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I was prescribed sertraline one a day, 50 mg, about a month ago. I had one terrible panic attack before that which lead me to go see the doctor where we discussed ADs and if I'd been on them before (which was true, about 4 years ago I took citalopram but only for a month and decided it wasn't for me - I was great since then.)
I decided I'd try the sertraline. The first week I was so sick I could barely get off the couch. That weekend I was taken to the ER due to the left side of my body going completely numb. They did some scans, the usual, I seemed fine so they deemed it just an out of control panic attack and told me to keep taking the sertraline and sent me on my way. I tried to persevere but things didn't improve. I was becoming so sick that my anxiety increased, even worse than I've ever felt in my life. I was reassured that "this is possibly just a side effect."
The pharmacist told me to stop taking it, but the ER doctor and my GP told me to continue the meds. I also took up therapy about a week ago for the first time and my therapist was not sure if the medication was what I really needed but did not tell me to stop.
I just had my check up a few days ago with my GP - and discussed how horrible I've felt. I've lost 20 lbs. My anxiety has never been so bad in my life. The past few weeks I've had more panic attacks than I ever had. I am a 22 year old female. My doctor added 7.5mg twice a day of Buspar alongside of the sertraline to see if that would help. I took it once and was up all night as sick as I was before I started.
I was so miserable and upset that I decided I will just not take medication. I think my anxiety has always been situational. I have lost a lot of people this year. I want to try to go with the therapy instead of medicine as I've never really needed it in my life... and my doctor doesn't have any idea either. It is very upsetting.
Today I took half a pill of the 50mg (25). I am to take it like this for 4 days then stop. Does anyone have any advice, is this a good way to take it without getting too much withdrawal or how long it may take before it is removed from my body?
I have tried to find answers online but nothing to my situation as I can only find stories of those who have been on this medication for years... I know 4 weeks is not a long time but as much as I have suffered this month I am worried. Aside from sleeping all day today and having some of the side effects I had to begin with I feel less anxiety but since I am here I would say that I'm as pessimistic as ever. I just want to be free from this.
Thanks for reading. sorry for my english
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