sertraline is giving me the worst anxiety ive ever had !

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So i recently had a panic attack that broke me down bad i was shaking crying thought i was going insane ... But after i fought it off and fell asleep i woke up still panicky ... So j went to the doc and he put me on 50mg sertraline ... And gave me 5 1mg ativan to help transision.. Today is day 3 and i just had the worst mental break down of my life i was so nervouse and more panicky than ive ever felt i took a ativan but it did nothing my emotions where all over the place up and down i even had thoughts of suicide witch i never ever in a millions years should have ... But it was so intense i just wantes the feeling to end ... I dont know what to do ... Is this normal ? Pls help ... Ps im feeling normal at night when the sertraline starts to where off as i take it in the morning ... But its affecting me so bad during the day i cant work

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    Hi David. I'm sorry you are having to go through this, but from my experience it's normal. Starting sertraline can be very hard. The increase in anxiety is unfortunately one of the hardest side effects to push through. In my experience I felt a whole range of awful emotions. If you are having thoughts of suicide I would contact your doctor right away. They will be able to tell you if what you are experiencing is normal. Hang in there and take that Ativan when you need it. I had to take it everyday until my side effects subsided

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    Hi David I'm feeling the exact same today! I really feel like coming off them as I just constant feel like im on drugs haven't slept properly days and haven't eat for 6 days,

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      Keep going katie ur almost through the worst i cant eat either drink milk coke yogurt anything high calorie
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      Hi weenet it's horrible I've got 2 young children and I've had to stay at my sisters I'm that bad, it's like I wake up in the morning feeling normal then as soon as I take a pill its like im being drugged and can't concentrate and I'm only on day 4! I feel better when I'm not taking them, and it's only from anxiety I'm suffering

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    Hi David , I'm on day 15 on 100mg The first week I had thoughts that I could not go on! as the side effects were bloody horrendous , I did'nt eat well  but I forced things down . My anxiety was through the roof and I felt hopless mate. I took Diazepine after three 3 days of hell and a betablocker which I think got me through the 7 days of hell!  Now on day 15 even though, I'm no where near up to full speed , i'm finding that the negitive thoughts are dying down and there not having such a big impact on me emotionaly. And the aniexty is not as bad. I still get it! and I still wake up shaking in the morning but it's easing up some what.  I found taking a walk when I was really bad helped and I kept telling myself that it's the pills that were making me feel like this.  How your feeling is temporary , I know it seems all consuming but in the grand scheme of things it is just that temporary! 

    At least that's what I keep telling myself  smile

    Take care.

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      Thank you for taking time to read my story and give advice it really does help ... I went to see my doctor today because i was breaking down again and my emotions where up and down up and down ... He decided to scrap the sertraline and put me on this different drug thats supposed to be fast acting and wants me to see a psychologist..hopefully i can get well soon im exshausted of feeling crazy and trapped in a box
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      citalopram... I started taking it yesterday and already feeling the benifits... But going threw withdrawl from stopping the sertraline ... I was only on 50mg for 3 days i didnt think i would feel withdrawl just from 3 days of taking it ... Mostly have the sweats and tingling feeling in my face

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