Short term memory loss?! 50mg for 9 weeks so far...

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I've now been on sertraline 50mg a day for about 9 weeks - at first had the common side effects of nausea headaches jitters disturbed sleep and increased anxiety etc. After several weeks these seemed to wear off and I feel a lot better thankfully!

However in the last week or two I've noticed a change for the worse in my short term memory and seem to be very easily forgetting things or having complete blanks in my memory at work etc which can be quite embarassing! Has anyone else experienced this at all?! Any advice would be much appreciated.

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    Hey Lauren, I haven't experienced this on Sertraline yet, but often forget words, what I went into rooms for and even what I'm about to say!! I'm 46 and put this down to perimenopause.

    But anxiety also has a similar affect as my brain isn't focused on here and now.

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      Hi Louise,

      Thanks for your reply - yeah I have the same problem just a complete blank in what I'm about to do or say and I have to really concentrate to remember it.

      Possibly a combination of being very busy/stressed at work and the medication! Hopefully not something that will be long term as I'm only 26.

      Thankyou x

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      Being stressed and busy will definitely have that effect, your brain can only process so much. Try and find a better balance if you can. Do you meditate?

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    I have inattentive ADHD and my symptoms have become very marked on Sertraline. I'm on 200 mg. It's to do with the dopamine/serotonin ratio, I think. However, my mood is much better so I'm trying to work around the memory problems.

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      Hi Avril,

      Thank you for your reply.

      Yes I completely agree, my mood and overall anxiety levels have improved loads so I'm hoping the memory issue isn't long term! I guess it's one of those things we have to accept and work through like you said.

      Feels reassuring to chat to others who experience similar things.

      Thank you x

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