Sertraline Dose Increase

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Hi I started on sertraline 50mg 2 weeks ago and increased this to 100mg on Tuesday.

Since the increase I have gone downhill rapidly. Very shakey, headache, severe anxiety and overwhelming suicidal thoughts and sadness.

I feel emotionally empty and just dead on the inside.

I want more than anything to get better but I don't see a way out of this.

Should I be feeling this way after the dose increase?

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  • Posted

    Clare I just increased my dose from 150 mg to 200 mg and I was the same way as you but I am beginning to not have as much anxiety
    • Posted

      Hi Pam,

      When did you increase? How long have you been on sertraline for?

      Clare xx

    • Posted

      I started at the first part of October on 100 mg and in 4 weeks went to 150mg and Sunday I started 200 mg
  • Posted

    Hi Clare

    I am literally just back from my gp. I started sertraline 3 days ago and straight away I felt like they where making me worse (I didn't think I could have felt much worse!!) The doc explained to me that these tablets increase or give you the missing serotonin (or something like that!) That is missing. I did ask about dosage n stuff and how long I would be on these and she said to me that she may increase them if I need her too, I asked her about these side effects and she said that when you increase the dosage you go through all the side effects again as that is your body increasing the chemical that is missing or lessened. It's simple as the rush of this chemical going into your brain and your ebony not recognising it.

    Try to bear with it

    Has ur go gave you and diazepam for the side effects? Might be worth asking for it if not as I have found this has really helped!


  • Posted

    Hi Clare, i also started Sertraline 15 days ago on 50mg and have had the worst side effects. My doctor wanted me to up to 100 last night but i did 75mg as i didnt feel happy doubling the dose as i already felt horrendous and i didn't feel any worse today. Maybe you could do that? I do know that moat people have your symptoms, i do and i also have around 5 panic attacks a day on top of it all, so i really feel for you hun x remember it gets worse before it gets better xx

    • Posted

      Hey Clare, no this is my first time. How are you feeling today? Better i hope xx

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