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I wonder if I could have some advice/support. I have been prescribed sertraline and told my gp that I had started at 25mg. She reacted as if this was a stupid thing to do and said the minimum theraputic dose was 50mg. I explained that I was starting low to minimise side effects particularly the start up ones such as increased anxiety, agitation etc. My GP then said the tablet was to treat those things not cause them. I explained about the start up effects and serotonin, dopmaine (Sertraline also effects dopamine) etc which led to her saying no other patient would talk about such things. I asked if i could phone for support / advice if any side effect were too troublesome and she said all she would do would be to tell me to continue. I am very sensitive to medication but cannot help that. I am feeling so vulnerable at the moment and from what my gp says she does not seem to fully know how these things work at all nor be aware or want to be aware of the risks and side effects and how they might be managed. I feel so alone and don't know what to do.
Changing GP's now would take so much time, you have to give proof of id etc , fill our forms, then this goes someone centrally then your records have to be printed off and be sent manually to the new practice (I live in the UK). The whole antidepressant thing terrifies me anyway as I had a bad experience on one. I am feeling terrible and don't know what to do. It is horrible to be dismissed by your GP they should be there to support you not to condem and ridiculde you.
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