Struggling with Sertraline for fibro

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My fibro has been getting worse and gp has put me on sertraline because he thinks it’s anxiety that’s causing the flares. I’ve only taken one 25mg dose yesterday. Have thumping head, feel sick and just lying in bed. Scared to take my second dose. Any advice?

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    I don't know much about fibro except I know it's a horrible condition and my heart goes out to you. Side effects from sertraline can be brutal but they do pass. They usually come back with every increase but this means that the sert is working. On 25mg I spent 3 days in bed sweating and staring at the ceiling. But it passes. All I can say is always take sert at the same time and drink plenty of water. If you need to go to bed then go ...If you can...try to watch some comedy and laugh. Cry if you can cos it's good for you. Keep reading and posting on here. Keep in touch with your doctor. If you can't sleep ask for something to help. Don't increase too quickly and don't mess with the dosage. If the doc puts you up to 50mg ( probably after a week or 10 days) stick with it. If you feel yuck don't drop down again as you will level out. Good luck and remember there's loads of info on this forum...KEEP READING xxx


    • Posted

      Thank you so much for your encouraging reply. I’m going to try to ride out the next few days and hope that the side effects begin to lessen. Im hoping that I don’t have to increase the dose that I am taking but who knows! Your reply has really helped. 
    • Posted

      I’m going to take on board all the helpful tips that you’ve given me to try to get over the start of my sertraline journey. 
    • Posted

      You should be ok with paracetamol with sert but steer clear of ibuprophen...for your headache


    • Posted

      You said you had a headache. Some people take ibuprophen for headaches. It's not recommended that you take it with sertraline. Paracetamol is ok though. Are you feeling any better. Most people tend to feel a bit better later in the day.


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      My headache has lifted quite a bit but still feel very nauseous and yuck. However, thank goodness the headache is not so bad. Thanks for steering me clear of ibuprofen.

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