Starting Sertraline with Emetophobia

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hi i have been looking through so many chat rooms regarding sertraline and wondered whether anyone has had success in reducing the possible side effects by introducing the drug very low and slow? i have found a handful of reviews, sadly not on an actual discussion site where people have been given sertraline in liquid form and started at a low dose and gradually increased and didnt experience any bad effects. i had a mental breakdown almost a year ago now after attempting to take antidepressants but ive come to believe that i wont get better without them. i am terrified to take them due to an extreme vomit phobia. i have read that introducing low and slow helps immensely and that taking at night allows some to sleep through any possible side effects. thanks for reading

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    hi sorry I cant help with experience because normally I've been given a low dose and got told to crack on.

    I have heard that introducing it slowly can help to lessen the side effects as your body wont be taking such a hit in one go.

    if it's any help I feel terrible starting on 50mg but haven't been sick. I've felt a little bit queezy but that's more anxiety than anything else.

    hopefully somone will come along with a bit more info and help just wanted you to know your post has been read x

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      thank you so much. i know it must sound like a silly phobia to most but it has ruled and ruined my life to the point where id rather be sick with infection than take antibiotics to make me better. i dont want to take the sertraline because i am terrified but dont see any other way. im at rock bottom. ive lost my friends, my marriage and im afraid whats next is i lose my son

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      oh no bless you im sorry to hear that I hope you're ok

      it sounds like you are going through I really really tough time! I'm at rock bottom with you April so it's not as lonely down here as you think. and when you are at the bottom their is only one way you can go and that is up!

      is this your first time on sertraline?

      your phobia isn't silly at all everyone has them and if that's yours then we will have to try and find a way to work around it wont we.

      have you considered anti sickness meds to help if you feel a bit queezy?

      also taking them with food is meant to help if you feel sick taking them. a lot of people have said that helps x

    • Posted

      sadly its not my first time. i had a mental break down last september after i attempted to take antidepressants due to low mood. i took with anti nausea medication but still managed to work myself up into such a state that i dry heaved and that sent me over the edge. i lost two stone instantly, didnt eat or sleep for weeks, was rocking and shaking, crying, hitting myself you name it. and the reason for all that was because a switch was flicked and i constantly feel im on the verge of dry heaving which you can imagine does me zero favours when im terrified of the act and sensation. so my life is in turmoil i dont leave the house i barely get dressed. im scared all of the time of this sensation i have in my throat which was triggered by attempting to take the poxy medication in the first place 😦

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      wow you are definitely in the wars with it at the minute bless you.

      its gonna be hard because I can imagine just taking the med is going to make you feel terrible especially after what happened the first time you tried.

      once the medication kicks in it will get rid of that feeling and the anxiety that comes with it so it's just getting round to taking it. that's the hard bit.

      have you got any ideas or plans that might help with it

      my thinking is.......bear in mind I'm not in your situation so it's easy for me to say.

      you are feeling like it already before taking the tablet so the only way to get over it is take it if that makes sense.

      like I said easier said than done though.

      do you eat ok?

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      id say it is a huge step for me to be even considering the meds after what happened and for so long i have been flatly refusing it. no i dont eat well at all. my phobia is of vomiting but mainly the retching and gagging part when you feel you cant breathe like choking. ive had a hard time for 22yrs swallowing food especially in public and since this anxiety has slapped me i am finding it even harder to swallow even water or my own saliva. its exhausting. i feel so alone and in a horrible place. i cant find any chat rooms where people are being upbeat or optimistic which i know is hard because im not those things just yet but i cant be reading peoples suicidal imagery when im having my own so ive cut myself from social media and have nobody but one friend and my mum 😦

    • Posted

      try responding your post as yours original is being moderated. it can take ages sometimes x

    • Posted

      this forum is really good. I found that a lot more people who have recovered stick around on here to help those in need. their is some lovely people who hopefully will be along shortly to help.

      that's exactly why I came here because it was difficult seeing so many negative posts and no success stories in other places and it really made me panick.

      have you looked for people who have had similar experiences to you and can give you advise on the internet?

      when the med starts working it will make your anxiety a lot easier to cope with for sure and this in turn should help the anxiety that comes with swallowing.

      you can get sertraline in oral drops that you just drop on your tongue. ask for those instead of tablets as that might be easier to take.

  • Posted

    Hi April, when you had your breakdown what medication and at what dose where you on?

    • Posted

      i first tried one dose of fluoxetine 20mg severe dey heaving attack then one dose of sertraline 25mg severe dry heaving attack

  • Posted

    hi, i only felt a tiny bit of nausea when first starting sertraline , but i was never sick. MY friend started on 25mg to minimise any side effects then worked up to 50mg ( she just cut a 50mg tablet in half and took 25mg for a couple of weeks then progressed to the 50mg. it seemed to work well for her . Hope that helps x

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