. I'm up tonight in pain. The slimy contentece inthe back of my throut and so much saliva. I'm done. I rather suffer through the anxiety attacks and panic than go through this on a daily.  It dosent matter if I take it with food or not. If I take it in the morning or at night.  This is debilitating. 

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    I am so glad you described your side effects so thoroughly! They are the exactly the same as mine! I have been on sertraline since I was 15 years old, on & off (mostly off). Now, at 29, I've been experiencing these signs just as you describe. I haven't been on the drug for at least 6 or 7 years. Previously, I experienced a little nausea & diarrhea on the taper up, but never nausea & acid reflux as bad as this. The hypersalivation & burning, & having to sit up in the bathroom at night are all too relatable. I am a medical professional myself & have been experimenting with mealtime, diet, & time of day. The best result I can share is: eat a healthy & small breakfast around 8:00, a very small dinner (without acidic foods & higher in leafy greens (which are high in sodium bicarbonate)) around 17:00, & take the pill around 20:00. This has given my stomach the time to empty & settle before taking the pill whilst still allowing a meal to absorb with it.

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    Ps. My dose is 100mg every 24 hours. My taper-up is 100mg every 48 hours for 14 days. This is when I feel the worst of the side effects. I have learned, over the years, that I can still benefit from my taper-up dose for up to 2 months before having to increase to my full dose. At some points in my past, I have only needed the medication for that amount of time & just taper back down, halving my mg. I do this on my own because I am a medical professional, proficient in pharmacology; but I state this as a possible alternative you can discuss with your doctor smile

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    hi..try taking them in the morning, they can be very hard on the stomach, have breakfast first so not on an empty stomach. taking at night then laying down could be the problem.

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