New on these have since developed sleep apnea anyone else experienced this

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Since starting this drug amonth ago I feel so tired all the time spaced out and developed sleep apnea which I've never had in my life I wake up not breathing/or choking spaced out and so tired all day. They have basically made me 10x worse than before I started taking them. I want to just cold turkey quit them any advice please

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    I started taking them a month ago and feel the same but they say up to 8 weeks before they're fully in your system so I'm going to stick with them. Please don't just stop taking them though. It could make you much worse

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      Hello Maureen, have you been woken up because of not breathing or choking sensation stall or is it just me
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      No I've never had that experience before.  That could just be another symptom of the anxiety and not necessarily the meds

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    Hi carl things sound difficult at the moment but please persevere I don't know what dosage you are on I have been on them on now for 3weeks currently on 150 mgs I sent two days last week knackered and in bed I got up this am at usual time exercised and did stuff I'm hoping this means that it gets better and the that your fatigue will get better also if you are not sleeping you will be wrecked I monitor my sleep using a Fitbit and since on sertraline I wake up loads during the night with vivid dreams never feeling rested I'm not sure about the apnoea but with sertraline they say you get more R.E.M. Sleep and less deep sleep I am currently on zopiclone and can get about 5 hours sleep broken they say this evens out over timeI'd discuss what you are going through with gp(apnoea ) and ask for suggestions sertraline is supposed to be less disruptive to sleep than other ssri (that's a laugh)I'm guessing you are on them for a good reason and you would have the hassle if coming off them and starting something else.also I know I find it hard to do myself try to be kind to yourself when tired have a nap reduce your expectations on yourself everything I've read and my experience today suggests it gets better I'd avoid cold turkey as it will give you rebound side effects I am by no means through the side effects myself but sometimes the only way when you're in a tunnel is to keep going hope things get better for you soon👍

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      Thanks guys I believe I had a break down a few months ago my partner was diagnosed with leukaemia basically I had to leave work to look after our young children life changed overnight I am 32 years old. But my problems seem irrelevant compared to my partner so I am trying to get through but I just get new problems seems daily. Everything has just came so hard and I just keep saying it will get better and it never does I just don't know whether to stop taking them or not

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      Sorry to hear about what you and your family are going through I can't imagine how difficult that must be I don't know if talking or having some psychological help would be an option best wishes

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