Advanced search

Mumsnet has not checked the qualifications of anyone posting here. If you need help urgently, see our mental health web guide which can point you to expert advice.

Sertraline buddies?

(1000 Posts)
OnlyGodKnowsWhy Mon 24-Jul-17 17:22:48

I started sertraline 2 days ago and I am having a horrible time 🙁 I was hoping there might be others out there starting up too that would like to chat and support each other. I'm a lone parent and only have my mum.

Anise7438 Mon 24-Jul-17 19:59:53

It gets better very quickly I promise.

ChristmasAccountant Mon 24-Jul-17 20:03:39

I'm on day 2 and struggling with nausea mainly. How are you feeling?

ChristmasAccountant Mon 24-Jul-17 20:16:15

I'm on day 2 and struggling with nausea mainly. How are you feeling?

MonsterQueen Mon 24-Jul-17 20:18:59

Day 2 here too. Nausea and dizziness have floored me for a few hours both days. Will be worth it.

TattyMonkey Mon 24-Jul-17 20:21:52

I have been taking it for years and have stopped and started when pregnant twice but every time I was told to start on a really low dose and slowly build up. I started on I think 25 or 50 initially and then moved up to 150. Did your Dr tell you to build it up? I've heard from other people that they don't always specify to do so.

TattyMonkey Mon 24-Jul-17 20:23:40

I wanted to add that sertraline really has helped me enormously as I used to have crippling PTSD and anxiety. It really has changed my life as corny as that sounds!

GplanAddict Mon 24-Jul-17 20:24:57

I'm on day 14. My nausea went after 4 days smile

I had a low point at a week in but I think that was hormonal. I do feel like I have more patience in the last few days, which is a lovely relief!

Getting terrible cluster headaches though. No idea if its the meds or not.

What dose is everyone on? I'm on 50mg.

thefutureisfemale Mon 24-Jul-17 20:25:09

I started on Friday, 30 weeks pregnant and struggling. Please tell me it gets better.

GplanAddict Mon 24-Jul-17 20:26:33

It will get better future!! Promise!

tackytriceratops Mon 24-Jul-17 21:17:47

Must always take in the morning. (Psych told a good friend). Iirc day 3 was the worst for drowsiness. It does get better!

Tootsiepops Mon 24-Jul-17 21:26:27

Sertraline saved me. I'm two months on it and life is pleasant and enjoyable again.

NanFlanders Mon 24-Jul-17 21:30:16

Hang on in there! I've taken most of them and sertraline was easily the best. Physical side effects faded after a few days, and I felt really 'normal' - not emotionally numb the way you do with other ADs. (One tip - always take with food, or you risk heartburn.) Good luck.

OnlyGodKnowsWhy Mon 24-Jul-17 22:27:51

Wow I wasn't expecting so many responses!

Day 2, 25mg for me, after day 3, I'm to increase to 50mg. I have actually been on sertraline before, 4 years ago when I had a breakdown but I was so unwell, I can barely remember the start ups.

I've had a horrendous day but I now know that it isn't side effects, it's my anxiety causing me so much distress. I spoke to a CPN and will be getting support as of tomorrow as I know I need it.

Today was very very low mood, tears and racing thoughts. No appetite but the nausea has lessened. Didn't get much sleep last night, not holding my breath I will get much tonight.

I've always taken sertraline at night, told myself it means I will sleep through most side effects!

ChristmasAccountant Mon 24-Jul-17 22:33:27

I've taken at night too for the same reason but a friend mentioned better to take in the morning. Have been started on 50mg. This is all new to me.
Glad you will be getting some support from tomorrow.

ThatVogueLife Mon 24-Jul-17 22:35:43

Hi everyone 👋🏻
Such a relief to see this thread. My doctor wants me to take this too but I had a really bad time after the first tablet that I am struggling to find the courage to try again. I had such a feeling of terror and was sick. Has anyone else has this happen and gotten through it?

Barbie1 Mon 24-Jul-17 22:40:05

I'm a year in.
I don't think I'll ever forget the first few days. I was gurning. Grinding teeth and awake most the night. I felt sick, dizzy and totally not myself. Had to force myself to take the next few days.

I think day 7 was the turning point for me.

Hang in there x

GplanAddict Tue 25-Jul-17 07:40:24

Has anyone else started having cluster headaches?? Third day in a row that I've had sudden, debilitating pain in the early evening. Only relief is to press firmly on the area that hurts.

OnlyGodKnowsWhy Tue 25-Jul-17 08:10:25

I've not had headaches but I'm on 25mg, I know it can be a side effect though, drink lots of water.

Waves of Anxiety in the pit of my stomach this morning and I'm shaking again, clenched jaw. I know I need to keep going but it's really hard, I'm still in bed because I'm dreading the day ahead.

GplanAddict Tue 25-Jul-17 09:22:49

What have you got on today GodKnows??

How did everyone sleep last night??

Day 15 for me. I think I'm really feeling the benefits now. Despite the headaches and insomnia I feel so much calmer. It's almost like the patience compartment of my brain has been removed and been given a spring clean. I still get down, and feeling of failure etc but at least I'm getting out of bed and doing the basics for the children. I haven't cried in 2 days!! smile

R1nderCella Tue 25-Jul-17 14:18:20

Hi everyone,

I'm on day 7 of 50mg. I felt so good yesterday, for the first time in ages I didn't feel out of breath or like someone was sitting on my chest.

Today though, I feel like I'm getting 2 days worth of anxiety and nausea. I had a massive panic attack this morning.

Hand hold for everyone, we'll get there soon.

MonsterQueen Tue 25-Jul-17 17:04:10

Day 3 for me. Also grateful for this thread. Two eldest unwell so that has helped distract me. Less dizzy, less nauseous, but so very tired. Having headaches though. So good to read the positive stories.

I am on 50mg. I considered dropping to 25 but figure I have already done 2 days at 50 so might as well carry on. I was terrified to take it today. Glad I did.

Sleep is very odd. Very vivid dreams. Waking frequently, but could have slept all day if I had the chance.

NC4now Tue 25-Jul-17 17:06:56

I've been on 100mg for about three years. It will get better. I just feel normal now. Not normal enough to stop taking them but normal enough. No real side effects unless I miss a few days.

purpleflower23 Tue 25-Jul-17 17:09:43

Hello! Good to have found this thread... I'm on day 2 of 50mg; I had a terrible night's sleep last night and am really nauseous (feels like morning sickness), tired/lethargic and headachey today with a dry mouth! Hoping it gets better soon... sad xx

R1nderCella Tue 25-Jul-17 17:52:16

@NC4now - you have no idea how relieved I feel to read what you have wrote. The hardest bit for me is the anxiety, I can cope with the depression, I have years of experience at pretending to be happy. It's what feels like the physical weight of the anxiety that scares me - can't wait for it to go away.

This thread is not accepting new messages.