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4.0

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Zoloft brings relief

As a busy mom life can sometimes get overwhelming.  As an anxiety sufferer my anxiety-meter was on overload, so much so that I was having difficulty dealing with the little things that...Read complete review

As a busy mom life can sometimes get overwhelming.  As an anxiety sufferer my anxiety-meter was on overload, so much so that I was having difficulty dealing with the little things that life was sending my way.  Then my doctor suggested I try Zoloft.  My first reaction was, "why in the world would I want to take an anti-depressant, isn't that for people who simply can't function?"  Yes, ladies, as a mom I was still able to function, but there are levels of functioning, and I was not functioning at my best.  So, with great reluctance, I agreed to try Zoloft.  Boy was I pleasantly surprised.  Yes, Zoloft is a medication that must be monitored by your doctor, and there can be side-affects, but at the low dose of 50mg, I only experienced mild fatigue the first week.  After that I was off and running.  My energy returned, I felt less irritable, and that constant racing in my head was gone, gone, gone.  Anxiety...no longer my constant companion.  Yes, there are still times when I worry, but not to the point where I cannot function.  Zoloft has made a tremendous difference in my life and I am so thankful that I listened to my doctor and gave it a try.  My husband and children are happy, too.  Using Zoloft has been a positive experience, one I highly recommend.   

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Put my head on a stick and call me Flat Bugg.

About two months ago I was at the doctor's office having my yearly womanly tests and just started crying my eyes out.  Not because of the annoying, invasive tests, but because the...Read complete review

About two months ago I was at the doctor's office having my yearly womanly tests and just started crying my eyes out.  Not because of the annoying, invasive tests, but because the questions my doctor had asked me just brought the emotions of a really bad year to the surface.  This, of course, concerned her so we had a long talk about some things which ended with me leaving with a prescription for Zoloft. 

I had taken Zoloft once before.  Once a day for a week then twice a day from then on.  The problem I had with this plan is that I could barely keep my eyes open.  I felt much better, calmer, less freaked out, but my personality was flat and I felt really tired for about 4 hours after taking the pill.  I eventually just stopped taking it.

So this time she took this into consideration and had me take half of a pill at bedtime so that any sleepiness would 1. happen while I was sleeping; and 2. help me fall asleep faster and stay asleep.  That worked out pretty good.  I was able to fall asleep easily at night and was not falling asleep in my Cheerios in the morning.  I felt calm, in control, not depressed.  But I still felt flat.  Like just kind of indifferent about most everything and not really experiencing joy so again I stopped taking it. 

**Bottom Line:**  I did not have some of the really unpleasant side effects that some people have and was not sleepy all the time like my first time taking Zoloft.  It made me feel better but left me feeling flat and not happy or positive at all.  Going back tomorrow to try something else. ** 3 stars.** 

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3.0

Has good effect but with powerful side effect

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from USA

Comments about Zoloft:

Zoloft is good medicine as long as you take it.The main advantage of Zoloft is in long term (more than year). it does work for major depression and schizophrenia. However, once you stopped taking it its effect will gone as you never took it. In addition to that it has really powerful side effect (if you will take it for the first time then be aware that you will get Substance intoxication and Dizziness )

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4.0

It's ok...

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I took Buspar for years. I thought it was doing an ok job. I started getting really bad heartburn and after trying several different medications along with a total diet change, I was still having issues. My dr made me have an endoscopy, in which they found absolutely no signs of heartburn. It was determined to be caused by my anxiety. So I immediately stopped the heartburn medication and allowed my dr to change me from the Buspar to zoloft. She initially prescribed me 100mg. I honestly thought I might die after that first does. I felt so dizzy and and felt like I was going to pass out. I was so tired, but could not sleep. Everytime I started to drift off, I would jerk awake and felt like I had an adrenaline rush. The next day I took just half, and it made a world of difference. The only side effect I had was clenching my jaw and yawning non-stop which subsided within about a week. I still have bouts of yawning, but nearly as bad as that first week. I felt great the first 6 wks. Then slowly my anxiety was returning and I felt so run down and tired all the time. At my appt, my dr wanted to put me back up to the initial 100mg but I said I was reluctant since I already was so tired and run down. She asked if I was taking it at night and I said I was. So she added welbutrin to take along with it to combat the side effects. So far so good. The yawning is gone and I don't feel as tired. I still have some anxiety but not nearly as bad as it was. I go back in 2 wks and we will see if I need to go up in dose slightly or not. I did notice my heartburn is gone, so it was indeed anxiety related. I had really high hopes for the zoloft as I had heard great things about it. Years ago I was on effexor which I liked, but couldn't take it when I was trying to get pregnant, etc, so I was switched to the Buspar. I am tempted to ask for that again if the zoloft keeps "wearing" off. But overall it seems to be a decent anxiety medication.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Zoloft generic

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from USA

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I like the way that this med makes me feel but it causes me to have out of this world cravings for sweets and carbs and just mindless eating when I am not truly hungry. Does anyone else have this problem with zoloft? If so do you have any helpful tips or other meds to try?

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Zoloft ruined my Stomach and the lining of my esophagus.

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from USA

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I actually liked Zoloft alot for the first few months that I was taking it, it gave me my personality back it saved me from my anxiety and helped with my depression. But I want to CAUTION and WARN others, after a fews months of taking zoloft, every fews weeks I would wake up in the middle of the night not long after taking my zoloft and suffer from SEVERE! heartburn. I'm currently a college student and the heartburn would be so bad I would call my brother to my apartment building at 3 am and have him sit with me because I would have a panic attack and want to go to the hospital. it would be accompanied by chest pain and slight nausea. I took the 50mg over the counter zoloft known as Steraline. The zoloft actually caused me to develop problems with the lining of my esophagus and stomach. I notice that I was popping Tums and other anti-acids like "candy" and be drinking pepto bismol from the bottle with no relief at all from the severe heartburn. I know this may be a rare side effect but if you start to develop the symptoms see your doctor and save yourself from painful worry some nights. In my opinion relief from my depression and anxiety wasn't even worth it because of the severity of the stomach problems that developed.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

For my first antidepressant, I was not impressed.

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This was the first antidepressant I was prescribed, and I did not like it. Gave me stomach aches and made my mood snappier than usual. The first two months I took this medicine I was more sociable but it was not worth the stomach aches, headaches, and after the third or fourth month I was crying more and getting angrier easier.

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(46 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

zoloft gave me my life back

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from Eatonton, GA

Comments about Zoloft:

this medicine was a miracle for me. after my third hip replacement by the age of 45, i can't even explain how depressed i was. the doctor prescribed zoloft for me and i will forever be grateful to him for that. i didn't have the high and low feeling that is usual for a a drug for depression. the best way i can describe it is that i felt "normal" again. i had no side effects. one of the side effects that is common with this drug is that it makes you sleepy. the trick is to take it at night instead of in the morning. i slept soundly at night and woke up feeling refreshed and looking forward to the day instead of dreading it. zoloft was also easy to come off of when i didn't need it any more. all i can say is it was a miracle for me.

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(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

This made me worse

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from Lake Zurich, IL

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I have been on Lexapro for about 4 years for anxiety and panic disorder. It was working well at suppressing many of my symptoms, but I had been feeling very lethargic, unmotivated and tired. So my doctor switched me to Zoloft, saying it would cover a wider range of symptoms. I gave it about a month and a half before I switched back to Lexapro. I've never considered myself a depressed person, but I dropped into a LOW LOW depression just a week after taking my first Zoloft. After just a few days I had intrusive thoughts that would circulate non stop, 24/7. I even had thoughts of "I can't believe I have to live like this another day," hopelessness. Hopelessness is the key word, I felt like I would always feel like this. HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE worries, thoughts, anxiety, depression. I wasn't hungry and lost weight. Went back to Lexapro and am now feeling motivated, excited about life and hopeful.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not working for me

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from Beverly Hills, CA

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Sertraline does not work for me. I suffer from depression and anxiety. My mother died and my father is an alcoholic. My doctor prescribed me 100mg and I've been taking it for about a month. I had an anxiety attack about a week ago and cut myself. This medicine has done nothing for me I feel exactly the same as I did before. I don't know what to do now...

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Medicine ok with me

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from Gardendale, AL

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This medicine works wonders with me. Just a couple of days after starting on Zoloft I was a totally different person. I have been on Zoloft for 8 years now and would not want to change. The problems I find with Zoloft is a low sex drive and weight gain. I am still on Zoloft because I feel the benefits outweigh the side effects.

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3.0

Not as effective as I had hoped...

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from Ellensburg, WA

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I have been taking Zoloft for about 6 months, perscribed for depression and anxiety. I have found that it helps prevent the "fits" or "rages" in which I used to self-mutilate, but hasn't helped my general depression or anxiety for the other 98% of my life. Everyone reacts differently to Zoloft, but it does not seem to work well for me. Further, it has completely killed my sex drive, which is causing some problems in my relationship. I am glad not to be self-harming anymore, but I was hoping that it would help a little more than it does with my day-to-day depression.

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