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Well I have now been on sertraline for 5 weeks 4 days (39 days) and today I have woken with no anxiety!!!! The past 3 days I have only had a little anxiety but it soon went when it did pop it's head up, also I am more chilled in the evenings when as before I used to panic about about getting a panic attack (nights were worse for me) and even during the day when I get those thoughts I can easily say to myself there is nothing to panic about as I have got through it before, whereas before I would be crippled with panic about panic all day long.
so I think they r starting to kick in now, it's still early days and I know I will have good and bad days but I'm just hopeful now that the good will outweigh the bad from now on.
for anyone just starting sertraline or worried about taking them please don't be. I was so anti med before the anxiety crippled me, I tried all the natural ways ie 5htp, kalms, Chinese herbs but nothing worked for me, so I bit the bullet and went to docs. I had the tablets 3 weeks before I plucked the courage up to take them as was so scared of the side effects, but then i just took it one night as I thought I can't live like this anymore, I felt like I was loosing it so it couldn't get much worse.
I took mine just before getting in bed so I would sleep through most of the harsh side effects, some people have trouble sleeping on these but I have not a problem with that. I did get some start up side effects which were dry mouth, bit of upset tummy, foggy head, feeling lazy, feeling tired, nausea but that all went by day 10. I started to feel good at week 3 with a few good days but then I got the flu and the anxiety returned but not as bad as before starting sertraline, so now into week 5 I am feeling abit better as the flu is going, so I don't know if it was a blip or caused from the flu.
im hoping this is the start of getting back to being to the old me but I am feeling hopeful and will continue to think positive.
i must add also that on the days when my anxiety was bad I used rescue remedy and learnt how to knit which really took my mind off the anxiousness. U can get rescue remedy from any supermarket or chemist and it's about £4, it's all natural and even kids and pets can use it to feel calm when anxious and it really did get me through the worst times.
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