Sertraline sleep issues

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hello! my gp switched me from citalopram to sertraline (20 mg of citalopram to 50 mg of sertraline) and my sleep has greatly been affected. waking up often, not getting solid rest. can anyone help me understand when this will subside and the meds kick in? it will be three weeks this friday since making the switch.

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    I’ve done exactly the same as you, citalopram to sertraline! The first week was awfull! The second and third very slow improvement! I’m coming up to 4 weeks now and I can feel the side effects are slowly getting better, as for sleep it also gets better! I take sertraline at night but I know some people can’t take it at night as it effects ther sleep! it can take 6-8 weeks for sertarline to kick in!

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      hey charlotte....i took mine originally at night then i switched thinking it would help the insomnia. well, it hasnt. i am coming up on week three and hoping to see better signs of change coming soon. i know it can take weeks to adjust, so i am waiting patiently, but the lack of sleep is horrendous.

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      Hi Seth,

      I would take sertraline first thing in the morning. I take mine around 6,30 with some food and water. Please make sure you drink lot of water after you take it and have food else it plays havoc on your digestive system

      i have come through the other end of gerd , regurgitation heart burn etc etc

      i am on 3 months of 50 mg and was sleeping great until a few weeks ago where sleep is still broken sometimes i am unable to sleep for 1-2 hours then i sleep. I believe it will pass as the brain is adjusting to the medication.

      hope this helps

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    Hey Seth,

    While I can't give you any indication of when it might subside, when I first started taking Sertraline, my sleep was all over the place. Waking up 2/3 hours earlier than before and then being wide awake and unable to get back to sleep. Taking an extra hour or two to just fall asleep. Waking up multiple times during the night. Night sweats, crazy, vivid dreams.

    I'm saying this because you're not alone and this is one of the side effects you can get from Sertraline.

    If you wake in the middle of the night, If you can get some Valerian root oil (decent quality) and add a few drops of it to a glass of water and drink it, it might get you back to sleep. I've heard a few people using it when having sleep troubles.

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    hello i had trouble sleeping during the first few weeks. Its difficult to compare experiences though as citalopram is leaving your system so that will bring its own bag of effects. i think i started sleeping better around 5-6 weeks

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    I'm just passed my first week on Sertraline. Awful taste in my mouth, anyone else have this? One day it was so so bad, like a metallic taste. And I'm not sleeping that great on them. Looking forward to seeing what it's like in week 6.

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