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Sertraline and any other ADs support thread

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hathorinareddress Sat 31-Mar-12 11:13:25

Following on from a suggestion by LittleWhiteMice on a thread I have going on here, I am starting a support thread for anyone taking Sertraline or any other AD.

I started taking it yesterday after eventually plucking up the courage to go to the doc on Thursday.

I feel a bit weird but not too bad.

<you better all come on here now I started this>


LittleWhiteMice Sat 31-Mar-12 11:30:44

Hello! i went to the drs wed, she prescribed me 50mg a day for 2 weeks then to return to her in a weeks time.

i had to wait til i was paid on Friday to afford the prescription (dp wasted all our money). i took one on fri eve at around 7pm and 40 mins later (strangely similar to e coming up time) I felt really odd.

I still feel odd, like you would the day after. I CANNOT cope with being in that state taking the kids toc school, my pupils were huge. I was hithering, skaing hot and cold sweats, completly zoned out. No sleep just curled up trying not to gring my teeth.

I wondering about takeing a half instead. Also my DP has got some 4htp he thinks i should take instead of this.

It was like serendipity, i went on here to open a thread did so and then saw another one for someone who had taken thiers yesterday like me and anothr today.

Its really nice to have support, and im not one for support ;)

Thank you Hath

hathorinareddress Sat 31-Mar-12 11:40:47

I'm on 50mg too - but I don't feel too bad - just a bit zoned out and my face is buzzing which is odd as fuck. I have a headache too a bit = but it was worse this morning when I woke up I took some paracetamol.

I also have diazepam to take for spasms in my shoulder which I have been too chicken to take yet and some sleeping tabs she gave me to take. Haven't taken them either.

keithlemonsbackdoors Sat 31-Mar-12 11:44:02

Hello, just checking in.

Currently freezing cold & a bit teeth grindy. Think I might be hungry but I really don't fancy eating anything.

hathorinareddress Sat 31-Mar-12 11:46:43

Funny I noticed earlier Keith I'm clenching my teeth/jaw.

<must relax must relax must relax>

LittleWhiteMice Sat 31-Mar-12 11:46:50

id be very suprosed if you can eat on them.

I almost wish there was something to stop the shaking shivery feeling- diazapam might be a good idea.

sadly theres not much of that in my house.

Maryz Sat 31-Mar-12 11:54:49

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swallowedAfly Sat 31-Mar-12 11:59:23

little white mice - it may be that you need to taper more slowly. sertraline are fine for breaking in half (conveniently scored to make it easy too). if i were you i'd take 25mg a day for a couple of weeks before trying 50mg. some people are more sensitive than others and ideal practice is to start at 25mg anyway.

hope that helps.

LittleWhiteMice Sat 31-Mar-12 12:07:09

thank you swallowed a fly smile i would much rather that then feel like this.

il take half in an hour. oh god, dreading it

keithlemonsbackdoors Sat 31-Mar-12 12:15:46

Good luck littlewhitemice!

I just ate a sarnie & feel a bit better. Not sure how I'm going to manage a lively 2 yr old this afternoon tho

hathorinareddress Sat 31-Mar-12 12:27:55

Well I just ate a mars bar and a bag of crisps so the chances of me losing weight are slim <very bad pun>

I can't take the diazepam until after I collect DD1 from her friend's but I am seriously considering taking it then my shoulder is hurting like fuck I've had brufen and paracetamol and rubbed in cream and it's fucking useless.

MapofTassie Sat 31-Mar-12 12:36:12

I started off taking 25mg Sertraline a day for a week. I started taking the tablets in the morning as per doctor's instructions but I was literally falling asleep whilst the kids were having their lunch. I was actually putting my head down on the table and nodding off for about 10-15 seconds before DS1 would shout at me!
I then started taking the tablets at night-time which seemed to work for me. As I got used to the effects I gradually brought forward the time I took my tablet so that I now take my tablet just before I have my breakfast.
I have been taking the ADs for nearly a year now (no counselling) and I find that it helps to keep me on an even keel. No extreme shouting (just normal shouting as I have two DSs), no feeling anxious - generally more like me!
I'm heading off to bed now (not in UK), so will catch up in the morning.

swallowedAfly Sat 31-Mar-12 12:44:39

ok so tips -

take with food,
take at night if you find the side effects sleepy making,
take in the morning if you find they make you wired so they don't disturb your sleep,
don't overdo the caffeine if you're finding they're making you a bit teeth grindy, jittery feeling as that will exacerbate it.

and be prepared to say goodbye to your sex life. i find sertraline are the worst for sexual side effects sadly.

LittleWhiteMice Sat 31-Mar-12 12:55:15

made me quite horny.... sad

im going to take half now. please encourgae me cos if i dont il take it an night and wel be here again tomorrow

BustyDeLaGhetto Sat 31-Mar-12 15:45:26

Me! Me! I am starting Setraline tonite. Just a half dose (25mg) as the full dose made me so spacey and anxious and the world looked like the League of Gentlemen. I am planning on taking it after DD is in bed (7ish) as feel can sit back adn watch a gentle film without feeling like I have stuff to do. Hoping will get side-effects overnight too. If they keep me awake all night will have to take in morning.

GP has given me 2mg of valium to take with to decrease my anxiety about taking ADs, so will be a real space cadet for a few days. Something has to give though, and something has to change so I'm hoping this + CBT will do it. Am trying just to get through the next few days at the moment but fingers crossed the near future will be feeling a bit brighter for us all!

Loopymumsy Sat 31-Mar-12 16:09:59

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swallowedAfly Sat 31-Mar-12 16:16:07

oh mirtazapine usually really helps with sleep because of the massive histamine antagonism. trouble is it also makes you pile on weight. venlafaxine is very 'wiring' though.

i went onto sertraline after the news scares about citalopram at 60mg which is the dose it worked really well at for me. this is nowhere near as effective as that was - currently taking 150mg.

LWM - it just reduces sensation ime and makes it harder to ermm get to the destination shall we say.

BustyDeLaGhetto Sat 31-Mar-12 16:18:39

Swallowed I am really nervous about the Setraline - DH has 10 days off work so I can (luckily) get over the first four or five days with some support. I hope it works, I am feeling very housebound by the panic.

swallowedAfly Sat 31-Mar-12 16:32:42

if it's panic that is the biggie for you i'd have gone for citalopram personally BDLG - it works fast on anxiety and is very effective.

Loopymumsy Sat 31-Mar-12 16:34:31

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swallowedAfly Sat 31-Mar-12 16:35:34

sorry - that's not really very helpful of me. panic/anxiety/ocd = citalopram as first port of call imo.

i'm hanging in there because i really can't face a meds change - hate the whole coming off effects and starting new ones effect.

for those jsut starting try not to worry - yes you'll feel some funny effects but nothing really bad is going to happen ok? and they will wear off and settle down and there's a very good chance that a few months from now you'll be feeling much better and be very glad you persevered through a few initial side effects.

Loopymumsy Sat 31-Mar-12 16:39:43

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BustyDeLaGhetto Sat 31-Mar-12 16:46:36

SWallowed Its Panic Disorder as a result of PND apparently, so perhaps he's hoping to treat both ? I'm trying to not to think about it as I do tend to 'internalize' everything and overthink to a huge degree. Just hoping that in a month or so I will still to settle down and feel like my old self again. I feel as though I've tried so hard and so many things and - while I've seen some progress and can manage my attacks a little better thanks to CBT - I really do need some additional help, even just to get on an even keel.

Loopymumsy I had supressed appetite too - I imagine that wears off too does it ?

liveinazoo Sat 31-Mar-12 16:52:48

can i but in with tales of woe?sad

i started venlafaxine today-only had 37.5mg<meant have 1morning,1 night>

ive had worst day ever on ADs...
face bright red,back keeps feel wet with sweat
nausea,no apetite
mouth so dry tongue keep stick roof my mouth

seriously considering abandoning-all i can do is lay on my bed with 3 under8s wreck room around me i feel so ill...

any suggestions gratefully recieved

hathorinareddress Sat 31-Mar-12 16:55:16

Well I don't feel too bad. Really other than feeling a bit weird for about an hour after I take them it's not that different.

Really don't feel any different confused

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