Week 7 of Sertraline, it's not working !

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My doctor prescribed me on 50mg of Sertraline daily after coming off of Citalopram (they made me very ill). I'm in week 7 of taking them and I feel dreadful, I don't want to go out anywhere or speak to anyone and when I am in home I don't come out of my bedroom. I'm snappy with my family and everyone that is closest to me, I feel like I am pushing my boyfriend away, regardless of how supportive he has been since I started taking anti-depressants ! Has anyone got any advice for me ? Does it get better ? Or do I need to go back to my doctor ? 

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    Hi Laura, i've been where you are now, haveing a bad experience with Citalopram and a worse experience with Sertraline. Then my doctor put me on Seroquel, and incresed both my luvox and epidec. The Seroquel is a life saver, it also helps with haveiung a good nights sleep, but you can also feel a bit doppy during the day. But its a small price to pay to feel much better. The only reason I am replying is dont feel tthat because you have had a negative response to both Sertraline and Citalopram. I would go back to your doctor as soon as possible, also ask him for tranquilisers that will kick in and see me through until the other meds work. There is now way that one has to struggle like this, I thought I must also just hang in there and things will get better, well it doesnt get better for a lot of patients on Sertraline and Citalopram, so no neede to suffer.
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      Hi. I think what you say is very interesting and echoes my own similar experience. yr advice to Laura is excellent and it has helped me to continue sorting out my own difficulties with all the different meds. Its been a nightmare a lot of the time. I'v improved a bit on sertraline and hope it continues. Yr post has given me some hope and inspiration :-))

      Thank you..... 

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    Sertraline made me feel pretty ill at first as well. its taken months but the effects have pretty well gone. I started to sleep a little better and stopped crying all the time. Over time I also isolated myself for ages and I dont think its a good thing to do. I was on citalopram before for 4mths but the side effects were awful and never went so I very slowly weaned myself off. I have to say that the sertraline has helped over time and I had my dosage increased to 100mgs 2months ago. I started to sleep even better and things had improved albeit the depression and anxiety were still bad. I'v
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    sorry Laura my pc messed up and wouldn't let me finish what I was saying.to continue, because of improvemnt i have just had my dosage put up again to 150mgs daily and am really hoping for more improvement. I make myself go out, but not much and it's a hard battle so I think you should try and do the same. Yr own guilt about how you feel about yrself and probably making you feel you are pushing yr boyfriend away, he is prob v concerned and doesn't feel the same. I would talk to him about how you feel, you have to talk  to have an understanding and trust.

    iv just read a second reply to yr post from rob74885. I think what he says makes complete sense. I'm pretty much in the same situation as both of you.

    My doctor said that if the higher dosage doesn't help he is going to try me on something else. I completely agree with rob and can only say its a long hard haul to find what is right for you and what works for some doesnt for others. Keep tying though and go back to the doctors as rob suggests, I thought his advice was very sound. I think he is right and you are suffering more than you should be. Good luck  

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