sertraline worried

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Hi I'm new since I was 11/12 I've suffering from depression and anxiety ive been on all sorts of medication I was on lorazapam and matazipine I started to feel like I was doing good and could maybe try to be on nothing but i had withdrawals but was a I think it was a bad idea as started to get bad again but I had to move away n got a new doctor n for some reason my notes didn't follow I told my new doctor but I don't think she believed me tried me on all different meds she's just given me 50mg sertraline and I'm worried about taking them after reading all the side effects and don't know what to do and if I was to take them when's the best time to take them.

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    hi sophie am sorry to hear about your situation but if your other medication worked for you i would go back to it no matter what your doctor says am not sure where your from but i come from scotland and i did not agree with a decision  the doctor made and phoned a department called the strathclyde patient complaints board who made the doctor review his decision there will be someone who could advise you try citizens advice but if you decide to take sertraline a was told to take them at the sametime each day of someone who was on them but no particular time a hope this was of some help to you take care.  
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    Hi there

    a few thoughts from a pharmacist....

    how long has it been since you took mirtazapine? I don't understand why your doctor switched you - only they know their reasons for choosing sertraline - can you go back to them and discuss this and what your preference is maybe? Sertraline is a better 'first choice' than mirtazapine in general, with a better side effect profile, less weight gain and drowsiness for example. If you required more sedation last time, then they may have chosen mirtazapine for that reason. 

    Don't worry too much about starting sertraline and please don't think you'll get every side effect. But the thing to remember is you are likely to feel a bit worse before you feel better with any antidepressant so do stick with it, it's worth getting through. It's not a quick fix by any means. It should be taken at the same time each day, with food, ideally in the morning, with breakfast.

    Lorazepam was for the you still have those symptoms? Best to discuss all your symptoms with your GP. But lorazepam is not something I would want to be on long term - 2 weeks max at a time if you can manage it, due to addiction. When sertraline has started working (2-4 weeks) your anxiety should have reduced anyway, and sleep may have improved then too.

    wishing you the best of luck! 


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      Meant to say too, if you ever have a question on your medications, do go and see a pharmacist for advice without an appointment - we can most often help and know when to refer you to your doctor. Good luck!
  • Posted

    Hi Sophie I originally started my tablet in the morning but I felt dreadful so I changed it to night which I find loads better as I take it just before I fall asleep so any effects I am not aware of x

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