I was started on 50mg sertraline 5 weeks ago for anxiet/ mild depression and OCD symptoms. The first 2 weeks I felt OK, quite tired so my symptoms subsided as I couldn't be bothered doing much. Apart from that I didn't have any side effects. Week 3 and into 4 I felt great. I started to look forward to things again and life felt good. Now in week 5 it seems overnight the pills have stopped working. My anxiety is back and with it, the OCD I know sertraline can increase anxiety when you start taking it but would this be normal after the first few weeks? I have the GP this week, will he maybe put the dose up as I did have a while feeling good?
When I started and with every dose increase I get a high and the a crash before it stabilises, takes me around a month ish to stabilise. everyone is different though.Your gp may well increase the dose as 50mg is very low but you need to start low and increase gradually.
Thanks for your reply. I just didn't expect to feel like this after the tablets seemed to begin working after the first few weeks. I feel worse than before I started. I wish I could feel like I did on my good week all the time, I used to be so laid back, I'm scared nothing is going to work and this is just the way I am now. Sorry for the ramble.
Hello. I felt good about 4 weeks in, but I was on holiday in the sun which I'm sure helped! About 7 or 8 in I felt very low almost suddenly and went back to the Dr's who upped my dose. It does take a while to settle but don't be afraid to go back and ask. For what it's worth, six months in and I am a different person. Hope you feel better soon
It takes a long time to get that low, it takes time to get back up too. Sometimes you need a higher dose, sometimes a different tablet. You will hit setbacks too, that's normal. Peaks and troughs. Keep talking, keep seeing your gp every couple of weeks until you feel as though you are stabilising. You'll get there x
Yes, this is normal, or at least it was for me. I felt good for a week, then I'd have a wobbly week. It takes a while but the good spells will get longer and the old you will come back again. You will get there.
Thanks for the responses. I'm sorry that others are feeling the same with sertraline but at the same time it's reassuring I'm not the only one. I had a really bad weekend but feel a bit better today so perhaps I'm on the up again, I am still going to ask if I can increase the dose when I see the GP on Wednesday as looking back at my diary I have had 12 'bad' days in a row.
Just an update on this thread. The GP said it would be a good idea to try increasing to the 100mg tablet as I had felt some benefit from the sertraline if there is no change with the increase after a few weeks he suggested trying another drug. Hoping I don't have to go down that route.
Thank you for posting this OP. I am in exactly the same boat and was worrying as I'm not due back to my doctor for another couple of weeks. I was starting to feel good last week but this week I'm tearful, anxious, and feel so low, like I'm back to square one.
I feel exactly the same started on 50mg felt great one week later increase to 100mg still felt good then 2 days ago bad anxiety intrusive thoughts I feel awful don't understand how I was doing ok now I'm not !!!
Hi I know this post is from last year just wanted to ask I’m on setraline over 5 years back in after birth of my little boy in dec 15 my dosage was put back up due to pnd then I felt good after few weeks then in may of this year I felt good that I reduced from 150 to 100 then in September I hit a low so my doc upped it to 150 then 2 weeks in upped it to 200 and up until sat I was feeling good and getting back to my old self but this last 3 days I feel like I’m back at square one is this just a blip???
Hi, I’m a newbie here, I’d like to share my story and possibly be reassured. I’ve suffered from anxiety/panick for years and it really held me back. I was treated badly by not very good doctors and basically last year I had the most terrible relapse ever. I sought help through the nhs but no one has been able to help me. I was prescribed every kind of medication. I decided to try another private doctor because I was desperate. At first he was good he was able to reduce my medication and got me off benzodiazepines. But everything collapsed again when we switched from paroxetine to venlafaxine. I could not tolerate a high dose of venlafaxine so we had to reduce it. I was on 150 venlafaxine and 150 pregabalin but I felt anguished all the time. So my doctor introduced 50mg of sertraline. (25 first week) I didn’t feel any change during 3 weeks then 2 days ago my anxiety reached a peak that I thought it was long gone. He said is jus my illness and I have to wait but I’m scared, I am not able to go to work and I think I’ll never be able to be normal again. Has anyone else experienced anxiety rebounds after 3/4 weeks? I was told I am a severe case and that makes me think that there is no hope for me.
hi im on my 5th week and feel the exact same, i had a good few days then i felt the worst ive ever felt then from no where i felt brilliant best ive fetin ages and all of a sudden i feel worse then ive felt in ages, just left with an horrible gut feeling of anxiety..
Hi sorry to hear that and I completely understand. I was just feeling worse and worse so revisited my GP yesterday who has doubled my dosage so currently feeling like I've been hit by a truck again. Will see what the next couple of weeks brings.