Shakes, jitters, internal restlessness

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Has anyone experienced shakes, tremors, jitters or a feeling of internal restlessness on Sertraline. When I upped my dose to 100mg I notices that my hand were shaking and I felt an internal tremor through my whole body.

I don't know if it is down to the medication or anxiety. If it is anxiety I have never experienced it like this before!

Apparently shaking due to medication is called Akathisia quite common when taking antipsychotics but also can happen with SSRIs and other ADs.



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    Hi, Ed. I take 50mg a day and started about a month and a half ago. When I first started taking it, I pretty much had all the symptoms. This is the first antidepressant I've ever taken. My teeth chattered, I sweated a lot, had trouble sleeping, and even had a near full-on panic attack, which even though I've had anxiety issues, I had never really had what I would consider to be a panic attack. It took a couple weeks, but all of those symptoms are basically gone now and I feel a lot better. It might just take your body a few weeks to get used to the higher dose.

    • Posted

      Thanks for the reply David,

      Glad to hear I am not the only one who has experienced these symptoms on Sertraline! I have been on this dose for quite a while but maybe it needs a bit longer.



    • Posted

      Hi Ed, yep, same thing happened to me. I had not teeth-chatter, but I noticed I clenched my jaws a lot. I still do sometimes. I had jitters, but most of these side effects went away after 2 months or so. Hang in there.

    • Posted

      Thanks GS, I'll stick with it and see what happens. Cheers, Ned

  • Posted

    im on 25 mg baby dose for 4 weeks did 1 week on 50 it was horrid now these past couple of days my anxiety and panic are 10x worse at a loss

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