Sertraline no longer working

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My 14 year old daughter has had a hard couple of years dealing with anxiety and social peer issues. After a few tumultuous and upsetting doctor appts the doctor put my daughter on 25mg Sertraline (early September 2019) a month later increased to 50mg. My daughters anxiety and extreme mood swings seemed to settle however was suffering a bit of nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. I didn't think it was the medication initially as my daughter always complained of stomach cramps probably caused by her anxiety. But then towards the end of October my daughter came down with a stomach bug it was the tipping point. Now every morning for the last 10 weeks she complains of diarrhea, nausea and stomach cramps with occasional vomiting, is extremely fussy with food, has lost weight, sweats and says she feels like she is overheating, has become even more anxious to the point of not wanting to go anywhere, explosive mood swings, threatens to harm herself or us, kicked holes in her bedroom door, separation anxiety if I have to go somewhere. She has had multiple blood tests and scans which only showed elevated inflammation markers but everything all clear. I am convinced it is the sertraline that is causing these symptoms. My daughter is very difficult to get to go to the dr or address these issues. I regret agreeing to the sertaline now. I just want her off it 😪 I want to taper her off the medication but need to confirm with the dr on how could not get an appt this week which is taking its toll on not only our daughter but our whole family. Her 17 year old brother now hates being at home and I am the glue that is crumbling.

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    I am continually shocked when I hear about extreme and vicious side effects of medications. Your daughter definitely needs to taper off the particular one she's on ! I hope she comes to realize this and agrees to see a doctor who can safely wean her off the drug.

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      my daughter is fearful to come off the medication which I understand but it is my opinion that she is worse being on it than the original behaviours

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    sounds really tough

    the drug increases seritonin i cant see it causing her to behave the way she is.

    its very difficult at that age because teenager can be difficult but still no excise for punchijg walls and generally behaving like that.

    50 mg is a low dose you taper off as you increased so redice to 25mg and then stop.

    i would also say your daughters behaviour needs addressing regardless of anxiety / depression that behaviour is not acceptable and can easily be used to gain the wrong type of attention. i would address the behaviour and take back control of your situation

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      yes agree with you about getting a handle on her behaviour but it is difficult as she will either be crying, depressed or over the top angry or on the total other end of the scale and over the top happy and hyper. I get probably a week or 2 a month if lucky where she exhibits general normal teenage behaviour. I attended the dr on Saturday who recommended not taking her off the sertraline until I get professional advise from a psychiatrist which she has been referred to just awaiting an appt

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