When does Zoloft stabilize? Week 6 mood swings.

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Hi, I'm at the last day of week 6 at 100mg and I have definitely seen improvements so far. I have had many days where the anxiety is almost completely gone, and I have had much better concentration and sleep than before. I would say I laugh much more than before and eat better. However in the last few days I got really anxious and depressed again along with some of the side effects coming back. I have had dips before but I'm wondering when things stabilize properly?

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  • Posted

    how long did it take you on that dose to feel better ? from what i gather you can have blips

    • Posted

      I had already felt some improvements at 25mg. I would say I feel a little better each week, but I still have some hard mornings and sometimes I am really down during the day. I guess this medicine slowly improves me over the months?

  • Posted

    Hello! Have you been on this 100mg for all 6 weeks?

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      Yes, but I have noticed a lot of positive changes already, I am much better than before zoloft in general, but still plenty of room for improvement. Is it true that it can take 12 weeks for it to stabilize? The mood swings can be really hard. I felt really bad this morning, but now I feel much better than I ever did before meds. I would say that even though I felt bad this morning it was a better morning than most mornings before the meds.

  • Posted

    Just found this, this explains why my anxiety is so much better while my mood is still crappy sometimes, quote:

    "Scientists find sertraline - also known as Lustral and Zoloft - takes up to 12 weeks to ease low mood but relieves anxiety in half the time. One of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants does little to ease symptoms of depression, research suggests".

    I guess my mood will improve over time then, although it already has to some degree. I can also focus much much better on things not. I used to only be able to concentrate for a few seconds, now I can work on projects all day most days. I hope this continues to work and improve, and that I get less swings in mood.

  • Posted

    hey! just seen your post ☺

    i have been on sertraline since july, starting at 50mg and working my way up too 100mg which ive been on for 1 week now.

    ive had improvements as before sertraline i couldnt get out of bed without panicking. last weekend i went to a busy market and my anxiety was manageable, however anxiety today is awful, i woke up panicking and ive been anxious all day and not felt like going out.

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      Yeah, it is hard, we just have to keep swimming and hope it gets better with time, which it most likely will. I used to be in a constant state of panic too before Zoloft, I always thought I was going crazy and would end up hospitalized. I am way more relaxed now than before Zoloft, even in the high anxiety days, most of the bodily tenseness is gone most of the time. I just hope my energy and mood improves more with time too, I get really depressed at some parts of the day and my energy is just terrible most of the time. Concentration is much better though. I hope we all get out of this soon. Reaching the 7th week tomorrow with 100mg and hope I continue to improve, I really want my old life back.

  • Posted

    Hi Olav, You will improve more and for longer as the weeks go by, 12 weeks is about right for consistent improvement, it doesn't mean you will be a anxiety, depressed wreck for 11 weeks 6 days and then on the 12th week you happily skip off into the sunset, it is a workable time span to get back to somewhere near normal. I have been on 50 for over a year now and there are still the odd days I get concerns about doing things or I feel a bit low but this is just normal human emotions and doesn't mean we need to change anything. I remember the depression and complete lack of motivation being the last thing to lift, so don't worry they do work for depression as well as anxiety just takes a bit longer but you are on the right track

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      Thank you for your reply, I really hope I keep improving in the coming weeks. The anxiety-free days felt amazing even though I felt heavy. Finally I got rid of the tingling I had in my feet for over a year as well as that terrible tension for weeks, I rarely have panic attacks now as well. Now I am a tiny bit tense and have some tingling as it is a bad day, but nothing like before Zoloft. It is a rollercoaster though, that is for sure. Hope I get the life I had before back, I was so happy before the anxiety and depression came after a death in the family. I just want to feel normal again.

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